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Little Snake River Valley School Advisory Board Minutes
***DRAFT until Board approved*** Minutes compiled by Tomi Sue Wille
Little Snake River Valley Advisory Board
Board Meeting Minutes
October 27, 2014
Chairman Todd Skalberg called the meeting of the Little Snake River School Advisory Board to order at 4:16 pm, Monday, October 27, 2014. Board members present included Skalberg, Jack Corson, Jenny Criswell, and ex-officio member Matt Feldmann. Guests included Joel Thomas, Fletcher Turcato, and Linda Fleming. There were 35 attendees in the audience. Skalberg welcomed the large audience and thanked them for coming.
Principal's Report: Attendance is at 176 students. Beginning of the year MAPS testing for students resulted in higher numbers than last year. ACT scores and middle school math is a focus for this year. Last year's ACT average was 20.1, and this year's goal is 21. The school will reimburse students for as many times as they want to retake the test. The attendance goal is to get above 95 percent for both staff and students. Last year we were at 96.2 percent, and we are currently 96.8 percent. Satellite radio station SiriusXM-The Highway has again adopted the LSRV football team and will follow them through the playoffs and state.
Board of Trustee's Report: Matt Feldmann reported that "everything is running smoothly and moving forward."
Superintendent's Report: Fletcher Turcato reported that LSRV is ranked third in the state as a K-12 school, based on test scores. He noted that staff attendance is a key in improving student learning and performance, so that will be a focus. He said that CCSD#1 has a high level of employee absences. He explained that future reports of student performance data will separate LSRV and Rawlins schools. Turcato plans to be in Baggs monthly on Friday mornings for breakfast/coffee at the Cowboy Inn with anyone interested.
Technology Report: Severe internet problems within in the school have been fixed with work done on two routers. Wireless ports will be installed school wide in November. A two-year plan to improve the internet will hopefully result in wireless internet access being made available to people in the town of Baggs.
Old Business: Matt Feldmann resigned from his recently elected position to the advisory board due to the fact that he is already an ex-officio member as a school board trustee. Skalberg moved to accept the letter, Criswell seconded, and the motion passed. The board previously appointed Jenny Criswell as the new board member; to make it official Corson moved to appoint her and Skalberg seconded the motion, which passed.
New Business: Skalberg then reported on the communication protocol of the advisory board and passed around a flow chart to the audience. Community members are to go through the school's principal, then either the advisory board or superintendent, then the school board. Skalberg then read a letter from the school's attorney, John Kuker, regarding the legal precedent for Bible study groups meeting in the school. He then invited Linda Fleming to address the board and the audience. Fleming read a letter, which she submitted to the board, which outlined her concerns with outdated school policy of community use and school visitors. She brought up concerns of school safety and parent permission. Skalberg invited the audience to discuss the weekly middle school Bible study group during lunch time. Several audience members expressed concerns. Superintendent Turcato addressed the audience and apologized for the lack of prior communication. Principal Thomas said "passive" permission slips were sent home with students, meaning that if parents do not want kids to attend the Bible study meetings, they need to notify the school. Turcato said that after taking a two-week break from any Bible study group, it will then be allowed to happen in the school during the lunch break under certain conditions:
1) The group must be student led. A minister can occasionally teach the students as a guest speaker, but not on a regular basis.
2) No incentives, such as food or treats, can be given during the meetings.
3) Students must have a signed permission slip from parents in order to attend.
4) The group must have a school staff member as a sponsor who will be in the room during the meetings.
5) All religions groups or other student groups will be allowed to meet in school facilities as long as they "peaceably assemble."
In other new business, Linda Fleming praised the LSRV FFA chapter for their four-year project of cleaning up the "poor-farm" cemetery. The project has been completed and the cemetery was dedicated on October 24.
The next advisory board meeting will be on December 8, 4:15 p.m., and the main items of the agenda will be the principal's report on data, student performance, and the policy defining LSRV as a unit school. The meeting was adjourned by motion (Jack moved and Jenny seconded) at 5:35 p.m.