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Crook County School District

April 19, 2021

MINUTES of MEETING

BOARD of TRUSTEES

CROOK COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT #1

Preparing Today for Success Tomorrow

CCSD#1 will prepare & empower all students for successful, lifelong learning through effective teaching.

CALL TO

ORDER The regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of Crook County School District #1 was held in Sundance, WY, Monday, April 19, 2021, at the hour of 6:00 PM at central office.

ROLL CALL The meeting opened with the following present: Chairman Brian Marchant; Trustees Marlene Edwards, Thayne Gray, Dave Jagemann, Ken Rathbun, Heith Waddell, Chase Williams, and Shane Wolf. Trustee absent: Rick Gill. Administrators present – Mark Broderson, Superintendent; Sandra L. Neiman, Director of Special Education; Robert Wiegel, Jr, Hulett School Principal; Kirby Baier, Moorcroft High School Principal; Brian Hartwig, Sundance Elementary Principal; and Jim O’Connor, Sundance Secondary Principal.

APPROVAL of

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

ADOPTION of

AGENDA Motion was made by Trustee Edwards and seconded by Trustee Williams to adopt the agenda. Motion carried.

VISITORS No visitors asked to address the board.

FINANCIAL Motion was made by Trustee Gray and seconded by Trustee Rathbun to approve the financial reports. Motion carried. Trustee Gray requested a more detailed account code page for his review.

BOCES Trustee Edwards gave a short summary of the March 25 meeting; she offered to email the complete minutes to any CCSD#1 board member who would like to read them.

SUPERINTENDENT

MHS AG BARN Mr. Broderson introduced Hugh Jenkins, Moorcroft High School ag teacher, who gave an update on the MHS ag barn construction project. Mr. Broderson informed board members that an overview of item costs and donations received was in tonight’s board meeting notebook. Mr. Jenkins and Randy Gill answered additional questions from board members.

Mark Broderson, Superintendent, informed board members:

o The 2021 legislative session ended earlier this month - education funding was not cut for next school year. However, a special legislative session is scheduled for July, and two actions in place will reduce funding.

o Health insurance premiums for 2021-2022 went up almost $700,000. Staff participation of 85% in the WSBAIT wellness blood draws saved CCSD#1 an additional $175,000 in premium increases.

o Moorcroft K8 implemented target interventions, and students have shown great growth; there are high hopes for WYTOPP test results!

o Sundance Secondary students are also taking the WYTOPP test.

o SHS prom went well. Moorcroft and Hulett proms are scheduled for April 30 and May 1.

o An Application for Grade Reconfiguration for Moorcroft K8 and Moorcroft HS has been submitted for the 2022-2023 school year. Approval will allow the schools to be reconfigured as grades K-6 and grades 7-12.

o Principals are working on student handbooks for next year.

o COVID-19 news is good. CCSD#1 continues to operate under a mask exemption. There have not been spikes in positive cases or any recent quarantines.

EXECUTIVE

SESSION Motion was made by Trustee Gray and seconded by Trustee Jagemann to go into executive session at 6:19 PM to discuss personnel. Motion carried. The session ended at 6:28 PM.

REGULAR

SESSION Chairman Marchant called the meeting back into regular session at 6:30 PM.

CONSENT

AGENDA Chairman Marchant asked if any board member would like any item removed from the Consent Agenda. Trustee Williams declared a conflict of interest, left the room, and abstained from discussion or vote.

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

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

To approve 2021 summer custodians:

1. Moorcroft – Katti Willis, Emily Bryant

2. Sundance – Elizabeth Love, Doug Carter (.5), Bailee Heaster (.5)

To approve 2021 summer grounds keepers:

1. Hulett – Roy Bush

2. Sundance – Steve Wilson

To approve Love & Logic Title II Moorcroft K8 teacher stipends:

Jesse Hinkhouse Sarah Merchen Katie Williams

To approve resignations at the end of the 2020-2021 school year:

1. Kassie Clements – District Wide Adaptive Physical Education Teacher

2. Jacilyn Garrison – Moorcroft K8 Elementary Teacher

3. Jesse Hinkhouse – Moorcroft K8 Elementary Teacher

To approve spring 2021 Sundance/EWC Non-Credit Instructor:

1. Todd Hickman – Personalized Lazy Susan

To approve spring 2021 extra-duty contracts:

1. Travis Santistevan – Moorcroft HS Assistant Golf Coach

To approve 2021-2022 school year hiring:

1. Amanda Speidel – Sundance Elementary Library Para

2. Casey Harmon – Sundance Secondary Library Para

3. Heidi Edmonds – Sundance Secondary School Counselor

4. Benjamin Finch – Sundance Secondary Math Teacher

To approve 2021 summer part-time computer techs:

1. Hulett: Amber Kaplan

2. Moorcroft: Courtney Bartell, Andrea Wood

3. Sundance: Lindsay Hansen

Motion carried. Trustee Williams returned to the meeting.

HIRING Motion was made by Trustee Williams and seconded by Trustee Rathbun to approve hiring Lori Enright as Moorcroft K8 Principal for the 2021-2022 school year. Motion carried.

CLASSIFIED

HIRING Trustees Gray and Wolf declared a conflict of interest, left the room, and abstained from discussion or vote.

