"Natrona County School District - DOC"
Natrona County School District Minutes of the Board of Trustees May 8, 2006 Chairman Ken Daraie called the Board of Trustees of Natrona County School District Number One work session to order at 5:30 p.m. on May 8, in the multipurpose room at CSF located at 970 N. Glenn Road, Casper, WY. A Motion was made by Shannon Jackett to recess to executive session to discuss personnel, legal, and property issues. The Motion was seconded by Linda Nix and passed on a vote of 6-0. Trustees came out of executive session at 6:00 p.m. and joined first year teachers for dinner and discussion as one of the requirements of the District’s mentor program. Chairman Daraie called the regular meeting to order at 7:32 p.m. Those present stood for the Pledge of Allegiance. Members Present: Mr. Ken Daraie, Ms. Linda Nix, Mrs. Shannon Jackett, Mrs. Elizabeth Horsch, Mrs. Suzanne Sandoval, and Mr. Doug Leonard Members Absent: Mr. Donn McCall, Dr. Jim Bush, and Mr. Tom Jones Others Present: Superintendent Jim Lowham; Associate Superintendent for Human Resource 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 Curriculum and Instructional Services Mark Mathern; Associate Superintendent for Facilities and Technology Services Mark Antrim; Executive Director for Student Support Services Dal Curry; and Attorney Kathleen Dixon Recognitions KWHS Social Studies teacher Elizabeth DeWitt and eleven AP Government and Politics students traveled to Cheyenne to compete in the “We the People” Congressional hearings. The group, consisting of Amber Lebsock, Cassie Ellwood, Tamarah Winchell, Curtis Schulz, Jessica Stoneking, Thomas Shanor, Jenna Buffington, Eric Milliken, Jake Yelton, Ashley Hilderbrand, and Abbie Patik won the competition and subsequently participated in the National Competition in Washington, D.C. Chairman Daraie and Trustee Doug Leonard presented each student with a certificate of accomplishment and a District lapel pin. Consent Calendar Superintendent Lowham recommended approval of Consent Calendar items as follows. 1. Approval of the Minutes of the April 24, 2006 Board meeting. 2. Approval of the bills of April 28 and May 5, 2006. 3. Ratification of a bid award for Phase One of an IP based telephone system to Qwest Communications in the amount of $509,943. 4. Approval of the Certified and Classified Personnel Reports. A Motion to approve Consent Calendar items was made by Shannon Jackett, seconded by Doug Leonard, and passed on a vote of 6-0. Acceptance of Grants Superintendent Lowham recommended that the Board of Trustees accept the following grants from: 1) the State of Wyoming, Department of Workforce Services for the NCSD Work Study Program for an amount to be determined by the number of students and work experience opportunities available; and 2) the WDE for the Reading First Program at Southridge and University Park Schools in the amount of $523,608.57. Board Minutes May 8, 2006 Page 2 of 4 A Motion to accept the grant funds was made by Suzanne Sandoval. The Motion was seconded by Linda Nix and passed on a vote of 6-0. Reports and Recommendations Authorization to Proceed with the Consolidated Grant Application Recommendation Superintendent Lowham recommended that the Board of Trustees authorize procedures to acquire entitlement funding through the development and submission of the Consolidated Grant Application. Dr. Lowham recommended further that the Board of Trustees authorize Associate Superintendent Joel Dvorak, Executive Director Mark Mathern, and Staff Development Coordinator Anne LaPlante to sign and file the completed application and other related documents. Additionally, he recommended that the Board designate Joel Dvorak, Mark Mathern, and Anne LaPlante as summer contacts for the Consolidated Grant Application. A Motion to approve Dr. Lowham’s recommendation was made by Doug Leonard, seconded by Suzanne Sandoval, and passed on a vote of 6-0. Banking Services Recommendation Dr. Lowham recommended that the Board of Trustees accept the recommendation of the Board Business Services/Budget Development Committee to authorize staff to begin negotiations with First Interstate Bank to provide banking services to Natrona County School District for July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2011. A Motion to accept the recommendation was made by Elizabeth Horsch, seconded by Linda Nix, and passed on a vote of 5-0. Shannon Jackett abstained. Summer School/Extended Year Update At-Risk Coordinator Shawna Trujillo reported that most of the summer school/extended year programs are funded through the Bridges Grant with the exception of PE, Band and Drivers’ Education. She added that the District will serve upward of 1,500 students in K-12 summer school this year as opposed to 734 in 2005. Grades 9-12 will be located at Dean Morgan Junior High for all core subjects. The A+ Learning Lab will be located at the Alternative Learning Center. Grades 6-8 will be located at individual middle and junior high schools and elementary programs will be located at Bar Nunn, Evansville, Fort Caspar Academy, Grant, Mills, Midwest, Mountain View, North Casper, North Casper Boys and Girls Club, Oregon Trail, Park, Paradise Valley, Pineview, Southridge, Verda James and Willard. Program funding has increased from $577,300 in 2005 to $1,140,800 in 2006. Trujillo noted that a significant amount of those dollars will be used for the summer program and the remainder will go toward enrichment and the extended day program beginning in the fall. Instructional Facilitators Update Associate Superintendent for Human Resource