9 May 2019



I.         Call to order. Matt Hartle called the Board of Trustees Meeting to order at 7:05 a.m. in the Creston School Library with the following members present:  Joanna Massie, Shawn McDonough, Jessica Sandven-Sorensen, Julie Tikka.  Also, in attendance were: Tami Ward – Principal, Tammy Bartos – District Clerk, Jack Eggensperger – County Superintendent, Jen Johnson – 2ndgrade teacher.

II.       Minutes of 11 April 2019.  Jessica Sandven-Sorensen moved and Julie Tikka seconded approval of the minutes. Motion passed unanimously.

III.     Public Participation / Correspondence – nil.

IV.     Information Item:

A.  Wi-Fi Tower Installation – Update.  MontanaSky is currently waiting on Flathead Electric for power.  They will be hanging radios next week.  Landscaping is also being planned.

V.      Reports:

A.  Clerk.  Statement of Expenditure includes Payroll and Claims through 9 May 2019.  General Fund is at 75% Committed.  Grand Total of all Funds is at 59%.  Reconciliation to County Treasurer has been done for March 2019. New Credit Cards have been received – waiting for policies to be in place before using.  Bus Accident Insurance Claim is approved and repairs are underway.  Clerk Evaluation Tool was discussed.

B.  Principal. Student Enrollment is 104.  We had a successful turnout of 16 students attending Kindergarten Roundup.  Regular monthly maintenance tasks have been completed.  Staff attended the Teacher Appreciation Evening provided by the NW Education Cooperative where Emily Russell was awarded Rookie of the Yearand Deb Christiansen was awarded the Extra Mile Educatoraward.  Third-sixth grade students started Smarter Balanced Assessments for ELA and Math April 15th.  ESSA Report Card information was sent out to families via Friday Folders and there is also a link on our website.  Our 5thand 6thgrade students are hosting an Alumni Reception May 14thfrom 9-10 a.m.  Updates on the various Cooperatives we belong to were given.  A School Risk Specialist from our Property & Liability Insurance Plan did a walk through and pointed out some areas of minor concern; the report will be made available when it is received.  The Custodian Position is still open.

C.  Staff.  Jen Johnson shared the staff report via a Google slides presentation.

D.  Class Presentation – K.  Kindergarten shared their Show Me the Moneypresentations.

VI.     Policies: 1000 Series (See Attachment for complete list) – 2ndreading.  Jessica Sandven-Sorensen moved and Julie Tikka seconded approval of the 1000 Series policies as presented.  Motion passed unanimously.

VII.   Consideration of Action Items:

A.  Approval to hire Janitorial Company.  Copies of bids were provided.  Item tabled for now.  No motion required.

B.  Approval to hire a .5 “Specials” Teacher for 2019/2020 & Contract Approval. Julie Tikka moved and Shawn McDonough seconded approval to hire Teresa Mumm for the 2019-2020 school year and of her teaching contract.  Motion passed unanimously.

C.  Teacher Contracts Renewal or Non-renewal of non-tenured teachers for 2019-2020.  Shawn McDonough moved and Joanna Massie seconded to renew all teacher contracts as presented.  Motion passed unanimously.

D.  Flathead Special Education Cooperative – Recommitment to Cooperative Agreement.  An agreement to continue membership in the Flathead Special Services Cooperative.  Jessica Sandven-Sorensen moved and Shawn McDonough seconded approval of the Agreement as presented.  Motion passed unanimously.

E.  Flathead Special Education Coop. – Severe Communication Disorders Program Agreement.  This is a program to meet the needs of students who have severe communication disabilities with accompanying behavior and learning difficulties.  Joanna Massie moved and Shawn McDonough seconded approval of the Agreement as presented. Motion passed unanimously.

F.  Flathead Special Education Cooperative – Preschool Program Agreement.  This program provides preschool services to children ages 3 through 5 who are residents of participating school districts and who meet eligibility criteria under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.  Jessica Sandven-Sorensen moved and Joanna Massie seconded approval of the Agreement as presented.  Motion passed unanimously

G.  Substitute Teacher List – nil.

H.  Transportation Contract(s) – nil.

I.   Before School Care Contract(s).  Jessica Sandven-Sorensen moved and Shawn McDonough seconded approval of the contracts as presented.  Motion passed unanimously.

J.   Out of District request(s) – nil.

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

VIII.  Claims for May 2019.  Board approved all claims for May 2019.

IX.     IX. Next Meeting Dates:

A.  13 June 2019, 7:00 am Regular Meeting

B.  Policy Meeting with MTSBA -TBD

X.      Adjourn, then …Closed Session for Principal EPAS year end.

Respectfully Submitted,

Tammy Bartos, District Clerk                                        Matt Hartle, Board Chair




R = required






R   1000                               Legal Status, Operation and Organization

R   1105                                Membership

      1110                                Taking Office

1111                                        Election

1111P                                     Candidate Orientation

1112                                       Resignation

1113                                       Vacancies

1120                                      Annual Organization Meeting

1130                                      Committees

1210                                      Qualifications, Terms, and Duties of Board Officers

1230                                      Clerk

R   1240                                Duties of Individual Trustees

R   1310                                District Policy and Procedures

1332                                      Authorization of Signatures

R   1400                               Board Meetings

1401                                      Records Available to Public

1402                                      School Board Use of Electronic Mail

1410                                       Notice Regarding Public comment

R   1420                                School Board Meeting Procedure

1425                                       Abstentions From Voting

R   1441                                 Audience Participation

1511                                        Code of Ethics for School Board Members

1512                                        Conflict of Interest

R   1513                                  Management Rights

1520                                       Board/Staff Communications

R   1521                                  Board-Administrator Relationship

1531                                        Trustee Expenses

1531F                                      Trustee Mileage Reimbursement Form

1532                                        Trustee Insurance

R   1610                                  Annual Goals and Objectives

1620                                       Evaluation of Board

1621                                        In-Service Conference for Trustees

1630                                       Utilization of Montana School Boards Association

1635                                        Internships

1640                                       Board Participation in Activities

R   1700                                 Uniform Complaint Procedure