Proceedings of the Board of Trustees
Lockwood School District No. 26
Yellowstone County, Billings, MT
Regular Meeting of October 12, 2010
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Agenda for October 12, 2010

Meeting Date: Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Meeting Time: 7:00 pm
Meeting Location: Administration Building 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.

1. Call to order 7:00 pm
    Pledge to the Flag
    Welcome

2. Announcements, recognition, accomplishments, correspondence

3. Items for Action
    A. Approve minutes of the September 2010 meeting
    B. Approve bills and wages for September 2010
    C. Approval of tuition payment for two students placed at Yellowstone
        Academy District #58 at the Boys and Girls Ranch
    D. Hire Substitutes

4. District reports
    A. Primary School
    B. Intermediate School
    C. Middle School School
    D. Facilities
    E. Technology
    F.  Curriculum and Asssessment
    G. Activities
    H. Superintendent

5. Trustee reports

6. Adjourn

NEXT MEETING IS NOVEMBER 9, 2010 AT 7:00 PM.

Superintendent's Agenda Report
October 2010

3C. Approval of tuition payment for student placed at Yellowstone Academy
      am recommending approval of tuition payment for students JH and SM
      placed at Yellowstone Academy District #58.

3D. Hire Substitutes
      See the attached list.

An article on bus seat belts is available at the meeting. The issue of school bus seat belts continues around the country with more and more schools including these for additional safety. I thought you might be interested in this topic. There is also an interesting two or three minutes video that demonstrates the positive side of the three-point belt. The web address for this is http://www.schoolbusfleet.com/Videos/Channel/School-Bus-Safety/2010/08/Lap-Shoulder-Belts-on- Buses-One-School-District-s-Expierence.aspx

Please see the attached report from Mrs. Gopp. It was a very interesting morning listening to the children discussing the differences between school and life in general between Lockwood, Montana and Singapore. This is a great use of the Skype application, which is a free tool.

The Rak family has once again donated numerous titles to our library. These books are current titles that students love to read! To date, they have donated 41 books and 15 issues of a magazine subscription. Their generosity is appreciated.

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Regular Board Meeting
October 12, 2010

REGULAR SESSION CALL TO ORDER - 7:00 pm

Chair Susanne Vinton opened the regular meeting and called it to order at 7:00 p.m. and led those present in the Pledge of Allegiance.

The following trustees and officers were present: Trustees Susanne Vinton, Greg Bochy, Becky Malenowsky, Holly Sather, Peter Freivalds, Jason Hamrick and Tamara Spillum, Superintendent Eileen Johnson and District Clerk Laurie Noonkester.

Numerous staff members were present and are registered on the sign in sheet.

Registered guests are asked to sign in upon arrival.

Evelyn Pyburn from the Yellowstone County News and Pam Malek from ExxonMobil were present.

Mrs. Vinton welcomed visitors and 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.

INDIVIDUALS, DELEGATIONS, CORRESPONDENCE, DISTRICT NEWS

On behalf of the Lockwood School Board, Chair Susanne Vinton invited 10 educators to the meeting in order to present to them certificates and a gift of appreciation for 30 plus years of service in education. The educators being honored tonight are: Marie Jones, Lynn Neiter, Kay Papke, Carol Dyk, Susan Seilstad, Susan Kneib, Nancy Kaderavek, Linda Hanson, Barb Asleson and Kathy Albrecht. The Board thanked all of these outstanding educators for their dedication.

Chair Vinton passed around board correspondence for review.

State Legislative Candidate for House District 44, Jonathan McNiven introduced himself and gave a brief overview of his background and format in which he is running his campaign on. He noted that education is very important to him and needs constituent input on issues. He fielded questions from the audience and the board.

Middle School Principal Mike Sullivan introduced Dianne King who was hired last month as a middle school paraprofessional.

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Regular Board Meeting
October 12, 2010

Community member Teresa Stroebe informed the board she has been appointed as the district's class AA representative and will be in attendance at the MTSBA Class AA Caucus held during the MCEL conference. She is interested in forming a grass roots committee to begin looking at building a high school in Lockwood.

ITEMS FOR ACTION

A. Approval of Minutes

Chair Vinton asked if there were any objections to the minutes as presented. Hearing none, the minutes of the September 14, 2010 regular board meeting were approved.

B. Approve Bills and Wages for September

Chair Susanne Vinton asked if there was any objection to the bills and wages as presented. Hearing no objections, the bills and wages were approved.

C. Approval of Tuition Payment for Students Placed at Yellowstone Academy

Superintendent Johnson recommended that the board approve the payment of tuition for students JH and SM whom are currently placed at Yellowstone Academy District #58.

Jason Hamrick moved to approve the tuition payment to Yellowstone Academy for students JH and SM. Tamara Spillum seconded the motion.

Trustees Susanne Vinton, Holly Sather, Peter Freivalds, Greg Bochy, Jason Hamrick, Becky Malenowsky and Tamara Spillum voted yes; the motion passed seven to zero.

