JAMESTOWN PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD Regular Me
School Board meeting on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at 5:15 pm in the Thompson Community room at the Middle School.
Present: Greg Allen, President, Heidi Larson, Vice President, Melissa Gleason, Diane Hanson, Roger Haut, Gayle Nelson, Jason Rohr, Dan Tweten, Superintendent, Robert Lech and Sally Ost, Business Manager. Aaron Roberts by phone.
Guests: Adam Gehlhar and Darby Heinert
President Allen called the meeting to order and welcomed the audience. Jason Linz, Bluejay Channel and Amy Neustel, Administrative Assistant.
Melissa Gleason arrived at 5:18 pm.
Mr. Haut, moved, seconded by Mrs. Nelson to approve the consent agenda which consisted of August 16, 2021 regular board meeting minutes, payment of bills and submission required reports ( MISO1, O2, and O3, and PERO2). Roll call with unanimous “yes” vote. Motion carried.
Superintendent Lech recognized Greg Allen for 27 years of service on the school board. Records reviewed shows Mr. Allen has the longest years of service on the school board.
Superintendent Lech reported on the Health and Safety Plan update. COVID is still affecting this school year, which is a fluid situation to track. The superintendent has a spreadsheet to track students and staff. This is sent out weekly and also published on the website. Parents decide on whether their student/s receive the vaccination and also to wear masks or not. The school encourages vaccination and mask wearing.
Superintendent Lech reported Food service received $14,614.62 in special USDA funds. The state recognizes food departments are struggling due to lack of income.
Superintendent Lech reported on the Elementary Leadership Team. Interested staff members would need to fill out a form. Total number of forms completed is 23. Final decision on candidates for the committee will be decided this week.
Superintendent Lech reported on the University of Jamestown update. Bluejays had their first football game at Greeno Field. There was a great turn out for the first game of the year. Mr. Logan Adams took ariel pictures of the field
Superintendent Lech reported that AdvancED, the accreditation agency was rebranded to Cognia. Since 2014 to current, legislation covered the cost of accreditation. The last legislation decided to return the individual cost to the schools. The expenses for the accreditation annual fee will be $16,000 with the 5-year review fee of $2,250.00.
Superintendent Lech reported he was contacted by Lutheran Social Services to see if the district was interested in the lots 1 and 5 around Lincoln Elementary. Previously, we were allowed to park on them. Currently if we do not purchase the lots we will not be able to park there. Dr. Lech is negotiating with them on the cost of the 2 lots which our staff presently utilize for parking.
Superintendent Lech reported as of August 19th, St. John’s Academy has 18 , 7th grade students that would have typically transitioned to Jamestown Middle School.
Superintendent Lech reported the FCC License sale has been finalized for the agreed upon $14,000.
Superintendent Lech reported the facility planning committee will need to meet to finalize the summer projects for 2022. A preliminary plan must be done in a timely manner for the projects to be completed during the summer of 2022.
Superintendent Lech reported on process of the local taxation.
Mr. Adam Gehlhar, Director of CTC & HS Principal and Mr. Darby Heinert, Assistant Director of CTC reported on the Career and Technology Center. North Dakota has a program for matching funds to assist in the Career and Technology curriculum. Mr. Heinert reported on the course programming we presently have and how these courses give pathways for students after high school. Many of the courses have opportunities for dual credit, work base learning, job shadowing, internships, apprenticeships, and cooperative work experience. Mr. Gehlhar reported a five year comprehensive needs assessment which helps with future planning. The funding in this project would plan on expansion of flexible use of space, right sized design, enhance student experience, access for special population, community partnerships and needs and cost stability. Mr. Gehlhar reported the community of Jamestown is in need of an EMS training station in the North East portion of Jamestown. The training station would be included in our expansion to meet the need. There is a plan for a commercial kitchen facility to the transition house and adding a greenhouse to the CTC. Future plans include adding engineering education. This is a matching grant through state CTE for $500,000. The $500,000 match is funded through ESSER.
Mrs. Larson moved, seconded by Mr. Rohr to approve the Building Tomorrow Leaders Grant in the amount of $9,330.00. Roll call with unanimous “yes” vote. Motion carried.
Mrs. Nelson moved, seconded by Mr. Haut to approve the extended contract for Chantel Harr for one additional semester of English Language Arts at a salary of $6,426.81. Roll call with unanimous “yes” vote. Motion carried.
Mr. Haut moved, seconded by Mrs. Nelson to approve the extended contract for Michael Dietz for one additional semester of Art at a salary of $5,701.88. Roll call with unanimous “yes” vote. Motion carried.
Mrs. Hanson left the meeting at 7:03.
Mr. Rohr moved, seconded by Mr. Tweten to approve the extended school year contract for Pam Schmiedeberg for one additional session of Physical Education at a salary of $1,177.07. Roll call with unanimous “yes” vote. Motion carried.
Mrs. Larson moved, seconded by Mr. Haut to approve tuition agreements: 11th grade and 3rd grade Jamestown students to attend Medina Public School, 8th grade, 5th grade, & 7th grade Jamestown students to attend Montpelier Public School, 2-9th grade Jamestown students to attend Medina Public School, 7th grade, 5th grade, 8th grade & Pre-k Jamestown Students to attend Pingree Buchanan Public School, and 11th grade Medina student to attend Jamestown Public Schools for the 2021-2022 school year. Roll call with unanimous “yes” vote. Motion carried.
No further business, President Allen adjourned the meeting.
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