School Board Minutes
March 12, 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 12TH DAY OF MARCH, 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, Sheila Hansen, Janice Koski, Dave Bressler, Denelle Sprigler, and Chelsea Rhoads.
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 Sleep, seconded by Krogstad and carried to approve the agenda with addendums.
There was no scheduled/unscheduled audience.
High School Principal, Steve Morford, introduced Jackie Rans and Angie King and the Youth Wise student group that included an IMPROV presentation as well as discussing the Youth Wise survey. Mr. Morford also updated the Board on Spartan Time and the Classroom Connection Initiative.
Middle School Guidance Counselor, Elaine Doll-Dunn and Middle School Teacher, Annette Johnson, presented information on their “Well Now” program they have developed.
Motion was made by Krogstad, seconded by Sleep and carried to approve the use of the alumni list by the Spearfish Foundation for Public Education.
Motion was made by Sleep, seconded by Steen and carried to approve the calendar option that provides for release before Memorial Day.
Motion was made by Steen, seconded by Krogstad and carried to approve the consent agenda with additions.
A. Creation of a Trust and Agency account for wellness-related receipts and disbursements.
B. Approved certificates of exemption for 1 high school, 1 middle school and three elementary students. (code 006-0312-108 - 006-0312-112)
C. Personnel (all hires contingent on successful completion of background check)
1. Approved requests for Voluntary Separation Incentive as per Board Policy 4450, effective at the end of the 2006-07 school year for the following:
a. Annette Johnson, Physical Education Teacher/MS Activities Director
b. Charlie Neilson, HS Special Education Teacher
2. Accepted resignation from Shannon Alcorn, Special Education Teacher, effective at the end of the 2006-07 school year.
3. Approved request from Sue McGrath for a leave of absence for the 2007-08 school year, to continue working with the Teacher Learning Center,
with her intention to retire after the 2007-08 school year.
4. Approved Chad Johnson, MS Track, Level 4, $1,690.
5. Approved Tim Gusso, HS Classroom Connections Integrationist, 1 FTE, (132 units) = $32,000
6. Approved Jean Reede, HS Math, 1 FTE, (165 units) = $33,000
7. Approved Tyler Hoffman, Asst. Varsity Track Coach, Level 7, $2,964
8. Approved Anna Gusse, Girls Asst. Varisty Track Coach, Level 7, $2,964
Superintendent, Dave Peters, updated the Board on the recently concluded legislative session and how it impacts the school district and discussed the school funding lawsuit.
The Board elected to take no action at this time.
The upcoming school board election features incumbents Rosalie Aslesen and Jeff Sleep and challenger Dave Bressler. The election is scheduled for Tuesday, April 10th, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Senior Citizen Center.
Mr. Peters updated the Board on the High School addition project and the bid opening date of April 10th, 2007.
Motion was made by Aslesen, seconded by Sleep and carried to approve the February 12th minutes as amended.
Motion was made by Steen, seconded by Krogstad 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 hear a parent complaint and in preparation of contract negotiations.
The Board came out of executive session at 8:08 p.m., the regular meeting resumed.
Motion was made by Sleep, seconded by Aslesen and carried to support the teacher and administrator and deny the parent request to change a grade.
Motion was made by Steen, seconded by Krogstad and carried to move into executive session to discuss upcoming negotiations.
The Board came out of executive session at 8:22 p.m., the regular meeting resumed.
President Royer adjourned the meeting at 8:23 p.m.
Dr. Randall Royer, President ________________________________________
Craig Crosswait, Business Manager ___________________________________
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