2019 Board Minutes

January 14, 2019 January 28, 2019
February 11, 2019 February 25, 2019
March 11, 2019 March 25, 2019
April 8, 2019 April 23, 2019
May 13, 2019 May 28, 2019
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June 24, 2019

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 24th of June, 2019 at the Brandon Valley High School Community Room with the following members present:  Renee Ullom, Gregg Ode, and Cary Schroeder, Ellie Saxer, and Dan Klumper.  Absent: Gregg Ode.  Also present were Superintendent Jarod Larson, Business Manager Paul J. Lundberg, Activities Director Randy Marso, Middle School Principal Brad Thorson, Director of Instruction Sherri Nelson, and Operations Manager Ty Hentschel.

Renee Ullom called the regular meeting to order at 6:30 p.m., beginning with the Pledge of Allegiance.

 Motion by Schroeder, seconded by Klumper to approve the agenda as presented.  Motion carried.

  
Motion by Klumper, seconded by Saxer to approve the bills and claims as submitted (see attached).  Motion carried. 

Administrative reports were presented.   Superintendent Larson reported on the new elementary school construction overview and timeline.  Overview:  The 2018 Facilities Review Committee recommends building an elementary school on school owned property at 41st and Sparta Avenue in Sioux Falls.  This committee has made this recommendation through the BV VISION 2040 – a BVSD long range facility plan.  Timeline:  July BV Board of Education meeting-Resolution authorizing bond election; Summer/Fall-hold bond election campaign; Tuesday, September 10, 2019-hold bond election; Fall 2019/Winter 2020-Construction planning (pending successful bond election); Spring 2020-Construction begins (pending successful bond election); and School opens Fall of 2021 (pending successful bond election).

 The 2019-20 budget process is nearing completion. The 2019-20 Public Budget Hearing with potential action will be presented on Monday, July 15, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. just prior to our Annual Board of Education meeting.

Lynx Summer Reading Program (in conjunction with the Summer Lunch Program) is being held every Wednesday at Brandon Elementary running to July 24th.  Story time will begin at 10:45 a.m., book check-out will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon.  A thank you to Siouxland Library and Pizza Ranch for their collaboration on this program.  The Summer Lunch Program is held at Brandon Elementary from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday each week through July 24th.  There will be no lunch served on July 4-5, 2019.

The Associated School Boards of South Dakota and the School Administrators of South Dakota (ASBSD/SASD) joint conference is scheduled for August 8-9, 2019 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.  Any Board Member that is interested in attending should email Jennifer Swenson to be registered.

First days of academic meetings for the 2019-20 school year include a new staff in-service day on August 14, 2019 with all staff workshop/in-service days scheduled for August 15, 19, and 20, 2019.  The first day of school with students is scheduled for August 21, 2019.

2019-20 School Year Item:  Semester 1 Bus Passes will be available beginning on Monday, July 8, 2019 running through Wednesday, August 7, 2019. 

2019-20 Academic and Master Activities Calendar are now available on-line at the School District’s main site at www.brandonvalleyschools.com under the “calendar” tab.

SPECIAL REMINDER:  The July Board of Education annual organizational meeting will be held on Monday, July 15, 2019 beginning with a 2019-20 (FY20) Public Budget Hearing at 6:00 p.m. with the annual meeting to begin at 6:30 p.m. held in the Brandon Valley High School Community Room

Motion by Schroeder, seconded by Saxer to approve the following general business items:
            1.   
Approve recommendation to increase substitute pay for Certified Teachers from $110/135 per day to $125/$150 per day, and Classified substitute pay from $10/hour to $12/hour, effective beginning with the 2019-20 school year as presented.
            2.   
Approve awarded grant by and between the Brandon Valley School District and the State of South Dakota Department of Education/Division of Educational Services and Support, for Multi-Tiered System of Support funds in the amount of $1,500.00, effective May 30, 2019 t May 31, 200, as presented.
            3.   
Approve agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District and Aurora Plains Academy for intensive residential treatment for one student, in the amount of $107.64/day, effective June 1, 2019 through May 31, 2020, as presented.
            4.   
Approve agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District and Children’s Home Society for educational services for three students, in the amount of $109.81/day per student, five days per week, effective July 1, 2019 for the 2019-20 school year, as presented.
            5.   
Approve recommendation to award bid to Midway Services/Vollan Oil Company for a margin of $0.01 on E-10 and $0.01 on Diesel #1 and #2, as presented.
            6.   
Approve recommendation to award a split bid for Custodial Supplies for a total of $67,301.70 (Cole Paper Company for $6141.58; Dacotah Paper Company for $2,174.26; Heartland Paper Company for $37,911.75; and Hillyard for $21,074.20), as presented.
            7.   
Approve recommendation of the voluntary Brandon Valley High School Technology Insurance Fee of $35.00/year for the 2019-20 school year, as presented.
            8.   
Approve recommendation of the voluntary Brandon Valley Middle School Technology Insurance Fee of $25.00/year for the 2019-20 school year, as presented.
Motion carried.


 
Motion by Saxer, seconded by Klumper to approve the following personnel items:

            1.   
Approve recommendation to hire Angela M. Nelson, FAE Guidance Counselor, MA+30 Step 10 ~ $51,212.00, effective for the 2019-20 school year.
            2.   
Approve recommendation to hire Wyatt Baum, Summer Custodian, $11.00/hour, effective June 19, 2019.
            3.   
Approve recommendation to hire Sarah Gruber, part-time BVMS Child Nutrition Worker, $13.70/hour, effective August 21, 2019.
            4.   
Approve recommendation to hire Jennifer Duscher, part-time BE child Nutrition Worker, $13.70/hour, effective August 21, 2019.
            5.   
Approve recommendation to hire Krisi Houser, full-time BVHS Child Nutrition Worker, $13.80/hour, effective August 21, 2019.
            6.   
Approve recommendation to hire Sherry Qualseth part-time BVHS Child Nutrition Worker, $13.70/hour, effective August 21, 2019
            7.   
Approve recommendation to hire Carson Mork, Summer Grounds, $11.00/hour, effective June, 2019.
            8.   
Approve recommendation to hire Theresa Doss, part-time BVHS School Library Educational Assistant, $14.75/hour, effective August 21, 2019.
            9.   
Approve recommendation to hire Aeriell Jastorff, full-time BE Special Education Educational Assistant, $14.75/hour, effective August 21, 2019.
            10. 
Approve recommendation to hire Penny Polasky, full-time RBE Special Education Educational Assistant, $14.75/hour, effective August 21, 2019.
            11. 
Approve recommendation to hire Marcie Hendricks, full-time BVMS Special Education Educational Assistant, $14.75/hour, effective August 21, 2019.
            12. 
Approve recommendation to hire David Moody, BVSD District Transportation Director, $60,000/year, effective July 8, 2019.
Motion carried.

 The following personnel item was presented to the Board of Education as information only:

  1. Transfer Ardis Lippert from BVHS Special Education Educational Assistant to FAE Educational Assistant, effective August 21, 2019.
  2. Request for 12 weeks of maternity leave by Megan Dieren, RBE 1st Grade Teacher, on or around September 16, 2019.
  3. Transfer Beth Schaffer from BE Kindergarten Teacher to BE Junior Kindergarten Teacher, effective for the 2019-20 school year.
  4. Transfer Jessica Rasmussen from BE Early Childhood Teacher to BE Kindergarten Teacher, effective for the 2019-20 school year, contingent upon finding a suitable replacement.

      Communications received by the Central Office and Board of Education were reviewed.  They included the following items:
        1.   
Thank you from Larry Beesley for the plant for his surgery and the employee banquet and retirement gift.

     Board Reports were presented.  Board President Renee Ullom reported for the Alternative Education committee on the June 19, 2019 meeting.  President Ullom also wished a special “thank you” to out-going school board member Cary Schroeder for his six years of dedicated service to the Brandon Valley School District with his service on the Board of Education.  You will be missed!

Travel Reports were reviewed.

Motion by Saxer, seconded by Schroeder to adjourn the meeting at 6:38 p.m.  Motion carried.

Signed ___________________________________
                               
Business Manager

 Approved by the Board of Education this 15th day of July, 2019.

Signed____________________________________                                                                           
                                  
Chairperson

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June 10, 2019

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 10th of June, 2019 at the Brandon Valley High School Community Room with the following members present:  Renee Ullom, Gregg Ode, and Cary Schroeder.  Absent: Ellie Saxer and Dan Klumper.  Also present were Superintendent Jarod Larson, Business Manager Paul J. Lundberg, Valley Springs Elementary Principal Tanya Palmer, Director of Instruction Sherri Nelson, and Operations Manager Ty Hentschel.

Renee Ullom called the regular meeting to order at 6:30 p.m., beginning with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Motion by Schroeder, seconded by Ode to approve the agenda as presented.  Motion carried.

 

Motion by Schroeder, seconded by Ode to approve the meeting minutes from the regular meetings of May 13, 2019 and May 28, 2019 as presented. Motion carried.

 

Motion by Ode, seconded by Schroeder to approve the bills and claims as submitted (see attached).  Motion carried.

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The cash report for the month of May, 2019 showed receipts of $9,207,188.17 and disbursements of $2,823,394.69 leaving a balance of $11,083,798.29.  The General Fund had receipts of $4,533,611.97, received a temporary interfund transfer of $241,883.70 from the Capital Outlay Fund, received a temporary interfund transfer of $123,433.49 from the Special Education Fund, received a temporary interfund transfer of $308,562.85 from the Bond Fund, and disbursements of $2,322,256.59 leaving a balance of $7,666,714.97.  Capital Outlay Fund had receipts of $2,135,143.19, sent a temporary interfund transfer of $241,883.70 to the General Fund, disbursements of $33,547.59, leaving a balance of $1,859,711.90.  Special Education Fund had receipts of $1,409,560.47, sent a temporary interfund transfer of $123,433.49 to the General Fund, and disbursements $461,189.17, leaving a balance of $824,937.81.  Pension Fund had receipts of $252.65, and disbursements of $0.00, leaving a balance of $52,503.12.   Bond Redemption Fund had receipts of $1,119,769.89, sent a temporary interfund transfer of $308,562.85 to the General Fund, and disbursements of $0.00, leaving a balance of $811,207.04.  Enterprise Fund had receipts of $8,850.00 and disbursements of $6,401.34, leaving a balance of $68,723.45. 

 

The May 2019 payroll totaled $1,890,208.79 of which $971,337.63 was instructional, $499,917.05 was support services, $36,437.59 was co-curricular, $296,746.20 was Special Education, $80,090.32 was Food Service, and $5,680.00 was Driver’s Education.

 

Motion by Ode, seconded by Schroeder to approve the financial reports as presented for the month of May, 2019.  Motion carried. 

Administrative reports were presented.   Superintendent Larson reported on the new elementary school construction overview and timeline.  Overview:  The 2018 Facilities Review Committee recommends building an elementary school on school owned property at 41st and Sparta Avenue in Sioux Falls.  This committee has made this recommendation through the BV VISION 2040 – a BVSD long range facility plan.  Timeline:  July BV Board of Education meeting-Resolution authorizing bond election; Summer/Fall-hold bond election campaign; Tuesday, September 10, 2019-hold bond election; Fall 2019/Winter 2020-Construction planning (pending successful bond election); Spring 2020-Construction begins (pending successful bond election); and School opens Fall of 2021 (pending successful bond election).

 The 2019-20 budget process is nearing completion. The 2019-20 Public Budget Hearing with potential action will be presented on Monday, July 15, 2019 at our Annual Board of Education meeting.

Lynx Summer Reading Program (in conjunction with the Summer Lunch Program) is being held every Wednesday at Brandon Elementary running to July 24th.  Story time will begin at 10:45 a.m., book check-out will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon.  A thank you to Siouxland Library and Pizza Ranch for their collaboration on this program.  The Summer Lunch Program is held at Brandon Elementary from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday each week through July 24th.  There will be no lunch served on July 4-5, 2019.

Superintendent Larson announced that Gay Anderson will be continuing her role as National President of the School Nutrition Association for another year, continuing to serve for the 2019-20 school year.  Congratulations Mrs. Anderson!

The Special Education Performance Report has been publicly released and shows the Brandon Valley Special Education proficiency rate in Reading at 38.55 (state of South Dakota average is 18.83) and the Brandon Valley Special Education proficiency rate in Math is 30.55 (state of South Dakota average is 17.78).  Congratulations to Director Babb and his staff.

The Associated School Boards of South Dakota and the School Administrators of South Dakota (ASBSD/SASD) joint conference is scheduled for August 8-9, 2019 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.  Any Board Member that is interested in attending should email Jennifer Swenson to be registered.

SPECIAL REMINDER:  The Annual Organizational Meeting of the Board of Education has been moved to Monday, July 15, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. and will be held in the Brandon Valley High School Community Room.

Motion by Schroeder, seconded by Ode to approve the following general business items:
   
1.    Approve second amendment to agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District and the Sanford Medical Center for a power specialist, at no cost, effective through regular or post-season events for the 2024-25 school year as presented.
    2.   
Approve memorandum of agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District and South Dakota State University for establishing a Teacher Education Hub for placement and support of teacher candidates, as presented.

3.    Approve agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District and South Dakota State University College of Education and Human Sciences for Secondary/K-12 Field Experiences for teacher candidates, paying BV educators $200/first semester, full-time candidate and $400/second semester, full-time candidate, effective with the 2019-20 school year.

4.    Approve contract by and between the Brandon Valley School District and Reinhart Food Service for prime vendor services, effective August 1, 2019 through July 31, 2020, as presented.

5.    Approve contract by and between the Brandon Valley School District and Hiland Dairy Foods for the purchase of dairy products effective July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020, as presented.

6.    Approve contract by and between the Brandon Valley School District and Black Hills Special Services Cooperative for Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Compliance Training, $750, effective from June 5 – 30, 2019.

7.    Approve request for two additional Child Nutrition positions at Brandon Valley High School (one full-time and one part-time), effective beginning the 2019-20 school year.

8.    Approve request to apply for a United Way (Matching) Grant for $549.50 for an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for the Transportation Facility, as presented.

Motion carried. 

            Motion by Ode, seconded by Schroeder to approve the following personnel items:
    1.   
Approve recommendation to hire Cory Winter, Substitute Transportation Driver, paid according to the trip schedule, effective June 11, 2019.

  2.    Approve recommendation to hire Amy Kasten, BVHS/VSE Art Teacher, BA Step 7 (.40 FTE) ~ $19,331.00, effective for the 2019-20 school year.

Motion carried.