D. Hiring of Substitutes

Superintendent Johnson recommended the listed persons for hire as substitutes for the 2010-2011 school year. She did note that those listed with asterisks have pending background checks and will not be placed until the appropriate paperwork is received. The remaining individuals have successfully passed the background check requirements. Late additions to the hiring list are Hjordis Johnson, Kelley Young and Richard Finley.

Peter Freivalds made the motion to hire those listed as well as those named as late additions as recommended pending successful background checks. Becky Malenowsky seconded the motion. 

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Regular Board Meeting
October 12, 2010

Superintendent Johnson reported that the District continues to experience a shortage of substitutes and it is difficult to fill the teacher absences.

Trustees Susanne Vinton, Holly Sather, Peter Freivalds, Greg Bochy, Jason Hamrick, Becky Malenowsky and Tamara Spillum voted yes; the motion passed unanimously.

DISTRICT REPORTS

  1. Primary - Principal Mike Bowman had nothing further to add to his report. Trustee Malenowsky asked how the Child Career's Internship Program participants get assigned to the District. Mr. Bowman explained that the COT students themselves request placement at Lockwood School.

  2. Intermediate - Principal Dave DeBoer had nothing to add to his report. He did note the 4th grade classes are scheduled for field trips to the NILE (Northern International Livestock Exhibition).

  3. Middle School - Principal Mike Sullivan handed out an RTI article that explains what the program is and where the middle school is in the process. His report displayed some of the benchmark scores used in the program. He also handed out a math flow chart that displays how the program progresses and what criteria is used to advance to the different tiers of intervention. He had nothing further to add to his report.

  4. Facilities - Director Rob Guzman reviewed for the board his report and gave an update on some of the chiller warranty issues that he has been working on. He has finally received written confirmation that the supplier will extend the warranty on parts only but feels that is sufficient.

    He further reported on the status of smart board and projector installations as well as the current construction area that was caused by a break in the irrigation system.

    Mr. Guzman continued by noting that secure entrance solutions are still being investigated and he will continue to search for a cost effective solution. Superintendent Johnson interjected that our campus is different in that we have wonderful grade/building interaction and we have to be careful to not interrupt that balance while addressing secured entrance issues.

    Mr. Guzman reported on a new device that his department is testing. The Ionator cleans using nano-bubble ionization technology and tap water. This technology kills 99% of the germs on surfaces and has no odor. They are quite expensive but would pay for themselves within three months of respective cleaning chemical purchases. He plans to field test them thoroughly before any purchase decisions are made.

    He concluded his report by noting that his research on both the security cameras and energy efficient lighting continues but he has found some possible cost saving measures.

  5. Technology - Director Pam Richau had nothing to add to her report but noted how the newly implemented district wide management of printing supplies is progressing.

  6. Curriculum/Assessment - Director Don Christman reported that the Communication Arts, Fine Arts and Family and Consumer Science curriculum is ready for approval and is available for review.

  7. Activities - Co-Directors Nick Ottoy and Tim Bastian submitted a written report. Superintendent Johnson noted that she has received a resignation from Wes Caldwell as the 6th grade boys basketball coach. The position opening has been posted throughout the district.

  8. Superintendent - Mrs. Johnson noted that Sodexo, the district's food service provider, was named the 2010 number one company for diversity by DiversityInc. Magazine and that there are copies of the interesting articles available.

    Superintendent Johnson noted that the student count is down by 15 students from this date last year. She directed the audience to the yearly agenda that Kristen Bonner, the district school nurse, provided and the amazing list of tasks she accomplishes throughout the year.

    Superintendent Johnson further reported that due to the research she has conducted she has become convinced that all school busses need to be equipped with seat belts. In addition to the obvious safety issues, rider behavior is shown to be improved when seat belts are used. Mrs. Johnson gave a website link to an informational video on school bus seat belt safety and encouraged everyone to view it.

    Mrs. Johnson noted that the Gifted and Talented Class recently had a Skype question and answer session with a Singapore American School. She commented on what interesting and amazing interaction took place between the students of differing countries.

TRUSTEE REPORTS

Chair Vinton reminded everyone that the annual MCEL conference is next week.

Vice Chair Becky Malenowsky reported that she recently helped with the vision screening and our SRO Officer Shane Bancroft passed the test with flying colors.

Superintendent Johnson reported that Venture Theater will be performing with students and is generously sponsored by ExxonMobil.

SRO Officer Bancroft noted that Red Ribbon Week which supports a drug free lifestyle is next week and he will be presenting classes throughout the week.

ADJOURN

The next Regular Meeting will be on Tuesday, November 9, 2010, at 7:00 p.m.

Greg Bochy moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:18 p.m. Jason Hamrick seconded the motion.

Tamara Spillum, Peter Freivalds, Holly Sather, Becky Malenowsky, Jason Hamrick, Greg Bochy and Susanne Vinton voted yes. The motion passed unanimously.

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Sue Vinton, Chairperson                       Laurie Noonkester, District Clerk

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