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Dickinson Public Schools Unapproved Regular School Board Meeting Minutes Monday, August 8, 2022; 5:00 p.m. Professional Learning Lab A complete recording of the August 8, 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 August 8, 2022, at the Professional Learning Lab. Board members present were President Michelle Orton, Vice President Kim Schwartz, Board Member David Wilkie, and Board Member Jason Rodakowski. Board Member Brent Seaks was unable to attend. Also present were Superintendent Dr. Marcus Lewton, Assistant Superintendent Keith Harris, Business Manager Stephanie Hunter, Dickinson High School Principal Jeffrey Brandt, Heart River Elementary Principal Randy Muffley, Lincoln Elementary Principal Tammy Peterson, School Resource Officer Sergeant Brandon Stockie, Southwest Community High School Principal Kristy Goodall, Elementary Assistant Principal Richard Smith, Dickinson High School Assistant Principal Randy Cranston, Berg Elementary Principal Tracy Lecoe, Director of Instruction Melanie Kathrein, Dickinson Parks and Recreation Executive Director Benjamin Rae, and Technology Specialist Laura Hondl. 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 July 11, 2022, Annual School Board Meeting and the July 21, 2022, Board Workshop. Mrs. Schwartz moved to approve the consent agenda as presented. Mr. Wilkie seconded the motion. A voice vote was taken on the motion. The motion carried. Approval of Agenda – Mrs. Schwartz moved to approve the agenda as presented. Mr. Wilkie seconded the motion. A voice vote was taken on the motion. The motion carried. Superintendent’s Report – Superintendent Dr. Lewton addressed the Board. He noted summer school ended last Friday. Pre-registration for kindergarten is currently at 312 students. That is down compared to 355 at the same time the previous year. Registration for busing is up compared to last year. There will be a Back-to-School Breakfast on Monday and Tuesday, August 22 and 23rd. This breakfast is for all District employees. The 22nd is for the secondary employees, and the 23rd is for the elementary employees. Dr. Lewton encouraged school board members to attend the breakfast. Business Topics – Informational Topics School Resource Officer (SRO) Annual Report – Posted on the website utilizing the BoardDocs link is an annual report prepared by School Resource Officer Sergeant Brandon Stockie. Sergeant Stockie addressed the Board. He reported during the 2021-2022 school year, there were 445 instances where a school resource officer or police officer was requested to respond regarding a concern with a student. Instances may include an incident at the child’s home, text messaging, or social media. These incidents have increased from the previous year. The posted report breaks down the instances by buildings and by description. This school year, a criminal justice class was offered to the students at the high school. There was great interest in the course, with only about half of the students allowed to enroll in this semester-long course. The Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program was offered to fifth and seventh graders this past school year. School resource officers additionally attended school athletic events and dances to assist with overseeing the students. Sergeant Stockie noted that another SRO position had been added this year. There are now four SROs in the District. This agenda item was informational only. No action was requested. Lincoln Elementary Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Center Update – Available on the website is a brief video shared with the Board providing a snapshot of the Cal Ripken Foundation STEM Center. Lincoln Elementary Principal Tammy Peterson addressed the Board. With the assistance of Devon Energy Services and the Cal Ripken Foundation, an opportunity was made available for Lincoln Elementary to be one of the first elementary STEM Center sites in North Dakota. There are over 200 STEM Centers nationwide. Mrs. Peterson noted she expressed the wishes of having the sites in all elementary schools, the middle school, and the high school when meeting with the representatives from the STEM Center. The STEM Center would require one room in the building designated for the Center. This was a barrier since many classrooms are at or beyond capacity. To overcome this barrier, the STEM Center Foundation representatives were willing to provide mobile carts. These carts could then be shared between classrooms or grade levels. Mrs. Peterson commended Ms. Riesinger, the building STEM teams, and the elementary building principals on their work to make the mobile STEM carts available. The STEM Centers will assist the elementary schools in meeting the expectations of a High Reliability School Level 5 certification by providing personalized, competency-based education. It opens the door for student creativity in a hands-on learning environment. The STEM Center includes innovative learning equipment such as a 3D printer, Snap Circuits, Ozobots, and Bee-Bots. Teachers have an opportunity for training and curriculum guidebooks to enhance the tools provided in the Center. This agenda item was informational only. No action was requested. Board Goals – Superintendent Lewton addressed the Board. Dr. Lewton referenced last week’s Board Workshop when they met with the co-founder of Elliott and McMahon, LLC. In September, the Board will dive into the established goals and review the data. Dr. Lewton noted that he had reviewed the Board and Superintendent Guardrails with the administrators at a Cabinet retreat last week. The administrators discussed some progress measures within the guardrails. President Orton felt the timing of the elementary STEM Centers ties in with the Board’s goal of improving the student reading and mathematics scores. This agenda item was informational only. No action was requested. Budget Input and Development Committee Update – Available on the website utilizing the BoardDocs link are the minutes from the August 2, 2022, Budget Input and Development Committee Meeting. Business Manager Hunter addressed the Board. She noted the District ended last year with a deficit of $650,000. This deficit was expected to be much higher. Mrs. Hunter addressed the Certificate of Levy that needs to be filed by August 10, 2022. In the Budget Committee’s discussion, there was a recommendation to ask the Board that the current 113.70 mills levied be kept the