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Little Snake River Valley School Advisory Board Minutes
April 18 Advisory Board Minutes
Tomi Sue Wille
(These are unofficial minutes. Official minutes, kept by the secretary, will be approved at the next board meeting.)
The Advisory Board meeting on April 18, 2016, was called to order by Chairman Keith Duncan at 4:16 p.m. Those present included board members: Duncan, Jack Corson, and Todd Skalberg, as well as ex-officio member Matt Feldmann.
Guests in attendance included: Jamie Litvinoff, Kody Feldmann, Amy Feldmann, Robyn Cozzens, Danielle McKee, Brenda Updike, Donna Gallenbeck.
Chairman Duncan asked if there were any additions to the agenda. There were none.
A motion was made by Corson, and seconded by Skalberg, to approve the minutes of the last meeting on Feb. 15, 2016, with all voting aye.
Principal's Report: Enrollment: 168; Free and Reduced Lunch: 22%; IDEA: 10%, ELL: 4%
Student Achievement: PAWS testing in complete; ACT is next week; MAPS is just around the corner. The Aspire test has come with some growing pains due to moving to computers. Thomas said he is excited for the faster feedback and to the formative portions of the assessments our students will have access to.
A LSRV 5th grader, Kody Feldmann, wrote a grant to receive funding for the school to put on a STEM camp for the summer. With the help of Grant Director Heather Mortensen and the support of Superintendent Fletcher Turcato, LSRV will have our first STEM Camp this summer. Thomas said, “The greatest asset we have is often times our students!” The camp will be open to 3rd-8th graders.
Kody addressed the board and explained what he does in the current STEM class. He gave a demonstration with a robot he built in STEM class.
Staffing: Some positions have been filled: Mark Gillies for counseling, and Brooke Belohlavek for art. The school is still interviewing for math position. Jenny Evans has been hired for assistant volleyball in high school, and Paul Prestrud for head high school basketball.
School Board Report: Feldmann noted that the next school board meeting will be held in Baggs, April 28, at 6:00 pm. He said LSRV staff and students will be recognized. He said the first Meet and Confer meeting between school staff, administrators, and the board was held and was efficient and successful. Mrs. Litvinoff compared the process to the past negotiations process, and she said this new process was much more positive.
Feldmann shared a few highlights from his time in Boston at the National School Board Association Meeting. He shared a low cost drug testing option that he found and also showed a demonstration of an online learning program/curriculum (Acellus). He also shared an idea he picked up from a New Balance booth that he will pass on to some of the coaches.
Feldmann suggested that the Advisory Board attend the school board meeting next Thursday to discuss their ideas for drug/alcohol testing.
District wide, there is expected to be a 100-150 person drop in student enrollment next school year due to the declining economy. LSRV will be impacted with the loss of one full-time position.
Superintendent's Report: none
Technology Report: Audience and administrator discussion was held on poor internet throughout the building. The advisory board would like the technology director to attend the September Advisory Board meeting to discuss any outstanding issues with technology and a plan to address them.
Old Business: none
New Business: Already covered in reports.
Audience/Board Discussion: A question was asked concerning the “active shooter training,” help at the school on a Friday afternoon. Thomas reported that it was very well received and effective. It has and will help both the school and law enforcement go through various scenarios and planning.
Next meeting date: The Advisory Board will wait until summer to set next year's meeting dates, but will schedule the first one in mid-August to mid-September.
Executive Session: Corson moved and Skalberg seconded a motion to go into Executive Session to discuss scholarship selections. The motion was approved. Skalberg dismissed himself due to a conflict of interest because his daughter has applied for the scholarship.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:35 pm.