Sherman County eNews #73

CONTENT

  1. Sherman County Court Notes, March 2
  2. “40 Years of Magic,” 40th Annual Mid-Columbia Lion Follies, April 15
  3. Sherman County School District Board Meeting Minutes, Feb. 8
  4. Sherman County School District Board Meeting Minutes, Feb. 25
  5. Sherman County School District Board Meeting Minutes, Feb. 29

1. Sherman County Court Notes, March 2

~ By Administrative Assistant Lauren Hernandez

(A brief summary of topics addressed – not official minutes. For details, please see the official approved minutes posted after the March 16th Court session on the Sherman County website at www.co.sherman.or.us)

The Sherman County met in regular session on March 2nd, 2016, and in conducting the business of the county,

  • Approved a 1.5% Cost of Living increase for county employees for fiscal year 2016-2017;
  • continued employee insurance benefits at the current level;
  • went into Executive Session in accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (i) Personnel;
  • approved step increases (for those eligible) for all those with written requests: Senior Center – Bridget Poirier; Sheriff’s Office – Solomon Jacobsen, James Burgett; Justice Court – Theresa Olsen; Tri-County Community Corrections – Shandie Johnson; Road Department – Gary Shull, Bruce Olsen; District Attorney – Katie Paul;
  • approved step increases for the following county employees: Weed Control Director – Rod Asher; County Court Administrative Assistant – Lauren Hernandez; Prevention Coordinator – Shandie Johnson; Senior Center Manager – Jan Byram;
  • heard from Dan Pehlke, Mayor of Rufus, that the City of Rufus Industrial Park has put the city in debt, and the city does not have the funds to cover payments; the city is currently a year behind in payments; in the past, the county granted the City of Rufus a $400,000 dollar grant for the Industrial Park as well as giving the city a $400,000 loan for the park; currently, $60,000 remains of the funds; Dan asked the court to release the remaining funds so bills can be paid  as the city works with a realtor to sell some of the lots;
  • released the last $60,000 dedicated to the Rufus Industrial Park in order for the City of Rufus to pay bills and maintain the site;
  • heard a Starvation Lane update from David Slaght and Tom Peterson, Oregon State Parks; Oregon State Parks would like to fence off access points to private property and other points giving unintended access to the river; the crossing being used as a boat ramp will have a padlock on it, and Sherman County will have the combination to distribute; signage with clear maps indicating private property will be put up identifying boundaries and rules; the land is a public area, but the goal is to limit vehicle access; the hope is this solution will limit trespassing on private property near Starvation Lane; plans are being made for minor development at Haycreek to provide a gravel parking lot as well as a concrete ramp; David will update the Court as more information and plans become available;
  • heard a Biggs Service District Update from Brad Baird, Anderson Perry & Associates; the Reservoir Well Site Agreement is signed and finished; before signing the Reservoir Site Access Agreement, Terry and Teri Sanderson would like to modify an access road on their property as well as the water connection terms; Brad would like a test pit dug at the reservoir site and asked if the Road Department could possibly do the road modification for the Sandersons as well as the test pit; the Tsubota well appears to be a good backup option for the service district; Oregon Department of Transportation indicated preliminary approval to hang the pipeline on the south side of the bridge but is requiring the plan be submitted to the State Historic Preservation Office for review; the total project cost is around $2.1 million; one possible funding scenario is the county contributing $500,000, the county seeking a $500,000 grant, and applying for a loan for $1 million; grant opportunities may be available through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA); after solidifying the funding strategy and contacting USDA about a loan, a meeting will be held with residents about the project;
  • approved the Intergovernmental Agreement Between Mid-Columbia Economic Development District and Sherman County supporting a $10,000 increase in funding for the work of David Van’t Hof for a total of $20,000, an adjusted term end date of December 31, 2016, and an extended scope of work as presented in the draft agreement and authorized Judge Thompson to sign the official document when prepared;
  • discussed the Wasco Annex; Chris Diloreto, Di Loreto Architecture, reported in the past the more money invested in the building, the lower operation costs will be; discussion was held about contacting Chris to ask what can be done to make the building more efficient to lower the operation cost for long-term sustainability;
  • agreed to contact Heath Gardner, Wenaha Group, to look at preliminary plans for the Wasco Annex remodel to provide a cost estimate of what it would take to hire him or Wenaha Group as project manager for this project;
  • approved the expenditure of $8,685.59 to Day Wireless Systems for fiber connection at Wasco school campus and authorized Judge Thompson to sign;
  • appointed Teresa McCallum and Jayne Burnette to the Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization Community Advisory Council;
  • authorized the expenditure of up to $2,700 for Rural Development Initiatives to provide two additional three-hour training sessions to the Fair Board;
  • accepted a letter of resignation from Latrelle Smoot as a member of the Wellness Center Board of Directors, effective March 2nd, 2016;
  • came to the consensus to write a letter to the Main Street Advocates Committee supporting the establishment of a county-wide Chamber of Commerce;
  • discussed a Fair Board training estimate, a Wellness Center letter of resignation, the Main Streets Advocates Committee and the formation of a Chamber of Commerce, and fiber updates;
  • heard reports from Court members about regional board activities.

2. “40 Years of Magic,” 40th Annual Mid-Columbia Lion Follies, April 15

music.notes (2).jpgHere we go— “40 Years of Magic,” the 40th Annual Mid-Columbia Lion Follies, April 15, 16, 17 & 21, 22, 23, 2016, in Hood River. Watch for the posting of our bus trip to one of those. Nell Melzer, Lions. Sentimental Journey will start it off with some of the best male voices planning to perform!


3. Sherman County School District Board Meeting Minutes, Feb. 8

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SHERMAN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES

February 8, 2016

The Board of Directors of Sherman County School District met in the Sherman County Public/School Library Meeting Room in Moro, Oregon on February 8, 2016. The following were present: Chair, Bill Martin; Vice Chair, Angie Thompson; Directors: Kyle Blagg, Jim Macnab, Merrie von Borstel; Superintendent, Wes Owens; Principal, Bill Blevins; TOSA, Cindie King; Business Manager, Kim McKinney; Board Secretary, Jeanie Pehlke; Staff Members: Gerald Casper, Kalie Rolfe, Samantha Smith, Kristin  Whitley; Students: Alima Abdulatif, Amy Dabulskis, Alyssa Hill, Tyler Jones, Addison Smith, Cadence Smith, Rhyder Smith;  Visitors:  Mike Carter, Jeanne Dabulskis, Dan DeHaven, Casey Hill, Cassie Hill, Brian Hulke, Dowen Jones, Jill Jones, Mike Marino, Ken Melzer, Janet Pinkerton and Nate Smith.

