CRESTON SCHOOL DISTRICT #9
REORGANIZATION & REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
12 May 2022
I. Call to order. Jessica Sandven-Sorensen called the Board of Trustees meeting to order at 7:03 a.m. The meeting was held in the gym. Present were Board Trustees Jessica Sandven-Sorensen, Twila Brenneman, Barry Farrell, Nevada Hafer, Julie Horton and Walter Graves. Also in attendance were Tami Ward, Principal, Tammy Bartos, District Clerk, and Jennifer Johnson, Teacher and CEA President.
II. Minutes of 14 April 2022. Twila Brenneman motioned to approve the minutes as presented. Nevada Hafer seconded. Motion passed unanimously.
III. Results of Trustee Election. The trustee election was cancelled by acclamation. We had two trustee openings and two candidate filings. Elected by Acclamation for 3-year terms: Barry Farrell and Walter Graves. Nevada Hafer motioned to approve the trustee election results as presented. Twila Brenneman seconded. Motion passed unanimously.
IV. Oath of Office for Newly Elected Trustees. Jack Eggensperger, Flathead County Superintendent of Schools administered the oath of office to Barry Farrell and Walter Graves.
V. Recognition to Outgoing Trustees. Thanks was given to Julie Horton for her service since her appointment on December 9, 2021.
VI. Adjourn Meeting. This portion of the meeting was adjourned at 7:09 a.m. and Julie Horton left the meeting.
VII. Call to Order. Jessica Sandven-Sorensen called the Board of Trustees meeting to order at 7:09 a.m. with newly seated trustee Walter Graves joining the Board.
VIII. Reorganization of the Board of Trustees
A. Nomination and Election of Board Chair. Barry Farrell nominated and motioned to elect Jessica Sandven-Sorensen as Board Chair. Nevada Hafer seconded. Motion passed unanimously.
B. Nomination and Election of Vice-Chair. Jessica Sandven-Sorensen nominated and motioned to elect Twila Brenneman as Vice-Chair. Barry Farrell seconded. Motion passed unanimously.
C. Appointment and Oath of Office of District Clerk. Twila Brenneman motioned to appoint Tammy Bartos as District Clerk. Nevada Hafer seconded. Motion passed unanimously. Jack Eggensperger administered the oath of office.
D. Discussion of procedures and expectations for the coming year. Items discussed were the meeting schedule, board packets and trustee resources. Discussion only.
IX. Public Participation / Correspondence – nil.
A. ESSA School Report Card 2020-21. A copy of the report was provided.
B. MTSBA Annual Meeting. A copy of a notice was provided. Nevada Hafer and Walter Graves intend to attend remotely/virtually.
C. Hiring Committee. There was an interview meeting held on May 4th. The committee agreed to field more applicants for the position of a 1.0 FTE Teacher.
A. Clerk. The monthly budget expenditure report was provided through 30 April 2022. General Fund is 75% committed and the Total of all Funds is 59% committed. Fund 115 Project Report was also provided. Accounts are reconciled to the County Treasurer through March 2022.
B. Principal. Current Student Enrollment is 111. Monthly building inspections have been completed. Our community focus this month is picking up trash on Creston and Riverside Road. Creston School 3rd – 6th graders participated in Smarter Balanced Assessments April 25 – May 13th. Kindergarten Roundup was May 11th, and we are predicting our enrollment for the incoming class to be between 15-18 students. The Creston Learning Fair will be held May 19th, in an open house format, where kindergarten thru sixth grade student art, writing projects and music will be featured. On May 13th we will have an Indian Education For All (IEFA) Collaboration day for our students; they will participate in interactive learning activities taught by the staff. School Spirit Days will be held June 6 – 10 with a daily theme. A drawing for three Kindle Fires, donated by Kalispell Masonic Lodge #42, will be held at the student ice cream social for our I Love to Read contest. On April 28th a meeting was held with teachers and incoming principal Rachel Stevens to plan for the upcoming school year. There were zero confirmed positive coronavirus cases in our learning environment during the month of April and twenty total cases this school year.
C. Staff. Jen Johnson shared the staff report via a Google Slide presentation.
XII. Policies – Consideration of Action:
A. MTSBA Policy Updates per 3/18/22 Notice – 2nd Read: 3612, 3612F, 3612P. Barry Farrell motioned to approve the updates to policies 3612, 3612F and new procedure 3612P as presented. Twila Brenneman seconded. Motion passed unanimously.
B. MTSBA Policy Updates per 3/18/22 Notice – 1st Read: 5223, 5314, 5450, 5450F, 5450P, 8300. This was the first read of these policy updates; no action taken.
XIII. Consideration of Action Items:
A. Preschool Program Interlocal Agreement with Flathead Special Education Cooperative. A renewal agreement, the FSEC Preschool Program is a center-based program that provides preschool services to children ages 3 through 5 who are residents of the participating school districts and meet eligibility criteria. Nevada Hafer moved to approve the FSEC Preschool Program Interlocal Agreement for fiscal year 2022-2023 as presented. Barry Farrell seconded. Motion passed unanimously.
B. STAR Communication Program Interlocal Agreement with Flathead Special Education Cooperative. A renewal agreement, the FSEC STAR Communication Disorders Program is a collaborative effort by the member school districts to provide and implement a program to meet the needs of students who have Autism or related characteristics and behaviors that impede their ability to communicate and be successful within their neighborhood school. Twila Brenneman moved to approve the FSEC STAR Communication Program Interlocal Agreement for fiscal year 2022-2023 as presented with a correction in paragraph three to reflect 2022-2023 school year. Nevada Hafer seconded. Motion passed unanimously
C. Global Archives Quote / Records Management and Storage. Information only provided regarding this company which provides records management and storage options.
D. Resolution Requesting County to Run Election 2023. A formal request, in accordance with 20-20-417 MCA, that the 2023 annual school election be conducted by the Flathead County Election Administration instead of Creston School conducting its own election. The full resolution was provided. Twila Brenneman moved to approve the resolution as presented. Barry Farrell seconded. Motion passed unanimously.
E. Safe Return to School and Continuity of Services Plan. Information only.
F. Montana Small Schools Alliance (MSSA) Programs Agreement. This is a standard agreement between school districts and the MSSA. MSSA provides a teacher certified and appropriately endorsed professional to help our district meet the Library and Guidance Chapter 55 requirement. The fee for this is $600 for the year. Also, included in the request is the Curriculum Consortium Agreement to meet our Title II federal requirements. The fee is $1,649 for the school year. Barry Farrell moved to approve the Letter of Agreement for the MSSA Programs 2022-23 as presented. Twila Brenneman seconded. Motion passed unanimously.
G. Gym & School Grounds Use Requests – nil.
XIV. Claims Approval – Nevada Hafer moved to approve the claims list as presented. Twila Brenneman seconded. Motion passed unanimously.
XV. Next Meeting Dates:
A. 9 June 2022, 7:00 am Regular Meeting
B. August 2022, 7:00 am Regular Meeting. Correction: 11 August 2022. Also, the Budget Meeting will be held in August.
XVI. Board Work Session – Training and Discussion for Board Professional Development
A. MTSBA’s Upcoming Trainings. Jessica Sandven-Sorensen led a discussion covering this topic.
XVII. Adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 8:05 a.m.
/s/Tammy Bartos, District Clerk
/s/Jessica Sandven-Sorensen, Board Chair