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Crook County School District

Feb. 17


March 19, 2020




Preparing Today for Success Tomorrow

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ORDER The regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of Crook County School District #1 was held in Moorcroft, WY, Monday, February 17, 2020, at the hour of 6:00 PM at Moorcroft High School.

ROLL CALL The meeting opened with the following present: Chairman Brian Marchant; Trustees Rick Gill, Thayne Gray, Keith Haiar, Dena Mills, Ken Rathbun, Heith Waddell, Chase Williams, and Marlene Edwards (via phone). No trustee was absent. Administrators present – Mark Broderson, Superintendent; Sandra L. Neiman, Director of Special Education; Linda Wolfskill, Hulett School Principal; Teresa Brown, Moorcroft K8 Principal; Becky Waters, Moorcroft High School Principal; Brian Hartwig, Sundance Elementary Principal; and Jim O’Connor, Sundance Secondary Principal.


MINUTES Motion was made by Trustee Gray and seconded by Trustee Williams to approve the minutes of the last regular meeting. Motion carried.


AGENDA Motion was made by Trustee Mills and seconded by Trustee Rathbun to adopt the agenda. Motion carried.

VISITORS The board used this opportunity to recognize and thank Kim Jones, retired Moorcroft High School math teacher, for 26 years of service. Trustee Gray and Trustee Williams presented Mrs. Jones with a retirement card and gift certificate, and board members and members of the audience gave Mrs. Jones a standing ovation. Many members of the audience were wearing “Team Kim” tee shirts. Mrs. Jones expressed deep appreciation to her husband, Tracy, for his support.

Paul Ormseth, retired Moorcroft High School music teacher (29 years at MHS), thanked Peggy Fraser and Cheryl Schneider for organizing the open house retirement party for Kim Jones. He thanked Supt. Broderson, Sandra Neiman, Director of Special Education, and Trustee Gray for attending the open house; he also thanked Trustee Edwards for the note she sent. Mr. Ormseth said many Moorcroft staff members and students, as well as family and friends also attended.

Kasey Stroud, Moorcroft High School art teacher, read a letter of support for Becky Waters.

Felicia Sams, Moorcroft High School family & consumer sciences teacher and FCCLA sponsor, thanked board members for their support of her program and for delegating funds to renovate her new classroom! She very much appreciates it. She also encouraged board members to continue their support and to check out student projects.

Justin Gerstner, Moorcroft High School parent, spoke in support of Becky Waters.

FINANCIAL Motion was made by Trustee Gill and seconded by Trustee Gray to approve the financial reports. Motion carried.

BOCES/BOCHES Marlene Edwards told board members she sent January’s meeting minutes to Jan Steele; please contact Jan if you want to read them. The February BOCES meeting is this week.


PRINCIPALS Becky Waters, Moorcroft High School principal, handed out a MHS report card and went over it with board members. She introduced building coalition team teachers Kasey Stroud, Shanna Kinnick, and Hugh Jenkins who also contributed to the building report.

Other principal and special programs information is included with the superintendent’s report.

SUPERINTENDENT Mark Broderson, Superintendent, informed board members that:

o The winter sports seasons are winding down.

o The secondary schools celebrated National FFA Week.

o Jan Hoegh led the professional development day on Friday to help the district move forward with proficiency scales and curriculum mapping.

o Administrators received 504 training; the next group to receive training will be counselors and nurses.

o The Special Olympics fundraiser, the Jackalope Jump, is March 28.

o The Moorcroft K8 building has six teachers who are taking classes to earn their masters’ degrees.

o Sundance Elementary won a 30-minutes presentation on school culture; it will be scheduled for later this spring.

o The Sundance Elementary Parent Involvement Group hosted Donuts for Dad; 400 donuts were eaten!

o Sundance Secondary is sponsoring a Lil Bulldog Cheerleader Camp; participants will perform during half time at the February 22 high school basketball game.

o The Hulett School credit recovery program, taught by Tom Maupin and Rebecca Maupin, is well established and greatly appreciated.


SESSION Motion was made by Trustee Rathbun and seconded by Trustee Gray to go into executive session at 6:34 PM to discuss personnel issues. Motion carried.


SESSION Chairman Marchant called the meeting back into regular session at 7:42 PM.


AGENDA Chairman Marchant asked if any board member would like any item removed from the Consent Agenda.

Motion was made by Trustee Rathbun and seconded by Trustee Williams to approve the Consent Agenda.

To approve the bill listing and to issue warrants in payment thereof.

To approve hiring:

1. Rene Shirley – Moorcroft High School Custodian

To approve 2019-2020 extra-duty contract:

1. Arlie Hulm – Moorcroft HS Spring Golf Coach

To approve 2019-2020 EWC Non-Credit Instructor Contracts:

1. Doug Carter – Introduction to Beekeeping

Motion carried.