            The following personnel item was presented to the Board of Education as information only:

  1. Request for medical leave by Georgia Carlson, BVMS Custodian, beginning on June 10, 2019 for six weeks.

      Communications received by the Central Office and Board of Education were reviewed.  They included the following items:
        1.   
May 2019 Building Permits.
        2.   
Thank you from Katie Jurgensen and Amy Frantzen for the employee recognition banquet meal and gift cards for years of service.
        3.   
Thank you from Mary Erickson for Staff Recognition Banquet, years for service recognition and Sunshine gift card. 

Board Reports were presented.  Superintendent Jarod Larson presented on the Safety Committee’s recent meeting.  At this meeting, members received an overview on the year and were also introduced to the new Brandon Police Chief, Joe Weir,  as well as the new parent representative.   

Motion by Schroeder, seconded by Ode to adjourn the meeting at 6:50 p.m.  Motion carried.                                              

 Signed ___________________________________
                               
Business Manager 

Approved by the Board of Education this 15th day of July, 2019. 

Signed____________________________________
                                Chairperson

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May 28, 2019

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 28th of May, 2019 at the Brandon Valley High School Community Room with the following members present:  Renee Ullom, Gregg Ode, Cary Schroeder (via phone), Ellie Saxer, and Dan Klumper.  Absent:  None.  Also present were Superintendent Jarod Larson, Assistant Business Manager James A. Schobert, Assistant High School Principal Mark Schlekeway, Middle School Principal Brad Thorson, Intermediate School Principal Nick Skibsted, Fred Assam Elementary Principal Susan Foster, Valley Springs Elementary Principal Tanya Palmer, Operations Manager Ty Hentschel.

Renee Ullom called the regular meeting to order at 6:30 p.m., beginning with the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Motion by Saxer, seconded by Klumper to approve the agenda as presented. On a roll call vote, the following voted aye:  Saxer, Klumper, Ode, Schroeder, and Ullom; voted nay: none.  Motion carried.

 Administrative reports were presented.   Superintendent Larson reported on the new elementary school construction overview and timeline.  Overview:  The 2018 Facilities Review Committee recommends building an elementary school on school owned property at 41st and Sparta Avenue in Sioux Falls.  This committee has made this recommendation through the BV VISION 2040 – a BVSD long range facility plan.  Timeline:  July BV Board of Education meeting-Resolution authorizing bond election; Summer/Fall-hold bond election campaign; Tuesday, September 10, 2019-hold bond election; Fall 2019/Winter 2020-Construction planning (pending successful bond election); Spring 2020-Construction begins (pending successful bond election); and School opens Fall of 2021 (pending successful bond election).

 The 2019-20 budget process is nearing completion. The 2019-20 Preliminary Budget was presented at the May 13, 2019 regular Board of Education meeting and on Monday, July 15, 2019 there will be the Public Budget Hearing with potential action at our Annual Board of Education meeting.

Lynx Summer Reading Program (in conjunction with the Summer Lunch Program) will be held every Wednesday at Brandon Elementary starting June 5th and running to July 24th.  Story time will begin at 10:45 a.m., book check-out will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon.  A thank you to Siouxland Library and Pizza Ranch for their collaboration on this program.

The Associated School Boards of South Dakota and the School Administrators of South Dakota (ASBSD/SASD) joint conference is scheduled for August 8-9, 2019 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.  Any Board Member that is interested in attending should email Jennifer Swenson to be registered.

Looking ahead at the remainder of the academic calendar, May 29 ~ regular school day; May 30 ~ last day of school (2-hour early dismissal); May 31 ~ teacher workshop day.  Certified Staff Only – required to complete one day of flexible curriculum development planning between June 1-28, 2019.

 A public hearing was held for an Application for a Waiver from an Administrative Rule to offer Algebra I at the Brandon Valley Middle School for High School credit.  There was no public input at this evenings meeting.    Motion by Klumper, seconded by Saxer to approve the Application for Waiver as presented.   On a roll call vote, the following voted aye:  Klumper, Saxer, Ode, Schroeder, and Ullom; voted nay: none.  Motion carried.

 Motion by Saxer, seconded by Ode to approve the following general business item:

1.    Approve underwriting engagement and disclosure letter from DA Davidson & Company for underwriting services for the Brandon Valley School District General Obligation Bonds for new elementary school, as presented.

2.    Approve contract for services by and between the Brandon Valley School District and Carroll Institute for substance abuse and bullying prevention programming in the amount of $10,300.00, effective September 1, 2019 through May 31, 2020 as presented.

3.    Approve agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District and Universal Pediatric Services for nursing services for one student, $50.00/hour for the 2019-20 school year, including any extended year program, as presented.

4.    Approve the Brandon Valley School District 2019-20 Comprehensive Plan for Special Education as presented.

5.    Approve Notice to Proceed by and between the Brandon Valley School District and Soukup Construction, Inc., effective May 13, 2019, with substantial completion on August 2, 2019, as presented.

6.    Approve contract by and between the Brandon Valley School District and Soukup Construction, Inc., for Administration Building Parking Lot Improvements, in the amount of $184,184.00, to be substantially completed on or before August 2, 2019, as presented.

On a roll call vote, the following voted aye:  Saxer, Ode, Klumper, Schroeder, and Ullom; voted nay: none.  Motion carried.

Motion by Saxer, seconded by Klumper to approve the following personnel items:
            1.   
Approve resignation from Noelle Vainikka, VSE and BVHS Art Teacher, effective at the end of the 2018-19 school year.
            2.   
Approve resignation from Kimberly Shemon, FAE Counselor, effective at the end of the 2018-19 school year.
            3.   
Approve resignation from Heather Schreiber, BVMS part-time CNS worker, effective May 29, 2019.
            4.   
Approve resignation from Jody Woehl, BE Jr. Kindergarten Teacher, effective at the end of the 2018-19 school year.
            5.   
Approve recommendation to hire Michelle Kieffer, FAE 3rd Grade Teacher, Teacher, BA Step 3 ~ $46,978.00, effective for the 2019-20 school year.
            6.   
Approve resignation from Leslie Erikson, Transportation Director, effective June 1, 2019.
            7.   
Approve termination of employment for Loralie Aljets, VSE Custodian, effective May 22, 2019.
            8.   
Approve resignation from David Pierson, AE Educational Assistant, effective May 29, 2019.
            9.   
Approve recommendation to hire Adam Zabih, BVHS Chemistry Teacher, MA Step Base ~ $46,656.00, effective for the 2019-20 school year.
            10. 
Approve recommendation to hire additional summer 2019 custodial staff as presented:
                    Britton Elkin (RBE) ~ $11.00/hour and Caleb Klatt (MS) ~ $11.00/hour.
        On a roll call vote, the following voted aye:  Saxer, Klumper, Ode, Schroeder, and Ullom; voted nay: none.  Motion carried. 

Communications received by the Board of Education were reviewed.  They included the following items:
            1.   
Thank you from Michelle Stemwedel for the meal, gift card, and years of service recognition at the BV Employee Appreciation Banquet.
            2.   
Thank you from Marette Grage for the meal and gift card in recognition of her 10 years of service.
            3.   
Thank you from Cheryl Hartog for the flowers sent for her surgery.
            4.   
Thank you from Cheryl Hartog for the gift card in recognition of 21 years of service.
            5.   
Thank you from Jill Flint for employee banquet, years of service certificate and gift card.
            6.   
Thank you from Paula Gordon for the retirement recognition and Teacher of the Year nomination.
            7.   
Thank you from Sarah Schroeder for the flowers sent in honor of the birth of her daughter, Charli Ann. 

Board Reports were heard.  Board Member Gregg Ode reported on the Transportation Committee meeting held on May 23rd.  Two regular busses and one mini bus has been ordered for the 2019-20 school year.  For your information, Ode reported that in the 2016-17 school year, BV transported approximately 1,800 students and in the 2018-19 school year transported approximately 2,000 student with those numbers only continuing to rise.  Continuing challenges for the transportation department include finding drivers for regular routes and the other extra-curriculum hours as well.  That, coupled with the road conditions in this crazy spring weather and new road construction beginning, will also present more challenges in the coming year.  Another opportunity that the transportation department is planning is the use one bus from the current fleet to use for a “mobile summer lunch program” for meals and reading opportunities starting in the summer of 2020.  More information will be forthcoming on this new venture.

Board Member Ellie Saxer reported on Student Activities, Curriculum & Technology.  Mrs. Saxer had the opportunity to join Mrs. Sittig’s HS English during a class period this spring and praised BV teachers and students alike.  She was most impressed of the encouragement of one another during this visit.  Board President Ullom encouraged all board members to take time to visit a school and classrooms to see this BV pride in action.   

 Travel Reports were reviewed.

 Motion by Ode, seconded by Klumper to adjourn the meeting at 6:47 p.m.   On a roll call vote, the following voted aye:  Ode, Klumper, Saxer, Schroeder, and Ullom; voted nay: none.  Motion carried.

Signed ___________________________________
                               
 Business Manager

Approved by the Board of Education this 10th day of June, 2019. 

Signed____________________________________
                               
Chairperson

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May 13, 2019

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 13th of May, 2019 at the Brandon Valley High School Community Room with the following members present:  Renee Ullom, Gregg Ode, Cary Schroeder (via phone), Ellie Saxer (via phone), and Dan Klumper.  Absent: None.  Also present were Superintendent Jarod Larson, Business Manager Paul J. Lundberg, High School Principal Gregg Talcott, Activities Director Randy Marso, Middle School Principal Brad Thorson, Assistant Middle School Principal Bill Freking, Intermediate School Principal Nick Skibsted, Brandon Elementary Principal Merle Horst, Director of Instruction Sherri Nelson, and Special Services Director Kyle Babb. 

Renee Ullom called the regular meeting to order at 6:30 p.m., beginning with the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Motion by Ode, seconded by Klumper to approve the agenda as revised.  On a roll call vote, the following voted aye:  Ode, Klumper, Saxer, Schroeder, and Ullom; voted nay: none.  Motion carried. 

Motion by Klumper, seconded by Ode to approve the meeting minutes from the regular meetings of April 8, 2019 and April 23, 2019 as presented. On a roll call vote, the following voted aye:  Klumper, Ode, Schroeder, Saxer, and Ullom; voted nay: none.  Motion carried.

 

Motion by Ode, seconded by Klumper to approve the bills and claims as submitted (see attached).  On a roll call vote, the following voted aye:  Ode, Klumper, Saxer, Schroeder, and Ullom; voted nay: none.  Motion carried.

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The cash report for the month of April, 2019 showed receipts of $2,623,960.61 and disbursements of $2,941,762.69 leaving a balance of $4,900,004.81.  The General Fund had receipts of $1,926,133.15, sent a temporary interfund transfer of $92,225.28 to the Special Education Fund, received a temporary interfund transfer of $100,978.74 from the Bond Fund, received a temporary interfund transfer of $133,958.78 from the Capital Outlay Fund, and disbursements of $2,407,878.81 leaving a balance of $4,781,479.55.  Capital Outlay Fund had receipts of $193,783.49, sent a temporary interfund transfer of $133,958.78 to the General Fund, disbursements of $59,824.71, leaving a balance of $0.00.  Special Education Fund had receipts of $378,152.69, received a temporary interfund transfer of $92,225.28 from the the General Fund, and disbursements $470,377.97, leaving a balance of $0.00.  Pension Fund had receipts of $322.54, and disbursements of $0.00, leaving a balance of $52,250.47.   Bond Redemption Fund had receipts of $101,328.74, sent a temporary interfund transfer of $100,978.74 to the General Fund, and disbursements of $350.00, leaving a balance of $0.00.  Enterprise Fund had receipts of $24,240.00 and disbursements of $3,331.20, leaving a balance of $66,274.79. 

 

The April 2019 payroll totaled $1,925,709.47 of which $992,657.73 was instructional, $492,855.65 was support services, $33,746.74 was co-curricular, $309,809.08 was Special Education, $93,565.27 was Food Service, and $3,075.00 was Driver’s Education.

 

Motion by Klumper, seconded by Ode to approve the financial reports as presented for the month of April, 2019.  On a roll call vote, the following voted aye:  Klumper, Ode, Schroeder, Saxer, and Ullom; voted nay: none.  Motion carried. 

Administrative reports were presented.   Superintendent Larson reported on the new elementary school construction overview and timeline.  Overview:  The 2018 Facilities Review Committee recommends building an elementary school on school owned property at 41st and Sparta Avenue in Sioux Falls.  This committee has made this recommendation through the BV VISION 2040 – a BVSD long range facility plan.  Timeline:  July BV Board of Education meeting-Resolution authorizing bond election; Summer/Fall-hold bond election campaign; Tuesday, September 10, 2019-hold bond election; Fall 2019/Winter 2020-Construction planning (pending successful bond election); Spring 2020-Construction begins (pending successful bond election); and School opens Fall of 2021 (pending successful bond election).

 The 2019-20 budget process is underway. The 2019-20 Preliminary Budget will be presented at this evening’s Board of Education meeting.   Monday, July 15, 2019 will be the Public Budget Hearing with potential action at our Annual Board of Education meeting.

BVHS Parking for 2019-20:  In an attempt to efficiently maximize available parking space, the Brandon Valley High School will be taking a new creative approach that has been collaboratively developed with an innovative strategy to encourage carpooling.

Interim South Dakota Secretary of Education, Dr. Ben Jones, has been appointed full-time Secretary of Education.  He just recently visited the Brandon Valley School District.

Lynx Summer Reading Program (in conjunction with the Summer Lunch Program) will be held every Wednesday at Brandon Elementary starting June 5th and running to July 24th.  Story time will begin at 10:45 a.m. to noon, Book check-out will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon.  A thank you to Siouxland Library and Pizza Ranch for their collaboration on this program. 

SPECIAL REMINDER:  The second Board of Education meeting for the month of May will be held on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. due to the Memorial Day holiday on May 27th. 

Annual Organizational Meeting:  A recommendation has been made to move the annual Board of Education meeting from the 2nd Monday in July to Monday, July 15, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

Looking ahead at the academic calendar, 2018-19 school year important dates to remember:  Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 2 p.m. is graduation for the BV Class of 2019; Thursday, May 23, 2019 ~ regular school day; Friday, May 24, 2019 ~ No school (teacher in-service/workshop day) as well as hosting Day 1 of the AA State Track Meet; May 27 ~ No school (Memorial Day); May 28 and 29 ~ Regular school days; May 30 ~ Last day of school (2 hour early dismissal); May 31 ~ Teacher workshop day.  Certified Staff Only – required to complete one day of flexible curriculum development planning between June 1-28, 2019. 

As of Friday May 10, 2019, two school board petitions were returned and verified in the Business Office.  Renee Ullom will continue her seat and will be joined by Gregg Talcott on the 2019-20 Board of Education effective July 1, 2019 for a three-year term each.  Congratulations!

