The School Board of North Star Public School District #10 met in regular session on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 in North Star Room 101.
PRESENT: Vickie Jacksen, Jeana Jorde, Bob Kennedy, Jay Nicholas, Todd Oakland, John Peters, Brett Thomas; Administration: Jeff Hagler, Vicki Held, Nancy Reiser, Cathy Johnson. VISITORS: None.
Board President Jacksen called the meeting to order at 7:03 p.m. No changes were made to the agenda.
MOTION made by Brett Thomas, seconded by Bob Kennedy, to approve the minutes of the January 17, 2018 regular meeting. MOTION CARRIED (all voting aye).
MOTION by Bob Kennedy, seconded by Jay Nicholas, to approve the February 2018 bills presented for payment. MOTION CARRIED (all voting aye).
Monthly financial reports were reviewed.
MOTION made by John Peters, seconded by Brett Thomas, to approve the 9/30/17 pledge of securities from American Bank Center and the 12/31/17 pledges of securities from Ramsey Bank and First State Bank of Cando. MOTION CARRIED on a roll call vote: Jorde-yes, Kennedy-yes, Nicholas-yes, Oakland-yes, Peters-yes, Thomas-yes, Jacksen-yes.
Principals’ and Activities Director Reports:
Elementary Principal’s report by Mrs. Held: Enrollment 178, attendance 96.34%; requested an increase in LRSE social work services for the 2018-2019 school year; reported on spelling bee and preschool screening results and ECE grant funding increase; reviewed AdvancEd school improvement strategies.
MOTION by John Peters, seconded by Jeana Jorde, to increase the LRSE elementary counselor contracted time for 2018/19 school year from 1.5 days per week to 2 days per week. MOTION CARRIED on a roll call vote: Jordeyes, Kennedy-yes, Nicholas-yes, Oakland-yes, Peters-yes, Thomas-yes, Jacksen-yes.
High School Principal’s report by Mrs. Reiser: Enrollment 115, attendance 93.812%; update on science position applications/interview plans; reported on other activities/updates: senior class CTE day, Tech Ed teacher back at work, parent teacher conference attendance, staff member participation in ND education standards development meetings, upcoming Knowledge Bowl and Robotics competitions, ongoing schoolwide RESPECT challenge.
Activities Director report by Mr. Hagler: Discussed 2018-19 BBB and GBB schedules; presented/discussed information on new gym mats to be paid for primarily by the Booster Club: board consensus was to display North Star mat on west wall and Bearcats mat on east wall; school will share half the cost of a used four-wheeler purchased by Cando Baseball Association (total cost: $1200/North Star share: $600) to be paid from the General Fund.
Superintendent’s Report by Mr. Hagler: Policy reviews – Reviewed/discussed current and updated policy FFA – STUDENT ALCOHOL & OTHER DRUG USE/ABUSE as proposed by NDSBA Policy Services. North Star policy will incorporate the following options: North Star Public School District #10 to be inserted where appropriate to replace all [Name of District]; Reporting Violations section to include [or Superintendent]; Violation section will not include OPTION 1 or OPTION 2; Intervention section will not include either bracketed sentence (re: requiring therapy at school district expense and providing follow-up counseling) ; Policy Implementation section will include the entire first and second paragraphs and the first sentence of the third paragraph of the bracketed section; remainder of third paragraph to be “Students will be given a copy of the standards of conduct and the statement of sanctions required concerning the possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol. Compliance with these standards of conduct is mandatory.” Add fourth paragraph: “The standards of conduct and the statement of sanctions required concerning the possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol of will be made available to parents and employees upon request.” Policy FFA will have 2nd reading at March meeting.
Reviewed updated policy KAAA-VISITORS IN THE SCHOOLS as proposed by NDSBA Policy Services.
MOTION by John Peters, seconded by Brett Thomas, to rescind Board Policy KAAA Amended 5/18/11, and to adopt KAAA-VISITORS IN THE SCHOOLS as proposed by NDSBA Policy Services, including bracketed sentence in Policy Violation section as follows: “The Superintendent may periodically request a summary. . .”, and to waive the second reading of the new policy in accordance with North Star Board Policy BDA. MOTION CARRIED on a roll call vote: Jorde-yes, Kennedy-yes, Nicholas-yes, Oakland-yes, Peters-yes, Thomas-yes, Jacksen-yes
Reported on: anticipated cost for student at Harmony House, 2018/19 NESC commitment, fire alarm inspection (report in Dropbox), new lockdown procedures/philosophy, new loan forgiveness program for teachers requiring school districts to apply for funds (instead of teachers), shared link to substance abuse video with a request from Towner County Public Health for board to view video. Reviewed two tuition agreements for North Star students to attend Munich and Williston schools; action on Williston agreement was tabled until March meeting.
MOTION made by Todd Oakland, seconded by Bob Kennedy, to approve a tuition free agreement for North Star high school student to attend Munich Public School. MOTION CARRIED on a roll call vote: Jorde-yes, Kennedyyes, Nicholas-yes, Oakland-yes, Peters-yes, Thomas-yes, Jacksen-yes.
Old Business: Elementary hallway camera has been installed. Reviewed estimate for windows for north side of elementary building. Reviewed and discussed bids received from Harlow’s and Trucks of Bismarck for new school bus. Superintendent evaluation was reviewed.
MOTION by Jay Nicholas, seconded by Jeana Jorde, to accept Harlow’s bid dated February 14, 2018 of $55,125 for 2018 Chevy/Collins 30 passenger school bus with specs as listed. MOTION CARRIED on a roll call vote: Jordeyes, Kennedy-yes, Nicholas-yes, Oakland-yes, Peters-yes, Thomas-yes, Jacksen-yes.
MOTION by Brett Thomas, seconded by Todd Oakland, was made to accept the February superintendent evaluation. MOTION CARRIED on a roll call vote: Jorde-yes, Kennedy-yes, Nicholas-yes, Oakland-yes, Peters-yes, Thomas-yes, Jacksen-yes.
New Business: Brenna Bulman and Stephanie Miller presented proposed itinerary/chaperones for 2018 senior class trip and requested use of a school vehicle for transportation. (Senior Trip information was presented at meeting after Elementary Principal report.) Reviewed list of potential buildings and grounds projects developed at February 8th Building and Grounds Committee meeting. Reviewed school board election calendar, deadlines and open board positions for 2018.
Next meeting set for Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
Meeting adjourned at 9:02 p.m.