Natrona County School District
Minutes of the Board of Trustees
July 19, 2006
Vice-Chairman Linda Nix called the Board of Trustees of Natrona County School District
Number One work session to order at 5:40 p.m. on July 19, 2006 in the multipurpose room
at CSF located at 970 N. Glenn Road, Casper, WY. A Motion was made by Suzanne
Sandoval to recess to executive session to discuss personnel, legal, and property issues.
The Motion was seconded by Shannon Jackett and passed on a vote of 6-0.
At 6:13 p.m. a Motion to adjourn the executive session was made by Jim Bush, seconded by
Tom Jones, and passed on a vote of 6-0. The work session began at 6:30 p.m. The
discussion focused on the Hathaway Scholarship curriculum.
The work session ended at 7:33 p.m. at which time Chairman Daraie called the regular
session to order. Those present stood for the Pledge of Allegiance.
Members Present: Mr. Ken Daraie, Ms. Linda Nix, Mr. Donn McCall, Mr. Tom Jones, Dr. Jim
Bush, Mrs. Elizabeth Horsch, Mrs. Shannon Jackett, and Mrs. Suzanne
Members Absent: Mr. Doug Leonard
Others Present: Superintendent Jim Lowham; Associate Superintendent for Human
Resources Services Cheryl Olsen Quinlan; Executive Director for Human
Resource Services Crystal Mueller; Associate Superintendent for
Business Services Steve Hopkins; Associate Superintendent for
Curriculum and Instructional Services Joel Dvorak; Executive Director
for Student Support Services Dal Curry; Associate Superintendent for
Facilities and Technology Services Mark Antrim; and Attorney Kathleen
Superintendent Jim Lowham recommended approval of Consent Calendar items as follows.
1. Approval of the Minutes of the June 26, 2006 Board meeting.
2. Approval of the bills of June 30, July 7 and 14, 2006.
3. Ratification of bid awards for: a) cafeteria hot cabinets for satellite schools to United
Restaurant Supply of Colorado Springs, Colorado in the amount of $55,125; b)
children’s food bars for elementary schools to Knapp Supply of Casper totaling
$33,775; and c) a folding partition for the Centennial Junior High Gymnasium to S/D,
Inc. in the amount of $51,600.
4. Annual designation of the Budget Officer and Financial Representative. Associate
Superintendent for Business Services Steve Hopkins shall be designated as: a)
Budget Officer; b) official District representative for all approved federal and state
funds; c) administrator for the District Investment Program; and d) administrator for
joint custody receipts and signature authorization. (Authorized signatures are Steve
Hopkins, Shellie Kirk, Connie Bower and/or Jim Lowham as Financial Representatives
to conduct business for the Board of Trustees with banking institutions.)
5. Designation of Official Depositories as: First Interstate Bank of Wyoming, Bank of
the West, Hilltop National Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, Banc One, US Bank, American
National Bank, Wyoming Bank & Trust; and Citibank of New York (handles medical
6. Designation of Official Newspapers as: the Casper Star-Tribune and the Casper
7. Approval of the Certified and Classified Personnel Reports.
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A Motion was made by Shannon Jackett, seconded by Linda Nix, to accept the
recommendation to approve Consent Calendar items as listed.
Trustee McCall made a Motion that the designation of financial representatives be removed
from the Consent Calendar and considered separately. The Motion to consider financial
representatives separately was seconded by Shannon Jackett and passed on a vote of 8-0.
The question was called on the Motion to approve consent calendar items (with the
exception of the designation of financial representatives) as recommended by
Superintendent Lowham. The Motion passed on a vote of 8-0.
Shannon Jackett moved to approve the designation of official financial institutions as listed
above. The Motion was seconded by Suzanne Sandoval and passed on a vote of 7-0. Donn
McCall abstained noting a conflict of interest as his legal firm represents a number of the
Reports and Recommendations
Tutors and Class Size Reduction Report
In response to a request from Trustee McCall for an update on tutors and class size
reduction hiring, Associate Superintendent for Human Resource Services Cheryl Olsen
Quinlan reported that the Personnel Department is actively interviewing and have 23
positions yet to be filled by the beginning of school. Some of the positions have been filled
by teachers currently employed by the District and those positions are now being back
filled. One hundred-forty positions have been filled with high quality applicants.