SUMMARY OF ACTIONS TAKEN

Motion by Director Blagg with second from Director, von Borstel to approve the agenda for February 8, 2016 as amended.   Vote: 5 in Favor (Blagg, Macnab, Martin, Thompson, von Borstel) Action:  The motion carried unanimously.

Motion by Director, Blagg with second from Director, von Borstel to adopt the consent agenda as amended.   Vote: 5 in Favor (Blagg, Macnab, Martin, Thompson, von Borstel) Action:  The motion carried unanimously.

Motion by Director, Blagg with second from Director, Thompson to approve Policy FF – Naming Facilities and Policy FFA – Memorials Honoring Deceased Students/Staff as presented and amended. Vote: 5 in Favor (Blagg, Macnab, Martin, Thompson, von Borstel) Action:  The motion carried unanimously.

Motion by Director, Macnab with second from Director, Blagg to approve the Lease Agreement with South Sherman Fire as presented. Vote: 5 in Favor (Blagg, Macnab, Martin, Thompson, von Borstel) Action:  The motion carried unanimously.

Motion by Director, Macnab with second from Director, von Borstel to approve the 2016-17 Budget Calendar as presented. Vote: 5 in Favor (Blagg, Macnab, Martin, Thompson, von Borstel). Action:  The motion carried unanimously.

Motion by Director, Macnab with second from Director, Blagg to add back 4 half days and 2 full days. Vote: 5 in Favor (Blagg, Macnab, Martin, Thompson, von Borstel). Action:  The motion carried unanimously.

Motion by Director, Blagg with second from Director von Borstel to declare the recommended items as surplus. Vote: 5 in Favor (Blagg, Macnab, Martin, Thompson, von Borstel) Action:  The motion carried unanimously.

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CALL TO ORDER

Chair, Bill Martin opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag at 7:00 p.m. and thanked everyone for coming.

Approve Board Meeting Agenda

Board Members were given an opportunity to make changes to the Agenda for this February 8, 2016 meeting. The following two items were added to the consent agenda:

4.1.3 Approve Special School Board Meeting Minutes, February 4, 2016

4.2.2 Accept Resignation of Carrie Danchok, Head Volleyball Coach.

Motion by Director Blagg with second from Director, von Borstel to approve the agenda for February 8, 2016 as amended.   Vote: 5 in Favor (Blagg, Macnab, Martin, Thompson, von Borstel) Action:  The motion carried unanimously.

COMMENTS FROM VISITORS

No comments were received.

PRESENTATIONS/RECOGNITIONS

Recognition of Students, Staff and Community

We are extremely fortunate to have gracious staff and community members who support our school and students. While it is possible that we may periodically miss an opportunity to thank someone, we sincerely appreciate the commitment of all of our supporters.  We would like to recognize the following people for their devotion to our schools, students, staff and community.

  • Congratulations to Alima Abdulatif, Alyssa Hill, Tyler Jones, Kaileigh Kopczynski, and Cadence Smith, who received Student of the Quarter Awards.
  • Thank you to all of the volunteers who supported the Athletic Foundation by giving their time at the crab feed.
  • Special thank you to Sherman Development League for funding a $1,250 Sherman Elementary Library grant.
  • Thank you to Sherman County for a $50,000 science teacher grant.
  • Connie Martin for her continued volunteer efforts.
  • Molly Belshe for her outstanding work as the Booster Club President.
  • Amy Asher for her efforts selling Booster Club items at basketball games.
  • Thank you to Craig Wood for working so hard supporting the construction of our new comprehensive preschool thru 12th grade facility.
  • Bert Perisho for running the clock for boys and girls varsity basketball games.
  • Dezi Remington for advising the robotics team at league events in Hood River.
  • Thank you to the Lions Club for performing the vision screening at the elementary.
  • Cindie King for coordinating an exciting Read n’ Rec night for the 4th graders.
  • Rod Patten and The Dalles Masonic Lodge for bringing the “Books for Bikes” program to the Elementary School.
  • Deanna Christiansen and Cindie King for a successful Battle of the Books competition.
  • The Rotary Club for donating dictionaries to the 3rd grade class.
  • Dorene Macnab and Stacy Eakin for being regular classroom helpers in the 3rd grade.
  • Arlone and Dick Stradley for continual help in the 2nd grade classroom.
  • Cindy Brown for presenting 4-H information to our 4th-6th grade students.
  • Susan Mobley, Shannon Hansen, and Cindie King for representing our elementary school at the National Title I conference in Houston, Texas.
  • Jill and Kole Martin, Sandi and Natalie Martin, Carrie and Nicole Somnis, Pyeper Walker and Kristen Labenske, Jen and Maddie Berry, Cindie King, and Wyatt Blevins for running concessions to raise money for Sherman Elementary Student Council activities.

We truly appreciate the amazing support we receive from so many thoughtful people. Thank you to everyone in our great community and school district for your continued support! When you have time please visit our Sherman County School District Web Page for the monthly appreciation comments.

Students of the Quarter

Alima Abdulatif, Alyssa Hill, Tyler Jones, and Cadence Smith were recognized as Students of the Quarter and each received a plaque. Kaileigh Kopczynski who also was selected for the honor will be recognized at the March 14, 2016 meeting.

Sherman Jr/Sr High School Student Body Report

Jill Jenson gave the student body report that included activities the students have completed over the last two (2) months. Future student activities include the Mr. Husky pageant, and activities that are being planned in cooperation with the Husky Activities Club that is designed to promote healthy fun activities for 7 – 12 grade students.

ADOPTION OF CONSENT AGENDA

Business

  • Approved Minutes from the Regular Board Meeting, January 11, 2016 as presented.
  • Approved Bill Listing and Financial Statement
  • Approved Minutes from the Special Board Meeting, February 4, 2016 as presented.

Personnel

  • Approved Ethan Moore, Volunteer High School Track Coach
  • Accepted Resignation of Carrie Danchok, Head Volleyball Coach

Motion by Director, Blagg with second from Director, von Borstel to adopt the consent agenda as amended.   Vote: 5 in Favor (Blagg, Macnab, Martin, Thompson, von Borstel) Action:  The motion carried unanimously.

