ADVERTISEMENT

Dickinson Public Schools Unapproved Spec

Dickinson Public Schools
Unapproved Special School Board Meeting Minutes
Tuesday, December 7, 2021, Following the Board Workshop
Professional Learning Lab
The Dickinson Public School Board held a special meeting on December 7, 2021, at the Professional Learning Lab. Board members present were President Brent Seaks, Vice President Kim Schwartz, Board Member David Wilkie, Board Member Michelle Orton, and Board Member Jason Rodakowski. Also present were Interim Superintendent Dr. Marcus Lewton, Assistant Superintendent Keith Harris, Business Manager Stephanie Hunter, Attorney Nicholas Grant, and Board Secretary Twila Petersen.
Call to Order - Board President Seaks called the meeting to order at 12:30 pm.
Business Topics – Discussion Topic
Discussion of Transitioning Interim Superintendent to Superintendent of Schools – Board President Seaks referenced the interim superintendent’s evaluation completed at the November Board meeting. He reported the evaluation was satisfactory in all areas. It was President Seaks’ understanding the intent of the Board was to make the interim superintendent position a permanent position. If this was the intent of the Board, the next step would be to negotiate a contract. This would be an amendment to Dr. Lewton’s current contract removing interim, waiving his right to due process for contract renewal as superintendent, and removing the entitlement to the middle school principal position.
Business Topics – Executive Session
Discussion of the Superintendent’s Contract Negotiations Strategy (Executive Session Anticipated) – President Seaks stated the next item on the agenda was Discussion of Contract Negotiations Strategy, an executive session was anticipated. The legal authority for closing this portion of the meeting was North Dakota Century Code §44-04-19.1 subsection 9. The topic or purpose of the executive session was to discuss contract negotiations strategy.
Mrs. Schwartz moved, as per North Dakota Century Code NDCC § 44-04-19.1, subsection 9, to close the meeting and go into executive session for the purpose of discussing contract negotiations strategy. Mrs. Orton seconded the motion. There was no discussion on 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.
President Seaks stated the executive session would be recorded and all members of the governing body were reminded to limit their discussion during the executive session to the announced topic. He added any collective decision, collective commitment, or other final action by the governing body must occur after it reconvenes in an open meeting, unless final action is specifically required by law to be taken during the executive session.
Board policy BCAD-Executive Session allows certain individuals to be in attendance at the closed meeting as directed by the Board President. President Seaks authorized the following individuals to be in attendance: School Board Members Mrs. Kim Schwartz, Mrs. Michelle Orton, Mr. David Wilkie, Mr. Jason Rodakowski, and Chair Brent Seaks. He also authorized to be in attendance Business Manager Stephanie Hunter, Interim Superintendent Marcus Lewton, Attorney Nicholas Grant, and Recording Secretary Twila Petersen.
At 12:40 p.m., the meeting convened in executive session. Members of the public were asked to exit the room. President Seaks stated he anticipated adjourning the executive session and reconvening the open portion of the meeting in approximately 10 minutes or 12:50 p.m.
The executive session began at 12:40 p.m. and was attended by Board Members Mrs. Schwartz, Mrs. Orton, Mr. Wilkie, Mr. Rodakowski, Chair Seaks, Business Manager Hunter, Interim Superintendent Lewton, Attorney Grant, and Recorder Petersen.
The executive session adjourned at 12:50 p.m. The public was invited to return to the meeting room. President Seaks stated the discussion of the executive session was contract negotiations strategy and that no other topics were discussed.
Business Topics – Action Items
Superintendent’s Contract – Mrs. Schwartz moved to amend the Interim Superintendent’s Contract striking the term “Interim”, striking the reference under #2 to the superintendent’s waiver as per North Dakota Century Code 15.1-14-11, and striking on the second paragraph under #5 the entitlement to the middle school principal position. Mrs. Orton seconded the motion. There was no discussion on the motion. A roll call vote was taken on the motion: ayes-5 (Rodakowski, Wilkie, Schwartz, Orton, Seaks); nays-0; absent-0. The motion carried unanimously.
Mrs. Schwartz moved to extend a contract to Superintendent Dr. Marcus Lewton for the term of July 1, 2022, expiring on June 30, 2024, as presented. Mrs. Orton seconded the motion. There was no discussion on 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.
Business Topics – Executive Session
Attorney Consultation-Teacher Grievance (Executive Session Anticipated) - President Seaks stated the next item on the agenda was Attorney Consultation-Teacher Grievance with an executive session anticipated. The legal authority for closing this portion of the meeting was North Dakota Century Code section(s) N.D.C.C. § 44-04-19.2. The topic or purpose of this executive session was Attorney Consultation-Teacher Grievance.
Mr. Rodakowski moved, as per North Dakota Century Code N.D.C.C. § 44-04-19.2, to close the meeting and go into executive session for the purpose of Attorney Consultation-Teacher Grievance. Mrs. Schwartz seconded the motion. There was no discussion on the motion. A roll call vote was taken on the motion: ayes-5 (Wilkie, Rodakowski, Orton, Schwartz, Seaks); nays-0; absent-0. The motion carried.
At 12:52 p.m., Board Member Wilkie exited the meeting and recused himself from the executive session.
President Seaks stated the executive session would be recorded and all members of the governing body were reminded to limit their discussion during the executive session to the announced topic. He added any collective decision, collective commitment, or other final action by the governing body must occur after it reconvenes in an open meeting unless final action was specifically required by law to be taken during the executive session. The prohibition on taking final action during the executive session does not apply to providing guidance or instructions from the District’s attorney.
Board policy BCAD-Executive Session allows certain individuals to attend the closed meeting as directed by the Board President. President Seaks authorized the following individuals to remain in the room during the executive session: School Board Members Kim Schwartz, Michelle Orton, Jason Rodakowski, and Chair Brent Seaks. He further authorized the following to be in attendance: Superintendent Dr. Marcus Lewton, Business Manager Stephanie Hunter, Assistant Superintendent Keith Harris, Attorney Nicholas Grant, and Recorder Twila Petersen.
At 12:54 p.m., the meeting convened in executive session. President Seaks asked the members of the public to exit the meeting room. President Seaks stated he anticipated adjourning the executive session and reconvening the open portion of the meeting in approximately 15 minutes or at 1:10 p.m.
The executive session began at 12:54 p.m. and was attended by Board Members Mrs. Schwartz, Mrs. Orton, Mr. Rodakowski, Chair Seaks, Superintendent Lewton, Business Manager Hunter, Assistant Superintendent Harris, Attorney Grant, and Recorder Petersen.
At 1:14 p.m., Board Vice President Schwartz exited the meeting.
The executive session adjourned at 1:55 p.m. The public was invited to the meeting room and the meeting was back in open session. President Seaks stated the discussion of the executive session was attorney consultation-teacher grievance and that no other topics were discussed.
Closing Items
Adjournment – At 1:56 p.m., President Seaks declared the special meeting adjourned.
Brent Seaks, Board President
Stephanie Hunter, Business Manager
Twila Petersen, Board Secretary
(Dec. 15, 2021) 13954