Crook County School District #1 Board of Trustees – May 16

CALL TO ORDER – The regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of Crook County School District #1 was held in Hulett, WY, Monday, May 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 Marlene Edwards, Rick Gill, Thayne Gray, Dena Mills, and Ken Rathbun. Trustees absent – Don Clonch, Keith Haiar, and Josie Pearson. Administrators present – Mark Broderson, Superintendent; Teresa Brown, Director of Curriculum; 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 Darlene Hartman-Hallam, Bear Lodge High School Principal.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES – Motion was made by Trustee Mills and seconded by Trustee Gill to approve the minutes of the last regular meeting. Motion carried.

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

VISITORS – Members of the Hulett Advanced Biology Class: Katie Rathbun, Bodhi Penning, Tashina Spaid, Cody Smith, Trevor Burch, and Courtney Johnson spoke of the legislative process they followed in order to have Big Sage declared the Wyoming state shrub. Lila Kennah, their teacher, expressed pride in the students, the project, and the students’ exemplary behavior while participating in legislative sessions during their trips to Cheyenne.

Bobbi Butler, President of the Greater Hulett Community Center, asked board members to consider budgeting funds in the 2016-17 school year to help the GHCC with future up keeping and maintenance costs. She said Hulett students use the gym & weight room most frequently. She stated the GHCC board members want to keep lines of communication open with the school district. Ms. Butler also said reciprocal help, such as trading labor, is an option. Chairman Marchant asked the GHCC board to present a list of actual costs. Ms. Butler said future projects are to refinish the gym floor, replace the weight room floor, and redo the sidewalk in front.

Chairman Marchant used this time to acknowledge and thank Moorcroft employees who will retire at the end of this school year. He presented engraved acrylic apples to Patricia Kottraba (34 years) and Dorothy Wondercheck (27 years). Because John Ferguson (33 years) and Paul Ormseth (24 years) were unable to attend tonight’s meeting, Mr. Broderson will hand deliver their plaques. Board members and members of the audience stood to applaud the retirees.

FINANCIAL – Motion was made by Trustee Gray and seconded by Trustee Edwards to approve the financial reports as submitted. Motion carried.

CONSTRUCTION – Tom Necklason, owner rep,

  • Gave a progress report on the new Sundance Elementary School project. He said 2 door handles were broken during an attempted break-in; however, the individuals were not able to get into the building
  • Reported that weeds are growing through the asphalt covering the Moorcroft track, so this will need to be addressed before the track can be covered with a new surface

BOCES AND BOCHES – No reports.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS – Teresa Brown, Director of Curriculum, reported

  • summer school staff members are being hired tonight and supplies are being ordered to start the summer school sessions
  • she will supply MAP data to board members in June
  • the Wyoming Agriculture and Natural Resource Science Institute is June 15-17 in Hulett; Mrs. Brown invited board members to the Crook County Community Night on June 17 – the keynote speaker is Bruce Vincent
  • she will miss this year’s graduations for her daughter’s wedding!

PRINCIPALS – Principals Linda Wolfskill, Becky Waters, Brian Hartwig, Darlene Hartman-Hallam, and Jason Moss all spoke of wrapping up the school year; students displaying their end-of-year projects at the various shows; graduations; summer school; MAP data; and state track. Mr. Hartwig said Sundance Elementary staff members are also busy packing!

SUPERINTENDENT            – Mr. Broderson reported:

  • the City of Sundance, the golf course board and the school district have all agreed to plans detailing the layout of the athletic complex
  • 21 contractors attended the pre-bid meeting for the Hulett and Sundance outdoor tracks
  • bids for the Hulett and Sundance outdoor tracks are due May 19; there will be a special school board meeting on Tuesday, May 23, to accept bids (NOTE: These dates have changed.)
  • a timeline for the Sundance football field is to lay sod on August 1 – lay asphalt on September 1 – with partial completion by November 1
  • he wrote a letter to Ainsworth-Bening acknowledging the fact that ownership of the company has changed to Ainsworth-Benning Construction, a Journey Group Company
  • Hulett Future Business Leaders of America qualified for nationals; Mrs. Wolfskill will chaperone the five students
  • he needs the board to take action this evening to declare a Moorcroft K8 student habitually truant
  • the county commissioners contacted him to find out how, or if, the fairgrounds will be impacted this summer by school district construction projects (i.e. new elementary school, football field, outdoor track, etc.); Mr. Broderson has already visited with Randy Gill, Crook County Facilities & Maintenance. Mr. Broderson or Tom Necklason will meet with county officials to address their concerns.
  • State track and graduations this weekend!

CHAIRMAN – No report.

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

Motion was made by Trustee Rathbun and seconded by Trustee Gill to approve the Consent Agenda.

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

To appoint Pamela Garman, Business Manager, as CCSD#1 Representative to the School Risk Retention Program Board of Trustees for a three-year term to expire June 30, 2019.

To approve the 2016-17 Associated School Boards Workers’ Compensation Trustee Fund Participation Agreement.

