Crook County School District #1 Board of Trustees – Feb. 16

CALL TO ORDER – The regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of Crook County School District #1 was held in Hulett, WY, Tuesday, February 16, 2016, at the hour of 6 p.m. at the Hulett School.

ROLL CALL – The meeting opened with the following present: Chairman Brian Marchant; Trustees Don Clonch; Marlene Edwards (arrived later), Rick Gill, Thayne Gray, Keith Haiar (arrived later), Dena Mills, Josie Pearson, and Ken Rathbun. No trustee absent. Administrators present – Teresa Brown, Director of Curriculum; Sandra Neiman, Director of Special Education; Linda Wolfskill, Hulett School Principal; Jason Moss, Moorcroft K8 Principal; Brian Brandon, Moorcroft K8 Assistant Principal; Becky Waters, Moorcroft High School Principal; Brian Hartwig, Sundance Elementary Principal; and Mark Broderson, Sundance Secondary Principal.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES – Motion was made by Trustee Gray and seconded by Trustee Mills to approve the minutes of the last regular meeting. Motion carried. Motion was made by Trustee Rathbun and seconded by Trustee Gill to approve the minutes of the last three special meetings: January 25, February 1, and February 8, 2016. Motion carried.

ADOPTION OF AGENDA – Motion was made by Trustee Mills and seconded by Trustee Rathbun to adopt the agenda. Motion carried.

VISITORS – No visitors asked to address the board.

ARRIVAL – Trustee Haiar arrived at 6:05 p.m.

FINANCIAL – Motion was made by Trustee Gray and seconded by Trustee Pearson to approve the financial reports as submitted. Discussion was held about the liquidated damages claim, being prepared by Mark Hughes, against Van Ewing Construction for late completion of the Moorcroft K8 School. Discussion was also held about major maintenance project expenditures. Motion carried.

CONSTRUCTION – Tom Necklason, owner rep, gave a progress report on the Sundance Elementary school project and answered questions from the board members; he invited board members to tour the building project at their conveniences.

BOCES & BOCHES – No reports.


Teresa Brown, Director of Curriculum, gave an update on testing and assessments.

Sandra Neiman, Director of Special Education, reported students had great success at the regional and state Special Olympics games. She invited board members to her Sam’s Club meetings; the next one is Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. at Central Office. Sam’s Club is a monthly professional development meeting for special education staff. This month’s meeting includes a book study about students living with poverty and a Google Apps training.


Linda Wolfskill, Hulett School Principals, informed board members that students from the Advanced Biology have written a bill to hopefully establish Big Sage as the Wyoming state shrub and are currently defending their position before the legislature in Cheyenne.

Becky Waters, Moorcroft High School Principal,

  • expressed appreciation for the refreshments the MHS FCCLA provided at the public forum Monday night
  • said Moorcroft plays a “pink” basketball game against Sundance this Thursday night
  • invited board members to a senior day BBQ on Thursday
  • students will take the Prevention Needs Assessment on March 1
  • congratulations to wrestlers Dillon Humes, Tate Allison, Solomon Petz, Tucker Allison, Tanner Feehan, and Cole Cook!

SUPERINTENDENT            – No report.

CHAIRMAN – Chairman Marchant thanked Superintendent’s Council members for their help with the public forum Monday night; their extra work is appreciated.


Chairman Marchant asked if any board member would like an item removed from the Consent Agenda.

Motion was made by Trustee Clonch and seconded by Trustee Gray to approve the Consent Agenda.

To approve the bill listing and to issue warrants in payment thereof.

To approve 2016 EWC Concurrent Education Instructors: 1. Hulett: Fall 2015 – Nicole Jordan, James Palus, Cynthia Smith; Spring 2016 – Astrid Teter, Orville Hess, Lila Kennah, Carla Snook, Josh Willems, Jim Pannell; 2. MHS: Debbie Harrison, Stephen Richter, Charlie Williams, John Ferguson, Mary Hunter, Lona Tracy, Paul Ormseth, Eric Thomson, Randi Faeth, Jason Hubbard, Jerry Fischbach, Darcy Sams; 3. SHS: Kathy Eddy, Stephanie Grubb, Todd Hickman, Tim Hoard, Lisa Dutton, Todd Kahler, Julie Cross

To approve retirement in March, 2016: 1. Cindy Packard

To approve retirement at the end of the 2015-16 school year: 1. Richard Pridgeon – Sundance Elementary Reading Teacher, 2. Stephen Todd Kahler – Sundance Secondary Music Teacher, 3. Patricia Kottraba – Moorcroft K8 Teacher

To approve the resignation at the end of 2015-16 school year of: 1. Joy Meginness – Moorcroft High School Language Arts Teacher

To approve the 2015-16 special education related services agreement with: 1. Northeast WY BOCES

To approve a Special Olympic trip stipend for special education certified staff members: Joe Back, Renee Brazil, Kate Meints, Joy Bell Moore

To approve a 2015-16 substitute/activity bus driver: 1. Ryan Thomas

Motion carried.

