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					REGULAR MEETING
BOARD OF EDUCATION
BENNETT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 29J
SEPTEMBER 19, 2008
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                         REGULAR MEETING
                         SEPTEMBER 18, 2008
                        BOARD OF EDUCATION
                   BENNETT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 29J

     OPENING ACTIVITIES

     Call to Order: The regular meeting of the Board of Education was called to order at
     6:03 pm on September 18, 2008 by Jeff Wilson, President of the Board, in the
     Bennett Public Schools Administration Building, 615 7 th Street, Bennett, Colorado.

     Pledge of Allegiance: The Pledge of Allegiance was said.

     Roll Call: Members present were Del Moler, Carol Reszka, Jeff Wilson,
     Mike Sheely and Amy Kirkwood

     INPUT TO THE BOARD:

     Introduction of Visitors: See attached sheet. Also present were Michael Franklin,
     Amy Burns, Valerie Beard, Brett Ridgway, Dodie Hunker, Richard Coleman and
     Debra Matis

     Communication to the Board from the Audience – None

     Communication to the Audience from the Board
     Carol Reszka - The Board met with the community on Monday evening, September
     15, 2008. Approximately twenty community members and a dozen staff members
     were present. Superintendent Coleman gave a talk about what direction we see the
     school district going and we received input from the community on what kinds of
     things they would like to see and what direction they would like the district headed
     toward.
     Amy Kirkwood – This was a positive experience and we look forward to following
     up with the questions and concerns raised at the meeting.


     BOARD REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF AGENDA:
     Mr. Sheely moved and Mrs. Reszka seconded to approve the agenda as written.
     AYE: Amy Kirkwood, Del Moler, Carol Reszka, Mike Sheely, Jeff Wilson
     Motion carried 5-0
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     OPPORTUNITY FOR BLANKET MOTION ON CONSENT ITEMS:
     Mr. Sheely moved and Mrs. Kirkwood seconded to approve consent item V-A the
     approval of the minutes from the regular meeting August 21, 2008; item V-B the
     payment of checks as listed in the August expenditure list.
     AYE: Amy Kirkwood, Del Moler, Carol Reszka, Mike Sheely, Jeff Wilson
     Motion carried 5-0


     BENNETT SHOW CASE: Middle School Accelerated Math Program –
     Presenters:
     Teachers - Jan Lash & Diane Moler
     The middle school math teachers knew they had students who were very advanced in
     math. The teachers went through their curriculum to provide these students with
     further opportunities to take a summer accelerated math program to advance to a
     higher level of math for the next school year. The students met from 8:00 to noon
     during the summer. 8th grade started with 19 students and 11 moved up; 6th and 7th
     grades started with 10 students and half moved up. 8th grade covered 11 chapters and
     6th and 7th grades covered 8 chapters in 8 weeks with approximately 80-90 problems
     assigned per chapter. This program had a 50% success rate.

      Students - Ciara Benner 8th grade, Emma Scholz 6 th grade, Dylon Patschke 7th
      grade and Dylan Eberhard 6 th grade.
     These middle school students representing the summer accelerated math program
     where all advanced to the next grade level and addressed the Board on their
     individual experiences. The consensus was a very challenging, interesting and
     rewarding experience for all participants.

     The Board acknowledged these teachers and students for their accomplishments. The
     Board also inquired if additional classes would be offered next summer other than
     math. Middle School Principal Amy Burns indicated future courses would have to be
     discussed with High School Principal Mike Franklin. Math is easier to offer due to
     the progression however language arts may be more difficult. Science would be a
     possibility to check into.


     REPORTS/PRESENTATIONS TO THE BOARD
     Accountability Reports:
     Elementary – Emily Goers, 3rd Grade Teacher
     Five parents attended the Elementary Accountability Meeting and they discussed the
     following:
     - Parent Conferences and information handouts explaining Title I
     - Dibels Testing - Explanations for parents on what the testing is and where/how
         the results are used.
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     -  Reviewed the Parental Involvement Check List for Title I. The one missing item
        required is to provide information on the Colorado Parent Information and
        Resource Center.
     - Reviewed action plans for reading and math
     - Offering parent information in Spanish i.e.; Newsletters
     - Options for Family Night
     - Offering classes for parents based on different needs for their children
     Elementary Accountability Meetings will be quarterly and the next meeting will be in
     December.


     Middle School – Parent, Chris Brdar
     - First meeting was held September 8, 2008
     - Introduction of Members: Brenda Williams, Michelle Meister,
           Linda Miller, Donna Goodwin, Tara Williamson, Sarah Nichols and
           Amy Burns
     - Mrs. Burns discussed the guidelines for the middle school meetings noting the
           purpose of the group is to talk about topics relating to students education.
           The Accountability is not a decision making group but a referral group and
           concerns should be addressed with Mrs. Burns.
     - CSAP Accountability Report was reviewed
     - Reading Classes taught by each teacher were discussed
     - MS Roofing Project
     - Next Meeting October 13, 2008 at 6:30 pm in Mr. VanBuskirk’s classroom.


