11 April 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:  Joanna Massie, Jessica Sandven-Sorensen, and Julie Tikka.  Absent: Shawn McDonough – work related.  Also, in attendance were: Tami Ward – Principal, Tammy Bartos – District Clerk, Jen Johnson – 2ndgrade teacher.

II.       Minutes. Jessica Sandven-Sorensen moved and Julie Tikka seconded approval of the minutes of the 14 March 2019 regular meeting.  Motion passed unanimously.

III.     Public Participation / Correspondence – nil.

IV.     Information Item:

A.  Wi-Fi Tower Installation – Update. Tower equipment is on location and being assembled.  MontanaSky intends to have tower up and new internet service available by next school year – hopefully sooner.

V.      Reports:

A.  Clerk.  Statement of Expenditure through 9 April 2019 was presented.  General Fund is at 68% Committed.  Total of all funds is at 53% Committed.  Reconciliation to County Treasurer has been done for December 2018, January & February 2019.

B.  Principal. Student Enrollment is 104. Kindergarten Roundup is April 24th.  Only one student application was received for the scholarship.  Building Maintenance regular tasks have been completed. Facility Conditions Report – bids are being sought on work that needs to be completed.  Teacher Professional Development – teachers observed other teachers in our school.  Smarter Balanced Assessments are this month.  Several of our 4th– 6thgrade students did a wonderful job volunteering as runners at the Creston Auction.  Custodian Open Position has been posted at the job service and a notice will also go home in student folders.

C.  Staff.  Jen Johnson shared the staff report via a Google slides presentation. Also, 1stgrade did a class presentation sharing art, math stories and problem solving, other math work, sight word reading and informational writing pieces.

VI.     Policies: 1000 Series (See Attachment for complete list). A first read of policies to replace, update, and add to our policy manual as part of the MTSBA Policy Services was done. No motion needed.

VII.   Consideration of Action Items:

A.  Middle School Consideration – Adding a 7th& 8thgrade.  Jessica Sandven-Sorensen moved, and Julie Tikka seconded a motion to table the matter of adding a 7thand 8thgrade and to send out a communication to the school community explaining reasoning. Motion passed unanimously. Matt Hartle presented a letter he drafted, and Julie Tikka motioned, and Joanna Massie seconded accepting the letter to be sent out.  Motion passed unanimously.

B.  Approval to hire a .5 “Specials” Teacher for 2019/2020.  Hiring committee is still in the process of bringing a candidate forward.  No motion needed at this time.

C.  Approval of additional Bus Routes – Creston to Evergreen & Creston to Kalispell.  Jessica Sandven-Sorensen moved, and Joanna Massie seconded approval to add a morning route to Evergreen with 16 miles and an afternoon route to Kalispell with 25 miles as presented, as well as the needed interlocal agreements associated with the routes.  Motion passed unanimously.

D.  Trustee Election Cancellation by Acclamation.  The number of candidates filing a Declaration of Intent for Candidacy is equal to the number of positions to be elected, therefore the trustee election in not necessary.  Julie Tikka motioned, and Jessica Sandven-Sorensen seconded the Trustee Election Cancellation as presented.  Motion passed unanimously.

E.  MSSA Letter of Agreement for MSSA Programs 2019-20.  The MSSA agrees to provide a teacher certified and appropriately endorsed professional to help our district meet the Library and Guidance chapter 55 requirements. Joanna Massie motioned, and Julie Tikka seconded acceptance of the agreement.  Motion passed unanimously.

F.  Teacher Negotiations/Collective Bargaining Agreement.  The Creston Education Association has voted to accept a one-year 3% increase on the current base salary schedule for the 2019/2020 school year and increasing 2 additional degree plus credit lanes to the salary schedule of BA +75 credits, BA +90 credits and MA + 75 credits, MA +90 credits as offered by the Trustees at the 14 March 2019 meeting.  Julie Tikka motioned, and Joanna Massie seconded approval of the offer and the Collective Bargaining Agreement as presented.  Motion passed unanimously.

G.  Substitute Teacher List. Nil.

H.  Transportation Contract(s). Joanna Massie motioned, and Jessica Sandven-Sorensen seconded acceptance of the contacts as presented. Motion passed unanimously

I.   Before School Care Contract(s). nil.

J.   Out of District request(s). Julie Tikka motioned, and Joanna Massie seconded approval of the requests as presented.  Motion passed unanimously

K.  Gym & School Grounds Use request(s) – nil.

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

IX.     IX. Next Meeting Dates:

A.  9 May 2019, 7:00 am Regular Meeting

B.  Policy Meeting with MTSBA -TBD

X.      Adjourn, then …Closed Session for Principal EPAS midyear conversation – Board to provide formative feedback.


Respectfully Submitted,

Tammy Bartos, District Clerk                                    Matt Hartle, Board Chair