2020 Board Minutes

January 13, 2020 January 27, 2020
February 10, 2020 February 24, 2020
March 9, 2020 March 23, 2020
April 14, 2020 April 27, 2020
May 11, 2020 May 26, 2020
June 8, 2020 June 22, 2020
July 13, 2020 August 10, 2020
August 24, 2020 September 14, 2020
September 28, 2020 October 12, 2020
October 26, 2020 November 9, 2020
November 23, 2020 December 9, 2020
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December 14, 2020

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 14th of December, 2020 at the Brandon Valley Performing Arts Center with the following members present:  Renee Ullom, Ellie Saxer, Gregg Talcott, and Nick Scott.  Absent: Gregg Ode.  Also present were Superintendent Jarod Larson, Business Manager Paul Lundberg, Brandon Valley High School Principal Mark Schlekeway, Brandon Valley High School Assistant Principal Bill Freking, Activities Director Randy Marso, Brandon Valley Middle School Principal Brad Thorson, Brandon Valley Middle School Assistant Principal Amanda Nelson, Brandon Valley Intermediate School Principal Nick Skibsted, Brandon Valley Intermediate Assistant Principal Rick Pearson, Robert Bennis Elementary Principal Kristin Hofkamp, Valley Springs Elementary School Principal Tanya Palmer, Special Service Director Kyle Babb, 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 Talcott, seconded by Saxer to approve the agenda as amended, adding an additional substitute,  Tyler Bayse, and the resignation of Gail Grace, FAE part-time Child Nutrition Worker.  Motion carried.

            Motion by Saxer, seconded by Scott to approve the meeting minutes from the regular meetings of  November 9, 2020 and November 23, 2020 as presented.  Motion carried. 

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

The cash report for the month of November 2020 showed receipts of $9,586,862.25 and disbursements of $5,180,836.91 leaving a balance of $21,536,743.26.  The General Fund had receipts of $4,945,105.24, received a Temporary Interfund Transfer of $484,626.73 from the Bond Fund, with disbursements of $3,100,688.64, leaving a balance of $6,910,865.25.  Capital Outlay Fund had receipts of $2,041,840.98, with disbursements of $221,633.42, leaving a balance of $3,305,336.18.  Special Education Fund had receipts of $1,587,534.45, with disbursements of $640,827.38, leaving a balance of $1,174,477.85.  Bond Redemption Fund had receipts of $1,012,381.58, sent a Temporary Interfund Transfer of $484,626.73 to the General Fund, with disbursements of $600.00, leaving a balance of $642,909.57.  The Enterprise Fund had receipts of $0.00, with disbursements of $1,816.60, leaving a balance of $21,194.92.  The Capital Projects Fund had receipts of $0.00, with disbursements of $1,215,271.47, leaving a balance of $9,481,958.89.   

The November 2020 payroll totaled $2,627,716.70 of which $1,354,436.74 was instructional, $623,447.31 was support services, $47,080.44 was co-curricular, $458,267.62 was Special Education, $142,797.09 was Food Service, and $1,687.50 was Driver’s Education.  

Motion by Talcott, seconded by Saxer to approve the financial reports for the month of November, 2020 as presented.  Motion carried.            

            Administrative reports were presented.  Superintendent Jarod Larson outlined the New Elementary School construction timeline:

Spring 2020:

°    Construction in progress

°    Collaborative BVSD/Sioux Falls Playground/Park Development/Expense Agreement ($336,823)

Fall 2020:  Naming Facilities Committee: November 23, 2020 recommendation; Process completed

Fall 2020:  Elementary boundary line committee: Process completed

2020-21 School year:  Construction continues

Fall 2021:  School opens

The new elementary School Staffing Timeline is as follows:  October – Internal general posting; January – Internal transfers processed; February – Approve new school district positions.

            Inspiration Elementary School Enrollment process:  December 14, 2020, letters mailed to families impacted by boundary changes; January 8, 2021, Response deadline – 3rd graders stay, boundary impacted open enrollment priority; February 2021 - Process boundary impacted open enrollment requests.

Elementary staff laptop computers will be distributed the week of December 14, 2020.  We purchased approximately $194,000 worth of laptop computers (250) for use by our elementary certified teaching staff with Coronavirus Funds provided to our District from the U.S. Government. 

2021-22 Academic School Year Calendar Development:  Initial draft(s); Administrative Council, Teacher Liaison Council, and Classified Council review; Tentative Adoption timeline:  Monday, January 11, 2021 (Initial Presentation) and Monday, January 25, 2021 (Potential Approval Action).

One District – One Book.  Social/Emotional learning and staff/student mental health; cross curricular and interdisciplinary units; community connectedness.  This is an exiting project that will be taking place in the coming months.

Superintendent Evaluation will take place in February with the following timeline:  February 8, 2021 – Distribute evaluation tool; February 22, 2021 – Evaluation due to School Board President, Renee Ullom; March 8, 2021 – Discuss performance evaluation (executive session); and April 12, 2021 – Tentative contract negotiations (executive session).

The 2021-22 Budget process will begin with budget forms/documents distributed early January, 2021.  The Business Office will compile and review by March 2021.  In February 2021, we will present the 5-year plan along with new staffing positions.  In March 2021, the preliminary capital Outlay budget will be presented for approval in order for major items to be bid in a timely manner.  In May 2021, we will hold a preliminary budget presentation and in July 2021, we will hold the public budget hearing for potential action. 

Dr. Jarod Larson presented an updated COVID-19 Pandemic Response Plan.  The following outlines updates:

CDC/SD DOH Close Contact Quarantine Update 

CDC/SD DOH have updated the Close Contact Quarantine protocols to include two alternative timelines for 7-day and 10-day quarantine that both require specific criteria. 

Community/City Ordinance(s)

            The City of Sioux Falls has passed a Mask Mandate that does not include schools within the ordinance. In addition, the ordinance does not include enforcement measures for violators. The City of Brandon is engaged in discussion about an ordinance.  The Brandon Valley School District strongly recommends the use of a cloth face covering / face mask. In addition, the Board of Education has incentivized the use of a mask by allowing “close contacts” protected by mask or barrier, at the time of exposure, to remain in school under “close contact criteria”.  

COVID-19 Facility / Travel Restrictions - Quarter 3 

            The current Covid-19 district-wide restrictions are under Administrative review.  COVID-19 Restrictions for Quarter 3 will be announced in mid-December. At this time, we expect nearly all restrictions to continue, but are evaluating the need to further enhance certain facility restrictions, including the requirements/restrictions for Winter sporting event attendance. 

Current School Calendar items include the following: Wednesday, December 23, 2020-two-hour early Dismissal and December 24, 2020-January 3, 2021-No School (Winter Break); Monday, January 4, 2021-school resumes; Friday, January 8, 2021-No school (Workshop/In-service); Monday, January 18, 2021-No school (Workshop/In-service); Friday, February 12, 2021-No school; and Monday, February 15, 2021-No school (President’s Day). 

Business Manager Paul Lundberg presented the per pupil spending report for FY20 as tabulated by the South Dakota Department of Education.  It compares the per pupil spending of School Districts throughout South Dakota.  Brandon Valley ranks 143 out of 149 school districts.  Brandon Valley still maintains an efficient utilization of the dollars that are allocated to us while still maintaining high levels of salary policies and programs. Three things that Lundberg believes lead to variations among school district are:  1) Opt Outs (BV does not have); 2) Federal Revenue (BV receives minimal dollars); and 3) our flexibility with the use of Capital Outlay funds.  The Brandon Valley FY20 cost per pupil was $7,978 versus the state of South Dakota average of $9,420.

 

Brandon Valley High School Principal Mark Schlekeway reported to the Board of Education that Mid-Year High School Graduation will be held on January 13, 2021 at 7 p.m. in the BVHS Performing Arts Center with 5 (possibly 7) graduates.  He also stated that the High School Angel tree has a record number of requests (300+) this year, all of which have been chosen.  Lastly, Schlekeway recognized Activities Director, Randy Marso, and his letter of retirement on tonight’s agenda.  Mr. Marso’s 34 years in the District, starting as a Junior High Social Studies teacher to his current position of the Activities Director for the last 23 years are commendable, and we wish him only the best on this retirement adventure.  You will be missed.

 

Superintendent Jarod Larson presented a Child Nutrition Services – Shared Services Grant Update.  Beginning with the 2020-21 school year, the Brandon Valley School District obtained a 2-year Grant for a Registered Dietician from a Grant entitled “Share our Strength”.  This grant includes the provision to provide CNS Director and Registered Dietician shared consultation services to rural Schools.  As this is year one of two for this grant, at no district expense, BVSD hired a Registered Dietician and provides our CNS Director (currently, Gay Anderson) a shared services stipend. 

With the recent resignation of CNS Director, Gay Anderson (12/18/2020) and the subsequent transfer of our current Registered Dietician, Andrea Kruse, to replace CNS Director Anderson, Brandon Valley will now move into the hiring process for a replacement for the Registered Dietician position and will also enter into a consultation agreement for Child Nutrition Directorship Services to support our new CNS Director and Grant affiliates for the remainder of the first year of this grant.  This agreement recommends a prorated payment of $4,000 for remaining six months of the 2020-21 school year.

Since this is a two-year grant, the Brandon Valley School District requests to engage with former CNS Director, Gay Anderson, in a Consultation Agreement to support the new CNS Director and Grant affiliates for the amount of $8,000 for the 2021-22 school year.  The 2021-22 agreement is contingent upon a successful year two grant application.

The Shared Services Program continuation for 2022-23 will be determined by membership in the Spring of 2022 and if this program continues for the 2022-23 school year, the current BVSD CNS Director will assume the share services role and receive the respective CNS Share Services Stipend at that time.  There will be no continuation of the Consultation Agreement beginning in school year 2022-23.

 

Motion by Talcott, seconded by Saxer to approve the Consultation Agreement for Child Nutrition Directorship Services with Gay Anderson for $4,000 for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year, and $8,000 for the 2021-22 school year as presented.  Motion carried. 

          Motion by Saxer, seconded by Scott to approve the following General Business item:

1.    Approve 2021 School Board Election date of June 15, 2021.            
Motion carried.

 

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

1.    Approve resignation of Nicole Durflinger, BE Special Education Educational Assistant, effective December 4, 2020.

2.    Approve recommendation to hire Breanna Zobel, Special Education Educational Assistant (roving), $15.00/hour, effective January 4, 2021.

3.    Approve the addition of one full-time Special Education Educational Assistant (BE), $15.00/hour, effective January 11, 2021.

4.    Approve resignation from Nick Stroh, BVIS 5th Grade Science Teacher, effective at the end of the 2020-21 school year.

5.    Approve resignation from Gay Anderson, Child Nutrition Director, effective December 18, 2020.

6.    Approve transfer of Andrea Kruse from District Registered Dietician to Child Nutrition Director, Full-time, $62,000/year, effective December 21, 2020.

7.    Accept resignation/retirement notification from Randy Marso, District Activities Director, effective at the end of the 2020-21 school year.

8.    Approve recommendation to transfer Rebecca Peterson from BVMS part-time Child Nutrition Worker to BVMS full-time Cook, $14.00/hour, effective January 4, 2021.

9.    Approve resignation of Coreen Wieber, BVIS part-time Child Nutrition Worker, effective December 23, 2020.

10.  Approve recommendation to hire Kathleen Schmitt, BVMS part-time Child Nutrition Worker, $13.95/hour, effective December 15, 2020.

11.  Approve recommendation to hire Kathryn Davis, long-term substitute for Kali Ulrich, BVHS English Language Arts Teacher, effective on or about January 15, 2021 for six to eight weeks.

12.  Approve recommendation to hire the following substitutes for the 2020-21 school year:  Mya Bunker, Sophie Drotzmann, Lexi Ellingson, Bryce Enger, Lexia Groen, Alyssa Hurley, George Kellogg, Stephanie Kessler, Ashton Swift, Micayla TerWee, and Tyler Basye.

13.  Accept resignation of Gail Grace, FAE part-time Child Nutrition Worker, effective December 14, 2020.

        Motion carried.

 

      The following personnel items were presented to the Board of Education as information only:

1.    Request for maternity leave by Erica Karl, BE Kindergarten Teacher, on or around March 26, 2021 for approximately 7-8 weeks.

 

The following communications were presented from the Central Office and Board of Education:

1.                Building permit applications – November 2020.

2.                Thank you from Michael Zerr and family for the plant sent in memory of their mother, Tami.

3.                Thank you from Bill Miller for BVSD’s support of the Retired District Employee Holiday Luncheon. 

4.                Thank you from Shari Sunne for the Retired Employee Holiday Luncheon gift certificates.

5.                Thank you from Bonnie Fjerestad for the Retired Employee Holiday Luncheon coupons.

6.                Thank you from Marge Stoterau for the Retired Employee Holiday Luncheon gift certificates.

7.                Thank you from Beck Heinitz for the Retired Employee Holiday Luncheon coupons.

            Board reports were heard. Board member Ellie Saxer reported on City Affairs & Legislation and the recent Associated School Boards of South Dakota (ASBSD) Delegate Assembly.   The main topic centered on funding for schools and teacher pay for the upcoming school year.

            Board member Gregg Talcott reported on a recent Student Activities, Curriculum & Technology committee meeting.  The meeting included the recent Special Education parent survey results. The committee also discussed the English Language Arts Adoption, as well as State testing.  At this point, it is unclear how and/or when testing will look like with this school year.

            President Ullom requested that everyone stay safe and be healthy because we need you!  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

             Motion by Saxer, seconded by Talcott to adjourn the meeting at 7:16 p.m.  Motion carried. 

Signed _____________________________
                      
Business Manager 

Approved by the Board of Education this 11th day of January, 2021.

  Signed _____________________________
                      
Chairperson

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December 9, 2020

A special Brandon Valley School District/District 10 and 25 Collaboration session meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education along with District 10 and 25 Legislative members was held at 7:30 a.m. on the 9th day of December, 2020 at the Bandon Valley High School Community Room, Brandon, SD, with the following members present: Renee Ullom, Gregg Ode, Ellie Saxer, Gregg Talcott, and Nick Scott.  Absent: None.  Also present were Superintendent Jarod Larson, Business Manager Paul J. Lundberg (via phone), District 25 Representative Jon Hansen, District 10 Representative Steve Haugaard, and District 10 Senator Margaret Sutton. 

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

The purpose of this meeting was to hold a collaborative round-table with the District 10 and 25 Legislators.  No action was taken. 

Motion by Saxer, seconded by Talcott to adjourn the collaboration session at 8:47 a.m.  Motion carried. 

Signed _____________________________
                      
Business Manager 

Approved by the Board of Education this 11th day of January, 2021.

  Signed _____________________________
                      
Chairperson

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November 23, 2020

            The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 23th of November, 2020 at the Brandon Valley High School Community Room with the following members present:  Renee Ullom, Gregg Ode, Gregg Talcott, and Nick Scott.  Absent: Ellie Saxer.  Also present were Superintendent Jarod Larson, Business Manager Paul J. Lundberg (via phone), Brandon Valley High School Principal Mark Schlekeway, Brandon Valley Brandon Valley Middle School Principal Brad Thorson, Brandon Valley Intermediate School Principal Nick Skibsted, Brandon Valley Intermediate Assistant Principal Rick Pearson, Special Service Director Kyle Babb, 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 Talcott, seconded by Scott to approve the agenda as presented.  Motion carried.

                Administrative reports were presented.  Superintendent Jarod Larson outlined the New Elementary School construction timeline:

Spring 2020:

°    Construction continues with exterior/interior walls, masonry and precast in progress

°    Collaborative BVSD/Sioux Falls Playground/Park Development/Expense Agreement ($336,823)

Fall 2020:  Naming Facilities Committee: November 23, 2020 recommendation; Process completed

Fall 2020:  Elementary boundary line committee: Process completed

2020-21 School year:  Construction continues

Fall 2021:  School opens

The new elementary School Staffing Timeline is as follows:  October – Internal general posting; January – Internal transfers processed; February – Approve new positions.

            District 10 & 25 Legislative Breakfast:  Wednesday, December 9, 2020 @ 7:30 a.m. at the Brandon Valley High School Community Room.  In person or ZOOM attendance are options for this breakfast meeting.

Elementary staff laptop computers are estimated for distribution prior to Winter Break.  We purchased approximately $194,000 worth of laptop computers (250) for use by our elementary certified teaching staff with Coronavirus Funds provided to our District from the U.S. Government.

2021-22 Academic School Year Calendar Development:  Initial draft(s); Administrative Council, Teacher Liaison Council, and Classified Council review; Tentative Adoption timeline:  Monday, January 11, 2021 (Initial Presentation) and Monday, January 25, 2021 (Potential Approval Action).

Current School Calendar items include the following: Wednesday – Friday, November 25-27, 2020-No School (Thanksgiving break); Wednesday, December 23, 2020-two-hour early Dismissal and December 24, 2020 – January 3, 2021-No School (Winter Break); Monday, January 4, 2021-school resumes.

 Dr. Jarod Larson presented an updated COVID-19 Pandemic Response Plan dated November 23, 2020.  The following outlines this plan:

COVID-19 Facility / Travel Restrictions - Quarter 3 

            The current Covid-19 district-wide restrictions are under Administrative review.  COVID-19 Restrictions for Quarter 3 will be announced in mid-December. At this time, we expect nearly all restrictions to continue, but are evaluating the need to further enhance certain facility restrictions.

 Community/City Ordinance(s)

            The City of Sioux Falls has passed a Mask Mandate that does not include schools within the ordinance. In addition, the ordinance does not include enforcement measures for violators. The City of Brandon is engaged in discussion about an ordinance.  The Brandon Valley School District strongly recommends the use of a cloth face covering / face mask. In addition, the Board of Education has incentivized the use of a mask by allowing “close contacts” protected by mask or barrier, at the time of exposure, to remain in school under “close contact criteria”.

Mitigation Strategies

            All classroom / building-level mitigation strategies remain in effect for Semester 2. All the mitigation strategies in place are located in the Pandemic Response Plan – Appendix (Safety Plan).

 Distance Learning Program

            All current families enrolled in the Distance Learning Program will receive a communication regarding their intent for program participation for 2nd Semester on Monday, November 23.

Superintendent Jarod Larson presented the BVSD Facility Naming Committee Recommendation.  Larson presented historical context of school facility naming, policy review of the Facilities Planning & Development-Naming Facilities, potential Elementary school names along with committee member brainstorming and promoting of school names.  The members of this committee were allotted 5 votes (with the meeting facilitated by Superintendent Larson as a non-voting participant) and each round had a specific “individual name maximum specified votes.”  After three rounds of voting, the recommended name of the new facility was Inspiration Elementary School. 

Motion by Ode, seconded by Scott to approve the Facility Naming Committee recommendation of “Inspiration Elementary School” for the new elementary school located at 3401 S. Sparta Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD  57110.  Motion carried.

Motion by Talcott, seconded by Ode to acknowledge the Brandon Valley Education Association notification of contract negotiations for 2021 and beyond.  Motion carried.

           

             Motion by Talcott, seconded by Scott to approve the following personnel items:

1.    Approve resignation of Valerie Grieve, District English Language Learner Educational Assistant, effective November 13, 2020.

2.    Approve recommendation to hire Kelly Kotalik, District English Language Learner Educational Assistant, effective November 24, 2020.

3.    Approve resignation/retirement notification from Chris Erickson, full-time BVMS Cook, effective December 23, 2020.

4.    Approve recommendation to hire Jenna Erickson, long-term substitute for Megan Bertsch, VSE 2nd Grade Teacher, effective on or about February 4, 2021, for approximately 12 weeks.

5.    Approve resignation from Justin Mashlan as Head Freshman Football Coach, effective at the end of the 2020-21 schoolyear, contingent upon finding a suitable replacement.

6.    Approve resignation from Tara Copple, part-time BVHS Child Nutrition Worker, effective November 30, 2020.

7.    Approve recommendation to hire the following substitutes for the 2020-21 school year:  Kristene Daugaard, Colter Elkin, Joseph Frantzen, Kaylee Hamann, Katherine Lienke, Max Outland, Madilyn Oye, Samuel Rall, Madysne Smith, Kimberly Trende-Jonson, Amanda Westscott.

Motion carried.

 

      The following communication was presented from the Central Office and Board of Education:

1.                Thank you from Michelle Kieffer and family for flowers sent in honor of the birth of their daughter, Millie.

            Board reports were heard. Superintendent Jarod Larson thanked Transportation Director David Moody and the Transportation Department for navigating our first winter storm of the school year recently.

            Motion by Scott, seconded by Ode to adjourn the meeting at 6:49 p.m.  Motion carried. 

Signed ___________________________________
                                  Business Manager

Approved by the Board of Education this 14th day of December, 2020. 

Signed___________________________________
                                  Chairperson
 

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November 9, 2020

 

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 9th of November, 2020 at the Brandon Valley Performing Arts Center with the following members present:  Renee Ullom, Gregg Ode, Ellie Saxer, Gregg Talcott, and Nick Scott.  Absent: none.  Also present were Superintendent Jarod Larson, Business Manager Paul Lundberg, Brandon Valley Middle School Principal Brad Thorson, Brandon Valley Intermediate School Principal Nick Skibsted, Brandon Valley Intermediate Assistant Principal Rick Pearson, Robert Bennis Elementary Principal Kristin Hofkamp, Valley Springs Elementary School Principal Tanya Palmer, Special Service Director Kyle Babb, 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 Talcott, seconded by Ode to approve the agenda as presented.  Motion carried.

            Motion by Talcott, seconded by Saxer to approve the meeting minutes from the regular meetings of October 12, 2020 and October 26, 2020 as presented.  Motion carried. 

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

The cash report for the month of October 2020 showed receipts of $2,694,775.77 and disbursements of $5,352,566.58 leaving a balance of $17,130,717.92.  The General Fund had receipts of $2,011,064.54, with disbursements of $3,004,646.18, leaving a balance of $4,581,821.92.  Capital Outlay Fund had receipts of $262,032.68, with disbursements of $461,127.17, leaving a balance of $1,485,128.62.  Special Education Fund had receipts of $340,018.72, with disbursements of $770,804.67, leaving a balance of $227,770.78.  Bond Redemption Fund had receipts of $81,659.83, with disbursements of $0.00, leaving a balance of $115,754.72.  The Enterprise Fund had receipts of $0.00, with disbursements of $3,673.56, leaving a balance of $23,011.52.  The Capital Projects Fund had receipts of $0.00, with disbursements of $1,112,315.00, leaving a balance of $10,697,230.36.   

The October 2020 payroll totaled $2,508,532.44 of which $1,326,473.97 was instructional, $583,712.25 was support services, $49,944.14 was co-curricular, $423,681.99 was Special Education, $121,307.59 was Food Service, and $3,412.50 was Driver’s Education.  

Motion by Ode, seconded by Talcott to approve the financial reports for the month of October, 2020 as presented.  Motion carried.            

Administrative reports were presented.  Superintendent Jarod Larson outlined the Sparta Elementary School construction timeline:

Spring 2020:

°    Construction continues with exterior/interior walls, masonry and precast in progress

°    Collaborative BVSD/Sioux Falls Playground/Park Development/Expense Agreement ($336,823)

Fall 2020:  Naming Facilities Committee: November 12, 2020 Recommendation (tentative)

Fall 2020:  Elementary boundary line committee: Process completed

2020-21 School year:  Construction continues

Fall 2021:  School opens

Sparta Elementary School Staffing Timeline is as follows:  October – Internal general posting; January – Internal transfers processed; February – Approve new positions.

            Other items to note regarding the new elementary school is that the staffing process is currently in-progress with Tanya Palmer assigned as the new building principal and other positions have been posted internally.  We will offer a strong viable curriculum as an educational offering following our District reading protocol consistent at all elementary buildings within the Brandon Valley School District.  We also have confirmed intent to operate the Ignite Program (Boys & Girls Club) before/after school childcare program at the new elementary school. 

District 10 & 25 Legislative Breakfast:  Wednesday, December 9, 2020 @ 7:30 a.m. (tentative).

Elementary staff laptop computers are estimated for distribution prior to Winter Break.  We purchased approximately $194,000 worth of laptop computers (250) for use by our elementary certified teaching staff with Coronavirus Funds provided to our District from the U.S. Government.

The Associated School Boards of South Dakota (ASBSD) Delegate Assembly will be held virtually on Friday, November 20, 2020.  The BVSD representative will be Ellie Saxer our City Affairs and & Legislation Committee Chair and also on the ASBSD Executive Board.

2021-22 Academic School Year Calendar Development:  Initial draft(s); Administrative Council, Teacher Liaison Council, and Classified Council review; Tentative Adoption timeline:  Monday, January 11, 2021 (Initial Presentation) and Monday, January 25, 2021 (Potential Approval Action).

Current School Calendar items include:  Wednesday, November 11, 2020-No School (Veteran’s Day); Wednesday – Friday, November 25-27, 2020-No School (Thanksgiving break); Wednesday, December 23, 2020-two-hour early Dismissal and December 24, 2020 – January 3, 2021-No School (Winter Break); Monday, January 4, 2021-school resumes.

Lastly, Dr. Larson reported on the annual retired school district employee staff luncheon that is usually scheduled the first week in December. In past years, the Board of Education provided the meal and we have had a BVHS choir provide entertainment.  With COVID this year, Dr. Larson is working with former employee, Bill Miller, on continuing the annual event, however, it will be different.  It will include a grab and go type meal and plans are in progress for a virtual program.  Dr. Larson will update the board as plans solidify for this event. 

Superintendent Jarod Larson also reviewed the School Improvements Plans as prepared by each individual Administrator.  These plans can be found by visiting the following web-site and is also on the District website:  https://jl163.k12.sd.us/20.21.BVSD.School.Improvement.Plans.pdf 

Brandon Valley Middle School Principal Brad Thorson reported that the BVMS play, with over 80 students involved, will be held on Friday, November 20, 2020, at the BVHS Performing Arts Center.  Thank you to Advisors Jodi Ackerman and Sharon Schwebach for working through the many challenges that they have encountered to be able to move forward with this event for the BVMS students. 