Apple Lease Purchase Agreement for Frontier Middle School Recommendation
Superintendent Jim Lowham recommended that the Board of Trustees authorize Board
Officers and staff to execute a contract with Apple Computer for lease/purchase of
computers for the one-to-one computer technology pilot for Frontier Middle School.
A Motion to approve Dr. Lowham’s recommendation was made by Suzanne Sandoval and
was seconded by Tom Jones. Trustee McCall asked how the contract with Apple translates
in terms of cost savings. Associate Superintendent for Facilities and Technology Services
Mark Antrim responded that the savings come from the bundling of the package of digital
resources with the total coming in at about $400 per year per machine.
The question was called and passed on a vote of 8-0.
Program Management Firm Recommendation
Superintendent Lowham recommended the Board of Trustees authorize staff to execute a
contract with the selected Program Management Firm for program management of Natrona
County School District’s construction program. Associate Superintendent for Facilities and
Technology Services Mark Antrim acknowledged and thanked the professional
representation on the selection committee. Recognized were Mike Ballard, formerly of
Kloefkorn-Ballard; Doug Barrett, City of Casper; Dennis Bay, NCSD; Rob Bennett, Civil
Engineering Professionals; Tom Brauer, Civil Engineering Professionals; Keith Brown, NCSD;
and Scott Honken, NCSD. Following the Request for Qualification process, two firms made
presentations to the Committee. The Committee subsequently recommended Kerry
International. Administration is currently making reference checks on the recommended
company and plan to enter into contract negotiations barring unforeseen circumstances.
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Donn McCall made a Motion to adopt the Superintendent’s recommendation to authorize
staff to execute a contract with the selected program management firm. The Motion was
seconded by Jim Bush and passed on a vote of 8-0.
Revised 2006-07 School Calendar Recommendation
Dr. Lowham recommended that the Board of Trustees accept revisions to the 2006-07
school calendar. Adjustments were made to accommodate the four additional days added
to certified contracts for the 2006-07 school year. Superintendent Lowham noted the
proposed revisions were discussed in the Compact Issues Committee.
NCEA President Alice McNamee thanked the Board for using the IBAP for the calendar
revisions which include management and professional development time.
A Motion to approve Dr. Lowham’s recommendation to accept the revisions to the 2006-07
school calendar was made by Shannon Jackett, seconded by Linda Nix, and passed on a
vote of 8-0.
Jim Bush noted that he attended the interagency meeting today at which the Evansville
School site was discussed. He added that the current site is located on about 11.4 acres
and the City of Evansville is offering 31 acres for a new school site. He added that the
school itself will be on 8-9 acres and the remainder may be a proposed riparian area that
could be utilized by all District schools.
Associate Superintendent for Facilities and Technology Services Mark Antrim noted that the
current location is restricted by residential housing. District personnel had some dialog with
the City of Evansville who indicated their desire to improve some of their street layouts.
They are also interested in using a portion of the current school building as a community
center. Antrim noted that the building has value and the District, in turn, will receive
acreage for that. In the current agreement being negotiated with the City of Evansville,
the City has agreed to pay to build the streets around a new school and to bring utilities
infrastructure to the property. Antrim stated that they have proven to be a really terrific
and creative partner with whom to work.
Shannon Jackett reported on the last Wyoming School Board Association meeting. The
group wants to make sure that each district has a crisis management plan in place in case
of a flu pandemic. She also noted that the Legislature wants to see the value of
Instructional Facilitators and wants to see hard data on the money spent.
Additionally, Shannon Jackett noted that she was appointed to the Wyoming High School
Activities Association to fill the unexpired term of a member who resigned.