Brandon Valley High School Principal Gregg Talcott reported that Graduation will be held in the HS Activities Center at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, 2019.  An awards ceremony for the Senior class will be held on Wednesday, May 15, 2019.

Brandon Valley Middle School Principal Brad Thorson reported that on Wednesday May 22, 2019 at 8 a.m. the MS will be presenting Presidential Awards.

 Director of Instruction, Sherri Nelson, reported that the vendor for the State of South Dakota State Assessments has been chosen and it will be the American Institution for Research.  We have worked with this vendor before.  This is a 6-year contract with the option to renew for one-year increments for three additional years.

 Congratulations to Randy Marso, who has been named the 2019 Activities Director of the year! Job well done!

 The following board policy was given a second reading at tonight’s meeting:
            1.           
Policy IKB ~ Homework Policy
            Motion by Klumper, seconded by Ode to approve Policy IKB ~ Homework Policy as presented.  On a roll call vote, the following voted aye:  Klumper, Ode, Saxer, Schroeder, and Ullom; voted nay: none.  Motion carried.

 Business Manager Paul J. Lundberg presented the 2019-20 preliminary district budget.  (See attached)

 

Motion by Klumper, seconded by Ode to approve the date change for the Brandon Valley School District Board of Education Annual Organizational meeting from July 8, 2019 to July 15, 2019.  On a roll call vote, the following voted aye:  Klumper, Ode, Schroeder, Saxer and Ullom; voted nay: none.  Motion carried. 

Motion by Ode, seconded by Klumper to approve the Administrative recommendation for the 2019 Official Election Ballot for the South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSAA) as follows:  West River At-Large Representative – Jordan Bauer, Rapid City Central High School, for the term of July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2024.  On a roll call vote, the following voted aye:  Ode, Klumper, Saxer, Schroeder, and Ullom; voted nay: none.  Motion carried. 

Motion by Klumper, seconded by Ode to approve the Administrative recommendation for the 2019 Official Election Ballot for the South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSAA) as follows:  Native American At-Large Representative, Barry Mann, Wakpala High School, for the term of July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2024.  On a roll call vote, the following voted aye:  Klumper, Ode, Schroeder, Saxer and Ullom; voted nay: none.  Motion carried. 

Motion by Ode, seconded by Klumper to approve the Administrative recommendation for the 2019 Official Election Ballot for the South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSAA) as follows:  Large School Group Board of Education Representative, Randy Hartmann, Pierre T.F. Riggs High School, for the term of July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2023.  On a roll call vote, the following voted aye:  Ode, Klumper, Saxer, Schroeder, and Ullom; voted nay: none.  Motion carried. 

Motion by Klumper, seconded by Ode to approve the Administrative recommendation for the 2019 Official Election Ballot for the South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSAA) as follows: “Yes” on 2019 Official Amendment Ballot #1.  On a roll call vote, the following voted aye:  Klumper, Ode, Schroeder, Saxer and Ullom; voted nay: none.  Motion carried.           

Motion by Ode, seconded by Klumper to approve the following general business items:
            1.   
Approve recommendation to accept bid from Guarantee Roofing and Sheet Metal for the Brandon Valley Middle School re-roof project ~ $147,889.00.
            2.   
Approve agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District and Quam, Berglin & Post, P.C. for the 2018-19 fiscal year audit in the approximate amount of $13,700.00. 
            3.   
Approve recommendation to accept bid from Soukup Construction for Administration Building Asphalt renovations in the amount of $184,184.00
            4.   
Approve recommendation to accept bid from Innovative Office Solutions (IOS) for the Robert Bennis Elementary floor covering project in the amount of $113,790.87.
            5.   
Approve service agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District and Pamela Hedman for Extended School Year Speech/Language Therapy services for Early Childhood students and Birth to Three Prolonged Assistance children, $45.00/hour, effective June 3, 2019 through August 16, 2019 as presented.
            6.   
Approve service contract by and between the Brandon Valley School District and Behavior Care Specialists, Inc., for services for one student in the amount of $6,242.00/month, effective June 1 – August 31, 2019 as presented.
            7.   
Approve agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District and Southeast Area Cooperative for Medicaid administration, charged at a rate of 6% of billed amount per month, effective July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2021, as presented.
            On a roll call vote, the following voted aye:  Ode, Klumper, Saxer, Schroeder, and Ullom; voted nay: none.  Motion carried. 

            Motion by Klumper, seconded by Ode to approve the following personnel items:
            1.   
Approve request for funeral leave by Ginger Nelson, BVMS Child Nutrition Services, on April 25, 2019.
            2.   
Approve resignation from Trisha Susie, RBE and BVIS Educational Assistant, effective May 30, 2019.
            3.   
Approve resignation from Sonja Anderson, BE part-time Child Nutrition Services, effective April 23, 2019.
            4.   
Approve recommendation to hire the following grounds employees for the summer of 2019 as follows:
                    Shelby Swenson ~ $12.00/hour; Morgan Mashlan ~ $12.00/hour; James House ~ $11.00/hour; Jonas Kulzer ~ $11.00/hour; and Evan Talcott ~ $11.00/hour.
            5.   
Accept resignation from Dan Reed, Assistant 7th Grade Boys Basketball Coach, effective at the end of the 2018-19 school  year, contingent upon finding a suitable replacement.
            6.   
Approve recommendation to hire Jordan Heeren, FAE Art Teacher, BA Step 1 ~ $46,341.00, effective for the 2019-20 school year.
            7.   
Approve request for medical leave from Cathy VanLoh, RBE Custodian, effective May 24 through July 8, 2019.|
           
8.   
Approve recommendation to hire Cassie Kocer, Assistant  HS Boys Tennis Coach, 6.5% of Extra-curricular Step 1 ~ $2,626.00, effective for the 2019-20 school year.|
           
9.   
Approve corrected recommendation to hire Kristin Pollema, BE Special Education Teacher, BA+15, Step 3 ~ $47,308.00, effective for the 2019-20 school year.
|            10. 
Approve request for bereavement day by Kayla Lubbers, FAE Child Nutrition Services, on May 3, 2019.
            11. 
Approve recommendation to hire Molly McFarland, BVHS/Elementary Library Educational Assistant, full-time, $14.83/hour, effective with the 2019-20 school year.
            12. 
Approve recommendation to hire Bailey Gummer, VSE Physical Education and Reading Teacher, BA Step 3 ~ $46,978.00, effective for the 2019-20 school year.
            13. 
Approve resignation of Ben Schultz, Assistant 8th Grade Boys Basketball Coach, effective at the end of the 2018-19 school year, contingent on finding a suitable replacement.
            14. 
Approve recommendation to hire Ben Schultz, Assistant MS Track & Field Coach, 6.0% of Extra-curricular Step 1 ~ $2,424.00, effective for the 2019-20 school year.
            15. 
Approve recommendation to hire Tom Meester, Head MS Wrestling Coach, 6.5% of Extra-curricular Step 10 ~ $2,833.00, effective for the 2019-20 school year.
            16. 
Approve recommendation to hire Kraig Presler, Assistant MS Wrestling Coach, 6.0% of Extra curricular Step 10 ~ $2,615.00, effective for the 2019-20 school year.
            17. 
Approve recommendation to hire the following custodial employees for the summer of 2019 as follows:
                    Susan Fritz (MS) ~ $12.00/hour; Jolene Roozenboom (VSE) ~ $12.00/hour; Jocelyn Sperlich (RBE) ~ $12.00/hour; Julie Kirby (BE) ~ $12.00/hour; Sherri Pickthorn (FAE) ~ $12.00/hour; Alison Statema ( BE) ~ $11.50/hour; Ardis Lippert (BVIS) ~ $11.50/hour; Dillon Gehrke (FAE) ~ $11.00/hour.
            On a roll call vote, the following voted aye:  Klumper, Ode Schroeder, Saxer and Ullom; voted nay: none.  Motion carried. 

      Communications received by the Central Office and Board of Education were reviewed.  They included the following items:

1.    Thank you from Emily and Aaron Carroll and family for the flowers sent in honor of the birth of their daughter, Margaret.

2.    Thank you from Helen Mogen on behalf of Region II Music for the use of our facility for large group contest on April 17, 2019.

3.    Thank you from Lanette Thompson for recognizing her years of service and for the Sunshine gift card.

4.    Thank you from Gerald Schettler for years of service certificate and gift card.

5.    Thank you from Jeff Fode for the years of service certificate and Sunshine gift card.

Board Reports were presented. Board members Dan Klumper reported on the Student Activities, Curriculum & Technology Committee.  Klumper reported that Director of Instruction, Sherri Nelson, and the committee discussed a Pilot Project that will begin in the 2019-20 school year.

Travel reports were reviewed. 

 Motion by Klumper, seconded by Ode to adjourn the meeting at 7:25 p.m. On a roll call vote, the following voted aye:  Klumper, Ode, Saxer, Schroeder, and Ullom; voted nay: none.  Motion carried.

Signed ___________________________________
                               
 Business Manager

Approved by the Board of Education this 10th day of June, 2019. 

Signed____________________________________
                               
Chairperson

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April 23, 2019

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 23rd of April, 2019 at the Brandon Valley High School Community Room with the following members present:  Renee Ullom, Gregg Ode, Cary Schroeder, Ellie Saxer, and Dan Klumper.  Absent:  None.  Also present were Superintendent Jarod Larson, Assistant Business Manager James A. Schobert, Assistant High School Principal Mark Schlekeway, Middle School Principal Brad Thorson, Intermediate School Principal Nick Skibsted, Fred Assam Elementary Principal Susan Foster, and Director of Instruction Sherri Nelson

Renee Ullom called the regular meeting to order at 6:30 p.m., beginning with the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Motion by Schroeder, seconded by Ode to approve the agenda as presented.  Motion carried. 

For the “Good News” report at tonight’s meeting, Principal Nick Skibsted, along with students from the Brandon Valley Intermediate School and the Brandon Valley Middle School presented on the Vex Robotics program.   

Administrative reports were presented.  Superintendent Larson thanked the BVIS and BVMS Vex Robotics program members for presenting the “Good News” report at tonight’s School Board meeting.

Superintendent Jarod Larson presented the new elementary school construction overview and timeline.  An overview of the 2018 Facilities Review Committee resulted in a recommendation to build a new elementary school on school-owned property at 41st and Sparta Avenue in Sioux Falls.  The general timeline is as follows:  July BV BOE Meeting: Resolution authorizing a Bond Election; summer/fall 2019 Bond Election Campaign; Tuesday, September 10, 2019 – hold Bond Election; all 2019/Winter 2020 – construction planning (pending successful bond); Spring 2020 - Construction begins (pending successful bond); School opens Fall of 2021 (pending successful bond).

The 2019-20 budget process is underway.  May 28, 2019:  Preliminary Budget Presentation to the Board of Education.  July 15, 2019:  Public Budget Hearing with potential action at this Annual Board of Education meeting.

Child Nutrition Services and enhanced programming:  The school district is investigating and exploring potential collaborative partnerships with the potential to enhance current programming while helping some other School Districts in our area.

Professional Awards and staff recognition banquet will celebrate retirements, years of service and the Brandon Valley School District Teacher of the Year on Monday, May 6, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the BVHS Commons.

The Smarter Balance Testing is in progress (and nearly completed) with outstanding student effort.

Brandon Valley High School Class of 2019 graduation will be held Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in the BVHS Activities Center.

Looking ahead at the academic calendar, 2018-19 school year important dates to remember:  May 23 ~ regular school day; May 24 ~ No school (teacher in-service/workshop day/BV hosts the State Track Meet); May 27 ~ No school (Memorial day); May 28 and 29 ~ Regular school days; May 30 ~ Last day of school (2 hour early dismissal); May 31 ~ Teacher workshop day; Certified Staff Only: 1 day of flexible curriculum development planning.

 The following board policy was given a first reading at tonight’s meeting:
            1.           
Policy IKB ~ Homework Policy

Motion by Schroeder, seconded by Saxer to approve the following general business item:

1.    Approve request to purchase three new school buses (two (2) Blue Bird T#FE All American Type D buses, one (1) 2019 Blue Bird Micro-Bird G5) from North Central Bus & Equipment, Inc., through Sourcewell, for a total amount of $297,097.07, for the 2019-20 school year as presented.

Motion carried. 

Motion by Saxer, seconded by Ode to approve the following personnel items:
            1.   
Approve recommendation to hire Adam Rothenberger, Head High School Boys Tennis Coach, 12.5% of Extra-curricular Step 4 ~ $5,172.00, effective with the 2019-20 school year.
            2.   
Approve recommendation to hire Maggie Youngberg, Assistant High School Girls Basketball Coach, 10% of Extra-curricular Step 6 ~ $4,207.00, effective with the 2019-20 school year.
           
3.    Approve recommendation to hire Adam Zabih, long-term substitute for Brittany Green, BVHS Match Teacher, effective April 24, 2019.
            4.   
Approve recommendation to hire Carson Pruett, long-term substitute for Shannon Heupel, BVHS Spanish Teacher, effective April 16, 2019.
            5.   
Approve recommendation to hire Michele Gustafson, part-time RBE Child Nutrition Worker, $13.05/hour, effective April 23, 2019.
            6.   
Approve recommendation to hire Darcie Horstmeyer, BVMS 7th Grade English Language Arts Teacher, MA Step 10 ~ $50,217.00, effective for the 2019-20 school year.
           
7.    Approve recommendation to hire Kasey Waage, BVMS 8th Grade Science Teacher, BA Step Base ~ $46,041.00, effective for the 2019-20 school year.
            8.   
Approve recommendation to hire Tony Thoreson, Head High School Cross Country Coach, 12.5% of Extra-curricular Step 3 ~ 5,131.00, effective for the 2019-20 school year.
            9.   
Approve recommendation to hire Ben Schultz, Assistant HS Cross Country Coach, 8.5% of Extra-curricular Step 1 ~ $3,435.00, effective for the 2019-20 school year.
           
10.  Approve recommendation to hire Shelby Selland, Freshman Girls Basketball Coach, 8.5% of Extra-curricular Step Base ~ $3,409.00.
           
11.  Approve recommendation to hire Kayla Houser, Full-time MS Child Nutrition Manager, $16.50/hour, effective August, 2019.
Motion carried.

The following personnel items were reviewed by the Board of Education for information only: 
           
1.    Request for medical leave by Klaire Lockheart, FAE Art Teacher, April 29 through May 10, 2019.
           
2.    Transfer Jeff Ganschow from FAE 3rd Grade Teacher to RBE 3rd Grade Teacher, effective starting the 2019-20 school year. 

Board Reports were heard.  President Renee Ullom reported for Alternative Education and stated that contracts will be issued soon for the upcoming school year and evaluations have been completed. 

