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July 15




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 Sundance, WY, Thursday, July 15, 2021, at the hour of 6:08 PM at central office.

ROLL CALL The meeting opened with the following present: Chairman Brian Marchant; Trustees Marlene Edwards, Rick Gill, Thayne Gray, and Shane Wolf. Trustees absent: Dave Jagemann, Ken Rathbun, Chase Williams, and Heith Waddell. Administrators present – Mark Broderson, Superintendent; Shelby Gill, Director of Special Education; Robert Wiegel, Hulett School Principal; and Lori Enright, Moorcroft K8 Principal.


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


AGENDA Motion was made by Trustee Gray and seconded by Trustee Gill to adopt the agenda. Motion carried.

VISITORS Mark E. Hughes, Sundance resident, spoke about his concern that CCSD#1 schools may teach critical race theory; he and his wife are guardians of their four-year old granddaughter who will enter kindergarten next school year. Chairman Marchant said he does not expect either the State of Wyoming or Crook County School District to approve teaching CRT and suggested Mr. Hughes contact his state legislators and give them his input.

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

Pamela Garman, Business Manager, went over the 2021-2022 budget and answered questions from board members during the presentation. Motion was made by Trustee Gill and seconded by Trustee Edwards to adopt the 2021-2022 Budget Appropriation and Levy Resolution as presented. Motion carried. A copy is attached and becomes a part of these minutes.

BOCES Trustee Edwards offered to email a June agenda and/or its minutes to any board member who requests them; she attended the meeting via phone.

SUPERINTENDENT Mark Broderson, Superintendent, informed board members:

o He will be out of the office next week on vacation.

o The individual who was granted a leave of absence for the fall 2021 semester to student teach requested the time frame be shifted from August – January to October - February; Mr. Broderson gave his approval; and a long term sub has been found.

o His yearly welcome back letter to employees will be mailed July 26; the mailing will also include a school year calendar and professional development calendar, as well as the stipend check approved at the June meeting.

o There is one certified position and seven classified positions open in the district.

o The first district-wide professional development days are August 18 & 19; board members are invited.

FACILITIES UPDATE Mr. Broderson gave a report from Randy Gill, Facilities & Purchasing Manager:

• Work continues on the Moorcroft K8 upper parking lot lighting project.

• The Sundance Secondary rooftop condensing unit #2 has been set and should be complete next week.

• The Sundance Secondary greenhouse water and sewer lines have been trenched in. The floors should be ready to pour next week.

• The Moorcroft High School ag barn plan review with the fire marshal is finishing up; Four Aces will start putting the building up next week.

• The Hulett teacherage repairs and maintenance are complete; a new teacher is planning to move in.

• The Moorcroft teacherages have had various projects completed or in progress this summer. The projects include new wiring, new electrical panels, and new furnaces.

• The Sundance Elementary kitchen makeup air unit project will start after Powder River Heating & AC finishes the rooftop condensing unit project at the high school.


SESSION Motion was made by Trustee Gill and seconded by Trustee Wolf to go into executive session at 6:45 PM to discuss personnel issues. Motion carried.


SESSION Chairman Marchant called the meeting back into regular session at 6:57 PM.


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

Motion was made by Trustee Wolf and seconded by Trustee Edwards to approve the Consent Agenda as revised at the beginning of this meeting.

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

To approve the Dakota Bus Service transportation quote to bus students from Colony, WY, to Belle Fourche School District #9-1, at the rate of $2.60/mile for the 2021-2022 school year which is an increase of ten cents per mile.

To approve resignations:

1. Felicia Sams – Moorcroft High School Family & Consumer Science Teacher

2. Jennifer Gill – Moorcroft High School Special Education Para

3. Michelle Davis - Moorcroft K8 Title 1 Teacher

To approve 2021-2022 hiring:

1. Sherry Ewing – Moorcroft K8 Assistant Principal

2. Jennifer Gill – Moorcroft High School Business/Family & Consumer Science Teacher

3. Alanna Didier

A. Hulett School 2021 Summer Custodian

B. Hulett School 2021-2022 Part-time Custodian

C. Hulett School 2021-2022 Part-time Kitchen Aide

To approve Julie Stephany as a 2021-2022 special education instructional facilitator

To approve 2021-2022 requests to home school:

1. Elisa Gilmartin

2. Cynthia Ulmer

3. Brittany Woodrum

To approve fall 2021 extra-duty/sponsor contracts from Hulett School, Moorcroft High School, and Sundance Secondary School as listed on attached recommendations.

To approve 2021-2022 Student Attendance Agreements:

1. Belle Fourche School District #9-1, South Dakota

2. Carter County, Montana

Motion carried.

As recommended by the superintendent, motion was made by Trustee Gill and seconded by Trustee Wolf to keep K-12 student lunch and breakfast prices the same for 2021-2022:

Students K-12 lunch $2.75 breakfast $1.90 milk $.30

Adults lunch $5.00 breakfast $4.00 milk $.35

Grab & go & supersize options $.75

The USDA notified school districts that all student breakfast and lunch meals will be free again for the entire 2021-2022 school year. Motion carried.

PROPANE BID Motion was made by Trustee Gray and seconded by Trustee Gill to approve the 2021-2022 propane bid from Blakeman Propane, Inc. of Sundance, WY, for $1.849/gallon and to approve a $9245 pre-buy propane contract. Motion carried. This was the single bid received.

NEW POLICY As recommended by the superintendent, motion was made by Trustee Gray and seconded by Trustee Gill to approve the first reading of Policy EBBA – Prevention of Disease/Infection Transmission. Discussion was held. It was decided Mr. Broderson will consult Dr. Waddell and bring the policy back next month with revisions. The vote was:

Trustee Edwards yes Trustee Gill no

Trustee Wolf no Trustee Gray no

Chairman Marchant no

Motion failed – no quorum. A majority of the total board is required to take action, not just a majority of those in attendance.

TERMINATION As recommended by the superintendent, motion was made by Trustee Gill and seconded by Trustee Wolf to terminate the employment of Lisa Fletcher as Sundance Secondary custodian as of June 25, 2021. Motion carried.

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

o Thank you, custodians and maintenance employees for the impressive work you do in the summer months! Mr. Broderson has heard several positive comments from community members on how well the school district buildings and grounds look!

DISCUSSION Chairman Marchant expressed condolences on behalf of the other CCSD#1 trustees to Thayne Gray for the loss of his dad earlier this month.

ADJOURNMENT Motion was made by Trustee Gray and seconded by Trustee Gill to adjourn the meeting at 7:08 PM. Motion carried.

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Chair Clerk