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Dickinson Public Schools Unapproved School Board Workshop Minutes Tuesday, December 6, 2022; Noon Professional Learning Lab The Dickinson Public School Board held a workshop on December 6, 2022, at the Professional Learning Lab. Board members present were President Michelle Orton, Vice President Kim Schwartz, Board Member David Wilkie, Board Member Brent Seaks, and Board Member Jason Rodakowski. Also present were Superintendent Dr. Marcus Lewton, Business Manager Stephanie Hunter, CTE Director Aaron Anderson, Jared Twogood from GT Architecture, and School Board Secretary Twila Petersen. Call to Order - Board President Orton called the workshop to order at noon. Discussion Topics Build the December 12, 2022, School Board Meeting Agenda – Superintendent Dr. Lewton addressed the Board. He noted student enrollment was up by approximately 60 students compared to the same time last year. Under the Superintendent’s Report at Monday’s meeting, Dr. Lewton plans to ask the Board to consider a date for the January workshop to build the January Board Meeting agenda. He will also provide an update on the State of the District, review a scholarship program through Dickinson State University for an opportunity for paraprofessionals to become elementary teachers, explain the University of Mary Teacher Leadership Academy, update the Board on the lease with the Dickinson Parks and Recreation softball fields, provide an update on the 2023-2024 Calendar Committee, and school perception surveys. Dr. Lewton explained most of the information shared at Monday’s Board Meeting will focus on the third-grade reading goals. Data will be provided from the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) testing of the first and second graders and the progress measures. Board members were provided with a booklet of information for the North Dakota Be Legendary School Board Leadership Manual. Part of the manual is for the Board to self-assess the framework. There are six objectives the Board will self-assess with the guidance of Ms. Laurie Elliott from Elliott and McMahon, LLC. There was discussion regarding the time commitment, comprehending what is involved in the self-assessment, and the objective. It was suggested to do the self-assessment of the framework during the January 5, 2023, Board Workshop. Dr. Lewton and Business Manager Hunter have met to discuss the District certified staff needs for the 2023-2024 school year. They propose to add three certified positions next school year. This will be for the Board’s consideration at Monday night’s meeting. Business Manager Hunter explained a Supplemental Resolution for the Reissued School Building Bond proposed to be on the agenda for Monday’s meeting. The Dickinson Middle School building construction loan is set to have a balloon payment of $6 million in 2023. The reissue would extend the loan to 2026 at a 2% interest rate. There was a discussion regarding the Southwest Area Career and Technical Education Academy (SWACTEA) classes and coordinating them with the Dickinson High School’s current A/B schedules. CTE Director Anderson has met a couple of times with Dickinson High School Principal Brandt to review the schedule. Information on this topic is currently being received from the high school staff through a survey. Adjournment – At 12:30 p.m., President Orton declared the workshop adjourned. Michelle Orton, Board President Stephanie Hunter, Business Manager Twila Petersen, Board Secretary (Dec. 14, 2022) 129534