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Dickinson Public Schools Unapproved Regular School Board Meeting Minutes Monday, December 12, 2022; 5:00 p.m. Professional Learning Lab A complete recording of the December 12, 2022, Regular 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 December 12, 2022, at the Professional Learning Lab. Board members present were President Michelle Orton, Board Member Brent Seaks, Board Member David Wilkie, and Board Member Jason Rodakowski. Board Member Kim Schwartz was unable to attend. Also present were Superintendent Dr. Marcus Lewton, Assistant Superintendent Keith Harris, Business Manager Stephanie Hunter, Director of Student Services Sheri Twist, Elementary Assistant Principal Richard Smith, Prairie Rose Elementary Principal Nicole Weiler, Lincoln Elementary Principal Tammy Peterson, Southwest Community High School/Roughrider 9-12 Virtual Academy Principal Kristy Goodall, Dickinson Middle School Principal Cassie Francis, Heart River Elementary Principal Randy Muffley, Director of Instruction Melanie Kathrein, Roosevelt Elementary Principal Henry Mack, Dickinson High School Principal Jeffrey Brandt, Jefferson Elementary Principal Sara Streeter, and Board Secretary Twila Petersen. Call to Order - Board President Orton 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 – Included in the consent agenda are the minutes from the November 14, 2022, School Board Meeting; the December 6, 2022, Board Workshop; and the December 6, 2022, Special School Board Meeting. Mr. Seaks moved to approve the consent agenda as presented. Mr. Wilkie seconded the motion. A slide show was displayed recognizing students for their accomplishments. A voice vote was taken on the motion. The motion carried. Approval of the Agenda – Mr. Wilkie moved to approve the agenda as presented. Mr. Seaks seconded the motion. A voice vote was taken on the motion. The motion carried. Superintendent’s Report – Superintendent Dr. Lewton addressed the Board. He reminded the Board the January workshop to build the January School Board Meeting agenda has been scheduled for Thursday, January 5, 2023. Dr. Lewton will soon be providing the State of the District presentations at the school buildings. Dickinson State University is partnering with Dickinson Public Schools to provide a scholarship to two paraprofessionals interested in becoming elementary teachers. The University of Mary Teacher Leadership Academy has an opportunity for educators interested in completing their master’s in the teacher leadership program. The Calendar Committee met last week and will meet again in early January. Potentially a 2023-2024 school calendar will be shared with the Board at its February meeting. Dr. Lewton reported the lease agreement with Dickinson Parks and Recreation for the four softball diamonds has been extended for another five years. Business Topics – Informational Topics Board Goals – Lincoln Elementary Principal Tammy Peterson, Roosevelt Elementary Principal Henry Mack, and Director of Instruction Melanie Kathrein addressed the Board. Available on the website utilizing the BoardDocs link is detailed information regarding the data from the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) reading assessment for students in the first grade and second grade. Mrs. Peterson explained the data from Goal 1.2 for all the first-grade students indicates they have surpassed the target of the percentage of students who are on a path to be proficient or above in third-grade reading. Mr. Mack explained the steps that were taken to try and increase proficiency. There was increased professional development in phonics and phonemic awareness and essential learning targets were clarified. During the 2022-2023 school year, the Haggerty phonemic awareness and decodable texts were added. Additionally, Professional Learning Community (PLC) teams focused their collaboration on mClass Diebels literacy screening. There were also improvements in Response to Intervention (RTI) which reflects the work done in the PLCs. Mrs. Peterson provided information on how the elementary buildings developed a schedule for tier 1 support. They try to make sure everyone is working under the umbrella of the RTI program. She commended the work being done by the new RTI coordinator. Mrs. Kathrein noted there will be assessments in January 2023 and again at the end of the school year. She described the reasons why the third grade reading goal was important. She reported that students are learning to read at the lower elementary levels. The students need to apply their reading comprehension abilities as they move through the grades. Mrs. Kathrein added students start early to begin the path for students to be Choice Ready after graduation. Mrs. Peterson referenced Goal 1.1 which pertains to the percentage of second-grade students that will score at grade level or above on the NWEA MAP reading. Mr. Mack stated overall the students are at 70%. This is on target for the end-of-the-year goal. He noted the data was taken from the last school year and not the same students as the data from Goal 1.2. Mrs. Peterson distinguished the percentages for the demographic groups of students and clarified the percentage difference to reach the goal. The steps taken to meet Goal 1.1 were similar to those in Goal 1.2. Board Member Seaks referenced the first-grade students that have limited English proficiency and asked if the goal to go from 27% to the goal of 46% by the end of the 2022-2023 school year might be too aggressive. Mrs. Kathrein explained how the work of the individual teachers will impact the results. Superintendent Lewton added that when there are few students in the subgroup, the sample size is small and therefore even a small percentage