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Little Snake River Valley School Advisory Board Minutes
***DRAFT until Board approved*** Minutes compiled by Tomi Sue Wille
Advisory Board Minutes November 2, 2015
(These are unofficial minutes. Official minutes, kept by the secretary, will be approved at the next board meeting.)
The Advisory Board meeting on Nov. 2, 2015, was called to order by Chairman Todd Skalberg at 4:15 p.m. Those present included board members: Skalberg, Jack Corson, and Jenny Criswell, as well as Principal Joel Thomas and CCSD #1 school board member Matt Feldmann.
Others in attendance included: Ben Cozzens, Josh Cozzens, Robyn Cozzens, Patty Waldron, Susan Leonhardt, Floydene Orchard, Dawn Arnell, Kyla Otte, Christy Stocks, Jamie Litvinoff, Celia Corson, Dennis Criswell, H.D. Criswell, Keith Duncan, Michelle Duncan, Brian Lally, Meghan Lally, Amanda Dellen, Ryan Kudera, and Tomi Sue Wille.
Chairman Skalberg asked, but there were no changes to the agenda.
A motion was made by Corson, and seconded by Criswell, to approve the minutes of the last meeting, with all voting aye.
Principal's Report: Joel Thomas discussed national changes to the MAPS testing format. The school scored higher than ever before at the beginning of the year, but students did not test until October because of the time to make the upgrades to the format. The test was harder, but went smoothly and gave great data. Corson asked Thomas about the data from MAPS testing. Thomas said the numbers on MAPS do not compare directly to the PAWS or ACT tests, and he also noted that the PAWS test is facing many changes. “However, based on the idea that students must score at least 60 percent proficiency on MAPS in order to pass PAWS, we will do better on PAWS than we have in the past,” he said.
Thomas said the school and community had the best homecoming week ever. The supportive students and community brought about an amazing school spirit. The community pep band also made a nice addition.
School Board Report: Matt Feldmann said there was nothing to report.
Superintendent's Report: none available
Technology Report: Joel Thomas noted that many curriculums going to online versions, but Wyoming schools currently do not have the technology and bandwidth available to make that work for everyone at once.
Old Business: Skalberg updated those in attendance regarding the proposal from the last meeting to write a Memorandum of Understanding with the school board, which would replace the Unit School Agreement. Prior to the committee meeting to do just that, the school board's attorney stated that the CCSD #1 School Board is not willing to enter a MOU agreement with the LSRV Advisory Board. Skalberg said at this time the Advisory Board is not going to pursue writing the MOU.
Board member Matt Feldmann reported that the school board has no reason to enter the agreement. He explained that for an agreement each side has to have something to gain, so from their viewpoint there is no need for an agreement because current state statute allows for the authority of an Advisory Board. Feldmann said, “Personally, I think there are some important things in there [in the Unit School Agreement], but it's my opinion let it die for a year, then there a few things that we might be able to get accomplished later.”
H.D. Criswell asked why there needs to be any change made to the Unit School Agreement. Patty Waldron reminded the audience that it was adopted by the school board a long time ago. Corson gave background information about the change in state statute in 1997 which removed any legal authority of a Unit School Agreement. Skalberg read from the school attorney's letter which said the Advisory Board operates under the authority of state statute, but any other kind of agreement in not legally binding.
Waldron asked Feldmann if the entire school board was in agreement with this opinion, and Feldmann answered that the issue has never been officially brought to the school board. Feldmann gave his opinion that he would like to see a requirement that LSRV have school board representation, but this is currently not supported by state statue. Feldmann reminded the audience that our current school administration gives our school autonomy in hiring, budgeting, etc., so he believes it would be best to leave the issue alone for now. Corson told the audience that the best way to have input is to attend, both School Board and Advisory Board meetings. H.D. Criswell reiterated that the Unit School Agreement “is better than nothing.” Waldron reminded the audience that the Agreement has never been abolished by the School Board. Christy Stocks agreed that when there is a “good school board and good administration” in place there is less need for such an agreement.
Tomi Sue Wille asked about the actual legal authority of the Advisory Board without having an agreement with the School Board. Feldmann read from the state statute: 1) an advisory board is allowed when a community is 20 miles or more from the central administration and when 50 percent or more parents agree to have one; 2) minutes of advisory board meetings are to be submitted to the school board; 3) the advisory board is able to present grievances and recommendations at regular school board meetings.
New Business: Jenny Criswell's three-year position was up for election. Three candidates, Robyn Cozzens, Keith Duncan, and Ryan Kudera, said they were interested, and each spoke about past experience or desire to serve. By secret ballot, Keith Duncan was elected.
Chairman Skalberg thanked Jenny Criswell for her time served on the Advisory Board. He noted her professionalism and thoughtfulness in meetings.
The next Advisory Board meeting will be Dec. 7, 4:15 p.m., in the school library.
Audience Discussion: none
At 5:15 p.m., Corson moved and Criswell seconded, to adjourn the meeting.