To approve $100/day Unit Development stipends on May 31 and June 2 for the following individuals: Maylee Baron-Kanode, Joy Sheehan, Desiree Albertson, Shanna Kinnick, Gina Dewey, Maria Highland, Jennifer Linn, Sara Merchen

To approve hiring for summer 2016 custodians/groundskeepers: 1. MK8 – Alexis Fowles, 2. MHS – Annette Holbrook

To approve resignations at the end of the 2015-16 school year for: 1. Randall Mixon – Sundance Bus Route Driver, 2. Heather Dryden – Sundance Elementary Teacher

To approve certified hiring for the 2016-17school year:, 1. LaNae Graham – Moorcroft K8 Elementary Teacher, 2. Zachariah Richards – Moorcroft K8 Elementary Teacher, 3. Moved to Action Item A2, 4. Moved to Action Item A2, 5. Sharla Dowding – Moorcroft HS Science Teacher, 6. Amanda Ramos – Moorcroft HS Agriculture Education Teacher, 7. Nathan Towell – Moorcroft HS Music Teacher, 8. Stephen West – Sundance HS Music Teacher

To approve 2016 summer school hiring: Certified Regular Education – Linda Wolfskill, Marti Brown, Anna Backen, Kristen Brindza, Lila Kennah, Jason Moss, Joy Sheehan, Maria Highland, Gypsy Petz, Shanna Kinnick, Linda Cote, Becky Waters, Nick Olson, Andrea Wood, Tammy Needham, Tina Inghram, Calvin Dobesh, Trevor Olson, Abbie Love, Kassie Clements, Mary Jane Jordan, Jim O’Connor; Regular Education Paras – Allison Ver Burg, Marci Allison, Will Inghram, Mikaela Murtha; Certified Special Education – Kate Meints, Angela Olson, Alyson Kopp, Lydia Guthmiller, Renee Brazil, Kim Eymer, Julie Stephany, Lisa Richter, Rosie Pearman; Special Education Paras – Diane Marshal, Kathy Davis, Terri Buckman, Peggy Moeller, Becky Fossen, April Stone, Alyson Zimmerschied, Amber Mathews, Marissa Issacson, Lorena Robinson, Savanna Knapp, Candy Phillips

To approve 2016-17 instructional facilitators: 1. MK8 – Maylee Baron-Kanode, Lori Backen, Courtney Bartell, Michelle Davis, Gina Dewey, Shanna Kinnick; 2. MHS – Lona Tracy, Stephen Richter, Debra Harrison (.5)

To approve 2016-17 extra-duty contracts as recommended by the building principals. Copies are attached and become a part of the minutes.

To approve 2016-17 special education related services contracts: 1. Bifulco, Katherine, 2. Carlson, Bonita Lindholm, 3. Lovett, Lisa, 4. Mountain Plains Counseling Center, 5. North Platte Physical Therapy, Inc.,       6. Northern Wyoming Mental Health, 7. Specials, LLC, 8. Tkbourd, LLC

To approve a 2015-16 request for isolation payment: 1. Bernie Hough

Motion carried.

MOORCROFT ART – As recommended by the superintendent, motion was made by Trustee Mills and seconded by Trustee Gill to approve increasing the full time equivalency (FTE) for art education in the Moorcroft Schools from one teaching position to two teaching positions. Motion carried.

As recommended by the superintendent, motion was made by Trustee Gill and seconded by Trustee Rathbun to hire the following certified individuals for the 2016-17 school year: 1. Katherine Ribstein – Moorcroft K8 Art Teacher, 2. Kasey Stroud – Moorcroft HS Art Teacher

Trustee Gray expressed concern that increasing the art FTE would decrease business class offerings at the high school level, such as accounting I & II. Discussion was held. Board members asked for input from administrators. Motion carried.

TENTATIVE BUDGET – Pamela Garman, Business Manager, presented the 2016-17 tentative budget summary to board members. A copy of the summary is attached and becomes a part of the minutes.

SALARY AND BENEFITS – Motion was made by Trustee Gray and seconded by Trustee Edwards to approve the 2016-17 salary and benefits package as recommended by the salary committee. Trustee Mills presented the summary to board members and the audience. The other members of the salary committee are Trustees Edwards, Gill, and Gray. Discussion was held. Questions were asked and answered. Motion carried. A copy of the salary and benefits package is attached and becomes a part of the minutes.

TRUANCY – As recommended by the superintendent, motion was made by Trustee Rathbun and seconded by Trustee Gill to contact the district’s attorney to declare a MK8 student as habitually truant. Motion carried.

RECOGNITION – None at this time.

DISCUSSION – 1. Tom Necklason was asked if site work at the new Sundance Elementary will be completed in time for first day of school; he said yes. 2. Attorney Hughes was asked if any action needs to be taken by the board regarding transgender bathrooms; he said no action needs to be taken at this time. 3. Pamela Garman said she will send an all-staff email to let employees know when Terry Sterling, WSBAIT Director of Insurance Services, would be in the          district to answers questions about health insurance changes. 4. Mr. Broderson informed board members that a special board meeting would need to be held to accept bids for the Hulett and Sundance outdoor tracks.

EXECUTIVE SESSION – Motion was made by Trustee Rathbun and seconded by Trustee Mills to go into executive session at 7:28 p.m. to discuss possible litigation. Motion carried.

REGULAR SESSION – Chairman Marchant called the meeting back into regular session at 7:38 p.m.

ADJOURNMENT – Chairman Marchant adjourned the meeting at 7:39 p.m. Motion carried.