Board updates early retirement policies

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The logo for the Pleasantville School District (photo from pleasantvillecsd.org)

The Pleasantville School Board approved updates to its early retirement policies, for the first time since 2013.
Administrators and other certified staff will be able to apply for the early retirement incentive if they have been employed by the district for at least 10 consecutive years and has reached the age of 55. A voluntary resignation must be submitted to the superintendent on or before Jan. 3 of the year the employee wishes to retire.
The board will determine annually whether to offer an early retirement incentive. If approved, those who take early retirement will be eligible to remain on the district’s group insurance rate until the age of 65.
In other board action, legislative priorities for the 2020 session were set. They include:
– Setting State Supplemental Aid rates by the date required by the Iowa Code, and at a rate that encourages continuous school improvement and reflects actual cost increases experienced by Iowa school districts. The board wants a defined number that is not detrimental to rural districts.
– The board supports efforts to establish comprehensive community mental health systems to offer preventative and treatment services to comprehensive school mental health programs. This includes in-school access for students to mental health professionals and provisions for reimbursement by Medicaid and private insurers. Supports additional ongoing teacher, administrator, and support staff training to improve the awareness and understanding of child emotional and mental health needs. Supports incentives for workforce development for mental health professionals in schools.
– Opposition to public funds being used for charter or private education.
Board members were invited to take part in the Iowa Association of School Boards’ Convention Nov. 20-21. The board will hold its organizational meeting, in which members elected on Nov. 5 will be installed, at 6:30 p.m.
Other board notes:
– Student and Staff shout outs: Jeremy Colboth – World Food Prize Global Youth Institute Representative; Colboth was among 460 students and teachers from 26 states and 10 countries. Bre Benge-PHS volleyball season record holder in digs. Cale Anthony-Class 1A Regular Season Rushing Leader – 1,793 Yards & 25 TDs. He also set a new school record for rushing yards in a season (Jesse Pettyjohn – 1,721). State Dancers – Three Division 1 Superior ratings: Taryn Brent – 2nd place overall award, Emma Danks and Peyton Sueferer. Trojan JH CC-7th grade girls – state runner up in class 2A-Kyleigh McConnell, Ella Clark, Lauren Furnal, Ali Archer and Ryder Thill – 30th in 8th grade race. Cast and Directors of “You Can’t Take It With You” – great run last weekend.
• New Hires
1. Marilyn Coffman – Junior High Special Education Associate
2. Mandi Bender – Assistant Play Director
3. Eric Van Ellen – Junior High Assistant Girls Basketball Coach
4. Rodney Roff – ½-time evening custodian
5. Michael Koenig – JH wrestling Coach
– A closed session was supposed to be held regarding the district’s emergency operations plan. Taking action on the plan was tabled until the Dec. 10 meeting.