REPORTS AND PRESENTATIONS

Superintendent Report

Superintendent Owens gave his superintendent report that included the following topics: Current district enrollment, District Professional Development activities, an update related to conversations with Columbia Gorge ESD and North Central ESD, the Continuous Improvement Plan, and ongoing Educational Programming Discussions. Superintendent Owens recommended that the District not take action on Open Enrollment for the 2016-17 school year noting that the ESD is not recommending it and 2016-17 will be a transitional year. Instead, he recommended the district offer the inter-district transfer process. Other topics included a Memorandum of Agreement for expanded counseling services through Mid-Columbia Center for Living, a recent County Court presentation, a Library Board presentation, an update on the Sherman Elementary Fire System/Insurance claim, and an update on monthly safety meetings. He thanked the sheriff’s office for their partnership and touched on construction meeting conversations including playground equipment and Option 4. He reported the Kitchen opened and served their first lunch today and thanked Mike Marino and Mike Carter for making that happen.

Administrative Report for Jr./Sr. High School

Principal Blevins gave his administrative report for the Jr./Sr. High School. His report included upcoming Healthy Teen Relationship curriculum, the State testing schedule, Smarter Balanced opt-out update, and CTE Pathways Funding.

Athletic Director Report

Mr. Blevins reported that all high school spring schedules are complete, he is working on finalizing the middle school track schedule, the boys basketball team has secured the #1 seed going into the Big Sky Tournament in Madras, the girls basketball team will need to win both of their two (2) remaining games to possibly make the Big Sky Tournament. He also reported that all football coaches, including volunteer coaches, must complete the Heads Up Football Certification process and a Player Safety Coach from each school must attend a player safety clinic.

Administrative Report for Sherman Elementary

Dean of Students, Cindie King, gave her report for Sherman Elementary School. She began by presenting the School Board with thank you cards from some of the elementary classes. Topics for her report included Read n’Rec competitions, Soil and Water Conservation lessons, in-school Battle of the Books, fundraising for an end of school party, the end of the quarter assembly, newly elected student council reps, the National Title 1 Convention, 4-H kickoff assembly, Yello Dyno safety lessons, and the bi-weekly Smart Readers program.

Sheriff’s Office Presentation – Brian Hulke

Superintendent Owens again thanked the Sheriff’s office for their collaborative work and emphasized that with all of the recent school violence it may be time to think outside of the box to consider additional safety precautions for students and staff. Deputy Hulke began his presentation by stating that because the school is under construction and all of the students are coming together to one campus it may be a good time to consider some additional safety options. He then introduced an idea for additional protection of students and staff in the Sherman County School District.

Construction Project Manager Report

Owner Representative, Mike Marino gave a construction project report that is attached to and made part of these minutes.

http://shermancountyschooldistrict.weebly.com/meeting-minutes.html

 UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Preschool Integration into Comprehensive K-12 Facility Continued Discussion

Superintendent Owens reported that the two (2) preschool boards have been meeting and have both agreed that it is best for their students to become one preschool at the consolidated campus. Details including session times, instructors, meals and snacks are being worked out. Transportation is also being discussed and liability insurance is another topic. Superintendent Owens expressed his excitement to move forward and stated that this will be a continued discussion.

Second Reading Policy FF – Naming Facilities and Policy FFA – Memorials Honoring Deceased Students/Staff

Board Members reviewed the policies. No changes were made. No audience comments were received.

Motion by Director, Blagg with second from Director, Thompson to approve Policy FF – Naming Facilities and Policy FFA – Memorials Honoring Deceased Students/Staff as presented and amended. Vote: 5 in Favor (Blagg, Macnab, Martin, Thompson, von Borstel) Action:  The motion carried unanimously.

Grass Valley Property Potential Use Continued Discussion

Superintendent Owens reported that he is continuing to pursue options for use of the Grass Valley property/facility. He has been in contact with Clark Jackson from Oregon Business Development, Brian Meece a realtor with Re/Max, and is waiting to hear from a local business. In addition, he is in the process of organizing property/facility specifics for review by potential interested parties.  This will be a continued discussion.

Approve Lease Agreement with South Sherman Fire

Board members reviewed a lease agreement that both South Sherman Fire’s attorney and the District’s attorney have reviewed.

Motion by Director, Macnab with second from Director, Blagg to approve the Lease Agreement with South Sherman Fire as presented. Vote: 5 in Favor (Blagg, Macnab, Martin, Thompson, von Borstel) Action:  The motion carried unanimously.

Phase II Construction Options Update

Superintendent Owens clarified for the audience that Option 4 was a recommendation that was suggested as a possible cost savings option by the Design Committee. He stated that the Board approved BBT Architects to work with the administration to develop the draft layout of the Option. After a thorough review of the layout, the Board asked Superintendent Owens to coordinate a Design Committee meeting so the committee could provide comments. It was also noted that within the next 2 weeks KNCC will have a rough order of magnitude of the cost savings that will be recovered if Option 4 is the selected layout.

North Central ESD Services Update

Superintendent Owens stated that Mike Carroll will not be available for a final meeting until after February 15th.  After he meets with Mr. Carroll a Special Board Meeting that will need to take place before March 1st so he can make a recommendation and the Board can make a decision for what is best for kids and what is fiscally responsible.

NEW BUSINESS

Establish Budget Calendar for 2016-17

Board members reviewed a proposed 2016-17 Budget Calendar.

Motion by Director, Macnab with second from Director, von Borstel to approve the 2016-17 Budget Calendar as presented. Vote: 5 in Favor (Blagg, Macnab, Martin, Thompson, von Borstel). Action:  The motion carried unanimously.

Superintendent Evaluation Timeline

At the March Board Meeting, the superintendent evaluation goals, indicators and standards will be presented. The two (2) weeks following the meeting will be used for evaluators to provide their comments and the next two (2) weeks the data will be compiled. Information gathered will be presented to the Board at the Regular Board Meeting in April.

Advantage Dental Screening and Sealant Program

Superintendent Owens stated that this year in April, Advantage Dental will provide 1st and 2nd graders with free dental screening and sealant. He noted that in the future all students K-12 will have the opportunity to be screened.

