CRESTON SCHOOL DISTRICT #9
REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
13 October 2022
I. Call to order. Jessica Sandven-Sorensen called the Board of Trustees meeting to order at 7:07 a.m. The meeting was held in the gym. Present were Board Trustees Jessica Sandven-Sorensen, Twila Brenneman, Barry Farrell, Nevada Hafer and Walter Graves. Also in attendance were Tammy Bartos, District Clerk, Jennifer Johnson, Teacher and CEA President, Cindi Conley, Special Education Teacher, and one community member.
II. Minutes of 8 September 2022. Barry Farrell motioned to approve the minutes as presented. Nevada Hafer seconded. Motion passed unanimously.
III. Public Participation / Correspondence – nil.
A. Intercom/Phone Committee. The committee met on September 22, 2022 and discussed a plan for exploring options regarding a new phone/intercom system. On October 6th the committee met with representatives from Access Montana, and they presented options for a new system. A meeting is scheduled with Systems Northwest on October 27th and Mrs. Stevens is in communication with MontanaSky regarding setting up a meeting.
B. MSPLIP Inspection Report. The report in full was presented. There were a few minor recommendations, and they have each been taken care of.
A. Clerk. The monthly budget expenditure report was provided through 30 September 2022. General Fund is 18% committed and the Total of all Funds is 14% committed. Fund 115 Project Report was also provided. Accounts are reconciled to the County Treasurer through August 2022. Worker’s Compensation Audit of policy period 7/1/2021 through 7/1/2022 was submitted 9/20/2022.
B. Principal. Mrs. Stevens was absent and Mrs. Sandven-Sorensen presented the report. Student Enrollment is 120. A planned professional development is scheduled in November for teachers to work together to focus on integrating math games in math instruction. Benchmark assessments/Interventions for Learning Loss for the 2022/2023 school year are completed for math and reading; data was analyzed and students needing additional services/interventions were identified and services have begun. A representative from Secure Education Consultants toured our facilities on September 28, 2022 and a report of his findings will be sent when it is completed. The first meeting of the Safety Committee is scheduled for November 2, 2022. We’ve had two safety drills to date and have a fire drill scheduled for October 14 in conjunction with the Creston Fire Department. Teacher evaluations are scheduled and in process. Homeless Liaison training is completed. Program Director of Indian Education for All training is in process. Gifted and Talented Program Director training is being sought out. Title IX training through MTSBA is scheduled in November.
C. Staff. Jen Johnson shared the staff report via a Google Slide presentation.
VI. Consideration of Action Items:
A. Bartos Employment Contract Amendment. An amended contract was presented with an end date of June 30, 2023, or sooner; this is to allow for a better transition in office administration. Twila Brenneman motioned to approve the revised employment contract of Mrs. Bartos as presented. Barry Farrell seconded. Motion passed unanimously.
B. 2022/2023 Extra Duty Contracts – Custodian Duties. A list of current employees willing to fill in as substitute custodian was presented. Nevada Hafer moved to approve the 2022/2023 Custodian Extra Duty contracts as presented. Barry Farrell seconded. Motion passed unanimously.
C. Safe Return to School and Continuity of Services Plan. No updates presented. No action taken.
D. MTSUIP Annual Meeting. Information regarding the annual meeting was presented. No action taken.
E. Transportation Contracts. Two (2) contracts were presented. Twila Brenneman moved to approve the transportation contracts as presented. Nevada Hafer seconded. Motion passed unanimously.
F. Before School Care Contracts – nil.
G. Out-of-District Requests. Attendance agreement request for 1 student that resides in our district, attending another district. Twila Brenneman moved to acknowledge the receipt of this attendance agreement. Barry Farrell seconded. Motion passed unanimously. Attendance agreements for forty-one (41) students that reside outside of our district, requesting Creston School District as their school of choice. Nevada Hafer moved to approve these attendance agreements. Twila Brenneman seconded. Motion passed unanimously.
H. Gym & School Grounds Use Requests. One request was presented for Mountain View Christian Church to use the gym on Sunday, October 16th and 23rd from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to plug in two bounce houses for children as an extension of an open house event they are hosting at the Eastside Grange. Barry Farrell moved to approve the gym use request as presented. Twila Brenneman seconded. Motion passed unanimously.
I. Board Work Session – Training and Discussion for Board Professional Development
1. Trustee Responsibilities and Meeting Protocols. Jessica Sandven-Sorensen led a discussion covering this topic.
VII. Claims Approval. Twila Brenneman moved to approve the claims list as presented. Nevada Hafer seconded. Motion passed unanimously.
VIII. Next Meeting Dates:
A. 10 November 2022, 7:00 am
B. 8 December 2022, 7:00 am
IX. Adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 7:47 a.m.
/s/Tammy Bartos, District Clerk
/s/Jessica Sandven-Sorensen, Board Chair