Dickinson Public Schools
Unapproved Regular School Board Meeting
Monday, May 11, 2020; 5:00 p.m.
Via a Zoom Webinar
The Dickinson Public School Board held a regular School Board Meeting on May 11, 2020, via a Zoom webinar. Board members present via Zoom conference were: President Brent Seaks, Vice President Kim Schwartz, Mrs. Michelle Orton, Mr. Jason Rodakowski, and Mr. David Wilkie. Others present were: Superintendent Shon Hocker, Assistant Superintendent Keith Harris, Director of Instruction Melanie Kathrein, Director of Student Services Sheri Twist, Business Manager Kent Anderson, Dickinson High School Principal Kevin Hoherz, Dickinson High School Assistant Principal Tad Schye, Dickinson Middle School Principal Marcus Lewton, Dickinson Middle School Assistant Principal Shawn Leiss, Prairie Rose Elementary Principal Nicole Weiler, Prairie Rose Elementary Assistant Principal Richard Smith, Lincoln Elementary Principal Tammy Peterson, Berg Elementary Principal Tracy Lecoe, Roosevelt Elementary Principal Henry Mack, Roosevelt Elementary Second Grade Instructor Sara Berglund, Roosevelt Strategist Jennifer Nokes, Early Childhood Center Building Administrator Julie Jahner, The Dickinson Press Reporter Kayla Henson, and School Board Secretary Twila Petersen
Call to Order - Board President Seaks called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m.
Calling of Roll - Board President Seaks conducted the Calling of the Roll. Present via the Zoom webinar were Vice President Kim Schwartz, Board Member David Wilkie, Board Member Jason Rodakowski, and Board Member Michelle Orton.
Public Participation - There were no requests for public participation.
Approval of Consent Agenda or Addition/Removal of Consent Agenda Items - Mrs. Orton moved to approve the consent agenda as presented. Mrs. Schwartz seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken on the motion: ayes-5 (Wilkie, Rodakowski, Schwartz, Orton, Seaks); nays-0; absent-0. The motion carried unanimously.
Approval of Agenda - Mr. Wilkie moved to approve the agenda as presented. Mrs. Orton seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken on the motion: ayes-5 (Schwartz, Rodakowski, Orton, Wilkie, Seaks); nays-0; absent-0. The motion carried unanimously.
Superintendent's Report - Superintendent Hocker explained RSP & Associates has posted additional information on the website regarding enrollment and boundaries.
The District celebrated the 2019-2020 Educator of the Year and Classified Staff of the Year. The recipients are Mary Pat Bruels, a title I instructor at Lincoln Elementary, and Jeanette Wyckoff, the administrative assistant at Heart River Elementary. Last week there was a great celebration caravan lead by the Midget bus, the School Resource Officer driving a police car, Board President Seaks, and many administrators congratulating the recipients. Dr. Hocker thanked the family members that helped to keep it a surprise.
Dr. Hocker announced that Dickinson Middle School and Dickinson High School completed the evaluation from the Marzano team and congratulated the administrators, teachers, and staff from those buildings for their hard work and dedication in becoming a High Reliability School Level I certified school. The elementary schools will have their evaluations soon.
Superintendent Hocker shared details regarding plans for the high school graduation to be held at the DSU Biesiot Activities Center (BAC). A committee has been working hard to make this a memorable graduation for those students and families. This is the year the artificial turf is being replaced at the BAC. There will be a limited amount of vehicles that will be allowed on the turf. The ceremony will be broadcast on the large screens on the field. The Board members will have a small role, weather permitting.
Southwest Community High School has scheduled graduation on the last day of school. There are nine graduates from the alternative school.
Dr. Hocker said the last day the teachers will present new instruction for students is May 15. This will allow the students an opportunity to wrap up their homework and turn in their devices before May 21. Students will also pick up any remaining personal items left at the school.
Business Topics - Informational Topics
Principal Reports - Heart River Elementary Principal Susan Cook addressed the Board. Available on the website is a PowerPoint presentation. There were many pictures in the PowerPoint of the work being done at Heart River Elementary.
Mrs. Cook said it has been a busy spring. When the schools went to an online platform in March, the updating began immediately on the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) at Heart River Elementary. There are large parts for the HVAC units that are being stored on the parking lot and the playground. The company doing the installation is doing its best to protect the building from dust and noise.
Mrs. Cook presented information with pictures of the paraprofessionals cleaning desks and chairs for the new classrooms added this fall. She also shared information regarding paraprofessionals, the school counselor, and social worker organizing and distributing the Grab-N-Go meals. Other paraprofessionals along with the English language instructor have been spending a great deal of time contacting parents/students on a weekly basis either via a phone call or sending notecards.
President Seaks thanked Principal Cook for all she has done in the eight years she has been with the District. He wished her the best in her retirement. Mrs. Cook said she has many fond memories and appreciated the opportunity to return to North Dakota to finish her career.
Roosevelt Elementary Principal Henry Mack addressed the Board. He introduced Roosevelt's Strategist Jennifer Nokes. Mrs. Nokes thanked the Board for the opportunity to highlight some of the things happening at Roosevelt Elementary. She shared a Google Doc with information on the different avenues taken to reach students using distance learning.
