JAMESTOWN PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD Regular Me – Jamestown Sun

JAMESTOWN PUBLIC SCHOOLS BOARD OF TRUSTEES Unofficial Minutes of Regular Meeting Board Meeting on Monday, February 7, 2022 at 5:15 pm in the Thompson High School Community Room. Present: Heidi Larson, Vice President, Melissa Gleason, Diane Hanson, Gayle Nelson, Aaron Roberts, Jason Rohr, Dan Tweten, Superintendent, Robert Lech, and Business Manager, Sally Ost. Guests: Darby Heinert, Monte Cole, Rich Hastings, Grace Hastings, Jennifer Hastings, Matthias Bercier, Bob Mathias, Joel Piehl, Rodney O’Clair, Mary O’Clair, Michel Almer, Cheryl McIntyre, Jennifer Michalinko, Chea Baugh, Myke Baugh , Danel Bennett, Kelly Anderson, Kendyl Anderson, Mack Allmarus, Deb Geier, Geni Holben, Jacob Roberts, Colin Conway, Kody Sagaser, Tyler Spanier, Jordan Stading, Jessica Gardner, Bernadette Newman, Melissa Foster, Maddy Orr, Jodi Trumbauer, Kassidy Lynch, Noah Lynch, Sara Lynch, Barb Orr. Vice President Larson opened the meeting and welcomed the audience, Jason Linz, Bluejay Channel, and Amy Neustel, Administrative Assistant. Motion was made by Mr. Roberts, seconded by Ms. Nelson, to approve the consent agenda which consisted of regular school board minutes for January 17, 2022, payment of bills, and open enrollment for a student from Pre-K Jamestown at Pingree Buchanan School and Pre-K Jamestown student at Colegio Medina for the 2021-2022 academic year. Roll call with a unanimous “yes” vote. Led movement. The Board recognized student achievement in fall sports, band, and chorus. Congratulations to all the students and their success. Ross Motter, Student Council Secretary, reported on the Student Council Conference. Paris Eslick was voted Vice President of the State Student Council Board. The student council gave 8th graders tours of the high school and the Career and Technology Center. Maddy Orr, Student Council Vice President, reported on the snow week activities. Mr. Tweten attended the entire session of the negotiation seminar. The ND School Board Association will hold lunch and learn on the third Monday of the month. The first is “So you want to be a member of the school board.” Mr. Roberts attended Thursday’s session of the negotiations seminar. He gained a better understanding of the importance of process and of being impartial in investigating allegations of employee misconduct. Superintendent Lech reported on the health and safety plan. He reported that the Omicron variant appears to be on the downside. Superintendent Lech reported that there is a national/state/local bus driver shortage. The district’s contractor, Dietrich’s, is struggling to find drivers. We usually have an increase in the number of passengers in the cold winter. The routes were consolidated due to shortages and we are at full capacity there because we can no longer accept new passengers. The shortage also affects travel activities. Dr. Lech also reported on the shortage of substitute teachers. Impact of COVID lockdowns/quarantines, this shortage has never been more prevalent and we are in need of substitute teachers. A substitute teacher is currently paid $120.00 for a full day. People who have 48 college credits would qualify for an interim license. Interested persons may contact the district office. Dr. Lech will deliver a message to parents and the community about the need for the school district. Superintendent Lech reported that Give Hearts Day is coming up and donations can be made to Dollars for Scholars to support scholarships awarded to Jamestown Public Schools students. Superintendent Lech reported that he is still looking for a partner for the Teacher Leadership Academy in order to move the program forward. Superintendent Lech reported that a Licensing Working Group was initiated in the last cycle of negotiations to study the existing licenses. The last meeting focused on the review of maternity/paternity leave and the sick leave bank. The committee is reviewing the sick leave bank policy and considering changing to have levels. Ms. Melissa Foster, a first grade teacher at Roosevelt, reported on Social Emotional Learning at the elementary level. Mrs. Foster piloted the Second Step program which teaches students social and emotional skills through interactive learning. Mrs. Foster has trained teachers in this program which has a 25-minute starter lesson that is clearly written and encourages discussion and interaction. Once the initial lesson is complete, the teacher should use consistent cues daily to increase the student’s attention, working memory, and inhibitory control. There is also a home link for K-5th grade parents to view the lessons and encourage family discussion. Mr. Heinert, deputy director of the Career and Technology Center, reported that aviation and IT programs were added this year. Enrollment has been on an upward trend for the Career and Technology Center. The construction course are pre-sale cabins that have gone well. The automotive course is currently restoring a car. The welding class is in high demand. Students learn hands-on in the classroom and in the community through internships, job shadowing, and clinics. The Career and Technology Center encourages students in the fields that ND has the highest demand. Students also learn communication, critical thinking, technical skills, teamwork, and being responsible employees. There are businesses in our community that will work with a student to enhance his or her education with an Employment Enhancement Promissory Note. Areas of interest and future focus are CDL education and adult education courses. Mrs. Sally Ost, Business Manager, reported on the new visitor management system to improve our security protocols. Motion was made by Mr. Roberts, seconded by Ms. Nelson, to approve the bid authorization for the Jamestown Middle School Project. Roll call with a unanimous “yes” vote. Led movement. Ms. Nelson made a motion, seconded by Mr. Tweten, to approve the budget revisions. Program Current Budget Budget Change Revised Budget Title I Homeless 2022 $0.00 $500.00 $500.00 Title I Carry Over 2021 $116,916.31 -$1,500.00 $115,416.31 Title IV Line Item Only Total $116,916.31 -$1,000.00 $115,916.31 Roll Call Vote: Hanson, yes Larson, yes; Roh, no; Nelson, yes; Interpolation, yes; Roberts, no; Gleason yes. He passed 5-2. Led movement. Vice President Larson shared with board members the superintendent’s evaluation schedule. Motion was made by Mrs. Nelson, seconded by Mrs. Hanson, to approve Cheryl Sunderland’s resignation at the end of the 2021-2022 school year. The board thanked Mrs. Sunderland for her years of service. Roll call with a unanimous “yes” vote. Led movement. Mr. Roberts moved, seconded by Ms. Nelson, to approve the second reading of the ABBB District Property Community Use Policy. Roll call with a unanimous “yes” vote. Led movement. Motion was made by Mr. Rohr, seconded by Ms. Gleason, to approve the tuition agreement for an 8th grade student from Jamestown to attend Pingree Buchanan Public School for the 2021-2022 school year. Roll call with a unanimous “yes” vote. Led movement. Mrs. Ost reminded everyone of the election timeline and where to find applications. No further business, Vice President Larson adjourned the meeting. (March 26, 2022) 45047

Leave a Comment