Spearfish School District District 40-2
Spearfish, SD  

School Board Minutes
November 3, 2005

A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE SCHOOL BOARD OF SPEARFISH SCHOOL DISTRICT 40-2, LAWRENCE COUNTY, SOUTH DAKOTA, WAS HELD AT THE CEDAR HOUSE RESTAURANT ON THE 3RD DAY OF NOVEMBER, 2005. THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS WERE PRESENT: President Royer, Vice President Steen, Aslesen, Sleep, and Aaker. Administration present were: Peters, Crosswait, Pearce, Morford, Seyer, Riedel, Clark, and Soriano. Also present was Heather Ziegenbein.

President Royer called the meeting to order at 4:00 p.m.

There was no scheduled/unscheduled audience.

Discussion items were:

1:1 Computer Initiative High School:
Steve Morford, High School Principal, and Jim Seyer, Assistant High School Principal, discussed the 1 to 1 computer initiative. The computer initiative would provide a lap top to every high school teacher and student. The Board recommended that the district follow the school districts within the state that have implemented the initiative and see what progress the state Department of Education makes towards providing funding for the initiative.

West Elementary Expansion/New Building:
Paul Soriano, Elementary Principal, discussed the proposed West Elementary addition and the movement of grades to that building. The project is still in the planning stages.

District Goals:
Superintendent, Dave Peters, outlined the District’s goals that had collaboration from various committees and advisory groups.

Time/Money for curriculum mapping/collaboration/professional development:
Dave Peters expressed concern that some time and money would need to be spent to provide teachers with the opportunity to pursue these issues.

Budget Issues:
A brief discussion was held concerning next year’s budget and the general fund balance.

Reforming American Schools:
Board member, Rosalie Aslesen, presented information concerning potential improvements to the education process and quoted material concerning that process.

Spearfish Education Foundation:
Board Vice President, Terry Steen, provided the Board with an update on Foundation activities, and financial information including sources for funding and the projects and help they have provided. The perceived need for a staff person for the Foundation was also discussed.

Tax Increment Funding Information:
Dave Peters has attended some meetings to gain more information on this topic and shared that information with the Board. The school is on record as being in support of the TIF due to their long-term goal of enticing businesses to the area.

School Board Self Appraisal:
Board President, Randall Royer, passed out self-appraisal forms to Board members, requesting they be completed and brought to the November board meeting in order to be sent off for compilation.

Motion was made by Steen, seconded by Aaker and carried to move into executive session to discuss negotiations at 6:40 p.m.

The meeting was called back to open session at 6:55 p.m.

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

The meeting adjourned at 6:56 p.m.

Dr. Randall Royer, President ________________________________________

Craig Crosswait, Business Manager ___________________________________


2005 Spearfish School District
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