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MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION

SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 2 - LARAMIE COUNTY, WYOMING

January 12, 2009

 

The Laramie County School District No. 2 board meeting was held at Carpenter

Elementary School, Carpenter, Wyoming on January 12, 2009.

 

CALL TO ORDER

Chairman Esther Davidson called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m.

 

ROLL CALL

Members Present – Sue Anderson, Patty Epler, Julianne Randall,

Jack Bomhoff, Wynema Thompson, Jeff Kirkbride, Tom Morgan,

Steve Trimble, Esther Davidson and Margie Simineo   

 

Members Absent – None

 

Also Present – Laurie Bahl, Jerry Burkett, JoDee Walbridge,

Mckayla Ward, Mckenzie Ward, Brent Bacon, Mark Basham,

Craig Williams, Kathryn Schwandner, Troy B. Decker, Bill Shain,

Sue Deselms, Terri Froulli, Lisa Ward, Debbie Hoblit Hirsig,

Ben Cossell, Sharon Poelma, Merle Smith, and Becky Orr

 

2.1 APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA

Changes in the agenda were to add under item 3. SPED Monitored Visit Report and to delete item 6.2.2 concerning Bus

Purchases for 2009-10 and to add the items of 3.5 Notice of Additional Substitutes “acceptance of a letter of resignation.”

Wynema Thompson had several questions concerning several overdrawn accounts. Mr. Smith explained that in the Minor

Capitol Construction account that these items are all reimbursements and that after the service is rendered we will then be

reimbursed by the state. Mrs. Thompson also questioned the Audit Adjustment. Mr. Smith and Mrs. Simineo explained

that this was the result of a 3 year audit conducted by the state. This was the result of many errors found in various reports

back from 2002-2005 and that every district in the state was affected. It essentially took $ 96,000 from our budget,

which seemed very fair. Mrs. Thompson also questioned the General Fund Expenses Report Accounts 3510 and 3590

and asked if school buses were included. The answer was yes. And her final question was about Staff Development 2213

and if this code was part of the TAP Program. Mr. Smith wasn’t sure, but would check.

 

Motion:         Patty Epler moved to accept the consent agenda as amended.

                                     

Second:         Tom Morgan seconded the motion. 

 

Vote:             Motion carried.  

 

 

 

2.2 APPROVAL OF DECEMBER MINUTES

Patty Epler recommended for future reference that in the December minutes when division of the house is called for,

the chairman needs to know how the vote should be taken and to proceed in such manner.

 

            Motion:           Patty Epler moved to accept the December minutes as written.

 

            Second:           Tom Morgan seconded the motion.

 

            Vote:               Motion carried.

 

3.1 FINANCIAL REPORT

We are currently through 50% of the fiscal year.  The general fund expenditures total is 89.74% of budgeted amount

including encumbrances, 41% expended to-date.  68% of the revenue has been collected.

 

3.2 CARPENTER  SCHOOL REPORT

Mrs. Bahl spoke to the board about the Carpenter Elementary Student Council and the activities that they have been

involved in this school year. Activities have included collecting food and clothing items for the Veteran’s Homeless

Shelter and a jelly bean counting contest to donate the proceeds to the Cheyenne Detention Home. They are making

tied blankets” for soldiers being deployed to Iraq, and will host a spirit week in February and donate the proceeds to

the Delgado family of Burns, WY.

 

3.3 OCR PROGRAM REPORT

Mr. Brent Bacon reported that this involved the Vocational Programs at BHS and PBHS with a visit from the state

on October 7, 2008. LCSD#2 was noncompliant in the following three areas:

a.)    The district’s non-discrimination sign needs to say, “Call Brent Bacon” so it is associated with a person.

b.)    Documentation not shown that students/parents know the non-discrimination statement

c.)    No documentation showing that our work-study program has an agreement with the employer

Mr. Bacon stated that he has one year to fix these areas, but reported all of them will be corrected by summer.

 

3.3.1 SPED REPORT

Mr. Brent Bacon reported that the Special Education Department was visited by a team December 1-4, 2008.