Superintendent Jarod Larson presented the 2020 State of the School Address, providing Academic data including the BV School District average ACT score of 23.2 (SD Average is 21.8), and a 98% Graduation/High School Completion Rate.  This report also showcases the 2020 Spring Closure – Distance Learning Report Card and other information including the Brandon Valley facilities and capacity information and implementation and progress update on the BVSD Strategic Plan.  To view the entire State of the Schools Address, visit the following website:  https://jl163.k12.sd.us/2020.state.of.schools.Presentation.pdf

Brandon Valley Elementary School Boundary Committee Process:  Objectives:  Minimize student impact, proactively manage student growth, and establish boundaries aligned for future growth.  Committee Result:  Develop elementary boundaries for the 2020-21 school year and develop a preliminary boundary concept for BV VISION 2040.  This committee will consist of Superintendent Larson, any Administration that would like to attend, and two parent representatives from each current elementary school (as recommended by elementary building principals).

Elementary School Committee meeting schedule as follows:

-       09/21/2020                        Committee Meeting (completed)

-       10/05/2020                        Committee Meeting (completed)

-       10/06/2020                        FAE PTA Meeting (completed)

-       10/08/2020                        Board Transportation Committee (completed)

-       10/08/2020                        BVSD Family Update/Informational Video (completed)

-       10/12/2020                        Board of Education Report/Update (completed)

-       10/15/2020                        Informational Meeting for families @BVHS PAC @ 6 p.m. (completed)

-       10/26/2020                        Board of Education Report/Update (completed)

-       11/09/2020                        Board of Education Approval (tonight’s meeting)

As the committee navigates the elementary student enrollment impacted by boundary changes, they determined that all current 3rd grade students will be eligible to remain at their current attendance center.  Those students would be subject to the in-district open enrollment transportation policy and no transportation services will be provided.  Families will be required to submit a request to remain at their current attendance center.

Also, all other current elementary students may submit an in-district open enrollment application and those students would be subject to in-district open enrollment transportation policy and no transportation services will be provided.  They would also be subject to in-district open enrollment policies regarding classroom capacity.

BVSD will strive to accommodate requests for any current 3rd grade students and their siblings that wish to remain at their current attendance center.  We will do our best to accommodate but cannot guarantee all requests.

The committee consensus questions (as listed below) were all asked and supported 11-0:

-             Can we agree that the 2021-22 Proposed Elementary Boundary Lines proactively manage student growth?

-             Can we agree that the 2021-22 Proposed Elementary Boundary Lines align to future growth of the District?

-             Can we agree that the strategies established to navigate enrollments impacted by the boundary change work to minimize student impact?

-             Can we agree the BV VISION 2040 Boundary Lines align to the future growth of the District?

            Motion by Saxer, seconded by Scott to accept the 2021-22 BVSD Elementary Boundary Line Report and Boundary Recommendations as presented.  Motion carried.

            To view the 2021-22 Brandon Valley Elementary School Boundary Line Report and Recommendation, including the adopted District Elementary Boundaries and BV Vision 2040 District Elementary Boundaries, click on the following link:  https://jl163.k12.sd.us/BVSD.BOE.Boundary.Line.Report.Recommendation.pdf

Motion by Ode, seconded by Scott to approve the following General Business items:

1.    Approve the request to authorize the use of Coronavirus Relief Funds for HVAC/Air Exchange Improvements by G&R Controls through Omnia Partners Cooperative Pricing Program (Contract #R150505) in the amount of $93,658 as presented.

2.    Approve 2020-21 Brandon Valley School District Title I, Part A Program Comparability Assurances Report as presented.

3.    Approve agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District and Inter-Lakes Community Partnership Head start Pre-Birth to Five Program as presented.                 

Motion carried.

 

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

1.    Approve resignation of Danielle Rick, part-time BVIS Child Nutrition Worker, effective October 27, 2020.

2.    Accept retirement/resignation from Martha Sewell, BVMS Art Teacher, effective at the end of the 2020-21 school year.

3.    Approve recommendation to hire Edaan Cloos, long-term substitute for Michelle Kieffer, FAE 3rd Grade Teacher, effective on or about November 13, 2020, for approximately 10 weeks.

4.    Approve recommendation to hire Cody Frerichs, Assistant Mechanic, full-time, $20/hour, effective November 23, 2020.

5.    Approve recommendation to hire the following substitutes for the 2020-21 school year:  Macy Beck, Cole Sylliaasen.

Motion carried.

 

      The following personnel items were presented to the Board of Education as information only:

1.    Request for maternity leave by Hope Stultz, BVIS Special Education Educational Assistant, on or around November 19, 2020 for approximately 8 weeks.

 

The following communications were presented from the Central Office and Board of Education:

1.                Building permit applications – October 2020.

2.                Thank you from Rick and Cassie Pearson for flowers sent in honor of the birth of their son, Ridge.

3.                Thank you from Bonnie Duffy and family for the plant sent in memory of their son, Michael.     

            Board reports were heard. Board member Gregg Talcott reported on a recent Safety Committee Meeting.  The meeting discussed the “Stop the Bleed” presentation for all BV staff that was held last school year and Talcott thanked HS Principal Mark Schlekeway for making that available to staff and to the presenters for the information that they provided to train our staff in order to keep our students safe

            Board member Gregg Talcott also reported on the Buildings & Grounds Committee and stated that the enrollment trigger for the Brandon Valley High School has been hit and conversations have begun on future addition plans.

            Board member Ellie Saxer reported on behalf of the Student Activities, Curriculum & Technology Committee and offered her congratulations to the BVHS Football team on their return to the Dome for the football championship game.  Dr. Larson also stated that ticket sales to the championship game are open to the public.  Information is available on the BVHS website.  

            Motion by Saxer, seconded by Talcott to adjourn the meeting at 7:37 p.m.  Motion carried. 

Signed ___________________________________
                                  Business Manager

Approved by the Board of Education this 14th day of December, 2020. 

Signed___________________________________
                                  Chairperson
 

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October 26, 2020

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 26th of October, 2020 at the Brandon Valley High School Community Room with the following members present:  Renee Ullom, Gregg Ode, Ellie Saxer, Gregg Talcott, and Nick Scott.  Absent: none.  Also present were Superintendent Jarod Larson, Business Manager Paul Lundberg, Brandon Valley High School Principal Mark Schlekeway, Brandon Valley Assistant Principal Bill Freking, Brandon Valley Middle School Principal Brad Thorson, Brandon Valley Intermediate School Principal Nick Skibsted, Brandon Valley Intermediate Assistant Principal Rick Pearson, Special Services Director Kyle Babb, 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 Talcott, seconded by Saxer to approve the agenda as amended with Personnel Item #6 listed at an hourly rate of $14.00.  Motion carried. 

Administrative reports were presented.  Superintendent Jarod Larson outlined the Sparta Elementary School construction timeline:
Spring 2020:

°    Construction continues with exterior/interior walls, masonry and precast in progress

°    Collaborative BVSD/Sioux Falls Playground/Park Development/Expense Agreement ($336,823)

Summer 2020:  Naming Facilities Committee: Scheduling with a tentative recommendation in November

Fall 2020:  Elementary boundary line committee: Process completed

2020-21 School year:  Construction continues

Fall 2021:  School opens

Sparta Elementary School Staffing Timeline is as follows:  October – Internal general posting; January – Internal transfers processed; February – Approve new positions.

District 10 & 25 Legislative Breakfast:  Wednesday, December 9, 2020 @ 7:30 a.m. (tentative).

Fall state aid enrollment for the 2020-21 school year was reported as 4,681.8 students in Junior Kindergarten through 12th grade, which is an increase of 254 students from last year.  For your information, the three-year (2018-2020) Fall enrollment review is as follows:  2018 ~ 4,249.75; 2019 ~ 4,427.13; and 2020 ~ 4,681.80.

The State of the Schools Address for 2020 will be delivered in November with available data and information at that time.  There will be limited 2020 report card review due to the COVID-19 Pandemic with no state assessment administered in the Spring.  Brandon Valley was ranked the #1 SD School by Niche.

2021-22 Academic School Year Calendar Development:  Initial draft(s); Administrative Council, Teacher Liaison Council, and Classified Council review; Tentative Adoption timeline:  Monday, January 11, 2021 (Initial Presentation) and Monday, January 25, 2021 (Potential Approval Action).

Current School Calendar items include:  Wednesday, November 11, 2020-No School (Veteran’s Day); Wednesday – Friday, November 25-27, 2020-No School (Thanksgiving break); Wednesday, December 23, 2020-two-hour early Dismissal and December 24, 2020 – January 3, 2021-No School (Winter Break); Monday, January 4, 2021-school resumes.

Lastly, the South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSAA) return to play task force is currently working through the winter guidance for schools with a return to winter activities schedule.  We had relatively good success through the fall season and look forward to heading into the winter season with the same success. 

Brandon Valley Elementary School Boundary Committee Process:  Objectives:  Minimize student impact, proactively manage student growth, and establish boundaries aligned for future growth.  Committee Result:  Develop elementary boundaries for the 2020-21 school year and develop a preliminary boundary concept for BV VISION 2040.  This committee will consist of Superintendent Larson, any Administration that would like to attend, and two parent representatives from each current elementary school (as recommended by elementary building principals).

Elementary School Committee meeting schedule as follows:

-       09/21/2020                        Committee Meeting (completed)
  -      
10/05/2020                        Committee Meeting (completed)
  -      
10/06/2020                        FAE PTA Meeting (completed)
  -      
10/08/2020                        Board Transportation Committee (completed)
  -      
10/08/2020                        BVSD Family Update/Informational Video (completed)
  -      
10/12/2020                        Board of Education Report/Update (completed)
  -      
10/15/2020                        Informational Meeting for families @BVHS PAC @ 6 p.m. (completed)
  -      
10/26/2020                        Board of Education Report/Update (tonight’s meeting information)
  -      
11/09/2020                        (Potential) Board of Education Approval

As the committee navigates the elementary student enrollment impacted by boundary changes, they determined that all current 3rd grade students will be eligible to remain at their current attendance center.  Those students would be subject to the in-district open enrollment transportation policy and no transportation services will be provided.  Families will be required to submit a request to remain at their current attendance center.

Also, all other current elementary students may submit an in-district open enrollment application and those students would be subject to in-district open enrollment transportation policy and no transportation services will be provided.  They would also be subject to in-district open enrollment policies regarding classroom capacity.

   BVSD will strive to accommodate requests for any current 3rd grade students and their siblings that wish to remain at their current attendance center.  We will do our best to accommodate but cannot guarantee all requests.

The committee consensus questions (as listed below) were all asked and supported 11-0:
    -            
Can we agree that the 2021-22 Proposed Elementary Boundary Lines proactively manage student growth?
    -            
Can we agree that the 2021-22 Proposed Elementary Boundary Lines align to future growth of the District?
    -            
Can we agree that the strategies established to navigate enrollments impacted by the boundary change work to minimize student impact?
    -            
Can we agree the BV VISION 2040 Boundary Lines align to the future growth of the District?

Other items to note regarding the new elementary school is that the staffing process is currently in-progress with Tanya Palmer assigned as the new building principal and other positions have been posted internally.  We will offer a strong viable curriculum as an educational offering following our District reading protocol consistent at all elementary buildings within the Brandon Valley School District.  We also have confirmed intent to operate the Ignite Program (Boys & Girls Club) before/after school childcare program at the new elementary school. 

            To view the October 26, 2020 Brandon Valley Elementary School Boundary Line Report, including proposed District Elementary Boundaries and BV Vision 2040 District Elementary Boundaries, click on the following link:  https://jl163.k12.sd.us/BVSD.Board.Boundary.Update.10.26.20.pdf

             To view a BVSD family informational video update:  https://www.wevideo.com/view/1867920912

              Motion by Talcott, seconded by Ode to approve the following General Business items:

  1. Approve authorization to utilize Coronavirus Relief Funds for HVAC/Air Exchange Improvements at the Brandon Valley Middle School by G&R Controls through Omnia Partners Cooperative Pricing Program (Contract #R150505), in the amount of $501,816.00 as presented.
  2. Approve the Brandon Valley School District Petition for a Residency Exception effective with the 2020-21 school year (#21-002) as presented.

Motion carried.

           Motion by Saxer, seconded by Talcott to approve the following personnel items:
    1.    Approve resignation/retirement notification from Elaine A. Zell, BVMS Science teacher, effective at the end of the 2020-21 school year as presented.
    2.   
Approve recommendation to hire Larenzo Williams, BVHS Special Education Educational Assistant, full-time, $15.00/hour, effective November 2, 2020 as presented.

    3.   
Approve recommendation to hire Taylor Becker, Assistant 8th Grade Boys Basketball Coach, 6% Step Base of the extra-curricular step hiring schedule ~ $2,441.00, effective December 16, 2020 as presented.
    4.   
Approve resignation of Susan Cavanaugh, BE part-time Child Nutrition Worker, effective October 20, 2020.
    5.   
Approve request to increase two current part-time Child Nutrition positions from .5 FTE to 1.0 FTE, effective November 2, 2020 as presented.
    6.   
Approve recommendation to transfer Kimberly Ludens, FAE part-time Child Nutrition Worker to FAE full-time Child Nutrition Worker, effective November 2, 2020.
    7.   
Approve recommendation to transfer Kristi Harkin, BVHS part-time Child Nutrition Worker to BVHS full-time Child Nutrition Worker, effective November 2, 2020.
    8.   
Approve recommendation to hire Joel Erickson, Bus/Van Substitute Driver, paid according to the Transportation Schedule, effective October 27, 2020. 
    9.   
Approve the following substitute for the 2020-21 school year as presented:  Erin Johnson.
Motion carried.

            The following communications were presented from the Central Office and Board of Education
    1.   
Thank you from Cathie Herbers for the plant sent in memory of her father, Ron Roddel.           

            Board reports were heard.  Board member Gregg Talcott spoke on behalf of the Student Activities, Curriculum & Technology committee, congratulating the Girls’ Soccer Team on becoming state champions last weekend along with third place finishes to both Girls’ and Boys’ Cross Country teams, a fourth place finish for the Cheer Team and a second place finish for the Dance Team.  Congratulations to all coaches, athletes, parents, and BV supporters!   

             Talcott also reported on a recent Curriculum meeting including a review of the Special Education services being provided during the COVID-19 Pandemic.  They continue to do a phenomenal job for our students.  They also discussed the cycle of curriculum upgrades moving forward. Lastly, the on-line instruction team is doing amazing work in providing instruction for all that have chosen that avenue of instruction this semester.      

            Board member Ellie Saxer reported on the City Affairs & Legislation committee.  She reported that November 9th will be SD Legislative Day.  It will be held virtually this year with discussion focusing on COVID-19. Saxer will email board members for any input they would like to make, as she plans to attend the virtual session.  Saxer also congratulated our sports teams on their successes this fall as well as Oral Interpretation and the Brandon Valley Marching Lynx!  All their efforts have not gone unnoticed for all activities and she continues to be so proud of BV’s efforts in the classroom and for all activities. 

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

Signed ___________________________________
                                  Business Manager

Approved by the Board of Education this 9th day of November, 2020. 

Signed___________________________________
                                  Chairperson
 

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October 12, 2020

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 12th of October, 2020 at the Brandon Valley Performing Arts Center with the following members present:  Renee Ullom, Gregg Ode, Ellie Saxer, Gregg Talcott, and Nick Scott.  Absent: none.  Also present were Superintendent Jarod Larson, Brandon Valley High School Principal Mark Schlekeway, Brandon Valley Assistant Principal Bill Freking, Activities Director Randy Marso, Brandon Valley Middle School Principal Brad Thorson, Brandon Valley Assistant Middle School Principal Amanda Nelson, Brandon Valley Intermediate School Principal Nick Skibsted, Brandon Valley Intermediate Assistant Principal Rick Pearson, Robert Bennis Elementary Principal Kristin Hofkamp, Valley Springs Elementary School Principal Tanya Palmer 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 Scott, seconded by Ode to approve the agenda as presented.  Motion carried.

 

Motion by Saxer, seconded by Talcott to approve the meeting minutes from the regular meetings of September 14, 2020 and September 28, 2020 as presented.  Motion carried.

 

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

 

The cash report for the month of September 2020 showed receipts of $2,268,551.85 and disbursements of $5,444,692.41 leaving a balance of $19,788,508.73.  The General Fund had receipts of $1,954,653.99, with disbursements of $2,696,169.09, leaving a balance of $5,575,403.56.  Capital Outlay Fund had receipts of $32,361.37, with disbursements of $600,444.69, leaving a balance of $1,684,223.11.  Special Education Fund had receipts of $265,882.26, with disbursements of $545,059.77, leaving a balance of $658,556.73.  Bond Redemption Fund had receipts of $15,654.23, with disbursements of $0.00, leaving a balance of $34,094.89.  The Enterprise Fund had receipts of $0.00, with disbursements of $25,101.15, leaving a balance of $26,685.08.  The Capital Projects Fund had receipts of $0.00, with disbursements of $1,579,917.71, leaving a balance of $11,809,545.36. 

 

The September 2020 payroll totaled $2,069,769.56 of which $1,070,160.63 was instructional, $484,577.06 was support services, $45,045.90 was co-curricular, $347,686.59 was Special Education, $101,311.88 was Food Service, and $20,987.50 was Driver’s Education.

 

Motion by Ode, seconded by Saxer to approve the financial reports for the month of September. 2020 as presented.  Motion carried.

 

Administrative reports were presented.  Superintendent Jarod Larson outlined the Sparta Elementary School construction timeline:

Spring 2020:  Construction has begun with exterior/interior walls, masonry and precast is in progress

°    Exterior/interior walls, masonry and precast in progress

°    Collaborative BVSD/Sioux Falls Playground/Park Development/Expense Agreement ($336,823)

Summer 2020:  Naming Facilities Committee: Scheduling

Fall 2020:  Elementary boundary line committee: Process Completed

2020-21 School year:  Construction continues

Fall 2021:  School opens

Sparta Elementary School Staffing Timeline is as follows:  October – Internal General Posting; January – Internal Transfers; February – Approve New Positions.

District 10 & 25 Legislative Breakfast:  Wednesday, December 9, 2020 @ 7:30 a.m. (tentative).

2021-22 Academic School Year Calendar Development:  Initial draft(s); Administrative Council, Teacher Liaison Council, and Classified Council review; Tentative Adoption timeline:  Monday, January 11, 2021 (Initial Presentation) and Monday, January 25, 2021 (Potential Approval Action).

Current School Calendar items include:  Monday, October 12th-No School, In-Service Day; Wednesday, October 21st-End of 1st quarter; Wednesday, November 11, 2020-No School (Veteran’s Day); Wednesday – Friday, November 25-27, 2020-No School (Thanksgiving break); Wednesday, December 23, 2020-2 hour early Dismissal and December 24, 2020 – January 3, 2021-No School (Winter Break); Monday, January 4, 2021-school resumes. 

Brandon Valley Elementary School Boundary Committee Process:  Objectives:  Minimize student impact, proactively manage student growth, and establish boundaries aligned for future growth.  Committee Result:  Develop elementary boundaries for the 2020-21 school year and develop a preliminary boundary concept for BV VISION 2040.  This committee will consist of Superintendent Larson, any Administration that would like to attend, and two parent representatives from each current elementary school (as recommended by elementary building principals). 

Elementary School Committee meeting schedule as follows:

-       09/21/2020                        Committee Meeting

-       10/05/2020                        Committee Meeting

-       10/06/2020                        FAE PTA Meeting

-       10/08/2020                        Board Transportation Committee

-       10/12/2020                        Board of Education Report/Update

-       10/15/2020                        Informational Meeting for families

-       10/26/2020                        Board of Education Report/Update

-       11/09/2020                        (Potential) Board of Education Approval

As the committee navigates the elementary student enrollment impacted by boundary changes, they determined that all current 3rd grade students will be eligible to remain at their current attendance center.  Those students would be subject to the in-district open enrollment transportation policy and no transportation services will be provided.  Families will be required to submit a request to remain at their current attendance center.

Also, all other current elementary students may submit an in-district open enrollment application and those students would be subject to in-district open enrollment transportation policy and no transportation services will be provided.  They would also be subject to in-district open enrollment policies regarding classroom capacity.

BVSD will strive to accommodate requests for any current 3rd grade students and their siblings that wish to remain at their current attendance center.  We will do our best to accommodate but cannot guarantee all requests.

The committee consensus questions (as listed below) were all asked and supported 11-0:

-             Can we agree that the 2021-22 Proposed Elementary Boundary Lines proactively manage student growth?

-             Can we agree that the 2021-22 Proposed Elementary Boundary Lines align to future growth of the District?

-             Can we agree that the strategies established to navigate enrollments impacted by the boundary change work to minimize student impact?

-             Can we agree the BV VISION 2040 Boundary Lines align to the future growth of the District?

Other items to note regarding the new elementary school is that the staffing process is currently in-progress with Tanya Palmer assigned as the new building principal and other positions have been posted internally.  We will offer a strong viable curriculum as an educational offering following our District reading protocol consistent at all elementary buildings within the Brandon Valley School District.  We also have confirmed intent to operate the Ignite Program (Boys & Girls Club) before/after school childcare program at the new elementary school

To view a BVSD family informational video update:  https://www.wevideo.com/view/1867920912

 Superintendent Jarod Larson presented the Brandon Valley School District Pandemic Response Plan:  Student Close Contact Protocol. Three options were presented as follows:  Option #1 – Current Strategy, required 14-day close contact quarantine; Option #2 – Mask on Mask eliminates close contact quarantine, close contact may remain in school if all involved in the situation were wearing a mask.  Close contact is required to:  remain asymptomatic, wear a mask, screen daily and monitor for symptoms; Option #3 – Critical Infrastructure Model, close contact may remain in school regardless of masking within the situation.  Close contact required to:  remain asymptomatic, wear a mask, screen daily, monitor for symptoms.  BVSD is currently working under Option #1, requiring a 14-day close contact quarantine.  As always, the BVSD Pandemic Response Plan Strategies continue to help reduce the spread of the virus within school facilities and to maintain educational functions and district operations.

Board member Ellie Saxer stated that she favors Option #3 and asked if it could be amended to read masks matter for close contacts.  In the event the student was protected by a mask/barrier during close contact the student may continue to attend school and activities as a close contact required to:  remain asymptomatic, wear a mask, screen daily, and monitor for symptoms.

Board member Gregg Talcott is concerned by the number of COVID case increases going on currently.  He believes that it is possible to mandate mask use and he feels that if, as a School District and Board of Education, we believe that the best likelihood to slow the spread is that everyone, students and staff, wear a mask, then he supports mandatory masking. 

Board President Ullom stated that she favors Option #3, either the way presented or with the amendment requested by Mrs. Saxer.  She discussed that 75% of our patrons, when surveyed earlier, requested mask mandatory rules and Ullom still feels this is a viable structure.

After listening to board conversation, Talcott adjusted his position to agree with Option #3 as amended.  Superintendent Larson expressed that Option #3 as amended, provides balance for our staff and students and he feels this is a reasonable pivot plan.  Larson stated, as a point of reference, Option #3 does not adhere to CDC Guidelines and SD Department of Health Regulations. 

Board Member Gregg Ode asked who would be doing the screening and close contact monitoring of our COVID exposure.  Larson replied that specific protocols will be addressed as we determine how we move forward.  There was much conversation on the best way to move forward at this point, all pointing to Option 3+.

Motion by Saxer, seconded by Ode to approve the revised BVSD Pandemic Response Plan (3+) as follows:  Close contacts are required to quarantine for 14 days from the last exposure.  In the event the close contact was protected by a mask/barrier, the student may continue to attend school and related activities with the following criteria:  remain asympotomatic, screen daily for symptoms, including prescreening before school and monitoring throughout the day, and would be required to wear a mask.  On a roll call vote, voting aye:  Saxer, Ode, Talcott, Scott, and Ullom.  Voting nay:  none.  Motion carried.

             Motion by Talcott, seconded by Saxer to approve the following General Business item:

  1. Approve LifeScape Outpatient Financial Agreement for one student at the rate of $82.75 per 15 minutes and $76.00 per 15 minutes, for a total of $1,286.00 as presented.

Motion carried.

            Superintendent Larson presented the Critical Infrastructure Worker Designation Resolution, authorizing the designation of all Brandon Valley School District Staff as Critical Infrastructure workers.   Motion by Scott, seconded by Ode to approve the resolution declaring all Brandon Valley Staff members as critical infrastructure workers.  This Critical infrastructure model will allow critical infrastructure workers who have had a close contact exposure, but remain asymptomatic, to adhere to the following practices prior to and during their work shift:  Pre-screen, regular monitoring, wear a mask at all times while in the workplace during the 14-day period, social distance and disinfect and clean workspaces.   Motion carried.

            Motion by Talcott, seconded by Saxer to approve the following personnel items:
        1.    Approve recommendation to hire Brent Paulsen, Bus/Van Substitute Driver, paid according to the Transportation Schedule, effective October 13, 2020.
        2.   
Approve resignation of Christopher Southard, BVSD Assistant Mechanic, effective October 9, 2020.

        3.   
Approve recommendation to hire Ashley Matzke, long-term substitute teacher for Cassie Pearson, BE 2nd Grade Teacher, effective October 13, 2020 for approximately 6 weeks.
        4.   
Approve recommendation to hire Jerald Meyer, Bus/Van Substitute Driver, paid according to the Transportation Schedule, effective October 13, 2020.
        5.   
Approve recommendation to hire Amanda Larson, long-term nurse substitute for FAE (new temporary position), effective October 13, 2020.
        6.   
Approve the following substitutes for the 2020-21 school year:  Luke Chevalier, Jenna Erickson, Kali Lien, and Emily Long as presented.
Motion carried.

            The following personnel items were presented to the Board of Education as information only:

  1. Request for maternity leave by Kali Ulrich, BVHS English Teacher, on or around January 15, 2021 for approximately 9 weeks.

            The following communications were presented from the Central Office and Board of Education
        1.           
Building permits applications – September 2020.
        2.   
Thank you from Paul Lundberg and family for the plant sent in memory of Paul’s father-in-law, James Snyders.           

            Board reports were heard.  Vice President Gregg Ode reported on a recent Transportation meeting.  Compared to last year at this time, bus ridership is approximately 1,800 students, down from approximately 2,500 students in the last school year.  Ode made a plea for more bus drivers for anyone that is interested.  A positive to report for this school year is the “bus-stop” approach to pick-up and drop-off students is a great time saver for both length of routes and more timely bus routes.   This committee is also discussing the new school boundaries and how this will affect the transportation department moving into the next school year. 

Motion by Talcott, seconded by Scott to adjourn the meeting at 8:00 p.m.  Motion carried. 

Signed ___________________________________
                          Superintendent - Clerk Pro Tem

Approved by the Board of Education this 9th day of November, 2020. 

