Dave Blasey Penny Lippert Sarah Anderson Chanda Arneson Todd Jorde
DAKOTA PRAIRIE SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 1 TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2017 6:30 P.M. REGULAR BOARD MEETING The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Todd Jorde with members Sarah Anderson, Chanda Arneson, and Penny Lippert present. Also present were Superintendent Jay Slade, Principals Jackie Bye and Andrew Mondry.
The bills, minutes and financial reports were presented for the board’s approval. Motion by Sarah Anderson, Second by Chanda Arneson to approve the minutes as printed, the financial reports as presented and the bills for payment. All in favor, motion carried. The counselors presented a video on the Sources of Strength program that is implemented at Dakota Prairie. Elementary Principal Report: Building report, looking into the possibility of a playground grant, we have had a company come out and look at the space available and they will give us a quote on what would fit. We also need new fire detection units in the Elementary. The Town Hall meetings have been going well. 2 hour Staff Professional Development before Thanksgiving Break. The students took Trips to the Nursing Homes in McVille and Aneta to sing Halloween songs, the Christmas Concert is December 7th at 2 p.m. This is American Education Week, we are celebrating with food and planned activities.
Dave Blasey entered the Meeting.
High School Principals Report: Sophomores attended a Career Expo in Grand Forks, Girls Basketball has started, we will be having a speaker next week to talk to the students on cyber bullying for grades 4-12 and then 7-12 on leadership. Dinner Theater is in Pekin, our Christmas Concert is December 5th at 7 p.m., Knight of the Month Junior High Academic Olympics competed in Northwood they did very well. Working on ALICE training at the early out before Thanksgiving. We have completed all of the required Suicide prevention training. Staff evaluations are being finished up.
Mr. Slade reported on: ND State Assessment vs ACT, and the pro and con to both, the decision on what will be used as the final assessment for the students will need to be made in January or February. Mr. Parsley and Mrs. Hodny addressed the issue with the board. This is something that we will need to make a decision on, but do not have to rush it and would like the board to think about the information that has been presented.
Discussion on if the meeting times for School Board meeting should be changed to the a.m. during busy times or just leave things as they are, and leave the times also if evenings don’t work and if the agenda allows, we could hold the meeting by conference call. Early Graduation policy says that no more than 1 class can be taken during summer school towards early graduation, the parent who has been talking about this would like that section removed. The policy committee will meet next month on this issue prior to the regular board meeting. Decision Items: Mr. Slade would request $20,000 to purchase a side by side, trip to Vegas and a couple of other smaller prizes. He would like to sell either 1,000 at $25 or 500 at $50 each. What would be the board’s opinion? Need to decide if we are going to send tickets with kids just how the tickets would be sent. Motion by Penny Lippert to approve the $20,000 for prizes Second by Chanda Arneson and to sell 1,000 tickets at $25 each. All in favor, motion carried. We have sent some of our students to Larimore a couple of different years to participate in their wrestling program. Mr. Slade would like the board to agree to enter into wrestling co-op with Larimore, at this time they are not charging us any fees. Motion by Sarah Anderson, Second by Dave Blasey to approve a wrestling co-op with Larimore. All in favor, motion carried.
Mr. Slade told the board how the process went for selecting the mascot, and showed them the 4 designs that are being voted on. We are welcome to join the FFA Chapter with Lakota if we have students interested. Nancy Charles was one of the ones who are interested in the program, she gave the board the reasoning behind the request. In order to join, we need to offer an on line agriculture class, there are many to choose from. Motion by Dave Blasey, Second Chanda Arneson to accept Lakota’s offer to join their FFA Chapter. All in favor, motion carried.
We have a bid from MAVO Systems to remove the asbestos in the elementary hallways and the rest of the lunch room of $25,000. Motion by Dave Blasey, Second Sarah Anderson to accept the asbestos bid from MAVO for asbestos removal. All in favor, motion carried.
To update the fire alarm system in the elementary we have received one bid. By DPI mandate, we will be required to obtain additional bids. We are also looking at a camera system for the elementary. We need the board to approve the Tuition Waiver and open enrollment for Star Strand an eighth grader from Larimore to attend school in Dakota Prairie. Motion by Chanda Arneson, Second by Penny Lippert to approve the Tuition Waiver and open enrollment for Star Strand. All in favor, motion carried. Next meeting December 11, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. The Policy Committee will meet at 6:15. Motion by Chanda Arneson to adjourn.