March 20, 2019

The Board of Trustees of School District No. 58, Bingham County, Idaho met in regular session at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20th 2019 at the Aberdeen School District Office in Aberdeen, Idaho. 

 

CALL TO ORDER AND ESTABLISHMENT OF A QUORUM

Chairman Elaine Blik opened the meeting at 5:32 p.m. Also present were Todd Lowder, Mike Shackelford, Sherrie Mauroner and David Wahlen.  A quorum was established.

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Those present recited the Pledge of Allegiance

DELEGATION AND PATRON INPUT

There was no delegation and patron input

 

SUPERINTENDENT and ADMINISTATOR REPORTS

Superintendent Ward reviewed her written report.  She thanked Travis for taking care of the YourFit Expo.  Once again, this was well attended.  The school district has implemented a monitoring program on our Internet that sends information to administrators if certain criteria is met.  The program is called “Bark”.  This program was implemented in an effort to help with some parent concerns that were voiced in the May Board meeting as well as in the town hall safety meeting.  The Aberdeen Education Association asked that negotiations for the 2019-2020 school year start on April 22nd.  Buck Copeland is willing to do the repairs for the bus that was in an accident this last month.  He received an estimate of damages to the bus to be $10,000 including parts and labor.  The district office will be attending an insurance meeting on April 16th in Blackfoot and the Post Legislative Roadshow in Idaho Falls on April 4th and 5th.  She asked the Trustees if they have decided on what Board trainings they would like to have.

 

Mr. Pincock discussed his written report and highlighted that he attended a training on the IQPS grant with Cody Park.  The IQPS is a grant the state offers to qualifying Ag programs.  The YourFIT tech expo was a great success.  About three quarters of our students attended and many of them brought their parents.  He would like to thank ISU College of Technology, INL and the Great Rift Business Development for their help in making the expo such a great success.  ISU College of Technology awarded two $500 scholarships for our students.  He added there will be a track meet on April 12th and there are seventeen schools attending.

 

Ms. Mennear discussed her written report.  On March 10th-12th she attended the Gear Up Coordinator’s meeting in McCall, Idaho with Travis Pincock.  Middle school track and field is starting and their first meet is in Snake River on April 4th, 2019.  All middle school students may participate in track and there usually is a good turnout.  The home meet will be on April 10th, 2019.  The middle school received an additional $1,000 in a grant from the National Park Trust (Kids to Parks Day) for the Yellowstone field trip in May.  She thanked Mrs. Foster and her 6th grade language arts class for writing the grant.  She added that $1,000 has been awarded from the Idaho STEM Action Center to the middle school for next year’s Family STEM night.

Ms. Colton discussed her written report and highlighted that kindergarten registration was on March 13th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  A team from School Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (SWPBIS) will visit our school on March 21st.  The school wrote a grant to participate in the positive behavior program in the Fall.  A family math night will also be held on March 21st from 5:30 to 6:30 pm in the library.

 

Mr. Vaughn reviewed his written report.  The WIDA testing for ELL students has been completed at all schools.  He would like to thank Kim Leland, Elizabeth Hall, Paige Andersen, Steffani Rasmussen and Alma Medel for their help with the testing this year.  They tested several students in each grade level and results will be available in May.  The ISAT testing will begin soon for all students in grades 3-10.  The Alternate Assessment for Science is being completed by Portfolio for students in Special Education who cannot take the regular ISAT.  Alternate assessments for other subjects will coincide with the regular testing window.  He added that there was 5% growth in science in the elementary school compared to last year.

 

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Three high school trip reports were added to the agenda under Consent Items (7F). Track and Field on May 16th – May 18th in Boise ID, State Golf May 11th –May 14th in Burley ID and a Band Festival May 10th – May 11th in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Discussing the 2019-2020 curriculum was added to the agenda under Business Items – Discussion (9A).

 

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

 

CONSENT ITEMS

The following consent items were presented:

Approval of February 20th regular meeting minutes                                      

Approval of February 2019 claims                                                    

County tax report- February 2019                                                     

February 2019 financial report

Building budget reports                                                                                             

Overnight/out of state trip requests

High School:  4/3/19-4/6/19 FFA Twin Falls ID, 5/16/19-5/18/19 Track and Field Boise ID, 5/11/19-5/14/19 State Golf Burly ID, 5/10/19-5/11/19 Band Festival Salt Lake City, UT

 

A motion was made by Trustee Lowder and seconded by Trustee Shackelford to approve consent items 7A-F as presented.  The motion passed.

