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OFFICIAL MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION

SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 2 - LARAMIE COUNTY, WYOMING

November 10, 2008

 

The Laramie County School District No. 2 board meeting was held at Pine Bluffs High School, Pine Bluffs, Wyoming on

November 10, 2008.

 

CALL TO ORDER

Chairman Tom Hirsig called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

 

ROLL CALL

Members Present –Sue Anderson, Patty Epler, Todd Fornstrom,

Toby Kimzey, Jeff Kirkbride, Tom Hirsig, Ty Lerwick, Tom Morgan, Steve Trimble and Margie Simineo   

 

Members Absent – None 

 

Also Present – Benjamin Cossel, Mark Basham, Julianne Randall,

Esther & Alex Davison, Pat Walters, Becky Orr, Jack &

Jeannie Hockersmith, Nicki Hockersmith, Brent Bacon, Sue Stevens,

John Binning, Jerry Burkett, Wynema Thompson, Troy Decker,

Jack Bomhoff, Paul Stille, Merle Smith and Jeaneane Parsons 

 

APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA

The Superintendent noted one change in the October minutes under Transportation. Instead of “the present rules,” it should

read “state statutes.”                        

Motion:         Todd Fornstrom moved to accept the consent agenda

                      as modified.  (see attached)                   

Second:         Sue Anderson seconded the motion. 

Vote:             Motion carried.  

 

FINANCIAL REPORT

We are currently through 41.67% of the fiscal year.  The general fund expenditures total is 87.00% of budgeted amount

including encumbrances, 26.27% expended to-date. 

 

CONSOLIDATED GRANT REPORT

Mr. Bacon referred the Board to the information in their packets regarding the consolidated grants.  He explained what

program each grant supported.      

 

21ST CENTURY GRANT REPORT

Mrs. Stevens and Mr. Bacon applied for this grant which would expand the after school programs.  If this is awarded to

the District notice will be in January.  The application is for adding before school programs and expanding to Albin and

Carpenter.  The grant is up to $50,000 for five years, if awarded.      

PERKINS CAREER-TECHNICAL REPORT

77 students participated in vocational programs for the 2007-08 school year.  Student numbers have increased 49% since

2006-07.  Activities for the 2007-28 school year focused on the CAD program and Woods Technology programs.       

 

PINE BLUFFS HIGH SCHOOL REPORT

Mr. Binning congratulated the students involved in the state journalism awards.  The Yearbook and School Newspaper

received high awards.  87% of the senior class was proficient or advanced on the PAWS writing last spring and ranked

6th in the state.  Mr. Walters gave a presentation on technology that he uses, along with all teachers, in the classroom. 

Mr. Binning expressed his appreciation for this technology. 

 

PATRON COMMENTS

None

 

UPDATE ON NEW CONSTRUCTION

Mrs. Simineo referred the Board to the updated timelines in their packet for West and Carpenter elementary schools. 

The SFC is working with the state fire marshall on details.  The bids came in for West Elementary under the allotted

amount so no cuts have to be made.  West Elementary is also proposing a name change.  The surveys are due

November 14th at which time more information will be available. 

 

HERITAGE SOCIETY REQUEST

The Heritage Society is requesting the transfer of title be moved quickly to pursue a grant so the building can be

properly repaired and maintained.  Many questions were addressed to Jack Hockersmith, representing the Heritage

Society, and Bill Shain, representing the town council.  Discussion ensued regarding the pros and cons of this decision.            

Motion:           Toby Kimzey moved to approve the request of the PB Heritage Society and sell the old PBHS

in the amount of $10 to a Joint Powers Board.  This sale is contingent upon the following:

ü Whether LCSD #2 will be part of the Joint Powers Board

ü If and to whom the building will revert back to in four years

ü Whether LCSD #2 will continue the current lease agreement

ü Whether it is for the building only or includes the land

Second:           Todd Fornstrom seconded the motion. 

Toby Kimzey felt uneasy going ahead with the motion because of too many unknown facts.  Many other board members

expressed the same concern in addition to the fact that they wanted to be fair to the new board members coming on the Board.    

Motion:           Toby Kimzey moved to table the motion.  

Second:           Todd Fornstrom seconded the motion. 

Vote:               Motion carried. 

 

 

 

PRESENTATION OF 07-08 AUDIT

Mr. Stille, representing Leo Riley and Company, gave the audit report.  There were a few changes on the draft copy,

but nothing that changed any numbers.  He stated that the audit went very well and that the final bound copies would

be arriving soon if the Board approved the audit. 

Motion:           Todd Fornstrom moved to approve the audit of LCSD #2 for 07-08 as presented. 

Second:           Ty Lerwick seconded the motion.

Vote:               Motion carried. 

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Motion:           Toby Kimzey moved to go in to executive session at 8:04 p.m. to discuss personnel.

Second:           Tom Morgan seconded the motion.

Vote:               Motion carried.

Motion:           Sue Anderson made a motion to reconvene the meeting at 8:24 p.m. 

Second:           Patty Epler seconded the motion.

Vote:               Motion carried. 

 

OATH OF OFFICE

Jack Bomhoff, Esther Davison, Julianne Randall and Wynema Thompson took the Oath of Office as new board

members for the next four years.  Tom Hirsig congratulated the new members.    

 

IMPORTANT DATES

November 19 – 21 – Annual WSBA Conference – Casper

December 3 – COW Meeting, 7:00 @ Central Office

December 8 – Board Meeting, 7:00 @ Albin Elementary

December 13 in Riverton or January 10 in Casper – WY School Boards Training Workshops

 

Mrs. Simineo wished the Burns football team the best of luck and stated that the District was very proud of them. 

They play Saturday at 1:00.  Thanks were expressed to LCSD #1 for the use of their portable bleachers.  Mrs. Epler

thanked Burns Insurance Agency for paying the entrance fee for all kids 18 and under.  Toby Kimzey thanked the

Superintendent and the Board for letting him serve on the Board one more time.  

 

Motion:           Ty Lerwick moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:30 p.m.

            Second:           Todd Fornstrom seconded the motion.

            Vote:               Motion carried and meeting adjourned.        

 

 

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Chairman                                                                          Clerk