Meeting Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2013
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.

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

2. Individuals, delegations, correspondence

  1. Public Comment
  2. Correspondence
3. Items for Action
  1. Approve Minutes of October 8th Meeting
  2. Approve Bills and Wages for October 2013
  3. Hire Substitutes
  4. Hire Classified Staff
  5. Hire Coaches
  6. Out of District Students
  7. Policy Update
    1. 1000 Series - Board of Trustees
      A. New Policies - Second Reading - 1332, 1402, 1621, 1700
    2. 2000 Series - Instruction
      A. New Policies - Second Reading - 2110, 2120, 2310P
      B. Revision - 2333
    3. 3000 Series - Students
      A. New Policies - Second Reading -3222, 3224, 3225F, 3340, 3431, 3612, 3612P, 3612F
    4. 4000 Series - Community Relations
      A. New Policies - Second Reading - 4120, 4313
    5. 5000 Series - Personnel
      A. New Policies - Second Reading - 5255, 5460P; Final (Third) Reading - 5460
  8. Request to Open Negotiations, Establish a Committee
  9. Designate an Attendance Officer
  10. Set Date for Christmas Luncheon

4. District reports

  1. Facilities Report
  2. Technology Report
  3. Elementary Principal's Report
  4. Middle School Principal's Report
  5. Superintendent's Report
5. Trustee reports
  1. MCEL Reports
6. Adjourn

BOARD POLICY WORK SESSION NOVEMBER 20th AT 5:30 PM
NEXT REGULAR MEETING IS DECEMBER 10th, 2013 AT 7:00 PM

3. Items for Action

  1. Approve Minutes of October 8th Meeting

  2. Approve Bills and Wages for October 2013

  3. Hire Substitutes
    I recommend that the attached list of substitutes be approved.
  4. Hire Classified Staff
    I recommend that Blaze Sand be hired as a Para-professional for the remainder of the school year
    at the appropriate rate. Blaze will primarily help out with interventions in the Intermediate level.
    Mr. Sand's start date will be December 2nd after he finishes his student teaching.

  5. Hire Coaches
    I recommend that Jen DuVal and Sharmi Lagge be hired to coach Dance. They will split the duties
    and the stipend.

  6. Out of District Students
    I recommend that 2nd graders AB and EB be accepted as out of district students for the remainder
    of the current school year.

  7. Policy Update

    1. 1000 Series - Board of Trustees
      A. New Policies - Second Reading - 1332, 1402, 1621, 1700
    2. 2000 Series - Instruction
      A. New Policies - Second Reading - 2110, 2120, 2310P
    3. 3000 Series - Students
      A. New Policies - Second Reading - 3222, 3224, 3225F, 3340, 3431, 3612,
      3612P, 3612F
    4. 4000 Series - Community Relations
      A. New Policies - Second Reading - 4120, 4313
    5. 5000 Series - Personnel
      A. New Policies - New Policies - Second Reading - 5255, 5460P; Final (Third) Reading - 5460

  8. Request to Open Negotiations, Establish a Committee
    Chairman Sather asked to have this put on the agenda as we agreed with the LEA to address the
    salary matrix this year and we want to have adequate time to do so. He would also like to
    establish a Board Committee to negotiate.

  9. Designate an Attendance Officer
    In accordance with the updates to Policy 3123 that trustees made last month, I recommend that
    Kelly Kinsey be designated as the District's Attendance Officer.

  10. Set Date for Christmas Luncheon
    Last year's date was Friday December 14th.

Star Line

Meeting Minutes


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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, Jennifer Wagner, Don Reed, Kat Luhman, Tamara Spillum, Superintendent Tobin Novasio and District Clerk Laurie Noonkester. Trustee Peter Freivalds was absent.

Dan Carter with ExxonMobil was also in attendance. All guests are 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

Mr. Harvey noted that he continues to believe that video streaming a board meeting to a select audience using personal equipment was completely within his right and not unlawful as portrayed. Mr. Harvey continued that as a member of the "public" his right to have the matter discussed in an open forum is being denied and the Trustees are attempting to "cover up" the matter.

Correspondence was reviewed.

