Meeting Agenda

Meeting Date: Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Meeting Time: 7:00 pm
Meeting Location: Administration Building Board Room

Superintendent Evaluation – 6:00

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

  1. Approve minutes of December 11th meetings
  2. Approve bills and wages for December 2012
  3. Student Discipline Hearing – Possible Executive Session
  4. Hire Substitutes
  5. Hire Certified Staff
  6. Hire Coaches
  7. Establish Negotiations Team
  8. Superintendent Contract
4. District reports
  1. Superintendent's Report
5. Trustee reports

6. Adjourn

NEXT REGULAR MEETING IS FEBRUARY 12, 2013 AT 7:00 PM

The Trustees will have a Goal Setting work session on January 22nd
in the Board Room at 6:00 PM

Superintendent's Agenda Report

3. Items for Action

  1. Approve minutes December 11th meeting
  2. Approve bills and wages for December 2012
  3. Student Discipline Hearing – Possible Executive Session

    I am recommending that a student be considered for expulsion due to disciplinary issues;
    Mr. Klasna will present the school's documentation. We anticipate the student and their'
    parents will attend. Included is MCA 20-5-202 that addresses student expulsion; also
    included is MCA 20-3-203 regarding executive sessions as it is likely that Chairman
    Sather will want to close the meeting due to the demands of individual privacy unless the
    family waives this right.

  4. Hire Substitutes

    I recommend that we approve the attached list of Substitute employees.

  5. Hire Certified Staff

    I recommend that we hire Dana Block for the Middle School Para-Professional position
    that we currently have open. Mr. Bowman and I will have a recommendation for the Pre-
    School Teaching position. These positions will be paid in accordance with our salary
    schedules and all background checks have been done.

  6. Hire Coaches

    I recommend the following coaches for Middle School Volleyball: Jen Rice and Courtney
    Metzler for 8th Grade, Kenna McCauley and Jesse Swanke for 7th Grade, and Rob
    DiGiallonardo for 6th Grade. I also recommend Randy Zacher for the position of 3rd-5th
    Grade Basketball Supervisor. These positions will be paid in accordance with our salary
    schedules and all background checks have been done.

  7. Establish Negotiations Team

    I recommend that the board approve the attached list of substitute employees.

  8. Superintendent Contract

    Chairman Sather asked me to place this item on the agenda.
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Meeting Minutes


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Regular Board Meeting
January 8, 2013

REGULAR SESSION CALL TO ORDER - 7:00 pm

Chair Tim Sather 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, Tim Sather, Peter Freivalds, Jason Hamrick, Tamara Spillum, Superintendent Tobin Novasio and District Clerk Laurie Noonkester. Trustees Caree Bernhart and Don Reed were absent.

Evelyn Pyburn with Yellowstone County News and numerous staff members were in attendance. All guests were asked to sign in upon arrival.

All guests were asked to sign in upon arrival.

Mr. Sather 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, RECOGNITION, ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE

Correspondence was read and passed to the Trustees for review.

ITEMS FOR ACTION

A. Approval of Minutes

Chair Tim Sather asked if there were any objections to the minutes as presented. Hearing none, the minutes of the December 11, 2012 meeting were approved.

B. Approve Bills and Wages for December

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

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C. Student Discipline Hearing – Possible Executive Session

Superintendent Novasio brought before the board the recommendation that a student be considered for expulsion due to disciplinary issues. Middle School Principal Gordon Klasna will present the school's documentation for the action recommended. Mr. Novasio included in the board information MCA 20-5-202 that addresses student expulsion; also included was MCA 20-3-203 regarding executive sessions.

Chairman Tim Sather called for a closed session at 7:02 in order to protect the individual's right to privacy.

Chairman Sather opened the meeting to the public at 7:38 at which time;

Trustee Jason Hamrick made the motion to allow student A. M. to continue attendance at Lockwood School as directed under the agreed disciplinary contract. Peter Freivalds seconded the motion.

Trustees Susanne Vinton, Tim Sather, Jason Hamrick, Peter Freivalds and Tamara Spillum voted yes; the motion passed unanimously.

D. Request to Hire Substitutes for the 2012-2013 School Year

The listed person was recommended for hire as substitute for the 2012-2013 school year.

Trustee Susanne Vinton made the motion to hire the person listed as a substitute for the 2012-13 school year as presented. Tamara Spillum seconded the motion.

Trustee Peter Freivalds noted that he has serious concerns regarding Mr. Bochy's behavior and will not approve the hiring.

Chairman Tim Sather notified Mr. Bochy that the discussion of this matter could be held in a closed session to protect his right to privacy. Mr. Bochy waived his opportunity to have the issues discussed in a closed session.

Trustee Peter Freivalds stated that he has been made aware of instances of inappropriate behavior and inappropriate comments made by Mr. Bochy to staff members. He believes that the personality conflicts are too great for Mr. Bochy to be hired as a substitute in the district.

Trustee Susanne Vinton noted that she believes the accusations are unfounded since there are no documented or reported instances of the allegations.

