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Dickinson Public Schools Unapproved School Board Meeting Minutes Monday, April 12, 2021, 5:00 p.

Dickinson Public Schools
Unapproved School Board
Meeting Minutes
Monday, April 12, 2021,
5:00 p.m.
Professional Learning Lab
A complete recording of the April 12, 2021, 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 April 12, 2021, at the Professional Learning Lab. Board members present were Board President Brent Seaks, Board Vice President Kim Schwartz, Board Member Michelle Orton, Board Member David Wilkie, and Board Member Jason Rodakowski. Others present were Superintendent Dr. Shon Hocker, Assistant Superintendent Keith Harris, Business Manager Stephanie Hunter, Dickinson Middle School Principal Dr. Marcus Lewton, Prairie Rose Elementary Principal Nicole Weiler, Prairie Rose Elementary Library Paraprofessional Amelia Dustin, Prairie Rose Elementary Paraprofessional/Playground Supervisor Megan Kubischta, Online Academy Grade One Instructor Greta Schweitzer, Online Academy Grade Five Instructor Kate Rothschiller, Director of Student Services Shawn Leiss, Prairie Rose Elementary Assistant Principal Richard Smith, Prairie Rose Elementary School Psychologist Madison Knodel, Mr. Scott Meschke, Dickinson High School Drafting Instructor Marjorie Lehman, 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 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 Hocker addressed the Board. He noted Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week is May 3-7. There will be individual gifts to all the District employees from the school board. On Thursday, May 6, 2021, there will be an Employee Open House at 5:00 p.m. followed by the Teacher/Staff Recognition and Retirement Program at 6:00 p.m. at the North Campus (Halliburton) location.
Dr. Hocker reminded the Board the Dickinson High School graduation is scheduled for Sunday, May 30, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. at the Dickinson State University Biesiot Activities Center.
Business Topics - Informational Topics
Principal Reports -Available on the website is a presentation. Prairie Rose Elementary Assistant Principal Richard Smith and Prairie Rose School Counselor Madison Knodel addressed the Board. They shared interventions that support the social, emotional, mental, behavioral, and physical health of the students. Social-emotional learning is key for student success in elementary school through high school and beyond.
At Prairie Rose Elementary, the student focus is on identifying and teaching the lagging skills that students need. The behavioral intervention process tracks the student from the Professional Learning Communities (PLC) support through the progress monitor.
The Prairie Rose Elementary Wellness Room recently opened. This room assists to proactively regulate the students. It is also open to the staff during their lunch break.
Mrs. Megan Kubischta, Prairie Rose Elementary general education paraprofessional, addressed the Board. She was joined by several Prairie Rose Elementary students. Newly implemented at Prairie Rose Elementary is the Refresh Recess. This program helps connect supervisors and students. The students become happier and more optimistic with positive reinforcement. They also build social skills while being physically active. Three Prairie Rose Elementary students gave examples of what they enjoy about Refresh Recess.
Two Online Academy instructors, First Grade Instructor Mrs. Schweitzer and Fifth Grade Instructor Mrs. Rothschiller addressed the Board. The two instructors gave various examples of engaging the students during the day and activities outside of the classroom. The teachers expressed how they and the students have grown and how they have adapted to online learning.
A project the online students are working on is the Passion Project. Students are encouraged to choose a topic that they have an interest in, be creative, research, and write about their topic. The students will be able to choose their own platform for the project.
Heart River Elementary Principal Randy Muffley addressed the Board. Principal Muffley shared the collaborative work at Heart River for achieving the Level II status for a High Reliability School (HRS). He listed the six leading indicators in the HRS Level II.
The teachers and staff have a shared philosophy of instructional practices. Mr. Muffley explained the target areas of the instructional model. The focus is based on the DPS vision, "Success for All". Since each learner is unique, there are differentiated approaches to various needs. Principal Muffley explained the approach to daily instruction. The Professional Learning Community teams collaborate weekly around the six essential questions of professional learning communities.
