14 February 2019


I. Call to order. 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: Shawn McDonough, Jessica Sandven-Sorensen and Julie Tikka; Joanna Massie arrived at 7:30 am. Also, in attendance were: Tami Ward – Principal, Tammy Bartos – District Clerk, Shanta Milne – K teacher.

II. Minutes.Jessica Sandven-Sorensen moved and Shawn McDonoughseconded approval of the minutes of the 10 January 2019 Regular Meeting. Motion passed unanimously.

III. Public Participation / Correspondence– nil.

IV. Information Items:

A. Lawsuit William Rogers re. Wi-Fi Tower Installation – Update.Copies of documents provided for information:

a. January 2019 Settlement and Mutual Release of all claims

b. 17 January 2019 Order for status hearing

c. 01 February 2019 Stipulation to dismiss with Prejudice

B. Building Conditions Report – An update to the Facilities Condition Inventory 2008 Report.All repairs categorized as “safety”, “damage/wear out”, or “codes and standards” in the report have been addressed, except for the exterior steps off of the teacher’s lounge.  This is to be taken care of this June.

V. Reports:

A. Clerk. No report this month.

B. Principal. Student Enrollment is 100. The art mural project has been completed.Regular monthly maintenance tasks have been completed.  A current Facility Conditions Inventory Report (different from the 2008 report) was provided – details current areas of need, deficiency category and status.  Third grade is participating in a NWRISE engineering and design activity. The easyCBM (math) mid-year assessment results show that more students have moved into the proficient category (76%).  Fourth grade students will take the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Assessment February 19th.  This month our school reached out to senior citizens. Students created Valentines and Valentine bookmarks for residents and workers at Rising Sun Assisted Living Center in Bigfork.  Updates on the Education Cooperative, Special Education Cooperative, and Crossroads program were given.  Middle School Considerations –   When considering a K-5 model, please note that Kalispell Public Schools is not able to take our 6thgraders; If we choose to offer 7thand 8thgrade at Creston, parents will not be able to send their students to Kalispell Middle School; costs that included a prefab building, teachers, staff, curriculum, furniture, etc. were roughly estimated, as was the estimated increase in funding; the Board will schedule visits to other middle schools as a next step.

C. Staff. Shanta Milne brought in iPads with QR codes and the staff report was shared via a Google slides presentation.Each teacher provided a slide for the board to see the learning that is happening in the classrooms.

D. 6thgrade class presentation – Several of the 6thgraders shared call to action letters.

VI. Policies: nil.

VII. Consideration of Action Items:

A. Resignation of D. Klassy and approval to hire .2 music teacher for 2019/2020 – David Klassy has submitted his resignation to take effect at the end of this school year; therefore, it is necessary to seek a replacement. Julie Tikka moved, and Jessica Sandven-Sorensen seconded beginning the hiring process for a .2 Music Teacher for 2019 – 2020.Motion passed unanimously.

B. Trustee Resolution Calling for an Election – BE IT RESOLVED, the Board of Trustees for School District No. 9, Flathead County, State of Montana, will hold the Annual Regular School Election on Tuesday, the 7th day of May 2019…; The election will be conducted by Poll Election…; The purpose of the election is to elect two (2) trustees – two, three-year terms, or as otherwise designated. Approval of additional levies to operate and maintain Creston School for FY 2020 will also be requested. (The full resolution was presented and is available for review.) Jessica Sandven-Sorensen moved, and Shawn McDonough seconded to accept the resolution as presented. Motion passed unanimously.

C. Calendar 2019-2020 – Two preliminary calendar options were presented to The Board. Option 1 follows Kalispell’s calendar closely (same start, Christmas and Spring Break, and end dates); Option 2 has a start date after Labor Day and the end date is three days later. Next month the calendars will again be addressed. As these were only presented as information no motion was needed.

D. Substitute Teacher List – rehire of S. Adams was recommended. Jessica Sandven-Sorensen moved, and Joanna Massie seconded to approve the Substitute Teacher List as presented for the school year 2018-2019.

E. Transportation Contract(s). nil.

F. Before School Care Contract(s) – Jessica Sandven-Sorensen moved, and Joanna Massie seconded to approve the contracts as presented. Motion passed unanimously.

G. Out of District request(s). Julie Tikka moved, and Jessica Sandven-Sorensen seconded to acknowledge receipt of the attendance agreements for students residing in the Creston School District and attending another district. Motion passed unanimously.

H. Gym & School Grounds Use Request(s). Many Lakes HOA President, Randy Sundberg, is requesting use of the gym on February 16, 2019 from 9 am to 2 pm for their annual HOA meeting. Joanna Massie moved, and Jessica Sandven-Sorensen seconded to approve the request as presented. Motion passed unanimously.

VIII. Claims.Board approved all Claims for February 2019.

IX. Next Meeting Dates:

A. 19 February 2019, 4:00 – 8:00pm, Policy Review with MTSBA Staff

B. 14 March 2019 7:00am, Regular Meeting

C. Visits to other Middle Schools – TBA

X.  Meeting adjourned at 8:09 a.m., then …Closed Session for Principal EPAS midyear conversation – Mrs. Ward will share evidence.

Respectfully Submitted,

Tammy Bartos, District Clerk                               Matt Hartle, Chairman