February 20, 2019

The Board of Trustees of School District No. 58, Bingham County, Idaho met for a Regular Board Meeting Session at 5:30 p.m. on February 20th, 2019 at the Aberdeen School District Office, 318 W. Washington, Aberdeen, Idaho.



Chairman Elaine Blik opened the regular meeting at 5:35 p.m.  Other Board members present were Todd Lowder, Mike Shackelford, Sherrie Mauroner and David Wahlen.  A quorum was established.   



Those present recited the Pledge of Allegiance.



Superintendent Ward reviewed her written report.  She attended a YourFit meeting in Pocatello.  Aberdeen will have a technology expo sponsored by Yourfit on February 28th.  All students in grades 8-12 are encouraged to attend.  The transportation department had a bus audit that went very well.  She would like to thank Buck Copeland for keeping all our buses in compliance and doing what needs to be done to meet the state requirements.  The district has a new intern working with Simon Bercier.  Paul Michael will be here until June working on technology issues throughout the district.  Because of all the new technology our district has in place, we may be looking for someone to help Simon next year.  The Town Hall meeting for the plant facility levy is being held on February 19th at 6:30 p.m. in the new high school auditorium.  There will be an open house for those who would like to go through the new auditorium on March 1st.  Information on the time will be placed in the newspaper.  She added that she has been talking with the state legislators about changes in funding for school districts.

Robi Jo Colton discussed her written report.  She highlighted that the teachers are close to deciding on new curriculum adoption.  The K-5 teachers are trying to decide between two publishers.  The ELA middle school and high school teachers would like Pearson MyPerspectives.    

David Vaughn discussed his written report.  He highlighted that he attended the Idaho Association of Special Education Directors Conference in Boise on February 7th and 8th.  He received new information on Medicaid billing changes for next year.  He attended the Special Education Advisory Panel meeting with the State Department of Education on February 11th.  There was a discussion which shows whether special education students who graduated from Aberdeen High School are in college or gainfully employed.  He recently completed the certification of our special education child count.  A summary of the number of children in each disability category is available for review in his written report.

Travis Pincock discussed his written report.  The Gear Up grant continues to be a great resource for our students.  Currently the grant is servicing 7th grade students to know more about post-secondary opportunities.  Aberdeen High School will be hosting the YourFit Tec Expo on February 28th.  This is an opportunity for students to learn about jobs and the necessary training required to get these jobs.  He added that the senior projects are going on right now and it is nice to see the students looking so professional.

Ann Mennear discussed her written report.  The middle school won the Gear Up STEM challenge for January.  They competed against Buhl, Clark County, Twin Falls and Kellogg.  The boys’ basketball season is winding down.  There have been some great games so far.  Last week both teams beat Grace with the 8th grade team taking the game into overtime with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer.  She thanked all the coaches, parents and fans who support our teams.  She added that the ski/skate trips have been changed from February 21st and 27th to March 20th.



Changes were made to the agenda to add approving the February 19th Town Hall meeting minutes under consent items 7H and to approve the school closure on February 14th under business items-actions 8C.


A motion was made by Trustee Shackelford and seconded by Trustee Mauroner to approve the agenda as amended.  The motion passed.



The following consent items were presented:

Approval of January 16th Regular Meeting Minutes

Approval of February 5th Work Session Minutes

Approval of January 2019 Claims

County Tax Report-January 2019

January 2019 Financial Report

Building Budget Reports

Out of State/Overnight Travel

High School – BPA 3/7/19 – 3/9/19 Boise, ID, Cheerleading – 3/15/19 – 3/16/19 Nampa, ID

Approval of February 19th Town Hall Meeting Minutes


A motion was made by Trustee Lowder and seconded by Trustee Mauroner to approve Consent Items A-H as presented.  The motion passed.



Approve 2019-2020 School Calendar

A motion was made by Trustee Mauroner and seconded by Trustee Lowder to approve the 2019-2020 school calendar.  The motion passed


Approve January 2019 Hires

A motion was made by Trustee Shackelford and seconded by Trustee Lowder to approve the January 2019 new hires.  The motion passed.


Approve February 14th School Closure

A motion was made by Trustee Shackelford and seconded by Trustee Lowder to approve the school closure on February 14th due to blowing and drifting snow.  The motion passed.



Board Policies for February Review, March Approval

551-Student Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco Use, 633- Duel Credit Programs (formerly Advanced Opportunities), 636- School Choice, 710- Student Transportation, 716 – Transportation Liability Insurance, 718- Contracts for Student Transportation Service, 720- Activity Busing, 722.5- Unauthorized School Bus Entry, 730- Student Bus Conduct, 732- School Bus Emergencies, 738- School Bus Driver, 740- Duties of School Bus Drivers, 742- Bus Driver Conduct, 744- Bus Driver Drug and Alcohol Testing Program.


For review only, no motion is necessary.


Discuss May 21st 2019 Trustee Elections for Zone 2 and 3

School Board Trustee elections have been moved from May to November with Board reorganization in January of the next calendar year.  For discussion only, no motion is necessary. 


Discuss School Board Professional Development

Various upcoming Board training opportunities were discussed.  For discussion only, no motion is necessary.




Trustee Wahlen is sorry he missed the Town Hall meeting on February 19th.  He hopes patrons realize they are responsible for funding the school for the next generation.  Prior generations of tax payers helped support the school district with the financial needs in keeping the schools maintained and in good condition.  He hopes if a patron has a question they will contact the district or Trustees for more information.

Trustee Shackelford thanked the office staff for the Town Hall meeting at the auditorium.

Trustee Mauroner attended the cheerleader competition and said they did well.  She wished more patrons would have shown up to the Town Hall meeting.

Trustee Lowder is looking forward to warmer weather soon.

Trustee Blik hopes that patrons will remind people to go vote “yes” on the plant facility levy on March 12th.  She said the plant facility presentation that Superintendent Ward prepared was well done and that we have nice facilities.  She appreciates everyone that attended the meeting.



A motion was made by Trustee Mauroner and seconded by Trustee Lowder to adjourn the meeting.  The motion passed and the meeting adjourned at 6:42 pm.





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