As recommended by the superintendent, building principals, and special education director, motion was made by Trustee Edwards and seconded by Trustee Waddell to approve classified hiring for 2021-2022:

HULETT SCHOOL

JaCee Apland Laurie Oster Twila Pilcher

W. Pauline Jolley Donna Wolf Julie Bauman

Melissa Williams Deb Bush S. Roy Bush

Lisa Gantz Roberta Noyce Vivian Odell

Lori Vitto Tom Wolf Ted Bears

Stephannie Garnica Jackie Robinson Devyn Williams

MOORCROFT K8

Shone Gray Debbie Glenn Shelby Ryno

Allison VerBurg Kelli Baker Stephanie Huseby

Cameron Braden Darlys Roberts Rena Schell

Dena Gonzales Roxanne Gerry Dawn Blakeman

Josefine Baron Valerie Sweeney Alexis Mikkelson

Robi Spear Katti Willis

MOORCROFT HIGH SCHOOL

Diana Adolph Carolyn Feehan Marci Allison

Brock Burris Tim Cuthrell Janell DuBeau

Nicole Duxbury Pamelia Kunz Gary McDowell

Kristine Nelson Jodi Sisson Katie Wiseman

Steve Gerry Marcus Wood Emily Bryant

Cynthia Gill Rene Shirley

SUNDANCE ELEMENTARY

Sarah Ellsbury Amanda Speidel Danyell Costello

Shannon Haugen Natalie Skeens Heidi Stefanich

Christy Adams Allison Crago Shelly Evans

Doug Carter Nina Dennis Brenda Klopp

SUNDANCE SECONDARY

Whitney Cundy Joni Ellsbury Shannon Gaylord

Katie Thomas Debra Davis Vicky Adams

Randy Evans Merle Lossing Doug Price

Steve Wilson LeAnn Bachmann Dawson Haux

Laura Newell Brenda Wagner Matt Pangrac

Kelly Carter Lisa Fletcher

DISTRICT-WIDE SPECIAL EDUCATION PARAS

Amber Kaplan Terri McInerney Kelly Pannell

Amy Anderson Barbara Chiles Jennifer Gill

Savannah Knapp Annette Mills Candice Phillips

Lorena Robinson Jamie Timberman Alyson Zimmerschied

Callie Swaney Victoria Cocharo Kathy Davis

Becky Fossen Elizabeth Love Michelle McDonald

Stephanie Phillips Vicki Schommer Andrea Humphrey

Shelley Kerkvliet Roxanna Lossing Terri Martin

Elizabeth Schneider Robert Smith Jase Stadem

CENTRAL OFFICE & DISTRICT-WIDE

Sheryl Klocker Deb Mannetter Sherri Moeller

Jan Steele Justin Gaskin Betty Grinsell

Robert Wagner Dustin Petersen

Motion carried. Trustees Gray and Wolf returned to the meeting.

POLICY REVISIONS Motion was made by Trustee Williams and seconded by Trustee Gray to approve a revision to Policy GCBA - Professional Staff Salary Schedule. The line requiring official transcripts to be “either mailed or faxed directly from the college” was removed; it updates how transcripts can be sent for salary placement. Motion carried. A copy of the policy is attached and becomes a part of these minutes.

Motion was made by Trustee Edwards and seconded by Trustee Williams to approve a revision to Policy GDBA – Support Staff Salary Schedule. The first line of Placement on the Schedules has the addition “….. another within the district, with comparable duties, ….” It allows the superintendent discretion to place a classified employee at a higher step on the salary schedule for certifiable related work experience. This would prevent an employee from moving to a position and lower salary step while gaining additional job duties. Motion carried. A copy of the policy is attached and becomes a part of these minutes.

Motion was made by Trustee Rathbun and seconded by Trustee Wolf to approve a revision to Policy IIAC - Selection of Library Materials. The first line of Responsibility for Selection has the addition “… certified librarian in charge of the library or the building library para.” Motion carried. A copy of the policy is attached and becomes a part of these minutes.

Motion was made by Trustee Gray and seconded by Trustee Williams to approve a revision to Policy JEB – Entrance Age. The revision aligns CCSD#1 policy with state statute. Previously, a child must have reached the age of five on or before September 15 to enroll in kindergarten; the date has been changed to August 1. Upon parental request, a child who reaches the age of five between August 1 – September 15 can take a kindergarten readiness assessment to determine if the child is sufficiently mature and developmentally ready, both academically and socially, to be admitted to kindergarten. Mr. Broderson said readiness assessment tests have been order for the district. 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 Thank you, employees, for reaching the 85% participation rate in the WSBAIT wellness blood draws! This saved CCSD#1 just under $175,000 in health insurance premiums for next year!!

o Congratulations! The Special Olympics Jackalope Jump raised $8400, which is more than many of the larger WY districts! Thank you, Dr. Waddell and Principal Wiegel for participating in the jump and for their personal donations! Thank you, Kassie Clement, Special Olympics sponsor, Special Olympics athletes who participated and collected pledges, and all other participants and donors!!

o Congratulations, Alyssa Merchen, Moorcroft HS senior - State Top 24 Volleyball All Star!!

o Congratulations to Moorcroft and Sundance FCCLA and FFA individual students and team members!! They received many accolades at the state conventions!!

o Congratulations, Gerri Moore, SHS FCCLA sponsor, who will receive the Wyoming State Spirit of Advising Award at the national convention!

o Thank you, administrators and staff members who composed the hiring selection team, who interviewed 11 applicants for the Moorcroft K8 principal position. We appreciate your time commitment during the process!

DISCUSSION Chairman Marchant asked board members if they had ideas on how to lower health insurance premiums. It was suggested CCSD#1 look at other insurers to see if the district is getting the best value available. Trustee Rathbun spoke about the superintendent evaluation cycle and informed board members the next evaluation is due in May. He will send out a link so trustees can fill it out online.

ADJOURNMENT Motion was made by Trustee Waddell and seconded by Trustee Jagemann to adjourn the meeting at 6:47 PM. Motion carried.

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Chairman Clerk

 
 
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