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Regular Meeting
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
6:00 pm - Lockwood 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.

NOTE TO OUR GUESTS: VISITORS WISHING TO RECORD THIS MEETING ELECTRONICALLY MAY DO SO PROVIDING THE RECORDING DOES NOT DISRUPT THE ORDERLY CONDUCT OF THIS MEETING.

NOTE TO OUR GUESTS: VISITORS WISHING TO RECORD THIS MEETING ELECTRONICALLY MAY DO SO PROVIDING THE RECORDING DOES NOT DISRUPT THE ORDERLY CONDUCT OF THIS MEETING.

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

2. Individuals, delegations, correspondence

  1. Public Comment
  2. Student Recognition – Science Bowl Team
  3. Staff Report – Technology Team
  4. PTA Report
  5. Correspondence
3. District reports
  1. Facilities Report
  2. Technology Report
  3. Elementary Principal Report
  4. Middle School Principal Report
  5. Superintendent's Report
4. Trustee reports
  1. SD2 Trustee Update
  2. Legislative Report
  3. MTSBA Training Opportunities
5. Items for Action
  1. Consent Agenda
    1. Approve Minutes of February 14th Meetings
    2. Approve Bills and Wages for February 2017
    3. Hire Classified Employee
  2. Waive Gym Rental Fee for Stars-n-Stripes Wrestling Tourney
  3. Open Negotiations with Para-professional Union, Set Negotiations Team
  4. Set Levy Amount
  5. Approve Out of District Students

6. Adjourn

NEXT REGULAR MEETING IS APRIL 11th, 2016 AT 6:00 PM

Superintendent's Agenda Report - Action Items

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 February 14th Meeting
    2. Approve Bills and Wages for February 2017
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    3. Hire Classified Employee

  2. Waive Gym Rental Fee for Stars-n-Stripes Wrestling Tourney
    Bob Charette who oversees the Stars-n-Stripes AAU Wrestling has requested that we waive the cost of renting Sturtevant Gym. They have been asked to host an inaugural First Nations Wresting Tournament on April 15th. This tourney’s goal is to increase involvement in the sport by Native youth. They are really unsure what type of turnout that they might have and have asked us to waive the $200 rental fee. Bob also wants to give an update on the wrestling program. I recommend that we waive our rental fee for this event.

  3. Open Negotiations with Para-professional Union, Set Negotiations Team
    We have received a request from the Lockwood Para-Professional Association to open the bargaining agreement for negotiations. We settled on a two-year deal but exhausted the whole first year in negotiations so that deal expires at the end of this fiscal year. WE need to select a negotiations team for this process and discus available dates.

  4. Set Levy Amount
    Last month we decided to put a General Fund levy out to our taxpayers. We have to set the amount of this levy by the end of this month. Laurie and I will present two options, 5 mills and the maximum budget allowed. These are just two examples and the Board can set the levy for any amount allowed by law that pleases them.

  5. Approve Out of District Students
    I recommend that the Board approve LC (5th) and CM (3rd) to finish the current school year as nonresident students.

Meeting Minutes

CALL TO ORDER - 6:00 pm

Chair Tim Sather 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, Joe Borgstrom, Pamela Ask, Scott Kiekover, Sylvia Noble, Joe Borgstrom Superintendent Tobin Novasio and District Clerk Laurie Noonkester. Trustee Teresa Stroebe and Kat Luhman and were absent from the meeting. Trustee Joe Borgstrom arrived late during District Reports section of the meeting agenda.

Dan Carter with ExxonMobil and Evelyn Pyburn with the Yellowstone County News were 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. Visitors wishing to record this meeting electronically may do so providing the recording does not disrupt the orderly conduct of the meeting. As a courtesy, all cell phones should be turned off. 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

Public Comment: None were submitted.

Student Recognition: Coach Kate Ryan explained the Lockwood Science Bowl competition noting the Lockwood Team placed 2nd out of 17 competitors in the Big Sky Regional Science Bowl Competition. Team members are: Zephan Carpenter, Autumn Harris, Robbie Morris, Eva Rickard, Grant Rickard and Cole Watson. The team conducted a Trustee quiz using questions posed during the competition. The Trustees congratulated the Science Bowl Team on representing the district so well in the competition and gave them DQ gift cards in appreciation.

Staff Report- Technology Team: Chair of the K-5 Stephanie Smith Miller explained the purpose of the team. Team member Kate Ryan directed the audience and Trustees to the school website where the app “Flippity” is used to create quizzes and instructional lessons. Mr. Novasio gave accolades to the team for their work in encouraging the use of the District’s technology in the classroom.

PTA Report: President Whitney DiFronzo provided an update on recent events which included the Celebrity Basketball game and the PTA Picture Day. She also noted the upcoming Family Movie Night/Food Drive the group has scheduled.

Correspondence: A thank you note from staff member Susan Seilstad was passed for review.