Lockwood parent Ariane Wittman reported to the Board of Trustees a problem she experienced during the recent parent teacher conferences. According to Ms.Wittman, when meeting with her child's Specialist in order to clarify what was meant by the words "borderline manic" in regard to her 5 year old daughter, Ms. Wittman was ordered by the Specialist to leave the classroom. The Specialist then called for an Administrator to escort Ms. Wittman out of the classroom when she refused. Upon the arrival of the Administrator, the Specialist began yelling and screaming at Ms. Wittman before forcefully slamming the door shut.

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Ms. Wittman noted that she is very concerned with the issues that have arisen from this incident. Her first concern is that a non-qualified professional seems to be making a mental diagnosis of a student and secondly the lack of communication with her children's teacher.

Ms. Wittman further related to the Board that later in the evening as she and her children were walking by the school office she heard the same Specialist openly discussing both herself and her children to other staff members.

Ms. Wittman concluded her comment period by thanking the Trustees for listening to her concerns.

Chair Sather noted that due to the nature of the issue it would be inappropriate for the Trustees to comment or discuss the matter at this time. Mr. Sather further noted that the board has a formal grievance policy that must be followed to properly address any issues brought forth at tonight's meeting and that the policy is posted on the Lockwood School Website.

Dan Carter with ExxonMobil presented the Board with a $25,000 check to assist the district with playground repair and the Lions Lair 2.0 project. The board expressed their gratitude for such a generous donation.

Chairman Sather reported that he has received a response from LEA/MFT President Lynette Larson in regard to a letter that was sent notifying the union of the District's intent to begin negotiations on the Collective Bargaining Agreement; which will include the salary matrix as agreed upon last year.

Mrs. Larson noted that the LEA/MFT teams have been assembled as stated in her email response but would like to add Rob DiGiallonardo and Joel Rogers as members of those committees.

YMCA Representative Shawna Herzog and YMCA CEO Senna Postel reported that YMCA has worked with Superintendent Novasio to bring the Active Kids pilot program to Lockwood 6th graders. Ms. Herzog explained that Active Kids is an eight week program that focuses on emotion wellbeing, fitness and nutrition. The goal of this pilot program is to offer children the opportunity to try different programs that encourage long term, active lifestyles while experiencing programs not typically offered at school. Ms. Herzog further explained that the girls P.E classes will be the first group to be bused to the YMCA followed by the boy's P.E. group. It was noted that district staff will be accompanying the students as well. Ms. Postel explained that each participant will receive a free membership to the YMCA. Superintendent Novasio noted the YMCA is already partnering with the district by conducting programs on Lockwood campus.

Chairman Tim Sather presented Trustee Tamara Spillum with her Marvin Heintz award that was given at the recent MCEL conference. The Marvin Heintz award is presented to diligent Trustees that have completed 108 hours of professional development.
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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 October 8, 2013 regular meeting were approved.

B. Approve Bills and Wages for October

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

C. Request to Hire Substitutes for the 2013-2014 School Year

Superintendent Novasio recommended that the listed persons be hired as substitutes for the
2013-14 school year, pending completion of successful background checks.

Mr. Novasio noted that there were additions to the list of recommended persons to be hired as substitutes for the 2013-14 school year.

Trustee Susanne Vinton made the motion to hire those listed as substitutes for the 2013-14 school year as presented pending the return of a successful background check. Jennifer Wagner seconded the motion.

Trustee Don Reed asked about the status of the substitute pool at this time and what is being done to recruit new substitutes. Superintendent Novasio noted that the district is using all avenues to recruit subs including talking to colleges as some education students will be graduating in December. Mr. Klasna noted that during a recent visit to Skyview High School they had approximately eight classes not covered due to the lack of substitutes.

Trustees Susanne Vinton, Tim Sather, Tamara Spillum, Jennifer Wagner, Don Reed, and Kat Luhman, voted yes; the motion passed unanimously.

D. Hiring of Classified Staff

Superintendent Novasio recommends that Blaze Sand be hired as an Intermediate Paraprofessional for the 2013-14 school year at the appropriate rate of pay starting December 2, 2013. Mr. Novasio explained that Mr. Sand completes his student teaching on that date and will be available for fulltime employment.

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Trustee Susanne Vinton made the motion to hire Blaze Sand as recommended for the 2013-14 school year. Kat Luhman seconded the motion.

Trustees Susanne Vinton, Tim Sather, Jennifer Wagner, Don Reed, Kat Luhman, and Tamara Spillum voted yes; the motion passed unanimously.

