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1012, 2018

13 December 2018 Agenda

CRESTON SCHOOL DISTRICT #9

SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

13 December 2018, 7:00 a.m. AT THE SCHOOL

AGENDA

Meetings are open to the public; guests are welcome.

I. Call to order

II. Minutes of: 7 November 2018

III. Public Participation / Correspondence

IV. Information Item:

A. Lawsuit William Rogers re. Wi-Fi Tower Installation – Update

a. 9 Oct 2018 Motion for amended complaint

b. 9 Oct 2018 Amended Complaint

c. 26 Oct 2018 Defendant’s answer to plaintiff’s amended complaint

d. Order Granting Leave to Intervene – by MontanaSky Networks – approved

e. 9 Nov 2018 Response to County Superintendent – fax date 11 Nov 2018

f. 14 Nov 2018 Order re: Motion for Preliminary Injunction – denied

g. 21 Nov 2018 Motion for reconsideration of order denying plaintiff’s motion for preliminary injunction

h. 3 Dec 2018 Intervenor’s (MSN) Response to Plaintiff’s Motion to reconsider

i. 10 Dec 2018 Intervenor’s MSN Motion and Brief to Dismiss

B. Attorney Statements

a. 26 Nov 2018 Statement from Faure Holden Attorneys re. Rogers

b. 26 Nov 2018 Statement from Faure Holden Attorneys re. Kukla

C. Flathead County Superintendent of Schools Statistical Report of Schools 2018

D. MTSBA Policy Maintenance – Update

V. Reports:

A. Clerk

B. Principal

C. Staff

VI. Policies: nil.

VII. Consideration of Action Items:

A. p-Card

B. PERS

C. Aflac – after-tax Disability option

D. Transportation Contract(s)

E. Before School Care Contract(s)

F. Out of District request(s)

G. Gym & School Grounds Use request(s)

VIII. Claims for December 2018

IX. Next Meeting Dates:

A. 10 January 2018 7:00am, Regular Meeting

X. Adjourn

Citizens may comment on items appearing on the agenda when invited to participate during that agenda item by the Board Chair.  Citizens may comment on items related to School District business not appearing on this agenda during the public comment portion of the meeting as noted in the public comment form.

Information about this agenda, including the Board packet and supplemental documents, is available at the School District office.  Please contact the office if you have any questions.

The Board Chair is authorized to adjust the order of agenda items to accommodate scheduling needs of interested parties.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

School Board Meeting Procedure

Notice Regarding Public Comment

Montana law requires school districts to include on the agenda for public meetings an item allowing public comments on any public matter not otherwise specifically listed on the agenda. As has also been the practice of the District, and in accordance with Montana law, if any member desires to speak to an item that is specifically listed on the agenda, you will be allowed to do so when the item comes up for discussion and action.  The public comment portion of the agenda is not the time designated to hear items that are listed on the agenda.

If you wish to address the Board during the “public comment” portion of the meeting, please fill out the Public Participation Form at the bottom of this page. The Board Chairman will call individuals to speak. The Board would like to remind everyone in attendance that to avoid violations of individual rights of privacy, a member of the public wishing to address the Board during this time will not be allowed to make comments about any student, staff member, or member of the public while speaking. Individual comments will be limited to two (2) minutes.

By law the District cannot take any action on any matter discussed during the “public comment” portion of the meeting, until such time as the matter is noticed on the agenda, and the public has been allowed the opportunity to comment.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION FORM

Name (Please Print)____________________________________________________

General Topic________________________________________________________

 

 

 

911, 2018

10 October 2018 Minutes

CRESTON SCHOOL DISTRICT #9

REGULAR BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING

10 October 2018

MINUTES

I. Call to order. Joanna Massie called the Board of Trustees Meeting to order at 7:01 a.m. in the Creston School Library with the following members present: Shawn McDonough and Jessica Sandven-Sorensen. Matt Hartle was out of town and Julie Tikka was out with medical concerns. Also in attendance were: Tami Ward – Principal, Tammy Bartos – District Clerk, Jen Johnson – 2ndgrade teacher.

II. Minutes. Shawn McDonough moved and Jessica Sandven-Sorensen seconded approval of the minutes of the 6 September 2018 – Regular Meeting and the 6 September 2018 – Special Meeting. Motion passed unanimously.

