Dickinson Public Schools Unapproved School Board Meeting Minutes Monday, September 14, 2020; 5:00 pm.
Dickinson Public Schools
Unapproved School Board Meeting Minutes
Monday, September 14, 2020; 5:00 pm.
Professional Learning Lab
The Dickinson Public School Board held a regular meeting on September 14, 2020, at the Professional Learning Lab. Board members present were President Brent Seaks, Vice President Kim Schwartz, Board Member Jason Rodakowski, Board Member Michelle Orton, and Board Member David Wilkie. Others present were Superintendent Shon Hocker, Assistant Superintendent Keith Harris, Business Manager Kent Anderson, Berg Elementary Principal Tracy Lecoe, Dickinson High School Principal Kevin Hoherz, Mr. Scott Meschke, Mr. Nicholas Dressler, and School Board Secretary Twila Petersen.
Call to Order - Board President Seaks called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m.
Public Participation - Mr. Nicholas Dressler addressed the Board. He said he has two children that attend Lincoln Elementary. He requested students be back in the classroom full-time, face-to-face. Moving forward in the spring, Mr. Dressler did not want his children to be in a situation where they have not been in school for an entire year. He felt the mental health and education of the children outweighs any other concerns.
He acknowledged there was some guidance provided to Dickinson Public Schools from the Southwest District Health Unit regarding its re-opening plan. He felt the best way for his children to receive their education was through face-to-face instruction. President Seaks thanked Mr. Dressler for his comments.
Addition/Removal of Agenda Items or Removal of Items from Consent Agenda - Mr. Wilkie moved to approve the agenda as presented. Mrs. Schwartz seconded the motion. A voice vote was taken on the motion. The motion carried unanimously.
Approval of 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.
Superintendent's Report - Superintendent Hocker addressed the Board. He reported there has been a drop in student enrollment. It is down 288 students from one year ago. There is an increase of 46 students being home schooled compared to a year ago. Dr. Hocker attributed a majority of the drop in enrollment of K-5 as being a drop in kindergarten students. This is potentially due to COVID-19 and parents waiting to enroll their kindergartner.
Dr. Hocker said the financial implications for the drop in enrollment could reflect in the District not receiving the rapid enrollment funding. The 288 students is equivalent to a decrease in revenue of approximately $2.8 million.
There are approximately 500 full-time, online students with 233 of these students in grades K-5. There are certified Dickinson Public Schools teachers assigned to teach each grade level of the K-5 online students.
Dr. Hocker reported there are approximately 800 students routed for busing. These numbers are anticipated to increase as the weather becomes colder.
The District has seen an increase in the number of employees utilizing the dental and vision benefits plans that were implemented last school year.
Superintendent Hocker shared the number of students and employees absent due to COVID related reasons. This includes those isolated due to being in close contact with someone testing positive for COVID-19. At the end of last week, there were 23 employees out in four of the schools and 104 students absent in seven of the schools.
Business Topics - Informational Topics
Principal Reports - Berg Elementary Principal Tracy Lecoe addressed the Board and presented a PowerPoint. Mrs. Lecoe expressed her appreciation for the District's reopening plan with schools reopening at 50% capacity. She commended the Berg Leadership Team who were part of the committee drafting the plan taking time out of their summer break to work on the plan.
Some repair projects recently completed at Berg Elementary included resurfacing the gymnasium and stage, replacing the sidewalk on the north side of the building, and replacing the lower steps on the south, main entrance of the building with a ramp.
As part of a DPS Foundation grant, there were sensory toolboxes placed in the Berg classrooms. Additionally, there were colorful light covers placed on the classroom fluorescent lights.
Before school began this fall, there was signage, including paw prints, placed on the floors to indicate proper social distancing. Additional signage on the walls and floor were added as sensory tools for students needing a break from the classroom. These support the CHAMPS program in the school.
On September 11, Berg Elementary held its annual flag ceremony on the playground area practicing good social distancing.
Dickinson High School Principal Kevin Hoherz addressed the Board. He commended the students on being very compliant with the face mask requirement. Temperature checks are going well. Social distancing has paid off and there have been a few students who have been in close contact with a positive COVID individual but none have been traced back to the school. Mr. Hoherz said the District's re-opening and health plan has been very beneficial. Mr. Hoherz commended the high school department chairs that worked this summer on the District's re-opening and health plans.
This past spring, Dickinson High School collaborated with Dickinson State University to provide high school students college-level dual enrollment courses. This fall, there are 59 DHS students signed up for 78 courses at DSU. There are 125 scholarships available.
Mr. Hoherz gave a shout out to the DHS student council for their hard work at providing public service announcements and assisting students. The student council created a virtual tour of the high school campus to give freshmen and new students a better understanding of the high school
layout. On the student virtual days, students can access tutoring sessions, receive announcements and reminders.
Dickinson High has split the lunches to 500 students per section. To practice social distancing during lunch, students are utilizing the bleachers along with the lunchroom tables. Mr. Hoherz said this has been working out well.
The freshman academy course was implemented this fall. Mrs. Haley Porter and Mr. Trevor Conrad are teaching this course. A dental assistance program was also implemented this fall. When completed, the students will be certified under the American Dental Association.
A new automotive technician was recently hired. Students completing the course in automotive technology will receive an A certification for mechanics.
Many students were recently inducted in the National Honor Society. A program was held last week for the students and their parents practicing social distancing in the auditorium.
President Seaks commended both principals and the employees for all the hard work being done at the buildings. This agenda item was informational only. No action was requested.
Business Topics - Action Topics
Department of Public Instruction Certificate of Compliance - Available on the website utilizing the BoardDocs link is the 2020-2021 Certificate of Compliance. Mrs. Schwartz moved to approve the Department of Public Instruction's Annual Compliance Report for the 2020-2021 school year, as presented. Mrs. Orton seconded the motion. A voice vote was taken on the motion. The motion carried unanimously.
Board Workshop - Mr. Wilkie moved to schedule a board workshop on Monday, September 28, 2020, from 2:00-5:00 p.m. at the Medora Badlands Ministries. Mrs. Orton seconded the motion. A voice vote was taken on the motion. The motion carried unanimously.
Board Appointed Delegates for the 2020 North Dakota School Boards Association Convention - Mrs. Schwartz moved that Board Members Brent Seaks, David Wilkie, Michelle Orton, and Kim Schwartz be appointed as delegates and Board Member Jason Rodakowski be appointed as an alternate delegate from Dickinson Public Schools for the North Dakota School Boards Association convention. Mrs. Orton seconded the motion. A voice vote was taken on the motion. The motion carried unanimously.
School Board Policy Revision, First Reading - Mrs. Orton moved to approve for first reading the revisions to policy CABD-Administrative Work Calendar, as presented. Mr. Wilkie 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.
Announcements - There were no announcements.
Adjournment - At 5:35 p.m., President Seaks adjourned the meeting.
Brent Seaks, Board President
Kent Anderson, Business Manager
Twila Petersen, Board Secretary
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