     High School – Principal, Michael Franklin
     - First meeting was held September 17, 2008
     - Introduction of Members: Three parents attend including two from the previous
            year Jerri Jackson and Stephanie Wilson
     - Reviewed standardized test results from 2007-2008 school year
     - Discussed Student Seminar, its purpose and how it works
     - Update on start of school year 2008-2009


     Board Member(s) Report – Amy Kirkwood
     Mrs. Kirkwood and Superintendent Coleman both attended the BOCES meeting this
     month.
     - BOCES in the process of purchasing a building and this process should be
            completed by the 12th of October. They are also purchasing the
            furnishing in the building.
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     -   Bennett School District would still like to purchase the BOCES 8 x 12 Tuff Shed
         for the Bennett Preschool which was addressed last year. More information in
         October.
     -   A presentation was given by Dr. McCall from the State who discussed the current/
         pending legislation activity which could potentially have an affect on BOCES
         and school funding i.e. Senate Bill #212 School Finance Act.
     -   The Federal level is looking at National Standards which will eventually flow
         down to the Districts to write their own standards in accordance with the State.
     -   BOCES would like to receive input on addressing the needs from each school
         district at the local level. Input can be provided to BOCES at coloradoboces.org


     Board President Jeff Wilson
     Mr. Wilson addressed the administrators and the staff regarding the recent September
     15th Community Board Forum. The intent of this meeting was based on community
     concerns and input on preparing our students for the 21 st century and learning skills.
     The administrators and staff were invited to answer questions the Board may not be
     able to answer. Unfortunately things ventured off the scope of the meeting leaving
     our administrators and staff in an awkward position. Mr. Wilson apologized for
     putting everyone in that position and expressed how the Board appreciates all of the
     hard work of the administration and staff. Mr. Wilson will keep things on a
     better track for future community meetings.


     Superintendent’s Report – Richard Coleman
     Roof repairs – The elementary roof project is now completed. The entire roof has
     been replaced with asphalt shingles and has a thirty-year warranty. The annex roof
     is on schedule to be completed today, although I haven’t been asked to do an
     inspection. The main gym roof and a lower “L” shaped piece are scheduled to be
     completed by next week. Work on the south end of the middle school roof has not
     yet begun, as that is a specialized roof system requiring a specific type of installation.
     So far, the work has gone well and without any issues other than some noise, which
     has not been too excessive. I would again like to express my appreciation regarding
     the efficiency of the Roofmasters Company; they are a pleasure to work with. They
     do as they say they will do on schedule and leave the worksite in as good or better
     shape than they found it.

     Regarding the hail damage; A 2008 Chevy Impala was purchased with the insurance
     settlement from the hail damage on the school vehicles. We were planning to bid out
     one of the older cars, but Dodie recommends that for the time being we should keep
     them both due to the amount of use our vehicles are currently getting.
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     The first round of MAP testing for this year is now complete. This first round is to
     set a baseline to be able to compare to on the next round in January. We tested in
     January this year and think that we will do the same this coming January. It is just
     too difficult to get MAP testing completed in December. (End of semester, Holiday
     programs, and only 15 school days to work with are all issues this time of year.)

     The audit by the Colorado Dept. of Education of our state equalization entitlements
     for the 05/06, 06/07, and 07/08 and the pupil transportation reimbursement for years
     04/05, 05/06, and 06/07 has been completed. At this time we have not received
     official audit findings, and as of today we were still looking up information that will
     help us in the final determination as to what the bottom line will be. I can tell you
     that there was a transportation mileage discrepancy which we will have to pay for
     which will cost us around $4000 and we had counted some students that were on the
     A+ system who never completed any work so we have no record of them actually
     doing anything. Although we know there will be some funds returned to the state,
     and do not know specifically yet how much it will be, we do know even in the worst
     case it will be significantly less than the previous audit.

     The student count is holding stable so far with a district head count of 1043, not
     counting the charter school. This is an additional F.T.E. of 25 students. We hope this
     stays the same for at least two more weeks.

     The October Count is September 24 – October 8, 2008. Official count day is
     October 1st.

     District Accountability Meeting – Richard Coleman
     The District Accountability covered two subjects at their September meeting the
     District Focus and the District Mission Statement. Mr. Coleman provided the Board
     with a copy of the latest revision Mission Statement. According to the State there
     must be a reference about a schools safe environment which has been included in our
     statement. The Board will have the final say and make a decision to adopt a
     Mission Statement.

     Financial Report – Brett Ridgway
     Mr. Ridgway reviewed in detail the current enrollment situation and provided
     samples of different financial report formats which can be made available to put on
     the District website.


     Corridor Community Academy – None
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     BUSINESS ITEM(S) – Discussion on the Swimming Pool
     The Town of Bennett would like to have the District support funding in the
     operation of the pool for one more summer in 2009. The new recreation pool will
     not be available until 2010. The pool would require $40K of work to be done if
     using for any length of time. The Board will support the pool for one more
     summer as long as there are no major problems. Mr. Coleman will talk to Colorado
     Boiler to see if we can obtain a rental boiler of higher quality and BTUS.


     CLOSING ACTIVITIES

     Date of Next Board Meeting: The next regular meeting of the Board of Education is
     scheduled for October 16, 2008.


     EXECUTIVE SESSION - None


     ADJOURNMENT:
     Mrs. Kirkwood moved and Mr. Sheely seconded to adjourn the regular Board
     meeting at 7:00 p.m.
     AYE: Amy Kirkwood, Del Moler, Carol Reszka, Mike Sheely, Jeff Wilson
     Motion carried 5-0




     President


     Secretary

				
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