2016-17 School Calendar

A draft of the 2016-17 School Calendar was reviewed by the Board. Superintendent Owens recommended that the District start the school year after Labor Day to miss fair week and to allow for a little extra time for the construction project to be completed. This will be a continued discussion for next month.

Snow Makeup Days Conversation

Four and one half days of instructional time has been missed due to inclement weather. Superintendent Owens recommended adding back one workday to help support the staff in their move and two half days. Board members discussed adding back lost instructional time and time needed to support the building move.

Motion by Director, Macnab with second from Director, Blagg to add back 4 half days and 2 full days. Vote: 5 in Favor (Blagg, Macnab, Martin, Thompson, von Borstel). Action:  The motion carried unanimously.

Declare Surplus Items

Superintendent Owens recommended the following be declared surplus:

1 – Ansul Hood (approximately 7’ x 3’9”)

1 – Rollup Door (approximately 7’10” x 4’ 2”)

10 – 8’-4 bulb fluorescent light fixtures

1 – 11 hp Briggs and Stratton Pressure Washer

1 – 11’6” 2×6 Coat Rack with Wooden Pegs

Motion by Director, Blagg with second from Director von Borstel to declare the recommended items as surplus. Vote: 5 in Favor (Blagg, Macnab, Martin, Thompson, von Borstel) Action:  The motion carried unanimously.

COMMENTS FROM VISITORS  No comments were received.

FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS, CLOSING COMMENTS, AND UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Sheriff’s office continued discussion
  • 2016-17 School Calendar

NEXT MEETING

The next Regular School Board Meeting is scheduled for March 14, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. Director Blagg stated that he will miss the regular meeting scheduled for May 9th.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, Chair Martin declared the meeting adjourned at 9:17 p.m. ___________________________________                ________________________________

Chair, Bill Martin                                                                    Board Secretary, Jeanie Pehlke

 


4. Sherman County School District Board Meeting Minutes, Feb. 25

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SHERMAN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES February 25, 2016

The Board of Directors of Sherman County School District met in the Sherman County Public/School Library Meeting Room in Moro, Oregon on February 25, 2016. The following were present: Chair, Bill Martin; Vice Chair, Angie Thompson; Directors: Kyle Blagg, Jim Macnab, Merrie von Borstel (by Phone); Superintendent, Wes Owens; TOSA Cindie King; Business Manager, Kim McKinney; Board Secretary, Jeanie Pehlke; Staff Members: Gerald Casper, Kalie Rolfe; Visitors:  Gary Peterson, Eric Harrison, Jonathan Rolfe, Liz Cranston, Brad Lohrey, Rob Myers

SUMMARY OF ACTIONS TAKEN

Motion by Director Kyle Blagg with second from Director, Jim Macnab to approve the agenda for February 25, 2016 as presented.   Vote: 5 in Favor (Blagg, Macnab, Martin, Thompson, von Borstel) Action:  The motion carried unanimously.

Motion by Director, Merrie von Borstel with second from Director, Angie Thompson to reconvene at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, February 29, 2016. Vote: 5 in Favor (Blagg, Macnab, Martin, Thompson, von Borstel); The motion carried unanimously.

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CALL TO ORDER

Chair, Bill Martin opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag at 6:00 p.m. Merrie von Borstel was contacted by telephone.

Approve Board Meeting Agenda

Board Members were given an opportunity to make changes to the Agenda for this February 25, 2016 meeting. No changes were made.

Motion by Director Kyle Blagg with second from Director, Jim Macnab to approve the agenda for February 25, 2016 as presented.   Vote: 5 in Favor (Blagg, Macnab, Martin, Thompson, von Borstel) Action:  The motion carried unanimously.

COMMENTS FROM VISITORS RELATED TO AGENDA ITEMS

Superintendent Owens thanked everyone for coming. It was noted that Rob Myers had signed up to speak to the Board.

Mr. Myers stated that he is here on behalf of Frontier Telenet. He made a point to note that he is not here on behalf of the North Central ESD. He shared some history about himself stating that he had served on the Gilliam County ESD before Gilliam merged with Sherman and Wheeler and mentioned that he had been the Chair of the North Central Transition Committee and had also been the Chair of the North Central ESD board. For historical content he wanted the board to understand that North Central ESD is the brainchild of Dale Coles. He stated that when Mr. Coles was the superintendent of the Gilliam County ESD, Mr. Coles found a backfill loophole that allowed them to adopt Wheeler County’s tax rate, combined the three (3) ESDs to become North Central ESD, and paid the new combined ESD $3.7 million for 6 or 7 years. That money was portioned out to the schools, based on each school’s ADMw. Mr. Myers stated that he would be remiss and feel badly because Dale Coles, as far as he is concerned, “is one of the finest men who ever walked the face of the earth” and deserves some recognition for the fact that North Central ESD even exists. That doesn’t mean that it is important today, but he thinks it’s important historically to understand where it all started.  The same thing happened with Frontier Telenet, which is a partnership between Gilliam County, Wheeler County, Sherman County and North Central ESD. He stated that it started with Frontier Learning Network and, at that time, North Central ESD couldn’t deliver enough bandwidth to the school districts to support the two-way interactive instruction methodology that Frontier Learning Network employed.  So the three counties and North Central ESD developed Frontier Telenet as a partnership that was funded originally with $2.1 million from the three counties to build the infrastructure. He noted that Frontier Telenet’s footprint is now 21,000 square miles.  He also stated that Frontier Network’s primary goal, since day one and still their primary goal today, is to provide bandwidth for K-12.  He reiterated that this information is strictly for historical content and he feels that it is important to understand what a pivotal role Dale Coles played in all this.

Director Macnab asked how Frontier Network is funded. Mr. Myers stated that the initial funding was $2.1 million that developed very quickly because each of the three counties were contracting out their 911 dispatch services at a cost of $58,000 per year through Morrow County. He explained that the difference between the $58,000 they paid to Morrow County and the amount they received in 911 excise tax from the state accrued over a period of approximately 14 years in a bank account and became the $2.1 million dollars.  The three counties decided to use that money to put in the infrastructure so that they would be able to provide bandwidth for K-12 and deliver Frontier Learning Network. At that time, he noted that it was called advanced telecommunication services, and now it is called broadband access.  The counties ran into a lot of trouble with the legislature, so by the time they were done it had increased to $2.5 million. So that was the basis for the original network.