E. Hiring of Athletic Coaches and Sponsors

Superintendent Novasio recommended that Jen DuVal and Sharmi Lagge be hired to coach dance for the 2013-14 season. These coaches will split the duties and stipend.

Trustee Don Reed made the motion to hire Jen DuVal and Sharmi Lagge as recommended for the 2013-14 school year. Jennifer Wagner seconded the motion.

Trustees Susanne Vinton, Tim Sather, Jennifer Wagner, Don Reed, Kat Luhman, and Tamara Spillum voted yes; the motion passed unanimously.

F.  Out of District Students

Superintendent Novasio recommends that student 2nd grade AB and EB be allowed to attend Lockwood as an out of district student the remainder of the 2013-14 school year.

Trustee Don Reed made the motion to approve out of district attendance for student AB and EB as recommended. Tamara Spillum seconded the motion.

Trustees Susanne Vinton, Tim Sather, Don Reed, Jennifer Wagner, Tamara Spillum, and Kat Luhman voted yes; the motion passed unanimously.

G. Policy Updates

1. 1000 Series – Board of Trustees

A. New Policies - First Reading –1332, 1402, 1621, 1700

After discussion, Trustee Susanne Vinton made the motion to approve the 1000 series of policies as the second reading. Don Reed seconded the motion.

Trustees Susanne Vinton, Tim Sather, Jennifer Wagner, Don Reed, Kat Luhman, and Tamara Spillum voted yes; the motion passed unanimously.

2. 2000 Series – Instruction

A. New Policies - First Reading - 2110, 2120, 2310P

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After discussion, Trustee Susanne Vinton made the motion to approve the 2000 series policies for the second reading. Don Reed seconded the motion.

Trustees Susanne Vinton, Tim Sather, Jennifer Wagner, Don Reed, Kat Luhman, and Tamara Spillum voted yes; the motion passed unanimously.

3. 3000 Series – Students

A. New Policies - Second Reading - 3222, 3224, 3225F, 3340, 3431, 3612, 3612P,
3612F.

After discussion and explanation, Trustee Susanne Vinton made the motion to approve the 3000 series policies for the second reading. Jennifer Wagner seconded the motion.

Trustees Susanne Vinton, Tim Sather, Jennifer Wagner, Don Reed, Kat Luhman, and Tamara Spillum voted yes; the motion passed unanimously.

4. 4000 Series – Community Relations

A. New Policies - Second Reading - 4120, 4313.

Trustee Susanne Vinton made the motion to approve the 4000 series policies for the second reading. Kat Luhman seconded the motion.

Trustees Susanne Vinton, Tim Sather, Jennifer Wagner, Don Reed, Kat Luhman, and Tamara Spillum voted yes; the motion passed unanimously.

5. 5000 Series – Personnel

A. New Policies - Second Reading - 5255, 5460P; Third and Final Reading 5460

Trustee Kat Luhman made the motion to approve policies approve policy 5255 and 5460P for second reading. Jennifer Wagner seconded the motion.

Trustees Susanne Vinton, Tim Sather, Jennifer Wagner, Don Reed, Kat Luhman, and Tamara Spillum voted yes; the motion passed unanimously.

After discussion, Trustee Don Reed made the motion to accept policy 5460 as third and final reading. Susanne Vinton seconded the motion.

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H. Request to Open Negotiations and Establish a Negotiations Committee

Superintendent Novasio explained that this request is in accordance with the agreement from last spring when salary negotiations were held. It was agreed upon then by both parties to open talks regarding the salary matrix.

Trustee Susanne Vinton reminded the Trustees that four or more trustees on a committee would be considered a quorum of the board.

Trustees Tim Sather, Kat Luhman and Susanne Vinton were appointed as the district's negotiation team. Don Reed and Jennifer Wagner were appointed to the district's matrix committee. Committee members will receive an email of open dates for the meetings.

I. Designate an Attendance Officer

Superintendent Novasio recommends that Middle School Assistant Principal Kelly Kinsey be appointed as the District's Attendance Officer in accordance with Policy 3123.

Trustee Susanne Vinton asked if the current SRO's attendance has improved. The consensus was that her attendance has remained the same.

Trustee Susanne Vinton made the motion to appoint Kelly Kinsey as the District's Attendance Officer as recommended. Jennifer Wagner seconded the motion.

Discussion was held.