DISTRICT REPORTS
  1. Facilities- Manager Marc Dearing had nothing further to add to his written report.
  2. Technology- Coordinator Darlene Hess was absent but provided a written report.
  3. Elementary- Assistant K-5 Principal Jenny Fox had nothing further to add to her written report
  4. Middle School- Principal Gordon Klasna had nothing further to add to his written report but asked Mrs. Sigrid Noyd who oversees the Middle School Life Skills room, to provide an explanation of her duties. Chairman Tim Sather commented upon how impressive the Middle School Band Dinner and Concert was.
  5. Superintendent- Superintendent Tobin Novasio reviewed points of his written report adding the district continues to see enrollment holding steady. Mr. Novasio commented on the recent staff resignations of Sharon Harris, Marcia Meyer and Sue Roberts. Mr. Novasio noted the Administration has worked with the Gideons International to allow the group to hand out bibles on district property in order alleviate student safety issues that have occurred in the past when students would cross Highway 87 to get their free bible. The success of Love and Logic classes and the possible date of July 17th for negotiations training were also noted. Mr. Christman provided an update on the local clinic with St. Vincent’s Hospital as well as a grant prospect of $2,000 from MT DPHHS that will help pay for a the PAX Suicide Prevention program.
TRUSTEE REPORTS
  1. A. SD2 Trustee Update- SD2 High School Trustee Gordon Klasna noted the High School mill levy has been set at 1.25 million.
  2. Legislative Report- Legislative Report- Superintendent Novasio commented upon the ‘Skinny Budget” discussion, less federal overreach in state education, SB307 (which would allow districts to permissively levy approximately 125,000 for facilities upgrades) and other legislative issues he has taken part in. Mr. Novasio further explained sections of SB307 that would require districts to publish budget estimates for permissive levies in April of each year and the pros and cons of doing so. Mr. Novasio continued, SB 139 which addresses K-12 expansion, looks favorable and will be heard next Monday on the floor.

    Trustee Joe Borgstrom arrived for the meeting at this juncture of the meeting.

  3. MTSBA Training Opportunities- Leadership Symposium is scheduled for the 9th of June in Helena.
ITEMS FOR ACTION

A. Consent Agenda Items

  1. Approval of the February 14th Meeting Minutes
  2. Approval of February 2017 Bills and Wages
  3. Hire Classified Employee- Addition of Riley Mitchell.

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

B.Waive Gym Rental Fee for Stars-n-Stripes Wrestling Tournament

Bob Charette, President of Stars-n-Stripes AAU Wrestling provided the Trustees with a written history of the Stars and Stripes wrestling program. Mr. Charette asked the board to sponsor and allow the First Nations Wrestling Tournament to be held on April 15, 2017, a 5 year resolution of commitment for the group to use the facilities and to reinstate the middle school wrestling program.

Chairman Sather noted the only item on the published agenda is the waiver of the gym rental fee for the First Nations Wrestling Tournament, so the other items Mr. Charette is requesting cannot be discussed at this time but must be placed on a future agenda for consideration.

Superintendent Novasio recommended the Trustee waive the $200.00 gym rental fee for the inaugural First Nations Wrestling Tournament.

Discussion was held.

Trustee Sylvia Noble made the motion to waive the $200.00 rental fee for the First Nations Wrestling Tournament. Pamela Ask seconded the motion.

Trustees Tim Sather, Scott Kiekover, Joe Borgstrom, Sylvia Noble and Pamela Ask voted yes; the motion passed unanimously.

C. Open Negotiations with the Para-professional Union, Set Negotiations Team

Chairman Tim Sather noted the LPA has submitted a request to open negotiations as the current agreement expires at the end of the current school year.

Trustees, Joe Borgstrom, Sylvia Noble and Kat Luhman volunteered to set on the negotiations team with meeting dates discussed. The dates of April 4th at 7:00 p.m. was set as a tentative begin date.

D. Set Levy Amount

Business Manager Laurie Noonkester presented two voted mill levy impact scenarios noting that the Preliminary Budget Data determines the maximum budget without a vote is $147,808 short of the current year budget and the maximum voted amount allowed would increase the 17-18 school year budget by only $120,272.00.

Discussion was held.

Trustee Joe Borgtrom moved to set the levy amount at the maximum allowed of $268,080.34 or 11.5 estimated mills. Scott Kiekover seconded the motion.

Trustees Tim Sather, Scott Kiekover, Joe Borgstrom, Sylvia Noble and Pamela Ask voted yes; the motion passed unanimously.

Further discussion was held.

E. Approve Out of District Students

Superintendent Novasio recommended the Trustee approve students LC (5th) and CM (3rd) to finish the current school year as non-resident students.

Trustee Scott Kiekover moved to approve attendance to the students listed for out of district enrollment for the remainder of the school year. Sylvia Noble seconded the motion.

Trustees Tim Sather, Scott Kiekover, Joe Borgstrom, Sylvia Noble and Pamela Ask voted yes; the motion passed unanimously.

ADJOURN

The next Regular Meeting will be on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. in the Lockwood School District Board Room.

Trustee Joe Borgstrom moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:57 p.m. Sylvia Noble seconded the motion.

Trustees Tim Sather, Scott Kiekover, Joe Borgstrom, Sylvia Noble and Pam Ask voted yes; the motion passed unanimously.


___________________________ Tim Sather, Chairperson

___________________________ Laurie Noonkester, District Clerk

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