Dickinson Public Schools Unapproved Scho
Dickinson Public Schools
Unapproved School Board Workshop Minutes
Tuesday, December 7, 2021, Noon
Professional Learning Lab
The Dickinson Public School Board held a workshop on December 7, 2021, at the Professional Learning Lab. Board members present were President Brent Seaks, Vice President Kim Schwartz, Board Member David Wilkie, Board Member Michelle Orton, and Board Member Jason Rodakowski. Also present were Interim Superintendent Dr. Marcus Lewton, Assistant Superintendent Keith Harris, Business Manager Stephanie Hunter, Community Relations Coordinator Sarah Trustem, Director of Career and Technical Education Aaron Anderson, and Board Secretary Twila Petersen.
Call to Order - Board President Seaks called the meeting to order at noon.
Build the December 13, 2021, Board Meeting Agenda – Interim Superintendent Dr. Lewton addressed the Board. He summarized student enrollment numbers, celebrated the new DPS website launch, and noted COVID numbers were down considerably from a month ago.
Dr. Lewton informed the Board of the federal vaccine mandate for the Early Childhood Center (ECC) contracted employees and masking requirements for students three and older. DPS partners with ECC and offers special education services to students three and older.
As part of the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding, administrators, social workers, counselors, and others will be attending professional development. Some of the professional development will include travel if the employee wishes. Dr. Lewton reviewed potential guidelines regarding COVID-19 and traveling.
Under the Superintendent’s Report at Monday’s meeting, Dr. Lewton will present information for the State of the District. This presentation will also be provided next week in various buildings. These presentations were generated from communication regarding the finances of the District. Dr. Lewton summarized the presentation. During the school year 2020-2021, the District was down 288 students. The lower enrollment reflects a decrease of $3 million in revenue. In preparation for the 2020-2021 school year, the District had positioned itself for an anticipated increase of 100-150 students. This combination along with other factors from previous years attributed to the District’s financial budget deficit.
Dr. Lewton explained the positioning of the District buildings for future enrollment. The District is working on a long-range facility management planning which will address some of the capacity challenges.
Dr. Lewton made a recommendation to the Board to remove one proposed topic, CTE Academy Update, and include this topic in the Request for Qualifications agenda item.
Several policies will be on the agenda for Monday’s Board meeting for the Board’s consideration.
Board members were informed of an upcoming Negotiations Seminar scheduled in early February 2022.
Adjournment – At 12:24 p.m., President Seaks declared the workshop adjourned.
Brent Seaks, Board President
Stephanie Hunter, Business Manager
Twila Petersen, Board Secretary
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