Meeting Agenda

Meeting Date: December 8, 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.

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1. Call to order 6:00 pm
    Pledge to the Flag
    Welcome

2. Individuals, delegations, correspondence

  1. Public Comment
  2. Student Recognitions - Middle School Student Council, Food Drive
  3. Staff Report - Instruction Teams
  4. Correspondence
  5. PTA Report
3. District reports
  1. Facilities Report
  2. Technology Report
  3. Elementary Principal's Report
  4. Middle School Principal's Report
  5. Superintendent's Report
4. Trustee reports
  1. Negotiations Update
  2. SD #2 High School Trustee Update
  3. Date for Joint Meeting with SD #2
  4. Superintendent Evaluation Information
5. Items for Action
  1. Consent Agenda
    1. Approve Minutes of November 10th Meeting
    2. Approve Bills and Wages for November 2015
    3. Hire Substitutes
    4. Hire Coaches
    5. Hire Certified Teacher
    6. Hire Classified Staff
  2. Approve Out of District Students
  3. Approve Student Placement at YBGR
  4. Approve K-8 Expansion Resolution Submission to MTSBA
6. Adjourn

NEXT REGULAR MEETING IS JANUARY 12th, 2016 AT 6:00 PM

Superintendent's Agenda Report

3. Items for Action

  1. Consent Agenda
    All of the items 1-6 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 November 10th Meeting
    2. Approve Bills and Wages for November 2015
    3. Hire Substitutes
      I recommend that the attached list of substitutes be approved.
    4. Hire Coaches
      I recommend that we hire Sharmi Lagge as the Dance Coach, Rob DiGiallonardo for 7th
      Grade Boy's Basketball Coach, Joel Rogers for 8th Grade Boy's Basketball Coach, Mandee
      Clarke for 6th Grade Volleyball Coach and Eric Karls as an Assistant Track Coach.
    5. Hire Certified Teacher
      I recommend that we offer Jamie Lofing a prorated 100-day teaching contract for the
      Readiness Kindergarten.
    6. Hire Classified Staff
      I recommend that we hire Aubrie Visser as a Para-Professional starting January 11th.

  2. Approve Out of District Students
    I have two out of district students that the Principals have recommended for acceptance
    the remainder of this year: a 5th grader that has moved out of district and a Kindergarten
    Readiness student that we expect to move into our district.

  3. Approve Student Placement at YBGR
    Student 15/16-02 was expelled in September and has subsequently been qualified as a
    student with a disability. This puts the responsibility for the student's education back on us
    since they reside in our district. I recommend that we approve placement at the YBGR.
    We also have an autistic student that has been recommended for placement at YBGR
    based on his IEP.

  4. Approve K-8 Expansion Resolution Submission to MTSBA
    I have included the November E-Lert from MTSBA that includes the resolution process as
    well as draft resolution language. I used the resolution from two years ago as a start and
    have included the changes that I have made based on the legislative process. This is still
    open for feedback and MTSBA may have advice once it is submitted to their staff.
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Meeting Minutes

CALL TO ORDER - 6:00 pm

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, Don Reed, Scott Kiekover, Joe Borgstrom, Kat
Luhman, Susanne Vinton, Superintendent Tobin Novasio and District Clerk Laurie Noonkester.
Trustee Joe Borgstrom was absent for the beginning of the proceedings but arrived before the
action items of the agenda were heard.

Evelyn Pyburn with Yellowstone County News and Dan Carter with ExxonMobil were 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.

INDIVIDUALS, RECOGNITION, ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND CORRESPONDENCE

Angela Pederson, President of Lockwood Paraprofessional Association submitted a request for
public comment. Ms. Pederson began by remarking that contrary to Trustee Kat Luhman's
November report regarding the status of the negotiations, the LPA is not and has never asked for
tenure nor seniority. Ms. Pederson continued her remarks by listing items she felt were positive
items addressed in the negotiation process.

Board Chair Susanne Vinton thanked Ms. Pederson for her time and reminded the audience that
all negotiation meetings are open to the public and invited any interested parties to attend.

Student Recognition: Middle School Student Council provided an update on the School
Improvement Surveys, concession stand earnings, placement of bulletin board in the commons
area, success of the Holiday Food Drive, the upcoming Valentine's Day dance, a proposed
monthly community service day, providing for needy students and Christmas tree placed in the
Middle School commons where donated gifts were collected to give to a local needy family.