Then in 2004, 2005 and 2006 they began providing law enforcement, public safety and public health communications with bandwidth. He stated that this was with a different pile of money other than the funds coming in to support the K-12 bandwidth. He said that they wrote about $5 million in state homeland security program (SHSP) grants that increased the size and upgraded the network at that time. That is when there was still pass-through money coming from the federal government to the state for SHSP grant funds.  As the provider of bandwidth to the schools, Frontier Telenet then responded to RFPs from the North Central ESD that allowed them to receive the eRate reimbursements that reimburse the cost of bandwidth provisions from the provider to the school districts at a rate that is based on the districts’ free and reduced lunch rate. The highest Mr. Myers believes the free and reduced lunch rate ever was 84%.  Mr. Myers then gave an example that if the cost of providing bandwidth to all 6 schools was $500,000 (he acknowledged that the actual cost to provide internet service to ESD schools is approximately $567,000, as Mr. Owens had stated in an earlier meeting) and if the average free and reduced lunch rate between and among all the six schools was 80%, then the reimbursement to Frontier Telenet was $400,000.  At that time, Frontier Telenet’s primary purpose was to provide K-12 bandwidth provisions strictly to the school districts. He explained that since then, they have expanded.

He further explained that the original core network, that remains today, is a licensed microwave network that operates at a 155 meg capacity. He projected that Frontier Telenet will spend about $500,000 this year to upgrade the core network from the 155 megs to about 600 megs. That will have a positive effect on all of the counties, primarily Sherman County, because the main “chokes” are between the air base outside of Condon and the Frontier Telenet hub at Arlington. Mr. Myers was very clear to state that bandwidth is separate and apart from the discussions that are going on around fiber availability to Sherman County School District. He noted that won’t affect the bandwidth to Sherman County. He stated that, “This has nothing to do with the resolution services or the IT services provided by the North Central ESD.”

Chair Martin thanked Mr. Myers for his comments.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Action on whether to withdraw from the North Central Education Service District in accordance with ORS 334.015

Superintendent Owens thanked Mr. Myers for speaking and acknowledged his own admiration and respect for the late Dale Coles. He stated that he and Mr. Coles had many conversations related to services and efficiencies for kids and asked that this be the focus of the meeting tonight.  He noted that there has been a lot of research, input and thoughtful conversations in regard to what we can do for kids and staff and how we can save money in our school district.

Superintendent Owens then introduced Gary Peterson from Columbia Gorge Education Service District who, he noted has a great deal of familiarity with opt out discussions and has had conversations with other school districts related to this subject.

As Mr. Peterson prepared to give a PowerPoint presentation, that is attached and made part of these minutes, he stated that he has been an administrator or superintendent for the last 25 years and has been involved with at least five different ESDs. He noted that the presentation that he is giving had been prepared for Hood River County School District and North Wasco School District when they were having the same conversations that we are having tonight back in 2013. He noted that he also attended South Wasco’s regular school board meeting last month and gave their board the ESD historical portion of his presentation.

During his presentation, he explained ESD background, history, services, laws and how ESDs are funded. A few points Mr. Peterson emphasis are listed below:

  • In 2005 the legislature prescribed that ESDs must provide services in four areas: children with special needs, technology support, school improvement and administrative support. ESDs were permitted to come up with their own individual models within this state requirement. The model North Central ESDs employs is what Mr. Peterson described as a “buffet model”. Which is a model that offers all required services to all districts it serves, but if a district does not need or use a service, then they leave it and the funds associated with that service behind.
  • The opportunity for districts to use a “menu model” came about in 2011 when school districts in Multnomah ESD (Portland); NW Regional ESD (including Beaverton and Hillsboro); Willamette ESD (including Salem) and Baker County ESD did not like the buffet model. These districts lobbied and Senate Bill 250 passed. It allowed their specific school districts to opt out of their ESDs and receive 90% of their state school funds based on enrollment to purchase services using whatever sources best served their students. Mr. Peterson defined the “menu model” as a customer driven model that allowed districts to choose from a menu of services or even choose cash in lieu of service, if a service is not available.
  • In 2013 the legislature determined that it was such a good idea that they made the ESD opt out opportunity available to all school districts statewide. That is when the Columbia Gorge ESD transitioned to the menu model to better serve its school districts.
  • In order for a district to opt out of an ESD, an affirmative vote of 2/3 of the board members must agree before March 1st.
  • Mr. Peterson read the following two provisions that were created to protect ESD employees when a school district chooses to opt out of their ESD: ORS 236.605 services assumed/acquired by another public employer require transfer of employees if new employees will be required and ORS 334.017 Requires local districts to interview ESD employees affected by withdrawal for any vacant position for 12 months.
  • If a district chooses to withdraw from their ESD they can by November 1st of the year prior, vote to rejoin their ESD.

It was clarified for Director Macnab that there would be no change in the local property taxes if the school district decides to opt out of the ESD.

Director Macnab then asked Rob Myers about the hub at Arlington. Mr. Myers clarified that the hub in Arlington is Frontier Telenet not the ESD. Mr. Macnab then asked how the bandwidth is “beamed” to the school. Mr. Myers explained how the internet is routed over licensed microwaves from various locations. Mr. Macnab stated that this is valuable information for a decision on the ESD opt out.

Superintendent Owens thanked Mr. Peterson for his presentation and shared with the board a synopsis of his research, investigation and conversations that he has been involved in since October when the board voted to initiate the intent to withdraw from the North Central ESD. He recalled various discussions going back to as early as 2006 with Dale Coles related to efficiencies and services for students in our district.

One concern Superintendent Owens addressed with both Robert Waltenburg and Mike Carroll was how a decision by Sherman County School District to opt out may affect the students in other districts that are served by the North Central ESD. He did not want this potential decision to have any negative impact on partner schools. Both gentlemen assured Superintendent Owens that there would be no adverse effect to the students in other districts.

Superintendent Owens reiterated that services and efficiencies are the priority. He then distributed two (2) handouts. Attached and made part of these minutes.  The first handout shows allocations and percentages distributed to districts served by North Central ESD. It was noted that while Sherman is the largest district in our region, it only received 20.47% of the North Central ESD allocations in 2015-16 and Fossil received 27.44%.

