Board members present: Manley, Davies, Koontz, Thuringer, Maag, Chowen, Martens, and Wahl; absent: Blair
District personnel present: Heinert, Graham, Harter, Drone, Neubert, C. Peterson, W. Nelson, Paris, Allerdings, Graham, Reichert, Deaver, D. Olson, Harris
News media present: Jason Gross, Meade County Times-Tribune; Bill Cissell, Rapid City Journal
Others present: Interested teachers and patrons
Pledge of Allegiance.
Consent Agenda: The following were approved by consent:
b. Minutes, regular meeting, January 14, 2002
c. Financial reports (Exhibits A-E)
d. Claims for payment
Recognitions. Tom Nelson, Sturgis Brown High School teacher, and Savanna Eixenberger, High School Academy student, carried the Olympic torch in Billings, Montana, as part of the pre-Olympic festivities.
Derek Hemenway, senior at Sturgis Brown High School, was named the Queen City VFW Volunteer of the Year.
Judy Eason, GED Instructor, has been selected as the recipient of a $1500 scholarship to attend the COABE (Commission on Adult Basic Education) National AEL/GED conference in Charleston, South Carolina, on May 8-11, 2002.
Chris Meyer, sophomore at Sturgis Brown High School, placed fourth in the State American Legion Oratory Contest held in Chamberlain this weekend.
Emily Rosenboom, Sturgis Brown High School student, was selected as the 2002 Outstanding Secondary Student in South Dakota by the South Dakota Workforce Development Council.
The board recognized the “Students of the Month” from Sturgis Willliams Middle School, Sturgis Elementary, Whitewood Elementary, Piedmont/Stagebarn Elementary, and Rural Schools for the month of January.
The board recognized students who achieved perfect attendance during the second quarter, each of whom will receive a certificate.
Open Forum. No topics discussed.
Open Enrollment Requests. MOTION by Thuringer, seconded by Maag, and carried to approve the open enrollment requests to Meade School District as follows: Vincent Bochmann, Grade 2, from Rapid City School District; Judith Brewer, Grade 10, from Rapid City School District; Blanca Garduna, Grade 11, from Lead/Deadwood School District; Kristeen Grenstiner, Grade 11, from Newell School District; Tresta Henderson, Grade 11, from Lead/Deadwood School District; and Randall White, Grade 11, from Newell School District.
In-District Student Transfer Requests. MOTION by Martens, seconded by Manley, and carried to approve the in-district transfer requests for the following students to attend a school other than the one to which they are assigned: Kathleen Kahl, Grade 4, to attend Erskine, and Kelsie Kahl, Grade 1, to attend Primary. Also given tentative approval was the request for Carsey Barden, Grade 4, to attend Sturgis Williams Middle School next year pending next year’s enrollments.
Student Assignment Request. MOTION by Davies, seconded by Chowen, and carried to grant residency to Beulah, Wyoming, resident Tara Island, Grade 11, for school purposes subject to a reevaluation regarding the continuation of the residency at the end of the semester.
Volunteers. MOTION by Wahl, seconded by Thuringer, and carried to approve the list of students who are participating in the School-to-Work program for the second semester as volunteers for insurance purposes. (Exhibit F) Also approved were adults Don Wulf, who volunteers at Erskine, and Viki Steely, who volunteers for the gifted program.
Curriculum Department Structure. MOTION by Chowen, seconded by Manley, and carried to approve the creation of curriculum departments and department chairpersons and to implement the structure as proposed.
Personnel. MOTION by Maag, seconded by Thuringer, and carried to approve the following personnel items:
Contract Adjustment: Mathew Raba, add Assistant High School Track, $2,175
Retirements/Early Retirements: Jeanne Larson, teacher at Piedmont/Stagebarn Elementary, and Colleen Ohrtman, School Nurse, both eff. end of school year
Leaves of Absence: Lisa Haslip, Special Education teacher, and Cathy Kosola, Sturgis Elementary teacher, both for 2002-03 school year
Parental Leave of Absence: CherylLynn Isaacson, Sturgis Elementary teacher, for 2002-03 school year
Resignations/Terminations: Scott Peterson, Middle School Boys Basketball, eff. end of school year; Shaun Skinner, 10th Grade Boys Basketball, eff. end of school year; Kristin Bower, Special Education Teacher Aide, KIND classroom, eff. 2/22/02; Nancy Crowhurst, Playground Aide, Sturgis Elementary, eff. 1/31/2002; Kim Fonder, Custodian, Sturgis Elementary, eff. 2/14/02; Donna O’Bryan, Custodian, Sturgis Brown High School, eff. 1/31/02
Proposed Policies/Policy Revisions. The board held its second reading of proposed revisions to File: CB School Superintendent and of proposed policy File: KA School-Community Relations.
Proposed Budget Reduction Plan for 2002-2003. Superintendent Heinert explained some of the budget reduction proposals to manage a potential shortfall of more than $600,000 for next year’s general fund. Included in the discussion were possible reductions to staff and a reorganization of Sturgis Elementary campuses. Teacher David Martinson addressed the board regarding the possible detriments of cutting the music staff, and patron Laura Prosser spoke in opposition to the reorganization of Sturgis Elementary campuses.
MOTION by Chowen, seconded by Thuringer, and carried to set a special board meeting for public input on the proposed budget reduction plan for Monday, February 25, 2002, at 7:30 p.m. at Bear Butte Elementary Gymnasium.
Surplus Property Considerations. A committee consisting of Thuringer, Wahl, and Manley was appointed to appraise several of the district’s real property holdings that have been closed and are in fair to poor condition. Once the appraisals have been completed, the board will determine which buildings and/or land it wishes to declare surplus and then offer for sale. Since one of the properties is the Red Top School, input from the patrons of that area will be solicited.
Fiscal Year 2001 Audit Report. The board reviewed the audit for the fiscal year 2001.
Reports. Superintendent Heinert reported that the district website is now in operation (http://meade.k12.sd.us) and that a recent article in the Rapid City Journal covered our PowerSchool school administration software. He reported on various items before the State Legislature and that he would be attending the American Association of School Superintendents’ Conference in San Diego this month. He also noted that Meade School District 46-1 has passed the first step in being named as one of the State’s TTL and DTL instructional sites for this summer.
Board member Koontz reported on recent activities of the Black Hills Special Services Co-op.
9:11 p.m. Executive Session. MOTION by Martens, seconded by Davies, and carried to recess and then enter into executive session to discuss personnel matters.
11:35 p.m. Meeting resumed.
Temporary Extension of Early Retirement Age Deadline. MOTION by Wahl, seconded by Chowen, and carried to temporarily extend the early retirement age deadline for teachers from June 30 to December 31 for the year 2002 only.
11:39 p.m. Adjournment.