April 27, 2009 Regular Meeting Minutes

WOODLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 404
DIRECTOR'S MEETING
MINUTES

April 27, 2009 7:00PM
Regular Meeting-WMS/WHS Commons

MEMBERS
PRESENT

 

Jim Bays, Bill Woodard, Janice Watts, Tina Cayton, Steve Madsen, Chelsey Rohm-Student Representative, Michael Green-Secretary, and Tegan Steen-Recording Secretary

OTHERS
PRESENT

 

See sign-up sheets attached.


MINUTES

 

Tina Cayton moved to approve the minutes of the April 13, 2009 regular meeting.

Steve Madsen yes
Tina Cayton yes
Bill Woodard yes
Janice Watts yes carried

Janice Watts moved to approve the minutes of the April 20, 2009 special meeting.

Steve Madsen yes
Tina Cayton yes
Bill Woodard yes
Janice Watts yes carried

 

STUDENT
REPRESENTATIVE
REPORT

 


Chelsey Rohm reported that the ASB had little feedback on the budget recommendations other than they did not think that the pay to play option was the thing to do.

OPERATIONS
REPORTS

 

The Board had no questions about the Tech, WCE or Financial/Enrollment reports.

SUPERINTENDENT
REPORT

 

Michael Green reported that the State Senate and House passed the budget. He had little detail, but anticipates that he will be receiving the pivot tables which will show more of what the impact might be on the School District's budget. They also passed a bill that describes the framework for basic education. He will send the information to the Board Friday.

CORRESPONDENCE

 

Jim Bays read a letter he received from Margaret Colf Hepola regarding the BAT recommendation of closing Yale School (attached).

Steve Madsen said he had received a letter and spoke with Grant McNeal regarding the Yale transportation issue. He appreciated speaking with Grant.

CITIZENS
REQUESTS

 

None.

BOARD REPORTS
AND REQUEST

 

None.

 

PUBLIC HEARING ON BAT PROPOSAL FOR BUDGET REDUCTIONS

 

 

Jim Bays explained the public hearing process to the audience. He said that the Board would listen to their statements and that the audience should direct their comments to the Board. The hearing began at 7:17pm.

Comments were heard by:
Cyndie Long, Candy Falk, Bill Lehning, Jewell Porter, Brian Trembley, Kelly Fink, Steve Lappe, Melissa Sanders, Lottie Stoll-Smith, Jason Cowley, Cindy Riggs, Mariah Reese, John Huffman, Patricia Stepp, Jennifer Cullison, Shari Conditt, Pete Kovalenko, Karen Wells, Tara Eilts, Kathie Netland, Julia Stoll (see attached correspondence for the record), Frank Isselhardt, Walt Hanson, Sr., and Todd Dinehart.

Jim Bays read a letter that was sent to the various employee groups and said that the Board directed the Superintendent to write and send the letter with the intention of asking the groups to consider anything to help with the budget. Steve Madsen said that there were differences in the letters and that he could see why there had been confusion.

The hearing ended at 9:00pm and Jim Bays said that the Board would take a break.

The meeting reconvened at 9:15pm.

DISCUSSION
ITEMS

 

Budget Reduction Measures

Michael Green said that the budget can be adopted in August, but there are timelines the District needs to observe regarding Reduction in Force (RIF). The statute says that teachers must be notified by May 15. A lot of work goes into the process. Hopefully, this week the Board will receive an idea and about how much the District's budget will be reduced. Based upon that number the Board can begin to get some idea on Monday about what administrative recommendations to consider. Jim Bays said that the Board doesn't have to know all of the details of the budget to pass a resolution in order to send the notices to the staff for the reduction in force. Michael said that you typically over RIF and then restore. Jim said that next week the Board will begin to go through the recommendations. Steve Madsen asked if the Board can still take input from the public. Jim said that they can continue to email the Board, call or send letters with their comments until they take formal action. Steve Madsen said that he hopes that the Board can get an answer to the Yale School issue to the citizens as soon as possible. Jim said they can work on that item first.

The Board decided that the work session will be scheduled in the Commons on Monday at 6:00pm. It will just be for the Board to work on the recommendations; not for public input. Anyone can listen.

ACTION
ITEMS

 

Consent Agenda

Bill Woodard moved to approve the consent agenda as presented.

Steve Madsen yes
Tina Cayton yes
Bill Woodard yes
Janice Watts yes carried

ADJOURNMENT

 

Board President, Jim Bays, adjourned the meeting of the Board of Directors at 9:33pm.

 

ATTEST:

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Secretary to the Board

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