III. Public Participation / Correspondence– nil.

IV. Information Items:

A. Lawsuit filed by William Rogers re. Wi-Fi Tower Installation – Update. 1.) October 1, 2018 Mr. Rogers filed a motion for a temporary injunction to stop construction of the tower. Our attorney, Jean E. Faure of Faure Holden Attorneys at Law, P.C. is handling the matter and will keep us informed as this moves forward; 2.) Also, on October 1, 2018 Mr. Rogers contacted our attorney and forwarded a draft of an amendment to his original lawsuit.  On October 4, 2018 she sent a response for him to consider before he actually files the amendment.  We are still waiting for a counter response.

B. Lawsuit filed by Hana & Petr Kukla re. Wi-Fi Tower Installation – Update. September 14, 2018 Hana & Petr Kukla filed a voluntary dismissal of their lawsuit.

C. Evergreen Disposal Update re. Container. Last week Evergreen Disposal delivered a container to us that has a locking mechanism on it. Also, the pick up schedule has been changed to once every other week.  Our cost is currently $60.10 per month, a change from $96.20 per month.

D. Major Bus Repair Invoice Review. At the July 23, 2018 Special Board Meeting the Board approved the needed engine overhaul bus repair at an estimated cost of $28,000.00. The bus was returned to us on September 4, 2018 and the final invoice was $23,920.42.

E. Smarter Balance Assessment Comparison (SBAC) 2017-2018. Combined 2017-2018 Advanced or Proficient Scores 3rd– 6thgrades: 1) English Language Arts (ELA) – 66%; 2) Math 54%. Principal Ward shared the challenges with taking this test, new ideas teachers will implement this year, school-wide goals and interventions.

F. School Theme for 2018/2019. Teachers collaborated to come up with this year’s theme: Show good character ~ Be your own superhero!

G. Principal Professional Responsibilities and Goals. Principal Ward presented the 2018/2019 Principal Professional Responsibilities and Goals Form, from the approved Montana-EPAS Evaluation Tool. This form will be used later in the year for the Principal Evaluation.

H. Continuous School Improvement Program School & District Plan. This report, required by the Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) was completed and submitted by Principal Ward on October 5, 2018.Topics covered in the plan include School Climate, Math Goals, ELA Goals, Title III, and Homeless.

V. Reports:

A. Clerk. Statement of Expenditure through 8 October 2018 was submitted. General Fund is at 18% committed and Grand Total of all funds is at 16%.

B. Principal. Student Enrollment is 101; The Easement Agreement with MontanaSky has been signed by all parties; 3rd– 6thgrade students are working on an art project with an artist to fulfill the $1,499 art grant we received; September 26 early out time was used for a productive teacher professional development time; Tami Ward received a travel grant to attend the National Small Schools Alliance convention this month – a conference which brings together rural educators who learn about issues small schools encounter and seek viable solutions collaboratively; Updates on the Education Cooperative, Special Education Cooperative and Crossroads were given; Safety Committee reviewed the role of being a committee member and assigned a mentor to new employees on safety practices; in the beginning stages of investigating what needs to be done to update the 2008 School Facility Inventory Report; Before School Care Program is running smoothly with nine families currently using the program.

C. Staff. Jen Johnson reported on the various classroom topics and events happening throughout the school.

VI. Policies:

A. Jessica Sandven-Sorensen moved and Shawn McDonough seconded to approve policy 4350 COMMUNITY RELATIONS – Website Accessibility and Nondiscrimination, with two grammatical corrections on line 30 (change “which” to “with”) and line 31 (delete a duplicate “or”). Motion passed unanimously.

B. Shawn McDonough moved and Jessica Sandven-Sorensen seconded to approve policy 3224 STUDENTS – Student Dress as presented. Motion passed unanimously.

C. Jessica Sandven-Sorensen moved and Shawn McDonough seconded to approve policy 1014FE – BOARD OF TRUSTEES – Intent to Increase Non-Voted Levy as presented. Motion passed unanimously.

D. Jessica Sandven-Sorensen moved and Shawn McDonough seconded to approve policy 1014FE-FI – BOARD OF TRUSTEES – Notice of Intent to Impose an Increase in Levies Form as presented. Motion passed unanimously.

E. Shawn McDonough moved and Jessica Sandven-Sorensen seconded to approve 3124 STUDENTS – Military Compact Waiver as presented. Motion passed unanimously.

F. Jessica Sandven-Sorensen moved and Shawn McDonough seconded to approve policy 5000A PERSONNEL – Aide Job Description as presented. Motion passed unanimously.

G. Jessica Sandven-Sorensen moved and Shawn McDonough seconded to approve policy 5000C PERSONNEL – Custodian Job Description as presented. Motion passed unanimously.

H. Jessica Sandven-Sorensen moved and Shawn McDonough seconded to approve policy 5000LA PERSONNEL – Library Assistant Job Description as presented. Motion passed unanimously.