Student Council Advisor Eric Karls asked the audience and Trustees for suggestions in regard to
future student council projects they would like to see implemented. Primary Teacher and PTA
President Whitney DiFronzo suggested the council work with the PTA on projects.
Trustee Don Reed commended the group on focusing on community service and not limiting
their scope to school projects.

Chair Susanne Vinton asked the students if they would consider helping with the Trustee survey.
Staff Reports: K-5 Instruction team members introduce themselves. Team Member Amy Wiggs
began by thanking Mr. Bowman and the Trustees for their support and provided a brief
explanation of their work. She noted vocabulary is the focus of their work this year. The team
fielded questions regarding the challenges they face.

MS Instructional Team members introduced themselves with member Johanna Freivalds
reviewing her prepared report. The team fielded questions regarding how their strategies are
carried forward to high school and the importance of the academic transition.
Correspondence: Thank you notes were passed around for review.

PTA: Lion's Lair 2.0 Chair Person Sue Robertson noted due to the passing of PTA President
Amy Zinda, Vice President Whitney Difronzo has stepped into that role. She further noted that
approximately $2, 073 dollars was raised during a Family Fun Night raffle with the proceeds
being donated to the Zinda family. Superintendent Novasio noted the District will be placing a
memorial plaque for Amy Zinda at a later date.

Mrs. Robertson continued, the PTA raised an additional $2,100 during the holiday coin drive
where 21 needy families will receive $100 gift cards. Braxx cups sales earned $14,000 and a
donation from Billings Livestock Sales was received.

In regard to the status of the Lions Lair 2.0, Mrs. Robertson noted the order for the structure has
been placed and to date $146,000 has been earned towards their goal. The Foundation Bricks
fundraiser has been launched with order forms to be distributed and cookbook pre-orders are
currently being taken. Mrs. Robertson reported upcoming fundraising events include a ticket
package for the Carrie Underwood Concert with a dinner at Jakes will be up for raffle.

DISTRICT REPORTS
  1. Facilities- Director Rob Guzman had nothing further to add to his written report
    but fielded questions from the Trustees.

  2. Technology- Coordinator Darlene Hess noted in addition to her report the network
    upgrade will be preformed over the Christmas break.

  3. Elementary Principal- K-5 Principal Mike Bowman had nothing further to add to
    his written report. The Trustees commented that they are impressed with the
    collaboration with MSU B Education Department. Mr. Bowman remarked upon
    strength and importance of that relationship.

  4. Middle School Principal- MS Principal Gordon Klasna had nothing further to add
    to his written report. Mr. Novasio provided a summary of costs for officials and
    related activity expenses and suggested charging admissions for events. Mr.
    Novasio provided some of the ideas for staffing the admission desks. Fees and
    timeframe for admission changes were discussed.

  5. Superintendent- Superintendent Tobin Novasio reviewed points of his written
    report. Mr. Novasio highlighted the Kindergarten Readiness Classes will start
    January18th and noted the January PIR day schedule inviting the Trustees to
    attend. He presented the draft calendar for the 2016-17 school year for review.
    Mr. Novasio mentioned Special Programs Director Don Christmas has received
    notification he has been successful in receiving a Nike Marathon Running Club
    grant awarded this morning. Mr. Novasio continued a substitute appreciation
    luncheon is scheduled next week and a civil rights suit brought against the district
    by a former employee has been dismissed.

    Special Programs Director Don Christman noted surveys for the Riverstone
    Health Clinic are in progress which is the first step in process in the Grant
    application process to get a local clinic established.

TRUSTEE REPORTS

Negotiations: Trustee Kat Luhman reported that the MTSBA attorney Kerri Langoni has
resigned and will be replaced by Tony Koenig. The next meeting is scheduled for December 17th
at 6:00 p.m.

SD #2 High School Trustee Update: Mr. Gordon Klasna reported a levy is proposed for May and
will be presented to the Trustees for consideration. Mr. Klasna noted that during the last
redistricting meeting a large number of Lockwood residents were in attendance where a secret
vote was taken on the proposed redistricting options, a move in which he questions the legality
of. Lockwood Chair Susanne Vinton commented even during the meeting the validity of such
actions were called into question by a member of the committee.