        Motion by Saxer, seconded by Klumper to adjourn the meeting at 7:10 p.m.  Motion carried.

       
 Signed ___________________________________
                               
 Assistant Business Manager 

 Approved by the Board of Education this 13th day of May, 2019.

         Signed____________________________________
                                            Chairperson

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April 8, 2019

 The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 8th of April, 2019 at the Brandon Valley High School Community Room with the following members present:  Renee Ullom, Gregg Ode, Cary Schroeder, Ellie Saxer, and Dan Klumper.  Absent: None.  Also present were Superintendent Jarod Larson, Business Manager Paul J. Lundberg, Activities Director Randy Marso, Middle School Principal Brad Thorson, Assistant Middle School Principal Bill Freking, Intermediate School Principal Nick Skibsted, Brandon Elementary Principal Merle Horst, Valley Springs Elementary Principal Tanya Palmer, Director of Instruction Sherri Nelson, and Special Services Director Kyle Babb. 

Renee Ullom called the regular meeting to order at 6:30 p.m., beginning with the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Motion by Saxer, seconded by Ode to approve the agenda as revised.  Motion carried. 

Motion by Saxer, seconded by Klumper to approve the meeting minutes from the regular meetings of March 11, 2019 and March 25, 2019 as presented.  Motion carried

 

Motion by Schroeder, seconded by Ode to approve the bills and claims as submitted (see attached).  Motion carried

,

The cash report for the month of March, 2019 showed receipts of $2,740,585.97 and disbursements of $2,768,584.64 leaving a balance of $5,217,806.89.  The General Fund had receipts of $2,259,529.16, sent a temporary interfund transfer of $31,208.21 to the Special Education Fund, received a temporary interfund transfer of $71,402.99 from the Bond Fund, sent a temporary interfund transfer of $375,842.48 to the Capital Outlay Fund, and received an operating transfer of $675,000.00 from the Capital Outlay Fund, and disbursements of $2,308,482.17 leaving a balance of $5,120,512.97.  Capital Outlay Fund had receipts of $135,991.73, received a temporary interfund transfer of $375,000.00 from the General Fund, and sent an operating transfer of $675,000.00 to the General Fund, and disbursements of $22,841.75, leaving a balance of $0.00.  Special Education Fund had receipts of $268,832.09, received a temporary interfund transfer of $31,208.31 from the the General Fund, and disbursements $431,676.37, leaving a balance of $0.00.  Pension Fund had receipts of $0.00, and disbursements of $0.00, leaving a balance of $51,927.93.   Bond Redemption Fund had receipts of $71,402.99, sent a temporary interfund transfer of $71,402.99 to the General Fund, and disbursements of $0.00, leaving a balance of $0.00.  Enterprise Fund had receipts of $4,830.00 and disbursements of $5,584.35, leaving a balance of $45,365.99. 

 

The March 2019 payroll totaled $1,784,990.29 of which $970,084.85 was instructional, $413,428.53 was support services, $36,739.91 was co-curricular, $285,516.85 was Special Education, $74,032.65 was Food Service, and $5,187.50 was Driver’s Education.

 

Motion by Schroeder, seconded by Ode to approve the financial reports as presented for the month of March, 2019.  Motion carried. 

Administrative reports were presented.  The 2019-20 budget process is underway.  Tuesday, May 28, 2019:  Preliminary Budget Presentation to the Board of Education.  Monday, July 15, 2019:  Public Budget Hearing with potential action at this Annual Board of Education meeting.

Child Nutrition Services and enhanced programming:  The school district is investigating and exploring potential collaborative partnerships with the potential to enhance current programming while helping some other School Districts in our area.  This may include some shared personnel with smaller area school districts.

Superintendent Larson reminded the Board that the Intermediate School will make a “good news” presentation on Tuesday, April 23, 2019.

The 2019-20 Title I allocation holds an approximate $45,000 decrease in funds for the upcoming school year which will mean a reduction in work force will be necessary for the 2019-20 Title I staff.

The Staff Recognition Banquet along with Professional Awards will be held Monday, May 6, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the BVHS Commons.  This banquet celebrates District retirements, years of service, as well as naming the Brandon Valley School District Teacher of the Year.

We have two (2) three-year seats open on the school board this upcoming year.  Important election dates to remember are as follows:  April 9, 2019 ~ Earliest date to circulate a petition; May 10, 2019 ~ Deadline for petitions to be returned.  Candidates must also file a Financial Interest Statement within 15 days of filing a nominating petition; June 18, 2019 ~ School Board Election.  Please contact the Brandon Valley Business Office if interested or need more information.

Looking ahead at the academic calendar, 2018-19 school year important dates to remember:  April 18 ~ 2-hour early dismissal; April 19 and 22 ~ No School, Spring Break; May 23 ~ regular school day; May 24 ~ No school (teacher in-service/workshop day) as well as hosting Day 1 of the State Track Meet; May 27 ~ No school (Memorial Day); May 28 and 29 ~ Regular school days; May 30 ~ Last day of school (2 hour early dismissal); May 31 ~ Teacher workshop day.

Board President Renee Ullom thanked the School Nutrition Association (SNA) for allowing herself and Child Nutrition Director Gay Anderson to attend the National Convention in Philadelphia, PA recently.  While attending, Ullom and Anderson presented a break-out session entitled “School Nutrition and the Whole Child Approach” as well as attending several break-out sessions themselves. 

 Superintendent Larson presented the 2019-20 Master Agreement as negotiated between the Brandon Valley School District #49-2 and the Brandon Valley Education Association.  Motion by Ode, seconded by Schroeder to ratify the 2019-20 Master Agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District 49-2 and the Brandon Valley Education Association as presented as follows:
           
-           Across the board 5.0% salary increase for the 2019-20 school year.
            -          
One-time wage/salary enhancement of $1,000 to be paid with the November 2019 payroll.
            On a roll call vote, voting aye:  Ode, Schroeder, Saxer, Ullom; Abstain:  Klumper; Nay: none.  Motion carried.

 Superintendent Larson presented the Administrative recommendation for all Classified Staff, including Administrative Assistants, Print Shop, Assistant Business Manager, Technology, Theater, Educational Assistants, Nurses, Custodians, Maintenance and Grounds, Child Nutrition and Transportation Staff.  Motion by Saxer, seconded by Ode to approve the recommendation of the 2019-20 Classified Wages & Salary increase as presented as follows:

-           Across the board 5.0% salary increase.

-           One-time wage/salary enhancement of $750/$600/$250 to be paid with the November 2019 payroll.

Motion carried.

 

Superintendent Larson presented the recommendation for year two of two-year contracts for all Administration (except new hire Assistant MS and BVIS Principals and year two for the Director of Instruction each receiving one-year contracts).  Motion by Saxer, seconded by Klumper to approve the recommendation of the 2019-20 Administration Salary increase as presented as follows:

-           5.0% salary increase for the 2019-20 school year.

-           One-time wage/salary enhancement of $1,500 to be paid with the November 2019 payroll.

Motion carried. 

            Motion by Saxer, seconded by Ode to approve the following general business items:
            1.   
Approve Memorandum of Understanding by and between the Brandon Valley High School and the South Dakota Board of Regents to establish guidelines for university courses taught at the Bandon Valley High School by Northern State University personnel as presented.
            2.   
Approve tuition agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District and the Huron School District (Our Home) for one student at a full-day rate of $68.24 through June 6, 2019 (43 full days – regular term), half-day rates to be announced (40 half-days of summer school term), effective for the 2018-19 school year as presented.
            3.   
Approve agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District and Black Hills State University of Education for field experience for student teachers for the 2019-20 school year as presented.
Motion carried.

            Motion by Saxer, seconded by Schroeder to approve the following personnel items:
            1.   
Approve recommendation to hire Kristin Pollema, BE Special Education Teacher, BA Step 3 ~ $45,055.00, based on the 2018-19 hiring schedule, effective for the 2019-20 school year.
            2.   
Approve recommendation to hire Chase Bitterman, BE Special Education Teacher, BA Step 1 ~ $44,434.00, based on the 2018-19 hiring schedule, effective for the 2019-20 school year.
            3.   
Approve recommendation to hire Baylee Relf, BVIS 5th grade English Language Arts with Social Studies or Science, BA Step Base ~ $44,134.00, based on the 2018-19 hiring schedule, effective for the 2019-20 school year.
            4.   
Approve recommendation to hire Alexander Wiese, BVIS 5th grade Math with Social Studies or Science, BA Step 4 ~ $45,369.00, based on the 2018-19 hiring schedule, effective for the 2019-20 school year.
            5.   
Accept resignation/retirement notification for Sheila Fabian, BE/FAE/HS Library Educational Assistant, effective at the end of the 2018-19 school year.
            6.   
Approve request for leave without pay for Sheila Fabian, BE/FAE/HS Library Educational Assistant for approximately 4-5 days in April, 2019.
            7.   
Approve resignation for Michael Zerr as Head Varsity Boys Tennis Coach, effective at the end of the 2018-19 school year.
            8.   
Approve recommendation to hire Rick Pearson, BVIS Assistant Principal/Assessment Coordinator ~ $76,791.00; ($72,500.00-Assistant Principal and $4,291.00-Assessment Coordinator), effective for the 2019-20 school year.
            9.   
Approve recommendation to hire Bill Freking, BVHS Associate Principal ~ $82,500, effective for the 2019-20 school year.
            10. 
Approve recommendation to hire Amanda Nelson, BVMS Assistant Principal/MS Activities Coordinator ~ $76,791.00; ($72,500.00-Assistant Principal and $4,291.00-MS Activities Coordinator), effective for the 2019-20 school
year.

            11. 
Approve recommendation to hire Emily Rasmussen, VSE Kindergarten Teacher, BA Step 9 ~ $47,064.00, based on the 2018-19 hiring schedule, effective for the 2019-20 school year.
            12. 
Approve recommendation to hire Cassie Pearson, BE 2nd Grade Teacher, MA Step 10 ~ $48,241.00, based on the 2018-19 hiring schedule, effective for the 2019-20 school year.
            13. 
Approve recommendation to hire Kendra Johnson, Elementary Teaching Position (location and grade to be determined), BA Step Base ~ $44,134.00, based on the 2018-19 hiring schedule, effective for the 2019-20 school        year.
            14. 
Approve recommendation to hire Alexis Lewis, Elementary Teaching Position (location and grade to be determined), BA Step Base ~ $44,134.00, based on the 2018-19 hiring schedule, effective for the 2019-20 school year.
            15. 
Approve recommendation to hire Kasey Waage, long-term substitute for Lisa Fuccello, BVHS Science Teacher, effective April 4, 2019.
            16. 
Approve recommendation to hire Hillary Neisteadt, BVMS 7th/8th Grade Math Teacher, BA Step 10 ~ $47,437.00, based on the 2018-19 hiring schedule, effective for the 2019-20 school year.
            17. 
Approve recommendation to hire Shelby Selland, BVMS English Language Arts Teacher, BA Step Base ~ $44,134.00, based on the 2018-19 hiring schedule, effective for the 2019-20 school year.
            18. 
Approve recommendation for staff reduction, Janna Conrad, Title I Tutor, effective at the end of the 2018-19 school year, understanding the BVEA may present possible alternatives and if an alternative is agreed upon, this action may be rescinded.
            19. 
Approve recommendation to hire Mike Zerr, Head HS Girls Basketball Coach, 16% of Extra-curricular Step Base ~ $6,157.00, based on the 2018-19 Extra-curricular hiring schedule, effective for the 2019-20 school year.
            20. 
Approve recommendation to hire Marette Grage, Head HS Volleyball Coach, 16% of Extra-curricular Step Base ~ $6,157.00, based on the 2018-19 Extra-curricular hiring schedule, effective for the 2019-20 school year.
            21. 
Approve recommendation to hire Alexis Lewis, Assistant HS Girls Soccer Coach, 8.5% of Extra-curricular Step Base ~ $3,271.00, based on the 2018-19 Extra-curricular hiring schedule, effective for the 2019-20 school year.
            22. 
Approve recommendation to hire Mike Putnam, Assistant HS Track & Field Coach, 8.5% of Extra-curricular Step 10 ~ $3,562.00, based on the 2018-19 Extra-curricular hiring schedule, effective for the 2019-20 school year.
            23. 
Approve recommendation to hire Katie Rivers, Assistant HS Oral Interpretation Coach, 6.5% of Extra-curricular Step Base ~ $2,501.00, based on the 2018-19 Extra-curricular hiring schedule, effective for the 2019-20 school year.
            24. 
Approve recommendation to hire Coty McGuire, Assistant HS Volleyball Coach, 10% of Extra-curricular Step 9 ~ $4,151.00, based on the 2018-19 Extra-curricular hiring schedule, effective for the 2019-20 school year.
            25. 
Approve recommendation to hire the following substitute for the 2018-19 school year:  Jamie Barnett.
Motion carried.

 The following personnel items were reviewed by the Board of Education for information only:           
            1.   
Transfer Kimberly Skibsted from BVMS 7th Grade English Language Arts Teacher to District Technology & STEM Integrationist/BVIS Computer Teacher, effective for the 2019-20 school year.
            2.   
Transfer Coty McGuire from RBE 3rd Grade Teacher to BVIS Physical Education Teacher, effective for the 2019-20 school year. 

Communications received by the Central Office and Board of Education were reviewed.  They included the following items:
                1.   
March 2019 Building Permits.
                2.   
Thank you from Brady and Angie Olson for the flowers sent in honor of the birth of their son, Brecken.
                3.   
Thank you from JoAnn Presler, Dianne Mork, and their families for the plant sent in memory of their father, Gordon Ode. 

Board Reports were presented. Board members Dan Klumper and Ellie Saxer reported on the Student Activities, Curriculum & Technology Committee.  Klumper reported that discussion was held on the STEM program and the future direction. Saxer thanked all those that were involved in the recent High School Musical “The Little Mermaid”.  She also thanked all teachers and students as they prepare for the upcoming standardized testing. 

Travel reports were reviewed.   

Motion by Klumper, seconded by Saxer to go into Executive Session at 6:53 p.m. per SDCL 1-25-2(4) ~ Superintendent Contract Negotiations for the school year 2019-20.  Motion carried. 

The Board of Education came out of Executive Session and into Open Session at 8:07 p.m.  Motion by Saxer, seconded by Klumper to approve the following Superintendent contact negotiations as follows:
            -                    
5% Salary Increase
            -          
One-time wage/salary enhancement of $1,500 to be paid with the November 2019 payroll.
            -          
Supplemental Retirement:  The School Board shall provide Twelve Thousand dollars ($12,000) in the 2019-20 contract year towards the South Dakota Retirement System Supplemental Retirement Plan (SRP)
            -          
All other contractual components remain in effect
            On a roll call vote, the following voted aye:  Saxer, Klumper, Schroeder, and Ullom; voting nay: Ode.  Motion carried. 

