Dickinson Public Schools
Unapproved School Board Meeting Minutes
Monday, November 8, 2021; 5:00 p.m.
Professional Learning Lab
A complete recording of the November 8, 2021, School Board Meeting is available on the Dickinson Public Schools website utilizing the BoardDocs link.
The Dickinson Public School Board held a regular meeting on November 8, 2021, at the Professional Learning Lab. Board members present were Vice President and Chair Kim Schwartz, President Brent Seaks via conference call, Board Member Michelle Orton, Board Member David Wilkie, and Board Member Jason Rodakowski. Also present were Interim Superintendent Dr. Marcus Lewton, Business Manager Stephanie Hunter, Heart River Elementary Principal Randy Muffley, Prairie Rose Elementary Principal Nicole Weiler, Roughrider Area Career and Technology Center Director Kevin Nelson, School Resource Officer Sergeant Brandon Stockie, Director of Student Services Shawn Leiss, Heart River Elementary Students Miguel Lionel Alvarez and Roger Bobbe, Prairie Rose Elementary Students Lola Kilwein and Holden Kopari, Mr. Miguel Lowell Alvarez, Mr. Paul Kopari, Mrs. Mary Kopari, Mr. Scott Meschke, and Board Secretary Twila Petersen.
Call to Order - Board Vice President Schwartz called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m.
Public Participation - There were no requests for public participation.
Approval of the Consent Agenda or Addition/Removal of Consent Agenda Items - Mrs. Orton moved to approve the consent agenda as presented. Mr. Wilkie seconded the motion. A voice vote was taken on the motion. The motion carried unanimously.
Approval of Agenda - Mr. Wilkie moved to approve the agenda as presented. Mrs. Orton seconded the motion. A voice vote was taken on the motion. The motion carried unanimously.
Interim Superintendent's Report - Interim Superintendent Dr. Lewton addressed the Board. He noted American Education Week was November 15-19. He recognized all educators in the buildings from the cooks, custodians, paraprofessionals, secretaries, teachers, to administrators who all are an important part of the student's learning.
A long-range facility planning committee is being created. Dr. Lewton requested one board member to volunteer on this committee. The planning committee will be looking at creating a five-year plan for the facilities.
Business Topics - Informational Topics
Roughrider Area Career and Technology Center (RACTC) Update - RACTC Director Kevin Nelson addressed the Board. The RACTC was created 14 years ago. When it began, there was a gap in the health sciences field. There was a total of approximately 70 students enrolled in RACTC when it was established. This year, the total enrollment is 487 students across roughly 25 member schools. Approximately 400 of those students are enrolled in health science courses. Of the 400, approximately 280 students are from Dickinson High School.
Mr. Nelson recognized the RACTC teachers at Dickinson High School. He also noted the courses and the number of sections of the courses.
The health occupation experience program has been very successful in the community with students learning hands-on skills for advanced certification credentials. This could be a CNA, a dental assistant, a firefighter, a pharmaceutical technologist, or another variety of fields.
There are 11 schools in the high technology RACTC consortium. Mr. Nelson listed several of the high technology equipment that is shared amongst the 11 schools.
Mr. Nelson extended a thank you to many entities, the DHS teachers, staff, students, administrators, and the school board.
Board Vice President Schwartz thanked Mr. Nelson for the updated information. This agenda item was informational only. No action was requested.
Principal Reports - Prairie Rose Elementary Principal Nicole Weiler, Heart River Elementary Principal Randy Muffley, Heart River Elementary Fifth Graders Miguel Lionel Alvarez and Roger Bobbe, Prairie Rose Elementary Fifth Graders Lola Kilwein and Holden Kopari all addressed the Board. The administrators and students shared information regarding social and emotional learning.
Available on the school board website utilizing the BoardDocs link is a PowerPoint presentation. Principal Weiler explained that social and emotional learning is an integral part of the education process. Students and adults learn to acquire and apply knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy attitudes. She listed some of the benefits of social and emotional learning. These include academic excellence, positive attitudes, positive social behaviors, and problem-solving techniques.
As an adult, teachers that have social and emotional competencies stay longer in the classroom. The teachers are building nurturing relationships with the students and becoming behavioral role models.
Principal Muffley explained the broad areas of competence in the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) framework to support social and emotional learning. They include self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. He explained there are four elements to high-quality social emotional learning. Those include sequence, active, focus, and explicit.
Mr. Muffley shared that 92% of surveyed executives are looking for employees who are skilled with problem-solving and clear communication.
Teaching social emotional learning in the classroom improves negative student behaviors such as bullying and school safety.
Two Heart River Elementary fifth graders, Miguel Alvarez and Roger Bobbe, explained the impact of the Positivity Project. Students learn how to act and feel towards each other, be respectful and responsible, and be happy. Students also learn self-control and kindness and much more.
The Positivity Project teaches students simple ways of making someone else's day better. Mr. Bobbe said he has seen how his classmates help new students and make the new student feel more comfortable and welcome. He explained how they learn to deal with situations when another student is upset and the perspective of the student and what they are going through.
Heart River Elementary Principal Muffley explained the usefulness of the Heart River Elementary wellness room. It is an opportunity for a student to have a short break in a calm setting with sensory tools. He said the room is utilized often and it is showing a positive impact on the students.
Prairie Rose Elementary Principal Weiler noted the model utilized at Prairie Rose is the Leader in Me foundational model. This aligns with the See-Do-Get Model. Two students from Prairie Rose shared their experiences on participating in the lighthouse team of the Leader in Me. Lola Kilwein and Holden Kopari explained they were elected by their peers to represent the school on a team. Some skills the students learn are organization, being proactive in situations, prioritizing, brainstorming solutions, and healthy habits.