Superintendent Owens pointed out that if the board chooses to opt out there is plenty of time to contract back with the ESD for various services or contract with other entities that can best serve the needs of our students. He stressed that some of the money from our resolution services in our current model goes to services that we don’t use. He gave the example that our district pays for Frontier Learning Network (FLN), but we don’t use it. It was clarified that the reason the district doesn’t use FLN is a lot of classes are now being offered through online learning and our courses offered through Columbia Gorge Community College. He noted that the last time FLN was used was around 4-5 years ago when a student took an emergency services class that was taught in Condon and beamed to Sherman. The problem with FLN is that classes taught remotely don’t always coordinate with our students’ schedules. He stated that 15 years ago the FLN was a great option, but now we have flexible online options that serve the students better.

Superintendent Owens then went over a handout that shows North Central ESD’s current resolution services numbers on the left side and 2016-17 projected resolution service numbers in the middle column. He pointed out the example of this year’s $8,752 that was allocated by the ESD on our behalf toward FLN and next year’s allocation of $12,901 for this service that, if we stay in, we will fund but our students will not use. He then went over services and allocations that are provided by the North Central ESD.  He clarified that the district is very comfortable with some of the services that we receive from the North Central ESD, but there are some services that he feels we can find some efficiencies with.

He then asked the board to look at the potential contractor column on the right column that shows projections if the district chooses to opt out. Noting that in this scenario, it is very possible that the district would contract with various ESDs for some services. If the district opts out it would receive $214,503 plus an additional $50,000 would flow to the district for the IDEA funds for a total for $264,503. After projected costs, the district may have a potential of $32,410 left to provide additional services.  Superintendent Owens explained that there may also be additional funds discovered in the areas of technology and school improvement if we opt out.

It was clarified that North Central ESD does not offer a menu option and that if we opt out it would allow us an opportunity to talk to vendors and put out RFPs to get better services for kids and provide more efficiencies for students.

Director von Borstel asked for clarification on the 2013 legislative change. Mr. Peterson stated that after 2013 most ESDs moved to the menu model because the districts didn’t want to pay for services they weren’t getting or don’t need. He explained that North Central ESD is still on the buffet model.

Questions were asked related to what the ESD is using the FLN funds for. No one in the meeting could answer the question, but it was made clear that Sherman is not utilizing their allocation.

Business Manager, Kim McKinney addressed a question about the IDEA fund. She stated that it is money from the federal government for special education that is currently spent on our behalf by the North Central ESD. If we opt out, we would receive the entire $50,000.

Director Macnab asked how technology services would be delivered to the school. Superintendent Owens stated that if we choose to opt out there are multiple possibilities for vendors. The process would involve the district going out for request for proposals with various companies. Superintendent Owens stated that he feels very strongly that we can find options that could provide better internet services and better technical support through other vendors.

Director von Borstel asked if technology services will be brought in through fiber optics that is coming to the school. Superintendent Owens stated that it could be, but there are still a lot of questions that have not been answered in regard to how the fiber optic could be provided, connected, and filtered to the district. He said that it is an option, but we don’t know if it would be feasible at this point. One of the issues is that our bandwidth is very limited. Proposals from vendors would need to be looked at to increase bandwidth and provide technical support.

Chair Martin acknowledged that the district has issues with the quality of the current internet service, and asked Superintendent Owens if he believes the district can get better support from a different vendor. Superintendent Owens stated that he feels very confident that the district can get better technical support and increase the bandwidth and do it all for a better “bang for the buck”.

Director Macnab asked how much bandwidth the district currently receives. Superintendent Owens referred the question to Gerald Casper who is the district’s technology specialist. Mr. Casper stated that while 45 megabits sounds good, it is shared with all five school districts, adding that at times its speed is equivalent to the old dial up.  Director Macnab called upon Sheriff Brad Lohrey to add to that answer.

Chair Martin stopped the meeting for a moment and stated that out of respect for everyone’s time he would like to ask the board members if they would like to allow audience members to speak at this time. After a brief discussion, it was agreed that audience members who would like to speak would be given three (3) minutes each.

Sheriff Lohrey stated that he represents Frontier Regional 911 and he also serves on the board for Frontier Telenet. He stated that one of the district’s vendor options is the county, who is putting in a fiber line throughout the county. He acknowledged that he is aware that the district is considering opting out of the ESD and he stated that he doesn’t care about that. He said that because he sits on those boards he knows what the county level discussions are and he can say with confidence that if the district is looking for other vendors, then the county will not run a fiber line to the high school. He reasoned that if the district is not going to use Frontier Telenet’s fiber, then there is no reason for them to pay to bring fiber out here. He further said that he has had discussions with at least two (2) commissioners and it doesn’t make any sense to them, or Frontier Telenet or Sherman County to bring fiber to the high school if the district is going to go with another vendor.  He stated that he is hoping that a decision can be made soon because they are hoping to have the fiber completed this year. Sheriff Lohrey cautioned the board that the district should work with the county to bring fiber to the school, because it won’t come if the district goes with another vendor. Chair Martin asked if any other provider can use that fiber line and Sheriff Lohrey answered no, only Frontier Telenet. Sheriff Lohrey stated that the county is making a huge investment for our kids and that’s why the fiber is coming, adding that it’s also for the citizens. He repeated that if the district doesn’t want fiber, then the county won’t run it there.  Chair Martin thanked Sheriff Lohrey for his comments.  It was clarified that the county is a partner in the fiber line.

Jonathan Rolfe asked if the district opts out of North Central ESD and opts in to another ESD will the district lose the IDEA funds. It was clarified that the district cannot join another ESD, but if the district opts out of NCESD it can use those dollars to contract with a different ESD or service provider.  Angie Thompson explained that the board will be voting to opt out or not opt out of North Central ESD, she clarified that the board will not be voting to join another ESD, but by opting out the district will be able to contract services through other vendors, ESDs or possibly provide services ourselves.

Eric Harrison from Multnomah ESD was given an opportunity to speak. Mr. Harrison stated that he provides ISP technology services to about half of the students in the state of Oregon, so he has a very good idea about bandwidth requirements. He stressed that the district’s bandwidth vendor is North Central ESD and the fiber line is a totally separate conversation than what is being evaluated right now.  He then shared his calculations for bandwidth requirements for the district and said that right now to match the average of other students across the state of Oregon; the district would need 20 megabits per second. He noted that right now the district is only receiving 10 megabits per second. In addition, the average growth rate for networks throughout the state doubles each year, so to keep up with the rest of the state; SCSD will need 40 megabits by next year and 60 the year after.