Signed___________________________________
                                  Chairperson
 

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September 28, 2020

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 28th of September, 2020 at the Brandon Valley High School Performing Arts Center with the following members present:  Renee Ullom, Gregg Ode, Ellie Saxer, Gregg Talcott, and Nick Scott.  Absent: none.  Also present were Superintendent Jarod Larson, Business Manager Paul J. Lundberg, Brandon Valley High School Principal Mark Schlekeway, Assistant High School Principal Bill Freking, Activities Director Randy Marso, Brandon Valley Middle School Principal Brad Thorson, Brandon Valley Intermediate School Principal Nick Skibsted, 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 Talcott to approve the agenda as amended.  Add General item #6, Approve school lunch adult meal price at $4.20/meal and school breakfast adult meal price at $2.40/meal, as required within our participation of the SFSP, effective October 1 – December 23, 2020.   Motion carried. 

Community Input this evening included presentations from two individuals that requested to speak at this evening’s Board of Education meeting.  First to speak was Justin Lovrien, Brandon Valley High School Science teacher.  Mr. Lovrien presented information regarding the consideration of pivoting into an A/B Hybrid Model for the Brandon Valley High School and the Brandon Valley Middle School.  He spoke as an instructor that not only has an underlying condition (Type 1 diabetes), but also spoke to the strain on teachers in the HS and MS setting where close contact guidelines are hard to maintain.  Lovrien explained that it is near impossible to stay 6 feet away for 15 minute increments while teaching in this setting.  He urged the board to pivot to the A/B Hybrid schedule while we navigate the continued efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19. 

Second to speak to the board at tonight’s meeting was Molly Joseph, Brandon Valley mom of three students; a Junior, a Freshman, and a 7th grader.  Joseph spoke to the board as one who opposes the school district’s A/B Hybrid Model for the Brandon Valley High School and Brandon Valley Middle School.  Joseph began her discussion with asking if the School Administration and Board of Education had already made the decision on which direction to go on this evaluation of A/B Hybrid Model versus Traditional school days?  School Board members were in agreement and explained to Mrs. Joseph that no decision had been made prior to this evening’s meeting.  Joseph went on to explain her support of remaining in the Traditional School day schedule because it is still in the best interest of our students.  She reiterated that Dr. Larson had explained to parents that the school district has a quarantine problem, but NOT a COVID problem.  That being said, Joseph thanked the teachers and administrators for their continued flexibility, care, and concern for what is best for everyone and requested that the Brandon Valley Board of Education maintain their stance and uphold the original decision to continue with the Traditional school day schedule, including the new survey results presented at this evening’s meeting. 

Administrative reports were presented.  Superintendent Jarod Larson outlined the Sparta Elementary School construction timeline:

Spring 2020:  Construction has begun with exterior/interior walls, masonry and precast is in progress

°    Exterior/interior walls, masonry and precast in progress

°    Collaborative BVSD/Sioux Falls Playground/Park Development/Expense Agreement ($336,823)

Summer 2020:  Naming Facilities Committee

Fall 2020:  Elementary boundary line committee meets

2020-21 School year:  Construction continues

Fall 2021:  School opens

Sparta Elementary School Staffing Timeline is as follows:  October – Internal General Posting; January – Internal Transfers; February – Approve New Positions.

Brandon Valley Elementary School Boundary Committee Process:  Objectives:  Minimize student impact, proactively manage student growth, and establish boundaries aligned for future growth.  Committee Result:  Develop elementary boundaries for the 2020-21 school year and develop a preliminary boundary concept for BV VISION 2040.  This committee will consist of Superintendent Larson, any Administration that would like to attend, and two parent representatives from each current elementary school (as recommended by elementary building principals).

Elementary School Committee meeting schedule as follows:

-       09/21/2020                        Committee Meeting

-       10/05/2020                        Committee Meeting

-       10/06/2020                        FAE PTA Meeting

-       10/08/2020                        Board Transportation Committee

-       10/12/2020                        Board of Education Report/Update

-       10/15/2020                        Informational Meeting for families

-       10/26/2020                        Board of Education Report/Update

-       11/09/2020                        (Potential) Board of Education Approval

Current School Calendar items include:  Monday, September 28th-BVIS/BVMS Parent Teacher Conferences (virtual); September 29th-Elementary/HS Parent Teacher Conferences (virtual); Friday, October 2nd-No School, Comp Day; Monday, October 12th-No School, In-Service Day; Wednesday, October 21st-End of 1st quarter. 

The A/B Hybrid Evaluation Report was presented by Superintendent Larson.  The A/B Hybrid Model Evaluation report does not involve the Elementary or Intermediate School Buildings as our Cohort Isolation Strategy is effective and working well in those school buildings.  The A/B Hybrid Model evaluation is to allow our school district to be proactive in our approach to evaluate a solution to close contact challenges, while continuing to adhere to close contact guidelines and recommendations.  We have allowed the opportunity to engage our stakeholders, BVEA Leadership, MS/HS Staff, Administrative Council, BVHS Student Council, MS Parents, and HS parents to gather feedback on this potential decision.  Survey results as follows:  BVHS Parent/Guardians (905 responses) ~ 56.42% Traditional and 43.58% A/B Hybrid; BVHS Staff (68 responses) ~ 31.34% Traditional and 68.66% A/B Hybrid; BVMS Parent Guardians (610 responses) ~ 53.86% Traditional and 46.14% A/B Hybrid; BVMS Staff (45 responses_ ~ 37.78% Traditional and 62.22 A/B Hybrid; BVHS Student Council voted 24-1 in favor of an A/B Schedule.   With new information received late in the day on Friday, September 25, 2020, Dr. Larson is recommending to pause for now and continue with the current plan and hold a special meeting, if necessary.   Larson thanked the parents and guardians of our District for the phenomenal response and active participation to the survey

Board member Ellie Saxer stated that she feels that the plan that has been adopted by our school district has been working and is very proud of BV School District as being number one because we set the pace and do not follow.  Saxer stated that she is in support of pausing at this point and continuing with our current plan.

Board member Gregg Talcott spoke to the issue of inequity for the students that are out of school due to the close contact rules.  With the various health authorities recommending masking, our responsibility still rests on us protecting our students and staff.  Talcott believes that if the time comes when the state shifts to changing the close contact quarantine guidelines, his recommendation would be to include plastic barriers and mandated masking.  With different guidance, Talcott feels mandatory masks will make a difference.  In addition, Talcott is very uncomfortable with BV Activity attendance due to the close contact of students and no mask mandate.   Talcott does agree that at this time, we place this decision on pause and continue with the current plan.

Board member Nick Scott stated that he would like to “mandate” that everybody votes on this issue to make sure that everyone’s voice is heard. 

President Renee Ullom also thanked the two community input participants this evening and also agreed that with the information that Dr. Larson received late in the day on Friday, September 25, 2020, it is in the District’s best interest to pause for now and continue with the current plan.

Superintendent Jarod Larson presented the Proposed Coronavirus Relief Funds budget as follows:

                        EC-6 Staff Laptops (Distance Learning Support )                       $194,000

                        Bandwidth/Connectivity Needs                                                 $350,000

                        HVAC/Air Exchange Improvements                                          $630,000

                        Summer Planning (Admin 5 Days pay)                                     $  25,000

                        Pre-School Year COVID Training/OT                                         $    7,000

                        Healthcare/Law Enforcement Staff (Sept-Dec 2020)                $125,000

                        All-Staff COVID Stipend                                                            $475,000

                        Certified Staff Flexible Curriculum Development (2 Day)          $200,000

                        Edginuity                                                                                  $  27,000

                        Distance Learning Teacher (.25) (Sept-Dec 2020)                    $  22,000

                        COVID EA (Sept-Dec 2020)                                                      $  70,000

                        Safety Supplies (March 14-December 2020)                             $175,000

                                                            TOTAL                                            $2,300,000

Motion by Saxer, seconded by Talcott to approve the Proposed Coronavirus Relief Funds budget as presented.  Motion carried.

              Motion by Ode, seconded by Talcott to approve the following General Business items:

  1. Approve change order #2 for BV Sparta Elementary School for the additional amount of $36,039.00 to include cement stabilization at the east half of the main parking lot, as presented.
  2. Approve acknowledgement by and between the Brandon Valley School District and Junior Achievement of South Dakota for Parental Notification and Consent under the Children’s on-line Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) on behalf of Junior Achievement.
  3. Approve service agreement by and between Universal Pediatrics and the Brandon Valley School District for nursing services for one student, at a rate of $50/hour, effective for the 2020-21 school year as presented.
  4. Approve school lunch adult meal price at $4.20/meal and school breakfast adult meal price at $2.40/meal, as required within our participation of the SFSP, effective October 1 – December 23, 2020.

Motion carried.

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

1.    Approve retirement notification from Todd Geerdes, MS Computer Teacher and Head Boys and Girls Golf Coach, effective at the end of the 2020-21 school year.

2.    Approve recommendation to hire Amanda Crawford, BE Special Education Educational Assistant, full-time, $15.00/hour, effective September 24, 2020.

3.    Approve resignation from Sara Tiffany, BVHS Special Education Educational Assistant, effective October 30, 2020.

4.    Approve lane change for the following staff:  Kim Skibsted, MA to MA+15.

5.    Request approval for temporary (1 year) long-term substitute school nurse at FAE for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year to begin October 13, 2020.

6.    Approve recommendation to hire Danielle Rick, BVIS part-time Child Nutrition worker, $13.95/hour, 18.75 hours/week, effective September 29, 2020.

7.    Approve the following substitutes for the 2020-21 school year:  Edann Cloos, Susan Dykes, Katherine Klingensmith, and Kasara Pollema.

Motion carried.

            The following personnel items were presented to the Board of Education as information only:

  1. BVSD substitute Andia Blake as a long-term substitute for Deb Jones, FAE 3rd Grade Teacher to start approximately September 18, 2020 with an undetermined end date at this time.

            The following communications was presented from the Central Office and Board of Education:

1.            Thank you from Bernie Citta for the plant sent in memory of his wife, Judy.                  

Motion by Talcott, seconded by Saxer to adjourn the meeting at 7:25 p.m.  Motion carried. 

Signed ___________________________________
                              Business Manager

Approved by the Board of Education this 12th day of October, 2020. 

Signed___________________________________
                                Chairperson
 

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September 14, 2020

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 14th of September, 2020 at the Brandon Valley High School Community Room with the following members present:  Renee Ullom, Gregg Ode, Ellie Saxer, Gregg Talcott, and Nick Scott.  Absent: none.  Also present were Superintendent Jarod Larson, Business Manager Paul J. Lundberg, Brandon Valley Middle School Principal Brad Thorson, Brandon Valley Middle School Assistant Principal Amanda Nelson, Brandon Valley Intermediate School Principal Nick Skibsted, Brandon Valley Intermediate School Assistant Principal Rick Pearson, Valley Springs Elementary Principal Tanya Palmer, 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 Saxer, seconded by Talcott to approve the agenda as presented.  Motion carried.

 

Motion by Ode, seconded by Scott to approve the meeting minutes from the regular meetings of August 10, 2020 and August 24, 2020 as presented.  Motion carried.

 

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

 

The cash report for the month of August 2020 showed receipts of $2,898,527.95 and disbursements of $4,787,641.11 leaving a balance of $22,964,649.29.  The General Fund had receipts of $2,266,783.07, with disbursements of $2,964,231.40, leaving a balance of $6,316,918.66.  Capital Outlay Fund had receipts of $345,700.92, with disbursements of $369,107.94, leaving a balance of $2,252,306.43.  Special Education Fund had receipts of $267,603.30, with disbursements of $396,936.15, leaving a balance of $937,734.24.  Bond Redemption Fund had receipts of $18,440.66, with disbursements of $0.00, leaving a balance of $18,440.66.  The Enterprise Fund had receipts of $0.00, with disbursements of $7,516.31, leaving a balance of $49,786.23.  The Capital Projects Fund had receipts of $0.00, with disbursements of $1,022,849.31, leaving a balance of $13,389,463.07. 

 

The August 2020 payroll totaled $1,626,729.22 of which $937,868.03 was instructional, $418,750.93 was support services, $30,979.32 was co-curricular, $205,446.18 was Special Education, $27,109.76 was Food Service, and $6,575.00 was Driver’s Education.

 

Motion by Saxer, seconded by Ode to approve the financial reports for the month of July 2020 as presented.  Motion carried.

 

Administrative reports were presented.  Superintendent Jarod Larson outlined the Sparta Elementary School construction timeline:
Spring 2020:
  Construction has begun

°    Exterior/Interior Walls, Masonry, and precast in progress

°    Collaborative BVSD/Sioux Falls Playground/Park Development/Expense Agreement ($336,823)

Summer 2020:  Naming Facilities Committee

Fall 2020:  Elementary boundary line committee meets

2020-21 School year:  Construction continues

Fall 2021:  School opens

Sparta Elementary School Staffing Timeline is as follows:  October – Internal General Posting; January – Internal Transfers; February – Approve New Positions.

Brandon Valley Elementary School Boundary Committee Process:  Objectives:  Minimize student impact, proactively manage student growth, and establish boundaries aligned for future growth.  Committee Result:  Develop elementary boundaries for the 2020-21 school year and develop a preliminary boundary concept for BV VISION 2040.  This committee will consist of Superintendent Larson, any Administration that would like to attend, and two parent representatives from each current elementary school (as recommended by elementary building principals).

Elementary School Committee meeting schedule as follows:

-       09/21/2020                        Committee Meeting

-       10/05/2020                        Committee Meeting

-       10/06/2020                        FAE PTA Meeting

-       10/08/2020                        Board Transportation Committee

-       10/12/2020                        Board of Education Report/Update

-       10/15/2020                        Informational Meeting for families

-       10/26/2020                        Board of Education Report/Update

-       11/09/2020                        (Potential) Board of Education Approval 

Current 2020-21 Enrollment:  4,644 Students in Junior K through 12th grade; 4,678 including Early Childhood which currently is an increase of approximately 217 students.  The breakdown of those students are as follows:  Elementary-1,881; Intermediate-706; Middle School-712; and High School-1,345 (including 21 TeachWell students).

For the latest on COVID-19 and updates related to the school district, please visit our centralized communications hub at https://brandonvalley.k12.sd.us/covid/covid.html

OVERALL – we are running as well as could be expected!  The challenges continue to be close contacts (especially at the High/Middle School levels) as well as staffing shortages.  The positive impacts include our back to school strategies, our laser focus on Curriculum Alignment (scope and sequence), and the increased/improved instructional technology/technology skills.  Our continued message remains: If you do not feel well – STAY HOME!

Just announced is continued Coronavirus Relief funding.  Governor Noem will provide $75M to South Dakota Schools and the Brandon Valley School District estimated allocation is $2.3M.  Funds must be expended by December 30, 2020 and additional information will be shared in the future.

School Calendar items for the upcoming 2020-21 start include:  Monday, September 28th-BVIS/BVMS Parent Teacher Conferences (virtual); September 29th-Elementary/HS Parent Teacher Conferences (virtual); Friday, October 2nd-No School, Comp Day; Monday, October 12th-No School, In-Service Day. 

             Motion by Talcott, seconded by Scott to approve the following General Business:

  1. Approve two agreements by and between the Brandon Valley School District and Teachwell Prosper School for services for two students, $5,000/month/student, effective August 19, 2020 through November 19, 2020 as presented.
  2. Approve request to purchase one Passenger Vehicle – 2021 Ram ProMaster Cargo Van from Sourcewell Contract #120716-NAF for the BVSD Transportation Department, $37,294.26, as presented.
  3. Approve agreement by and between the State of South Dakota Department of Human Services/Division of Rehabilitation Services/Division of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Brandon Valley School District for Project Skills services, effective October 1,2020 to September 30, 2023.
  4. Approve recommendation to NOT participate in the proposed payroll tax deferral program.

Motion carried.

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

1.    Approve recommendation to hire Robert Arp, Bus/Van Substitute Driver, paid according to the Transportation Schedule, effective September 15, 2020.

2.    Approve resignation of Jasmine Steemken, BE Special Education Educational Assistant, effective September 11, 2020.

3.    Approve resignation from Lori Daniels, part-time BVIS Child Nutrition Services worker, effective September 2, 2020.

4.    Approve lane changes for the following staff:

  Aaron Carroll                BA to BA+15
    Emily Carroll                 BA to BA+15
    Jamee Childress            BA to BA+15
    Paula Hagen                 MA to MA+15
    Denae Haiar                 BA to BA+15
    Kelsey Hoff                   MA to MA+15
    Alyssa Johnson            MA to MA+15
    Angie Olson                  BA to BA+15
    Brady Olson                 MA to MA+15
    Kristina Pappas             MA+15 to MA+30
    Michael Putnam           MA+15 to MA+30
    Jennifer Simmons         BA+15 to MA
    Sara Weber                  MA to MA+15
    Adam Zabih                  MA+15 to MA+30                   

5.    Approve the following substitutes for the 2020-21 school year:  Syndie Buchheim, Wilma Drenth, Ashley Matzke, Tara Simonson, Sherry Swift, and Larenzo Williams, as presented.

Motion carried.

         The following personnel items were presented to the Board of Education as information only:

  1. BVSD substitute Kelly Kotalik as long-term substitute for Valerie Grieve, English Language Learner Educational Assistant, to start on or around September 30, 2020 for eight weeks.
  2. Request for maternity leave by Megan Bertsch, VSE Second Grad Teacher, on or around February 8, 2021, for 12 weeks.

        The following communications was presented from the Central Office and Board of Education
    1.           
Building permits applications – August 2020.
    2.           
Thank you from Traci Rohmiller for staff luncheon and safety precautions throughout the district.
    3.           
Thank you from Sandy Cummings for plant sent in memory of her father, Ron Rebnord.           

            Board reports were heard.  Teachwell will hold their next board meeting on Tuesday, September 15, 2020.  At this meeting, the board will learn who the new member will be from the West Central School District. 

Motion by Ode, seconded by Scott to adjourn the meeting at 7:16 p.m.  Motion carried. 

Signed ___________________________________
                                Business Manager 

Approved by the Board of Education this 12th day of October, 2020. 

Signed___________________________________
                                Chairperson
 

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August 24, 2020

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 24th of August, 2020 at the Brandon Valley High School Community Room with the following members present:  Renee Ullom, Gregg Ode, Ellie Saxer, Gregg Talcott, and Nick Scott.  Absent: none.  Also present were Superintendent Jarod Larson, Business Manager Paul J. Lundberg, Brandon Valley High School Principal Mark Schlekeway, Brandon Valley Middle School Principal Brad Thorson, Brandon Valley Intermediate School Principal Nick Skibsted, Brandon Valley Intermediate School Assistant Principal Rick Pearson, 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 Talcott, seconded by Saxer to approve the agenda as amended.  Personnel item #4, approve the hiring of Stephanie Reid, BVHS part-time Child Nutrition Services, was removed.  Motion carried. 

Administrative reports were presented.  Superintendent Jarod Larson outlined the Sparta Elementary School construction timeline:

Spring 2020:  Construction has begun with exterior/interior walls, masonry and precast is in progress

°    Exterior/interior walls, masonry in progress

°    Collaborative BVSD/Sioux Falls Playground/Park Development/Expense Agreement ($336,823)

Summer 2020:  Naming Facilities Committee

Fall 2020:  Elementary boundary line committee meets

2020-21 School year:  Construction continues

Fall 2021:  School opens

2020-21 Current Enrollment:  4,644 Students in Junior K through 12th grade; 4,678 including Early Childhood which currently is an increase of approximately 217 students.  The breakdown of those students are as follows:  Elementary-1,881; Intermediate-706; Middle School-712; and High School-1,345 (including 21 TeachWell students).

For the latest on COVID-19 and updates related to the school district, please visit our centralized communications hub at https://brandonvalley.k12.sd.us/covid/covid.html

Larson also provided some early lessons learned at the beginning of this school year.  Lesson #1:  We ask that you DO NOT send your child to school if they are not feeling well or are demonstrating any signs of illness.  Any student exhibiting signs of illness are put into our extensive protocol and sent home, not to return without a doctor’s note.  Lesson #2:  Any child with a chronic condition is asked to provide a doctor’s note listing the chronic condition/chronic symptoms.  This helps with nurse evaluations in light of COVID-19 symptoms.

School Calendar upcoming dates:  Monday, September 7th-No School, Labor Day Holiday; Monday, September 28th-BVIS/BVMS Parent Teacher Conferences (virtual); September 29th-Elementary/HS Parent Teacher Conferences (virtual); Friday, October 2nd-No School, Comp Day; Monday, October 12th-No School, In-Service Day. 

             Motion by Ode, seconded by Talcott to approve the following General Business items:

  1. Approve change order #1 for BV Sparta Elementary School for the additional amount of $8,990.00 to include minor structural modifications to Area C Storm shelters, provide tapered roof insulation over Media Center, and primary chilled water pump modifications due to value engineering changes.
  2. Approve request to purchase three (3) passenger vehicles from Lamb Chevrolet/Motors via the 2020 State of South Dakota Vehicle Specification for 2020 or newer vehicles:  One 2021 Chevrolet Suburban ($41,166.00) and two 2021 Ford F250 Pickup Trucks ($29,135.00/each), for a total cost of $99,436.00 as presented.
  3. Approve contract by and between the Brandon Valley School District and Behavior Care Specialists for therapy services for one student at a rate of $67.96/hour for up to three hours/day, effective September 1-9, 2020, as presented.
  4. Approve utility easement with Midcontinent Communications, as presented.

Motion carried.

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

1.    Approve recommendation to hire D’Lisa McKenzie, BVHS Educational Assistant (Study Hall) full-time, $15.00/hour, effective August 24 ,2020, for the 2020-21 school year only.
  2.    Approve recommendation to hire Kirk Strand, Substitute Bus/Van Driver, based on the 2020-21 Transportation Schedule, effective August 25, 2020.
  3.    Approve recommendation to hire Marlana Frazier, BVIS Night Custodian, full-time, $15.55/hour, plus $1.00/hour night differential pay, effective September 8, 2020.
  4.   
Approve recommendation to hire Coreen Wieber, BVIS part-time Child Nutrition Worker, $13.95/hour, 18.75 hours/week, effective August 26, 2020.
  5.   
Approve the following substitutes for the 2020-21 school year:  Kelly Kotalik and Ann Sittig.
Motion carried.

             The following personnel items were presented to the Board of Education as information only:

  1. Change start date for Kathleen Michel, BVIS Night Custodian, from August 17, 2020 to September 8, 2020.
  2. Transfer Juanita Madetzke, Special Education Educational Assistant, from VSE to BVIS effective with the 2020-21 school year.

            The following communications was presented from the Central Office and Board of Education:

1.            Thank you from Lanette Thompson for the BVSD Pandemic Plan.           

            Board reports were heard.  Board President Renee Ullom reported on the Alternative Education Committee and specifically on the new TeachWell building and the new programs that have begun with this school year.  She is excited for the start of the new year for all involved. 

Motion by Talcott, seconded by Saxer to adjourn the meeting at 6:40 p.m.  Motion carried. 

Signed ___________________________________
                                Business Manager 

Approved by the Board of Education this 14th day of September, 2020. 

Signed___________________________________
                                Chairperson
 

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August 10, 2020

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 10th of August, 2020 at the Brandon Valley High School Community Room with the following members present:  Renee Ullom, Gregg Ode, Ellie Saxer, Gregg Talcott, and Nick Scott.  Absent: none.  Also present were Superintendent Jarod Larson, Business Manager Paul J. Lundberg, Brandon Valley Middle School Principal Brad Thorson, Brandon Valley Intermediate School Principal Nick Skibsted, Brandon Valley Intermediate School Assistant Principal Rick Pearson, 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 Talcott, seconded by Saxer to approve the agenda as presented.  Motion carried.

President Renee Ullom, along with Superintendent Larson presented the following conflict of Interest Disclosure – Waiver Requests for review at tonight’s meeting: 

Superintendent Jarod Larson advised the board of his wife, Amanda Larson, providing substitute nursing services in the District as well as providing volunteer nursing services in the 2020-21 school year.  The volunteer nursing services will be provided for no pay and the substitute nursing services will be for the standard district substitute pay.  

President Renee Ullom, along with Superintendent Larson presented the following Conflict of Interest Disclosure – Waiver Request for review at tonight’s meeting:  Board Member Gregg Talcott advised the board of his former role with the Brandon Valley School District as a former employee who is now receiving compensation from the Brandon Valley School District from year two of the early retirement benefit and from the South Dakota Retirement System upon his retirement. 

Motion by Ode, seconded by Scott to approve and authorize these two requests for school board waivers as presented by Dr. Larson and Dr. Talcott because of the terms of the contract as fair and reasonable and not contrary to the public interest. On a roll call vote, voting aye:  Ode, Scott, Saxer, and Ullom; abstain: Talcott.  Motion carried.

 

Motion by Saxer, seconded by Talcott to approve the meeting minutes from the annual meeting of July 13, 2020 as presented.  Motion carried.

 

Community Input this evening included presentations from two individuals that requested to speak at this evening’s Board of Education meeting.  First to speak was Dr. Benjamin Aaker, President of the South Dakota Medical Association.  Dr. Aaker presented information regarding the importance of mandatory mask usage.  Aaker feels there is only two avenues to travel on this issue, either mandated masks or not.  Dr. Aaker respectively requested that the District pass a mandatory mask mandate for all students and staff of Brandon Valley at the start of the 2020-21 school year.

 

Second to speak to the board at tonight’s meeting was Joan Christopherson, a local OSHA Certified Human Resources Manager and Brandon Valley mom of two BV graduates and one current BVHS student.  Christopherson spoke to the board as one who opposes the mandatory mask mandate stating that using even the most effective mask (the N95), it needs to be properly fitted and worn to be effective.  Lastly, Christopherson requested that the Brandon Valley Board of Education maintain their stance and uphold the original decision to recommend, but not mandate mask usage, based on previous survey results, our demographics, as well as taking into consideration the mental and emotional well-being of our students.

