School Board Minutes
February 9, 2009
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 9TH DAY OF FEBRUARY, 2009. THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS WERE PRESENT: Vice President Sleep, Krogstad, Caldwell, and Bressler. Administration present were: Peters, Crosswait, Comer, Morford, Riedel, Olson, and Soriano. Also present were: Penny Lensegrav, Larry D. Vavruska, Joe B. Jorgensen, Jason R. Ward, Jennifer McBurnett, Tyler McBurnett, Tim Vennell, Drew Joachim, Calvin Dobesh, Kirstie Bakke, Monica Waugh, Mike Waugh, Jay DeSort, Marjo Peters, Jim Lee, Rachel Deichert, Stephen Reed, Preston Engesser, Adam Cahoy, Nick Olson, Jason Otterberg, Susan Hall-Martin, Steve Williams, Carla Dailey, Eric Flores, Tara Warren Brittney Ramirez, Chandler Schmuck, Randall Richards, Mallory Peterson, and Ariel Carlson.
All motions were passed by unanimous vote unless stated otherwise.
Vice President Sleep called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.
Sleep led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Motion was made by Krogstad, seconded by Bressler and carried to approve the agenda.
Jay DeSort, SCEA President, addressed the Board in support of the new East Elementary building.
Mike Waugh, parent of an East Elementary student, expressed support for a new Elementary building.
Tim Vennell asked if the Board had officially approved the new elementary building and for clarification on the Superintendent’s position as a spokesperson for the Board.
Heather Murschel voiced support for locating the new elementary building on the Ward property citing several reasons including the City of Spearfish’s planner recommending the site due to the city’s growth northward, the upgrade to exit 10, and that it would enhance the north part of Spearfish. She expressed concerns about the Meier property being too expensive and should be used for high end commercial, the McGuigan property located too close to heavy truck traffic, and the Heritage site was inappropriate due to the traffic congestion at exit 14.
Elementary Principal, Paul Soriano, introduced kindergarten teacher Jennifer McBurnett who presented information on West Elementary’s programs including math work in counting, sorting, and estimating. West provided over 1,000 canned goods and other items to the food pantry.
Superintendent, Dave Peters, informed the Board of the review by the Department of Education and the five year full accreditation for the school district.
High School Principal, Steve Morford, recently accepted a “Friend of the Fire Department” award on behalf of the school district for hosting the annual fire school.
Motion was made by Krogstad, seconded by Bressler and carried to approve the land swap with the City of Spearfish at the Green Acres site.
Motion was made by Bressler, seconded by Caldwell and carried to approve the increase in the driver’s education fee from $190 to $200.
Motion was made by Krogstad, seconded by Bressler and carried to approve the consent agenda.
A. Approved administrative/supervisor contracts with existing staff for 2009-10, salaries to be determined.
Dave Peters, Superintendent; Craig Crosswait, Business Manager; Keyra Comer, Special Education Director;
Steve Morford, HS Principal; Jim Seyer HS Assistant Principal; Tom Riedel, MS Principal; Dan Olson, East Elementary Principal;
Paul Soriano, West Elementary Principal; Scott Hardesty, Technology Coordinator; Karen Hahn, HS Activities Director;
Doug Deppe, Director of Buildings and Grounds.
B. Personnel (all hires contingent on successful completion of background check)
Approved the following extra-duty resignations effective the end of the 2008-09 school year:
1. Kristi McCoy, HS Lookout Advisor
2. Kate Axlund, MS NCA Co-Chair
3. Mary Ann Oberlander, MS NCA Co-Chair
4. Nathan Clark, MS Boys BB and MS Football
5. Ty Haggerty, MS Girls BB
6. Chad Johnson, MS Football
C. Approved leave of absence for Mary Keats
D. Approved Sara Delong,, HS ESP-SPED, Level 5 $9.18/hr., 6.5 hrs./day, effective 01/19/09.
Superintendent, Dave Peters, recommended the Board dedicate $2,000 per year to the Teacher of the Year program. Each building representative would receive $250 and the district’s teacher of the year would receive $1,000 and go on to regional competition.
Motion was made by Bressler, seconded by Krogstad and carried to dedicate $2,000 per year to the Teacher of the Year program.
Superintendent Peters, reviewed the recent NCA visit and recommendations that included renewing the strategic plan and better distribution of the annual report. The cost of the distribution was estimated at $5,600. Superintendent Peters stated he believed the cost too high and that it was adequately distributed currently.
The Douglas School District’s appeal to the SD High School Activities Association to move them to class “A” from “AA” for football was rejected.
The Governor’s most recent funding proposal for education was discussed. It included the removal of TCAP, education service agencies, special education funding, career and tech grants, technology funding, increasing and decreasing enrollment money, and sparsity funding. A 3% increase in state aid would mean an increase of about $190,000 to the district while a zero increase would be a reduction in state aid of $90,000 from last year due to declining enrollment.
The facilities committee provided an update on recent meetings. The discussion centered on long term capital outlay projections, the three proposed building sites and their associated site costs and one new site proposal, the Boke property.
Motion was made by Bressler, seconded by Caldwell and carried to approve the January 12th regular meeting minutes.
Motion was made by Krogstad, seconded by Bressler and carried to approve the bills and financial statement.
Motion was made by Bressler, seconded by Caldwell and carried to move into executive session to discuss a personnel issue. 6:45 p.m.
The Board came out of executive session at 7:10 p.m., the regular meeting resumed.
Motion was made by Bressler, seconded by Krogstad and carried to adjourn the meeting. 7:11 p.m.
Randall Royer, President ___________________________________
Craig Crosswait, Business Manager ___________________________________
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