Proceedings of the Board of Trustees
Lockwood School District No. 26
Yellowstone County, Billings, MT
Regular Meeting of December 14, 2010
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Agenda for December 14, 2010

Meeting Date: Tuesday, December 14, 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. Individuals, delegations, correspondence

3. Items for Action
    A. Approve minutes of the November 9, 2010 meeting
    B. Approve bills and wages for November
    C. Approve Communication Arts curriculum
    D. Hire substitutes
    E. Hire coach for basketball
    F. Discussion on a high school in Lockwood

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

5. Trustee reports

6. Adjourn

NEXT MEETING IS JANUARY 11, 2011 AT 7:00 PM

Superintendent's Agenda Report
Decem ember 14, 2010

3. Items for Action

  1. Approve minutes of November 9, 2010 meeting

  2. Approve bills and wages for November

  3. Approve Communication Arts Curriculum
    Mr. Christman will be available to answer questions about this curriculum.

  4. Hire substitutes

  5. Hire coach for basketball
    Jesse Swanke is recommended to assist with the coaching of 8th grade boy's basketball.

  6. Discussion on a high school in Lockwood
    Representatives from the Lockwood Steering Committee will be here to
    discuss the issue of a high school in Lockwood. Attached is a document
    of research from Montana Rural Education Association.
4H. Additional information from the superintendent.

The school election calendar and election manual are attached. Please note the dates of filing to run as trustee. The terms of Greg Bochy, Peter Freivalds and Tamara Spillum expire this May.

Details about the upcoming sewer project from Old Hardin Road to the school are attached.


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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, Becky Malenowsky, Holly Sather, Peter Freivalds, Jason Hamrick, Greg Bochy 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, Pam Melek with ExxonMobil and Jonathon McNiven State Legislator HD 44 Representative 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

Primary Principal Mike Bowman introduced Lockwood Primary Music Teacher Lynette Larson as she presented the Cub Choir who entertained the Board and audience members by singing Christmas songs. The members of the Cub Choir are from the second grade.

Chair Vinton passed around board correspondence for review and an email from Intermediate Librarian Teresa Marchant noting that the library has received a donation of 112 books from Ms. Julie Johnson.

Chair Vinton asked Superintendent Johnson to read a letter from Governor Schweitzer's office that defends his position on education funding. She further noted that MTSBA was targeted in this letter due to their opposing opinion on the Governor's view that some school districts have excessive reserves from oil and gas tax revenues sitting unused. This letter seems to demonstrate that there may be a war brewing between the two entities over the funding issue.

Superintendent Johnson asked Representative Jonathon McNiven to try to bring education funding to the forefront of business at the upcoming legislative session. This would assist schools in compiling their budgets as soon as possible. In previous years when funding changes are made schools scramble to meet deadlines. Mr. McNiven assured the audience that education is very

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important to him as he is the son of an educator and sits on the legislative education committee.

School Resource Officer Shane Bancroft reported that there are six applicants currently being considered as his replacement. Officer Bancroft was congratulated on his promotion to detective with the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office.

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 November 9, 2010 regular board meeting were approved.

B. Approve Bills and Wages for November

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 Communication Arts Curriculum

Curriculum Director Don Christman presented the Communication Arts curriculum electronically for board review. Mr. Christman was not present but the principals were available for questions. Superintendent Johnson recommended approval.

After discussion, Becky Malenowsky moved to approve the curriculum as presented. Jason Hamrick seconded the motion.

Trustees Susanne Vinton, Holly Sather, Peter Freivalds, Jason Hamrick, Becky Malenowsky, Greg Bochy 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 noted that list should include Chelsey Handford as a late addition. All individuals have successfully passed the background check requirements.

Jason Hamrick made the motion to hire those listed as well as the addition of Chelsey Handford. Tamara Spillum seconded the motion.

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

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E. Hiring of an Assistant Basketball Coach

Superintendent Johnson recommended Jesse Swanke to be hired as an assistant coach for 8th grade boys basketball. Mr. Swanke is currently a teacher in the Middle School and coach for other various sports.

Becky Malenowsky made the motion to hire Jesse Swanke as 8th grade boys basketball assistant coach. Holly Sather seconded the motion.

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

F. Discussion on a High School in Lockwood

Representatives from the Lockwood Community Steering Committee were not present but discussion was held among the board with Trustee Holly Sather wondering why this issue keeps coming up as the first step of the process with the legislature in creating a new high school district is not even on the horizon. Trustee Peter Freivalds noted that funding is also questionable as the last few general mill levy elections have failed. Representative Elect McNiven noted that the legislature is looking at different ways to add high school districts but he personally is not seeing great community support for this issue in Lockwood.

Trustee Peter Freivalds excused himself from the remainder of the meeting.

DISTRICT REPORTS

A. Primary – Principal Mike Bowman reviewed points of his written report.

B. Intermediate- Principal Dave DeBoer had nothing to add to his report. He did point out the times for grades 3 through 5 Christmas programs.

C. Middle School- Principal Mike Sullivan had nothing to add to his report. Superintendent Johnson did point out that a 4 year MBI grant was awarded to the middle school staff. The purpose of this grant is to mesh MBI and RTI concepts together as a more comprehensive program. This grant will pay for substitute teachers and travel associated with the program training.

D. Facilities- Director Rob Guzman noted that he has been busy moving a lot of snow lately. He updated the board on the status of the engineering for the sewer hookup. He noted that cost estimates would be included for the project. Discussion was held on stamped versus PDA plans, time frame of hookup and potential costs to be incurred later for a full engineering of this project. After discussion the Board requested that

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a representative from the engineering firm of Morrison Maierle, Inc be present at the January meeting to further explain the PDA plan as the cost is concerning.

E. Technology - Director Pam Richau wanted to let the board know that forms will be going home to update ethnicity as defined by the federal government. The District is mandated to update the power school system which in turn will update the state data. If the forms are not returned then the school will assign an observer that has been instructed to determine ethnicity.

F. Activities - Co-Directors Nick Ottoy and Tim Bastian were absent and did not submit a report this month.

G. Superintendent - Mrs. Johnson noted that Peter Freivalds, Tamara Spillum and Greg Bochy's terms as Trustees will expire in May.

Superintendent Johnson noted that she attended a work session with the Yellowstone County Commissioners that dealt with targeting areas for possible work to create safer routes to school for Lockwood.

TRUSTEE REPORTS

The trustees had nothing to report.

ADJOURN

The next Regular Meeting will be on Tuesday, January 11, 2011, at 7:00 p.m.

Tamara Spillum moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:59 p.m. Jason Hamrick seconded the motion.

Tamara Spillum, 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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