School Board Minutes
March 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 MARCH, 2009. THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS WERE PRESENT: President Royer, Vice President Sleep, Krogstad, and Bressler. Administration present were: Peters, Crosswait, Comer, Morford, Seyer, and Olson. Also present were: Carla Dailey, Jason R. Ward, Joe B. Jorgensen, Ashley Uthe, Dan Lerwick, Linda Mallory, Tom D. Berry, Tom Tieszen, Annelise Ewing, Amy Cermak, Mary Burket, Jeff Garrett, Polly Young, Jim Lee, Chris Pangburn, Liz Manning, Janice Koski, Michele Miles, Sara Dittman, and Gregg Dittman.
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 Bressler, seconded by Sleep and carried to approve the agenda with changes.
Spearfish Foundation for Public Education President, Liz Manning, updated the Board on their fund raising activities and goals.
Spearfish Economic Development Corporation President, Dan Green, addressed the Board expressing the corporation’s thoughts in favor of a new elementary building.
East Elementary Parent Advisory Committee Representative, Amy Cermak, addressed the Board and presented a letter of support for a new elementary building.
Jim Lee, School Board candidate, voiced his objection to the proposed building project noting it is a bad time to take on additional debt.
Jason Ward presented information to the Board concerning the property his development company had proposed for the new school site and lowered the asking price to get it within the likely cost constraints previously announced by the facilities committee.
Wyatt Hansen spoke in favor of replacing the existing East Elementary based on his knowledge and experience in construction and his knowledge of the condition of the current building.
The 2007-08 audit report was presented by Randall Royer and Jeff Sleep. Auditor Traci Hansen wasn’t present due to inclement weather.
High School Principal, Steve Morford, introduced students from the “We the People” organization who once again won a state championship in their annual competition and are on their way to Washington, DC to compete at the national level.
Motion was made by Bressler, seconded by Sleep and carried to approve the Automatic External Defibrillator Board policy.
Motion was made by Sleep, seconded by Bressler and carried to approve the 2007-08 audit.
Motion was made by Krogstad, seconded by Sleep and carried to approve participation in the SDRS special pay plan. Roll Call: Aye: Royer, Sleep, Krogstad, Bressler. Absent: Caldwell
Motion was made by Bressler, seconded by Krogstad and carried to approve the facilities committee recommendation on $11 million for a maximum capital outlay investment for the East Elementary initiative. Aye: Royer, Krogstad, Bressler. Nay: Sleep. Absent: Caldwell
Motion was made by Bressler, seconded by Krogstad and carried to approve the Meier property as the preferred site for purchase and eventual school construction due to its advantageous location and support facilities. The facilities committee will now commence detailed planning on the Meier site, concentrated negotiations with the owner in an attempt to arrive at an affordable agreement, and will culminate in a recommendation to the Board.
Motion was made by Bressler, seconded by Sleep and carried to approve the reimbursement resolution allowing the Board the potential to purchase land prior to issuing capital outlay certificates and be reimbursed for that expenditure through the certificate issuance. Roll Call: Aye: Royer, Sleep, Krogstad, Bressler. Absent: Caldwell
Motion was made by Sleep, seconded by Krogstad and carried to approve the consent agenda with corrections.
A. Approved certificates of exemption for 2 high school students (codes 008-0309-114 - 008-0309-115)
B. Approved Tom Ver Helst to continue work on the freshman football field for $2,500 per year and add the high school practice field for $1,850 per year.
C. Personnel (all hires contingent on successful completion of background check)
1. Approved requests for Voluntary Separation Incentive per Board Policy 4450, effective end of the 2008-09 school year for the following:
a. Laurie Williams-Hayes, East Elementary, 5th Grade Teacher
b. Mary Cooper, Middle School, 6th Grade Teacher
D. Approved the following resignations at the end of the 2008-09 school year:
1. Mary Grady, West Elementary, ESP
2. Jared Jankord, East Elementary, 5th Grade Teacher
3. Michael McCarty, East Elementary, Special Ed. Teacher, Soph. Boys Basketball and MS Track Coach
E. Approved the following extra duty assignments:
1. Danielle Ligtenberg, Lookout Newspaper Advisor, Level 6, $2,784, beginning 2009-10 school year.
2. Robi Apland, Homecoming Co-chair, level 2, $464, beginning 2009-10 school year.
3. Callie Ackerman, HS Asst. Track Coach, Level 7, $3,306.
F. Approved Brenna Meyer as a volunteer at West Elementary.
The District’s Teacher of the Year nominees are Pat Gainey from the High School, Tom Mead from the Middle School, Lisa Merchen from East, and Melissa Wood from West. Selection of a district wide teacher of the year will be made by a team of community members, with the winner moving to regional competition and then advancing to the state competition.
Superintendent, Dave Peters, reviewed the latest legislative information.
The annual School Board election will be held at the Senior Citizen Center on April 14th from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Incumbents Mistie Caldwell and Dan Krogstad are challenged by Jim Lee for the two openings.
The regularly scheduled April School Board meeting that coincides with Easter Monday has been moved to Tuesday April 14th.
Motion was made by Sleep, seconded by Krogstad and carried to approve the February 9th regular meeting minutes.
Motion was made by Sleep, seconded by Bressler and carried to approve the bills and financial statement.
Motion was made by Bressler, seconded by Krogstad and carried to move into executive session to discuss upcoming negotiations. 6:42 p.m.
The Board came out of executive session at 7:09 p.m., the regular meeting resumed.
Motion was made by Krogstad, seconded by Bressler and carried to adjourn the meeting. 7:10 p.m.
Randall Royer, President ___________________________________
Craig Crosswait, Business Manager ___________________________________
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