Meeting Agenda

Meeting Date: Novembeer 10, 2015
Meeting Time: 6:00 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 6:00 pm
    Pledge to the Flag

2. Individuals, delegations, correspondence

  1. Public Comment
  2. Student Recognitions - MS Journalism
  3. Staff Report – Assessment Teams
  4. Correspondence
  5. PTA Report
  6. Update TEDD Phase II – Steve Arveschoug
3. District reports
  1. Curriculum Update – Rubicon Atlas Training – Toni Bender and Savanah Smit
  2. Facilities Report
  3. Technology Report
  4. Elementary Principal's Report
  5. Middle School Principal's Report
  6. Superintendent's Report
4. Trustee reports
  1. Negotiations Update
  2. SD #2 High School Trustee Update
  3. MCEL Reports
  4. School Uniforms
  5. Prayer at Meetings
5. Items for Action
  1. Consent Agenda
    1. Approve Minutes of October 13th Meeting
    2. Approve Bills and Wages for October 2015
    3. Hire Substitutes
    4. Hire Coach
  2. Void Outstanding Checks
    C. SkoolLive Agreement
    D. Approve Kindergarten Readiness Program for Spring 2016 E. Set Date for Christmas Luncheon
6. Adjourn


Superintendent's Agenda Report

3. Items for Action

  1. Consent Agenda
    All of the items 1-4 can be approved with one motion and vote. Any trustee can pull an
    item from the consent agenda at any meeting if they want to discuss that item further. I
    recommend that we approve the consent agenda.
    1. Approve Minutes of October 13th Meeting
    2. Approve Bills and Wages for October 2014
      We recently
    3. Hire Substitutes
      I recommend that the attached list of substitutes be approved.
    4. Hire Coaches
      I recommend that we offer Bob Hankins an extra curricular contract for Weight Training
      Supervisor. The boys session will run from November 16th to December 18th. Girls will run
      from February 15th to March 18th.

  2. Void Outstanding Checks
    I have attached a list of checks have been outstanding for an extended time. Our auditor
    has recommended that we take this action at this time.

  3. SkoolLive Agreement
    I have included an agreement form to move forward on working with SkoolLive to place
    video kiosks in the Middle School and Sturtevant area.

  4. Approve Kindergarten Readiness Program for Spring 2016
    I recommend that we move forward with advertising for a teacher and potential students
    for a Kindergarten Readiness program this spring. I propose that we start the teacher on
    January 11th and students on January 19th. This would be a 100-day contract for the
    teacher. We will enroll students that qualify under Policy 3100 and 3100P. There has
    been some thought that we might have enough potential students to justify two teachers; I
    would like guidance from the trustees on this idea.

  5. Set Date for Christmas Luncheon
    We have tentatively set the date for the Luncheon for December 11th.

Meeting Minutes

CALL TO ORDER - 6:00 pm

Middle School Assistant Principal Kelly Kinsey provided the Board of Trustees with a tutorial on
the use of the social networking tool Twitter during a 5:30 work session.

Chair Susanne Vinton called the Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees to order at 6:00 p.m.
by leading those present in the Pledge of Allegiance. The following trustees and officers were
present: Trustees Tim Sather, Vicki Krause, Scott Kiekover, Joe Borgstrom, Kat Luhman,
Susanne Vinton, Superintendent Tobin Novasio and District Clerk Laurie Noonkester. Trustee
Don Reed was absent.

Evelyn Pyburn with Yellowstone County News was in attendance.

All guests are asked to sign in upon arrival.

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.


One request for Public Comment was submitted by Mr. Peter Freivalds. Mr. Freivalds spoke
against the TEDD proposal and provided a written outline of points he believes proves the TEDD
concept is a bad idea for the community. Mr. Freivalds spoke directly to the Trustees reminding
them their primary priority is the fiscal stability of the district and supporting the TEDD would
be a violation of that purpose. Mr. Freivalds noted he sees the TEDD project much like gambling
but with public property taxes.

Student Recognition: Middle School Journalism class provided a congratulatory video
presentation to the Trustees who were recipients of the MTSBA School Board of the Year
Award. The video showed students, staff and administrators expressing their appreciation to the
Trustees for their dedication and hard work.

Staff Reports: Assessment Team Members explained their work and how they plan to improve
student success using the testing data they gather and hope to review the report card format in
order to make them more parent friendly. In summation, the Team stated "dedicated
collaboration is the key to success."

MS Assessment Team member Jen Rice spoke to the use of formative assessments to benchmark
the Middle School student's aptitude in the various disciplines.

Correspondence: A SAM Bulletin article spotlighting the Lockwood Trustees was noted.

PTA: Loree Baasch commended the Trustees on their recent award and support they have
historically given to the PTA. Ms. Baasch noted the current total of $144,000 has been raised
thus far for Lions Liar 2.0, with additional fundraisers scheduled. She encouraged the audience
and Trustees to become involved in the Adopt a Family Program for the Holidays.