Services Cheryl Olsen Quinlan reported that the District is pleased and thankful that the Legislature funded the Instructional Facilitator program at the level of one per prototypical school totaling about $16 million outside the model. Olsen Quinlan noted a large representative team spent several weeks developing the program. At that time, the Legislature noted that if no dollars were requested and Board Minutes May 8, 2006 Page 3 of 4 approved by all Districts, then leftover money would redistributed. The redistributed amount equaled an additional allocation of .44 of one FTE (full time equivalent) for NCSD. According to Cheryl, Schools have advertised and most positions have been filled. Only 3.5 positions remain unfilled at this time. Mrs. Olsen Quinlan then reviewed the IF Training schedule for the 2006-07 school year. In response to a question from Trustee Jackett regarding IF funding for rural schools and Roosevelt High School, Cheryl stated that they are funded at a different class of teacher-to- student ratio and, therefore, do not receive funding for IF’s. She added that dollars came to the District assigned to schools and there is no allowance for moving funding from one school to another. In conclusion, Olsen Quinlan stated that based on the plan that NCSD submitted, an evaluation process was created which will be based on data. Both qualitative and quantitative evaluations will be done and will be reported to the State. The District is hoping that the State will fully fund the 1.5 IF’s per prototypical school next year. Qwest Metropolitan Optical Ethernet (QMOE) Update Associate Superintendent for Facilities and Technology Mark Antrim reported that the District will be upgrading its wide area connectivity this summer through the next Gen Wen project sponsored by the Wyoming Department of Education. The project will replace most of the existing school connections to the internet with high speed fiber optic cable. The improved network proposed by Qwest will greatly improve the school’s internet connection speed. Qwest will bring the fiber optic cable to the edge of each school’s property. It will then be the responsibility of the District to provide the trenching and conduit to bring it into the schools at a cost of approximately $1 million. Antrim noted that the Board will be asked to approve funding for this project at a later date. Persons Requesting to Update the Board Charlie Powell, parent and Central Wyoming Counseling Center counselor, addressed the Board regarding the absence of a track at NCHS and the impact this has had on his son and their entire family. His son attends CYJH and runs tracks. He takes a bus to NCHS, changes out, and boards another bus to KWHS for practice and then back to NCHS. Many nights he doesn’t get home until 7:00 p.m. Mr. Powell encouraged Trustees in their efforts to find a solution. Bob Kubichek, NCHS Student Body President, addressed the Board about the WAIT (Why Am I Tempted) presentation at a recent required assembly. He noted that the program is based on fundamentalist beliefs that he felt had no place in schools. He added that there would be some mention in the media about the presentation, e.g. letters to the editor. NCHS Student Body Treasurer Peter Barrasso added that he and others felt the WAIT presenter was condescending to males in particular and a number of students were offended by the presenter and her message. Kathleen Dixon, the Board’s legal counsel, asked to speak with both students (and they agreed) at the conclusion of the Board meeting. Board Minutes May 8, 2006 Page 4 of 4 Trustee Comments Shannon Jackett reported that she recently attended the Wyoming School Boards Association workshop at which they discussed the Fall Roundup scheduled for late August/early September and the annual conference scheduled for November 15-17 in Casper. She added that the Curriculum and Instructional Budget meeting was scheduled for tomorrow and encouraged Trustees to attend. On behalf of the Wyoming School Boards Association Mrs. Jackett presented a plaque to Suzanne Sandoval for completing the requirements for becoming a WSBA certified school board member. Elizabeth Horsch noted that she had recently heard high school students talking quite negatively about the Body of Evidence. She expressed her concern that the District needs to do a better job sharing with students why such programs exist and their intent. On the same note, Ken Daraie added that that is exactly the purpose of conducting the upcoming high school system study. He stated that there is no existing culture or politics about what a new high school will look like and what the programs will be. According to Daraie, conversation should find its way to students, what they like these days, what they are looking for, what their expectations are and build a curriculum to address those needs and then build a facility that will let that happen. Linda Nix reported that a number of Trustees sat in on the Banking Services RFP process. She expressed her thanks to the various banks who took time to respond. She also thanked the NCHS students and Mr. Powell for addressing the Board this evening. In recognition of National Teacher Appreciation Week, Superintendent Lowham expressed his appreciation of teachers and the impact they have every day on the lives of children. Dr. Lowham reported that the next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held on May 22, 2006 beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Central Services Facility. There being no further business, the regular meeting was adjourned at 8:20 p.m.