Motion by Schroeder, seconded by Saxer to adjourn the meeting at 8:08 p.m.   Motion carried.

  Signed ___________________________________
                               
Business Manager 

Approved by the Board of Education this 13th day of May, 2019. 

Signed____________________________________
                                Chairperson

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March 25, 2019

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 25th of March, 2019 at the Brandon Valley High School Community Room with the following members present:  Renee Ullom, Gregg Ode, Cary Schroeder, Ellie Saxer, and Dan Klumper.  Absent:  None.  Also present were Superintendent Jarod Larson, Business Manager Paul J. Lundberg, Activities Director Randy Marso, Middle School Principal Brad Thorson, Middle School Assistant Principal Bill Freking, Intermediate School Principal Nick Skibsted, Robert Bennis Elementary Principal Kristin Hofkamp, Brandon Elementary Principal Merle Horst, Valley Springs Elementary Principal Tanya Palmer, Fred Assam Elementary Principal Susan Foster, and Director of Instruction Sherri Nelson.

Renee Ullom called the regular meeting to order at 6:30 p.m., beginning with the Pledge of Allegiance.
 

Motion by Ode, seconded by Saxer to approve the agenda as presented.  Motion carried. 

For the “Good News” report at tonight’s meeting, Brandon Valley Art Instructors Erin Rieff, Heidi McNamara, Klaire Lockheart, Jennifer TerWee and Chad Nelson reported on the K-12 BV Fine Arts Night.  With over 600 faculty, students and community members attending, the Art Department teachers thanked the Administration and Board of Education for the continued support of this event. 

Administrative reports were presented.  The 2019-20 Teacher Negotiations time-line/wage recommendations has begun with BVSD Administration and BVEA representatives having met for a contract language meeting in January.  A pre-negotiation meeting was held on March 19, 2019 with an upcoming negotiations meeting between the Personnel Welfare Committee and BVEA to be held March 27, 2019.  We plan to ratify the 2019-20 Master Contract, approve Classified wage recommendations, approve Administration salary recommendations, and hold Superintendent contract negotiations at the April 8, 2019 regular Board of Education meeting.

The 2019-20 budget process is underway.  May 27. 2019:  Preliminary Budget Presentation to the Board of Education.  July 15, 2019:  Public Budget Hearing with potential action at this Annual Board of Education meeting.

Legislative Update:  The increase to education is 2.5% and Veto Day is scheduled for March 29, 2019.  We are in the process of completing an administrative review of passed legislation to make sure we comply.

We have begun the process of hiring the new Assistant Principal positions.  We had 40 applicants for the Intermediate School Assistant Principal position and 37 applicants for the High School Assistant Principal.  The timeline includes round one interviews held on March 21-22, 2019, round two interviews to be held on March 28-29, 2019, and Recommendations to Hire at the regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting on April 8, 2019.

Child Nutrition Services and enhanced programming:  The school district is investigating and exploring potential collaborative partnerships with the potential to enhance current programming while helping some other School Districts in our area.

Superintendent Larson thanked the Art Department for presenting the “Good News” report at tonight’s School Board meeting and reminded the Board that the Intermediate School will present on April 23, 2019.

We have two (2) three-year seats open on the school board this upcoming year.  Important election dates to remember are as follows:  April 9, 2019 ~ Earliest date to circulate a petition; May 10, 2019 ~ Deadline for petitions to be returned.  Candidates must also file a Financial Interest Statement within 15 days of filing a nominating petition; June 18, 2019 ~ School Board Election.  Please contact the Brandon Valley Business Office if interested or need more information.

Looking ahead at the academic calendar, 2018-19 school year important dates to remember:  April 5 ~ regular school day; April 18 ~ 2-hour early dismissal; April 19 and 22 ~ No School, Spring Break; May 23 ~ regular school day; May 24 ~ No school (teacher in-service/workshop day); May 27 ~ No school (Labor day); May 28 and 29 ~ Regular school days; May 30 ~ Last day of school (2 hour early dismissal); May 31 ~ Teacher workshop day. 

Motion by Schroeder, seconded by Klumper to approve membership in the South Dakota High School Activities Association for the 2019-20 school year as presented.  Motion carried. 

Motion by Saxer, seconded by Ode to approve the following personnel items:
           
1.    Approve resignation from Sandy Breitzman, part-time BE Child Nutrition worker, effective March 22, 2019.
           
2.    Approve recommendation to hire Andera Gerritsen, full-time RBE Educational Assistant, $14.05/hour, effective March 12, 2019.
            3.   
Approve recommendation to hire John Terveer, Substitute Van Driver, paid according to the transportation trip schedule, effective March 26, 2019.
            4.   
Approve resignation of Nicole Manke, BE Special Education Teacher, effective at the end of the 2018-19 school year.
            5.   
Approve resignation of Klaire Lockheart, FAE Art Teacher, effective at the end of the 2018-19 school year.
            6.   
Approve recommendation to hire Brianna Postma, BVMS 8th Grade Math Teacher, BA+15 Step 4 ~ $45,691.00, based on the 2018-19 hiring schedule, effective for the 2019-20 school year.
            7.   
Approve recommendation to hire Sonja Anderson, part-time BE Child Nutrition worker, $13.05/hour, effective March 26, 2019.
            8.   
Approve recommendation to hire Caitlyn Schwebach, BVMS 8th Grade English/Language Arts Teacher, BA Step 1 ~ $44,434.00, based on the 2018-19 hiring schedule, effective for the 2019-20 school year.
            9.   
Approve resignation from Mark Stadem, BVHS Varsity Head Girls Basketball Coach, effective at the end of the 2018-19 school year.
            10. 
Approve recommendation to hire Adam Zabih, BVHS Chemistry Teacher, MA Step Base ~ $44,741.00, based on the 2018-19 hiring schedule, effective for the 2019-20 school year.
            11. 
Approve recommendation to hire Stacy Kolbeck, BVHS English Teacher, MA+15 Step 10 ~ $48,773.00, based on the 2018-19 hiring schedule, effective for the 2019-20 school year.
            12. 
Approve resignation from Adrianne DePauw, part-time RBE Child Nutrition worker, effective March 21, 2019.
            13. 
Approve recommendation to hire Brianna Postma, Assistant Girls Golf Coach, 6.5% of Extra-curricular Step 1 ~ $2,521.00, based on the 2018-19 hiring schedule, effective for the 2019-20 school year.
            14. 
Approve resignation of Lynette Holm, BVMS full-time Child Nutrition Kitchen Manager, effective April 12, 2019.
            15. 
Approve the following substitutes for the 2018-19 school year:  Brandon Koch, Carley Kueter, and Kerri Stockwell.
Motion carried.
 

The following personnel items were reviewed by the Board of Education for information only:
            1.   
Request for medical leave by Larry Beesley, RBE/VSE Computer Teacher, March 20 through May 3, 2019.
            2.   
Transfer Dan Murtha from BVMS 7th Grade Geography Teacher to BVMS 7th/8th Grade Social Studies Teacher, effective starting the 2019-20 school year.
            3.   
Transfer Ty Tietjen from BVMS 8th Grade Math Teacher to BVMS 7th Grade Geography Teacher, effective starting the 2019-20 school year.
            4.   
Request for medical leave by Tom Pierce, BVIS Custodian, March 5 – May 3, 2019.
            5.   
Transfer Jeff Lockner from Assistant Girls Golf Coach to Assistant Boys Golf Coach, effective with the 2019-20 school year. 

Communications received by the Central Office and Board of Education were reviewed.  They included the following items:

  1. Thank you from Mary Niedringhaus for the BVSD retiree luncheon.
  2. Thank you from Del Hubers and family for the plant sent in memory of his father, Jacob Hubers.

Board Reports were presented. Board President Renee Ullom reported on the Alternative Education Committee.  Teachwell received the McCrossan Boy’s Ranch contract.  Ullom also reported on the Child Nutrition/Wellness Committee.  Child Nutrition Director Gay Anderson and Ullom will be traveling to Philadelphia, PA to present at the National School Board Conference on Child Nutrition. 

Travel reports were reviewed. 

Motion by Saxer, seconded by Ode to go into Executive Session at 6:42 p.m. per SDCL 1-25-2.4 ~ Teacher Negotiations Preparation.  Motion carried.

          The Board of Education came out of Executive Session and into Open Session at 7:02 p.m.  Board member Klumper did excuse himself from Executive Session at this evening’s meeting. 

Motion by Schroeder, seconded by Ode to adjourn the meeting at 7:03 p.m.  Motion carried. 

  Signed ___________________________________
                               
Business Manager 

Approved by the Board of Education this 8th day of April, 2019. 

Signed____________________________________
                                Chairperson

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March 11, 2019

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 11th of March, 2019 at the Brandon Valley High School Community Room with the following members present:  Renee Ullom, Gregg Ode, Cary Schroeder, Ellie Saxer (via phone), and Dan Klumper.  Absent: None.  Also present were Superintendent Jarod Larson, Business Manager Paul J. Lundberg, Activities Director Randy Marso, Brandon Elementary Principal Merle Horst, Robert Bennis Elementary Principal Kristin Hofkamp, Director of Instruction Sherri Nelson, Special Services Director Kyle Babb, and Operations Manager Ty Hentschel. 

Renee Ullom called the regular meeting to order at 6:30 p.m., beginning with the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Motion by Ode, seconded by Schroeder to approve the agenda as presented.  On a roll call vote, voting aye:  Ode, Schroeder, Klumper, Saxer, and Ullom.  Voting Nay:  none.  Motion carried.

 

Motion by Ode, seconded by Schroeder to approve the meeting minutes from the regular meetings of February 11, 2019 and February 25, 2019 as presented.  On a roll call vote, voting aye:  Ode, Schroeder, Klumper, Saxer, and Ullom.  Voting Nay:  none.  Motion carried

 

Motion by Ode, seconded by Klumper to approve the bills and claims as submitted (see attached). On a roll call vote, voting aye:  Ode, Klumper, Schroeder, Saxer, and Ullom.  Voting Nay:  none.  Motion carried.

 

The cash report for the month of February, 2019 showed receipts of $2,978,309.91 and disbursements of $2,670,654.74, leaving a balance of $5,245,805.56.  The General Fund had receipts of $2,285,491.59, received a temporary interfund transfer of $62,572.26 from the Special Education Fund, received a temporary interfund transfer of $27,593.53 from the Bond Fund, and disbursements of $2,228,216.65 leaving a balance of $4,830,113.68.  Capital Outlay Fund had receipts of $52,375.36, and disbursements of $20,299.59, leaving a balance of $186,007.54.  Special Education Fund had receipts of $612,099.43, sent a temporary interfund transfer of $62,572.26 to the General Fund, and disbursements $417,891.10, leaving a balance of $131,636.07.  Pension Fund had receipts of $0.00, and disbursements of $0.00, leaving a balance of $51,927.93.   Bond Redemption Fund had receipts of $27,593.53, sent a temporary interfund transfer of $27,593.53 to the General Fund, and disbursements of $0.00, leaving a balance of $0.00.  Enterprise Fund had receipts of $750.00 and disbursements of $4,247.40, leaving a balance of $46,120.34. 

 

The February 2019 payroll totaled $1,762,506.93 of which $963,661.20 was instructional, $410,288.23 was support services, $36,794.25 was co-curricular, $279,044.96 was Special Education, $70,268.29 was Food Service, and $2,450.00 was Driver’s Education.

 

Motion by Ode, seconded by Klumper to approve the financial reports as presented for the month of February, 2019.  On a roll call vote, voting aye:  Ode, Klumper, Schroeder, Saxer, and Ullom.  Voting Nay:  none.  Motion carried.

 

Administrative reports were presented.   The 2019-20 Teacher Negotiations time-line/wage recommendations is underway where BVSD Administration and BVEA representatives met for a contract language meeting in January.  A negotiations meeting between the Personnel Welfare Committee and BVEA will be held on March 19, 2019 and on March 25, the Board of Education will review the preparation work.  On March 27, the Personnel Welfare Committee and BVEA will finalize negotiations, and we plan to ratify the 2019-20 Master Contract, approve Classified wage recommendations, approve Administration salary recommendations, and hold Superintendent contract negotiations at the April 8, 2019 regular Board of Education meeting.

As a special guest, Jared Olson, Business Manager of the Beresford School District and also president-elect of the South Dakota Association of School Business Officials (ASBO), the state-wide organization of Business Officials, addressed the Board of Education this evening and especially our very own Business Manager, Paul Lundberg.  Mr. Olson was present at the school board meeting tonight to present Lundberg with the 2019 Outstanding School Business Official of the year award.  Mr. Lundberg will be “officially” recognized as the school-business official for 2019 during the April 24, 2019 banquet at the ASBO spring conference in Pierre, SD.  Congratulations on this accomplishment!

The 2019-20 budget process is underway.  Following is the timeline for the budget process:  January-March:  Budget forms/documents distributed, completed, compiled and reviewed by the Central Office.  A Preliminary Capital Outlay Budget Presented/Approved (this is necessary for major items to be bid in a timely manner) at tonight’s regular Board of Education meeting.  May 27, 2019:  Preliminary Budget Presentation to the Board of Education.  July 15, 2019:  Public Budget Hearing with potential action at this Annual Board of Education meeting.

Legislative Update:  Brandon Day at the Legislature was rescheduled to Wednesday, February 27, 2019.  The legislative session concludes on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 and veto day is scheduled for Friday, March 29, 2019.

The Superintendent Evaluation/Contract timeline continues as follows:  Discuss performance evaluations turned in to Board President Renee Ullom ~ March 11, 2019; Contract negotiations ~  April 8, 2019.

Good new presentations are scheduled with the elementary buildings on March 25, 2019 and the intermediate building on April 23, 2019.

Looking ahead at the academic calendar, 2018-19 school year important dates to remember:  Snow day – school in session ~ March 14, 2019; No school, comp day ~ March 15, 2019.  Academic Calendar Modification Recommendation for the 2018-19 school year in tonight’s General Business with distribution to Parents, Guardians, and the Community on Tuesday, March 12, 2019.

As a matter of information only, Board Member Dan Klumper stated that since he does have a conflict of interest with his wife being employed as a teacher for the Brandon Valley School District, he will be recusing himself of the executive session scheduled for the March 25, 2019 board meeting regarding contract negotiations, and Klumper also plans to abstain from voting on the contract negotiation vote due to that same conflict. 