 

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

 

The cash report for the month of July 2020 showed receipts of $4,308,959.17 and disbursements of $7,823,364.79 leaving a balance of $24,853,762.45.  The General Fund had receipts of $2,193,947.22, sent a temporary interfund transfer of $484,626.73 to the Bond Fund, with disbursements of $2,687,837.30, leaving a balance of $7,014,366.99.  Capital Outlay Fund had receipts of $48,712.08, with disbursements of $918,666.86, leaving a balance of $2,302,713.45.  Special Education Fund had receipts of $351,619.96, with disbursements of $392,976.53, leaving a balance of $1,067,067.09.  Bond Redemption Fund had receipts of $24,425.91, received a temporary interfund transfer of $484,626.73 from the General Fund, with disbursements of $1,314,750.00, leaving a balance of $0.00.  The Enterprise Fund had receipts of $254.00, with disbursements of $500.00, leaving a balance of $57,302.54.  The Capital Projects Fund had receipts of $1,690,000.00, with disbursements of $2,508,634.10, leaving a balance of $14,412.312.38. 

 

The July 2020 payroll totaled $1,563,297.32 of which $938,138.03 was instructional, $360,195.55 was support services, $30,979.32 was co-curricular, $203,818.42 was Special Education, $30,166.00 was Food Service, and $0.00 was Driver’s Education.

 

 

Motion by Saxer, seconded by Scott to approve the financial reports for the month of July 2020 as presented.  Motion carried.

 

Administrative reports were presented.  Superintendent Jarod Larson outlined the Sparta Elementary School construction timeline:

Spring 2020:  Construction has begun, on schedule and on budget thus far.

°    Footing work, foundation walls, and masonry in progress

°    Collaborative BVSD/Sioux Falls Playground/Park Development/Expense Agreement in progress

Summer 2020:  Naming Facilities Committee

Fall 2020:  Elementary boundary line committee meets

2020-21 School year:  Construction continues

Fall 2021:  School opens

BVHS Activity Attendance Regulation:  There will be four tickets available per participant/per activity, along with BVHS Students and BVHS Staff authorized to attend.  We are still in the process of finalizing an attendance policy for the BVMS activities.

The Associated School Boards of South Dakota (ASBSD)/School Administrators of South Dakota (SASD) held a joint “virtual” conference on Thursday, August 6th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. featuring Devin Hughes, Orange Frog.

The 2020-21 school year school bus ridership sits at 1,500 (approximately 800 fewer than the 2019-20 school year).  We strongly encourage parents/guardians to use alternative methods of transportation to keep ridership down this year for social distancing purposes.  All families that will utilize Transportation Services must contact the Transportation Department.   Previously communicated changes for the 2020-21 school year include 1) no in-district elementary open enrollment transportation eligibility, and 2) centralized/established pick-up and drop off locations.

For the latest on COVID-19 and updates related to the school district, please visit our centralized communications hub at https://brandonvalley.k12.sd.us/covid/covid.html

School Calendar items for the upcoming 2020-21 start include:  August 12th – New Staff In-service; August 13th – In-service/workshop day; August 17th – In-service/workshop day; August 18th – In-service/workshop day including a virtual all-staff welcome back and gourmet box lunch created by our Child Nutrition Department; August 19th – first day of school.

Board Policy EEAA – District Transportation was presented for a second reading at tonight’s meeting.  Motion by Talcott, seconded by Ode, to approve Board Policy EEAA – District Transportation as presented.  Motion carried.

 The BVSD Return to Learning Plan was reviewed as tonight’s meeting.  Superintendent Larson stated that 339 students are enrolled in the Distance Learning Plan with 4,291 students choosing the Traditional Learning Plan for the upcoming first semester.  Thank you to all the families that met the deadline to choose Distance Learning or Traditional Learning.  Numbers will change as we welcome new enrolled students for the school year.    Lastly, Larson presented the “spectrum” of the school masking and strategy spectrum as follows:  Optional, Recommended, Strongly Recommended, Expected, and Mandatory.  The current strategy chosen by the BV School District is “Strongly Recommended”.

             Motion by Saxer, seconded by Talcott to approve the following General Business:

  1. Approve contract by and between the Brandon Valley School District #49-2 and McCrossan Boys Ranch for services for one student in the amount of $75.39/day, effective July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021, as presented.
  2. Approve Associated School Boards of South Dakota (ASBSD) Emergency School Bus Mutual Assistance Pact between school districts, as presented.
  3. Approve additional 2020-21 CARE’s Act Budget Expenditures of $130,000 for Student/Staff Safety Materials, and $30,000 for Education Assistant Support.
  4. Approve emergency procurement (5-18A-9) of student and staff safety barriers for $130,000 from RAC Industries.

Motion carried.

           Motion by Ode, seconded by Scott to approve the following personnel items:

1.    Approve recommendation to hire Jessica Swanson BVHS Special Education Educational Assistant, full-time, $15.00/hour, effective August 19 ,2020.

2.    Approve resignation of Paul Swanson, BVIS Evening Custodian, effective July 14, 2020.

3.    Approve recommendation to hire Thomas Sundling, BVHS Educational Assistant/Academic and Student Health Services, full-time, $15.00/hour, effective August 19, 2020, for the 2020-21 school year only.

4.    Approve recommendation to hire Sandra McIlravy, BVIS Educational Assistant/Academic and Student Health Services, full-time, $15.00/hour, effective August 19, 2020, for the 2020-21 school year only.

 5.    Approve recommendation to hire Mari Bass, FAE Educational Assistant/Academic and Student Health Services, full-time, $15.00/hour, effective August 19, 2020, for the 2020-21 school year only.

6.    Approve recommendation to hire Lisa Ducheneaux, BVMS Educational Assistant/Academic and Student Health Services, full-time, $15.00/hour, effective August 19, 2020, for the 2020-21 school year only.

7.    Approve recommendation to hire Jody Lambert, BE Educational Assistant/Academic and Student Health Services, full-time, $15.00/hour, effective August 19, 2020, for the 2020-21 school year only.

8.    Approve recommendation to hire Elise Oren, RBE Educational Assistant/Academic and Student Health Services, full-time, $15.00/hour, effective August 19, 2020, for the 2020-21 school year only.

9.    Approve recommendation to hire Laura Nussbaum, BVHS part-time Child Nutrition Worker, $13.95/hour, effective August 19, 2020.

10.  Approve recommendation to hire Laryssa Osheim, RBE 1st Grade Teacher, BA-Step 5 ~ $48,349.00, effective with the 2020-21 school year.

11.  Approve resignation from Renae Peyton, BE School Nurse, effective August 13, 2020.

12.  Approve resignation from Bradyn Medrano, BVMS Special Education Educational Assistant, effective July 30, 2020,

13.  Approve request of two additional part-time Child Nutrition Services workers (BVIS and BVMS), effective for the 2020-21 school year.

14.  Approve resignation from Kelsey Christensen, BE Special Education Educational Assistant, effective August 1, 2020.

15.  Approve request of one additional BVHS Educational Assistant/Academic and Student Health Services, full-time effective for the 220-21 school year only.

16.  Approve resignation from Kelli DeBoer, BVHS part-time Child Nutrition Worker, effective August 4, 2020.

17.  Approve recommendation to hire Jasmine Steemken, BE Special Education Educational Assistant, full-time, $15.00/hour, effective August 19, 2020.

18.  Approve recommendation to hire Tanner Zittlau, BVMS Special Education Educational Assistant, full-time, $15.00/hour, effective August 19, 2020.

19.  Approve recommendation to hire Kathleen Michel, BVIS Custodian, full-time, $15.55/hour, plus $1.00/hour night differential pay, effective August 17, 2020.

20.  Approve recommendation to hire Ashley Haflett, Assistant Boys Soccer Coach, Step 5 of the Extra-curricular hiring schedule ~ $3,594.00, effective for the 2020-21 school year.

21.  Approve recommendation to hire Lori Buthe, BVMS part-time Child Nutrition Worker, $13.95/hour, effective August 19, 2020.

22.  Approve recommendation to hire Chelsea Cottrill, Bus/Van Driver, based on the 2020-21 Transportation Schedule, effective August 19, 2020.

23.  Approve recommendation to hire M. Elizabeth (Libby) Burns, Brandon Valley School District Nurse, Nurse Hiring Schedule, Step Base ~ $37,710.00, effective August 17, 2020.

24.  Approve Volunteer/Substitute School Nurse, Amanda Larson, for the 2020-21 school year as presented.

25.  Approve the following substitutes for the 2020-21 school year:  Debra Arrowsmith, Stephen Davis, and Melanie Morford.

Motion carried.

            The following personnel items were presented to the Board of Education as information only:

  1. Request for maternity leave by Valerie Grieve, BVHS/MS Special Education English Language Learner Educational Assistant, on or around September 30, 2020 for approximately 8 weeks.
  2. Transfer the following teachers within the Brandon Valley School District, effective the 2020-21 school year: 

                   Lexi Lewis from BE Kindergarten to Distance Learning JK/K Teacher

                   Megan Dieren from JK-6 Distance Learning Teacher to Distance Learning 1st Grade Teacher

                   Kyla Kroger from FAE 2nd Grade Teacher to Distance Learning 2nd Grade Teacher

                   Cassie Kocer from VSE 3rd Grade Teacher to Distance Learning 3rd Grade Teacher

                   Katee Lane from BE 4th Grade Teacher to Distance Learning 4th Grade Teacher

                   Jena Storm from RBE 4th Grade Teacher to RBE 1st Grade Teacher

                   Morgan Bobzien from RBE/VSE Computer Teacher to FAE 2nd Grade Teacher

                   Ben Schultz from BE 3rd Grade Teacher BE 4th Grade Teacher

                   Matt Gappa from BE Computer Teacher to BE 3rd Grade Teacher

                   Lindsey Abens from HS/IS/VSE Computer Teacher to VSE 3rd Grade Teacher

                   Mary Gile from FAE Computer to HS/BVIS/VSE Computer Teacher

                   Laryssa Osheim from RBE 1st Grade Teacher to BE Kindergarten Teacher

       The following communications was presented from the Central Office and Board of Education:

1.            Thank you from Wanda Logan for the wonderful experience she had working for BVSD for so many years.

         Board reports were heard.  Board Member Ellie Saxer reported on City Affairs & Legislation Committee.  Saxer recently attended an Executive Delegation meeting in Pierre and discussion centered on COVID-19 and the back to school strategies as they pertained to different Districts around the state.  Saxer had a sense of pride on BV’s plan and talked to many that were impressed by our plan and shared that others wanted to mimic our plan.  She noted, that as different delegates asked the many questions that are yet to be answered, Saxer was proud of the support and thoughtfulness in what BV is doing and how we are prepared to move forward and “pivot” when and where necessary as we move forward into the 2020-21 school year.  She thanks the School Board and the community for that support.

Motion by Saxer, seconded by Talcott to adjourn the meeting at 7:39 p.m.  Motion carried.

Signed ___________________________________
                                Business Manager 

Approved by the Board of Education this 14th day of September, 2020. 

Signed___________________________________
                                Chairperson
 

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July 13, 2020

The annual organizational meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 13th of July, 2020 at the Brandon Valley High School Community Room with the following members present:  Renee Ullom, Gregg Ode, Ellie Saxer, Gregg Talcott, and Nick Scott.  Absent:  None.  Also present were Superintendent Jarod Larson, Business Manager Paul J. Lundberg, High School Principal Mark Schlekeway, and Middle School Principal Brad Thorson. 

Renee Ullom called the Annual Budget Hearing to order and welcomed everyone to the Annual Budget Hearing that preceded the Board of Education annual meeting at 6:00 p.m., presented by Business Manager Paul Lundberg.  No one from the public spoke for or against the proposed budget.   

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

Ellie Saxer was sworn in and took the Oath of Office for a 3-year term on the Board of Education for the Brandon Valley School District 49-2.  Nick Scott was sworn in and took the Oath of Office for the remaining 1-year term (vacated spot) on the Board of Education for the Brandon Valley School District #49-2. 

Superintendent Jarod Larson presided over the meeting for the election of Board Chairperson. 

Ellie Saxer nominated Renee Ullom as Board Chairperson for the 2020-21 Board of Education. Motion by Talcott, seconded by Saxer to nominate Renee Ullom as Chairperson of the Board of Education for the 2020-21 school year and that nominations cease and the Board cast a unanimous ballot for Renee Ullom as Chairperson of the Brandon Valley Board of Education for the 2020-21 school year. Motion carried. 

Renee Ullom presided over the meeting as the newly elected chairperson.
 

Ellie Saxer nominated Gregg Ode as Vice Chairperson for the 2020-21 Board of Education.  Motion by Talcott, seconded by Saxer to nominate Gregg Ode as Vice Chairperson of the Board of Education for the 2020-21 school year and that nominations cease and the Board cast a unanimous ballot for Gregg Ode as Vice Chairperson of the Brandon Valley Board of Education for the 2020-21 school year. Motion carried. 

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

Motion by Talcott, seconded by Saxer to adopt the following regular procedures for 2020-21 Board of Education meetings:
1.   
Meeting dates and times:  6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday of each month except July and December where there is only one meeting held on the second Monday of the month.
2.   
Meeting place:  All meetings to be held at the Brandon Valley High School Community Room.
3.   
Order of roll call:  Motion, second and alternating.
4.   
Name of Official Newspaper: Brandon Valley Journal – Brandon Valley Media Group, LLC
5.   
Name of Official Depositories: First National Bank
6.   
Designate Truancy Officer:  Brandon Valley School District Resource Officer
7.   
Designate Legal Counsel:  Rodney Freeman of Churchill, Manolis, Freeman, & Kludt
8.   
Board Committee appointments:

A)              Alternative Education:

              Chairperson – Renee Ullom

              Alternate – Nick Scott

B)              Buildings and Grounds:

              Chairperson – Gregg Ode

              Member – Gregg Talcott
           
C)         Child Nutrition and Wellness:
                   
     Chairperson – Renee Ullom
                   
     Member – Nick Scott
            D)        
City Affairs and Legislation:
                   
     Chairperson – Ellie Saxer
                   
     Member – Nick Scott
            E)        
Personnel Welfare:
                   
     Chairperson – Ellie Saxer
                   
     Member – Renee Ullom
            F)        
Student Activities, Curriculum, and Technology:
                   
     Chairperson – Gregg Talcott
                   
     Member – Ellie Saxer
            G)        
Transportation:
       
                Chairperson – Gregg Ode|
 
       
               Member – Renee Ullom
 
       H)       Safety:
 
                     Chairperson – Gregg Talcott
 
                     Member – Gregg Ode

9.    Board reimbursement rate for 2020-21 - $60.00/meeting.
 10. 
Authorize the Business Manager to:
·              
Invest temporary excess funds.
·              
Make temporary interfund transfers when necessary.
·              
Make debt service payments as due throughout the year.
11. 
Approve Business Manager Bond of $300,000.
12. 
Designate Business Manager as custodian for all accounts and administration of trust and agency accounts.
13. 
Appointment of federal Programs coordinators as follows:
           
Kyle Babb, Special Services Director ~ Coordinator of Title I and Section 504 ~ Coordinator of Homeless Education
           
Ty Hentschel, Operations Manager ~ Coordinator for ADA Accessibility
           
Jarod Larson, Superintendent ~ Coordinator for Title IX, School Lunch Agreement, and all other Federal Programs

14. 
Acknowledge for the record the following annual notices:
           
a.         Non-discrimination
                       
1.         General Statement
                       
2.         Equal Educational Opportunities
                       
3.         Section 504
                       
4.         Grievance Procedure for Brandon Valley required by Title IX
           
b.         Notification of Rights under FERPA for Elementary and Secondary Schools
           
c.          Family Educational Rights and Privacy ACT (FERPA) Directory Information
           
d.         Notification of Rights under the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA)
           
e.         Instruction/Programs for Homeless Students
           
f.          Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act

Motion carried.


Motion by Ode, seconded by Talcott to approve the minutes of the regular meetings of June 8, 2020 and June 22, 2020 as presented.  Motion carried.


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

The cash report for the month of June, 2020 showed receipts of $4,242,818.69 and disbursements of $4,500,965.59, leaving a balance of $28,368,168.07.  The General Fund had receipts of $2,632,709.37, and disbursements of $2,809,751.09, leaving a balance of $7,990,680.90.  Capital Outlay Fund had receipts of $599,494.01 and disbursements of $9,939.65, leaving a balance of $3,172,668.23.  Special Education Fund had receipts of $629,110.12 and disbursements $478,648.89, leaving a balance of $1,108,423.66.  Pension Fund had receipts of $0.00 and disbursements of $0.00, leaving a balance of $0.00.   Bond Redemption Fund had receipts of $299,009.84 and disbursements of $240,650.00, leaving a balance of $805,697.36.  Enterprise Fund had receipts of $2,305.00 and disbursements of $13,678.01, leaving a balance of $59,751.44, and Capital Projects Fund has receipts of $80,190.35 and disbursements of $948,297.95, leaving a balance of $15,230,946.48.

The June, 2020 payroll totaled $2,026,673.95, of which $1,092,302.23 was instructional, $524,977.58 was support services, $33,625.40 was co-curricular, $294,981.96 was Special Education, $71,499.28 was Food Service, and $9,287.50 was Driver’s Education.
 

Motion by Saxer, seconded by Talcott to approve the financial reports as presented for the month of June, 2020.  Motion carried.

 

Community Input this evening included presentations from three individuals that requested to speak at this evening’s Board of Education meeting.  Amy Kelley, a Brandon Valley graduate with three children in the District, as well as a 15-year physician, spoke to the Brandon Valley school board to mandate requiring face coverings for students and staff for the 2020-21 school year.  Mrs. Kelley provided the School Board with information and studies on the results of mask use.  She concluded that face coverings need to be at an 80% usage by both students and staff of the Brandon Valley School District in order to be effective.
 

Second to speak to the board at tonight’s meeting, Brianna Bakker, a Brandon Valley mom of two elementary students, spoke to the board as one who opposed to the mandatory mask use.  Bakker believes that mandatory mask use could possibly do more harm that good in the school setting.  Bakker also provided information from studies that she has researched in the areas of physical, psychological, and educational basis for her decision.

Lastly, Ashley Briggs, a Brandon Valley graduate and an OB/GYN Sanford physician with two children in the District, also spoke to the school board to mandate wearing masks for students and staff for the 2020-21 school year.  She feels that starting school for the students in the buildings is very important and should include mandatory mask use for all students and staff.  Although children are less likely to contract COVID-19, those that do contract the virus are in much higher risk categories.  Briggs believes requiring an appropriate face covering would be “the LYNX way” as respectful, kind, responsible, safe and active learners.  Briggs concluded that in order to reach the 80-90% effective rate for the use of face coverings, the school board would need to make this mandatory. 

Administrative reports were presented.  Superintendent Jarod Larson outlined the Sparta Elementary School construction timeline:
Spring 2020:
  Construction has begun, on schedule and on budget thus far.
°    Footing work, foundation walls, and masonry in progress
°    Collaborative BVSD/Sioux Falls Playground/Park Development/Expense Agreement has been completed

Summer 2020:
  Naming Facilities Committee
Fall 2020:
  Elementary boundary line committee meets
2020-21 School year:
  Construction continues
Fall 2021:
  School opens
Principal Appointment
:  Principal Tanya Palmer is being recommended as new Principal later this evening

The summer 2020 return to school plan can be found on the following link: https://brandonvalley.k12.sd.us/covid/Summer2020.html

Phase 1 ran from June 1-30, 2020; Phase 2 will run from July 1 -31, 2020, announced on June 19, 2020,  including a parent survey for informed planning/decisions which was administered July 6-13, 2020.   Phase 3 plans will run August 1-31, 2020 with a planned announcement on July 17, 2020.  Our intent is to allow parents the opportunity to opt-in to Distance Learning in the event that they do not want to send their students to their specific school building for the first semester of the 2020-21 school year.  We will reevaluate second semester needs as necessary at a later time.

The South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSAA) has appointed a Return to Play Task Force with Superintendent Larson serving as a member.  There is a meeting scheduled for Friday, July 17, 2020.

Grab & Go lunch distribution will continue a week’s full of meals one day a week only (continuing through Tuesday, July 21, 2020) to reduce exposure to staff and students while maintaining the service.   There have been approximately 1,500 lunches distributed weekly.  The school district will also continue the elimination of the “Reduced Meal Fee” for the 2020-21 school year.

The Associated School Boards of South Dakota (ASBSD)/School Administrators of South Dakota (SASD) will hold a joint “virtual” conference on Thursday, August 6th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. featuring Devin Hughes, Orange Frog.    If interested in registration, please contact Jennifer Swenson in the Superintendent’s office.

Bus passes for the 2020-21 school year will be on sale from July 6 – 31, 2020.  Parents/guardians are strongly encouraged to use alternative methods of transportation.  ALL families that will utilize Transportation Services must contact the Transportation Department.  Previously communicated changes for the 2020-21 school year include 1) no in-district elementary open enrollment transportation eligibility, and 2) centralized/established pick-up and drop off locations.

School Calendar items for the upcoming 2020-21 start include:  August 12th – New Staff In-service; August 13th – In-service/workshop day; August 17th – In-service/workshop day; August 18th – In-service/workshop day including a virtual all-staff welcome back and gourmet box lunch created by our Child Nutrition Department. 

Brandon Valley High School Principal Mark Schlekeway thanked the Technology Department and HS/MS teachers that have helped to prepare some special things for upcoming events.  Schlekeway also reminded the Board of Education that the Class of 2020 will be able to have an in-person graduation on Sunday, July 19th. On Friday, July 17th, the class of 2020 with hold a graduation practice to include a barbeque and final send off before graduation. 

Board Policy EEAA – District Transportation was presented for a first reading at tonight’s meeting. 

Superintendent Jarod Larson presented a resolution allowing utilization of Distance Learning for the 2020-21 School year.  The resolution will provide School District families the ability to opt-in to Distance Learning for the first semester of the 2020-21 school year for Junior Kindergarten-12th grade students.  Opt-in timeline for the first semester of Distance Learning will be held from July 17-31, 2020.  After July 31st, we will review our enrollment and staffing based on requests for Distance Learning options.   Motion by Saxer, seconded by Talcott to approve the resolution as presented.  Motion carried.

Superintendent Jarod Larson presented the Brandon Valley School District #49-2 return to school – Fall 2020 plan in collaboration with state and local officials and drawing upon the considerations of the Center for Disease Control, whereas practical and feasible.  The Brandon Valley School District has developed a three (3) phase “Summer 2020 – Return to School Plan” with the end goal of school beginning as scheduled in August.

Utilizing a phased approach will allow for the school district to implement best practices based on the current situation, allow for the timely re-evaluation of practices within each phase, and communicate in a timely manner that allows for necessary planning. 

Key components include 1) daily individual health screening process; 1) protocol for individuals exhibiting symptoms; 3) Safety Plan for COVID-19 Pandemic Response.

A Return to School – Fall 2020 Survey was distributed to School District families, staff and community with both phone and email options to respond, garnering 3,506 responses.  Options for the school day were offered as follows: 1-Strongly Disagree, 2-Disagree, 3-Neutral, 4-Agree, and 5-Strongly Agree.  Traditional School Day- Average response was 3.9;  School day with attendance every other day for half of our students Monday/Wednesday, another half attending on Tuesday/Thursday (AA-BB): 2.4; Half-day school days each week: 2.3; Distance Learning: 1.76.  Option to utilize Distance Learning: 18% indicated they would utilize Distance Learning and 82% indicated they would not utilize Distance Learning.  Preferred masking strategy showed 24.33% supported mandated cloth face coverings and 75.67% supported recommended cloth face covering.  Finally, the preferred return to school year plan summarized through this survey was traditional school days, with recommended masking with 15-20% of parents contemplating the opt-in to Distance Learning; and 18% indicating they would utilize Distance Learning for Semester one.  Superintendent Larson noted that this opt-in number for Distance Learning could change based on the overall plan approved at tonight’s meeting.

Ellie Saxer thanked Superintendent Larson for the survey and stated that she appreciated the survey and the results.  Saxer reminded everyone that the School Board and Administration are doing everything they can to gather information while tasked with the duty of providing education at the highest level possible while balancing safety at the same time.  Saxer went on to state that we can all read many studies and articles and based on our own family experiences and beliefs that we form, we will be on various sides of this issue, which makes this decision more difficult.  This virus has a lot of unknowns and it is shaping and changing and it doesn’t necessarily need to be feared, but we do need to respect the virus.  Something that Brandon Valley has always had is community support, so no matter where you stand and what you want to happen and no matter what decision is made, we take active involvement by supporting the decision.  Saxer promised that no matter what decision is made (as earlier described as the “best, worst decision”) the Board of Education and Administration want to provide our students with the best education so that we don’t pay for the delays year after year.  We have the best staff, students, and community, and Saxer asks that no matter what side you are on, we link arms, understand each other, and move forward together. 

Saxer made the following motion based on the input provided:  Motion by Saxer, seconded by Scott to approve the Brandon Valley School District #49-2 return to school plan as presented to include a traditional school day with recommended masking.

Board Member Talcott asked how we determine which classroom teachers will teach in school and which will teach Distance Learning?  Superintendent Larson stated that we will ask for teacher volunteers and then assign teachers as necessary, which is an Administration function already in place.  Talcott stated that not only are we providing education to students but are also providing jobs for many employees.  Talcott wants to make sure all voices have been heard in this discussion.  Larson compiled the survey results together, for students, community, and staff to show the overall opinion.  Talcott stated that sometimes the most popular decision isn’t always the best decision so he is leery of survey numbers in this instance.  Lastly, Talcott is worried about the health of our employees as well and stated that he is concerned about not erring on the side of caution when it may save some people’s lives.

Ullom stated that she has been on both sides of this situation having been through COVID-19 as well as working in the health care world and having family members to protect that are immune-compromised  She stated that she feels this is ultimately a matter of parent/student consideration and conversation.  Ullom also stated that this is probably the most awkward time in our country and asked that each of us move forward affording each other grace.  Ullom then called for the vote on Saxer’s motion.  On a roll call vote, the following voted aye:  Saxer, Scott, Ode, and Ullom.  Voting nay:  Talcott.  Motion carried.