The team observed SPED programs, reviewed the files, interviewed staff members, OT personnel, and PT

personnel. The team found that LCSD#2 is compliant with E.D. students, but needs improvement on the wording

of IEP’s and documentation of periodical reports. Mr. Bacon thanked parents for their cooperation and commented

that the team was cordial and made everyone in the process feel at ease. Jack Bomhoff commented on the transition

period to redo the three or four areas and thanked Mr. Bacon for all of his great work.

 

3.4 BOARD ATTORNEY REPORT

Mr. Asay thanked the board for their help with a recent disciplinary problem.

 

3.5 NOTICE OF ADDITIONAL SUBSTITUTES

Linda Jeffres

 

4. APPROVAL OF PAYMENT OF BILLS

 

Patty Epler moved to pay bills from the month of December 2008 to January 7, 2009

 

Jeff Kirkbride seconded the motion.

 

Motion passed.

 

5. PATRON COMMENTS

Mark Basham had a question about proposed changes in board governance and policies from the December

board meeting.  The chair told him there was no motion on the changes.  He was told that this is a topic on

the upcoming retreat agenda at LCCC. 

 

6. POLICY UPDATES/DISCUSSION/ACTIONS

 

6.1. Instruction

 

6.1.1 TAP REVENUES/EXPENSES

 

Mrs. Simineo explained how the TAP revenue and expenditures work and that federal funds and

general funds are being used for this.

 

 

6.2. FACILITIES, TRANSPORTATION

 

 

 

            6.2.1 NAME/MASCOT PROPOSAL FOR NEW ELEMENTARY

           

            A presentation to change the name and mascot of the new elementary school in Burns was given by

West Elementary Student Council President Mckayla Ward and treasurer, Mckenzie Ward, They explained

to the board that 275 surveys were returned and the majority showed favoritism towards naming the new

school Burns Elementary and having “Colts” as the mascot. They also had presented a graph showing the

survey’s results.

 

            Jeff Kirkbride moved to name the new elementary school in Burns, Burns Elementary and to have

the Colts as their mascot.

           

Tom Morgan seconded the motion.

           

Motion Passed.

 

 

           

6.2.2    BUS PURCHASES FOR 2009-10 YEAR

            This item was deleted from the agenda.

 

 

6.3 MEETINGS

Mrs. Simineo read the following meeting dates:

7.1 Mid-year Board Retreat – 1/17/09 – 8:30 am - LCCC

7.2. Next COW – 2/4/09 – 7 pm – Central Office

7.3 WY School Boards Legislative Forum – 2/8/09 -  2 pm – Hitching Post

7.4. February Board Meeting – 2/9/09 – 7 pm – Pine Bluffs High School

7.5. Rec District Meeting – TBD

 

 

6.3.1 EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

 

Motion:           Wynema Thompson moved to go in to executive session at 7:39pm to discuss personnel.

 

Second:           Tom Morgan seconded the motion.

 

Vote:               Motion carried.

 

Motion:           Tom Morgan made a motion to reconvene the meeting

8:56 p.m. 

 

Second:           Jack Bomhoff seconded the motion.

 

Vote:               Motion carried. 

 

Patty Epler moved to accept the modified expulsion agreement recommended by Superintendent Simineo on

disciplinary action.

 

Jeff Kirkbride seconded the motion.

 

Motion passed.

 

Patty Epler moved to accept a second settlement agreement on expulsion and authorize the board chairman to

sign it and represent the board.

 

Steve Trimble seconded the motion.

 

Motion passed.

 

Wynema Thompson moved to accept the resignation of Merle Smith and initiate the action of finding another

business manager as soon as possible.

 

Tom Morgan seconded the motion.

 

Motion passed.

 

Board chairman, Esther Davidson thanked Mr. Smith for his years of service to this district.

 

 

7.  IMPORTANT DATES

7.1 Mid-year Board Retreat – 1/17/09 – 8:30 am - LCCC

7.2. Next COW – 2/4/09 – 7 pm – Central Office

7.3 WY School Boards Legislative Forum – 2/8/09 - 2 pm – Hitching Post

7.4. February Board Meeting – 2/9/09 – 7 pm – Pine Bluffs High School

7.5. Rec District Meeting – TBD

 

 

Motion:           Jeff Kirkbride moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:00 p.m.

           

Second:           Steve Trimble seconded the motion.

           

Vote:               Motion carried and meeting adjourned.        

 

 

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Chairman                                                                          Clerk