Spearfish School District District 40-2
Spearfish, SD  
April 11, 2005

School Board Minutes
April 11, 2005

A REGULAR MEETING OF THE SCHOOL BOARD OF SPEARFISH SCHOOL DISTRICT 40-2, LAWRENCE COUNTY, SOUTH DAKOTA, WAS HELD AT THE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE BUILDING ON THE 11TH DAY OF APRIL, 2005. THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS WERE PRESENT: President Aaker, Royer, Steen, Aslesen and Sleep. Administration present were: Peters, Crosswait, Hood, Jewett, Leikvold, Seyer, Riedel, Soriano and Fridell. Also present were: Jan Kaus, Heather Ziegenbein, Liz Manning, Michael J. Nekuda, Buddy Red Bow, Kate Axlund, Sallie Nicholas, Charles W. Nicholas, Darleen Young, Sian Young, Peter Young, Pete & Kim Schavone, Linda Knittel, Steve Gabriel, Michelle Martin, Darlene Kaye Telkamp, Ray Telkamp, Brandon Kimball, Nick Gottlob, Anna Huntington, Deb Hartman, Lisa Jensen, Kim Hamilton, David Ruff, Sara Ziska, Martin Combs, Traci Young, Mitch Burdick, Bob Meyer, Ben Cerwinske, Tami Enderby, Lonnie Haugland, Leesa Haugland, Scott Howard, Steve Babbitt, Glen Lewis, Marcia Barnes, Bunker Hill, Sherri & Dan Engesser, Kay S. Jorgensen, Kathy Young, Kris Hayes, Bonnie Halsey-Dutton, John Batt, Carole Dahl, Hollie Stadler, Sheila Hansen, David Hansen, Lanna Christensen, Bobbi Loone, Alyce Schavone, Roxanne McLaughlin, Brian Ziesler, Dan Holben, Teri Nelson, Terri Dunwoody, Archie Gray, Erin E. Jankord, and Jared Jankord.

All motions were passed by unanimous vote unless stated otherwise.

President Aaker called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Motion was made by Steen, seconded by Aslesen and carried to move into executive session to discuss negotiations.

The Board came out of executive session at 6:55 p.m., the regular meeting was called to open session.

Aaker led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Motion was made by Steen, seconded by Sleep and carried to approve the agenda.

West Elementary principal, Hank Fridell, honored first grade teacher Leesa Haugland who was this year’s recipient of the South Dakota Education Association’s Award for Teacher Excellence”. She will receive a $1,250 cash award, a plaque, and a trip for two to the NEA Foundation Gala in Washington DC.

Middle School Principal, Tom Riedel, introduced Lori Jeffrey, Mary Ann Oberlander, Linda Knittel, and Michelle Martin who reported on their three day Masonic Model Student Assistance Training Seminar and recommended that more staff should attend the follow-up workshops.

Curriculum Director, Kathy Hood, and Reading Specialist, Sharla Jewett, provided an overview of curriculum activities, including the various meetings concerning curriculum related issues, curriculum mapping, report cards, professional development opportunities and mini grants for staff.

Audience participation included opt out proponents Kate Axlund, Liz Manning, Steve Babbitt, Sian Young, Tim Manning, Darlene Thompson, Glen Lewis, and Marsha Barnes. Opponents included David Ruff and John Teupel.

Motion was made by Aslesen, seconded by Royer and carried to impose a $500,000 per year excess tax levy for five years, beginning January, 2006 and running through December, 2011. (Aye: Aaker, Royer, Steen, Aslesen Nay: Sleep)

A resolution was proposed to refer the proposed excess tax levy to a vote of the electorate of the Spearfish School District, with date, site and time of election provided when the notice of the election is published.

Superintendent, Dave Peters, presented a proposed change to the annual technology purchasing process. By working with a local vendor and dealing directly with Hewlett Packard, the District will be able to purchase an enterprise level PC, have a more uniform system base, and have access to management software that would monitor the health of each computer.

Motion was made by Aslesen, seconded by Steen and carried to adopt the proposed change to the technology purchasing process.

Motion was made by Royer, seconded by Sleep and carried to approve membership in SDHSAA. Roll call vote: Aye Sleep, Aslesen, Steen, Royer, Aaker

Motion was made by Steen, seconded by Sleep and carried to approve the following consent agenda with addendums.
            A. Approved contract terminations for: Kathleen Hood, Amy Vande Velde, Shannon Alcorn .5, Kris Hayes, Mikayla Tetrault, Jared Jankord, Angela                  Langenfeld, Ann Rinas, Billie Jo Bakeberg, Camille Binder.
            B. Accepted resignation of West Elementary Principal, Hank Fridell, effective at the end of the 2004-05 school year.
            C. Accepted resignation of Scott Howard as 8th grade boys basketball coach.
            D. Approved appointment of Colin Cantaloupe, HS ESP, 6.5 hr/day, Level 2, $7.28/hr. effective 3/31/05, replacing Kim Dean.
            E. Approved the release for one open enrolled student from Belle Fourche, to return to the Belle Fourche School District for the 2005-06 school year.
            F. Approved High School summer school teaching positions for Dadra Avery and Stacy Kingsbury, salary will be determined by student enrollment.

The official sale of Central Elementary took place Thursday, April 7th in the office of school attorney Lester Nies.

Superintendent, Dave Peters, updated the Board on the District’s average daily membership which generates state aid for the coming school year.

Dave Peters also discussed the formation of a School Community Improvement Council.

Motion was made by Royer, seconded by Sleep and carried to approve the March 14th and 29th minutes.

Motion was made by Steen, seconded by Royer and carried to approve the bills and financial statement.

Motion was made by Sleep, seconded by Steen and carried to move into executive session to discuss negotiations.

The Board came out of executive session at 9:29 p.m. the regular meeting resumed.

Motion was made by Royer, seconded by Aslesen and carried to adjourn the meeting.

The meeting adjourned at 9:30 p.m.

Don Aaker, President ____________________________________

Craig Crosswait, Business Manager _________________________

2005 Spearfish School District
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