            Motion by Talcott, seconded by Ode to approve the following general business items:

          1. Approve 2020-21 School Calendar Amendment as follows:  change August 13, 2020 to a.m. In-service and p.m. Workshop day.
            2. Approve proposed 2020-21 Budget and Tax Requests as follows:

APPROPRIATIONS

General Fund

$30,840,000

Capital Outlay Fund

$3,967,000

Special Education Fund

$6,950,000

Bond Redemption Fund

$3,165,000

Food Service Fund

$2,860,000

REVENUES

General Fund

$30,840,000

Capital Outlay Fund

$6,665,000

Special Education Fund

$7,347,000

Bond Redemption Fund

$3,165,000

Food Service Fund

$2,860,000

TAX LEVY REQUESTS

General Fund

$1.443 per $1,000 of Ag Valuation (Maximum)

$3.229 per $1,000 of Owner-Occupied Valuation (Maximum)

$6.682 per $1,000 of Other Valuation (Maximum)

Capital Outlay Fund

$6,500,000

Special Education Fund

$1.684 per $1,000 of Total Valuation (Maximum)

Bond Redemption Fund

$3,300,000

3.   Approve updates/changes/additions to the 2020-21 Brandon Valley Student Handbook as presented.
4.   
Set transportation fees for the 2020-21 school year as follows:  Students living five miles or more from their designated school will not be charged a fee as per state law.  Students requesting transportation within 5 miles of their designated school will be required to purchase a bus pass.  Bus passes are $75/student per semester. Transportation is not available to in-district open-enrolled students.  Out of district open enrolled students will be charged $150/student/per semester, with no family maximum.
5.   
Set school lunch/breakfast meal prices for the 2020-21 school year as follows:  Elementary:  Breakfast-$1.85, Lunch-$2.80, Morning Milk-.40, Morning Snack-.60; Middle School: Breakfast-$2.00, Lunch-$3.05; High School:  Breakfast-$2.05, Lunch-$3.10, Adult Breakfast-$2.40, Adult Lunch-$3.85.
6.   
Approve 2020-21 Funding for Grant applications as presented:
Consolidated Application Title I:  $133,061.00; Title IIA:  $110,047.00; Title IV:  $37,409.00
IDEA Part B:  Flowthrough: $821,642.00; and Preschool: $16,389.00, as presented.

7.   
Approve 2020-21 Carl Perkins Grant application for $31,982.00, as presented.
8.   
Adopt tuition rate of $5,976 per student for the 2020-21 school year.
9.   
Approve 2020-21 mileage rate (no change from last year) at .05 over state rate:  .47¢/mile; and 2020-21 meal reimbursement rates (no change from last year) as follows:  (in-state) Breakfast - $6, Lunch - $14, Dinner - $20; (out-of state) Breakfast - $10, Lunch - $18, Dinner - $28.
10. 
Approve 2020-21 listing of District certified & classified employees’ salaries for publication (see attached).
11. 
Approve contract by and between the Brandon Valley School District and Hiland Dairy Foods for Child Nutrition Dairy Vendor, effective July 2, 2020 through June 30, 2021 as presented.
12. 
Approve facility use agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District #49-2 and the South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSAA) for use of the Brandon Valley Performing Arts Center for the 2024 State One-Act Play Festival on February 1-3, 2024, for a management fee of $1,800.00 paid to the Brandon Valley High School as presented.
13. 
Approve agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District and Teachwell Solutions for Educational Services in the amount of $202,400.00 for the contract period of July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021, as presented.
14. 
Approve agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District and Teachwell Solutions for Physical Therapy Services-$196,215.00, Occupational Therapy Services-$183,855.00, BCBA Services (Autism)-$56,507.00, and Speech Language Pathologist Services-$32,300.00, for a total amount of $468,877.00 for the contract period of July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021, as presented. 
15. 
Approve agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District and Teachwell Solutions for Thrive Services-$34,144.00 (2 students), Project Search Services-$17,072.00 (1 student), and Strive Services-$12,672.00 (1 student), for a total amount of $63,888.00, effective July 2, 2020 through June 30, 2021, as presented.
16. 
Approve contract by and between the Brandon Valley School District and Reinhart Food Service for prime vendor services, effective August 1, 2020 through July 31, 2021, as presented.
Motion carried.
 

    
Motion by Scott, seconded by Ode to approve the following personnel items:

1.   
Approve recommendation to hire Erika Anderson, FAE Special Education Educational Assistant ~ $15.00/hour, effective August 19, 2020.
2.   
Approve recommendation to hire Rhonda Sebert, Special Education Educational Assistant (location TBD) ~ $15.00/hour, effective August 19, 2020.
3.   
Approve recommendation to hire Amie Bennett, BVHS Custodian ~ $15.55/hour, effective July 14, 2020.
4.   
Approve recommendation to hire Sheila Samsel, part-time BVHS Child Nutrition Worker ~ $13.95/hour, effective August 19, 2020.
5.   
Approve recommendation to hire Kimberly Ludens, part-time FAE Child Nutrition Worker ~ $13.95/hour, effective August 19, 2020.
6.   
Accept resignation from Noah Leners, Assistant Boys Soccer Coach, effective at the end of the 2019-20 school year.
7.   
Approve resignation from Robert Boecker, BVIS Evening Custodian, effective June 30, 2020.
8.   
Approve recommendation to transfer Tanya Palmer, .5 FTE Valley Springs Elementary Principal/.5 FTE Reading Specialist/School Counselor to Elementary Principal with other duties as assigned at the new Elementary School, effective with the 2021-22 school year.
9.   
Approve $5,000.00 extra-duty pay to Tanya Palmer, new Elementary School Principal for performing duties other than her normal assigned duties during the 2020-21 school year within the scope of facility/staff planning for the new elementary school.
10. 
Approve recommendation to hire Aubrey Lipetzky, BVHS Flag Corp Advisor ~ Extra-curricular Step one, $2,664.00, effective for the 2020-21 school year.
11. 
Approve the addition of one part-time, 18.75/hours per week, BVHS Child Nutrition Worker, effective for the 2020-21 school year.
12. 
Approve recommendation to hire Tara Copple, BVHS part-time Child Nutrition Worker, effective 8/19/20.
Motion Carried.
 

The following personnel items were reviewed by the Board of Education for information only:
1.   
Request for maternity leave by Michelle Kieffer, FAE 3rd Grade Teacher, effective on or around November 13, 2020 for ten weeks.
2.   
Transfer Heather Swenson from VSE Educational Assistant to VSE Academic and Student Health Services Educational Assistant effective August 19, 2020.
3.   
Transfer Megan Dieren from RBE 1st Grade Teacher to JK-6 Distance Learning Teacher, effective for the 2020-21 school year.

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

1.   
June 2020 Building Permits.
2.   
Thank you from Gay Anderson for supporting her during her various roles in School Nutrition Association (SNA), including the presidency for the last two years.

Board President Renee Ullom reported on Alternative Education regarding Teachwell at this evening’s meeting.  The new Teachwell board will now meet the third Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m. in ZOOM meeting fashion for the immediate future.
Board member Ellie Saxer stated that the Executive Director Board meeting has been rescheduled for August 7th with a live meeting in Pierre.  Mrs. Saxer plans to attend and will report back at the next board meeting.

S
uperintendent Larson offered a site tour of the new elementary school building for anyone interested.

Motion by Talcott, seconded by Saxer to adjourn the meeting at 8:17 p.m.  Motion carried.

Signed ___________________________________
                                Business Manager 

Approved by the Board of Education this 10th day of August, 2020. 

Signed___________________________________
                                Chairperson
 

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June 22, 2020

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 22nd of June, 2020 at the Brandon Valley High School Community Room with the following members present:  Renee Ullom, Gregg Ode, Ellie Saxer, and Gregg Talcott.  Absent: none.  Also present were Superintendent Jarod Larson, and Business Manager Paul J. Lundberg. 

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

Administrative reports were presented.  Superintendent Jarod Larson outlined the Sparta Elementary School construction timeline:
Spring 2020:
  Construction has begun, on schedule and on budget thus far.
°    Footing work, foundation walls, and masonry in progress
°    Collaborative BVSD/Sioux Falls Playground/Park Development/Expense Agreement has been completed

Summer 2020:
  Naming Facilities Committee
Fall 2020:
  Elementary boundary line committee meets
2020-21 School year:
  Construction continues
Fall 2021:
  School opens

The 2020-21 Budget process is underway with budget forms/documents distributed on January 6, 2020.  The Business Office has compiled and reviewed all budgets in March 2020 and these budgets have been returned to all schools for summer requisition preparation.  The 5-year plan was presented at the February 24, 2020 Board of Education meeting.  On March 9, 2020, the preliminary Capital Outlay budget was presented for approval in order for major items to be bid in a timely manner.  A preliminary budget was presented on May 11, 2020 and in July 2020, we will hold the public budget hearing for potential action.

The summer 2020 return to school plan can be found on the following link: https://brandonvalley.k12.sd.us/covid/Summer2020.html

Phase 1 runs from June 1-30, 2020; Phase 2 will run from July 1 -31, 2020 and was just announced on June 19, 2020 to include a parent survey for informed planning/decisions which will be administered July 6-13, 2020.   Phase 3 plans will run August 1-31, 2020 with a planned announcement on July 17, 2020.  Our intent is to allow parents the opportunity to opt-in to Distance Learning in the event that they do not want to send their students to their specific school building for the first semester of the 2020-21 school year.  We will reevaluate second semester needs as necessary at a later time. 

Board Policy EEAA – District Transportation was reviewed and discussed at tonight’s meeting. 

             Motion by Talcott, seconded by Ode to approve the following General Business:

  1. Approve agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District #49-2 and Carroll Institute for alcohol and drug abuse prevention services in the amount of $10,300.00, effective September 2020 through June 2021, as presented.
  2. Approve agreement by and between the City of Sioux Falls and the Brandon Valley School District #49-2 for the Development of a new school/park site at 3401/3601 S. Sparta Avenue in Sioux Falls, with the City of Sioux Falls reimbursing the Brandon Valley School District #49-2 $336,823 for City Park development associated costs.
  3. Approve agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District #49-2 and Universal Pediatrics for nursing services for two students, $50.00/hour/student, approximately 40 hours/week/student, effective for the 2020-21 school year, including any extended year program, as presented.
  4. Approve Brandon Valley School District #49-2 membership in the South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSSA), effective July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021, as presented.
  5. Award Diesel Fuel Bid to Harms Oil Company for a margin of -$0.011 on E-10, $0.00 on Diesel #1, and -$0.005 on Diesel #2 for the 2020-21 school year.
  6. Approve the Preliminary FY20 and FY21 CARES Act Budget of $472,015 as presented.
  7. Approve additional one-year (COVID-19) related staffing for the 2020-21 school year as follows:

-       1.0 FTE Jr. Kindergarten-6th grade (COVID Recovery) Distance Learning Teacher
  -      
7.0 FTE Educational Assistants (Academic & Student Health Service Assistants)

  1. Cast ballot for South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSAA) East River At-Large Representative for Heath Larson – Chester School District, effective July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2025.
  2. Approve recommendation of the voluntary Brandon Valley High School Technology Insurance Fee of $35/year for the 2020-21 school year.
  3. Approve recommendation of the voluntary Brandon Valley Middle School Technology Insurance Fee of $25/year for the 2020-21 school year.
  4. Approve 2019-20 Special Education budget supplement for $50,000 as follows:

            Out of District Placements                    22(E)-4900-370                       $505,000         (+20,000)

                        -To account for additional out of district placements

            Educational Assistant Salaries               22-1000-145                            $900,000         (+30,000)

                        -To account for non-budgeted Educational Assistant that was hired during the school term
Motion carried.
 

           Motion by Saxer, seconded by Talcott to approve the following personnel items:
1.    Approve resignation of Joseph Clark, BVIS night Custodian, effective June 12, 2020.
2.   
Approve recommendation to hire Andrea Kruse, District Registered Dietitian, 12-month ~ full-time, $43,500, effective July 13, 2020.

3.   
Approve recommendation to hire Bradyn Medrano, BVMS Special Education Educational Assistant, full-time, $15.00/hour, effective August 19, 2020.
4.   
Approve recommendation to hire George Powell, BVHS Special Education Educational Assistant, full-time, $15.00/hour, effective August 19, 2020.
5.   
Approve recommendation to hire Sara Tiffany, BVHS Special Education Educational Assistant, full-time, $15.00/hour, effective August 19, 2020.
6.   
Approve recommendation to hire Melissa Bennett, FAE night Custodian, full-time, $15.55/hour plus $1.00/hour night differential pay, effective July 13, 2020.
7.   
Approve recommendation to hire Dierdre Nelson, RBE Head Cook, full-time, $14.35/hour, effective August 19, 2020.
8.   
Approve recommendation to hire Paul Swanson, BVIS night Custodian, full-time, $15.55/hour plus $1.00/hour night differential pay, effective July 13, 2020.
Motion carried.
 

     The following was presented to the Board of Education for information only:
1. 
 Request for maternity leave by Cassie Pearson, BE 2nd Grade Teacher, effective on or around October 31, 2020, for six weeks. 

            The following communications were presented from the Central Office and Board of Education:

  1. Thank you from Melissa Symington for the years of service gift at the employee recognition banquet.
  2. Thank you from Ann Sittig for virtual employee recognition ceremony and retirement bell.

Travel reports were reviewed. 

Motion by Ode, seconded by Saxer to go into Executive Session at 6:43 p.m. per SDCL 1-25-2.1 ~ Personnel.  Motion carried. 

The Board of Education came out of Executive Session and into Open Session at 8:09 p.m. having interviewed two Board of Education candidates.  Motion by Ode, seconded by Saxer to appoint Nick Scott for the remaining one year left of Dan Klumper’s resigned seat.  Motion carried.           

Motion by Saxer, seconded by Talcott to adjourn the meeting at 8:11 p.m.  Motion carried. 

Signed ___________________________________
                                Business Manager 

Approved by the Board of Education this 13th day of July, 2020. 

Signed___________________________________
                                Chairperson
 

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June 8, 2020

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 8th of June, 2020 at the Brandon Valley High School Community Room with the following members present:  Renee Ullom, Gregg Ode, Ellie Saxer, and Gregg Talcott.  Absent: none.  Also present were Superintendent Jarod Larson, Business Manager Paul J. Lundberg (via phone), and Brandon Valley Middle School Principal Brad Thorson (via phone).  

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.  On a roll call vote, the following voted aye:  Saxer, Ode, Talcott, Ullom.  Voting nay: none.  Motion carried.

 

Motion by Talcott, seconded by Ode to approve the meeting minutes from the regular meetings of May 11, 2020 and May 26, 2020 as presented.  Motion carried.
 

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

 

The cash report for the month of May 2020 showed receipts of $9,128,014.02 and disbursements of $3,156,189.46 leaving a balance of $28,626,314.97.  The General Fund had receipts of $4,486,447.85, received a temporary interfund transfer of $313,184.05 from the Bond Fund, and an operating transfer of $54,092.99 from the Pension Fund, with disbursements of $2,360,168.47, leaving a balance of $8,167,722.62.  Capital Outlay Fund had receipts of $2,147,363.93, with disbursements of $19,899.96, leaving a balance of $2,583,113.87.  Special Education Fund had receipts of $1,433,680.67, with disbursements of $488,159.80, leaving a balance of $957,962.43.  Pension Fund had receipts of $0.00, sent an operating transfer of $54,092.99 to the General Fund, with disbursements of $0.00, leaving a balance of $0.00.   Bond Redemption Fund had receipts of $1,060,521.57, sent a temporary interfund transfer of $313,184.05 to the General Fund, with disbursements of $747,337.52, leaving a balance of $747,337.52.  Enterprise Fund had receipts of 0.00, with disbursements of $4,225.90, leaving a balance of $71,124.45.  The Capital Projects Fund had receipts of $0.00, with disbursements of $283,735.33, leaving a balance of $16,099,054.08. 

 

The May 2020 payroll totaled $1,994,049.52 of which $1,025,685.55 was instructional, $525,222.47 was support services, $33,698.65 was co-curricular, $322,784.99 was Special Education, $86,657.86 was Food Service, and $0.00 was Driver’s Education.

 

Motion by Saxer, seconded by Talcott to approve the financial reports for the month of May 2020 as presented.  Motion carried. 

Administrative reports were presented.  Superintendent Jarod Larson outlined the Sparta Elementary School construction timeline:

Spring 2020:  Construction has begun

°    Footing work, foundation walls, and masonry in progress

°    Collaborative BVSD and City of Sioux Falls Playground/Park Development/Expense Agreement in progress

Summer 2020:  Naming Facilities Committee

Fall 2020:  Elementary boundary line committee meets

2020-21 School year:  Construction continues

Fall 2021:  School opens

The 2020-21 Budget process is underway with budget forms/documents distributed on January 6, 2020.  The Business Office has compiled and reviewed all budgets in March 2020 and these budgets have been returned to all schools for summer requisition preparation.  The 5-year plan was presented at the February 24, 2020 Board of Education meeting.  On March 9, 2020, the preliminary Capital Outlay budget was presented for approval in order for major items to be bid in a timely manner.  A preliminary budget was presented on May 11, 2020 and in July 2020, we will hold the public budget hearing for potential action.

The 2018-19 Special Education Performance Report Card shows that Brandon Valley’s proficiency rates far exceed the State of South Dakota averages in Reading (39.58% - BV; 18.43% - State of SD) and Math (33.33% - BV; 16.73% - Sate of SD).

The summer 2020 – return to school plan, Phase I running from June 1-30, 2020 and Phase 2 running from July 1 -21, 2020 can be found on the following link:  https://brandonvalley.k12.sd.us/covid/Summer2020.html.  Phase 2 will be announced on June 19, 2020 which will include a parent survey for informed planning/decisions. 

The 2020-21 tentative Cares Act Funding budget allocation provided to each school is based on Title I funding.  We have only received preliminary information thus far.  A basic overview from the US and South Dakota Department of Education is for funding the prevention, preparing, and responding to COVID-19.  It will focus on budget needs and student learning recovery and advancement.   The tentative total budget allocation is estimated at $710,786 with $400,000 for FY21 breakdown as follows:  Academic and Student Health Service Assistant(s): $210,000; COVID Recovery Teacher:  $65,000; Safety Equipment: $50,000; Edginuity (7-12 DL Platform): $15,000; Unemployment Insurance: $30,000; Revenue Refund Recapture: $20,000; Distance Learning Curriculum Development: $5,000; and Contingency: $5,000.  The tentative budget total is $310,786 for FY22.  The school district has through 2022 to use these allocated funds.

Associated School Boards of South Dakota (ASBSD) is happy to announce their newest Board member, Mrs. Ellie Saxer.  Congratulations!  The 2020 ASBSD/SASD Joint Conference will be held Virtual this year.

The Distance Learning Plan Report Card, which includes distance learning engagement and achievement information and achievement accountability and public transparency can be found on the following link:  https://brandonvalley.k12.sd.us/covid/DistanceLearningreportcard.html  

     Motion by Ode, seconded by Saxer to approve the following General Business:

  1. Approve agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District #49-2 and Children’s Home Society for tuition for two students, $113.11/day, effective July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021, as presented.
  2. Approve membership agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District #49-2 and area school districts for Child Nutrition Shard Services, for a fee of $2,000/district, effective July 1, 2020 through the June 20, 2023 school year, as presented.
  3. Approve/Accept “Total TR” as the third party vendor to purchase the 1,100 High School surplus MacBook computers @ a “minimum price guarantee” of $444,600.00 as presented.
  4. Approve three-year contract (2020-21, 2021-22, and 2022-23) for Renaissance Accelerated Reader, Renaissance Freckle, Renaissance Star Early Literacy, Renaissance Star Math, and Renaissance Star Reading for $47,307.66 per year, as presented.

Motion carried.

            Motion by Talcott, seconded by Saxer to approve the following personnel items:
    1.    Approve recommendation to hire Chelsea Sturdevant, BVIS Sign Language Interpreter, full-time, $25.00/hour, effective August 18,2020.
    2.   
Approve recommendation to hire Janna Conrad, BVIS Special Education Educational Assistant, full-time, $15.00/hour, effective August 18, 2020.

    3.   
Approve recommendation to hire Ginger Earley, FAE Administrative Assistant, full-time, $16.00/hour, effective July 27, 2020.
    4.   
Approve recommendation to hire Taylor Weiland, RBE night Custodian, full-time, $15.30/hour plus $1,00/hour night differential pay, effective June 9, 2020.
    5.   
Approve extra-duty pay for Amanda Nelson, Assistant BVMS Principal, for performing duties other than normal assigned during Semester 2 of the 2019-20 school year, in the amount of $4,000.
    6.   
Approve recommendation to hire Matthew Nelson, BVHS Custodian, full-time, $15.30/hour, effective June 9, 2020.
    7.   
Approve Child Nutrition Services (CNS) Shared Service Director Stipend of $6,000 for Gay Anderson, Effective for the 2020-21 school year as presented.
    8.   
Approve Registered Dietician position within the Brandon Valley Child Nutrition Services Department for the 2020-21 school year as presented.
    9.   
Approve recommendation to hire Cameron Cottrill, District Lead Mechanic, full-time, $25.00/hour, effective July 1, 2020.
    10. 
Approve recommendation to hire Christopher Southard, District Assistant Mechanic, full-time, $20.00/hour, effective July 6, 2020.
    11. 
Approve recommendation to hire Sara Gillis, District Gifted Education and BVIS Computer Teacher, MA-Step 6 ~ $49,390.00, effective with the 2020-21 school year.
Motion carried.

             The following communications were presented from the Central Office and Board of Education:

  1. Building Permit Applications – May 2020.
  2. Thank you from Kris Sellers for the Sunshine gift card for years of service recognition and the retirement bell.
  3. Thank you from Aaron and Emily Carroll for Sunshine gift cards for years of service recognition.
  4. Thank you from Twyla Voldseth for continued pay during COVID-19.
  5. Thank you from Roxie Rauk for the retirement bell and virtual banquet.

Motion by Saxer, seconded by Talcott to go into Executive Session at 7:00 p.m. per SDCL 1-25-2.1 ~ Personnel.  Motion carried. 

The Board of Education came out of Executive Session and into Open Session at 7:34 p.m. having reviewed the Board of Education member interest letters.  Two applicants have been selected by the board for candidate interviews for the open seat on the BV Board of Education.  This interview will take place at the next regularly schedule BOE meeting on June 22, 2020.           

           Motion by Saxer, seconded by Ode to adjourn the meeting at 7:35 p.m.  Motion carried.

Signed ___________________________________

                                Business Manager 

Approved by the Board of Education this 13th day of July, 2020. 

Signed___________________________________
                                Chairperson
 

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May 26, 2020

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 26th of May, 2020 at the Brandon Valley High School Community Room with the following members present:  Renee Ullom, Gregg Ode, Dan Klumper (via phone), Ellie Saxer, and Gregg Talcott (via phone).  Absent: none.  Also present were Superintendent Jarod Larson, Business Manager Paul J. Lundberg (via phone), Brandon Valley Middle School Principal Brad Thorson (via phone), and Brandon Valley Middle School Assistant Principal Amanda Nelson (via phone). 

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 amended to correct General Item #5 from the rate of $55.00/hour to the rate $50.00/hour.  On a roll call vote, the following voted aye:  Saxer, Ode, Klumper, Talcott, Ullom.  Voting nay: none.  Motion carried. 

Administrative reports were presented.  Superintendent Jarod Larson outlined the Sparta Elementary School construction timeline:

Spring 2020:  Construction has begun

°    Footing work and foundation walls in progress

°    Collaborative BVSD and City of Sioux Falls Playground/Park Development/Expense Agreement in progress

Summer 2020:  Naming Facilities Committee

Fall 2020:  Elementary boundary line committee meets

2020-21 School year:  Construction continues

Fall 2021:  School opens

The 2020-21 Budget process is underway with budget forms/documents distributed on January 6, 2020.  The Business Office has compiled and reviewed all budgets in March 2020 and these budgets have been returned to all schools for summer requisition preparation.  The 5-year plan was presented at the February 24, 2020 Board of Education meeting.  On March 9, 2020, the preliminary Capital Outlay budget was presented for approval in order for major items to be bid in a timely manner.  A preliminary budget was presented on May 11, 2020 and in July 2020, we will hold the public budget hearing for potential action.

The Child Nutrition Services Department is planning a “Lynx Lunch Express”.  This is a mobile feeding unit and a bus has been outfitted with a generator and air conditioner for this purpose and a Visual Art (wrap) of the bus has been completed.  A transfer of this asset to the Child Nutrition Services Department will be presented under General Business on tonight’s agenda.  The plan is for the “Lynx Lunch Express” to visit portions of our School District which have been identified by census data for eligibility for summer lunch programs. 

Superintendent Jarod Larson updated the Board of Education on the Child Nutrition Services Shared Services Program.  The purpose of this CNS Shared Services program is to enhance and improve the Brandon Valley CNS program, all while supporting and providing industry expert leadership and service to neighboring rural school districts.  This will allow BVSD to obtain a Registered Dietician and provide shared services to participants.  This will also provide CNS Directorship services to these small districts in need of industry expert leadership, allowing approximately one day per week of CNS Director time allocated to participants, approximately one day per week of Registered Dietician time allocated to participants, while allowing BVSD to gain three additional days per week of CNS support and leadership.  This program will enhance BVSD CNS productions and services, increase training opportunities, and increase community education nutrition offerings and services. The participating South Dakota School Districts are as follows:  Chester Area, Colman-Egan, Deubrook, Howard, Lake Preston, Menno, Montrose, Oldham Ramona, Rutland, and Sioux Valley.  Each of the participating school districts has provided a “letter of commitment” to participate in the shared services program with the annual $2,000 fee for the two-year pilot.  The group will be utilizing a $75,000 “Share Our Strength” Grant for each school year 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years.  We anticipate all annual program expenses would be paid by this grant and participant fees.

COVID-19 CARES Act Funding has been in the news lately.  This is a funding allocation provided to each school based on Title I funding.  We have only received preliminary information thus far.  A basic overview from the US and South Dakota Department of Education is for funding the prevention, preparing, and responding to COVID-19.  It will focus on budget needs and student learning recovery and advancement.   We are still awaiting the Brandon Valley School District allocation from the South Dakota Department of Education. The school district has through 2022 to use these allocated funds.

COVID-19 Update.  Superintendent Larson continues to send staff/parent/community emails with COVID-19 Information as well as maintaining the BVSD COVID-19 Website as the Central Community hub for the Distance Learning Plans and Grab & Go Lunch updates. During the week of May 18th, the Distance Learning Plans web-site focused on relationships, recovery and return with a K-6th grade drive-through goodbye and computer return. 

Grab & Go lunch distribution will continue a week’s full of meals one day a week only (continuing through the month of June) to reduce exposure to staff and students while maintaining the service.   The Brandon Valley School District Pandemic Response Plan continues to prevent-prepare-mitigate-respond plan with two strategies:  reduce the spread and sustain educational functions and operations.  We will abide by recommendations of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Department of Health.