TEDD Phase II- Steve Arveschoug Executive Director of the BSED provided the Trustees with
an update on Phase II of the TEDD project. He presented a Project Coordination Plan that
extends through June 30, 2016, noting that after a review of proposed concept areas and the
needs associated with those proposed areas, the importance of "Lockwood Choice" in the SD#2
redistricting issue is brought to the forefront. Mr. Arveschoug further explained the TEDD
approach verses a tax abatement tool and the differences therein.

Mr. Arveschoug continued; with moving forward the Yellowstone County Commissioners will
take the broad concept area currently mapped and thoughtfully decide the scope of the area to be
included in the planned industrial area. The comprehensive Development Plan will take
approximately 6 month to work through. Mr. Arveschoug commented it is concerned citizens like
Mr. Freivalds who help keep the concept focused on both aspects of community needs and job
creation during this process.

Trustee Tim Sather voiced concerns regarding the timeline of the project and the "imaginary
road" ie; proposed Billings Bypass Interchange, and how industry will naturally follow if the
Bypass is installed.

When questioned regarding how long the TEDD area taxes would be unavailable to the district
Mr. Arveschoug explained the TEDD bonding would be for fifteen years at the minimum, but the
statutes allow for extensions of the bonding timeframe. Mr. Arveschoug provided scenarios why
extensions would be granted but those decisions ultimately lie with the County Commissioners.
In conclusion, Mr. Arveschoug explained the work done to ensure pedestrian safety in creating
trails/sidewalks plans along the Billings Bypass Interchange.

BSED Community Coordinator Dianne Lehm provided a walkthrough of the plan document and
the timeline as presented.

Trustee Susanne Vinton asked if there could be impact fees imposed on the TEDD to help defer
the lost school district revenue thus making the TEDD more palatable.

Mr. Arveschoug responded there are some avenues in which the Yellowstone County
Commissioners could use but they would have to be across the board and distribution would be
to all of the taxing entities accordingly.

Trustee Joe Borgstrom asked if the need for industry is qualified for such a project when the
skilled employee pool is not readily available. Mr. Arveschoug replied that in reality the largest
need of industry is space and infrastructure and studies have shown skilled workers follow the

  1. Curriculum Update- Rubicon Atlas Professional Development in Portland- Staff
    members Savanah Smith and Tony Bender provided the Trustees an outline of
    their recent trip and the learning gained in the use of tools and applications
    contained in the Rubicon Atlas. The team explained how they will use these
    learned skills to provide a more in depth use of the components within the
    Rubicon Atlas. Curriculum Director Cindy Gopp noted she has gained knowledge
    regarding the administrative use of the Rubicon Atlas. The team fielded questions
    from the Trustees.

  2. Facilities- Director Rob Guzman was absent from the meeting but submitted a
    written report. Superintendent Novasio noted that Zoe Bible Church donated a
    beautiful new scoreboard for the football field. The Trustees thanked Zoe Bible
    Church for their continued support of district.

  3. Technology- Coordinator Darlene Hess had nothing further to add her written

  4. Elementary Principal- K-5 Principal Mike Bowman reviewed points of his written
    report. He provided a graph displaying behavior and testing scores and reviewed
    the Student Growth Summary Report, explaining how behavior can correlate to
    student academic growth.

  5. Middle School Principal- MS Principal Gordon Klasna reviewed his written report
    and explained recent steps taken to mitigate tardiness. He increased the class
    passing time by one minute, taking time from the advisory period and not
    instructional classroom time. He further noted this year Students will participate in
    their own goal setting by creating individual testing goals.

  6. Superintendent- Superintendent Tobin Novasio reviewed points of his written
    report. Mr. Novasio spent time reviewing the Teams report and noted a couple of
    expected deviations on the accreditation. Mr. Christman reported 19,991
    breakfasts have been served to date. Mr. Klasna reported the students have
    responded well to the breakfast meal changes in the middle school. Mr. Novasio
    noted a change in one Middle School Paraprofessional duties by allowing her to
    help with activity fundraising during school hours. Mr. Novasio concluded with a
    slideshow presented during today's Educator for a Day event the district hosted.
    The slideshow provided visuals of tax distribution data.

    Mr. Novasio requested guidance with proceeding on the K-12 expansion issue. He
    explained with the passage of the Missoula levy it has effectively caused Missoula
    Hellgate to drop out of the conversation and wondered how the Trustees feel about
    hiring a lobbyist to proceed with a MTSBA resolution.

    The consensus was the board would draft a resolution at the next meeting asking
    MTSBA to assist with the process but the cost of hiring a lobbyist is prohibitive
    and could be considered unethical to spend taxpayer monies in such a fashion.