The school utilizes the CHAMPS program to ensure Heart River is a safe and civil school. CHAMPS is a proactive and positive approach to classroom management.
Heart River Elementary has adopted The Positivity Project. Daily, teachers review positive character traits with the students. Principal Muffley has been impressed by the effect this has had on the students.
Mr. Muffley explained the Pineapple Chart process for teachers to learn from each other and visit instructional practices of colleagues to obtain professional growth. All Heart River teachers use an online lesson plan book.
Board members thanked all that presented information at the meeting. This agenda item was informational only. No action was requested.
North Campus (Halliburton Property) Update - Dickinson Middle School Principal Dr. Marcus Lewton addressed the Board. He updated the Board regarding the CTE Center. He noted the CTE Task Force has been reviewing the joint powers agreement, articles of incorporation, and by-laws. Once these documents have been signed, then the Center can apply for non-profit status followed by applying for a CTE Center status with the state. This could lead to the possibility of a grant opportunity. It also allows access to operating funds once there is a Center status.
A business plan is being drafted and should be available soon. The task force has been presenting at the City of Dickinson and County Commissioners Meetings regarding future partnerships.
The CTE instructors have had advisory meetings. There have been discussions regarding laddered programming with Dickinson State University. This will be an opportunity for students to start accessing careers and college credits while still in high school.
Dr. Lewton referenced house and senate bills that would be beneficial for grant funding for the Center. This agenda item was informational only. No action was requested.
Update on DPS Audit of Financials from Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2020 - Business Manager Hunter explained the annual audit went well with no findings. A representative from Brady Martz will give a formal presentation at the May school board meeting. This agenda item was informational only. No action was requested.
Budget Input and Development Committee Update - The minutes from the March 16, 2021, Budget Input and Development Committee Meeting are posted on the school board website utilizing the BoardDocs link. This agenda item was informational only. No action was requested.
Business Topics - Action Topics
Budget Input and Development Committee Recommendations for Board Consideration - Action was requested for the Budget Input and Development Committee's recommendation to add positions. Mrs. Schwartz moved to approve the Budget Input and Development Committee's recommendation to increase the Dickinson High School Family and Consumer Science Position from .67 to 1.00 FTE and to add a full-time districtwide School Psychologist position, effective the 2021-2022 school year. 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.
Consider Petition for Recognition from the Dickinson Administrative Council - Posted on the school board website utilizing BoardDocs is the Dickinson Administrative Council's Petition for Recognition. Mr. Wilkie moved that, pursuant to the provisions of Section 15.1-16-11 of the North Dakota Century Code, the school board of Dickinson Public School District #1 recognize the Dickinson Administrative Council as the exclusive representative of the appropriate negotiating unit for the purpose of negotiations. Mrs. Schwartz seconded the motion. A voice vote was taken on the motion. The motion carried unanimously.
Mrs. Schwartz moved that, pursuant to the provisions of Section 15.1-16-11 of the North Dakota Century Code, the school board of the Dickinson Public School District #1 recognize the Dickinson Administrative Council as the exclusive representative of the appropriate negotiating unit for the purpose of negotiations. Mrs. Orton seconded the motion. A voice vote was taken on the motion. The motion carried unanimously.
Student Bus Fee Schedule Proposal for 2021-2022 School Year - Available on the school board website utilizing the BoardDocs link is the proposed 2021-2022 bus price fee structure and also the bus fee comparisons. Action was requested. Mrs. Orton moved to approve the fee schedule for student busing for the 2021-2022 school year as presented. Mr. Rodakowski seconded the motion. Discussion: President Seaks clarified the cost to a family would remain the same as last year if the family signed up before the deadline set for this summer and the fees would go up after the deadline. Superintendent Hocker responded that was accurate. The incentive to sign up early would provide a discounted rate. He added the maximum increase for the entire year would be $50.00. President Seaks noted there are measures in place for families having challenges to meet the financial obligation for the busing fee. A voice vote was taken on the motion. The motion carried unanimously.