With regard to the 2020 Graduation Ceremony, the Brandon Valley Administration utilized senior student and parent focus groups via a survey.  The strategy going forward is as follows:  Graduation postponed to Sunday, July 19, 2020 with a back-up date of Sunday, August 2, 2020 if needed.  If the August 2, 2020 doesn’t allow for an in-person ceremony, a Virtual Graduation will be held on August 2, 2020.

The summer 2020 – return to school plan, phase I running from June 1-30, 2020 can be found on the following link:  https://brandonvalley.k12.sd.us/covid/Summer2020.html

             Motion by Talcott, seconded by Saxer to approve the following General Business:

  1. Approve the Brandon Valley School District 2020-21 Comprehensive Plan for Special Education as presented.
  2. Approve the 2020-21 Associated School Boards of South Dakota dues in the amount of $4,764.74.
  3. Approve the South Dakota Department of Education Notification of School Closing with Plan to Instruct during Closing, March 16, 2020 to May 22, 2020.
  4. Approve transfer of asset (2011 Thomas School Bus) to the Brandon Valley School District Child Nutrition Services, for the depreciated value of $5,360.00, effective May 27, 2020.
  5. Approve service contract by and between the Brandon Valley School District and Pamela Hedman for Extended School Year (ESY) Speech/Language Therapy services, at a rate of $50.00/hour, effective June 8, 2020 through August 16, 2020, as presented.
  6. Approve Share Our Strength – Shared Child Nutrition Services Grant for $75,000, effective May 11, 2020 through June 30, 2021.
  7. Approve administrative recommendation for the refunding of half of the 2019-20 semester two bus pass fee and one-fourth of the 2019-20 Grade 12 parking fee.
  8. Approve Brandon Valley School District #49-2 Petition for a Residency Exception effective for the 2020-21 school year (#21-001), as presented.

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

           Motion by Saxer, seconded by Ode to accept the resignation of Dan Klumper, Brandon Valley Board of Education member, effective June 5, 2020.  On a roll call vote, the following voted aye:  Saxer, Ode, Talcott, Ullom; Abstain: Klumper; Voting nay: none.  Motion carried.

            Motion by Saxer, seconded by Talcott to approve the following personnel items:
       
1.    Approve resignation of Kathryn Pope, BVIS Special Education Educational Assistant, effective May 22, 2020.
        2.    Approve recommendation to hire Hayley Schacht, FAE Third Grade Teacher, MA Step 6 ~ $49,390.00, effective for the 2020-21 school year.
        3.   
Accept resignation/retirement notification from Anita Hume, Child Nutrition Services, RBE Head Cook, effective May 22, 2020.
        4.   
Approve resignation of Joshua Postin, RBE Night Custodian, effective May 22, 2020.
        5.   
Approve recommendation to hire Adam Olson, BVHS Custodial Supervisor, $17.49/hour, effective May 27, 2020.
        6.   
Approve recommendation to hire Emily Harris, Elementary Pool Teacher Position, BA Step Base ~ $46,754.00, effective for the 2020-21 school year.
        7.   
Approve recommendation to hire Chad Schaeffer, BVMS Smart Lab Facilitator, MA+15 Step 10 ~ $51,322.00, effective for the 2020-21 school year.
        8.   
Approve resignation of Noah Leners, BVHS Special Education Educational Assistant, effective May 22, 2020.
On a roll call vote, the following voted aye:  Saxer, Talcott, Ode, Klumper, Ullom. Voting nay: none. Motion carried.

             The following communications were presented from the Central Office and Board of Education:

  1. Thank you from Andy Johnson for years of service certificate and gift card.
  2. Thank you from Jolene Roozenboom for the years of service gift card and continued payment during the COVID-19 closure.
  3. Thank you from Debbie Arrowsmith for the retirement bell.
  4. Thank you from Jeff and Leah Lockner for years of service certificate and gift card.
  5. Thank you from Susan Nifong, Jolene Weber and Susan Fritz for compensation during the COVID-19 closure.
  6. Thank you from Susan Nifong for staff virtual banquet and years of service gift card.
  7. Thank you from Laurie Adams for Sunshine gift card for years of service recognition.
  8. Thank you from Kim Becker for Sunshine gift card for years of service recognition.

            Board reports were presented.  Board Vice President Gregg Ode reported on the Building & Grounds Committee.  Ode recently toured the new site for the Elementary School being built on Sparta Avenue in Sioux Falls.  He was pleased to report that there has been no delays thus far with weather or materials.

                        President Renee Ullom reported on the Alternative Education Committee and a recent Teachwell meeting. Teachwell has signed a contract on a new building and also reviewed current and new programming.

            Travel reports were reviewed.

Motion by Saxer, seconded by Ode to go into Executive Session at 6:47 p.m. per SDCL 1-25-2.1 ~ Personnel and SDCL 1-25-2(4) ~ Superintendent Contract Negotiations for the school year 2020-21.  On a roll call vote, the following voted aye:  Saxer, Ode, Talcott, Klumper, and Ullom.  Voting nay:  None.  Motion carried.

 The Board of Education came out of Executive Session and into Open Session at 7:58 p.m. 

 Motion by Ode, seconded by Saxer to approve the following School Board Appointment Process:

-       Eligible candidates are to submit a letter of interest by Thursday, June 4, 2020 to Board President Renee Ullom at the Brandon Valley Administration Center.
 
-       The announcement of vacancy will be included on the district website, included in district-wide communications, and placed in the legal newspaper.
  -      
Letters of interest may be submitted via postal mail, via email to Renee.Ullom@k12.sd.us, or in-person
 
-       The letter of interest should outline the following:
        °    Why are you interested in School Board appointment?
        °    Describe your passion for public education?
        °    What key attributes would you bring to the governance team?
 -      
At the Monday, June 8, 2020 Board of Education Meeting the board, in executive session, will review letters of interest and discuss candidates.
 -      
At the Monday, June 8, 2020 Board of Education Meeting, in open session, the board will take action on the next step in the appointment process.
 -      
For more information, contact a Brandon Valley Board of Education Member.
On a roll call vote, the following voted aye:  Ode, Saxer, Klumper, Talcott, and Ullom.  Voting nay:  None.  Motion carried.

 Motion by Saxer, seconded by Ode to approve the following Superintendent contact negotiations for the school year 2020-21 as follows:
-                    
2.2% Salary Increase
-          
One-time wage/salary enhancement of $1,500 to be paid with the November 2020 payroll.
-          
All other contractual components remain in effect
-          
The above salary increase and salary enhancement for the 2020-21 Superintendent Contract Negotiations is subject to renegotiation in the event of a Special Legislative Session that reduces revenue for FY21.
On a roll call vote, the following voted aye:  Saxer, Ode, Klumper, Talcott, and Ullom; voting nay: none.  Motion carried.

           Motion by Saxer, seconded by Klumper to adjourn the meeting at 8:03 p.m.  On a roll call vote, the following voted aye:  Saxer, Klumper, Ode, Talcott, and Ullom.  Voting nay:  none.  Motion carried.

Signed ___________________________________
                                Business Manager 

Approved by the Board of Education this 8th day of June, 2020. 

Signed____________________________________
                                Chairperson

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May 11, 2020

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 11th of May, 2020 at the Brandon Valley High School Community Room with the following members present:  Renee Ullom (via phone), Gregg Ode (via phone), Dan Klumper (via phone), Ellie Saxer, and Gregg Talcott (via phone).  Absent: none.  Also present were Superintendent Jarod Larson and Business Manager Paul J. Lundberg (via phone), Brandon Valley Middle School Principal Brad Thorson, Director of Instruction Sherri Nelson, and Child Nutrition Director Gay Anderson.

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

 

Motion by Klumper, seconded by Talcott to approve the meeting minutes from the regular meetings of April 14, 2020 and April 27, 2020 as presented.  On a roll call vote, the following voted aye:  Klumper, Talcott, Saxer, Ode, Ullom.  Voting nay:  none.  Motion carried.

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

 

The cash report for the month of April 2020 showed receipts of $3,143,028.33 and disbursements of $2,958,356.45 leaving a balance of $22,654,490.41.  The General Fund had receipts of $2,121,615.51, received a temporary interfund transfer of $128,405.06 from the Special Education Fund, and a temporary interfund transfer of $130,664.09 from the Bond Fund, with disbursements of $2,383,944.70, leaving a balance of $5,674,166.20.  Capital Outlay Fund had receipts of $261,343.15, with disbursements of $79,245.02, leaving a balance of $455,649.90.  Special Education Fund had receipts of $629,345.97, sent a temporary interfund transfer of $128,405.06 to the General Fund, with disbursements of $488,499.35, leaving a balance of $12,441.56.  Pension Fund had receipts of $59.61, with disbursements of $0.00, leaving a balance of $54,092.99.   Bond Redemption Fund had receipts of $130,664.09, sent a temporary interfund transfer of 130,664.09 to the General Fund, with disbursements of $0.00, leaving a balance of $0.00.  Enterprise Fund had receipts of 0.00, with disbursements of $626.78, leaving a balance of $75,350.35.  The Capital Projects Fund had receipts of $0.00, with disbursements of $7,040.60, leaving a balance of $16,382,789.41. 

 

The April 2020 payroll totaled $1,956,705.52 of which $1,049,85.64 was instructional, $456,649.49 was support services, $33,994.65 was co-curricular, $326,412.22 was Special Education, $89,613.52 was Food Service, and $350.00 was Driver’s Education.

 

Motion by Ode, seconded by Klumper to approve the financial reports as presented for the month of April 2020 as presented.  On a roll call vote, the following voted aye:  Ode, Klumper, Talcott, Saxer, Ullom.  Voting nay:  none.  Motion carried.

 

Administrative reports were presented.  Superintendent Jarod Larson outlined the Sparta Elementary School construction timeline:

Spring 2020:  Construction has begun

°    Dirt Work and footing work in progress

°    Collaborative BVSD and City of Sioux Falls Playground/Park Development/Expense Agreement in progress

Summer 2020:  Naming Facilities Committee

Fall 2020:  Elementary boundary line committee meets

2020-21 School year:  Construction continues

Fall 2021:  School opens

The 2020-21 Budget process is underway with budget forms/documents distributed on January 6, 2020.  The Business Office has compiled and reviewed all budgets in March 2020 and these budgets have been returned to all schools for summer requisition preparation.  The 5-year plan was presented at the February 24, 2020 Board of Education meeting.  On March 9, 2020, the preliminary Capital Outlay budget was presented for approval in order for major items to be bid in a timely manner.  At tonight’s meeting, we will hold a preliminary budget presentation and in July 2020, we will hold the public budget hearing for potential action.

The Child Nutrition Services Department is planning a “Lynx Lunch Express”.  This is a mobile feeding unit and a bus is currently being outfitted with a generator and air conditioner for this purpose.   A Visual Art (wrap) of the bus is also in progress.  The plan is for the “Lynx Lunch Express” to visit portions of our School District which have been identified by census data for eligibility for summer lunch programs. 

The Professional Awards – Staff Recognition Banquet was held virtually this year on Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 7 p.m. on Lynx TV and weblink.  A special thank you to Bill Miller and all the other individuals that made this virtual presentation happen.  There will be a re-run of the Banquet on Friday-Sunday May 8 – 10 at 7 p.m. on Lynx TV.  Congratulations to all our retirees, years of service honorees, and the Brandon Valley School District Teacher of the Year, BVIS instructor Jeremy VanHeel.

COVID-19 CARES Act Funding has been in the news lately.  This is a funding allocation provided to each school based on Title I funding.  We have only received preliminary information thus far.  A basic overview from the US and South Dakota Department of Education is for this funding for the prevention, preparing for, and responding to COVID-19.  It will focus on budget needs and student learning recovery and advancement.  Evaluation and recommendations remain in progress, but the estimated Brandon Valley School District allocation is $260,000. 

COVID-19 Update.  Superintendent Larson continues to send staff/parent/community emails with COVID-19 Information as well as maintaining the BVSD COVID-19 Website as the Central Community hub for the Distance Learning Plans and Grab & Go Lunch updates.  A change to Grab & Go lunch has taken place, distributing a week’s full of meals one day a week only (continuing through the month of June) to reduce exposure to staff and students while maintaining the service.   All BVSD & SDHSAA events (spring & winter postponed) are now cancelled.  Information on locker clean-out and equipment return is on-going.  The Brandon Valley School District Pandemic Response Plan continues to prevent-prepare-mitigate-respond plan with two strategies:  reduce the spread and sustain educational functions and operations.  We will abide by recommendations of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Department of Health.

In regard to the 2020 Graduation Ceremony, the Brandon Valley Administration utilized senior student and parent focus groups via a survey.  The strategy going forward is as follows:  Graduation postponed to Sunday, July 19, 2020 with a back-up date of Sunday, August 2, 2020 if needed.  If the August 2, 2020 doesn’t allow for an in-person ceremony, a Virtual Graduation will be held on August 2, 2020.

Brandon Valley Summer programming and outside facility use remains closed through May 31, 2020.  A decision regarding summer programs and outside facility use for the month of June will be made on Friday, May 15, 2020.  That decision will be communicated through our established platforms.

We have begun proactive planning for the 2020-21 school year in regard to the COVID-19 Pandemic, continuing to focus on safety, preventative and response members.  We will continue to collaborate with Public Health Officials, BVSD Administration, and BVSD Student Health Services.

Larson stated that the recent South Dakota “Special Legislative Session” originally scheduled for June, 2020, has been deemed not necessary.  There is a potential session that may happen in September.

The upcoming 2019-20 school year important dates to remember:  Current closure dates March 16 – May 22, 2020 and all days included in the Academic Calendar remain unchanged.

 Brandon Valley Middle School Principal Brad Thorson thanked the Board of Education for their support during his recent absence and also especially thanked Assistant Principal Amanda Nelson for the extra time that she put in during his absence.  Welcome back, Mr. Thorson!

Business Manager Paul J. Lundberg presented the 2020-21 preliminary district budget.  (See attached)

Superintendent Jarod Larson presented the Child Nutrition Services Shared Services Program.  The purpose of this CNS Shared Services program is to enhance and improve the Brandon Valley CNS program, all while supporting and providing industry expert leadership and service to neighboring rural school districts.  This will allow BVSD to obtain a Registered Dietician and provide shared services to participants.  This will also provide CNS Directorship services to these small districts in need of industry expert leadership, allowing approximately one day per week of CNS Director time allocated to participants, approximately one day per week of Registered Dietician time allocated to participants, while allowing BVSD to gain three additional days per week of CNS support and leadership.  This program will enhance BVSD CNS productions and services, increase training opportunities, and increase community education nutrition offerings and services. The participating South Dakota School Districts are as follows:  Chester Area, Colman-Egan, Deubrook, Howard, Lake Preston, Menno, Montrose, Oldham Ramona, Rutland, and Sioux Valley.  Each of the participating school districts has provided a “letter of commitment” to participate in the shared services program with the annual $2,000 fee for the two-year pilot.  The group would be utilizing a $65,000 “Share Our Strength” Grant for each school year 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years.  We anticipate all annual program expenses would be paid by this grant and participant fees.   Motion by Saxer, seconded by Klumper to approve preliminary approval of the CNS Shared Services program to authorize “Share Our Strength” Grant application and Memorandum of Understanding, formation of Shared Services Memorandum of Understanding, and initiate the hiring process for a Registered Dietician as presented. On a roll call vote, the following voted aye:  Saxer, Klumper, Ode, Talcott, Ullom.  Voting nay:  none.  Motion carried.

 Superintendent Jarod Larson presented the K-12 2020-21 Swing Year Curriculum Delivery Model at a cost of $57,687.16.  Director of Instruction Sherri Nelson also reviewed this Swing Year Curriculum.  Motion by Talcott, seconded by Ode to approve the K-12 Swing Year Curriculum Delivery Model as presented.  On a roll call vote, the following voted aye:  Talcott, Ode, Klumper, Saxer, Ullom.  Voting nay:  none.  Motion carried.

             Motion by Saxer, seconded by Ode to approve the following General Business:

  1. Approve agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District #49-2 and Quam, Berglin & Post, PC, for the 2019-20 Fiscal Year audit for the approximate amount of $13,700.00
  2. Cast ballot for the South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSAA) East River At-Large Representative for Dr. Kelly Glodt (Pierre School District), effective July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2025.
  3. Cast ballot for the South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSAA) Division 1 Representative for Dan Conrad (Sioux Falls Washington High School), effective July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2025.
  4. Cast ballot for the South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSAA) Small School Group Board of Education Representative for Marty Weismantel (Groton Area School District), effective July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2025.
  5. Cast ballot for the South Dakota High School Activities Association SDHSAA) Amendment No. 1 ~ Yes.
  6. Approve contract by and between the Brandon Valley School District and Behavior Care Specialists for services for one student in the amount of $6,460.47/month, effective June1 - August 31, 2020.
  7. Approve 2020-21 School year breakfast and lunch prices with a $0.10 across the board increase, due to the federally mandated paid lunch equity requirement.
  8. Approve purchase lease agreement by and between Apple, Inc., and the Brandon Valley School District #49-2 for computer hardware (MacBook Air laptop) and support, in the amount of $402,300.03/year for four years (total $1,609,200.12) as presented.
  9. Approve the Administrative Recommendation to waive the annual physical evaluation requirement, as outlined I JHCA, due to COVID-19, for the 2020-21 school year and allow the usage of a biennial physical evaluation.

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

           Motion by Klumper, seconded by Saxer to approve the recommendation to hire the following summer 2020 grounds workers effective May 26, 2020:  Morgan Mashlan ~ $12.00/hour; Carson Mork ~ $11.50/hour; and Evan Talcott ~ $11.50/hour. On a roll call vote, the following voted aye:  Klumper, Saxer, Ode, Ullom; Abstaining: Talcott; Voting nay: none.  Motion carried.  

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

1.    Approve recommendation to hire Melanie Sittig, BVHS Spring Musical Director, Extra-curricular Step 10 ~ $2,870.00, effective for the 2020-21 school year.
  2.   
Accept retirement notification from Merlyn Bosch, BVHS Custodial Supervisor, effective May 8, 2020.

  3.   
Approve recommendation to hire Lindsey Abens, BVIS Computer Teacher, BA Step Base ~ $46,754.00, effective for the 2020-21 school year.
 
4.    Accept amended retirement notification form Wayne Hansen, District Mechanic, effective June 30, 2020.
  5.   
Approve resignation from Daniel VanDeest, BVIS Night Custodian, effective May 8, 2020.
  6.   
Approve recommendation to hire Malle Driscoll, BVHS Junior Class Advisor (Prom Coordinator), Extra-Curricular Step Base ~ $1,017.00, effective for the 2020-21 school year.
  7.   
Approve recommendation to hire Robert Boecker, BVIS Night Custodian, $15.30/hour plus $1.00/hour night differential pay, effective May 18, 2020.
  8.   
Accept resignation from Kendra Litka, BVMS Special Education Educational Assistant, effective May 22, 2020.
  9.   
Approve recommendation to hire the following summer 2020 custodial employees effective May 26 2020:||
            Susan Fritz (MS) ~ $12.00/hour; Jolene Roozenboom (VSE) ~ $12.00/hour; Jocelyn Sperlich (RBE) ~ $12.00/hour; Sherri Pickthorn (FAE) ~ $12.00/hour; Alison Statema (BE) ~ $12.00/hour; Ardis Lippert (BVIS) ~ $12.00/hour; Britton Elkin (RBE) ~ $11.50/hour; Colter Elkin (FAE) ~ $11.00/hour; and Jeremiah Donahoe (BVIS) - $11.00/hour.

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

            The following information was presented to the Board of Education for information only:

  1. Request for maternity leave by Stephanie Jorgensen, BVSD Psychologist, effective on or around August 10, 2020, for 10-12 weeks.

                         The following communications were presented from the Central Office and Board of Education:

  1. Building Permit Applications – April 2020.
  2. Thank you from Judy Tschetter for continued payment through COVID pandemic.
  3. Thank you from Child Nutrition Staff (Lori Crumb, Lori Daniels, Patsy Terveer, Laurie Veld, Linda Schoby, Kristi Gregerson, Becky Peterson, and Kayla Lubbers) for continued support and generosity from BVSD.
  4. Thank you from Child Nutrition Staff (Cheryl Hartog, Erin Ashby, Michelle Brady, Angel Dunham, Jennifer Roemen, Becky Smith, Anita Hume, Gail Grace, Karen Lenz, and Joanne Bennis) for continued payment.
  5. Thank you from Child Nutrition Staff (Traci Meyerink, Sarah Gruber, Staci Anderson, Chris Erickson, Kelly Matzen, Laura Reinsch, Kayla Houser, and Crystal Reimers) for continued payment during such a stressful situation.

             Motion by Klumper, seconded by Talcott to adjourn the meeting at 7:40 p.m.  On a roll call vote, the following voted aye:  Klumper, Talcott, Saxer, Ode, Ullom.  Voting nay:  none.  Motion carried.

Signed ___________________________________
                                Business Manager 

Approved by the Board of Education this 8th day of June, 2020. 

Signed____________________________________
                                Chairperson

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April 27, 2020

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 27th of April, 2020 at the Brandon Valley High School Community Room via teleconference attendance with the following members present:  Renee Ullom (via phone), Gregg Ode (via phone), Dan Klumper (via phone), Ellie Saxer (via phone), and Gregg Talcott (via phone).  Absent: none.  Also present were Superintendent Jarod Larson and Business Manager Paul J. Lundberg (via phone), Brandon Valley Middle School Assistant Principal Amanda Nelson (via phone) and Brandon Valley Intermediate School Principal Nick Skibsted (via phone). 

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

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

Tonight’s Good New Report was presented via video from all four elementary principals, Tanya Palmer-Valley Springs Elementary, Merle Horst-Brandon Elementary, Kristin Hofkamp-Robert Bennis Elementary, and Susan Foster-Fred Assam Elementary.  All four Administrators emphasized ways in which they are keeping in touch with students and staff during this Distance Learning period and reminded all to stay safe and healthy.   Please visit the following link to see their presentation at tonight’s meeting:  https://www.wevideo.com/view/1667594370.

Administrative reports were presented.  Superintendent Jarod Larson outlined the Sparta Elementary School construction timeline:

Spring 2020:  Construction begins

Fall 2020:  Elementary boundary line committee meets

2020-21 School year:  Construction continues

Fall 2021:  School opens

The 2020-21 Budget process is underway with budget forms/documents distributed on January 6, 2020.  The Business Office has compiled and reviewed all budgets in March 2020 and these budgets have been returned to all schools for summer requisition preparation.  The 5-year plan was presented at the February 24, 2020 Board of Education meeting.  On March 9, 2020, the preliminary Capital Outlay budget was presented for approval in order for major items to be bid in a timely manner.  In May 2020, we will hold a preliminary budget presentation and in July 2020, we will hold the public budget hearing for potential action.

The Child Nutrition Services Department is planning a “Lynx Lunch Express”.  This is a mobile feeding unit and a bus is currently being outfitted with a generator and air conditioner for this purpose.  The plan is for the “Lynx Lunch Express” to visit portions of our School District which have been identified by census data for eligibility for summer lunch programs.  Child Nutrition Director Gay Anderson is reviewing an Innovative Programmatic Grant Opportunity.  It includes some shared services and would include additional staff at no additional cost to our district.  More information and an approval request regarding this grant opportunity will be forthcoming in May.

The Professional Awards – Staff Recognition Banquet will be held virtually this year on Thursday, May 7, 2020.  We will be celebrating retirements, years of service, and will announce the Brandon Valley School District Teacher of the Year at this banquet.  Details of how to attend will be available in the near future.

COVID-19 CARES Act Funding has been in the news lately.  This is a funding allocation provided to each school based on Title I funding.  We have only received preliminary information and more information will be made available in the near future.  We will make that information available when we have more to share.

COVID-19 Update.  Superintendent Larson continues to send staff/parent/community emails with COVID-19 Information as well as maintaining the BVSD COVID-19 Website as the Central Community hub for the Distance Learning Plans and Grab & Go Lunch updates.  A change to Grab & Go lunch has taken place, distributing a week’s full of meals on Tuesdays only to reduce exposure to staff and students while maintaining the service.   All BVSD & SDHSAA events (spring & winter postponed) are now cancelled.  Information on locker clean-out and equipment return is on-going.  The Brandon Valley School District Pandemic Response Plan continues to prevent-prepare-mitigate-respond plan with two strategies:  reduce the spread and sustain educational functions and operations.  We will abide by recommendations of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Department of Health.

In regard to the 2020 Graduation Ceremony, the Brandon Valley Administration utilized senior student and parent focus groups via a survey.  The strategy going forward is as follows:  Graduation postponed to Sunday, July 19, 2020 with a back-up date of Sunday, August 2, 2020 if needed.  If the August 2, 2020 doesn’t allow for an in-person ceremony, a Virtual Graduation will be held on August 2, 2020.  Thank you to the students, parents and BVHS Administration on working through this difficult decision.

The upcoming 2019-20 school year important dates to remember:  Current closure dates March 16 – May 22, 2020 and all days included in the Academic Calendar remain unchanged. 

             Motion by Saxer, seconded by Klumper to approve the following General Business:

  1. Approve low bid from Guarantee Roofing & Sheetmetal for the BVMS Re-roof project in the amount of $101,734.00, as presented.
  2. Approve agreements by and between the Brandon Valley School District #49-2 and the City of Sioux Falls for the 41st Street widening project in the 41st Street public right-of-way located adjacent to Sparta Elementary (Temporary Construction Easement, Permanent Public and/or Private Utility Easement, and Offer to Purchase Real Estate), as presented.
  3. Approve application submission by the BVSD Child Nutrition Services for Fuel up to Play 6 Grant (up to $4,000/school), as presented.
  4. Approve low bid from Innovative Office Solutions for RBE Floor Covering (base bid and both alternates) in the amount of $163,052.00, as presented.

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

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

1.    Approve resignation for Jeanna Seubert, FAE part-time Child Nutrition Worker, effective April 13, 2020.

2.    Approve recommendation to hire Ashley Hoffman, BVHS Head Dance Team Coach, 12.5% of Extra-curricular Step Base ~ $5,086.00, effective for the 2020-21 school year.

3.    Approve recommendation to hire Shalena Zeller, BVIS 5th Grade English/Language Arts Teacher, BA+15 Step 8 ~ $49,752.00, effective for the 2020-21 school year.

4.    Approve recommendation to hire Taylor Blosmo, BVHS Special Education Teacher, BA Step 1 ~ $47,054.00, effective for the 2020-21 school year.