Trustees Susanne Vinton, Tim Sather, Jason Hamrick and Tamara Spillum voted yes; Trustee Peter
Freivalds voted nay. The motion passed with a 4 to 1 vote.

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January 8, 2013

E. Hire Staff

Superintendent Novasio recommends that the board approve the hiring of Dana Block. He noted that due to another resignation today he would like the board to approve the second interview choice for the paraprofessional position; whom is Jamie Chapman. Mr. Klasna introduced Dana Block for the Middle School Para-Professional position. Mr. Bowman introduced Sara Paddock who is recommended for the Pre- School Teaching position. All positions will be paid in accordance with our salary schedules and all of the proper background checks have been completed.

Trustee Susanne Vinton made the motion to approve the hiring of Dana Block, Sara Paddock and
Jamie Chapman as recommended. Peter Freivalds seconded the motion.

Trustees Susanne Vinton, Tim Sather, Jason Hamrick, Peter Freivalds and Tamara Spillum voted yes; the motion passed unanimously.

F. Hiring of Coaches

Superintendent Novasio recommends that the board approve hiring the following coaches for Middle School Volleyball: Jen Rice and Courtney Metzler for 8th Grade, Kenna McCauley and Jesse Swanke for 7th Grade, and Rob DiGiallonardo for 6th Grade. He also recommended Randy Zacher for the position of 3rd-5th Grade Basketball Supervisor and Bob Hankins Conditioning Coaches. These positions will be paid in accordance with the Athletic salary schedule and all background checks and certifications are on file.

Trustee Susanne Vinton made the motion to hire the coaches as recommended. Jason Hamrick seconded the motion.

Trustees Susanne Vinton, Tim Sather, Jason Hamrick, Peter Freivalds and Tamara Spillum voted yes; the motion passed unanimously.

G. Establish Negotiations Team

Mr. Novasio noted that the Lockwood Education Association would like to open negotiations based on the provisions agreed to last year by the board as recorded in the May 2012 minutes and in the Association in the letter dated May 2012.

Discussion was held on what timeframe would be conducive to negations and if insurance rates should be received first in order to have a better financial picture.

Trustees Tim Sather, Jason Hamrick and Susanne Vinton were appointed as the district's negotiation team.

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January 8, 2013

H. Superintendent Contract

This item was placed on the agenda at the request Chairman Sather.

The board asked what Mr. Novasio is looking for in a contract. Mr. Novasio noted that he is more concerned with stability than remuneration.

Discussion was held.

Trustee Peter Freivalds made the motion to extend Mr. Novasio's current contract with an additional 2 years. Jason Hamrick seconded the motion.

Trustees Susanne Vinton, Tim Sather, Jason Hamrick, Peter Freivalds and Tamara Spillum voted yes; the motion passed unanimously.

DISTRICT REPORTS

A. Primary Mr. Bowman thanked the board for their support during the heightened security alert before the Christmas break. He noted some of the implemented security measures that have been added and tightened up due security awareness.

B. MS-Mr. Klasna also reported on security measures implemented recently. He mentioned the Student Council Blood Drive to be held on the January 22.

C. Rob Guzman- reported that he would like to upgrade the security systems to be similar as installed in the middle school. He noted that he likens the recent school shooting as a "9/11 event" that changes the way schools function forever. He would like to see a keyless system installed, but this measure could only be implemented in phases due to the lack of funding. He explained the different security systems that are being considered.

Mr. Guzman explained the changes in custodial staff scheduling that has taken place in order to improve employee accountability and reduce absenteeism. He stated that this change will also foster significant energy savings as well. He went on to explain that even community event scheduling has changed to accommodate the new custodial work schedule.

Mr. Novasio noted that he and Rob are working on better signage around the district to assist in getting visitors to the correct locations.

D. Superintendent- Mr. Novasio began by thanking the board for their support during the heightened security alert. He reviewed points of his written report and went over his supporting documents that were included in the electronic board meeting information packet.


TRUSTEE REPORTS

Trustee Susanne Vinton reported upon the virtual advocacy program being held tomorrow and how important it is to support of the SB 17, noting although the bill is certainly not perfect the focus remains on how to best serve our students. Mrs. Vinton also noted that she has been asked to speak on a bill that speaks to a more flexible spending plan to keep special needs children educated within their home districts.

Mrs. Vinton went on to say that due to the tragic loss of a 16 year old Lockwood resident (who was struck by a vehicle) she has contacted our local representatives as well as the Yellowstone County Commissioners encouraging them to do whatever it takes to help make Lockwood streets safer.

ADJOURN

The next Regular Meeting will be on Tuesday, February 12, 2013, at 7:00 p.m.

Trustee Peter Freivalds moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:30 p.m. Jason Hamrick seconded the motion.

Trustees Susanne Vinton, Tim Sather, Jason Hamrick, Peter Freivalds and Tamara Spillum voted yes; the motion passed unanimously.



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Tim Sather, Chairperson                       Laurie Noonkester, District Clerk

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