Activities Director Randy Marso informed the Board of Education that with the upcoming boy’s and girl’s state basketball tournament (and subsequent “state basketball tournament” impending snow storm) the boy’s and girl’s teams will be leaving at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 (previously scheduled for a Wednesday departure) to avoid weather related issues that are forecasted for Wednesday.  Go LYNX!!! 

Superintendent Jarod Larson presented the recommendation to amend the 2018-19 Academic Calendar.  To date, we have had four (4) school days cancelled due to inclement weather:  January 18 and 30, 2019 and February 7 and 20, 2019.  Recommendations for “make-up” days as follows:  Thursday, March 14, 2019 (previously scheduled snow day); Friday, April 5, 2019 (previously scheduled extra paid in-service day); Thursday, May 23, 2019 (previously a 2-hour early dismissal); Friday, May 24, 2019 – No School ~ extra paid in-service day; Tuesday, May 28, 2019 ~ regular school day; and Wednesday, May 29, 2019 (last day of regular school for students with a 2-hour early dismissal); Thursday, May 30, 2019 ~ teacher workshop day.  In the event necessary, one additional weather day may be made up by shifting the last regular school day for students to Thursday, May 30, 2019 and the Teacher Workshop Day to Friday, May 31, 2019.  Any additional “No School Weather Days” will not be made up with students beyond May 31st unless the state mandated minimum number of hours are not met.

Motion by Klumper, seconded by Schroeder to approve the amended 2018-19 Academic Calendar as presented.  On a roll call vote, voting aye:  Klumper, Schroeder, Ode, Saxer, and Ullom.  Voting Nay:  none.  Motion carried. 

Director of Instruction, Sherri Nelson, presented the Brandon Valley Fine Arts Curriculum adoption as follows:  K-4 General Music ~ Quaver 7 year subscription: $41,160.00; 5-6 Orchestra ~ Shar Music: $628.62; K-12 Art ~ Art of Education – 1-year subscription: $2,500.00; 30 iPads/Cart (FAE, VSE, and RBE) ~ Apple: $75,000.00; Summer Curriculum Hours ~ BVSD Staff: $5,760.00. Total Fine Arts Curriculum Adoption ~ $125,048.62.  Motion by Ode, seconded by Schroeder to approve the Fine Arts Curriculum adoption beginning with the 2019-20 school year as presented.  On a roll call vote, voting aye: Ode, Schroeder, Klumper, Saxer and Ullom.  Voting Nay: none.  Motion carried. 

Business Manager Paul Lundberg reviewed the 2019-20 Capital Outlay Preliminary Budget Summary and answered questions regarding the summary breakdown.  Motion by Schroeder, seconded by Klumper to approve the Preliminary Capital Outlay Budget ($5,790,000) as presented.  On a roll call vote, voting aye:  Schroeder, Klumper, Ode, Saxer and Ullom.  Voting Nay:  none.   Motion carried. 

Motion by Schroeder, seconded by Ode to approve the following General Business item:
        1.   
Board member appointments to the area Equalization Boards.  Meeting dates and times as listed:
                Brandon, Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 6:00 p.m. – Renee Ullom
                Splitrock Township, Monday, March 18, 2019, 7:00 p.m. – Gregg Ode
                Valley Springs, Monday, March 18, 2019, 6:00 p.m. – Ellie Saxer
                Sioux Falls, scheduled during the week of March 18, 2019 (exact times and dates to be determined)
                    On a roll call vote, voting aye:  Schroeder, Ode, Klumper, Saxer, and Ullom.  Voting Nay:  none.  Motion carried.

 

Motion by Klumper, seconded by Schroeder to approve the following personnel items:
            1.   
Approve request for leave without pay for Susan Shea, BVHS part-time Child Nutrition from April 29 – May 3, 2019 (5 days).
            2.   
Approve resignation from Elizabeth VanBeek, RBE Educational Assistant, effective February 22, 2019.
            3.   
Approve recommendation to hire Heather Youtzy, long-term substitute for Angie Olson, FAE 2nd grade, effective on or around March 21 to May 21, 2019

4.    Approve resignation from Dacia Boehrns as Varsity Head VB Coach, effective at the end of the 2018-19 school year.
            5.   
Approve resignation from Jacqee Jasinski, BVIS Physical Education Teacher, JV Boys Soccer Coach, and BVHS Assistant Track and Field Coach, effective at the end of the 2018-19 school year.
            6.   
Approve resignation from Erica Karl as BVHS Assistant Girls Soccer Coach, effective at the end of the 2018-19 school year, contingent upon finding a suitable replacement.
            7.   
Approve recommendation to hire Todd Geerdes, BVHS Head Boys Golf Coach, $5,097.00 ~ 12.5% of Step 7 of the extra-curricular 2018-19 hiring schedule, effective for the 2019-20 school year.
            8.   
Approve recommendation to hire Kayla Schindling, BVIS 6th Grade Science Teacher, MA Step 8 ~ $47,437.00 based on the 2018-19 hiring schedule, effective for the 2019-20 school year.
            9.   
Approve recommendation to hire the following substitutes for the 2018-19 school year as follows:  Wade Else, Robert Goheen, Marcie Hendricks, Annika Hietpas, and Lindsay Laughlin.

On a roll call vote, voting aye:  Klumper, Schroeder, Ode, Saxer, and Ullom.  Voting Nay:  none.  Motion carried.

The following personnel items were reviewed by the Board of Education for information only:  
            1.   
Transfer Andrea Hatlestad from RBE Kindergarten Teacher to RBE 2nd Grade Teacher, effective for the 2019-20 school year.
            2.   
Transfer Amber Ernste from VSE Kindergarten Teacher to RBE Kindergarten Teacher, effective for the 2019-20 school year. 

Communications received by the Central Office and Board of Education were reviewed.  They included the following items:
                1.   
Thank you from Wilma Kirkeby and family for the flowers sent in memory of her mother, Clarice Adema.
                2.   
Thank you from Alyssa Lutz and family for flowers sent in honor of the birth of her daughter, Remedey. 

Board Reports were presented. Board member Dan Klumper reported on the Student Activities, Curriculum & Technology Committee.  This committee discussed Gifted Education as well as continuing their review of the Homework Policy.  Klumper also wished good luck to the boys and girls basketball teams as they compete in this weekend’s state tournament in Rapid City.  Safe travels to all who attend.

Board President Renee Ullom reported on the Alternative Education Committee that negotiations have begun with McCrossan Boy’s Ranch. 

Travel reports were reviewed.   

   
Motion by Ode, seconded by Klumper to go into Executive Session at 7:13 p.m. per SDCL 1-25-2.1 ~ Superintendent Evaluation.   On a roll call vote, voting aye:  Ode, Klumper, Schroeder, Saxer, and Ullom.  Voting Nay:  none.  Motion carried.

 
The Board of Education came out of Executive Session and into Open Session at 8:09 p.m.

  Motion by Ode, seconded by Klumper to adjourn the meeting at 8:10 p.m.  On a roll call vote, voting aye:  Ode, Klumper, Schroeder, Saxer, and Ullom.  Voting Nay:  none.  Motion carried.

  Signed ___________________________________
                               
Business Manager 

Approved by the Board of Education this 8th day of April, 2019. 

Signed____________________________________
                                Chairperson

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February 25, 2019

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 25th of February, 2019 at the Brandon Valley High School Community Room with the following members present:  Renee Ullom, Gregg Ode, Cary Schroeder, and Dan Klumper.  Absent:  Ellie Saxer.  Also present were Superintendent Jarod Larson, Business Manager Paul J. Lundberg, High School Principal Gregg Talcott, High School Assistant Principal Mark Schlekeway, Activities Director Randy Marso, Middle School Principal Brad Thorson, Middle School Assistant Principal Bill Freking, Intermediate School Principal Nick Skibsted, Fred Assam Elementary Principal Susan Foster, Director of Instruction Sherri Nelson, and Special Services Director Kyle Babb. 

Renee Ullom called the regular meeting to order at 6:30 p.m., beginning with the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Motion by Ode, seconded by Schroeder to approve the agenda as presented.  Motion carried. 

Renee Ullom offered a special thank you to Superintendent Larson for participating in the recent variety show held at the Brandon Valley Fine Arts Booster Club event. 

For the “Good News” report at tonight’s meeting, Brandon Valley High School Assistant Principal Mark Schlekeway started tonight’s report explaining how the post-secondary and career night started.  Parents and students expressed interest in learning more about post-secondary information.  BVHS Counselors Michelle Stemwedel, Kara Likness, and Katie Murdy explained that Fall Conferences hosted the post-secondary/college fair and the Spring Conferences will host a career fair.  Kim Cerwick from the Brandon Valley Chamber of Commerce collaborated with BVHS counselors to present summer job opportunities, possible senior internship possibilities, along with career exposure for students.  The BOE helped to partner with the BVHS with the Strategic Plan, integrating this idea and planning with the High School to make these opportunities available for our students. 

Administrative reports were presented.   Superintendent Larson reminded all that Kindergarten Screening registration is open – contact your respective elementary school for information.

The 2019-20 Teacher Negotiations time-line/wage recommendations has begun with BVSD Administration and BVEA representatives met for a contract language meeting in January.  A pre-negotiation meeting will be held in March with a Negotiations meeting between the Personnel Welfare Committee and BVEA will be held in mid-March to early April.  We plan to ratify the 2019-20 Master Contract, approve Classified wage recommendations, approve Administration salary recommendations, and hold Superintendent contract negotiations at the April 8, 2019 regular Board of Education meeting.

The 2019-20 budget process is underway.  Following is the timeline for the budget process:  January-March:  Budget forms/documents distributed, completed, compiled and reviewed by the Central Office.  March:  Preliminary Capital Outlay Budget Presented/Approved (this is necessary for major items to be bid in a timely manner).  May 27. 2019:  Preliminary Budget Presentation to the Board of Education.  July 15, 2019:  Public Budget Hearing with potential action at this Annual Board of Education meeting.

Legislative Update:  Associated School Boards of South Dakota (ASBSD) and School Administrators of South Dakota (SASD) both have Bill Tracker information you can follow on their web-sites.  The number one priority for us is school funding.  Brandon Day at the Legislature has been rescheduled to Wednesday, February 27, 2019.

The Superintendent Evaluation/Contract timeline is as follows:  February 11, 2019 ~ Distributed Evaluation Tool; February 25, 2019 ~ Evaluations are due to Board President Renee Ullom; March 11, 2019 ~ Discuss performance evaluation; April 8, 2019 ~ Contract negotiations.

Superintendent Larson thanked the High School building for sharing their good news report at tonight’s meeting!  Other Good new presentations are scheduled with the elementary buildings on March 25, 2019, and the intermediate building on April 23, 2019.

Looking ahead at the academic calendar, 2018-19 school year important dates to remember:  snow day school in session ~ March 14, 2019; No school, comp day, March 15, 2019.  The 2018-19 Calendar Modification Recommendations will be held March 11, 2019 at the regular Board of Educating meeting.  A proposal will be disseminated and reviewed by Administrative Council; proposal reviewed and discussed between Superintendent and BVEA; lastly, this modified calendar will be distributed to parents, guardians and the community by March 12, 2019. 

Assistant High School Principal Mark Schlekeway presented new graduation requirements as adopted by the Board of Education Standards in July of 2018 along with the Brandon Valley High School Diploma requirements.  Brandon Valley continues to strive for high standards in all coursework.  High School Diploma endorsements will include:  1) Advanced Endorsement – Coursework consistent with entrance requirements for a university; 2) Advanced Career Endorsement – Experience in a concentrated area bases on academic and/or workplace experience; 3) Advanced Honors Endorsement – Coursework consistent with requirements for the SD Opportunity Scholarship.   Motion by Schroeder, seconded by Klumper to approve the Brandon Valley High School graduation requirements as presented.  Motion carried. 

Motion by Ode, seconded by Klumper to approve the following personnel items:
           
1.    Approve recommendation to hire Evan Steemken, FAE 4th Grade Teacher, BA Step 2 ~ $44,741.00, based on the 2018-19 hiring schedule, effective for the 2019-20 school year.
           
2.    Approve resignation from Leslie Stusiak-Drew, BVHS Assistant Oral Interp Coach, effective at the end of the 2018-19 school year.
           
3.    Approve resignation from Maggie Youngberg, Girls JV Volleyball Coach, effective at the end of the 2018-19 school year, contingent upon finding a suitable replacement.
            4.   
Approve recommendation to hire Laura Lueders, VSE 4th Grade Teacher, MA Step 4 ~ $46,026.00, based on the 2018-19 hiring schedule, effective for the 2019-20 school year.
            5.   
Approve amended resignation/retirement of Wayne Hansen, BVSD Mechanic, effective June 1, 2020 (formerly June 3, 2019).
            6.   
Approve recommendation to hire Adrianne DePauw, part-time RBE Child Nutrition worker, $13,05/hour, effective February 26, 2019.
            7.   
Approve the following substitute for the 2018-19 school year:  Hannah Vanderburg
Motion carried.
 

The following personnel items were reviewed by the Board of Education for information only:           
            1.   
Request for maternity leave by Erin Ashby, part-time BVHS Child Nutrition Worker, on or around May 6, 2019 until May 24, 2019. 

Motion by Klumper, seconded by Ode to adjourn the meeting at 7:03 p.m.  Motion carried.

Signed ___________________________________
                                   
Business Manager 

Approved by the Board of Education this 11th day of March, 2019. 

Signed____________________________________
                                    Chairperson

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February 11, 2019

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 11th of February, 2019 at the Brandon Valley High School Community Room with the following members present:  Renee Ullom, Cary Schroeder, Ellie Saxer, and Dan Klumper.  Absent:  Gregg Ode.  Also present were Superintendent Jarod Larson, Business Manager Paul J. Lundberg, High School Principal Gregg Talcott, Assistant High School Principal Mark Schlekeway, Activities Director Randy Marso, Middle School Principal Brad Thorson, Middle School Assistant Principal Bill Freking, Intermediate School Principal Nick Skibsted, Brandon Elementary Principal Merle Horst, Valley Springs Elementary Principal Tanya Palmer, Robert Bennis Elementary Principal Kristin Hofkamp, Fred Assam Elementary Principal Susan Foster, Director of Instruction Sherri Nelson, Special Services Director Kyle Babb, and Operations Manager Ty Hentschel. 

Renee Ullom called the regular meeting to order at 6:30 p.m., beginning with the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Motion by Schroeder, seconded by Klumper to approve the agenda as presented.  Motion carried.

 

Motion by Saxer, seconded by Klumper to approve the meeting minutes from the regular meeting of January 14, 2019 and January 28, 2019 as presented.  Motion carried.

 

Motion by Schroeder, seconded by Saxer to approve the bills and claims as submitted (see attached). Motion carried.

