Highlights from the March 18, 2020, Southeast Polk Board of Education Special Meeting

**These are highlights and should not be considered official minutes**


  • The Board approved the recommendation to close District Schools for 4 weeks, returning on April 13, 2020
  • The board approved the proposed payroll plans for employees.
    • All employee compensation will continue as normal. 
      • Classified employees pay will be based on their regularly scheduled hours. 
      • Certified employees pay will be based on their current contract. 
      • Classified Employees/Essential Staff – There will be employees designated as essential during this period of closure.  If a classified employee is designated as essential and is needed to work in the building or from home, those employees will be paid at a rate of 1.5 times regular pay for those hours worked for the duration of closure during the 2019-2020 school year.  The Superintendent will designate essential employees based on essential functions of work needing to be completed during this time of closure. 
  • The board approved the Resolution – Pandemic Response and Emergency Suspension of Policy. This provides the Boards the method to suspend certain policies which may conflict with guidance being issued by state or federal agencies in response to the pandemic. It ensures that the superintendent has the authority to act to comply with public health directives.


  • Dr. Dirk Halupnik, Superintendent, provided an update to the board. 

The next meeting of the Board of Education will be April 2, 2020. For the full agenda, exhibits, and more information visit the Board website.