5.    Approve recommendation to hire Keegan Hecht, BVHS Social Studies Teacher, BA+15 Step 4 ~ $48,349.00, effective for the 2020-21 school year.

6.    Approve recommendation to hire Lorinda VanMaanen, BVMS 8th Grade English/Language Arts Teacher, MA+15 Step 10 ~ $51,322.00, effective for the 2020-21 school year.

7.    Approve recommendation to hire Andrea Lahrs, BVMS 7th/8th Grade English/Language Arts Teacher, BA Step 6 ~ $48,685.00, effective for the 2020-21 school year.

8.    Approve resignation from Josie Reekers, BVMS Smart Lab Teacher, effective at the end of the 2019-20 school year.

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

            The following information was presented to the Board of Education for information only:

  1. Transfer Jessica Hunsaid from FAE 3rd Grade Teacher to BVIS 6th Grade English/Language Arts Teacher, effective for the 2020-21 school year.
  2. Transfer Sonja Braucht from District Gifted Education Teacher to BVMS 8th Grade Science Teacher, effective for the 2020-21 school year.

            The following communications were presented from the Central Office and Board of Education:

  1. Thank you from Melissa Garrow and family for the plant sent in memory of her mother, Diane Young.
  2. Thank you from Andrea Gerritsen for continued payment for herself and fellow staff during the COVID-19 disruption.

            Board President Renee Ullom reported on Alternative Education committee and a recent meeting held on 4/15/2020.  Teachwell has signed papers to purchase an additional building to expand future services.  Ullom expressed her excitement on this good news for Alternative Education opportunities going forward.

           Motion by Saxer, seconded by Ode to adjourn the meeting at 6:51 p.m.  On a roll call vote, the following voted aye:  Saxer, Ode, Talcott, Klumper, Ullom.  Voting nay:  none.  Motion carried.

Signed ___________________________________
                                Business Manager 

Approved by the Board of Education this 11th day of May, 2020. 

Signed____________________________________
                                Chairperson

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 April 14, 2020

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 14th of April, 2020 at the Brandon Valley High School Community Room with the following members present:  Renee Ullom (via phone), Gregg Ode (via phone), Dan Klumper (via phone), Ellie Saxer, and Gregg Talcott (via phone).  Absent: none.  Also present were Superintendent Jarod Larson and Business Manager Paul J. Lundberg (via phone). 

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

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

Motion by Klumper, seconded by Ode to approve the meeting minutes from the regular meetings of March 9, 2020 and March 23, 2020 as presented.  On a roll call vote, the following voted aye:  Klumper, Ode, Saxer, Talcott, Ullom.  Voting nay:  none.  Motion carried.

 

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

 

The cash report for the month of March 2020 showed receipts of $3,187,803.23 and disbursements of $3,194,374.95 leaving a balance of $22,469,818.53.  The General Fund had receipts of $2,705,082.25, received a temporary interfund transfer of $99,267.33 from the Bond Fund, received an operating transfer of $900,000.00 from the Capital Outlay Fund, sent a temporary interfund transfer to the Special Education Fund of $128,405.06, with disbursements of $2,440,148.44, leaving a balance of $5,676,426.24.  Capital Outlay Fund had receipts of $135,232.11, sent a $900,000.00 operating transfer to the General Fund, with disbursements of $78,408.30, leaving a balance of $273,551.77.  Special Education Fund had receipts of $277,605.22, received a temporary interfund transfer of $128,405.06 from the General Fund, with disbursements of $633,813.58, leaving a balance of $0.00.  Pension Fund had receipts of $0.00, with disbursements of $0.00, leaving a balance of $54,033.38.   Bond Redemption Fund had receipts of $67,133.65, sent a temporary interfund transfer of $99,237.33 to the General Fund, with disbursements of $0.00, leaving a balance of $0.00.  Enterprise Fund had receipts of $2,750.00, with disbursements of $3,352.59, leaving a balance of $75,977.13.  The Capital Projects Fund had receipts of $0.00, with disbursements of $38,652.04, leaving a balance of $16,389,830.01. 

 

The March 2020 payroll totaled $1,967,146.34 of which $1,062,714.34 was instructional, $446,757.20 was support services, $37,181.51 was co-curricular, $327,288.19 was Special Education, $90,230.10 was Food Service, and $2,975.00 was Driver’s Education.

 

Motion by Ode, seconded by Klumper to approve the financial reports as presented for the month of March 2020 as presented.  On a roll call vote, the following voted aye:  Ode, Klumper, Talcott, Saxer, Ullom.  Voting nay:  none.  Motion carried.   

 

Administrative reports were presented.  Larson outlined the Sparta Elementary School construction timeline:
Spring 2020:
  Construction begins
Fall 2020:
  Elementary boundary line committee meets
2020-21 School year:
  Construction continues
Fall 2021:
  School opens

2020-21 Title I Budget.  The BVSD has received notification from the South Dakota Department of Education-Office of Grants Management on February 18, 2020 of the following:
-        
BVSD Poverty Rate has decreased - Census Poverty Data now 3.89% (down from 5.2%)
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2020-21 Title I Allocation will be significantly reduced - $180,914 (57.62% reduction)
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Estimated 2020-21 Title I Allocation estimated to be $133,061 (supports two (2) Title I Tutors)
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Title I Tutor Staff reduction is necessary
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Staff reduction includes one (1) retirement and three (3) current Title I staff reductions with action on 3/09/20 BOE Meeting with formal notification complete.

The 2020-21 negotiations time-line/wage recommendations is complete and will be reviewed/approved at tonight’s BOE meeting.  This recommendation is subject to change in the event of Special Legislative Session that alters the district’s FY21 Budget.
-          
Ratify 2020-21 Master Contract
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Approve Classified Wage Recommendation
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Approve Administration Salary Recommendation
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Superintendent Contract Negotiations (postponed)

The 2020-21 Budget process is underway with budget forms/documents distributed on January 6, 2020.  The Business Office has been compiled and reviewed in March 2020.  The 5-year plan was presented at the February 24, 2020 Board of Education meeting.  On March 9, 2020, the preliminary Capital Outlay budget was presented for approval in order for major items to be bid in a timely manner.  In May 2020, we will hold a preliminary budget presentation and in July 2020, we will hold the public budget hearing for potential action.

The Child Nutrition Services Department is planning a “Lynx Lunch Express”.  This is a mobile feeding unit and a bus is currently being outfitted with a generator and air conditioner for this purpose.  The plan is for the “Lynx Lunch Express” to visit portions of our School District which have been identified by census data for eligibility for summer lunch programs.  Child Nutrition Director Gay Anderson is reviewing an Innovative Programmatic Grant Opportunity.  It includes some shared services and would include additional staff at no additional cost to our district.  More information regarding this grant opportunity will be forthcoming.

In April, a Good News Report will be shared the second Board of Education meeting by the Elementary.

COVID-19 Update.  Superintendent Larson continues to send staff/parent/community emails with COVID-19 Information as well as maintaining the BVSD COVID-19 Website as the Central Community hub for the Distance Learning Plans and Grab & Go Lunch updates.  All BVSD & SDHSAA events (spring & winter postponed) are now cancelled.  Information on locker clean-out and equipment return is to be announced.  Administration is working and finalizing plans for the graduation ceremony.    The Brandon Valley School District Pandemic Response Plan continues to prevent-prepare-mitigate-respond plan with two strategies:  reduce the spread and sustain educational functions and operations.  We will abide by recommendations of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Department of Health.

BV Booster Club Video Board Update.  The process/planning continues to secure a new video/score board at our outside activities complex.  The common practice and tax advantage include the BV School District purchasing the video board and the Booster Club reimbursing for the purchase.  Superintendent Larson stated that Coke has presented a potential sponsorship for the new video board.  Larson has met with Activities Director Randy Marso, the Concessions Manager and the Coke representative who have presented a contract with Coke to have exclusive rights to serve Coke at our concession stands.

The upcoming 2019-20 school year important dates to remember:  Current closure dates March 16 – May 22, 2020 and all days included in the Academic calendar remain unchanged. 

Superintendent Larson presented the 2020-21 Master Agreement as negotiated between the Brandon Valley School District #49-2 and the Brandon Valley Education Association. In the event of a special South Dakota Legislative session to change the state of South Dakota budget, all parties will agree to reconvene with all matters relating to the agreed upon proposal.   Motion by Talcott, seconded by Ode to ratify the 2020-21 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 2.2% salary increase for the 2020-21 school year.
            -          
One-time wage/salary enhancement of $1,000 to be paid with the November 2020 payroll.
On a roll call vote, voting aye:  Talcott, Ode, 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 for the 2020-21 school year. In the event of a special South Dakota Legislative session to change the state of South Dakota budget, all parties will agree to reconvene with all matters relating to the agreed upon proposal.   Motion by Saxer, seconded by Klumper to approve the recommendation of the 2020-21 Classified Wages & Salary increase as presented as follows:

-           Across the board 2.2% salary increase.

-           One-time wage/salary enhancement of $750/$600/$250 to be paid with the November 2020 payroll.

On a roll call vote, voting aye:  Saxer, Klumper, Ode, Talcott, Ullom; Nay: none.  Motion carried.

 

Superintendent Larson presented the recommendation for new two-year contracts for all Administration (except BV HS Principal Schlekeway-currently in year one of a three-year contract).  In the event of a special South Dakota Legislative session to change the state of South Dakota budget, all parties will agree to reconvene with all matters relating to the agreed upon proposal.   Motion by Saxer, seconded by Talcott to approve the recommendation of the 2020-21 Administration Salary increase as presented as follows:

-           2.2% salary increase for the 2020-21 school year.

-           One-time wage/salary enhancement of $1,500 to be paid with the November 2020 payroll.

On a roll call vote, voting aye:  Saxer, Talcott, Ode, Klumper, Ullom; Nay: none.  Motion carried. 

Motion by Ode, seconded by Klumper to approve the Administrative recommendation for the 2020 Official Election Ballot for the Associated School Boards of South Dakota (ASBSD) Board of Directors, Southeast Region, as follows:  Ellie C. Saxer, Brandon Valley School District.  On a roll call vote, the following voted aye:  Ode, Klumper, Talcott, and Ullom; abstain: Saxer; voted nay: none.  Motion carried. 

             Motion by Klumper, seconded by Talcott to approve the following General Business:

  1. Approve service contract by and between the Brandon Valley School District 49-2 and Behavior Care Specialists for one student at a rate of $66.63/hour for telehealth therapy services and $46.35/hour for lesson  plans, effective April 1, 2020 through May 31, 2020 as presented.
  2. Approve the contract for the Brandon Valley Booster Club Outdoor Complex Video Display Board project with Daktronics for $400,000.00, will al expenses reimbursed to the Brandon Valley School District #49-2 or paid by the Brandon Valley Booster Club, as presented.

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

            Motion by Saxer, seconded by Ode to approve the following personnel items:
        1.   
Approve recommendation to hire Carson Pruett, BVHS Spanish Teacher, BA Step Base ~ $46,041.00 based on the 2019-20 hiring schedule, effective for the 2020-21 school year.
        2.   
Approve recommendation to hire Jared Ailts, BVHS Science Teacher, MA Step 4 ~ $47,976.00 based on the 2019-20 hiring schedule, effective for the 2020-21 school year.
        3.   
Approve recommendation to hire Roxie Ohlson, BVHS Match Teacher, MA+15 Step 10 ~ $50,653.00 based on the 2019-20 hiring schedule, effective for the 2020-21 school year.
        4.   
Approve recommendation to increase FTE for Melinda Winter, BVHS American Sign Language Teacher from .625 FTE to .85 FTE, effective for the 2020-21 school year.
        5.   
Approve recommendation to hire Hope VanderMaten, .5 FTE RBE Special Education Teacher and .5 FTE District Evaluator, BA Step Base ~ $46,041.00 based on the 2019-20 hiring schedule, effective for the 2020-21 school year.
        6.   
Approve recommendation to hire Jenessa Herman, RBE Special Education Teacher, BA Step Base ~ $46,041.00 based on the 2019-20 hiring schedule, effective for the 2020-21 school year.
On a roll call vote, the following voted aye:  Saxer, Ode, Talcott, Klumper, Ullom. Voting nay: none. Motion carried.
 

            The following information was presented to the Board of Education for information only:

  1. Request for maternity leave by Denae Haiar, BVHS Math Teacher, effective on or around September 2, 2020, for ten weeks.
  2. Transfer Mallory Husher from BVMS 7th Grade Math Teacher to BVMS 8th Grade Math Teacher effective with the 2020-21 school year.
  3. Transfer Hillary Neisteadt from BVMS 7th/8th Grade Math Teacher to BVMS 7th Grade Math Teacher effective with the 2020-21 school year.
  4. Transfer Shelby Selland, BVMS 7th/8th Grade English/Language Arts Teacher to BVMS 7th/8th Grade Math Teacher, effective with the 2020-21 school year.
  5. Request for leave of absence by Pam Klenner, RBE Librarian, on or around May 11, 2020 for approximately ten days for the adoption of a child.

      The following communications were presented from the Central Office and Board of Education:

  1. Building Permit Applications – March 2020.
  2. Thank you from Kelli Vellema for continuing to pay BVSD Educational Assistants.
  3. Thank you DeLoris Gulson for flowers sent during her recovery.
  4. Thank you from Stacey Bruce for staff support and continued payment from BVSD.

            Board President Renee Ullom reported on a recent EDEC special meeting held on 4/8/2020 and will hold another regular meeting on 4/15/2020. 

           Motion by Saxer, seconded by Klumper to adjourn the meeting at 7:10 p.m.  On a roll call vote, the following voted aye:  Saxer, Klumper, Ode, Talcott, and Ullom.  Voting nay:  none.  Motion carried.       

Signed ___________________________________
                                Business Manager 

Approved by the Board of Education this 11th day of May, 2020. 

Signed____________________________________
                                Chairperson

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March 23, 2020

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 23rd of March, 2020 at the Brandon Valley High School Community Room with the following members present:  Renee Ullom, Gregg Ode, Ellie Saxer, and Dan Klumper; via phone: Gregg Talcott; absent: none.  Also present were Superintendent Jarod Larson, Business Manager Paul Lundberg, and Intermediate School Principal Nick Skibsted. 

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

The “Good News” report tonight was presented by Brandon Valley Intermediate School Principal Nick Skibsted on Authentic Experiences Program that has begun at the Intermediate School.  The purpose of this program is to provide purposeful engagement and an authentic experience through STEM exploration, to develop working partnerships with local businesses, and to develop student interest in careers that are related to South Dakota.  A big thank you to our local business, POET, for working with our teachers and students on this most valuable project. 

Administrative reports were presented by Superintendent Larson.  The Associated School Boards of South Dakota (ASBSD) is seeking an Executive Board position and has set a Declaration of Candidacy date of 2/19/2020.  We would like to wish our own Board Member Ellie Saxer good luck in running for this position.
Larson outlined the Sparta Elementary School construction timeline as follows:

Fall 2019/Winter 2020:  Construction planning meetings with Administration, Buildings and Grounds Committee, and Architect

February 20, 2020:  Bid opening for the construction project

  Peska Construction - $14,675,000 ~ Board Approved at the March 9, 2020 BOE meeting

Spring 2020:  Construction begins

Fall 2020:  Elementary boundary line committee meets

2020-21 School year:  Construction continues

2020-21 Title I Budget.  The BVSD has received notification from the South Dakota Department of Education-Office of the Grants Management on February 18, 2020 of the following:

-         BVSD Poverty Rate has decreased - Census Poverty Data now 3.89% (down from 5.2%)

-         2020-21 Title I Allocation will be significantly reduced - $180,914 (57.62% reduction)

-         Estimated 2020-21 Title I Allocation estimated to be $133,061 (that estimate supports two (2)    Title I Tutors)

-         Title I Tutor Staff reduction is necessary

           Staff reduction action on 3/9/2020 includes one (1) retirement (Roxie Rauk) and three (3) current Title I staff reductions ~ Jody Lambert (BE), Sara Tiffany (BE) and Janna Kloth (BVIS)

The US Department of Education visit at the Brandon Valley High School that was scheduled on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by Mr. Frank Brogan, Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education was cancelled.

The 2020-21 negotiations time-line/wage recommendations has begun with a pre-negotiations meeting between the BVSD Admin and the Brandon Valley Education Association (BVEA) on March 11, 2020.  The Personnel Welfare and BVEA then began negotiations Tuesday, March 17, 2020.  The Administration/School Board will enter into Executive Session at the regular Board of Education meeting tonight, Monday, March 23, 2020 for negotiations preparation.  Mid-March to early April (as needed) we will hold Negotiation(s) meeting with the Personnel Welfare committee and BVEA as follows:  Wednesday April 1, 2020, and Wednesday, April 15, 2020 (if necessary).  At the April 14, 2020 Board of Education regular meeting we will plan to ratify the 2020-21 Master Contract, approve Classified wage recommendations/approve Administration Salary recommendations and enter into Superintendent contract negotiations.

The 2020-21 Budget process is underway and will proceed in May 2020, when we will hold a preliminary budget presentation and in July 2020, when we will hold the public budget hearing for potential action.

The Child Nutrition Services Department has been very busy with the “Grab and Go” lunch process and we thank all those involved in providing this important part of our COVID-19 plan at the present time.  CNS is also planning a “Lynx Lunch Express”.  This is a mobile feeding unit and a bus is currently being outfitted with a generator and air conditioner for this purpose.  The plan is for the “Lynx Lunch Express” to visit portions of our School District which have been identified by census data for eligibility for summer lunch programs.  Child Nutrition Director Gay Anderson is reviewing an Innovative Programmatic Grant Opportunity.  It includes some shared services and would include additional staff at no additional cost to our district.  More information regarding this grant opportunity will be forthcoming.

In April, a Good News Reports will be shared at the second BOE meeting from the Elementary schools. 

COVID-19 Update.  Superintendent Larson discussed the various steps that have taken place quickly in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, including the BVSD COVID-19 Website.  Larson reiterated that the COVID-19 Website is the first area to be updated with important information as we move forward during this time and will be the source for all BVSD updates during the pandemic.  The BVSD Distance Learning Plans and Website were launched during the week of March 16th and these plans continue to be upgraded and enhanced as we work into the second week and moving forward.  The “Grab and Go” lunches are being distributed in four locations that are also listed on the COVID-19 website.  The response plan continues to prevent, prepare, mitigate, and respond to this pandemic threat with two strategic goals:  reduce the spread and sustain education functions/operations.  Larson thanked all the many “hands on deck” that have made this operation begin and run smoothly as we move forward.

BV Booster Club Video Board Update.  The process/planning continues to secure a new video/score board at our outside activities complex.  The common practice and tax advantage include the BV School District purchasing the video board and the Booster Club reimbursing for the purchase.  Superintendent Larson stated that Coke has presented a potential sponsorship for the new video board.  Larson has met with Activities Director Randy Marso, the Concessions Manager and the Coke representative who have presented a contract with Coke to have exclusive rights to serve Coke at our concession stands.   That contract will be presented to the Board for action tonight.

The upcoming 2019-20 school year current closure schedule remains March 16-27 (days included in the Academic Calendar).  Larson stated that this closure could include future days as we look to more announcements this week.  Until then, we will direct patrons to the COVID-19 website for the most current and accurate information.  Additionally, Larson thanked the Brandon Valley Board of Education for allowing him to navigate the district through this situation and the support that he has been given to lead and manage.  We will also continue to promote community learning while supporting our staff and students at the same time. 

Ellie Saxer thanked Board President Ullom, Superintendent Larson, and Business Manager Lundberg for their leadership during the COVID-19 Pandemic.  She also commented on how thankful she is to see such a successful launch of the Distance Learning Plan that has begun from day one!  From the Superintendent, to Administrators, to teaching staff, technology staff, and all others working tirelessly to “make this work”.  Thank you!  Board President Ullom also thanked Administrators and staff and reminded all to stay well and stay home if you can! 

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

1.    Approve agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District #49-2 and Alliance Communications for telecommunication services effective March 6, 2020 for five (5) years, as presented.

2.    Approve agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District/Brandon Valley Booster Club, and Chesterman Company for non-alcoholic beverage distribution and equipment, effective July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2026, as presented.

3.    Approve request to purchase two new school buses (Blue Bird T3FE All American Type D Bus), from the Sourcewell Contract, for a total amount of $237,776 ($118,888 each) for the 2020-21 school year.

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

 

Motion by Saxer, seconded by Ode to approve the resignation of Abigale Klumper, BVIS 5th Grade English Language Arts Teacher, effective at the end of the 2019-20 school year. On a roll call vote, the following voted aye:  Saxer, Ode, Talcott, and Ullom; abstained: Klumper.  Motion carried. 

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

  1. Approve request for Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) by Paula Huber, RBE Kindergarten teacher, effective on February 3, 2020 for twelve (12) weeks.

2.   Approve recommendation to hire Mary Scherb, Child Nutrition Services Substitute, $12.00/hour, effective March 24, 2020.

3.   Approve recommendation to hire Megan Bertsch, VSE 2nd Grade Teacher, BA Step 8 ~ $48,680 based on the 2019-20 hiring schedule, effective for the 2020-21 school year.

4.  Approve recommendation to hire Lindsey Fiegen, BVHS English Teacher, BA Step 5 ~ $47,637, based on the 2019-20 hiring schedule, and BVHS Yearbook, BA Step Base ~ $3,409, based on the 2019-20 Extra-curricular hiring schedule, for a total salary of $51,046, effective for the 2020-21 school year.

5.  Approve recommendation to hire Molly Sundvold, BVHS English Teacher, BA Step Base ~ $46,041 based on the 2019-20 hiring schedule, effective for the 2020-21 school year.

6.  Approve recommendation to hire Alison Knutson, BVHS Agriculture Teacher, BA Step Base ~ $46,041, based on the 2019-20 hiring schedule, and BVHS FFA Advisor, BA Step Base ~ $2,606, based on the 2019-20 Extra-curricular hiring schedule, for a total salary of $48,647, effective for the 2020-21 school year.

 7.  Approve resignation from Tami Grieve, BVIS 6th Grade English/Language Arts Teacher, effective at the end of the 2019-20 school year.

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

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

  1. Thank you from Mariah Koch and family for flowers sent in honor of the birth of their son, Colton.

Motion by Saxer, seconded by Ode to go into Executive Session at 6:58 p.m. per SDCL 1-25-2.4 ~ Teacher Negotiations Preparation.  On a roll call vote, the following voted aye:  Saxer, Ode, Klumper, Talcott, and Ullom.  Voting nay: none.  Motion carried.

The Board of Education came out of Executive Session and into Open Session at 7:10 p.m.  Board member Klumper did excuse himself from Executive Session at this evening’s meeting. 

Motion by Saxer, seconded by Ode to adjourn the meeting at 7:10 p.m.  On a roll call vote, the following voted aye:  Saxer, Ode, Talcott, and Ullom.  Voting nay:  none.  Motion carried. 

Signed ___________________________________
                               
Business Manager 

Approved by the Board of Education this 14th day of April, 2020. 

Signed____________________________________
                                Chairperson

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March 9, 2020

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 9th of March, 2020 at the Brandon Valley High School Community Room with the following members present:  Renee Ullom, Gregg Ode, Ellie Saxer, Dan Klumper, and Gregg Talcott.  Absent: none.  Also present were Superintendent Jarod Larson, Business Manager Paul J. Lundberg, High School Principal Mark Schlekeway, Assistant High School Principal Bill Freking, Activities Director Randy Marso, Middle School Principal Brad Thorson, Assistant Middle School Principal Amanda Nelson, Brandon Valley Intermediate School Principal Nick Skibsted, Assistant Brandon Valley Intermediate School Principal Rick Pearson, Brandon Elementary Principal Merle Horst, 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 Saxer, seconded by Talcott to approve the agenda as presented.  Motion carried. 

Motion by Talcott, seconded by Klumper to approve the meeting minutes from the regular meetings of February 10, 2020 and February 24, 2020 as presented. Motion carried.

 

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

 

The cash report for the month of February 2020 showed receipts of $2,490,382.99 and disbursements of $3,506,087.07 leaving a balance of $22,476,390.25.  The General Fund had receipts of $2,096,716.13, with disbursements of $2,510,552.57, leaving a balance of $4,540,630.16.  Capital Outlay Fund had receipts of $99,061.52, with disbursements of $7,712.25, leaving a balance of $1,116,727.96.  Special Education Fund had receipts of $223,378.60, with disbursements of $551,981.06, leaving a balance of $227,803.30.  Pension Fund had receipts of $328.06, with disbursements of $0.00, leaving a balance of $54,033.38.   Bond Redemption Fund had receipts of $32,133.68, with disbursements of $0.00, leaving a balance of $32,133.68.  Enterprise Fund had receipts of $38,765.00, with disbursements of $6,323.69, leaving a balance of $76,579.72.  The Capital Projects Fund had receipts of $0.00, with disbursements of $429,517.50, leaving a balance of $16,428,482.05. 

 

The February 2020 payroll totaled $2,048,744.54 of which $1,068,869.76 was instructional, $491,595.04 was support services, $38,136.76 was co-curricular, $346,466.79 was Special Education, $100,801.19 was Food Service, and $2,875.00 was Driver’s Education.  

Motion by Talcott, seconded by Klumper to approve the financial reports as presented for the month of February 2020 as presented.  Motion carried. 

Administrative reports were presented.   Superintendent Larson presented a Legislative update.  The Legislative session is coming to a close.  There was a press briefing just today that reported that Governor Noem has released a 2% education funding increase for next year.  General Fund and Capital Outlay are the priorities remaining with the Large Schools Group and there is still a Capital Outlay bill still working it’s way through the legislative process.  With a 2% increase in general education funding, it is a successful year in education for us.

The Associated School Boards of South Dakota (ASBSD) is seeking an Executive Board position and has set a Declaration of Candidacy date of 2/19/2020.  Best of luck to our own Board Member Ellie Saxer.