 

BUSINESS ITEMS-ACTIONS

Board Policies for Approval:

551 – Student Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco Use, 633 – Dual 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

 

A motion was made by Trustee Lowder and seconded by Trustee Shackelford to approve the Board policies listed above.  The motion passed.

 

 

 

Approve February 2019 New Hires

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

 

Approve Retirement Letter from Middle School Teacher Layne Arnoldson

A motion was made by Trustee Shackelford and seconded by Trustee Mauroner to approve the retirement letter from middle school teacher Layne Arnoldson.  The motion passed.

 

Approve Retirement Letter from Middle School Teacher Sheri Arnoldson

A motion was made by Trustee Mauroner and seconded by Trustee Shackelford to approve the retirement letter from middle school teacher Sheri Arnoldson.  The motion passed.

 

Approve Retirement Letter from Elementary School Counselor Neal Cassell

A motion was made by Trustee Mauroner and seconded by Trustee Lowder to approve the retirement letter from elementary school counselor Neal Cassell.  The motion passed.

 

Approve Retirement Letter from Elementary School Librarian Kathy Claunch

A motion was made by Trustee Lowder and seconded by Trustee Shackelford to approve the retirement letter from elementary school librarian Kathy Claunch.  The motion passed.

 

Amend 2019-2020 School Calendar Spring Break

A motion was made by Trustee Lowder and seconded by Trustee Shackelford to table amending the 2019-2020 school calendar spring break.  The motion passed.

 

BUSINESS ITEMS – DISCUSSION

Discuss 2019-2020 Curriculum

No motion is necessary, for discussion only.

 

TRUSTEE INPUT

Trustee Wahlen is disappointed in the plant facility levy election outcome, and in the patrons who do not support the school.  He wants the patrons who voted no to come ask questions and talk with the Trustees and discuss why they voted no for the levy that supports the schools.

 

Trustee Shackelford agreed with Trustee Wahlen and is disappointed in the outcome of the plant facility levy election results.  He added that the auditorium is impressive.

 

Trustee Mauroner is disappointed that the plant facility levy failed.  The cheerleaders did great at the state competition and she is happy to be here.

 

Trustee Lowder would like patrons to contact the school when they have problems and to see how the Trustees can help resolve problems.  He thanked the teachers for allowing him to visit their classrooms.  He noticed how some teacher’s desks and chairs were in poor condition.  The teachers deserve better than that and should have good furniture in their classrooms.

 

Trustee Blik said that Todd Lowder did a great job at the musical.  It was awesome.  She said it’s amazing on how much talent our town has and Mr. Millett is amazing.  She is concerned that our plant facility levy failed and why very few people showed up to our town hall meeting and presentation to ask questions.  She said Superintendent Ward gave a great presentation on the plant facility needs of the school district.  She asked that patrons please let the Board know about their concerns.  She said that patrons before us have paid for levies to maintain the school needs and wants to know why 145 patrons said no to the levy and voted against the kids.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

At 6:47 p.m., a motion was made by Trustee Shackelford and seconded by Trustee Lowder that the Board of Trustees of School District No. 58 recess from an open meeting into executive session pursuant to Section 67-2345, Idaho Code, in order to discuss Section 67-2345: Subsection b (Personnel) and that following the executive session the Board will reconvene in public session for the purpose of conducting further business or for adjournment of the meeting.

 

A roll call vote was held with the following results:

Elaine Blik – Yes; Todd Lowder – Yes; Mike Shackelford – Yes; Sherrie Mauroner – Yes; and David Wahlen – Yes. The motion passed. 

 

The Regular session reconvened at 8:56 p.m. 

 

A motion was made by Trustee Wahlen and seconded by Trustee Lowder to approve Student A’s admission to school.  The motion passed.

 

A motion was made by Trustee Mauroner and seconded by Trustee Lowder to approve the administrator’s contracts.  The motion passed.

 

A motion was made by Trustee Mauroner and seconded by Trustee Lowder to adjourn the meeting.  The motion passed and the meeting adjourned at 8:58 pm.

 

 

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