I. Jessica Sandven-Sorensen moved and Shawn McDonough seconded to approve policy 5000SC PERSONNEL – School Clerk Job Description as presented. Motion passed unanimously.

J. Jessica Sandven-Sorensen moved and Shawn McDonough seconded to approve policy 5000ST PERSONNEL – Substitute Teacher Job Description as presented. Motion passed unanimously.

K. 2000 INSTRUCTION – Goals.This was the first reading of a revision to this policy. No motion.

VII. Consideration of Action Items:

A. The MTSBA Board has authorized distribution of a contingent ballot for all pending association business, as there is concern they will lack a quorum at the October 19th Jessica Sandven-Sorensen moved and Shawn McDonough seconded voting “yes” to all items on the Contingent Ballot for Conducting MTSBA Business. Motion passed unanimously.

B. Shawn McDonough moved and Jessica Sandven-Sorensen seconded to approve the Fiscal Year 2018 – Fiscal Year 2020 Audit Contract with Nicole M. Noonan, CPA, PC.Motion passed unanimously.

C. Jessica Sandven-Sorensen moved and Shawn McDonough seconded to approve both the in-house Substitute Teacher List and the use of the Flathead County Superintendent of Schools Substitute list as presented. Motion passed unanimously.

D. Jessica Sandven-Sorensen moved and Shawn McDonough seconded to approve the Before School Care Program – Teacher Fee Waiver as presented. Motion passed unanimously.

E. Jessica Sandven-Sorensen moved and Shawn McDonough seconded to approve the Before School Care Contracts as presented. Motion passed unanimously.

F. Jessica Sandven-Sorensen moved and Shawn McDonough seconded to approve the Transportation Contracts as presented. Motion passed unanimously.

G. Shawn McDonough moved and Jessica Sandven-Sorenson seconded to acknowledge receipt of the attendance agreements for students residing in Creston School District, choosing to attend another district. Motion passed unanimously.  Jessica Sandven-Sorensen moved and Shawn McDonough seconded to approve the attendance agreements for out-of-district students who request attendance at Creston School.  Motion passed unanimously.

H. Two gym use requests were presented: 1) 4thgrade girls Rotary Club Basketball practice, Thursday’s 6:30 – 8:00 pm through 8 November 2018 and; 2) S. Uskoski family for basketball, Monday’s 7:00 – 10:00 pm through 6 June 2019.Jessica Sandven-Sorensen moved and Shawn McDonough seconded to approve the gym use requests as presented. Motion passed unanimously.

VIII. Claims.Board approved all Claims for October 2018.

IX. Next Meeting Dates:

A. 7 November 2018 7:00am, Regular Meeting

X. Meeting adjourned at 8:21 a.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

 

Tammy Bartos, District Clerk                               Matt Hartle, Chairman

 

311, 2018

7 November 2018 Agenda – Regular School Board Meeting

CRESTON SCHOOL DISTRICT #9

SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

7 November 2018, 7:00 a.m. AT THE SCHOOL

AGENDA

Meetings are open to the public; guests are welcome.

I. Call to order

II. Minutes of: 10 October 2018

III. Public Participation / Correspondence

IV. Information Item:

A. Lawsuit William Rogers re. Wi-Fi Tower Installation – Update

a. Rule 16 Scheduling Order

b. MontanaSky Networks – Motion & Brief for Leave to Intervene

c. Letter of Appeal to County Superintendent of Schools

d. MontanaSky Networks Motion for Stay – 31 October 2018

B. Whispering Pines Subdivision

C. Report Card Format

D. Public Employees Retirement System for Classified Non-Instructional Staff

E. Procurement Card (P-Card) Information

V. Reports:

A. Clerk

B. Principal

C. Staff

D. Class Presentation @ 8:00 a.m. – 2nd& 3rdgrades.

VI. Policies:

A. 2000 INSTRUCTION – Goals (Revision) (2ndReading)

VII. Consideration of Action Items:

A. Hold Harmless Agreement with Eastside Grange

B. MSPLIP (property & liability Insurance) Member Proxy for Nov 13, 2018 meeting

C. MTSBA Policy Maintenance Contract

D. Substitute Teacher List

E. Transportation Contract(s)

F. Before School Care Program – Fee Waiver

G. Before School Care Contract(s)

H. Out of District request(s)

I. Gym & School Grounds Use request(s)

VIII. Claims for November 2018

IX. Next Meeting Dates:

A. 13 December 2018 7:00am, Regular Meeting

X. Adjourn

Citizens may comment on items appearing on the agenda when invited to participate during that agenda item by the Board Chair.  Citizens may comment on items related to School District business not appearing on this agenda during the public comment portion of the meeting as noted in the public comment form.

