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Dickinson Public Schools Unapproved School Board Meeting Minutes Monday, January 10, 2022; 5:00 p.m. Professional Learning Lab The Dickinson Public School Board held a regular meeting on January 10, 2022, at the Professional Learning Lab. Board members present were President Brent Seaks, Vice President Kim Schwartz, Board Member Michelle Orton, Board Member David Wilkie, and Board Member Jason Rodakowski. Also present were Superintendent Dr. Marcus Lewton, Assistant Superintendent Keith Harris, Business Manager Stephanie Hunter, Jefferson Elementary Principal Sara Streeter, Director of Student Services Shawn Leiss, Dickinson High School Principal Kevin Hoherz, CTE Director Aaron Anderson, Director of Instruction Melanie Kathrein, Mr. Scott Meschke, Berg Elementary Principal Tracy Lecoe, Prairie Rose Elementary Principal Nicole Weiler, Director of Special Education Sheri Twist, Elementary Assistant Principal Richard Smith, Lincoln Elementary Principal Tammy Peterson, Dickinson Press Reporter Jackie Jahfetson, and Board Secretary Twila Petersen. Call to Order - Board President Seaks called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m. He noted due to technical difficulties, a video recording of the meeting may not be available. President Seaks recognized each administrator in the audience and thanked them for attending the meeting. 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 December 13, 2021, regular Board meeting and the minutes from the January 4, 2022, Board workshop. Mrs. Schwartz moved to approve the consent agenda as presented. Mrs. Orton seconded the motion. A voice vote was taken on the motion. The motion carried unanimously. Approval of Agenda – Mrs. Schwartz moved to approve the agenda as presented. Mrs. Orton seconded the motion. A voice vote was taken on the motion. The motion carried unanimously. Superintendent’s Report – Superintendent Dr. Lewton addressed the Board. He noted next Monday, January 17, 2022, was a full day of professional development. He commended Mrs. Kathrein and the principals in their hard work differentiating the in-service by building. Dr. Lewton explained the Centers for Disease Control had changed its guidance regarding quarantining for individuals in various scenarios that are a close contact or test positive with COVID. The guidance varies if the individual is vaccinated or is not vaccinated. Superintendent Lewton and several administrators will be attending a Response to Intervention (RTI) Summit when the February Board meeting was originally scheduled and therefore an action item is proposed on the agenda tonight to move the February Board meeting to a later date. The District is requesting input from the public and the employees regarding the Continuity Plan posted on the District’s website. Business Topics-Informational Topics Principal Reports – Berg Elementary Principal Tracy Lecoe and Dickinson High School (DHS) Principal Kevin Hoherz addressed the Board. Both principals have posted a presentation on the Board website utilizing the BoardDocs link. Principal Lecoe explained the Berg Elementary teachers and staff are working hard towards achieving the High Reliability Schools (HRS) Level 3 certification while continuing to maintain Levels 1 and 2. HRS Level 3 is focused on a Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum. Mrs. Lecoe commended the numerous students that received PAWS awards or positive tickets. There were 752 PAWS awarded at Berg Elementary at the first trimester assembly. There are approximately 200 students attending Berg. During the trimester assembly, there were also 87 positive academic and behavior reports handed out. Berg Elementary is attempting to achieve the designation of a Top 20 School. Principal Lecoe listed the cornerstones for achieving this designation. The Top 20 School supports the HRS Levels 1 and 2. Personalized professional development includes instructional routes led by coaches and technology integrationists. Coaching cycles help the teachers maintain effective teaching strategies. The goal at Berg Elementary is to create and share the learning expectations with students which allows the students to have a clear expectation so they may take ownership. Mrs. Lecoe explained the program after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays to assist all Berg Elementary students with mathematics and reading. Principal Hoherz addressed the Board and presented information on the DHS Career Academies. He explained each of the HRS levels and how those are tied into the career academies. Dickinson High freshman students are in the Freshman Academy. At the end of their freshman year, they have the option of choosing between three academies: Business and Management Administration, Engineering and Technical Science, or Health and Human Services. Students receive continual guidance on what courses they should consider for their careers. Dickinson High recently hosted a Career Academy Expo in the gymnasium. He commended all the assistant principals, teachers, staff, students, and parents that made the Career Expo successful. Mr. Hoherz shared his appreciation for all the businesses that participated. Students could select from four areas: Freshman Exploration, Business and Management Administration, Engineering and Technical Science, or Health and Human Services. Dickinson High will be spending two years to reach the HRS Level 3 certification to make sure it will be implemented successfully. Mr. Hoherz also shared feedback from the 28 students that were in work experience programs the first semester. The types of work experience were child-related, firefighter academy, and health occupation. Health occupation included various fields such as English Language Development Assessment, Certified Nurse Aide, pharmaceutical technician, and speech therapy. There are 35 students signed up for the work experience program in the second semester. Additional fields to choose from include automotive technology and police academy. President Seaks thanked the principals for the information shared and for all the work they are doing. He thanked all the administrators in the District for all they do and noted they do not have easy jobs. Special Education Services for Ages 3-5 Moved to the Hagen Building – Superintendent Dr. Lewton addressed the Board. He explained as per a federal mandate, effective January 31, 2022, all Head Start employees, contractors, and volunteers must be vaccinated for COVID. Dickinson Public Schools currently partners with Head Start to offer special education services to children ages 3-5. Dr. Lewton has worked with the Community Action/Head Start executive director to continue the special education services. Within a short amount of time, a plan was developed to move those services to the Hagen