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OFFICIAL MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION

SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 2 - LARAMIE COUNTY, WYOMING

February 9, 2009

 

The Laramie County School District No. 2 board meeting was held at Pine Bluffs High School, Pine Bluffs, Wyoming on February 9, 2009.

 

CALL TO ORDER

Chairman Esther Davison called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

 

ROLL CALL

Members Present –Sue Anderson, Jack Bomhoff, Esther Davison,

Patty Epler, Jeff Kirkbride, Tom Morgan, Julianne Randall,

Wynema Thompson, Steve Trimble and Margie Simineo   

 

Members Absent – None 

 

Also Present – See attached list.   

 

CONSENT AGENDA

Motion:           Wynema Thompson moved to take 2.4 (approval of Business Director) out of the consent agenda. 

Second:           Jack Bomhoff seconded the motion. 

Amend:           Wynema Thompson amended her motion to discuss 2.4 in executive session. 

Second:           Jack Bomhoff seconded the motion.

Vote:               Motion carried. 

Motion:           Patty Epler moved to take action instead of discussing 6.1.2 (Old Pine Bluffs High School). 

Second:           Julianne Randall seconded the motion.

Vote:               Motion carried. 

Motion:           Jeff Kirkbride added 6.2.3 as an executive session for personnel and student discipline. 

Second:           Patty Epler seconded the motion.

Motion:           Patty Epler added 6.2.4 as an action item (Business Director). 

Second:           Wynema Thompson seconded the motion.

Vote:               Motion carried with one opposed vote from Jack Bomhoff. 

Motion:           Tom Morgan moved to approve the consent agenda as modified. 

Second:           Jeff Kirkbride seconded the motion.

Vote:               Motion carried. (see attached bids)

 

 

FINANCIAL REPORT

We are currently through 58.33% of the fiscal year.  The general fund expenditures total is 89.84% of budgeted amount including

encumbrances, 47.07% expended to-date. 

Mrs. Thompson asked if the board could receive two reports, one to approve bills and one with financial data.   

 

PBHS SCHOOL REPORT

Principal John Binning reported on QAR and stated that when the written report is complete he will see that the Board receives a copy. 

He referenced the lock-down last Tuesday and said he would be willing to address any concerns.  John Narva, representing concerned

parents, stated that everyone needs to be on the same page.  He suggested forming an advisory committee to look at policies and procedures regarding student safety, and bullying in particular.  There are parents that are willing to be involved and feel that a pro-active approach

would be best. 

Monte Asay expressed his concern if anything happened after the letter was sent home with students the day of the lock-down.  Marj

Gorman expressed her concern that communication is a problem and that this is the third incident of the year.  Action is needed to

protect kids.  Mike Ragsdale expressed his concern that the District is getting sufficient information to the police commissioners. 

 

LEGISLATIVE REPORT

Superintendent Simineo gave a current up-date on the legislative bills. 

 

APPROVAL OF PAYMENT OF BILLS

            Motion:           Patty Epler moved to approve the payment of bills. 

            Second:           Tom Morgan seconded the motion.

            Vote:               Motion carried.     

 

PATRON COMMENTS

Chairman Davison explained that patron comments would be moved to each agenda item. 

 

UPDATE ON CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

Mr. Decker reported on two projects that are in progress:  Burns Weight Room and Albin re-routing of utilities and computer lab.  Construction at Carpenter school will begin next month.  West Elementary is progressing nicely.  A complete report was given at the Committee of the Whole meeting.       

 

OLD PINE BLUFFS HIGH SCHOOL

Motion:           Jeff Kirkbride moved to proceed forward with the Heritage Society with the intent of transferring the title to a joint powers board if we can include the right stipulations in that offer.   

Second:           Wynema Thompson seconded the motion. 

Jack Bomhoff suggested a purchase offer agreement.  Patty Epler asked if the land and building should be separate so the land would not

be included in the plan.  A list of caveats were discussed at the Committee of the Whole meeting that were shared at the Board meeting.  The lawyers would need to sort these out and come up with a purchase plan. 

            Vote:               Carried with an opposed vote from Sue Anderson.    

 

 

 

 

BUS PURCHASES FOR 2009-10

The Business Director reported that bid specs have been received and his recommendation is to purchase four-42 passenger buses this year (08-09) for $64,528 and two-60 passenger buses next year (09-10) for $35,518. 

Motion:           Wynema Thompson moved to approve the purchase of four-42 passenger Bluebird buses for this year (08-09) at $64,528 and two-60 passenger buses next year (09-10) at $35,518.    