Board members commended the students on their presentation and thanked the students and principals for the information. This agenda item was informational only. No action was requested.
Be Legendary School Board Leadership Institute - Interim Superintendent Lewton addressed the Board. He explained the school board was looking at alternative training rather than attending the National School Boards Association convention being cognizant of the District's finances. The Leadership Institute training is a multi-day training. Some areas the Board may review are the District's vision and goals, accountability around goal monitoring, reviewing the systems and processes in place, advocacy and engagement, and teamwork amongst the Board and the superintendent. This agenda item was informational only. No action was requested.
CTE Academy Update - Interim Superintendent Dr. Lewton explained recently there were roundtable discussions with local businesses to receive information on their needs so that programming may be coordinated for the site. There were 44 participants in the two roundtable discussions and 70 businesses that participated in a survey. This agenda item was informational only. No action was requested.?
Business Topics - Action Topics
Sale of Unneeded Equipment at North Complex (Halliburton Building) - Mr. Seaks moved to designate CTE Director Aaron Anderson to coordinate and sell all unneeded, non-educational equipment at the North Complex/Halliburton Building in accordance with Board policy ICCB, Disposal of School Equipment and Supplies. Mrs. Orton seconded the motion. Discussion: Interim Superintendent Lewton explained there are multiple items such as large industrial pumps and a ten-ton crane that will not be utilized at the complex that could be sold. A voice vote was taken on the motion. The motion carried unanimously.
Request for Qualifications for the Architect and Construction Manager at Risk for the CTE Center - Mr. Wilkie moved to authorize the Interim Superintendent to draft and advertise a Request for Qualifications for an architect and a Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) for construction of the Career and Technical Education spaces within Dickinson Public Schools. Mrs. Orton seconded the motion. Discussion: Interim Superintendent Lewton explained the law requires a three-week advertising process for the Request for Qualifications for an architect. Dr. Lewton added the CMAR process will be from December 29 through February 8. He updated the Board on the grant application process. A roll call vote was taken on the motion: ayes-5 (Seaks, Orton, Wilkie, Rodakowski, Schwartz); nays-0; absent-0. The motion carried unanimously.
Memorandum of Understanding in Boys' and Girls' Hockey - Mrs. Orton moved to approve the Memorandum of Understanding between the Dickinson Public Schools and Dickinson Youth Activities, Inc./Dickinson Hockey Club for boys' and girls' hockey for the 2021-2022 school year, as presented. Mr. Wilkie seconded the motion. A voice vote was taken on the motion. The motion carried unanimously.
Interim Superintendent's Evaluation - Mr. Seaks moved that upon review of the interim superintendent's summative evaluation by the Board, that the interim superintendent's rating was satisfactory in all six performance areas including Goal and Vison Setting, Board Relations, Human Resource Management, Curriculum and Student Support Services, Community Relations, and Operations and Resources Management. Mrs. Orton seconded the motion. Discussion: Board President Seaks stated the Board members feel Dr. Lewton is doing an excellent job. A roll call vote was taken on the motion: ayes-5 (Rodakowski, Wilkie, Orton, Seaks, Schwartz); nays-0; absent-0. The motion carried unanimously.
Open Enrollment Applications - Mr. Wilkie moved to approve the open enrollment applications for two children of Melissa Keck from South Heart Public to Dickinson Public as per the open enrollment policy. Mrs. Orton seconded the motion. A voice vote was taken on the motion. The motion carried unanimously.
Reaffirm Board Policy, First Reading and Final Adoption - Mrs. Orton moved to reaffirm policy BA, School Board Ethics for first and final reading with no revisions. Mr. Wilkie seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken on the motion: ayes-5 (Wilkie, Rodakowski, Orton, Seaks, Schwartz); nays-0; absent-0. The motion carried unanimously.
School Board Policy Adoptions, First Reading - Mr. Wilkie moved to approve the first reading of the adoption of policy DCAD, Expense Reimbursement; policy DEAC, Staff Dress Code; policy FFL, Youth Patriotic Society Access; policy GACE, GED Credit for High School Graduation and Curriculum Requirements; and policy IAC, Lease of School Property as presented. Mrs. Orton seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken on the motion: ayes-5 (Orton, Seaks, Rodakowski, Wilkie, Schwartz); nays-0; absent-0. The motion carried unanimously.
School Board Policy Revision, First Reading - Mrs. Orton moved to approve the first reading of the revisions to policy BC, Meetings of the Board as presented. Mr. Wilkie seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken on the motion: ayes-5 (Rodakowski, Orton, Seaks, Wilkie, Schwartz); nays-0; absent-0. The motion carried unanimously.
School Board Policy Revisions, Second Reading and Final Adoption - Mr. Wilkie moved to approve the second reading and final adoption of the revisions to policy ABBE, Displays of Religious Objects or Documents; policy ACBC, Use of Animals in District Schools and in Curricular Programs; and policy KADA, Weapons Prohibition on School Property-Public, as presented. Mrs. Orton seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken on the motion: ayes-5 (Seaks, Rodakowski, Wilkie, Orton, Schwartz); nays-0; absent-0. The motion carried unanimously.
Announcements - Interim Superintendent Lewton noted the Board would be providing a small treat of appreciation to each employee during American Education Week. Dr. Lewton added the building principals do a great job supporting their staff during that week having events within the building.
Adjournment - At 5:42 p.m., Vice President Schwartz declared the meeting adjourned.
Kim Schwartz, Board Vice President
Brent Seaks, Board President
Stephanie Hunter, Business Manager
Twila Petersen, Board Secretary
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