same but change how they are distributed. The committee recommends that four mills be transferred from the miscellaneous fund levy, bringing it down to eight mills, and increase the sinking and interest fund levy by four mills bringing the sinking and interest mills to 25.7. Mrs. Hunter explained the ending fund balances as of June 30, 2022, will be shared at the Budget Public Input Hearing on September 12, 2022. President Orton thanked those on the committee for all their extra work in putting the proposed budget together. This agenda item was informational only. No action was requested. Business Topics – Action Topics 2022-2023 Preliminary Budget and Certificate of Levy – Mrs. Schwartz moved to approve the preliminary 2022-2023 budget expenditures for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2023, in the amount of general fund expenditures of $58,357,096, capital projects fund expenditures of $2,932,345, debt service fund expenditures of $4,385,172, and food service fund expenditures of $2,200,000. Mr. Wilkie seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken on the motion: ayes-4 (Rodakowski, Schwartz, Wilkie, Orton); nays-0; absent-1 (Seaks). The motion carried. Mr. Wilkie moved to approve the preliminary Certificate of Levy for 113.70 mills for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2023. Mrs. Schwartz seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken on the motion: ayes-4 (Wilkie, Rodakowski, Schwartz, Orton); nays-0; absent-1 (Seaks). The motion carried. Schedule Budget Public Input Hearing – Mrs. Schwartz moved to schedule the Budget Public Input Hearing for Monday, September 12, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. Mountain at the Professional Learning Lab. Mr. Wilkie seconded the motion. A voice vote was taken on the motion. The motion carried. Bus Bid for Consideration - The bus bid opening was held on Friday, July 29, 2022. Three bus bids were received. Mrs. Schwartz moved to accept the bid from Harlow’s Bus Sales, Inc. for two (2) 77-passenger school route buses with options for a total price of $121,700 for Bus 1 and $106,070 for Bus 2. She further moved to approve the trade-in to Harlow’s Bus Sales of the 2009 IC CE school bus in the amount of $1,500.00. Mr. Wilkie seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken on the motion: ayes-4 (Schwartz, Rodakowski, Wilkie, Orton); nays-0; absent-1 (Seaks). The motion carried. 2022-2023 Fuel Bids for Consideration – The fuel bid opening for the upcoming school year was held on Friday, July 29, 2022. There were three fuel bids received. Mr. Wilkie moved the Board accept the bid for #1 diesel fuel for $.12/gallon below the posted cash price provided by Tri-Energy Cooperative, the bid for #2 diesel fuel for $.14/gallon below the posted cash price provided by Tri-Energy Cooperative, and the bid for unleaded gasoline for $.12/gallon below the posted cash price provided by Tri-Energy Cooperative. Mrs. Schwartz seconded the motion. Discussion: Mr. Rodakowski noted the motion did not match the background information. Mr. Wilkie amended his motion. Mr. Wilkie moved the Board accept the bid for #1 diesel fuel for $.16/gallon below the posted cash price provided by Tri-Energy Cooperative, the bid for #2 diesel fuel for $.14/gallon below the posted cash price provided by Tri-Energy Cooperative, and the bid for unleaded gasoline for $.12/gallon below the posted cash price provided by Tri-Energy Cooperative. Mrs. Schwartz seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken on the motion: ayes-4 (Rodakowski, Schwartz, Wilkie, Orton); nays-0; absent-1 (Seaks). The motion carried. Reaffirm Board Regulation, First Reading and Final Adoption – Available on the website utilizing the BoardDocs link is Board Regulation BCBA-BR, Rules of Decorum at Board Meetings. Mrs. Schwartz moved to reaffirm Board Regulation BCBA-BR, Rules of Decorum at Board Meetings for first and final reading with no revisions. Mr. Wilkie seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken on the motion: ayes-4 (Wilkie, Rodakowski, Schwartz, Orton); nays-0; absent-1 (Seaks). The motion carried. Reaffirm Board Policies, First Reading and Final Adoption – Available on the website utilizing the BoardDocs link is posted policies BCBA, Public Participation at Board Meetings and FG, Student Rights and Responsibilities. There were no recommended revisions to the content of the policies. Mr. Wilkie moved to reaffirm Board policy BCBA, Public Participation at Board Meetings and Board policy FG, Student Rights and Responsibilities for first and final reading with no revisions. Mrs. Schwartz seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken on the motion: ayes-4 (Wilkie, Schwartz, Rodakowski, Orton); nays-0; absent-1 (Seaks). The motion carried. School Board Policy Revisions, First Reading – Available on the website utilizing the BoardDocs link is posted policy DEBD, Maintaining Professional Employee-Student Boundaries with proposed revisions noted. Mrs. Schwartz moved to approve the first reading of the revisions to policy DEBD, Maintaining Professional Employee-Student Boundaries, as presented. Mr. Wilkie seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken on the motion: ayes-4 (Schwartz, Rodakowski, Wilkie, Orton); nays-0; absent-1 (Seaks). The motion carried. Board Policy Adoption, Second and Final Reading – Available on the website utilizing the BoardDocs link is policy IAD, Disposal of School Real Estate proposed for adoption. Mr. Wilkie moved to approve the second reading and final adoption of policy IAD, Disposal of School Real Estate as presented. Mrs. Schwartz seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken on the motion: ayes-4 (Rodakowski, Wilkie, Schwartz, Orton); nays-0; absent-1 (Seaks). The motion carried. Announcements – President Orton noted a Special School Board Meeting needed to be scheduled to review the bids for the construction of building “A” at the Southwest Area Career and Technical Education Academy (SWACTEA). After the Board’s discussion regarding availability, President Orton scheduled the meeting for Monday, August 15, 2022, at noon. There was one policy, BCBB, News Coverage of Board Meetings, for the Board to review before being placed on next month’s Board meeting agenda. Adjournment – At 5:32 p.m., President Orton declared the meeting adjourned. Michelle Orton, Board President Stephanie Hunter, Business Manager Twila Petersen, Board Secretary (August 31, 2022) 96067