building. Dr. Lewton explained there was a lot of work for the transition and commended a list of individuals. Effective February 1, special education services for 3–5 year-olds will be at the Hagen building with no loss to services. This agenda item was informational only. No action was requested. Budget Input and Development Committee – Available on the website are the minutes from the January 6, 2022, Budget Committee Meeting. President Seaks noted the minutes reflect the recommendation by the committee for the hiring of up to four additional certified employees. Superintendent Lewton added the projections for fall 2022 indicate an additional 100 elementary students. This agenda item was informational only. No action was requested. Business Topics-Action Topics Consider Approving Additional Elementary Certified Instructors for the 2022-2023 School Year – Available on the website is a copy of the current student enrollment. As per the recommendation of the Budget Input and Development Committee, Mrs. Orton moved to approve the hiring of up to four additional elementary certified positions as necessary to accommodate the increased growth for the 2022-2023 school year. Mrs. Schwartz seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken on the motion: ayes-5 (Wilkie, Rodakowski, Schwartz, Orton, Seaks); nays-0; absent-0. The motion carried unanimously. Bus Bid for Consideration – Available on the website are the two bids received at the December 17, 2021, bus bid opening. Superintendent Lewton addressed the Board and explained in the District’s commitment to being cognizant of the taxpayer funds, the administrative recommendation was to purchase one bus instead of two. Mrs. Schwartz moved to accept the bid from Harlow’s Bus Sales, Inc. for one 77-passenger school route bus with options for a total price of $107,270.00. She further moved to approve the trade-in to Harlow’s Bus Sales of the 2001 59-passenger school bus in the amount of $1,200.00. Mrs. Orton seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken on the motion: ayes-5 (Rodakowski, Wilkie, Orton, Schwartz, Seaks); nays-0; absent-0. The motion carried unanimously. Roofing Bids for Consideration – Available on the website is a summarization of the two roofing bids received during the bid opening on December 29, 2021. Mr. Wilkie moved to accept the two alternative bid proposals from Twin City Roofing for the roofing removal and replacement of segments at Berg Elementary and Lincoln Elementary schools in response to the advertised bid specifications for a total cost of $113,638.00. Mrs. Orton seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken on the motion: ayes-5 (Schwartz, Orton, Rodakowski, Wilkie, Seaks); nays-0; absent-0. The motion carried unanimously. Review and Approve the Contract for Architectural Services for the CTE Infrastructure – Available on the website is the contract with GT Architecture. Mrs. Schwartz moved to approve the contract with GT Architecture and YHR Partners on architectural services for the CTE infrastructure at the Dickinson Public Schools North Campus and Dickinson High School as presented. Mrs. Orton seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken on the motion: ayes-5 (Rodakowski, Schwartz, Orton, Wilkie, Seaks); nays-0; absent-0. The motion carried unanimously. 2022-2023 Dickinson Public Schools Calendar – Available on the website is the proposed calendar for the 2022-2023 school year. Mrs. Orton moved to approve the 2022-2023 Dickinson Public Schools calendar with a starting date of August 25, 2022; the last day of school scheduled for May 25, 2023; and graduation scheduled for Sunday, May 28, 2023. A voice vote was taken on the motion. The motion carried unanimously. Reschedule February Regular School Board Meeting – Mrs. Schwartz moved to reschedule the regular February School Board Meeting for Monday, February 21, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. at the Professional Learning Lab. Mrs. Orton seconded the motion. A voice vote was taken on the motion. The motion carried unanimously. Early Resignation Benefit – Mrs. Schwartz moved to approve the early resignation benefits for Kimberly Goodall, English Language Arts Instructor at Dickinson High School; Kevin Hoherz, Principal at Dickinson High School (effective June 30, 2022); Lynelle Mann, Mathematics Instructor at Dickinson High School; Kristi Meidinger, Grade One Instructor at Berg Elementary; Jay Schobinger, Mathematics Instructor at Dickinson High School; Lyle Smith, Powersports Instructor at Dickinson High School; and Sheila Steiner, Special Education Instructor at Prairie Rose Elementary; with an effective date of May 27, 2022. Mrs. Orton seconded the motion. Discussion: Superintendent Lewton noted these seven resignations reflect 140 years of service to Dickinson Public Schools. He thanked them for their dedicated time to the students and families in the District. A voice vote was taken on the motion. The motion carried unanimously. Dissolve an Open Enrollment – Mrs. Schwartz moved to dissolve the open enrollment for two children of Shawna Knipp from Dickinson Public Schools to South Heart Public Schools. 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 Board policy BAA, Employing Board Members for first and final reading with no revisions. Mrs. Schwartz seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken on the motion: ayes-5 (Schwartz, Orton, Wilkie, Rodakowski, Seaks); nays-0; absent-0. The motion carried unanimously. Revisions to Board Regulation, First Reading and Final Adoption – Mrs. Schwartz moved to approve the revisions of Board regulation FFK-BR1, Suspension and Expulsion Regulations for first and final reading as presented. Mrs. Orton seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken on the motion: ayes-5 (Wilkie, Schwartz, Orton, Rodakowski, Seaks); nays-0; absent-0. The motion carried unanimously. School Board Policy Revisions, Second Reading and Final Adoption – Mr. Wilkie moved to approve revisions to policy GDAA, Early Graduation and policy FFK, Suspension and Expulsion for second and final adoption as presented. Mrs. Orton seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken on the motion: ayes-5 (Orton, Wilkie, Rodakowski, Schwartz, Seaks); nays-0; absent-0. The motion carried unanimously. Closing Items Announcements – President Seaks reminded Board members of the opportunity to attend a Negotiations Seminar sponsored by the North Dakota School Boards Association. January is School Board Recognition Month. In recognition of the school board and as an appreciation, a video was shared. This video is posted on the website under the BoardDocs link. Adjournment – At 5:43 p.m., President Seaks declared the meeting adjourned. Brent Seaks, Board President Stephanie Hunter, Business Manager Twila Petersen, Board Secretary (Feb. 2, 2022) 28500