 

The cash report for the month of January, 2019 showed receipts of $1,986,238.91 and disbursements of $3,093,694.62, leaving a balance of $4,938,150.39.  The General Fund had receipts of $1,654,129.91, sent a temporary interfund transfer of $62,572.26 to the Special Education Fund, sent a temporary interfund transfer of $34,901.80 to the Bond Fund, and disbursements of $2,284,009.87 leaving a balance of $4,682,672.95.  Capital Outlay Fund had receipts of $62,573.33, and disbursements of $174,025.52, leaving a balance of $153,931.77.  Special Education Fund had receipts of $222,889.00, received a temporary interfund transfer of $62,572.26 from the General Fund, and disbursements $566,846.77, leaving a balance of $0.00.  Pension Fund had receipts of $454.72, and disbursements of $0.00, leaving a balance of $51,927.93.   Bond Redemption Fund had receipts of $32,441.95, received a temporary interfund transfer of $34,901.80 from the General Fund, and disbursements of $67,343.75, leaving a balance of $0.00.  Enterprise Fund had receipts of $13,750.00 and disbursements of $1,468.71, leaving a balance of $49,617.74. 

 

The January 2019 payroll totaled $1,799,092.69 of which $953,844.00 was instructional, $478,363.61 was support services, $38,289.35 was co-curricular, $265,310.77 was Special Education, $62,059.96 was Food Service, and $1,225.00 was Driver’s Education.

 

Motion by Klumper, seconded by Saxer to approve the financial reports as presented for the month of January, 2019.  Motion carried.

 

Administrative reports were presented.   Superintendent Larson reminded everyone that February 18-22, 2019 is School Board Recognition Week.  Thank you to BV’s hard-working Board for all they do to make BV the BEST school district in the state of South Dakota!

BVSD is currently engaged in the development of our staff work environment, tagged as “BV Listens”.  Within our strategic plan we talk about staff development and evaluating our work environment; therefore “BV Listens” is a work environment survey.  Both Certified and Classified staff have participated in this survey.  The “BV Listens!” survey was conducted starting on January 21, 2019.  THANK YOU staff for your participation!

The Student Activities, Curriculum & Technology Committee in addition to BVHS Administration and Director of Instruction, Sherri Nelson, are working through a variety of items in regard to the newest South Dakota Graduation Requirements.  This committee will have a presentation/action at the February 25, 2019 meeting.

Kindergarten Screening registration is open – contact your respective elementary school for information.

We will have two (2) three-year seats open on the school board this upcoming year.  Important election dates to remember are as follows:  April 9, 2019 ~ Earliest date to circulate a petition; May 10, 2019 ~ Deadline for petitions to be returned.  Candidates must also file a Financial Interest Statement within 15 days of filing a nominating petition; June 18, 2019 ~ School Board Election.  Please contact the Brandon Valley Business Office if interested or need more information.

The 2019-20 Teacher Negotiations time-line/wage recommendations has begun with BVSD Administration and BVEA representatives met for a contract language meeting in January.  A pre-negotiation meeting will be held in March with a Negotiations meeting between the Personnel Welfare Committee and BVEA will be held in mid-March to early April.  We plan to ratify the 2019-20 Master Contract, approve Classified wage recommendations, approve Administration salary recommendations, and hold Superintendent contract negotiations at the April 8, 2019 regular Board of Education meeting.

The 2019-20 budget process is underway.  Following is the timeline for the budget process:  January-March:  Budget forms/documents distributed, completed, compiled and reviewed by the Central Office.  March:  Preliminary Capital Outlay Budget Presented/Approved (this is necessary for major items to be bid in a timely manner).  May 27. 2019:  Preliminary Budget Presentation to the Board of Education.  July 15, 2019:  Public Budget Hearing with potential action at this Annual Board of Education meeting.

The HS Principal selection process and results are as follows:  On 2/1/2019 the BVHS Department Chair(s) and a Classified Representative met to review.  On 2/6/2019, the interview committee interviewed Mr. Mark Schlekeway and on 2/7/2019, Superintendent Larson interviewed Principal candidate Mark Schlekeway.  On tonight’s agenda, there is a recommendation to hire presented for Board approval to hire March Schlekeway as the new HS Principal beginning July 1, 2019.  On 2/12/2019, the Associate HS Principal position will be advertised internally and if necessary, that same position will be posted on our employment opportunities web-site on 2/19/2019.

Fred Assam/Brandon Elementary Boundary line update:  All families impacted by this boundary line change were sent a letter on 1/7/2019.  A request was made to those families for an intent to return and open enrollment requests due by 1/31/2019.  On 2/7/2019, letters were sent with open enrollment approval/denial.  *Note, ALL open enrollment requests involving the boundary change were approved.  Currently, there are 76 FAE students that were impacted and 49 of those students will attend Brandon Elementary and 29 students will remain at Fred Assam.

Legislative Update:  Associated School Boards of South Dakota (ASBSD) and School Administrators of South Dakota (SASD) both have Bill Tracker information you can follow on their web-sites.  The Brandon Valley Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Legislative Coffee on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 9 a.m. at Bethany Meadows.  Other important dates to note:  Brandon Day at the Legislature has been rescheduled to Wednesday, February 27, 2019; and ASBSD Legislative Day is scheduled for Tuesday, February 19, 2019.

The Superintendent Evaluation/Contract timeline is as follows:  February 11, 2019 ~ Distribute Evaluation Tool; February 25, 2019 ~ Evaluations are due to Board President Renee Ullom; March 11, 2019 ~ Discuss performance evaluation; April 8, 2019 ~ Contract negotiations.

Good new presentations are scheduled with a post-secondary night and career night update from the Brandon Valley High School on February 25, 2019, and the elementary buildings on March 25, 2019.

Looking ahead at the academic calendar, 2018-19 school year important dates to remember:  no school for President’s Day holiday ~ February 15 and February 18; snow day school in session ~ March 14, 2019; No school, comp day, March 15, 2019.  Additional make-up day schedule is to be determined.

Middle School Assistant Principal Bill Freking reported on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) testing that approximately 180 middle school 8th grade students participated in today.  Due to bad weather, the Middle School play had been postponed from last week to tonight at 7 p.m. 

Board policy included a discussion item on the Homework Policy.  Board member Dan Klumper, along with the Student Activities, Curriculum & Technology Committee have reviewed the current Homework Policy.  The review committee feels that this policy would be best reviewed and revised to reflect best practices.  This policy had last been revised in 2004.  Any feedback or questions should be directed to Board Member Dan Klumper.

 Business Manager Paul Lundberg reviewed the Brandon Valley School District’s 2019-2024 Five Year Plan.  This plan can be viewed in its entirety at www.brandonvalleyschools.com on the Business Office tab.

 Motion by Schroeder, seconded by Klumper to approve the following general business items:

1.    Accept Independent Auditor’s Report for Fiscal Year 2018 as presented.

2.    Approve request for authorization to design and bid Asphalt Renovations and Construction projects as presented.

3.    Approve agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District (Eastern South Dakota Food Buying Group), and Reinhart Food Services to roll over existing vendor services for the 2019-20 school year as presented.

Motion carried.

Superintendent Jarod Larson reviewed the following new positions for the 2019-20 school year as follows:

General fund requests:

3.0 FTE Kindergarten-4th grade Elementary School Teachers

2.0 FTE 5th-6th grade Intermediate School Teachers

4.0 FTE 7th-8th grade Middle School Teachers

1.0 FTE High School Math/Science Teacher

1.0 FTE High School English

1.0 FTE Intermediate School Assistant Principal with Assessment Coordinator

$25,000 Additional Budget ~ General Education Teachwell Alternative School Placements

            Special Education fund requests:
           
1.0  FTE Elementary Special Education Teacher
           
2.0  FTE Special Education Educational Assistants
Motion by Schroeder, seconded by Klumper to approve the 2019-20 new positions as presented.  Motion carried. 

            Motion by Saxer, seconded by Klumper to approve the following personnel items:
           
1.    Approve recommendation to hire Angela Gingles, long-term substitute for Larry Beesley, RBE and VSE Computer teacher, effective February 4, 2019 until approximately March 5, 2019.
           
2.    Approve resignation/retirement notification from Tracy South, MS English/Language Arts Teacher, effective at the end of the 2018-19 school year.
            3.   
Approve resignation from Sara Kiefer, RBE part-time Child Nutrition worker, effective February 4, 2019.
            4.   
Approve recommendation to hire Heather Schreiber, MS part-time Child Nutrition worker, effective February 11, 2019.
            5.   
Approve recommendation to hire Kathryn Pope, BVIS Special Education Educational Assistant, $14.05/hour, effective February 12, 2019.
            6.   
Approve recommendation to hire Elizabeth VanBeek, RBE Educational Assistant, $14.05/hour, effective February 20, 2019.
            7.   
Approve recommendation to hire Mark Schlekeway, BVHS Principal, $110,000/ 12-month (260-day contract), 3-year contract period, effective July 1, 2019.
            8.   
Approve recommendation to hire Kayla Houser, CNS substitute, $10/hour, effective February 12, 2019.
            9.   
Approve recommendation to hire the following substitute for the 2018-19 school year as follows:  Michelle Kanengieter.
Motion carried.

             Board Reports were presented. Board Member Dan Klumper reported on the Student Activities, Curriculum & Technology Committee.  This committee discussed technology and technology skills, especially at the elementary and middle school levels. Board Member Saxer thanked the HS staff on the addition of the bio-medical classes that are offered through the Career and Technical Academy.   

Motion by Saxer, seconded by Klumper to adjourn the meeting at 7:22 p.m.  Motion carried. 

Signed ___________________________________
                                   
Business Manager 

Approved by the Board of Education this 11th day of March, 2019. 

Signed____________________________________
                                    Chairperson

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January 28, 2019

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 28th of January, 2019 at the Brandon Valley High School Community Room with the following members present:  Renee Ullom, Gregg Ode, Cary Schroeder, Ellie Saxer (via phone), and Dan Klumper.  Absent:  None.  Also present were Superintendent Jarod Larson, Business Manager Paul J. Lundberg, High School Assistant Principal Mark Schlekeway, Middle School Principal Brad Thorson, Middle School Assistant Principal Bill Freking, Intermediate School Principal Nick Skibsted, Brandon Elementary Principal Merle Horst, Director of Instruction Sherri Nelson, and Special Services Director Kyle Babb. 

Renee Ullom called the regular meeting to order at 6:30 p.m., beginning with the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Motion by Ode, seconded by Schroeder to approve the agenda as presented.  On a roll call vote, the following voting aye: Ode, Schroeder, Klumper, Saxer, Ullom; voting nay: none.  Motion carried. 

For the “Good News” report at tonight’s meeting, Middle School Principal Brad Thorson and 8th Grade Math instructor, Kelsey Hoff, updated the Board of Education on the BVMS 1:1 initiative.  Ms. Hoff is the go-to person at the MS on this initiative. Hoff demonstrated some of the many classroom examples used with the computers and also explained that these devices help the students to be more thorough and creative with their work.  With one semester completed, Thorson and Hoff are pleased with the results of the initiative thus far.  The students have taken great responsibility with the devices and Thorson stated that this program has been a tremendous asset to the Middle School!  Both Ms. Hoff and Mr. Thorson invited Board Members to visit the Middle School and any classrooms to see these devices at work first hand.  Thank you to the Board of Education for the support of this initiative! 

Administrative reports were presented. Congratulations to our technology department on the roll-out of the BVMS 1:1 Initiative along with thanks to staff and students for making this a very positive program!

 BVSD is currently engaged in the development of our staff work environment, tagged as “BV Listens”.  Within our strategic plan we talk about staff development and evaluating our work environment; therefore “BV Listens” is a work environment survey.  Both Certified and Classified staff are participating in this survey.  The “BV Listens!” survey was conducted starting on January 21, 2019.  To date there have been 246 Certified surveys completed and 126 Classified surveys completed.

The Student Activities, Curriculum & Technology Committee in addition to BVHS Administration and Director of Instruction, Sherri Nelson, are working through a variety of items in regard to the newest South Dakota Graduation Requirements.  This committee will have a presentation/action in February.

Kindergarten Screening registration is open – contact your respective elementary school for information.

We will have two (2) three-year seats open on the school board this upcoming year.  Important election dates to remember are as follows:  April 9, 2019 ~ Earliest date to circulate a petition; May 10, 2019 ~ Deadline for petitions to be returned.  Candidates must also file a Financial Interest Statement within 15 days of filing a nominating petition; June 18, 2019 ~ School Board Election.  Please contact the Brandon Valley Business Office if interested or need more information.

The 2019-20 staffing request timeline is as follows:  late February, additional 2019-20 staffing recommendations will be presented.  Late February to early March, those positions will be posted for applications; recommendations to hire for those positions will be determined as applications/interviews are reviewed and finalized.

Tentative 2019-20 Teacher Negotiations time-line/wage recommendations will begin in January with contract language meeting(s) between BVSD Administration and BVEA.  A pre-negotiation meeting will be held in March with a Negotiations meeting between the Personnel Welfare Committee and BVEA will be held in mid-March to early April.  We plan to ratify the 2019-20 Master Contract, approve Classified wage recommendations, approve Administration salary recommendations, and hold Superintendent contract negotiations at the April 8, 2019 regular Board of Education meeting.

The 2019-20 budget process is underway.  Following is the timeline for the budget process:  January-March:  Budget forms/documents distributed, completed, compiled and reviewed by the Central Office.  March:  Preliminary Capital Outlay Budget Presented/Approved (this is necessary for major items to be bid in a timely manner).  May 27. 2019:  Preliminary Budget Presentation to the Board of Education.  July 15, 2019:  Public Budget Hearing with potential action at this Annual Board of Education meeting.

Legislative Update:  Associated School Boards of South Dakota (ASBSD) and School Administrators of South Dakota (SASD) both have Bill Tracker information you can follow on their web-sites.  The Brandon Valley Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Legislative Coffee on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 9 a.m. at Bethany Meadows.  Other important dates to note:  Brandon Day at the Legislature has been rescheduled to Wednesday, February 27, 2019;  SDSSA Legislative Reception is scheduled for Wednesday, January 30, 2019; and ASBSD Legislative Day is scheduled for Tuesday, February 19, 2019.

The Superintendent Evaluation/Contract timeline is as follows:  February 11, 2019 ~ Distribute Evaluation Tool; February 25, 2019 ~ Evaluations are due to Board President Renee Ullom; March 11, 2019 ~ Discuss performance evaluation; April 8, 2019 ~ Contract negotiations.

Good new presentations are scheduled with a post-secondary night and career night update from the Brandon Valley High School on February 25, 2019, and the elementary buildings on March 25, 2019.