Families First Corona Response Act (FFCRA) - Available on the school board website utilizing the BoardDocs link is the recently implemented American Rescue Plan. Mrs. Schwartz moved to extend through September 30, 2021, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Employee Paid Leave benefits as specified in the guidelines of the U.S. Department of Labor FFCRA. This extension shall be retroactive from April 1, 2021. Mrs. Orton seconded the motion. A voice vote was taken on the motion. The motion carried unanimously.
Open Enrollment Applications - Mrs. Orton moved to approve the open enrollment application for a child of Elizabeth Kuelbs from Belfield Public to Dickinson Public as per the open enrollment policy. Mrs. Schwartz 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 benefit for Lee Johnson, paraprofessional at Prairie Rose Elementary; Deloris Krenz, kitchen helper at Dickinson Middle School; and Kim Rhines, paraprofessional at Heart River Elementary, with an effective date of May 26, 2021. Mrs. Orton seconded the motion. A voice vote was taken on the motion. The motion carried unanimously.
School Board Regulation Addition, First Reading and Final Adoption - Available on the school board website utilizing the BoardDocs link is a copy of Board Regulation HCAA-BR, Criteria for Evaluating Informal Bids or Proposals. Mrs. Schwartz moved to approve the first reading and final adoption of the addition of HCAA Board Regulation, Criteria for Evaluating Informal Bids or Proposals 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 Regulation Revision, First Reading and Final Adoption - Available on the school board website utilizing the BoardDocs link is a copy of Board Regulation ABBA-BR, Tobacco-free Policy Violations. Mr. Wilkie moved to approve the first reading and final adoption of the revisions to ABBA-Board Regulation, Tobacco-free Policy Violations as presented. Mrs. Schwartz 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.
School Board Policy Additions, First Reading - Available on the school board website utilizing the BoardDocs link is a copy of several newly added Board policies. Mr. Wilkie moved to approve the first reading of the additions of policy DEBD, Maintaining Professional Boundaries; policy DEBJ, Unauthorized Purchases; policy HAA, Budget Planning, Preparation, and Adoption; policy HCAA, Purchasing; policy HCAG, Purchasing Cards; and policy HEAA, Line Item Transfer Authority, as presented. Mrs. Schwartz seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken on the motion: ayes-5 (Rodakowski, Orton, Wilkie, Schwartz, Seaks); nays-0; absent-0. The motion carried unanimously.
School Board Policy Revisions, First Reading - Available on the school board website utilizing the BoardDocs link is a copy of Board policy ABBA, Dickinson Public School District's Policy for Tobacco Use; policy ABDA, Dickinson Public Schools Accessibility Policy; policy FAAA, Open Enrollment; and policy HCAE, Disbursement of Monies. Mrs. Schwartz moved to approve the first reading of the revisions to policy ABBA, Dickinson Public School District's Policy for Tobacco Use; policy ABDA, Dickinson Public Schools Accessibility Policy; policy FAAA, Open Enrollment; and policy HCAE, Disbursement of Monies, as presented. Mrs. Orton seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken on the motion: ayes-5 (Schwartz, Rodakowski, Wilkie, Orton, Seaks); nays-0; absent-0. The motion carried unanimously.
Schedule Special School Board Meeting, DHS Quarter Three Teacher Grievance - Mrs. Schwartz moved to schedule a Special School Board Meeting on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at 11:30 a.m. at the Central Administration Offices in the Board room. Mrs. Orton seconded the motion. A voice vote was taken on the motion; ayes-4 (Schwartz, Rodakowski, Orton, Seaks); nays-0; recused-1 (Wilkie). The motion carried unanimously.
Announcements - There were no announcements.
Adjournment - At 6:04 p.m., President Seaks declared the meeting adjourned.
Brent Seaks, Board President
Stephanie Hunter, Business Manager
Twila Petersen, Board Secretary
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