Mrs. Jackett presented Chairman Daraie a plaque commemorating his status as a Certified
Master School Board Member, and a plaque to Trustee Jim Bush recognizing his status as a
Certified Board Member.
Suzanne Sandoval extended her appreciation to the City of Evansville for being creative and
thinking out of the box. She noted that the swap is a win-win for both parties.
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Hearing on the 2006-07 Budget
At 8:00 p.m., a Motion to adjourn to the public budget hearing for the 2006-07 Budget was
made by Donn McCall. The Motion was seconded by Suzanne Sandoval and passed on a
vote of 8-0.
Associate Superintendent for Business Services Steve Hopkins reported that the budget was
developed utilizing a process established by the Board of Trustees which is open and
inclusive. The process was shepherded by the Board Budget Committee using work of the
other Board committees throughout the year.
Mr. Hopkins gave a brief overview of the 2006-07 budget document noting that this year
the Committee had a unique opportunity presented by the Wyoming State Legislature. In
2005, the Legislature decided to initiate a recalibration study of the Wyoming School
Funding Model. The Legislature gave districts a research-based model as a result of the
recalibration study and provided the financial resources to implement the model. Hopkins
noted that the Legislature is to be recognized and praised for their work. He added that this
District is committed to implementing the model over the next five years. Hopkins
expressed his appreciation to Trustees, employee leaders, parents, administration and staff
members for the many, many hours spent assisting in the budget development process.
In closing, Mr. Hopkins stated that the Budget Committee recognized that this is just the
beginning of the work in relation to the usage of the money. The committee is requesting
that the September 25 work session be set aside for reports on all the different initiatives,
particularly with a report directed toward the timeline of implementations and assessment
of those programs. He noted that the Committee will continue to monitor the
implementation of not only this budget year’s initiatives, but all of the new dollars that have
been committed through this budget and will bring reports to the Board on a regular basis.
Regarding capital projects, Trustee McCall asked what schools are earmarked for this year’s
budget. Associate Superintendent for Facilities and Technology Services Mark Antrim
responded that they are the schools that were approved in the previous biennium which are
Fort Caspar Academy and McKinley/ Westwood; the schools funded in this biennium are the
new high school, CY Junior High, Poison Spider, Mills/Mountain View, Evansville, Park, and
Pineview. He added that Fort Caspar will go out for bid in several weeks and
McKinley/Westwood has entered into the design phase.
In response to a question from Trustee Bush, Mr. Hopkins stated that the 19% increase in
employee total compensation includes salary, benefits, insurance, wellness and professional
growth per individual employee.
Chairman Daraie solicited input from the public.
Rebecca Gurtler, School Counselor at Paradise Valley, expressed her concerns about the
need for more school counselors at the elementary level noting an increase in counseling
needs for students with divorced parents, drug use by parents, student depression, and
student substance abuse.
Trustee McCall noted that with $15.5 million in requests, only $9.4 million could be funded.
He noted that there was much discussion about nurses and elementary counselors.
Superintendent Lowham expressed his appreciation for the work being done by the
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elementary counselors. He noted that being involved in the process is how individuals can
make a difference and urged Ms. Gurtler to join in future budget development work.
Head Nurse Suzey Delger addressed the Board thanking them for their hard work on this
year’s budget. She also thanked the Board for the increase of two school nurses in addition
to clerical help.
Natrona County Education Association President Alice McNamee stated that this was the
biggest raise District employees have ever experienced and noted that the Instructional
Facilitators and Tutors will make a huge difference for kids in Natrona County. She added
that the District needs to celebrate what they’ve worked so hard to accomplish.
Chairman Daraie called for comments two additional times. There being none, the Public
Hearing was adjourned.
2006-07 Budget Adoption Recommendation
The regular session reconvened at 8:52 p.m. at which time a Motion to approve the 2006-
07 budget was made by Donn McCall, seconded by Shannon Jackett, and passed on a vote
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:55 p.m.