Trustees Susanne Vinton, Tim Sather, Jennifer Wagner, Don Reed, Kat Luhman, and Tamara
Spillum voted yes; the motion passed unanimously.

J. Set a Date for the Annual Christmas Luncheon

After discussion and calendar review, December 13th was set as the date for the Annual
Christmas Luncheon.

DISTRICT REPORTS

A. Facilities - Director Rob Guzman reported that the security cameras and monitors are up and running in all of the offices. On October 24th "Play by Design" held a student planning day which was a great success. Preliminary drawings incorporating student design ideas will be unveiled at the November 14th Lions Lair 2.0 meeting. Approximately 20 volunteers have been rounded up for the Lions Lair project as a result of the recent 300+ Community Meeting.
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B. Technology - Director Darlene Hess had nothing further to add to her written report. Superintendent Novasio fielded questions regarding testing applications and connectivity between the various applications.

C. Elementary School - K-5 Principal Mike Bowman had nothing further to add to his written report. Mr. Bowman fielded questions regarding testing scores presented in his report and explained how the results are used to track each student's learning progress.

D. Middle School - Middle School Principal Gordon had nothing further to add to his written report. Mr. Klasna fielded questions regarding the cross country teams and the current participation numbers.

E. Superintendent - Mr. Novasio reviewed his written report for the board. He made mention of current enrollment numbers.

Mr. Christman spoke to the Title I SES program and that this year the district has qualified to host its own program saving the district approximately $17,000 as opposed to hiring out of state tutoring programs that have in the past provide sub - standard results.

Mr. Novasio highlighted overall testing results explained the testing programs as well the technology hurdles in using the Smarter Balance Testing.

Superintendent Novasio noted that MTSBA amendment for the creation of high school districts and the petition is being presented to community during meetings and family fun night. He believes this will garner additional support in allowing local community decisions when creating high school districts.

Mr. Novasio requested permission to begin recruiting staff for preschool program again this year. He reported that they are seeing astounding results from incorporating the program last year as approximately half of the last year's attendees were placed in the advanced kindergarten program this year. Discussion was held on possible funding capabilities. Trustee Don Reed noted that he has heard of some grant monies that may be available for this program.

Superintendent Novasio continued with his report and fielded questions.

TRUSTEE REPORTS

MCEL Reports: Trustee Don Reed found the presentation by Lew Jones on Dark Money Politics troubling and concerning but very informative. Kat Luhman reminded the public that the website Big Sky Big Money will give more information on the "Dark Money" agencies. Kat further explained how the agencies work to undermine the fair political practices.
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DISTRICT REPORTS

Don Reed explained how the Charter School movement is supported by "Dark Money" and that if successful will take away funding from the public schools but would be without accreditation regulation as compared to the current public school structure.

Trustee Kat Luhman attended the "Bodies in Motion" class and shared those ideas presented for better ergonomics that help students stay focused.

Intermediate Teacher Linda Engdahl noted that Karla Shaw's classroom contains tables where students stand during instruction.

Chairman Tim Sather noted that the opening speaker statistics regarding the number one killer of school students not being guns but suicide was enlightening considering the current focus of student safety. Superintendent Novasio also spoke about suicide numbers in Montana.

Trustee Susanne Vinton stated that she appreciated the Board's newest members, Kat and Jennifer's, eager participation, views and thoughtful comments on issues presented at MCEL.

Trustee Jennifer Wagner attended the class explaining the Montana Digital Academy, Ed Ready and Remedial Assessment Programs that are available. Jennifer was impressed with the educational tools that can help map the road to colleges or trade schools of one's choice. Trustee Kat Luhman noted that there are programs through OPI that also help people look at the requirements for college degrees.

The Trustees were reminded of the Policy Work Session that is scheduled for November 20th at 5:30 p.m.

ADJOURN

The next Regular Meeting will be on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. in the Lockwood School District Board Room.

Don Reed noted that a Lockwood Steering Committee meeting will be held December 21st at 7:00 in the boardroom.

Trustee Susanne Vinton moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:58 p.m. Don Reed seconded the motion.

Trustees Susanne Vinton, Tim Sather, Jennifer Wagner, Don Reed, Kat Luhman, and Tamara Spillum voted yes; the motion passed unanimously.




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Tim Sather, Chairperson                       Laurie Noonkester, District Clerk

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