Most of my time this past month has been spent on two pursuits – the Superintendent Search and the CCS BEST Grant/Building.
As the BOE is aware, we have accomplished quite a bit this past month towards finding a new Superintendent, including screening eleven applications, having background checks completed, narrowing our search down to three finalists, and by the time we have our BOE meeting on April 19th we will have met the two final candidates, interviewed them, and hopefully be ready for a final decision. Whew! Good job BOE, especially Board President Sage Godfrey. And thanks to the volunteers on the screening and interview committees.
I have been very involved once again with the BEST Grant project, especially as CCS gets closer to a purchase agreement with the Town of Crestone, and closer to the deadline date of June 30th to get this land deal completed. September 30, 2010 is the deadline for getting a different piece of land if the Crestone property deal falls through. But it looks like CCS will be able to close the deal on the Crestone property, though the closing date of May 3rd that they are shooting for may not happen.
The reason this is taking so long is because of a multitude of complicated things that have to be approved by CDE, especially the Off-Site Improvement Agreement which deals with such crucial issues as putting in a road, various easements, bringing in utilities, water pressure for emergencies, and much more. The Owner’s Rep firm, ARC, continues to be very helpful as we work through these details plus ongoing changes to the purchase agreement, all of which must be approved by CDE and State Attorney General’s office. Once the land has been purchased and the financing finalized, the actual building project, starting with accepting proposals from architects, can begin. Once that gets underway, I expect the Stakeholders Committee, which I have agreed to chair in the early stages of the process, will start meeting.
Superintendent Approved Minutes
Board of Education Regular Meeting 5:30 p.m.
Moffat Consolidated School District No. 2
Minutes for the regular meeting held on April 19, 2010 in the Moffat Consolidated School Cafeteria.
1. Call to Order
President Godfrey called the meeting to order at 5:39 p.m. with the following in attendance.
Members Present Others Present
Hank Day Eli Dokson, Superintendent
Linda Godfrey Linda Stagner, Business Manager
Michelle Olsen Karen Hazard, Business Manager
Staci Shellabarger Michelle Hashbarger, Principal
Tina Freel, Rene Freel, Linda Eickhoff, Doug Bishop, Eric Frey, Carlos Silva, Annika Storm and Kirk Banghart.
President Godfrey welcomed Kirk Banghart, newly hired superintendent, to the meeting. She noted that the community was more involved with hiring process.
2.Citizens who wish to address the Board
There were none.
3.Adoption of Agenda
Motion by Olsen, second by Shellabarger to accept the agenda as amended. President Godfrey added to item 4c. NHS Dinner, 4d. DAC Committee Data, and to 12d. IPGA Conference. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.
a.Moffat Teacher of the Year Dinner- April 21
b.End of the Year Activities
d.DAC Committee Data
Logistics of events were discussed.
5.Approval of Minutes
Motion by Olsen, second by Shellabarger to approve the minutes of the March 15, 2010 meeting wit the following correction: Page 4, line 2, change the word burned to turned. The Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.
Superintendent Dokson reported on the BEST Grant progress.
Moffat School completed a BEST grant application for a new gym floor and bleachers. The current floor and bleachers present health issues. President Godfrey asked if the board should have been notified. Superintendent Dokson responded that yes but there were extreme time constraints on getting the grant turned in.
The compass learning math program was discussed. There have been a lot of technology problems with the process.
Linda Stagner and Karen Hazard reported on the CASBO conference they attended about school finance and the impact of proposed legislation.
B.Moffat School Principal
Principal Hashbarger discussed the Moffat School activities.
C. CCS Director
Kathryn Brady was ill. Anika Storm welcomed Mr. Banghart to the Moffat School system on behalf of CCS.
The activities at CCS were discussed.
President Godfrey commended David Billesback for this year’s CSAP hand off. Linda Eickhoff stated that the process was a lot better this year.
Board attendance at CCS meetings was discussed.
7.Required approvals agenda
a.Approval of Monthly Expenditures
b.Approval of new hirings: Gretchen Haller (Preschool Aide), Christina Harrell (substitute teacher), Erroll Drake (substitute teacher).
Motion by Olsen to approve the required approvals. Seconded by Shellabarger. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.
President Godfrey called a recess 6:40 p.m.
The board reconvened at 7:00 p.m.
8.Board Education: BOCES Distance Learning Grant/Internet Broadband Update
Eight school districts of BOCES are participating in a Distance Learning Grant. Moffat would have to increase the internet broadband speed before implementation.
9. Monitoring Reports:
EL-5 Financial Condition and Activities
Superintendent Dokson reported that the finances of Moffat School were stable. Olsen moved to approve EL-5 Financial Condition and Activities as submitted. Seconded by Shellabarger. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.
EL-8 Compensation and Benefits
Salary schedules were discussed. Olsen moved to accept EL-8 as submitted. Seconded by Shellabarger. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.
10. Agenda Mistake
11. Old Business
The superintendent contract was reviewed.
Olsen moved to offer the position of superintendent of Moffat Cons. School to Kirk Banghart with a salary of $78,000 for twelve months starting July 1, 2010 and ending June 30, 2011. Seconded by Shellabarger. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.
b.Update on CCS BEST Grant/New Building
c.Teacher of the Year-Including CCS
The teacher of the year will include a teacher from CCS every three years starting next year.
d.Revision of ENDS Policy E-2
Olsen moved to accept as first reading E-2 as revised. Seconded by Shellabarger. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.
e.Approval of Revisions to EL-9, GP-4
Olsen moved to approve as second reading and adopt EL-9 as amended. Seconded by Shellabrger. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.
Olsen moved to approve as second reading and adopt GP-4 as amended. Seconded by Shellabarger. Motion carried by unanimous roll call vote.
f.Discussion of Changes to Superintendent contract Language
Done in a.
12. New Business
a.Notification of New or Revised Administrative Policies: EFEA*-E, KICI,JKD/JKE-R, JLCDA*
Superintendent Dokson presented administrative policy changes.
b.Change of Date June BOE Meeting
The June BOE meeting will be held June 28, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. in the Moffat School cafeteria.
c.Service Plan for Proposed Baca Crestone Fire Protection District
The BACA Fire and Protection District has asked the board for a letter of support for their organization to form a new fire district. After discussion the board declined taking a position.
President Godfrey, Hank Day and Kirk Banghart will be attending the National IPGA Conference in Las Vegas, NV in July.
13. Board Self-evaluation
a. BSR-5 Monitoring Superintendent Performance
b. GP-5 Chairperson’s Role
c. GP-6 Board Members’ Code of Conduct
The board reviewed and discussed the above policies.
President Godfrey will answer a student letter to the BOE.
14. Optional: Executive Session: 24-6-402 (4)(a)(b)(c)(d)(e)(f)(g)(h) personnelNone.
President Godfrey adjourned the meeting 9:30 p.m.
Linda Godfrey, President Staci Shellabarger, Secy./Treas.