increase in the proficiency of one or two students will change the results. This agenda item was informational only. No action was requested. Business Topics – Action Topics Consider Approving Three Additional Certified Instructors for the 2023-2024 School Year – Mr. Seaks moved to approve the hiring of up to three additional certified positions as necessary to accommodate the projected increased growth for the 2023-2024 school year. Mr. Wilkie seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken on the motion: ayes-4 (Rodakowski, Wilkie, Seaks, Orton); nays-0; absent-1 (Schwartz). The motion carried. Proposal from School Perception Survey for Consideration – Available on the website utilizing the BoardDocs link is a proposal from School Perception Survey. Mr. Rodakowski moved to direct the administration to proceed with the hiring of School Perception to provide survey data on stakeholder perception regarding facilities and enrollment for the proposed fee of approximately $10,000.00. Mr. Seaks seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken on the motion: ayes-4 (Wilkie, Seaks, Rodakowski, Orton); nays-0; absent-1 (Schwartz). The motion carried. Supplemental Resolution for the Reissued General Obligation School Building Bond, Series 2016B – Posted on the website utilizing BoardDocs is the Supplemental Resolution for the General Obligation School Building Bonds, Series 2016B prepared by Bond Attorneys Arntson, Stewart, and Wegner, PC. Mr. Wilkie moved to approve the Supplemental Resolution for the Reissued General Obligation School Building Bond, Series 2016B, as presented. Mr. Seaks seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken on the motion: ayes-4 (Seaks, Rodakowski, Wilkie, Orton); nays-0; absent-1 (Schwartz). The motion carried unanimously. Board’s Determination of Appropriate Negotiating Unit Submitted by Teachers – Available on the website utilizing the BoardDocs link is posted the Petition for Recognition from the Dickinson Education Association. Mr. Rodakowski moved pursuant to North Dakota Century Code Section 15.1-16-10, the school board of the Dickinson Public School District #1 recognizes as the appropriate negotiating unit all employees licensed to teach by the North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board or approved to teach by the Education Standards and Practices Board and employed primarily as classroom teachers. Mr. Wilkie seconded the motion. A voice vote was taken on the motion. The motion carried. Bus Bid for Consideration – Mr. Seaks moved to accept the lowest bus bid from Harlow’s Bus Sales for the purchase of one 71-passenger gasoline bus for a base bid of $109,625.00 with options for a grand total of $112,275.00. Mr. Wilkie seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken on the motion: ayes-4 (Rodakowski, Wilkie, Seaks, Orton); nays-0; absent-1 (Schwartz). The motion carried. Destruction of Old School Records – Available on the website utilizing the BoardDocs link is a list of records proposed to be destroyed. Mr. Rodakowski moved to authorize the Business Manager to destroy the records as presented by shredding and/or depositing them in the Dickinson city landfill. Mr. Wilkie seconded the motion. A voice vote was taken on the motion. The motion carried. Reaffirm Board Policy, First Reading and Final Adoption – Available on the website utilizing the BoardDocs link is posted Board policy BDBB, Retaining an Attorney. Mr. Wilkie moved to reaffirm Board policy BDBB, Retaining an Attorney for the first and final reading with no revisions. Mr. Seaks seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken on the motion: ayes-4 (Wilkie, Seaks, Rodakowski, Orton); nays-0; absent-1 (Schwartz). The motion carried. Rescind School Board Policy, Second Reading and Final Adoption – Available on the website utilizing the BoardDocs link is posted Board policy GCBC, Curricular Performances and Grading. Mr. Wilkie moved to rescind Board policy GCBC, Curricular Performances and Grading for second and final reading. Mr. Rodakowski seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken on the motion: ayes-4 (Seaks, Rodakowski, Wilkie, Orton); nays-0; absent-1 (Schwartz). The motion carried. School Board Policies Revisions, Second Reading and Final Adoption – Available on the website utilizing the BoardDocs link are posted Board policy BCAA, Board Meeting Agenda and Pre-Meeting Preparation, and policy IDC, Data Protection and Security Breaches. Mr. Seaks moved to approve the first reading of the revisions to policy BCAA, Board Meeting Agenda and Pre-Meeting Preparation, and policy IDC, Data Protection and Security Breaches, as presented. Mr. Wilkie seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken on the motion: ayes-4 (Rodakowski, Wilkie, Seaks, Orton); nays-0; absent-1 (Schwartz). The motion carried. Announcements – There was one policy, BDBD, Parent Advisory Council (PAC), for the Board to review before being placed on next month’s Board meeting agenda. Superintendent Lewton noted due to the impending inclement weather, there will be an early release on Tuesday, December 13, 2022. He added that Wednesday, December 14, 2022, will be a virtual learning day. Dr. Lewton explained it is difficult to balance providing families with enough notification so they can make plans and also predict the weather. The decision for Tuesday and Wednesday was after a webinar with the National Weather Service, a meeting with city officials, and a meeting with county officials. Dr. Lewton said he tries to err on the side of safety. Adjournment – President Orton declared the meeting adjourned at 5:34 p.m. Michelle Orton, Board President Stephanie Hunter, Business Manager Twila Petersen, Board Secretary (Dec. 28, 2022) 138094