Proceedings of the Board of Trustees
Lockwood School District No. 26
Yellowstone County, Billings, MT
Special Meeting June 29, 2011
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BOARD OF TRUSTEES
SPECIAL MEETING
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
6:30 pm Board Room

Any person present who wishes to address the board or raise any question about public school district matters or governing policies may do so under public participation. No discussion of personnel or individual students is permitted at this time. A limit of three minutes is placed on each speaker. Persons who want more time may make arrangements to be placed on a future agenda. The public is also reminded that they may provide input on all motions being considered by the board at this meeting.

The Lockwood Board of Trustees will meet and take action on two items.

1. A resolution for purposes of auditing procedures required by the
federal government.

Laurie Noonkester will present and explain the wording for this resolution.

2. Hire a principal for the Lockwood Middle School.

There will be a recommendation from the Selection Committee.


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CALL TO ORDER

Chair Tim Sather opened the special meeting, called it to order at 6:30 p.m. and led those present in the Pledge of Allegiance.

The following trustees and officers were present: Trustees Susanne Vinton, Becky Malenowsky, Jason Hamrick, Tim Sather, Caree Bernhart, Tamara Spillum and Don Reed, Superintendent Eileen Johnson and District Clerk Laurie Noonkester.

Principal Mike Bowman and Middle School Principal Candidate Gordon Klasna were present. Staff members were also in attendance and are noted on the sign in sheet. Mr. Sather advised the following:

Any person present who wishes to address the board or raise any question about public school district matters or governing policies may do so under public participation. No discussion of personnel or individual students is permitted at this time. A limit of three minutes is placed on each speaker. Persons who want more time may make arrangements to be placed on a future agenda. The public is also reminded that they may provide input on all motions being considered by the board at this meeting.

GASB 54 RESOLUTIONS

District Clerk Laurie Noonkester explained that the presented resolutions must be ratified to comply with GASB 54 requirements that will apply to the 2010-2011 fiscal year audit. Mrs. Noonkester noted that she was made aware of this requirement on the 22nd of June and received confirmation from the district auditor that in lieu of policy the resolutions will suffice. Policy will be presented at the July meeting for a first reading. She further noted that the Office of Public Instruction and the district auditor are unsure of the complete scope of GASB 54 at this time and that a simple explanation is currently unavailable. Mrs. Noonkester has setup a workshop with surrounding district clerks and the auditors on July 19th in order to understand how to fully comply with GASB 54.

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Trustee Becky Malenowsky moved to approve resolution #1 and #2 as presented. Tamara Spillum seconded the motion.

Susanne Vinton, Becky Malenowsky, Caree Bernhart, Tim Sather, Jason Hamrick, Don Reed and Tamara Spillum voted aye. The motion was approved seven to zero.

Hiring of Middle School Principal

Chair Tim Sather reported that there were three persons selected to interview before the selection committee and all three were great candidates for the job. He thanked the selection committee members for their time and effort.

Superintendent Johnson on direction from the selection committee recommends that Gordon Klasna be hired for the Middle School Principal position.

Mr. Klasna brought his family with him and introduced his wife and children who attend Lockwood. He noted that he is anxious to begin his duties as Middle School Principal and gave a brief overview of his experience.

Trustee Jason Hamrick moved to hire Gordon Klasna as the Middle School Principal. Susanne Vinton seconded the motion.

Susanne Vinton, Becky Malenowsky, Caree Bernhart, Tim Sather, Jason Hamrick, Don Reed and Tamara Spillum voted aye. The motion passed with a unanimous vote.

Discussion

Trustee Becky Malenowsky asked about the letter that was sent to the Yellowstone County Treasurer's Office asking for the release of approximately $144,000.00 in protested taxes. Superintendent Johnson explained that the district was short in revenue collection to meet the current fiscal year budget and that we are unlike any other governmental agency in that we cannot just cancel a project to meet shortfalls. She noted that we cannot cancel 4th grade in order to meet tax revenue shortfalls. District Clerk Laurie Noonkester explained that the monies requested were in funds that have exceptionally low reserves or have no reserves.

Further discussion was held with no action taking place.

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ADJOURN

Trustee Sue Vinton moved to adjourn the meeting at 6:49 p.m. Tamara Spillum seconded the motion.

Susanne Vinton, Becky Malenowsky, Caree Bernhart, Tim Sather, Jason Hamrick, Don Reed and Tamara Spillum voted affirmatively.

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Tim Sather, Chairperson                       Laurie Noonkester, District Clerk

See the resolutions here: Resolution #1 & #2