MOORCROFT BUS ROUTES – Becky Waters, Moorcroft High School Principal, gave an update on the Thorne Divide turnaround and answered questions from board members. Motion was made by Trustee Rathbun and seconded by Trustee Gill to approve an extension to the Bear Lodge High School bus route. Becky Waters answered questions from board members. Motion carried.

2016-17 AND 17-18 CALENDARS – Motion was made by Trustee Gray and seconded by Trustee Pearson to approve the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school year calendars as presented by Brian Hartwig, Sundance Elementary Principal. Motion carried. Copies of the calendars are attached and become a part of these minutes.

ARRIVAL – Trustee Edwards arrived at 6:43 p.m.

SUNDANCE ATHLETIC COMPLEX – Motion was made by Trustee Pearson and seconded by Trustee Mills to table action on the Sundance athletic complex. Tom Necklason answered questions and provided information to board members about the Sundance athletic complex/ football field; the track at Hulett School; and the track at Moorcroft High School.

RECESS AND EXECUTIVE SESSION – Motion was made by Trustee Pearson and seconded by Trustee Edwards to take a short recess at 6:49 p.m. before going into executive session to discuss hiring. Motion carried. Executive session began at 7:03 p.m.

REGULAR SESSION – Chairman Marchant called the meeting back into regular session at 7:35 p.m.

HIRING – Motion was made by Trustee Rathbun and seconded by Trustee Mills to hire the following individuals for the 2016-17 school year: 1. Linda Wolfskill – Hulett K-12 School Principal, 2. Darlene Hartman- Hallam – Bear Lodge High School Principal, 3. Jason Moss – Moorcroft K8 Principal, 4. Brian Brandon – Moorcroft K8 Assistant Principal, 5. Becky Waters – Moorcroft High School Principal, 6. Brian Hartwig – Sundance Elementary Principal, 7. Mark Broderson – Sundance Secondary Principal, 8. Tom Necklason – Facilities & Maintenance, 9. Sandra L. Neiman – Director of Special Education, 10. Teresa Brown – Director of Curriculum, 11. Janell Willems – Technology Coordinator, 12. Pamela Garman – Business Manager

Motion carried.


Hulett School Nurse: Brian Hartwig began a conversation with board members and the other principals about the Hulett school nurse opening; how the Moorcroft and Sundance nurse each travel to Hulett one day a week to help; how this impacts Sundance and Moorcroft on days they do not have their nurse available; and short term and long term solutions. Linda Wolfskill, Hulett School Principal, will send a survey to staff and parents asking for input about the position; she will pursue hiring a qualified individual to finish this school year and continue to next school year; and she will consider other options if a nurse is not hired.

Sundance Elementary Admin Assistant: Brian Hartwig informed board member he will send a proposal, to the 2016-17 Salary & Benefit Committee, requesting a new position at Sundance Elementary – an administrative paraprofessional to help in the office. He hopes to combine this new position with the lunch program aide/clerk and hire a single individual to handle these job duties.

Policies GCPC/GDPC: Retirement of Professional & Support Staff Members: Trustee Pearson expressed her desire to change the wording on plaques presented to retiring employees with 20 or more years of service to the district. Chairman Marchant asked her to bring proposed changes to the March board meeting.

RECOGNITION – Crook County School Board members expressed:

  • Their deepest condolences to Jason Moss for the loss of his father.
  • Kudos to Moorcroft wrestlers for their exemplary behavior at the small gas station where their activity bus stopped; the owner called the coaches to express his appreciation!

EXECUTIVE SESSION – Motion was made by Trustee Pearson and seconded by Trustee Haiar to go into executive session at 7:58 p.m. to discuss superintendent hiring. Motion carried.

REGULAR SESSION – Chairman Marchant called the meeting back into regular session at 10:05 p.m.

ADJOURNMENT – Motion was made by Trustee Clonch and seconded by Trustee Gill to adjourn the meeting at 10:06 p.m. Motion carried.