Information about this agenda, including the Board packet and supplemental documents, is available at the School District office.  Please contact the office if you have any questions.

The Board Chair is authorized to adjust the order of agenda items to accommodate scheduling needs of interested parties.

 

 

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

School Board Meeting Procedure

Notice Regarding Public Comment

 

Montana law requires school districts to include on the agenda for public meetings an item allowing public comments on any public matter not otherwise specifically listed on the agenda. As has also been the practice of the District, and in accordance with Montana law, if any member desires to speak to an item that is specifically listed on the agenda, you will be allowed to do so when the item comes up for discussion and action.  The public comment portion of the agenda is not the time designated to hear items that are listed on the agenda.

If you wish to address the Board during the “public comment” portion of the meeting, please fill out the Public Participation Form at the bottom of this page. The Board Chairman will call individuals to speak. The Board would like to remind everyone in attendance that to avoid violations of individual rights of privacy, a member of the public wishing to address the Board during this time will not be allowed to make comments about any student, staff member, or member of the public while speaking. Individual comments will be limited to two (2) minutes.

By law the District cannot take any action on any matter discussed during the “public comment” portion of the meeting, until such time as the matter is noticed on the agenda, and the public has been allowed the opportunity to comment.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION FORM

 

Name (Please Print)____________________________________________________

 

General Topic________________________________________________________

 

 

 

1010, 2018

6 September 2018 Special Meeting Minutes

CRESTON SCHOOL DISTRICT #9

SPECIAL BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING

6 September 2018, 7:00 PM

MINUTES

I. Call to Order.Chairman Matt Hartle called the Board of Trustees Meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. in the Creston School Gym with the following members present: Joanna Massie, Shawn McDonough, and Jessica Sandven-Sorensen. Julie Tikka was out with medical concerns. Also in attendance were: Tami Ward – Principal, Tammy Bartos – District Clerk, Tony Koenig – MTSBA legal representative; various staff members and members of the public.

II. Wi-Fi Tower Information: The following documents were submitted to the Board. The Board had access to this information and each one had reviewed it prior to tonight’s meeting.

A. Against the Wi-Fi Tower

1.Submitted written public comment during the 30-day comment period.

2.Research submitted by neighbors against the tower.

3.Uniform Complaints

4.General Complaints

5.Petitions and Communications Against

6.Lawsuits v. Creston School

7.Communications/Requests for Information – August 23, 2018 email

8.Communication with Public: Requests for Information

B.In Favor of the Wi-Fi Tower

1.Submitted written public comment during the 30-day comment period.

C. General Comments and Research Provided

D. Research Provided by the Public

E. Additional written public comment received after the 30-day comment period.

F. Copies of Minutes that include public comment

III. Consideration of Action Item:

A. Wi-Fi Tower Easement Agreement (131 Creston Road) with MontanaSky Networks, Inc.

1. Public Comment. Various members of the public commented regarding being in favor of or opposed to moving forward with the agreement.

2.Description (read aloud by the Clerk): At the July 31, 2018 Special Meeting of the Board, a halt was placed on the Wi-Fi Tower installation. A 30-day public comment period was initiated for August 1st– 30th. At this time the Board has reviewed the public comment and a host of additional documents regarding the Tower. Please note that on July 23, 2018 the Board moved to amend the signed June 7thagreement with MontanaSky to 1) move the tower 150’ to the west; and 2) to remove the clause in the agreement regarding subletting and revenue sharing.  The Easement Agreement with the noted changes is now before the Board for approval.

3.Each member of the Board was individually called on to vote on the approval of the action item. The vote was unanimous.

IV. Public Participation:

A.Marianne Miller addressed her concern regarding how many of the public comments taken on the tower were people not in the Creston School District.She extended a thank you to the Board for what they have done.

V. Meeting adjourned at 7:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Tammy Bartos, District Clerk                                                   Matt Hartle, Chairman

1010, 2018

6 September 2018 Regular Meeting Minutes

CRESTON SCHOOL DISTRICT #9

REGULAR BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING

6 September 2018

MINUTES

I. Call to Order.Chairman Matt Hartle called the Board of Trustees Meeting to order at 7:00 a.m. in the Creston School Library with the following members present: Joanna Massie, Shawn McDonough, Jessica Sandven-Sorensen. Julie Tikka was out with medical concerns. Also in attendance were: Tami Ward – Principal, Tammy Bartos – District Clerk, Shanta Milne – Kindergarten Teacher, Melissa Potts – 1stgrade Teacher; and 4 visitors: Ming Lovejoy, Petr & Hana Kukla, Joanna Russell.