Superintendent Owens stated that we have had lots of conversations since October; he thanked everyone and stated that we always have to bring it back to services for our kids and efficiencies for our school district. He shared his hope that he has provided factual information so the board can make an informed decision and do what is best for kids.

Chair Martin asked the board for further discussion. Director Macnab stated that he feels we are part of something that was built over 15 years ago. He added that if we need to improve it, then we need to go to their board and demand our services. Director Macnab said this is something we own ourselves and control ourselves. Vice Chair Thompson stated that she will be abstaining from the vote, but wanted to remind the board to always make decisions based on what is best for kids and efficiencies are important. Director Blagg said that he really does believe that opting out is what is best for kids. He noted that it is only a one year deal and we can get back in if we feel we have made a mistake. He added that if the board opts out he would like to see a proposal from Frontier Telenet and a quote to bring the fiber to the school from the installing contractor.  Director von Borstel asked if the board would consider tabling the decision until Monday. Chair Martin asked what additional information would be needed to make a decision on Monday. He asked someone to tell him why opting out for one year wouldn’t be a good option for our district? Director von Borstel expressed her concern that if the district ops out, the school will not receive the fiber line. Chair Martin reiterated that the district can opt out and get back in if it is not best for our kids. He suggested trying it to see what happens, stating it will give the district more choices. Chair Martin reasoned that the district has the option of using Frontier Telenet and that might be the best choice, but opting out gives options to have a menu model. Director Macnab said that we are part of something, we built together. Chair Martin asked if the district is willing to sacrifice what is best for our kids just so we can stay in something because that is what we have done for the last 15 years?

Director von Borstel expressed concern about opting out and then opting in again and missing the fiber. It was determined that the drop dead date for the fiber is December 31, 2016. There was a discussion related to the RFP process for internet provider and technical support. It was reiterated that if the board chooses to opt out they may choose to do exactly what they are doing and hook up to the fiber, but opting out gives the district more choices on how they can receive those services and moves to a consumer driven model. Director von Borstel asked how the district could receive better internet. Superintendent Owens answered by saying that the district would send out requests for proposals and see what they receive. He followed up this statement by saying that he wouldn’t make the recommendation to opt out if he didn’t feel confident that we can come up with something better for our technical support and better for our internet service. Superintendent Owens reminded the board that technology is only one part of the resolution services that are provided by the North Central ESD. Director Blagg suggested that Director von Borstel’s question was how the internet could be delivered physically. It was clarified that it could be beamed from Goldendale or The Dalles in the same manner it is received from Condon. Chair Martin repeated that the internet provider is only one piece of the services we are receiving from the ESD. Chair Martin spoke in favor of opting out as a way of allowing the district to find options that work better for us.

Director von Borstel asked if the North Central ESD has tried to change anything since they received the intent to withdraw letter from the district. Superintendent Owens stated that he met numerous times with the ESD superintendents; he said that he asked for certain options that would help our students and staff but they were not able to provide a menu opportunity scenario. Also, he discussed internet and it was determined that because of their current infrastructure; it would be very difficult for them to provide the internet services at a level we currently need.

A discussion related to postponing a decision until Monday took place. Vice Chair Thompson requested a decision be made tonight. She added that she thinks board members may be confusing the option of technology and the fiber as a possible vendor vs. what Superintendent Owens is presenting tonight which are services including Special Ed, school improvement, etc. and that is the decision that needs to be made tonight. Director Blagg suggested that there may be some value in staying with the ESD for technology and the fiber, and assuming that they don’t come in higher than their projected costs there is still a savings of $12,000 that can be captured if the district chooses to opt out.

It was clarified that with Vice Chair Thompson abstaining from the vote, the other 4 board members would have to all vote yes to pass this vote.

Gerald Casper asked if the board members understand that the ESD is not the provider of the fiber optic line and wondered if they stayed with the resolution services at the ESD if they can even get on the fiber optics line.

The discussion related to postponing a decision until Monday took place. Director Blagg pointed out that because of the affirmative vote; if anyone is adamantly opposed to opting out of the ESD then the board would be wasting their time coming back in on Monday. Chair Martin agreed with Director Blagg. Vice Chair Thompson stated that she realizes that it is difficult for Director von Borstel to be attending this meeting by telephone. She also expressed her frustration that the fiber optics topic got really intertwined in the discussion and that is not what we are talking about tonight.  She expressed her hope that on Monday the board could come back together, separate the two issues and focus on whether to opt out of the ESD or not.

Motion by Director, Merrie von Borstel with second from Director, Angie Thompson to reconvene at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, February 29, 2016. Vote: 5 in Favor (Blagg, Macnab, Martin, Thompson, von Borstel); The motion carried unanimously.

COMMENTS FROM VISITORS No were comments received.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, Chair Martin declared the meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m.

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Chair, Bill Martin                                                                    Board Secretary, Jeanie Pehlke


5. Sherman County School District Board Meeting Minutes, Feb. 29

Logo.Sherman High SchoolSHERMAN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES

February 29, 2016

The Board of Directors of Sherman County School District met in the Band Room at Sherman Jr/Sr High School in Moro, Oregon on February 29, 2016. The following were present: Chair, Bill Martin (arrived at 7:44 a.m.); Vice Chair, Angie Thompson; Directors: Kyle Blagg, Jim Macnab, Merrie von Borstel; Superintendent, Wes Owens; Business Manager, Kim McKinney; Board Secretary, Jeanie Pehlke; Staff Member: Gerald Casper;  Visitor: Jonathan Rolfe

SUMMARY OF ACTIONS TAKEN

Motion by Director Blagg with second from Director von Borstel to approve the agenda for February 29, 2016 as presented.   Vote: 4 in Favor (Blagg, Macnab, Thompson, von Borstel) Not in attendance at the time of this motion: (Martin) Action: The motion carried.

Motion Director Blagg made a motion in accordance with 334.015 I move that the Sherman County School District withdraw from North Central ESD effective July 1, 2016. Action: The motion died for lack of a second.

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CALL TO ORDER

Vice Chair, Angie Thompson announced that Chair Martin is running late and she was asked to run the meeting until he arrives. She opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag at 7:35 a.m.

Approve Board Meeting Agenda

Board Members were given an opportunity to make changes to the Agenda for this February 29, 2016 meeting. No changes were made.

