Dickinson Public Schools Unapproved School Board Meeting Minutes August 6, 2020; 5:00 pm.
Dickinson Public Schools
Unapproved School Board Meeting Minutes
August 6, 2020; 5:00 pm.
Professional Learning Lab
The Dickinson Public School Board held a regular meeting on August 6, 2020, at the Professional Learning Lab. Board members present: President Brent Seaks, Vice President Kim Schwartz, Board Member Michelle Orton, and Board Member David Wilkie. Board Member Jason Rodakowski was not present at the meeting. Others present were: Superintendent Shon Hocker, Assistant Superintendent Keith Harris, Director of Special Education Sheri Twist, Director of Student Services Shawn Leiss, Director of Instruction Melanie Kathrein, Business Manager Kent Anderson, School Resource Officer Sergeant Brandon Stockie, Berg Elementary Principal Tracy Lecoe, Prairie Rose Elementary Principal Nicole Weiler, Prairie Rose Elementary Assistant Principal Richard Smith, Dickinson Middle School Principal Marcus Lewton, Mr. Scott Meschke, Jefferson Elementary Grade Five Instructor Amy Olsen, Harlow's School Bus Transportation Manager Burton Lewton, The Dickinson Press Reporter Kayla Henson, and School Board Secretary Twila Petersen.
Call to Order - Board President Seaks called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m.
Public Participation - There were no requests for public participation.
Addition/Removal of Agenda Items or Removal of Items from Consent 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.
Approval of Consent Agenda - Mr. Wilkie moved to approve the consent agenda as presented. Mrs. Schwartz seconded the motion. A voice vote was taken on the motion. The motion carried unanimously.
Superintendent's Report - Superintendent Hocker addressed the Board. Available on the website is posted the 2020-2021 policy services contract from the North Dakota School Boards Association. There were no changes to the fee structure from last year.
Also available on the website is posted the fall registration dates at the schools. Dr. Hocker stated the process will be different this year. The elementary schools will have online registration, Dickinson Middle School will have a drive-by registration process, and Dickinson High School students will have a SignUp Genius to reserve a time slot. Dr. Hocker added these are good measures to have in place to try to have alternate methods of addressing large groups.
Business Topics - Informational Topics
School Resource Officer Annual Report - Sergeant Brandon Stockie addressed the Board. He provided a handout to Board members. His report compared the number of incidents from 2019-2020 to the number of incidents in the 2018-2019 school year. A general incident on the report is any time a police officer assists with a child in school. Total incidents include instances when a summons is issued to the court system. The total incidents went up at the high school level and down at the elementary level.
This past school year, there were 138 text-a-tips received. The patrol officers completed 187 Adopt-A-Cop stops.
President Seaks inquired if the number of incidents decreased due to the District moving to an online school in March. Sergeant Stockie responded the numbers did go down after the transformation to online learning. Sergeant Stockie stated a third school resource officer was being added to assist with the elementary buildings.
Board members thanked Sergeant Stockie and the other school resource officers and shared their appreciation for all they do. This agenda item was informational only. No action was requested.
Business Topics - Action Topics
2020-2021 School Calendar - Mrs. Schwartz moved to modify the 2020-2021 DPS School Calendar with the starting date postponed to Wednesday, September 2, 2020, and the last day of school to remain on Wednesday, May 26, 2021. She further moved to provide in the 2020-2021 school calendar five additional professional development days scheduled on August 26-September 1, 2020, as presented. Mrs. Orton seconded the motion. Discussion: President Seaks addressed Superintendent Hocker and inquired the intent of the delay of the start of school. Superintendent Hocker responded the intent was to focus on being better prepared for the return of students in the fall with the new safety protocols in place. There are various new procedures and safety practices to address COVID related scenarios. He added this delay will not affect any non-instructional days previously established in the calendar nor affect the last day of school. A voice vote was taken on the motion. The motion carried unanimously.
Prairie Rose Elementary Title I School-wide Plan - Prairie Rose Elementary Principal Nicole Weiler was invited to address the Board. Ms. Weiler stated Prairie Rose Elementary was a Title I targeted school. During the planning stages to change to a school-wide Title I school, there was staff and parent input, assessments, and data collection on interventions. Previously the school targeted those students at risk. The school-wide Title I will benefit all the students. This will require all staff to be highly qualified in the building including classified staff that supports the students. As a school-wide plan, it will bring in more family involvement. Available on the website is the Prairie Rose Elementary Continuous Improvement Plan.
Mrs. Orton moved to approve the Prairie Rose Elementary Title I School-wide Plan, as presented. Mrs. Schwartz seconded the motion. A voice vote was taken on the motion. The motion carried unanimously.
Schedule Board Retreat - Mrs. Schwartz moved to schedule a Board retreat on Monday, August 17, 2020, from 1:00-5:00 p.m. at the Medora Badlands Ministries. Mrs. Orton seconded the motion. A voice vote was taken on the motion. The motion carried unanimously.
Schedule Special School Board Meeting - Mrs. Orton moved to schedule a Special School Board Meeting on Monday, August 24, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. at the Professional Learning Lab. Mr. Wilkie seconded the motion. A voice vote was taken on the motion. The motion carried unanimously.
Budget Committee Recommendations - Mr. Wilkie moved to approve the Budget Committee's recommendations as noted in the August 3, 2020, Budget Committee Meeting minutes. Mrs. Schwartz seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken on the motion: ayes-4 (Orton, Wilkie, Schwartz, Seaks); nays-0; absent-1 (Rodakowski). The motion carried unanimously.
Open Enrollment Application - Mrs. Schwartz moved to approve the open enrollment application for a child of Nicole Burwick from South Heart Public to Dickinson Public as per the open enrollment policy. Mrs. Orton seconded the motion. A voice vote was taken on the motion. The motion carried unanimously.
Announcements - There were no announcements.
Adjournment - At 5:15 p.m., President Seaks adjourned the meeting.
Brent Seaks, Board President
Kent Anderson, Business Manager
Twila Petersen, Secretary
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