Negotiations: Trustee Kat Luhman reported the Negotiations Committee has found some major
differences. She noted some of the differences are insurance contributions, pay rates, professional
development track pay schedule, seniority, contract days and contract start and end dates. Mrs.
Luhman noted the Paras are also asking for an additional $4 per hour wage increase when asked
to substitute for a teacher and tenure after 90 days. The next meeting is scheduled for November
17th at 6:00 p.m.

SD #2 High School Trustee Update: Mr. Klasna reported a large number of Lockwood residents
attended the last redistricting meeting noting that trend needs to continue. Mr. Klasna remarked
upon the discussion of possible mill levies by SD#2. Lengthy discussion on how the proposed
SD#2 HS mill levy monies would be used and the redistricting issue was held.

MCEL Reports: Trustees and Administrators remarked upon some of the classes they attended.
School Uniform Discussion: Trustee Joe Borgstrom explained his reasoning for bringing this
topic up for discussion. Administrator Don Christman noted he has worked in districts where
uniforms were mandatory and there are companies who provide uniforms at reasonable prices.
Mandatory uniforms for underprivileged students, regardless of cost, were discussed. Personal
experiences of wearing school uniforms by those for and against the practice were shared by the
public. It was the board consensus to seek more public input on the matter and a survey of
parents and students will be completed before further consideration.

Prayer at Meetings: Trustee Joe Borgstrom explained most public meetings, be it national, state
or local have an invocation asking for guidance and wisdom in the decision making process and
is the primary reason for wanting to bring this topic up for consideration. Lengthy discussion was
held on the issue. Trustee Vicki Krause stated she wondered if the practice of prayer at a public
meeting is even lawful and Trustee Kat Luhman stated she was not comfortable with prayer at a
public meeting. The consensus of the Board was to table the discussion.


A. Consent Agenda Items

  1. Approve Minutes of October 13th, 2015 Meeting Minutes
  2. October 2015 Bills and Wages
  3. Hire Substitutes
  4. Hire Coaches

Chair Vinton noted there were additions to the substitute list.

Chair Susanne Vinton asked if there were any objections to the consent agenda items as
presented. Hearing none, the above agenda items were approved as presented.

B. Void Outstanding Check

Business Manger Laurie Noonkester requested the Trustees remove the check to Pam Richau
from the list to be voided. Mrs. Noonkester explained she has re-issued Mrs. Richau's check for
the third time giving her 10 business days in which to cash this last check. Mrs. Richau provided
reasonable assurance she will make an effort to redeem the check in the appropriate manner. Mrs.
Noonkester further explained the remaining list of outstanding checks from both the Student
Activities and District were written from previous fiscal years and in some instances are a second
re-issue where the payees have still not cashed the checks. She is requesting the Trustees make a
motion to void these checks.

Trustee Kat Luhman made the motion to void all of the checks as requested. Joe Borgstrom
seconded the motion.

Trustees Tim Sather, Kat Luhman, Vicki Krause, Joe Borgstrom, Scott Kiekover and Susanne
Vinton voted yes; the motion passed unanimously.

C. SkoolLive Agreement

Superintendent Novasio recommended the Trustees sign the agreement with SkoolLive to
provide informational Kiosks in the Middle School commons and other district sites.
Discussion was held.

Trustee Joe Borgstrom moved to approve the agreement with SkoolLive as recommended. Vicki
Krause seconded the motion.

Further discussion on what account would receive the monies earned from the agreement was

Trustees Tim Sather, Kat Luhman, Vicki Krause, Joe Borgstrom, Scott Kiekover and Susanne
Vinton voted yes; the motion passed unanimously.

D. Approve Kindergarten Readiness Program for Spring 2016

Superintendent Novasio recommended the Trustees approve the Kindergarten Readiness Program
and perhaps prepare for 2 classes due to the numbers of interested parties.

Trustee Tim Sather moved to approve Kindergarten Readiness Program as recommended. Joe
Borgstrom seconded the motion.

Mr. Bowman reported there is the potential for two classes as seen with the current number of
interested participants.

Discussion was held.

Tim Sather amended his motion to state: "Approve the Kindergarten Readiness Program as
recommended with one teacher and to revisit the issue if enrollments indicate the need to add an
additional teacher," Kat Luhman seconded the motion.

Trustees Tim Sather, Kat Luhman, Vicki Krause, Joe Borgstrom, Scott Kiekover and Susanne
Vinton voted yes; the amended motion passed unanimously.

E. Date for Christmas Luncheon

Friday, December 11th was decided as the date for the Annual Staff Luncheon to be hosted by the


The next Regular Meeting will be on Tuesday, December 8, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Lockwood
School District Board Room.

Trustee Joe Borgstrom moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:10 p.m. Vicki Krause seconded the

Trustees Tim Sather, Kat Luhman, Vicki Krause, Scott Kiekover, Joe Borgstrom and Susanne
Vinton voted yes; the motion passed unanimously.

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Susanne Vinton, Chairperson                       Laurie Noonkester, District Clerk

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