Motion by Director Blagg with second from Director von Borstel to approve the agenda for February 29, 2016 as presented.   Vote: 4 in Favor (Blagg, Macnab, Thompson, von Borstel) Not in attendance at the time of this motion: (Martin) Action: The motion carried.

COMMENTS FROM VISITORS RELATED TO AGENDA ITEMS .No comments were received.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Action on whether to withdraw from the North Central Education Service District in accordance with ORS 334.015

Superintendent Owens thanked the board for their thoughtful consideration of the issue and expressed his appreciation for some very helpful presentations last Thursday. He stated that since the board approved the intent to withdraw last October his research has always focused on what is best for kids and what efficiencies we can bring to our district.

Since the meeting last Thursday Superintendent Owens has had some staff members ask questions related to employees of the ESD who work in our district. He reflected back on two laws that were discussed during Gary Peterson’s presentation. He read aloud the following: ORS 236.605 Services assumed or acquired by another public employer require transfer of employees if new employees will be hired and ORS 334.017 Requires local districts to interview ESD employees affected by withdrawal from any vacant position for 12 months.  Superintendent Owens stated that these laws were put in place to protect employees in ESD opt out situations. He reiterated that this decision is about the services for kids and the efficiencies we can provide.

Director von Borstel asked Superintendent Owens about past discussions with the ESD, specifically if there was room for any kind of [compromise]. Superintendent Owens said that he has met with both Robert Waltenburg and Mike Carroll together. He also met with Robert twice while Mike was out of the country and has also had numerous telephone conversations and email correspondence with both of them. Superintendent Owens has asked those questions, but it goes back to the buffet model. He shared that it was his hope to receive more focused service and not pull out, but the answer he received from the ESD was you are either in or you are out. The current model does not allow for a menu option.  He did recall that back in 2012-13 North Central ESD had offered, and the district elected to receive money to pay for individualized professional development and SmartBoard training, but the next year when there was a new superintendent, the option was eliminated.

Director Macnab asked, “What about the tax dollar implications if you are planning to switch districts”. It was clarified that switching districts is not an option; the district can contract with a different ESD, a different service provider or even take care of certain services ourselves.  Business Manager, Kim McKinney explained that the tax dollars paid to the ESD would stay the same but would be given to the district as the money that we receive to opt out.

Chair Martin stated that he doesn’t see why opting out isn’t the best thing to do especially if the administration recommends it. He noted that the other option is to stay in the ESD and we won’t add any efficiency, we won’t save any money and they won’t provide any better service then we have already been getting. Director Blagg said that he sees that a big benefit of opting out may be that the resolution services document is vague, hard to define what we are getting and hard to know where the money is going; if we go to the contract basis then there would be accountability and we can be sure we receive the value. Director Blagg added that the 10 percent is well worth this accountability. Chair Martin agreed with Director Blagg’s comments and added that we would only be locked in to it for one year.  A discussion of the process of opting back in took place.

Superintendent Owens reminded the board that the conversations changed when districts around the state started asking questions about ESD services. He added that it wasn’t his intention to opt out; he intended to have conversations to see if North Central ESD could work through those scenarios, but they can’t.

Director Macnab stated that he believes that we are part of something. Chair Martin asked Director Macnab if he thinks that is what is best for our kids. Director Macnab replied, “That’s something we need to work through.” Chair Martin said, “So you don’t think our administration has taken the time to work through this?” Director Macnab said he didn’t know.  Chair Martin stated that he is concerned that without Director Macnab’s support the board may not be able to do what is best for the district.  Chair Martin agreed that we are part of a group, but we need different services then the other people in the group.  Adding that what’s best for our district isn’t necessarily what’s best for other districts in the ESD. Chair Martin asked Director Macnab how he thinks by staying in this group it is best for our kids.  Director Macnab answered that Dale came up with this idea to create this between the three districts and the three counties, and he feels strongly about it.

Director von Borstel asked for a better understanding of why staying in the ESD is not best for our kids. Chair Martin gave an example that North Central ESD offers limited professional development choices that may not fit the specific needs of our teachers to grow, so the district has to pay for what we need to support our teachers. He then gave the example of Mr. Casper doing the tech support when he could be teaching another upper level math class.  He reasoned that the district wouldn’t even have to pay for that class because we could be getting better tech support then what we are getting now. That would free Mr. Casper up to be able to teach another class and that directly trickles down to our kids.  Director Macnab interjected by saying that the last professional development training was delivered by Columbia Gorge ESD. Chair Martin agreed and stated that if we opt out we can use that money to pay for that.  We have had to pay for things twice because they don’t meet our needs. So you would be staying in a situation that isn’t very efficient.

Superintendent Owens shared the example that in 2015-16 the ESD allocated $9,444 for professional development and next year they have projected allocations of $15,626. He stated that the school district has also budgeted $16,000 of district money for professional development that can be spent on anything we need. He noted that the $9,444 allocation from the ESD is part of the buffet model that the district will not use.  Chair Martin clarified that if we opt out of the ESD we can use that money for anything we need to meet the mandatory requirements and if we don’t use it all, it is still our money to use somewhere else.  Chair Martin said opting out is a win-win. He stated that the job of the board is to be fiscally responsible, and opting out would be a huge step in that direction.  He wondered where the money that is left behind with the ESD goes.  Chair Martin said that is what he was getting at by saying that we need to do what is best for kids.  He continued by saying that it trickles back to accountability, different opportunities and being fiscally responsible so we can provide the teachers with what they need. Technology is another – no one is happy with the service they have been getting there. Maybe we hook into fiber, but we need something better than what we have currently.

Gerald Casper was allowed to make a comment. He reminded the board that they were all voted in by people in Sherman County because people believed that you are going to do the best they can for the students in our county and they were going to do the best they can financially for this school district.  He said that is what you are here for by making this decision today.  So we can’t put emotions or feelings about anyone else, except our kids and our school district.

Director von Borstel said that if we all agree about everything we wouldn’t need a board.

Motion:  Director Kyle Blagg made a motion in accordance with 334.015 I move that the Sherman County School District withdraw from North Central ESD effective July 1, 2016. Action: The motion died for lack of a second.

COMMENTS FROM VISITORS No were comments received.

NEXT MEETING

The next Regular School Board Meeting is scheduled for March 14, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

ADJOURNMENT

Chair Martin declared the meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m. __________________________________                ________________________________

Chair, Bill Martin                                                                    Board Secretary, Jeanie Pehlke


 

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