HIRING Trustee Gill declared a conflict of interest, left the room, and abstained from discussion or vote. As recommended by the superintendent, motion was made by Trustee Gray and seconded by Trustee Haiar to hire the following individuals for the 2020-2021 school year:

1. Teresa Brown – Moorcroft K8 Principal

2. Brian Hartwig – Sundance Elementary Principal

3. James O’Connor – Sundance Secondary Principal

4. Sandra L. Neiman – Director of Special Education

5. Melissa Ruml – Instructional Facilitator

6. Pamela Garman – Business Manager

7. Janell Willems – Technology Director

8. Randy Gill – Facilities Director

Motion carried. Trustee Gill returned to the meeting.

MOU As recommended by the superintendent, motion was made by Trustee Williams and seconded by Trustee Edwards to approve a Memorandum of Understanding with the Town of Hulett, the Greater Hulett Community Center, and CCSD#1 to suspend the prohibition of alcohol during the month of July and during the annual Old West Invitational Turkey Shoot. A question was asked as to what would happen if there is a scheduling conflict and the school wants to book an event in July. Mr. Broderson said bookings received through the Greater Hulett Community Center for the month of July would take precedent over a school event; the superintendent would make the final decision. Motion carried.

WIRELESS BID As recommended by the superintendent, motion was made by Trustee Rathbun and seconded by Trustee Gill to approve the district-wide Wireless Project Upgrade from Pine Cove Consulting of Bozeman, MT, for $60,238.98. Motion carried. A copy of the bid results is attached and becomes a part of these minutes.

NEW POLICY As recommended by the superintendent, motion was made by Trustee Mills and seconded by Trustee Haiar to approve the second reading of new Policy IGAP - Access Control. Motion carried. A copy of the policy is attached and becomes a part of these minutes.

REVISION As recommended by the superintendent, motion was made by Trustee Waddell and seconded by Trustee Gray to approve the revision to Policy JHCC –Communicable Diseases. The revision replaced “children ten years or less” with the words “all children”. Motion carried. A copy of the policy is attached and becomes a part of these minutes.

RECOGNITION Crook County School board members want to recognize the following for their performance or accomplishments:

o Kudos to Josh Willems, Hulett High School social studies teacher! Mr. Willems makes history and government classes come alive - he inspires his students. His classes had good questions to ask Senator Barrasso when he visited the Hulett School.

o It is very good to see Kim Jones at tonight’s meeting! Kim has been a regular attendee of school board meetings through the years.

o Kudos to Randy Gill, Facilities Director! The School Facilities Committee was very complimentary for the excellent job he did in preparing for the Facility Planning Webinar.

o Congratulations to the very successful Special Olympics athletes at the Winter Special Olympics Games last week in Jackson Hole!

o Congratulations to Moorcroft K8 Spelling Bee winners! 1st place – Lorenzo Cherry; 2nd place – Macey Norris, and 3rd place - Micah Wendling. These students qualified for the state competition in Casper.

o Kudos to the Moorcroft K8 Geography Bee winners! 1st place - Lorenzo Cherry, 2nd place – Donnie Donner.

o Congratulations to Sundance Elementary music teacher, Susan Kostenbauer! She was selected Northeast Wyoming Music Educator of the Year by her peers!

o Congratulations to three Hulett Red Devil football players; Jhett Letellier, Butler Dawson & Dalton Butler for being named to the Wyoming Six-Man Shootout Team!

o Kudos to Hulett School athlete, Jhett Letellier, for making 1500 total points in his high school basketball career!

o Congratulations to Hulett student athletes in the Super Bowl Freeze Your Fanny run: Ahnya Ivie-Moody took 1st place in the women’s race – Lane Jay took 1st place in the men’s division.

o Kudos to Hulett School senior, Hunter Bailey, for joining Sundance Secondary seniors, Teagan Marchant and Teddi Marchant, as a legislative intern in Cheyenne with Senator Ogden Driskill and Representative Tyler Lindholm!

DISCUSSION Discussion was held about revisions to Policy IGAO – Computer Education Assisted Instruction Internet Safety. Proposed revisions were sent to all staff members for review. Numerous responses were received due to language regarding personal devices. Mr. Broderson included the input received from staff members, as well as replies from Wyoming School Boards Association counsel, Tracy Copenhaver, and Wyoming Education Association counsel, Hacker, Hacker & Kendall in the board notebook. Revisions to the staff portion of Policy IGAO will be on hold for the present time. However, revisions to the student section will be on the March agenda. Language on cyber bullying must be included for the district to qualify for e-rate discounts.


MENT Motion was made by Trustee Mills and seconded by Trustee Gill to adjourn the meeting at 7:52 PM. Motion carried.

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Chairman Clerk


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