Mrs. Nokes explained the Roosevelt employees are working twice as hard to reach out to the students in a new way. Teachers are using SeeSaw, posting videos, and being very creative. Students are writing notes or sharing pictures that are posted for all their classmates to see. Recently some student athletes were recruited to read to the Roosevelt students. Mrs. Nokes commended the technologists for all they are doing to assist with the distance learning.
Roosevelt Elementary teachers presented May Day baskets at the doors of all the students. There will be a virtual tour of Medora towards the end of the school year. Beautiful banners are hanging around the exterior of Roosevelt Elementary commemorating its 100-year celebration.
Mrs. Nokes said due to the great technical support and assistance from the paraprofessionals, teachers can run numerous Zoom meetings daily. Teachers are being pushed outside their comfort zone and having to adapt. They are making it a better District in the end and learning from experience.
President Seaks thanked the principals and teachers for the presentation and all they are doing for the students in the District. This agenda item was informational only. No action was requested.
Wellness End-of-the-Year Summary - Available on the website utilizing the BoardDocs link is the 2019-2020 end-of-the-year wellness summary report. Superintendent Hocker addressed the Board. He explained the wellness summary is reviewed on an annual basis. The posted summary has very minor revisions from last year's summary. This agenda item was informational only. No action was requested.
Business Topics - Action Topics
Board Appointed Representative for the Comprehensive Literacy State Development Grant (CLSD) - Mrs. Orton moved to authorize Melanie Kathrein and Dr. Shon Hocker as the Board appointed representative for the Comprehensive Literacy State Development Grant (CLSD). Mrs. Schwartz seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken on the motion: ayes-5 (Rodakowski, Schwartz, Wilkie, Orton, Seaks); nays-0; absent-0. The motion carried unanimously.
Breakfast and Lunch Meal Prices - Mrs. Schwartz moved to approve a fee of $1.50 for student breakfast, $2.00 for adult breakfast, $2.55 for lunch for students in grades K-5, $2.85 for lunch for students in grades 6-8, $3.45 for lunch for grades 9-12, $4.20 for lunch for adults, $.40 for extra milk in grades K-12, and monthly milk break price of $6.00, effective fall of 2020. Mr. Wilkie seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken on the motion: ayes-5 (Schwartz, Orton, Wilkie, Rodakowski, Seaks); nays-0; absent-0. The motion carried unanimously.
Memorandum of Understanding in Boys and Girls Soccer - Mr. Rodakowski moved to approve the Memorandum of Understanding between the Dickinson Public Schools and Dickinson Soccer Club for boys and girls soccer for the 2020-2021 school year, as presented. Mrs. Schwartz seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken on the motion: ayes-5 (Wilkie, Orton, Rodakowski, Schwartz, Seaks); nays-0; absent-0. The motion carried unanimously.
Extracurricular Cooperative Agreement in Girls Hockey - Mr. Wilkie moved to approve the extracurricular cooperative agreement with Richardton Public School District for girls hockey for the 2020-2021 school year. Mrs. Orton seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken on the motion: ayes-5 (Wilkie, Schwartz, Orton, Rodakowski, Seaks); nays-0; absent-0. The motion carried unanimously.
Annual Meeting Date and Time - President Seaks stated the annual meeting was scheduled last year on the second Tuesday of July. He was open to any suggestions. Mrs. Schwartz moved to schedule the annual school board meeting for Monday, July 13 at 5:00 p.m. at the Professional Learning Lab. Mrs. Orton seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken on the motion: ayes-5 (Rodakowski, Wilkie, Schwartz, Orton, Seaks); nays-0; absent-0. The motion carried unanimously.
Open Enrollment Application - Mrs. Schwartz moved to approve the open enrollment application for a child of Emily Dukart from South Heart Public to Dickinson Public as per the open enrollment policy. Mrs. Orton seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken on the motion: ayes-5 (Wilkie, Rodakowski, Orton, Schwartz, Seaks); nays-0; absent-0. The motion carried unanimously.
2020-2021 Student Handbooks - Mr. Rodakowski moved to approve the 2020-2021 elementary schools' student handbooks, Dickinson Middle School student handbook, Dickinson High School student handbook, and Southwest Community High School student handbook, as presented. Mrs. Schwartz seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken on the motion: ayes-5 (Rodakowski, Wilkie, Orton, Schwartz, Seaks); nays-0; absent-0. The motion carried unanimously.
School Board Policy Revisions, Second Reading and Final Adoption - Mr. Wilkie moved to approve for second reading and final adoption the revisions to policy ACBB, Significant Contagious Diseases as presented. Mrs. Orton seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken on the motion: ayes-5 (Schwartz, Orton, Rodakowski, Wilkie, Seaks); nays-0; absent-0. The motion carried unanimously.
Announcements - President Seaks referenced those in the District that will be retiring at the end of the school year and those that are typically recognized for their years of service. Since there will be no official program or ceremony, he wanted to thank all of them for their years of service and congratulate those that are retiring and appreciated their service to the families in the District. He apologized for not being able to do it in person
Adjournment- At 5:41 p.m., President Seaks adjourned the meeting.
Brent Seaks, Board President
Kent Anderson, Business Manager
Twila Petersen, Secretary
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