|The Bismarck School Board met on April 26, 2010, in the Tom Baker Room of the City/County Office Building.
Board President Olson called the meeting to order at 5:15 p.m. and requested that the Business Manager call the roll.
Members present: Paul Govig, Lawrence King, Dan Kuntz, Steve Marquardt, and Marcia Olson.
Following agreement on the agenda, Mrs. Olson called upon Superintendent Paul Johnson to introduce the individuals who would be making presentations at the meeting. Dr. Johnson began by calling upon Mayor John Warford who presented the Dollars for Scholars scholarships. Mayor Warford presented scholarships to the following students: Rebecca Labak of BHS received a scholarship from Coburns/Cash Wise Foods, Allison Martin of BHS received a scholarship from the BHS Alumni Class of 1981, Oliver Boeckel of BHS received a scholarship from the Bank of North Dakota and North Dakota Dollars for Scholars, and Laura Asplund of CHS, Faith Winings of CHS, Tiffany Shiu of CHS, Bobbi Jo Vandal of BHS, Erik Jensen of CHS, Elise Braun of BHS, Alyxandra Sprynczynatyk of BHS, and Jessica Wass of CHS all received scholarships from Bismarck Dollars for Scholars. The Board congratulated each of the scholarship recipients.
Dr. Johnson then introduced John Westbee, President of the Bismarck Public Schools Foundation, to present the annual Foundation scholarships along with Karen Bjella, Executive Director of the Foundation. Scholarships were awarded to the following students: Jared Berg of Bismarck High School and Kristin Canham of Century High School received awards from the Bismarck Schools Scholarship Fund; Cody Hilzendeger of CHS received the Jim and Barbara Blaine Scholarship; Tate Leapaldt of CHS received the Paulie Paul Scholarship; Cody Willits of CHS received the Tom Sturdevant Scholarship; Faith Winings of CHS received the Chris Traeholt Scholarship; Dennis Kuntz of BHS received the Edgar Bollinger Scholarship; Meghan Conlin of BHS received the Guy Larson Scholarship; Jared Berg of BHS received the Alton Carl Wolfer Scholarship; Ethan Arlien of BHS received the Kenneth Hendrickson Scholarship; Bobbi Jo Vandal of BHS received the Paul Walz Scholarship; and Briana Denning of BHS received the Richard and Ileane Biwer Scholarship. The Board congratulated each of the scholarship recipients.
Dr. Johnson called upon John Salwei, Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Schools and Curriculum Instruction, who announced that Dave Sherwin was recently named Technology Leader of the Year for Large Schools by the North Dakota Association of Technology Leaders. The Board congratulated Mr. Sherwin for receiving this recognition.
Fran Rodenburg, Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Schools and Student Services, then announced that Carrie Grosz had recently been named Humanitarian of the Year by the Bismarck Human Relations Council as well as being selected as the recipient of the Sakakawea Award from the Young Professionals Network. The Board congratulated Mrs. Grosz for her awards.
Under Superintendent’s reports, Dr. Johnson called upon Dr. Salwei to give a report on dropouts. Dr. Salwei provided Board members with a report on the number of students who have either dropped out, graduated, or transferred to other districts since the beginning of the school year.
Dr. Salwei and Mrs. Rodenburg then explained the information that had recently been received from the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction regarding the district’s North Dakota Assessment and Adequate Yearly Progress results.
Ed Gerhardt, Business Manager, gave the financial report for March. He reported that the General Fund balance was $40,171,509 and that the total balance of all funds maintained by the Bismarck School District was $50,003,255 as of March 31, 2010.
Darin Scherr, Director of Facilities and Transportation, gave an
update on the construction projects at Sunrise Elementary School and the BPS Career Academy. Board members were also provided information regarding the status of payments on the construction projects.
There were no Board responses to presentations made at previous meetings.
It was moved by Mr. Marquardt and seconded by Mr. Govig to approve the following list of items on the Consent Agenda in accord with the recommendations made by the administration: the minutes of the April 12 regular and April 15, 2010, special School Board meetings; the resignation submitted by Billie Gibson, effective at the end of the 2009-10 school year; the hiring and salaries of Christen Carufel, $44,105, Carmen Ferguson, $47,705, and Hillary Geiger, 47,705; and the appoint-ment of Fran Rodenburg as the Title I ARRA representative for the district and John Salwei as the Title II-D ARRA representative for the district. Upon roll call vote, all members voted aye. Motion carried.
