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OFFICIAL MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION

SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 2 - LARAMIE COUNTY, WYOMING

March 9, 2009

 

The Laramie County School District No. 2 board meeting was held at Albin Elementary School, Albin, Wyoming on March 9, 2009.

 

CALL TO ORDER

Chair Esther Davison called the meeting to order at 7:02 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 (See Attached)

Motion:           Tom Morgan moved to approve the consent agenda as amended at the COW meeting. 

Second:           Steve Trimble seconded the motion. 

Amend:           Wynema Thompson amended the motion to take 2.2 (February minutes) out of the consent agenda. 

Second:           Jack Bomhoff seconded the motion.

 

The superintendent added a Mac computer that is 2 years old under surplus items and also added Mary McCurry

under resignations. 

 

4 was changed to Minutes

4.1 – Approval of Minutes

5 – Approval of Payment of Bills

6 – Patron Comments

7 – Policy Updates/Discussion/Actions

8 – Important Dates

 

Vote:               Motion carried. 

Motion:           Patty Epler moved to amend the motion to include an executive session at 7.4.2 for personnel issues.    

Second:           Jack Bomhoff seconded the motion.

Vote:               Motion carried. 

 

Chair Esther Davison introduced and welcomed Rob Bryant who is the new Business Services Director.   She also thanked the people

who have resigned, Mary McCurry, Jana Linn, Deb Bauman and Christina Smith, for their service to LCSD #2 and wished them the

very best. 

 

FINANCIAL REPORT

We are currently through 66.67% of the fiscal year.  The general fund expenditures total is 89.66% of budgeted amount including

encumbrances, 53.07% expended to-date.  Wynema Thompson asked a question about the audit adjustment.    

 

ALBIN SCHOOL REPORT

Principal Sue Stevens commended the students of Albin and Pine Bluffs elementary for their community service.  They have had many

fund raisers for the benefit of other people.  Stevens commented that it is good seeing them care for others.      

 

RECOGNITIONS

Joe Simpson, Deputy State Superintendent of Public Instruction presented the Milken Award to Tracy Petsch.  She will be attending

the award ceremony in Los Angeles in April.  After receiving a standing ovation, Mrs. Petsch thanked the students, staff and community

of Albin and stated that she was grateful to be a part of the Albin school.     

 

UPDATES ON COMMITTEES

Mrs. Simineo reported that the administrators have been working on a crisis plan that will be brought to the Board this summer.  She

also gave short reports on the salary, benefits, alternative calendar, graduation, evaluation and facilities committees.     

 

RESPONSE TO PETITION

Chair Davison responded to the petition received at the last board meeting regarding early release on Wacky Wednesdays.  She

stated that the Board did respond to this by discontinuing the TAP program. 

 

FACILITY REPORT

Brad Oberg gave a complete presentation at the COW meeting on construction projects in the district. 

 

APPROVAL OF FEBRUARY MINUTES

            Motion:           Tom Morgan moved to approve the February minutes.

            Second:           Sue Anderson seconded the motion.

Wynema Thompson wanted the wording different on a comment she made and also wants recorded that she asked for a separation

of approval and informational financial reports.  Mention also needs to be made regarding the petition from the west side of the district.

            Vote:               Motion failed.

            Motion:           Patty Epler moved to approve the minutes as amended. 

            Second:           Tom Morgan seconded the motion.

            Vote:               Motion carried. 

               

APPROVAL OF PAYMENT OF BILLS

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

            Second:           Steve Trimble seconded the motion.

            Vote:               Motion carried.     

 

PATRON COMMENTS

Alyce Krakow asked how many hours would be added to the school day if the district decided to go to a four-day week.  The answer

was that it would vary depending if it was a four or four and a half day week.  Anyone who would like to join the committee making

these decisions should contact Jeff Kirkbride.    

 

CALENDAR FOR 2009-2010

Mrs. Simineo referred to the draft of the 2009-10 calendar listing two changes making February 26th an early release day and adding a

day at the end of the calendar for a possible snow day. 

            Motion:           Jeff Kirkbride moved to adopt the 2009-10 calendar as modified. 

            Second:           Tom Morgan seconded the motion.

            Vote:               Motion carried. 

 

ALTERNATIVE BURNS HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULE

Mrs. Simineo, representing Principal Mike Brownawell, stated that the alternative class schedule for Burns High School has been

tough on kids at risk.  It would be helpful if they could change from the block schedule so that students see the same teachers every day.  This would especially be good for jr high students.  The Board has no objection to have Burns and Pine Bluffs on different schedules.  

 

SUGGESTED STAFFING FOR 2009-10

Discussion ensued about proposed teacher and administrator staffing.  (See charts) 

Mrs. Simineo explained that they try to keep as close as possible to the WDE formula so that there will be a salary increase for staff. 

Jeff Kirkbride feels that a half time instructional facilitator at the high school level (.25 at Burns and .25 at PBHS) seems low and

would like to look at this again at a later date.    

 

APPROVAL OF ADMINISTRATORS

Motion:           Tom Morgan moved to approve the following administrators for the 09-10 school year:

                        Rob Bryant, Business Services Director   

                        Brent Bacon, Special Services Director

                        John Binning, PBHS Principal

                        Mike Brownawell, BHS Principal

                        Sue Stevens, PBEL and Albin Elementary Principal

                        Jerry Burkett, West Elementary Principal

                        Laurie Bahl, Carpenter Elementary Principal

Second:           Wynema Thompson seconded the motion.

Vote:               Motion carried. 

                         

           

APPROVAL OF BIDS

Motion:           Sue Anderson moved to approve Simpson Electric to install the field lights at Burns High School in the

amount of $61,190.    

Second:           Patty Epler seconded the motion. 

Vote:               Motion carried.

Motion:           Jeff Kirkbride moved to approve Kaiser and Company to provide the financing for the new bus leases. 

Second:           Sue Anderson seconded the motion.

Vote:               Motion carried. 

 

FIRST READING – CHANGES TO POLICY

Motion:           Jack Bomhoff moved to approve the changes to the Board Governance  Policy as listed.  (see attached) 

Second:           Jeff Kirkbride seconded the motion.

Matt Kruse, WEA, asked how they intended to do the second reading.  He suggested that in the future copies be given to the patrons so they can make comments/suggestions. The superintendent stated that copies will be in the central office, school buildings and posted on the web for anyone who is interested. 

            Vote:               Motion carried.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Motion:           Jack Bomhoff moved to go in to executive session for personnel issues at 8:15 p.m.

Second:           Sue Anderson seconded the motion.

Vote:               Motion carried. 

Motion:           Patty Epler moved to reconvene the meeting at 8:45 p.m. 

Second:           Tom Morgan seconded the motion.

Vote:               Motion carried. 

 

IMPORTANT DATES

April 8, 2009 -             COW at Central Office, 7:00 p.m.

April 13, 2009 -           Board meeting at Burns High School at 7:00 p.m. 

 

 

Motion:           Wynema moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:46 p.m.

            Second:           Steve Trimble seconded the motion.

            Vote:               Motion carried and meeting adjourned.        

 

 

 

 

 

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Chairman                                                                          Clerk