The next redistricting meeting will be held on December 15th. Mr. Klasna continued it was very
good to hear other elementary districts speak up at the last meeting and the Lockwood committee
representation at the meetings have been good. Mr. Klasna further noted SD #2 Trustees have
suggested that all elementary districts be invited to a joint meeting but he suggested perhaps the
Superintendents, Chairpersons and Vice Chairs from the Elementary feeder schools be invited in
order to make the meetings more manageable.

Discussion regarding specific Lockwood issues, the importance of communicating them
effectively to the SD#2 Trustees and a lengthy discussion on the redistricting issue was held.

Trustee Joe Borgstrom attended the meeting at this point in time.

Public Comment regarding the High School Redistricting issue from Teresa Stroebe was
submitted.

Mrs. Stroebe thanked Mr. Klasna for his work on the SD #2 Board of Trustees and representing
the Lockwood community so well. She further commented upon the importance of student
representation at the redistricting meetings in order to get the student's perspective on the issue.
Mrs. Stroebe continued she believes the redistricting committee meeting structure has been
created for a specific outcome.

Date for Joint Meeting with SD #2 Trustees: Chair Susanne Vinton noted she and Superintendent
Novasio had met with SD #2 Representatives on the specific agenda for the meeting. Trustees
reviewed their calendars and provided potential dates of Feb 2nd and Feb 4th at 6 p.m. be
submitted to SD#2 representatives for consideration.

Superintendent Evaluation Information: Chair Susanne Vinton notified the Trustees she will
send emails to them regarding tools for the evaluation process.

ITEMS FOR ACTION

A. Consent Agenda Items

  1. Approval of November 10th, 2015 Meeting Minutes
  2. November 2015 Bills and Wages
  3. Hire Substitutes
  4. Hire Coaches
  5. Hire Certified Teacher
  6. Hire Classified Staff

Superintendent Novasio noted a couple of minor changes to the coaching staffing assignments.
K-5 Principal Mike Bowman introduced Jamie Lofing as the Kindergarten Readiness Teacher.

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. Approve Out of District Students

Superintendent Novasio recommended the two students be approved for out of district attendance
for the remainder of the school year.

Trustee Don Reed made the motion to grant out of district enrollment to the students as
recommended. Joe Borgstrom seconded the motion.

Discussion was held on the enrollment of the Kindergarten Readiness Program student requesting
out of district attendance.

Trustee Don Reed amended the motion to allow attendance of the 5th grader only. Joe Borgstrom
seconded the amendment to the motion.

Trustees Tim Sather, Kat Luhman, Vicki Krause, Don Reed, Joe Borgstrom, Scott Kiekover and
Susanne Vinton voted yes; the amendment to the motion passed unanimously.
Chair Vinton called for vote on the amended motion.

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

C. Approve Student Placement at YBGR

Superintendent Novasio recommends the Trustee approve placement of student 15/16-02 and
15/16-03 at the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Academy. Mr. Novasio explained that student 15/16-
02 was previously expelled but has been designated with a disability thus this request for
placement at YGBR is required.

Trustee Tim Sather moved to approve the placement students 15/16-02 and 15/16-03 at the
Yellowstone Boys and Girls Academy as recommended.

Don Reed seconded the motion.

Discussion was held.

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

D. Approve K-8 Expansion Resolution Submission to MTSBA

Superintendent Novasio explained he included the November E-lert from MTSBA that includes
the resolution process as well as draft resolution language. He has used the resolution from two
years ago as a start and noted changes he made based on the legislative process. Mr. Novasio
noted this draft is open for feedback and MTSBA may have advice once it is submitted to their
staff for review. Chair Susanne Vinton noted the call for MTSBA resolutions will be held on
December 15 so this resolution is timely.

Trustee Kat Luhman moved to approve the K-8 Expansion resolution as presented. Vicki Krause
seconded the motion.

Discussion was held.

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

ADJOURN

The next Regular Meeting will be on Tuesday, January 12, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. in the Lockwood
School District Board Room.

Trustee Don Reed moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:10 p.m. Joe Borgstrom seconded the
motion.

Trustees Tim Sather, Kat Luhman, Vicki Krause, Don Reed, 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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