Looking ahead at the academic calendar, 2018-19 school year important dates to remember:  no school for President’s Day holiday ~ February 15 and February 18; snow day school in session ~ March 14, 2019; No school, comp day, March 15, 2019.

 Motion by Klumper, seconded by Schroeder to approve the following general business items:
           
1.    Approve authorization to apply for and make use of the South Dakota Diesel Emission Reduction Act Rebate Program – Round Eleven, to use funds towards purchasing two school buses, approximately 25% of the purchase price as presented. 
           
2.    Adopt the Brandon Valley School District #49-2 2019-20 Academic Calendar as presented.
On a roll call vote, the following voting aye: Klumper, Schroeder, Ode, Saxer, Ullom; voting nay: none.  Motion carried.

Motion by Schroeder, seconded by Klumper to approve the following personnel items:
           
1.    Approve recommendation to hire Kim Kelly, long-term substitute for Erica Karl, BE Kindergarten Teacher, effective on or around March 1, 2019 for approximately eight weeks.
            2.   
Approve resignation/retirement notification from Cheryl Roos, BE Second Grade Teacher, effective at the end of the 2018-19 school year.
            3.   
Approve resignation/retirement notification from Gregg Talcott, BVHS Principal, effective at the end of the 2018-19 school year.
            4.   
Approve recommendation to hire the following substitutes for the 2018-19 school year:  David Anderson, Amanda Barton, and McKayla Warmka.
On a roll call vote, the following voting aye:  Schroeder, Klumper, Ode Saxer, Ullom; voting nay: none.  Motion carried.
 

The following personnel items were reviewed by the Board of Education for information only:
            1.   
Request for maternity leave by Shannon Heupel, HS Spanish Teacher, on or around April 23, 2019 until May 24, 2019.
            2.   
Request for maternity leave by Macy Archer, RBE Speech-Language Pathologist, effective on or around May 24, 2019.
            3.   
Request for transfer of Michael Zerr from BVIS Science Teacher to BVHS Science Teacher, effective starting the 2019-20 school year.

Communications received by the Central Office and Board of Education were reviewed.  They included the following items:

  1. Thank you from Merry Miller and family for the plant sent in memory of her mother, Marney King.
  2. Thank you from Greg Clemetson and family for the plant sent in memory of his father, Don Clemetson.

Motion by Schroeder, seconded by Ode to adjourn the meeting at 6:55 p.m.  On a roll call vote, the following voting aye: Schroeder, Ode, Klumper, Saxer, Ullom; voting nay: none.  Motion carried

Signed ___________________________________
                                   
Business Manager 

Approved by the Board of Education this 11th day of February, 2019. 

Signed____________________________________
                                    Chairperson

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January 14 , 2019

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 14th of January, 2019 at the Brandon Valley High School Community Room with the following members present:  Renee Ullom, Gregg Ode, Cary Schroeder, Ellie Saxer, and Dan Klumper.  Absent:  None.  Also present were Superintendent Jarod Larson, Business Manager Paul J. Lundberg, Middle School Principal Brad Thorson, Middle School Assistant Principal Bill Freking, Intermediate School Principal Nick Skibsted, Brandon Elementary Principal Merle Horst, Valley Springs Elementary Principal Tanya Palmer, Robert Bennis Elementary Principal Kristin Hofkamp, Director of Instruction Sherri Nelson, Special Services Director Kyle Babb, and Operations Manager Ty Hentschel.

Renee Ullom called the regular meeting to order at 6:30 p.m., beginning with the Pledge of Allegiance.

 Motion by Saxer, seconded by Ode to approve the agenda as presented.  Motion carried.

Motion by Schroeder, seconded by Saxer to approve the special meeting minutes from December 10, 2018, the regular meeting minutes from December 10, 2018, and the special meeting minutes from December 12, 2018 as presented.  Motion carried.

 

Motion by Klumper, seconded by Schroeder to approve the bills and claims as submitted (see attached). Motion carried.

 

The cash report for the month of December, 2018 showed receipts of $5,434,019.50 and disbursements of $4,715,871.28, leaving a balance of $6,045,606.10.  The General Fund had receipts of $3,085,228.11, received a temporary interfund transfer of $699,605.79 from the Capital Outlay Fund, received a temporary interfund transfer of $35,106.41 from the Special Education Fund, and sent a temporary interfund transfer of $473,636.31 to the Bond Fund, and disbursements of $2,549,168.16 leaving a balance of $5,410,026.97.  Capital Outlay Fund had receipts of $1,023,914.70, sent a temporary interfund transfer of $699,605.79 to the General Fund, and disbursements of $58,924.95, leaving a balance of $265,924.95.  Special Education Fund had receipts of $769,396.84, sent a temporary interfund transfer of $35,106.91 to the General Fund, and disbursements $452,904.42, leaving a balance of $281,385.51.  Pension Fund had receipts of $0.00, and disbursements of $0.00, leaving a balance of $51,473.21.   Bond Redemption Fund had receipts of $555,479.85, received a temporary interfund transfer of $473,636.31 from the General Fund, and disbursements of $1,654,873.75, leaving a balance of $0.00.  Enterprise Fund had receipts of $0.00 and disbursements of $0.00, leaving a balance of $37,336.45. 

 

The December 2018 payroll totaled $1,894,126.35 of which $979,541.33 was instructional, $464,271.37 was support services, $32,752.69 was co-curricular, $319,550.72 was Special Education, and $98,010.24 was Food Service.

 

Motion by Ode, seconded by Saxer to approve the financial reports as presented for the month of December, 2018.  Motion carried.

Administrative reports were presented.  BVSD is currently engaged in the development of our staff work environment, tagged as “BV Listens”.  Within our strategic plan we talk about staff development and evaluating our work environment; therefore “BV Listens” is a work environment survey.  Both Certified and Classified staff will be participating in this survey.  The “BV Listens!” survey is scheduled to be conducted on January 21, 2019, at the staff in-service day.

The Student Activities, Curriculum & Technology Committee in addition to BVHS Administration and Curriculum Director, Sherri Nelson, are working through a variety of items in regard to the newest South Dakota Graduation Requirements.  We are planning a committee report in the near future.

The January focus of the LYNX-way is “we are kind”.  We are planning a “Tour of Kindness” presented by Justine Kougl District-wide January 16-18, 2019.  There will also be a BV staff random acts of kindness activity on January 21, 2019.  Lastly, Larson issued a special thank you to BV staff who raised over $1,000 to support our local communities and organizations.

Kindergarten Screening registration is open – contact your respective elementary school for information.

We will have two (2) three-year seats open on the school board this upcoming year.  Important election dates to remember are as follows:  April 9, 2019 ~ Earliest date to circulate a petition; May 10, 2019 ~ Deadline for petitions to be returned.  Candidates must also file a Financial Interest Statement within 15 days of filing a nominating petition; June 18, 2019 ~ School Board Election.  Please contact the Brandon Valley Business Office if interested or need more information.

The 2019-20 staffing request timeline is as follows:  late February, additional 2019-20 staffing recommendations will be presented.  Late February to early March, those positions will be posted for applications; recommendations to hire for those positions will be determined as applications/interviews are reviewed and finalized.

Tentative 2019-20 Teacher Negotiations time-line/wage recommendations will begin in January with contract language meeting(s) between BVSD Administration and BVEA.  A pre-negotiation meeting will be held in March with a Negotiations meeting between the Personnel Welfare Committee and BVEA will be held in mid-March to early April.  We plan to ratify the 2019-20 Master Contract, approve Classified wage recommendations, approve Administration salary recommendations, and hold Superintendent contract negotiations at the April 8, 2019 regular Board of Education meeting.

The 2019-20 budget process is underway.  Following is the timeline for the budget process:  January-March:  Budget forms/documents distributed, completed, compiled and reviewed by the Central Office.  March:  Preliminary Capital Outlay Budget Presented/Approved (this is necessary for major items to be bid in a timely manner).  May 27. 2019:  Preliminary Budget Presentation to the Board of Education.  July 15, 2019:  Public Budget Hearing with potential action at this Annual Board of Education meeting.

The Superintendent Evaluation/Contract timeline is as follows:  February 11, 2019 ~ Distribute Evaluation Tool; February 25, 2019 ~ Evaluations are due to Board President Renee Ullom; March 11, 2019 ~ Discuss performance evaluation; April 8, 2019 ~ Contract negotiations.

Good new presentations are scheduled with a 1:1 update from Brandon Valley Middle School on January 28, 2019, and a Post-secondary night and career night update from Brandon Valley High School on February 25, 2019.

Looking ahead at the academic calendar, 2018-19 school year important dates to remember:  no school for in-service ~ January 21, 2019; no school for President’s Day holiday ~  February 15 and February 18.

 Superintendent Larson reported on the proposed 2019-20 school year calendar.  This calendar has been through a review with the Administration, Teacher Liaison Committee, and the Classified Council.  Important dates to highlight are August 14, 2019 as new staff in-service, August 15, 2019 with all new staff returning.  August 21, 2019 is the scheduled first day of classes and May 21, 2020 as the last day of classes for all BV students. This calendar will be presented for adoption on the January 28, 2019 regular Board of Education meeting.

 Motion by Schroeder, seconded by Klumper to approve the following general business items:

1.    Approve contract by and between the Brandon Valley School District and Frontline Education for Employee Absence and Substitute Management implementation and usage in the amount of $4,900 start-up fee and $9,000 annual subscription fee (2018-19 prorated), effective December 12, 2018 through June 30, 2021 as presented.

2.    Approve membership agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District and the South Dakota Food Buying Group for the 2019-20 school year as presented.

3.    Approve tuition agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District and Children’s Home Society for one student, $106.61/day for five days/week for the 2018-19 school year as presented.

4.    Acknowledge the Brandon Valley Education Association notification of contract negotiations for 2019 and beyond.

5.    Approve application for funding for Alliance Communications Keep the Change Grant to educate students on the dangers of destructive decisions (drug abuse and distracted driving), in the amount of $600 for the 2018-19 school year.

6.    Approve application for Sioux Valley Energy Donation to education students on the dangers of destructive decisions (drug abuse and distracted driving) in the amount of $600 for the 2018-19 school year.

7.    Approve 2019 School Board Election date of June 18, 2019.

8.    Approve 2019 Summer Lunch Program Participation.

Motion carried.

            Motion by Saxer, seconded by Ode to approve the following personnel items:
    1.   
Approve recommendation to hire Chelsea Oehlerts, long-term substitute for Sarah Schroeder, VSE 4th grade teacher, effective on around April 23, 2019 through the end of the 2018-19 school year.
    2.   
Approve recommendation to hire Sara Kiefer, RBE part-time child nutrition worker, $13,05/hour, effective January 2, 2019.
    3.   
Approve resignation from Gloria Garza, BVIS night custodian, effective February 1, 2019.
    4.   
Approve extra-duty pay to Bill Freking, Assistant MS Principal, for performing duties other than his normal assigned duties during the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years in the amount of $4,000.
    5.   
Approve recommendation to hire Brian Christiaansen, Van Driver Substitute, paid according to the driver trip schedule, effective January 15, 2019.
    6.   
Approve recommendation to hire Trent Hartle, Custodial Substitute, $10.00/hour, effective January 15, 2019.
    7.   
Approve recommendation to hire Heidi Gehrke, FAE Custodial Supervisor, full-time, $15.75/hour, effective January 14, 2019.
    8.   
Approve resignation from Sara Schroeder, VSE 4th grade Teacher, effective at the end of the 2018-19 school year.
    9.   
Approve recommendation to hire Hanna Guggisberg, long-term substitute for Sherri Rygh, BVIS orchestra Teacher, effective on or around February 21, 2019 for approximately twelve weeks.
    10. 
Approve recommendation to hire Pam Hedman, long-term substitute for Kayla Miller, BE Speech Language Pathologist, $250.00/day, effective March 19, 2019 for ten weeks.
    11. 
Approve recommendation to hire Daniel VanDeest, BVIS evening custodian, $14.60/hour plus $.50/hour night differential pay, effective February 6, 2019.
    12. 
Approve recommendation to hire Mark Edeen, BVSD Bus Driver, paid according to the driver trip schedule, effective January 15, 2019.
    13. 
Approve resignation from Samantha Cornelius, BVIS Special Education Educational Assistant, effective January 8, 2019.
    14. 
Approve recommendation to hire Kelly Sandberg, Custodial Substitute, $10/hour, effective January 15, 2019.
    15. 
Approve (half year) lane change requests for the following BVSD staff:
            Mallory Jark – BA to BA+15
            Mark Schlekeway – MA to MA+30
    16. 
Approve recommendation to hire the following substitutes for the 2018-19 school year as follows:  Kaitlyn Huska, Makenna Macdonald, Ilsa Neumiller, Meghan Vermeer
Motion carried.

 The following personnel items were reviewed by the Board of Education for information only:
    1.   
Request for maternity leave by Angie Olson, FAE 2nd Grade Teacher, on or around March 29, 2019 for approximately eight weeks.
    2.   
Request for maternity leave by Brittany Green, BVHS Algebra Teacher, effective April 29, 2019 for the remainder of the 2018-19 school year.
    3.   
Transfer Morgan Bobzien from BVIS Computer Teacher and Technology Integrationist to RBE and VSE Computer Teacher, effective with the 2019-20 school year.
Motion carried.

Communications received by the Central Office and Board of Education were reviewed.  They included the following items:
    1.   
Thank you from Bill Miller for the annual retired district employee holiday luncheon.
    2.   
Thank you from Pam Hedman for the luncheon for the retired district employees.
    3.   
Thank you from Ramona Watson for the luncheon for the retired district employees.
    4.   
Thank you from Laurie Veld for the flowers sent for her recent surgery.
    5.   
Thank you from Lesley Nelson and family for the plant sent in memory of her father, Rick Harmelink.
    6.   
Thank you from Jennifer Chicoine and family for the flowers sent in honor of the girth of their daughter.
    7.   
Thank you from Stephanie Jorgensen and family for the flowers sent in honor of the birth of their son. 

Board Reports were presented. Board President Ullom reported that the Alternative Education Committee will be meeting this upcoming week.

Board Member Dan Klumper reported on the Student Activities, Curriculum & Technology Committee.  This committee discussed the new SD State Graduation requirements along with preliminary discussion on revising the homework policy for the school district. 

Board Member Ellie Saxer reported on the City Affairs & Legislation Committee.  The new legislative session and newest members have been sworn in and the session is in full-swing.

Travel reports were reviewed. 

 Motion by Saxer, seconded by Klumper to adjourn the meeting at 6:55 p.m.  Motion carried.

    Signed ___________________________________
                                   
Business Manager 

Approved by the Board of Education this 11th day of February, 2019. 

Signed____________________________________
                                    Chairperson

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