School Board Minutes
April 10, 2007
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 10TH DAY OF APRIL, 2007. THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS WERE PRESENT: President Royer, Vice President Steen, Krogstad, Sleep, and Aslesen. Administration present were: Peters, Crosswait, Comer, Morford, Seyer, Riedel, Olson, and Soriano. Also present were: Jan Kaus, Jessica Parrett, Natasha Newmann, Nichole Kimball, Brittany Iler, Tammy Bourne, Beth Christofferson, Kyle Laughlin, Jordan Smith, Sheila Hansen, Billie Bakeberg, Todd Bakeberg, Nathan Clark, Jody Clark, Lauren Beckett, Michelle Ramsey, Alex Engelhardt, Sue Holloway, Tyson Karn, Michael Tollefsrud, Travis Frederickson, Doug Deppe, Michele Glatt, BreAnna Tiensvold, Max Cooper, and Nichole Sanford.
All motions were passed by unanimous vote unless stated otherwise.
President Royer called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.
Royer led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Motion was made by Aslesen, seconded by Krogstad and carried to approve the agenda with one addition.
Sue Holloway, representing the Northern Hills Rotary Club, requested a waiver of the foreign exchange student policy to allow a foreign exchange student sponsored by Rotary to attend school at the high school.
Motion was made by Aslesen, seconded by Sleep and carried to allow the Rotary Club to sponsor a foreign exchange student.
Middle School Principal, Tom Riedel, introduced Middle School PE teacher, Annette Johnson, who discussed the use and success of the climbing wall that was installed this summer.
Middle School Guidance Counselor, Elaine Doll-Dunn, introduced Janessa Bakeberg who had recently completed a trip to Washington D.C. to attend a People to People World Leadership Forum. She had prodigious assignments to complete prior to leaving and a rigorous schedule when she arrived.
Motion was made by Sleep, seconded by Aslesen and carried to accept the bid from Gustafson Builders for $4,460,500 for the HS addition project including alternate #1.
Motion was made by Steen, seconded by Sleep and carried to approve the non-renewal of a non-tenured teacher.
Motion was made by Sleep, seconded by Krogstad and carried to table participation in the school funding lawsuit.
Motion was made by Sleep, seconded by Aslesen and carried to approve the resolution to authorize participation in the SDHSAA. Roll Call: Aye: Royer, Steen, Aslesen, Sleep, Krogstad.
Motion was made by Steen, seconded by Aslesen and carried to approve the consent agenda.
A. Personnel (all hires contingent on successful completion of background check)
1. Approved Doug Syman and Dan Holben as driver’s education instructors.
2. Approved Jody Clark, West Elementary 1st grade, 1 FTE (0 units) $27,000.
3. Approved Stanley Takahashi, HS Personal Finance/Math, 1 FTE (0 units) $27,000.
4. Accepted resignations from the following:
a. Kathryn Heimer, HS ESP, effective at the end of the 2006-07 school year
b. Annie Heltzel, MS Track Coach, effective at the end of the 2006-07 school year
c. Lori Jeffery, MS Track Coach, effective at the end of the 2006-07 school year
d. Debra Geiger, MS ESP, effective April 5th, 2007
The School Board discussed staffing so the budgeting process may proceed.
Hire for seven kindergarten sections for 2007-08 but budget for eight in case of increased student enrollment. Add the cost of the two TLC positions due to the lose of the funding grant. Add one 1st grade and 2nd grade position to maintain student ratios. Drop two 5th grade positions but add two 6th grade positions due to a large class moving up. Add one part time or full time physical education/exploratory position at the middle school to accommodate additional students. Add one personal finance/economics position at the High School to accommodate mandatory state requirements.
Superintendent, Dave Peters, and buildings and grounds coordinator, Doug Deppe outlined the annual summer projects and the bidding requirements.
Motion was made by Sleep, and seconded by Krogstad and carried to approve the summer projects.
The annual technology purchase was discussed and the recommended purchase will be presented at next month’s scheduled Board meeting.
The fiscal year 2007 audit report was distributed with discussion and presentation scheduled for next month’s Board meeting.
Dave Peters presented the first reading of policies on distribution of homeopathic preparations in school, limiting service to home-schooled special education students, clarification of School Board voting procedures, a change in the state’s inoculation law, allowing some flexibility for 12 month employees to collect pay for unused vacation time, and a change in the voluntary separation policy to address age discrimination issues and staff on approved leaves.
Motion was made by Sleep, seconded by Aslesen and carried to approve the March 12th minutes.
Motion was made by Aslesen, seconded by Sleep and carried to approve the bills and financial statement.
Motion was made by Sleep, seconded by Krogstad and carried to move into executive session to discuss upcoming negotiations.
The Board came out of executive session at 8:45 p.m., the regular meeting resumed.
Vice President Steen adjourned the meeting at 8:46 p.m.
Dr. Randall Royer, President ________________________________________
Craig Crosswait, Business Manager ___________________________________
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