Second:           Jeff Kirkbride seconded the motion. 

            Vote:               Motion carried

 

The Chairman called for a five-minute break at 8:06 p.m., reconvening the meeting at 8:11 p.m. 

 

ADJUSTED CALENDAR FOR 2008-2009

Make-up snow days for students and staff were discussed. 

Motion:           Wynema Thompson moved to approve the following as a make-up day for students and staff: 

                        March 5 for all students

                        March 6 for Albin students

                        Option of April 10, April 13, May 25, or June 1 for all staff.  (Albin staff will choose two of the options.)

            Second:           Julianne Randall seconded the motion.

            Vote:               Motion carried.

 

TAP PROGRAM

Motion:           Steve Trimble moved to discontinue the TAP Program (Teacher Advancement Program) at the end of the current school year (08-09). 

Second:           Wynema Thompson seconded the motion. 

A survey was taken amongst the teachers to see if they wanted to continue to pursue the TAP program.  The percentages to continue the TAP program were as follows: 

100%               Albin

90%                 Carpenter

40%                 Pine Bluffs

76%                 West

Mrs. Simineo gave a report on the TAP program (see attached).  Joe Simpson, Deputy State Superintendent of Public Instruction told the Board that this school district is on the cutting edge and out in front of the state with the TAP program.  New programs need three years to get off the ground and 5 years to do a complete evaluation.  He encouraged the Board to wait to decide until the State Board of Education completes new rules about teacher evaluations.  The State is moving to an evaluation system for certified employees tied to student performance.  Patron, Lisa Ward, stated that it is a powerful program and needs more time.  Sue Deselms is unhappy with the extra bus mileage, distraction to students on Wednesdays, aides coming up with plans and the schedule.  A petition was presented by Sue Deselms with many signatures to dismiss Wacky Wednesdays.   Steve Love stated that Wacky Wednesday was a waste of time.  Sheila Bowman appreciated the District looking in to new opportunities but feels two weeks of lost time with students is too much.  Mark Basham encouraged the Board to look forward asking them if they had another plan in place.  Sue Watson thanked the Board for taking time to listen, and explained the pros and cons of the program, in her opinion.   Chris Nusbaum appreciates the TAP program and feels she has improved as a teacher because of it.  Kim Basham encouraged the Board to continue the program because of the progress seen in students.  Terri Fiorelli is highly impressed with the program and feels it needs additional time.  Discussion ensued from the Board members, some feeling that they were not willing to go backwards and others wanting a different program.  Implementing a task force was discussed to come up with ideas how to make the program more successful or having the TAP Team bring ideas to the Board.  A roll call vote was taken with the following results:

Jack Bomhoff             For

Steve Trimble              For

Wynema Thompson    For

Patty Epler                  Against

Esther Davison            For

Jeff Kirkbride             Against

Sue Anderson             Against

Tom Morgan               Against

Julianne Randall          For 

Motion carried. 

 

Patty Epler stated the following:

“I would like to have my comment recorded in the minutes that according to the WSBA Code of Conduct it states board members shall avoid any conflict of interest or the appearance of impropriety which could result from their position, and shall not use their board membership for personal gain or publicity.  I believe Wynema Thompson has a conflict on this vote.” 

 

Chairman Davison interrupted Mrs. Epler before she could finish her statement. 

Mrs. Thompson stated that Patty could have a conflict of interest by approving payment of bills with her mileage reimbursement;

therefore, Wynema doesn’t think she has a conflict. 

 

Motion:           Patty Epler made a motion to go in to executive session at 9:35 p.m. to discuss personnel and student discipline. 

Second:           Jeff Kirkbride seconded the motion. 

Motion:           Patty Epler made a motion to reconvene the meeting at 10:55 p.m.

Second:           Sue Anderson seconded the motion.

Vote:               Motion carried.

 

APPROVAL OF BUSINESS DIRECTOR

Chairman Davison stated that no action would be taken at this time. 

 

 

IMPORTANT DATES

February 16 – Special Board Meeting – Executive Session – to discuss personnel. 

February 24 – Tom Morgan announced the alternative calendar committee will be meeting in Burns at 6:00 should other board members want to join them. 

March 9 – Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m. with a 5:00 p.m. meeting to work on Leadership Governance at Albin Elementary. 

 

 

 

Motion:           Sue Anderson moved to adjourn the meeting at 10:58 p.m.

            Second:           Steve Trimble seconded the motion.

            Vote:               Motion carried and meeting adjourned.        

 

 

 

 

 

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Chairman                                                                          Clerk