II. Minutes: Shawn McDonoughmoved andJoanna Massie seconded approval of the minutes of the 9 August 2018 reorganizational meeting. Motion passed unanimously.

III. Public Participation / Correspondence:

A. Ming Lovejoy, stated her desire regarding the Wi-Fi tower is to help the board make a decision that is right, kind and in the best interest of the students, she noted that schools in France went back to school this year with no cell phones and removed their cell towers.

B. Email from Ming Lovejoy dated August 23, 2018 regarding the Wi-Fi tower was submitted.

C. Additional Public Comment regarding the Wi-Fi Tower (not part of the 30-day period) was submitted.

(Items B & C will also be included in the Special Meeting at 7:00 pm 6 September 2018)

IV. Information Items:

A. Lawsuit documentation filed by William Rogers regarding the Wi-Fi Tower Installation at 131 Creston Rd was submitted.

B. Lawsuit documentation filed by Hana & Petr Kukla regarding the Wi-Fi Tower Installation at 131 Creston Rd was submitted.

V. Reports:

A. Clerk: The Statement of Expenditure for September 2018 was submitted.

B. Principal: Student Enrollment is 103. The public comment period regarding the Wi-Fi tower closed August 30, 2018 at 5:00pm and two copies of all documents are available to the general public upon request. An artist in residence will be brought in this fall to work on an art project with our students to fulfill our $1,499 art grant award.  Building Maintenance: bids on roof/gutter heat tape installation to help remedy ice dam issues are being sought out.  All staff participated in First Aid/AED refresher training as well as Suicide Prevention training.  Three teachers and Mrs. Ward will participate with the NWRISE program this year.  The new Cooperative Director will be out to visit and assess our needs later this month.  The Special Education Cooperative has the new building on hold, but has set up a preschool in their conference room. The Safety Committee will meet once a month for the 2018/2019 school year and the first meeting will be September 12th. The bus has been repaired and is in use; we are waiting for the invoice and will report on the cost at a future board meeting.  The Before School Care Program is off to a smooth start.

C. Staff: Mrs. Milne reported a summary of each classroom topics and events.

VI. Policies:

A. Policy 1400 Board of Trustees – Board Meetings (Revised) (2ndReading).Joanna Massie moved and Jessica Sandven-Sorensen seconded the motion to approve the policy with the time and date revision of 7:00 a.m. on the 2ndThursday of each month.  Motion passed unanimously.

VII. Consideration of Action Items:

A. The Mountain View Mennonite Church Child Care has requested to use our facility as an emergency relocation site. Jessica Sandven-Sorensen moved and Shawn McDonough seconded to approve the Emergency Relocation Shelter Agreement for the Mountain View Mennonite Church Child Care Program.  Motion passed unanimously.

B. The Flathead Crossroads Program is an extension of special education services at Evergreen Schools. Jessica Sandven-Sorensen moved and Joanna Massie seconded to approve the Flathead Crossroads Interlocal Agreement as presented. Motion passed unanimously.

C. An RSVP or the option to be represented by proxy to MSGIA’s Annual Meeting, October 19, 2018 was presented, as was the Election of Directors. Shawn McDonough moved and Joanna Massie seconded to approve the nominees as presented and authorize the proxies to vote upon such matters as may properly come before the meeting and all adjournments thereof.Motion passed unanimously.

D. Substitute Teacher List. No personnel to recommend at this time.  No motion needed.

E. Jessica Sandven-Sorensen moved and Shawn McDonough seconded approval of the Transportation Contracts as presented.Motion passed unanimously.

F. Joanna Massie moved and Jessica Sandven-Sorensen seconded approval of the Before School Care Contracts as presented.Motion passed unanimously.

G. Shawn McDonough moved and Jessica Sandven-Sorensen seconded approval of the Out-of-District Requests by students choosing Creston School as their district of choice, as presented. Motion passed unanimously.

H.Jessica Sandven-Sorensen moved and Joanna Massie seconded approval of the gym use by the Bigfork Girl Scouts as presented. Motion passed unanimously.

VIII. Claims: The Board approved all claims for September 2018.

IX. Next Meetings Dates:

  • 6 September 2018, 7:00 p.m. Special Meeting
  • 11 October 2018, 7:00 a.m. Regular Meeting

Meeting adjourned at 7:39 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

_______________________                                                  _______________________

Tammy Bartos, District Clerk                                                   Matt Hartle, Chairman