Mrs. Olson announced that it was the time scheduled for public appearances. She asked Dr. Johnson if anyone had contacted him to request an opportunity to address the Board. Dr. Johnson stated that Brendan Joyce, a parent at Grimsrud Elementary School, wished to address the Board regarding a transfer request he had submitted for his children. Also addressing the Board was Jackie Freborg, parent of a Grimsrud student, who wished to transfer back to Rita Murphy.
The only item of Unfinished Business on the Agenda was discussion of the 2010-11 budget. Dr. Johnson explained that it might be best for the Board to schedule a special meeting to review the proposed budget in depth. It was the consensus of the Board that a special meeting would be scheduled in the near future to discuss the 2010-11 budget and related issues.
The first item under New Business was a discussion of in-city busing. It was the consensus of the Board to postpone discussion of this topic until the special budget meeting since the implementation of in-city busing would have an impact on the 2010-11 budget.
Mr. Scherr explained his request for authorization to begin the process of hiring head custodians for Sunrise Elementary School and the Career Academy. Following some discussion, it was moved by Mr. Govig and seconded by Mr. King to authorize the hiring of head custodians for Sunrise Elementary School and the BPS Career Academy. Upon roll call vote, all members voted aye. Motion carried.
Mr. Scherr explained the bids that had been received for the replacement of the boilers at Century High School. Following some discussion, it was moved by Mr. Govig and seconded by Mr. King to award the contract for the CHS boiler replacement project to Central Mechanical in the amount of $315,300. Upon roll call vote, all members voted aye. Motion carried.
Mr. Scherr explained the proposals received for playground equipment for Sunrise Elementary School. A committee had been formed to review the proposals and decide upon playground equipment for Sunrise. It was the committee’s recommendation that the proposal submitted by Oullette Recreation in the amount of $100,000 be accepted. Following some discussion, it was moved by Mr. Kuntz and seconded by Mr. Govig to accept the recommendations of the Sunrise Elementary School Committee and award the playground project to Oullette Recreation for $100,000. Upon roll call vote, all members voted aye. Motion carried.
The Board reviewed the bids that had been received for welding equipment for the Career Academy. Following Mr. Scherr’s explanation, it was moved by Mr. Govig and seconded by Mr. Marquardt to accept the proposal submitted by Praxair for the combined amount of $95,648.93 for fume extraction units and portable welders for the BPS Career Academy. Upon roll call vote, all members voted aye. Motion carried.
Mr. Scherr then explained the proposals his department had received for snow removal for the 2010-11 school year. Following Mr. Scherr’s explanation, it was moved by Mr. Govig and seconded by Mr. King to accept the recommendations as contained in the memo from Mr. Scherr regarding snow removal contracts for 2010-11. Upon roll call vote, all members voted aye. Motion carried.
Mrs. Olson reported on the results of the superintendent search. She explained that the Board had decided not to hire anyone on a permanent basis at this time and it was her recommendation that the Board appoint Dr. Salwei as the Interim Superintendent for 2010-11. Following discussion of the matter, it was moved by Mr. Kuntz and seconded by Mr. Marquardt to authorize President Olson to negotiate a contract with Dr. John Salwei to serve as Superintendent of the Bismarck Public School District for the 2010-11 school year. Upon roll call vote, all members voted aye. Motion carried.
Under Discussion Items, the Board heard a report from Mrs. Rodenburg regarding student transfer requests.
Dr. Johnson explained the proposed changes to the Administrative Rule KG-R: Use of School Facilities. Also present to explain how the process has been working was Scott Howe, Facilities Rental Coordinator.
Dr. Johnson explained the need to update the district’s state-mandated Long Range Plan. He requested input from Board members regarding items that should be included in the plan.
Mr. Scherr reported on conversations he had with City of Lincoln officials regarding the possible construction of playground equipment on district owned property in the City of Lincoln. Mr. Scherr also explained that a private land owner had discussed the possibility of swapping land with the district. It was the consensus of the Board that Mr. Scherr continue discussions on both items and report back at a future Board meeting.
Under General Information, Mr. King reported on information he had gathered during his recent attendance at the National School Boards Association Convention in Chicago.
There being no further business to come before the Board,
Mrs. Olson adjourned the meeting at 7:54 p.m.
President – Marcia Olson
Business Manager - Edwin J. Gerhardt
April 26, 2010