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
2. Individuals, delegations, correspondence
Linda Hanson, recently retired teacher, will be here to present the summer experience with Kaitlin Hugs in Washington, D.C. Kaitlin was last year's winner in the essay contest "Do the Right Thing" sponsored by the Montana Board of Crime Control.
3. Items for Action
A. Approve minutes of September 13, 2011 meeting
B. Approve bills and wages for September 2011
C. Hire substitutes
D. Hire coaches
E. Request for out of district placement
F. Transportation issue
4. District reports
A. K-5 Elementary School
B. Middle School School
5. Trustee reports
3. Items for Action
- Approve minutes of September 13, 2011 meeting
- Approve bills and wages for September 2011
- Hire substitutes
- Hire coaches
Track - Wes Caldwell and Jesse Swanke
Weightlifting - Bob Hankins
Volleyball 7th girls - Vicki Balgua and Mary Kay Rottrup
Volleyball 8th girls - Becka Swanke
- Request for out of district placement
Ablazionah Martinez is recommended for out of district placement in Grade 6
- Transportation issue
It came to our attention that one of our drivers was picking up five Senior High students in the afternoon at the entrance into Emerald Hills and taking them to their homes where he dropped K-8 students. When he retired two weeks ago, the new driver was not sure what to do. He was doing this out of kindness to students he delivered over the years. However, before allowing this to continue, I did some research to make available to you for guidance on future such actions. We work with District #2 on sharing a bus in the PM from the ranch. This has worked quite well for several school years. It's one large bus with a total of no more than 10–15 students. First Student arranged this.
Here are some details from various services:
If you are asking whether this is legal, it is actually covered in statute:
20-10-122. Discretionary provision of transportation and payment for this transportation. (1) The trustees of a district may provide
school bus transportation to any pupil of a public school who is not an eligible transportee of the district:
(a) on a school bus conveying eligible transportees when the ineligible transportee will not displace an eligible transportee from
the school bus because of the lack of seating capacity;
(b) on a school bus operated by the district for the sole purpose of providing transportation for ineligible transportees. The school
bus must service those children living the greatest distance from the school to be attended.
(c) on a school bus operated for the purpose of relieving congestion in a school building or to avoid the necessity of erecting a
new building or for any other reasons of economy or convenience.
(2) When the trustees of a district provide school bus transportation to an ineligible transportee under the conditions of subsection
(1)(a) or (1)(b), the district may charge each ineligible transportee a proportionate share, as determined by the trustees, of the cost of
operating the school bus. Money realized from the payments must be deposited to the credit of the transportation fund.
As you can see, it is OK to transport students of another school district as long as no students of your district are displaced by doing
so (under subsection (1)(a)). Also, it is discretionary whether or not the district will charge a fee for transporting these students.
My biggest concern, however, would be liability, and whether or not the district has insurance coverage for transporting these
Billings students. If you decide to continue to do this, I would advise that the parents of the students grant their permission, and that
you consult with your insurance carrier to make sure that there is coverage for these students in the event of an accident or some
other problem. If they are covered by your insurance, and the parents are OK with you hauling them, then it should not be a
Tony C. Koenig, Senior Counsel
Montana School Boards Association
2. Our insurance company Western States told me there is no problem with this if we decide to continue.
3. The Felt Martin Law firm agreed with MTSBA and would draw up a form for the parents and First Student. The parents must be made aware that any discipline problems would cause removal and no K-8 rider could be displaced.
4. A number of students are already exited from the bus before it reaches that point of high school pick up.
5. First Student is the primary carrier of liability.
6. District #2 does not transport high school students into Emerald Hills. Parents bring the students down to lower areas to meet the buses. This particular bus schedule just happens to be within minutes of our bus passing them only in the PM when they get off the high school bus.
If the Trustees would like more information before making a decision, I will attempt to provide it.
4F. Library Report
This is grade one from a K-8 library report. The entire report was too large to email you in one message. I can bring up the report at the meeting for your review.