Larson outlined the Sparta Elementary School construction timeline as follows:

Fall 2019/Winter 2020:  Construction planning meetings with Administration, Buildings and Grounds Committee, and Architect

February 20, 2020:  Bid opening for the construction project

°  Peska Construction - $14,675,000 ($Value Engineering Recommendation)

°  Scheduled for Board Approval on March 9, 2020

Spring 2020:  Construction begins

Fall 2020:  Elementary boundary line committee meets

2020-21 School year:  Construction continues

Fall 2021:  School opens

2020-21 Title I Budget.  The BVSD has received notification from the South Dakota Department of Education-Office of Grants Management on February 18, 2020 of the following:

-         BVSD Poverty Rate has decreased - Census Poverty Data now 3.89% (down from 5.2%)

-         2020-21 Title I Allocation will be significantly reduced - $180,914 (57.62% reduction)

-         Estimated 2020-21 Title I Allocation estimated to be $133,061 (supports two (2) Title I Tutors)

-         Title I Tutor Staff reduction is necessary

-         Staff reduction will include one (1) retirement and three (3) current Title I staff reductions with action on 3/09/20 BOE Meeting with formal notification to follow. 

The United States Department of Education has a scheduled visit at the Brandon Valley High School on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by Mr. Frank Brogan, Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education.

Then 2020-21 negotiations time-line/wage recommendations will begin with a pre-negotiations meeting between the BVSD Admin and the Brandon Valley Education Association (BVEA) March 11, 2020.  The Personnel Welfare and BVEA will begin negotiations Tuesday, March 17, 2020.  The Administration/School Board will enter into Executive Session at the regular Board of Education meeting on Monday, March 23, 2020 for negotiations preparation.    Mid-March to early April (as needed) we will hold Negotiation(s) meeting with the Personnel Welfare committee and BVEA as follows:  Wednesday, March 25, 2020, Wednesday April 1, 2020 (if necessary) and Wednesday, April 15, 2020 (if necessary).  At the April 14, 2020 Board of Education regular meeting we will plan to ratify the 2020-21 Master Contract, approve Classified wage recommendations/approve Administration Salary recommendations and enter into Superintendent contract negotiations.

The 2020-21 Budget process is underway with budget forms/documents distributed on January 6, 2020.  The Business Office is compiling and reviewing in March 2020.  The 5-year plan was presented at the February 24, 2020 Board of Education meeting.  On March 9, 2020, the preliminary Capital Outlay budget will be presented for approval in order for major items to be bid in a timely manner.  In May 2020, we will hold a preliminary budget presentation and in July 2020, we will hold the public budget hearing for potential action.

The Child Nutrition Services Department is planning a “Lynx Lunch Express”.  This is a mobile feeding unit and a bus is currently being outfitted with a generator and air conditioner for this purpose.  The plan is for the “Lynx Lunch Express” to visit portions of our School District which have been identified by census data for eligibility for summer lunch programs.  Child Nutrition Director Gay Anderson is reviewing an Innovative Programmatic Grant Opportunity.  It includes some shared services and would include additional staff at no additional cost to our district.  More information regarding this grant opportunity will be forthcoming.

In the months to come, the following Good News Reports will be shared the second Board of Education meetings each month as follows: March – Brandon Valley Intermediate School; and April – Elementary schools.

COVID-19 Update.  Superintendent Larson has sent a staff/parent/community email with COVID-19 Information.  The Brandon Valley School District Pandemic Response Plan (if needed) includes a prevent-prepare-mitigate-respond plan with two strategies:  reduce the spread and sustain educational functions and operations.  We will abide by recommendations of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Department of Health.

Superintendent Jarod Larson has been appointed as Commissioner of the Education Commission of the States by Governor Kristi Noem.  This is a non-partisan and unbiased education policy leadership group and will be a valuable district resource for research-based best practices.  The state covers costs associated with national forum on educational policy.  This is a two-year appointment and Larson is thankful to Governor Noem on the appointment and also thankful for the Brandon Valley School District for their support of this appointment.

BV Booster Club Video Board Update.  The process/planning continues to secure a new video/score board at our outside activities complex.  The common practice and tax advantage includes the BV School District purchasing the video board and the Booster Club reimbursing for the purchase.  Superintendent Larson stated that Coke has presented a potential sponsorship for the new video board.  Larson has met with Activities Director Randy Marso, the Concessions Manager and the Coke representative who have presented a contract with Coke to have exclusive rights to serve Coke at our concession stands.   That contract will be presented to the Board for action in the future.

The upcoming 2019-20 school year important dates to remember:  Parent-Teacher conferences for the 2nd semester will be held on Monday, March 16, 2020 for the Elementary schools and the High School and on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 for the Intermediate and Middle School; school WILL BE in session on Thursday, March 19, 2020 (flood day make up); no school on Friday, March 20, 2020 as a teacher comp day; two hour early dismissal on Thursday April 9, 2020; no school on Friday April 10, 2020; and no school on Monday, April 13, 2020.  

           Brandon Valley High School Principal Mark Schlekeway reported that it is busy at the High School currently with both boys’ and girls’ basketball teams qualifying for the up-coming state tournaments.  On Tuesday, March 10, 2020, Angela Kennecke will be presenting on Emily’s Hope and her personal journey.  Tuesday, March 24th, Dr. Larson and Schlekeway will be making a presentation to the BV Chamber of Commerce members regarding the paid internship program that has started in cooperation with the School District and local business partners. 

Business Manager Paul Lundberg reviewed the 2020-21 Capital Outlay Preliminary Budget Summary and answered questions regarding the summary breakdown.  Motion by Saxer, seconded by Ode to approve the Preliminary Capital Outlay Budget ($6,205,000) as presented.  Motion carried.

            Superintendent Jarod Larson presented the bid tabulation results from the Sparta Elementary School construction bid.  Motion by Saxer, seconded by Talcott to approve the low base bid from Peska Construction of $14,675,000 with total deducts of $520,519, resulting in the total contract amount of $14,154,481 as presented.  Motion carried. 

            Motion by Talcott, seconded by Klumper to approve the following General Business:

  1. Approve Board Member appointments to the area Equalization Boards.  Meeting dates and times as listed:

°  Brandon, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 6:00 p.m. at the Council Chambers – Gregg Talcott

°  Splitrock Township, Monday, March 16, 2020, 7:00 p.m. at Splitrock Township Fire Dept.- Gregg Ode

°  Valley Springs, Monday, March 16, 2020, 6:00 p.m. at Valley Springs City Hall – Renee Ullom

°  Sioux Falls, scheduled during the week of March 17, 2020 (exact times and dates to be determined)

°  In addition, Sioux Falls (Minnehaha County Director of Equalization) will hold an Informational meeting on Monday, March 16, 2020, 1:30 – 5:00 p.m. – Gregg Talcott

  1. Approve tuition agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District #49-2 and Aurora Plains Academy for one student, $107.64/day, effective upon admission through May 31, 2020 as presented.

Motion Carried

            Superintendent Jarod Larson reviewed the notification from the South Dakota Department of Education-Office of Grants Management from February 18, 2020 regarding the decreased funding for the Brandon Valley School District with the Title I allocation.  Due to this reduction, motion by Talcott, seconded by Ode to approve the recommendation for staff reductions in Title I Tutors as follows:  Janna Kloth (BVIS), Sara Tiffany (BE), and Jody Lambert (BE), effective at the end of the 2019-20 school year.  The order regarding Title I Tutor recall rights will be as follows: 1. Jody Lambert; 2. Sara Tiffany; 3. Janna Kloth; and 4. Janna Conrad. Motion carried.

                        Motion by Saxer, seconded by Klumper to approve the following personnel items:
        1.   
Approve recommendation to hire Annika Hietpas, BE Early Childhood Special Education Teacher, BA Step 1 ~ $46,341.00 based on the 2019-20 hiring schedule, effective for the 2020-21 school year.
        2.   
Approve resignation from Jan Zandt, BVHS part-time child nutrition worker, effective February 21, 2020.
       
3.    Approve request for leave without pay for Barb Sperlich, BE Educational Assistant, starting April 7, 2020 for seven days.
        4.   
Approve recommendation to hire Dylan Gehrke, long-term substitute for Noel Sunne, FAE 4th Grade Teacher, effective on or around April 16, 2020 for six weeks.
        5.   
Approve recommendation to hire Meredith Jenkins, long-term substitute for April Verberg, FAE Music Teacher, effective on or around April 20, 2020 for six weeks.
        6.   
Approve resignation from Samantha Dirkson, RBE Special Education Teacher, effective at the end of the 2019-20 school year.
        7.   
Approve retirement notification from LeeAnn Vermeer, BVHS Custodian, effective May 8, 2020.
        8.   
Approve retirement notification from Douglas Larson, FAE Night Custodian, effective May 22, 2020.
        9.   
Approve resignation from Elyssa Houtsma, BVHS German and US Government Teacher, effective at the end of the 2019-20 school year.
        10. 
Approve resignation from Kendra Ramm, BVMS 8th Grade English/Language Arts Teacher, effective at the end of the 2019-20 school year.
        11. 
Approve resignation from Micki Leesch, BVHS Special Education Educational Assistant, effective April 17, 2020.
        12. 
Approve recommendation to hire Amy Kasten, BVHS/VSE Art Teacher (from .4 FTE to 1.0 FTE), BA Step 8 ~ $48,680.00 based on the 2019-20 hiring schedule, effective for the 2020-21 school year.
        13. 
Approve resignation from Kasey Waage, BVMS 8th Grade Science Teacher, effective at the end of the 2019-20 school year.
        14. 
Approve recommendation to hire substitutes for the 2019-20 school year:  Michaela Boer and Jenni Glenn
Motion carried.

            The following information was presented to the Board of Education for information only:

  1. Transfer of Brianna Postma from BVMS Math Teacher to BVHS Math Teacher, effective for the 2020-21 school year.

                        The following communications were presented from the Central Office and Board of Education:

  1. Building Permit Applications – February 2020.
  2. Thank you from Wilma Kirkeby for the flowers sent during her recovery from surgery.
  3. Thank you from Laura Lueders for the flowers sent in honor of the birth of her daughter, Lydia.
  4. Thank you from Karen Lenz for the plant sent in memory of her father, Franklin Van Horsen.

            Board Vice President Gregg Ode reported on the Transportation Committee.  The transportation committee has been discussing future transportation sustainability along with the review of current challenges, necessity for programming evaluation, and program sustainability.  The review of current challenges includes 1) number of drivers, riders, and buses; 2) usage in proximity to buildings; 3) in-district open enrollment usage; 4) other. 

             The 2020-21 Transportation Program Sustainability includes 1) Multiple challenges within the current BVSD Transportation Program that have created long-term sustainability issues.  Safe, efficient and effective transportation programming is our ultimate goal, but some programmatic changes for the future are necessary; 2) Multiple forms of communication will be utilized to gather additional feedback and answer questions, prior to the 2020-21 school year such as an information e-mail, video, and open-house meeting.

            2020-21 Recommendations for the Transportation Program:  1) Centralized and established city limit bus stops; 2) Elimination of transportation eligibility for in-district open enrollments.

            Board member, Dan Klumper reported on Student Activities, Curriculum & Technology regarding a recent meeting.  Mr. Klumper also reported that he and his family will be moving to Minnesota this summer.  They have accepted teaching positions in Minnesota, so they will be here through the school year and will be moving in the summer of 2020.  Klumper will vacate his school board seat late summer once they have a moving date.  President Ullom thanked Mr. Klumper for time thus far and into the summer and wished he and his family well on this new transition.

            Board Member Saxer also reminded everyone that State testing will be happening soon and thanked patrons, parents, and educators to help to prepare our students for success.

             Travel Reports were reviewed.

            Motion by Saxer, seconded by Talcott to adjourn the meeting at 7:15 p.m.  Motion carried.     

Signed ___________________________________
                               
Business Manager 

Approved by the Board of Education this 14th day of April, 2020. 

Signed____________________________________
                                Chairperson

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February 24, 2020

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 24th of February, 2020 at the Brandon Valley High School Community Room with the following members present:  Renee Ullom, Gregg Ode, Dan Klumper, and Gregg Talcott, via phone:  Ellie Saxer,  absent: none.  Also present were Superintendent Jarod Larson, Business Manager Paul J. Lundberg, High School Principal Mark Schlekeway, Assistant High School Principal Bill Freking, Activities Director Randy Marso, Assistant Middle School Principal Amanda Nelson, Intermediate School Principal Nick Skibsted, Assistant Intermediate School Principal Rick Pearson, Robert Bennis Elementary Principal Kristin Hofkamp, Fred Assam Elementary Principal Susan Foster, 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 Talcott, seconded by Ode to approve the agenda as presented.  On a roll call vote, the following voted aye:  Talcott, Ode, Klumper, Saxer, Ullom.  Voting nay:  none.  Motion carried. 

The “Good News” report tonight was presented by Middle School Assistant Principal Amanda Nelson and Middle School Math Instructor Mallory Husher on Project Based Learning.  Project Based Learning (PBL) is defined as students working collaboratively to design solutions for authentic and meaningful questions and problems in the real world.  The benefits for math specifically include hands-on (interactive and collaborative), and minds-on (authentic problem solving and critical thinking).  Advocates also claim students tend to be more motivated to learn information for their projects.

Administrative reports were presented.   Superintendent Larson presented a Legislative update.  The Legislative session is now in-progress with a Legislative Coffee just held at Bethany Meadows on February 22, 2020.  The priority remains the State Aid calculation and Capital Outlay.

The Associated School Boards of South Dakota (ASBSD) is seeking an Executive Board position and has set a Declaration of Candidacy date of 2/19/2020.  We would like to wish our own Board Member Ellie Saxer good luck in running for this position.

Larson outlined the Sparta Elementary School construction timeline as follows:

Fall 2019/Winter 2020:  Construction planning meetings with Administration, Buildings and Grounds Committee, and Architect

February 20, 2020:  Bid opening for the construction project

  Peska Construction - $14,675,000 (currently under review/evaluation)

  Scheduled for Board Approval at the regular Board of Education meeting of March 9, 2020

Spring 2020:  Construction begins

Fall 2020:  Elementary boundary line committee meets

2020-21 School year:  Construction continues

Fall 2021:  School opens

Kindergarten Screening registration is open.  Contact your respective Elementary School for more information on how to register your student.

2020-21 Title I Budget.  The BVSD has received notification from the South Dakota Department of Education-Office of the Grants Management on February 18, 2020 of the following:

-         BVSD Poverty Rate has decreased - Census Poverty Data now 3.89% (down from 5.2%)

-         2020-21 Title I Allocation will be significantly reduced - $180,914 (57.62% reduction)

-         Estimated 2020-21 Title I Allocation estimated to be $133,061 (that estimate supports two (2)    Title I Tutors)

-         Title I Tutor Staff reduction is necessary

           Staff reduction will include one (1) retirement and three (3) current Title I staff reductions

Then 2020-21 negotiations time-line/wage recommendations will begin with a pre-negotiations meeting between the BVSD Admin and the Brandon Valley Education Association (BVEA) March 11, 2020.  The Personnel Welfare and BVEA will begin negotiations Tuesday, March 17, 2020.  The Administration/School Board will enter into Executive Session at the regular Board of Education meeting on Monday, March 23, 2020 for negotiations preparation.    Mid-March to early April (as needed) we will hold Negotiation(s) meeting with the Personnel Welfare committee and BVEA as follows:  Wednesday, March 25, 2020, Wednesday April 1, 2020 (if necessary) and Wednesday, April 15, 2020 (if necessary).  At the April 14, 2020 Board of Education regular meeting we will plan to ratify the 2020-21 Master Contract, approve Classified wage recommendations/approve Administration Salary recommendations and enter into Superintendent contract negotiations.

The 2020-21 Budget process is underway with budget forms/documents distributed on January 6, 2020.  The Business Office will compile and review by March 2020.  The 5-year plan will be presented in this evening’s meeting.  In March 2020, the preliminary Capital Outlay budget will be presented for approval in order for major items to be bid in a timely manner.  In May 2020, we will hold a preliminary budget presentation and in July 2020, we will hold the public budget hearing for potential action.

In the months to come, the following Good News Reports will be shared the second Board of Education meetings each month as follows: March – Brandon Valley Intermediate School; and April – Elementary schools.

BV Booster Club Video Board Update.  The process/planning continues to secure a new video/score board at our outside athletic complex.  The common practice and tax advantage includes the BV School District purchasing the video board and the Booster Club reimbursing for the purchase.  Superintendent Larson stated that Coke has presented a potential sponsorship for the new video board.  Larson has met with Activities Director Randy Marso, the Concessions Manager and the Coke representative who have presented a contract with coke to have exclusive rights to serve Coke at our concession stands.   That contract will be presented to the Board for action in the future.

The upcoming 2019-20 school year important dates to remember:  Parent-Teacher conferences for the 2nd semester will be held on Monday, March 16, 2020 for the Elementary schools and the High School and on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 for the Intermediate and Middle School; school WILL BE in session on Thursday, March 19, 2020 (flood day make up); no school on Friday, March 20, 2020 as a teacher comp day; two hour early dismissal on Thursday April 9, 2020; no school on Friday April 10, 2020; and no school on Monday, April 13, 2020.

 Business Manager Paul Lundberg reviewed the Brandon Valley School District’s 2020-25 Five Year Plan.  This plan can be viewed in its entirety at www.brandonvalleyschools.com on the Business Office tab.

Superintendent Jarod Larson reviewed the following new positions for the 2020-21 school year as follows:

General fund requests:

1.0 FTE Kindergarten-4th grade Elementary School Teacher

1.0 FTE 5th-6th grade Intermediate School Computer Teacher

1.0 FTE High School Math Teacher

1.0 FTE High School English Teacher

1.0 FTE High School Science Teacher

0.6 FTE High School Art Teacher (increasing our current .4 FTE Art Position to 1.0 FTE)

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

$30,000 Additional Budget ~ Paid Student Apprenticeships

            Special Education fund requests:

1.0  FTE Elementary Special Education Teacher/District SPED Evaluator

1.0  FTE High School Special Education Teacher

2.0  FTE Special Education Educational Assistants

1.0  FTE Sign Language Interpreter

$35,000 Additional Budget ~ Special Education Teachwell Alternative School Placements

Motion by Talcott, seconded by Klumper to approve the 2020-21 new positions as presented.  On a roll call vote, the following voted aye:  Talcott, Klumper, Ode, Saxer, Ullom.  Voting nay:  none.  Motion carried.

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

  1. Approve resignation from Shannon Heupel, BVHS Spanish Teacher, effective at the end of the 2019-20 school year.

2.   Approve recommendation to hire Taylor Weiland, Custodial Substitute, $12.00/hour, effective February 25, 2020.

3.   Approve recommendation to hire Angela Gingles, Long-term substitute for Mariah Koch, BVMS Family and Consumer Science/Health Teacher, effective on or around February 28, 2020, for approximately 8 weeks.

4.  Approve request for unpaid leave by Bethany Waysman, BVHS Spanish Teacher, beginning April 22, 2020 for six days.

5.  Approve resignation from Jackie Bogue, BVHS Agriculture Teacher and FFA Advisor, effective at the end of the 2019-20 school year.

6.  Approve resignation from Carolyn Ebright, BVHS Prom Advisor, effective at the end of the 2019-20 school year, contingent on finding a suitable replacement.

7.  Approve resignation from Alaina Cuka, BVHS Yearbook Advisor, effective at the end of the 2019-20 school year, contingent on finding a suitable replacement.

8.  Approve recommendation to hire substitutes for the 2019-20 school year as follows:  Elizabeth Duffy, Lanette Hendrickson, and Devon Melillo

On a roll call vote, the following voted aye:  Klumper, Ode, Talcott, 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 Noel Sunne, FAE 4th Grade Teacher, on or around April 16, 2020 for approximately 6 weeks.
        2.   
Transfer Chad Garrow from BVHS Math Teacher to BVHS PE Teacher, effective for the 2020-21 school year.

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

  1. Thank you from Susan Nifong for the plant sent in memory of her father, George Rayford Hendrix.
  2. Thank you from Debbie Arrowsmith for the flowers sent after her fall.
  3. Thank you from George Gulson for the flowers sent to his wife, Dee, during her recovery.

             Board President Renee Ullom reported on the Alternative Education Committee.  Teachwell is made up of three separate member districts maintaining oversight of Teachwell programs:  West Central (Hartford), Lennox, and Brandon Valley.  Teachwell is looking into expanding their site and services and Mrs. Ullom will report more in April on the expansion of site and services.

            Ullom also reported on the Child Nutrition/Wellness Committee.  Child Nutrition Director Gay Anderson and President Ullom will be presenting at the “2020 No Kid Hungry’s Rural Child Hunger Summit” conference in Columbus, Ohio at the end of March. Brandon Valley is always proud to share what the School Board and School District have done for Child Nutrition.

Motion by Talcott, seconded by Klumper to adjourn the meeting at 7:50 p.m.  On a roll call vote, the following voted aye:  Talcott, Klumper, Ode, Saxer, Ullom.  Voting nay:  none.  Motion carried.

Signed ___________________________________
                                   
Business Manager 

Approved by the Board of Education this 9th day of March 2020.

        Signed____________________________________
                                       
Chairperson

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February 10, 2020

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 10th of February, 2020 at the Brandon Valley High School Community Room with the following members present:  Renee Ullom, Ellis Saxer, Dan Klumper, and Gregg Talcott.  Absent: Gregg Ode.  Also present were Superintendent Jarod Larson, Business Manager Paul J. Lundberg, High School Principal Mark Schlekeway, Assistant High School Principal Bill Freking, Middle School Principal Brad Thorson, Assistant Brandon Valley Intermediate School Principal Rick Pearson, Brandon Elementary Principal Merle Horst, Valley Springs Elementary Principal Tanya Palmer, 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 Saxer, seconded by Talcott to approve the agenda as presented.  Motion carried.

 

Motion by Talcott, seconded by Klumper to approve the meeting minutes from the regular meetings of January 13, 2020 and January 27, 2020 as presented. Motion carried.

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

 

The cash report for the month of January 2020 showed receipts of $2,563,062.77 and disbursements of $3,392,323.21 leaving a balance of $23,492,094.33.  The General Fund had receipts of $1,911,081.08 sent a temporary interfund transfer of $34,854.79 to the Bond Fund, with disbursements of $2,496,918.47, leaving a balance of $4,954,466.60.  Capital Outlay Fund had receipts of $114,789.20, with disbursements of $92,749.86, leaving a balance of $1,025,378.69.  Special Education Fund had receipts of $488,053.53, with disbursements of $591,820.47, leaving a balance of $556,405.76.  Pension Fund had receipts of $0.00, with disbursements of $0.00, leaving a balance of $53,705.32.   Bond Redemption Fund had receipts of $30,638.96, received a temporary interfund transfer of $34,854.79 from the General Fund, with disbursements of $65,493.75, leaving a balance of $0.00.  Enterprise Fund had receipts of $18,500.00, with disbursements of $1,076.50, leaving a balance of $44,138.41.  The Capital Projects Fund had receipts of $0.00, with disbursements of $144,264.16, leaving a balance of $16,857,999.55. 

 

The January 2020 payroll totaled $1,928,959.60 of which $1,043,032.96 was instructional, $497,505.82 was support services, $37,274.13 was co-curricular, $285,390.20 was Special Education, $64,756.49 was Food Service, and $1,000.00 was Driver’s Education.

 

Motion by Talcott, seconded by Klumper to approve the financial reports as presented for the month of January 2020 as presented.  Motion carried.

Administrative reports were presented.   Superintendent Larson presented a Legislative update.  The Legislative session is now in-progress with the following important dates to note 1) the ASBSD Awards/Legislative Day is scheduled for 2/18/2020 (which will include a presentation to President Renee Ullom as Outstanding School Board Member of the year for the State of South Dakota); and 2) Legislative Coffee scheduled at Bethany Meadows on 2/22/2020 at 9:30 a.m.

The South Dakota Retirement System (SDRS) is seeking a Board of Trustees position.  Petition deadline is 2/24/2020.  Contact Superintendent Larson if interested in a petition.

The Associated School Boards of South Dakota (ASBSD) is seeking an Executive Board position and has set a Declaration of Candidacy date of 2/19/2020.  We would like to wish our own Board Member Ellie Saxer good luck in running for this position.

Larson outlined the Sparta Elementary School construction timeline as follows:

Fall 2019/Winter 2020:  Construction planning meetings with Administration, Buildings and Grounds Committee, and Architect

February 20, 2020:  Bid opening for the construction project

Spring 2020:  Construction begins

Fall 2020:  Elementary boundary line committee meets

2020-21 School year:  Construction continues

Fall 2021:  School opens

Kindergarten Screening registration is open.  Contact your respective Elementary School for more information on how to register your student.

School Board Election for one (1) three (3) year seat will be held on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 (if necessary).  Earliest date to circulate a petition is April 7, 2020; deadline for return of petitions is May 8, 2020 (candidates must file a Financial Interest Statement within 15 days of filing a nominating petition.  If you have any further questions regarding this process, please contact the Business Office.

The 2020-21 additional staffing requests will be reviewed and approved in late February with positions advertised in late February/early March with recommendations to hire to follow. 

Tentative 2020-21 negotiations time-line/wage recommendations will begin with a pre-negotiations meeting between the BVSD Admin and the Brandon Valley Education Association (BVEA) March 11, 20202.  The Personnel Welfare and BVEA will begin negotiations mid-March to early April.  Tentatively, at the April 14, 2020 Board of Education regular meeting we will plan to ratify the 2020-21 Master Contract, approve Classified wage recommendation/approve Administration Salary recommendations and enter into Superintendent contract negotiations.

The 2020-21 Budget process is underway with budget forms/documents distributed on January 6, 2020.  The Business Office will compile and review by March 2020.  In February 2020, we will present the 5-year plan.  In March 2020, the preliminary capital Outlay budget will be presented for approval in order for major items to be bid in a timely manner.  In May 2020, we will hold a preliminary budget presentation and in July 2020, we will hold the public budget hearing for potential action.

In the months to come, the following Good News Reports will be shared the second Board of Education meetings each month as follows:  February - Brandon Valley Middle School; March – Brandon Valley Intermediate School; and April – Elementary schools

The upcoming 2019-20 school year important dates to remember:  no school on Friday, February 14 and Monday, February 17, 2020 for President’s day weekend; Parent-Teacher conferences for the 2nd semester will be held on Monday, March 16, 2020 for the Elementary schools and the High School and on Tuesday, March 17, 2020

for the Intermediate and Middle School; school WILL BE in session on Thursday, March 19, 2020 (flood day make up); no school on Friday, March 20, 2020 as a teacher comp day; new last day of school is now scheduled for Friday May 22nd with the teacher Workshop day rescheduled to Tuesday, May 26, 2020.   

           Fred Assam Elementary Principal Susan Foster reported that the FAE STEM Students have been planning for Sparta Elementary.  Each grade level reviewed and designed what they would like to see in and around our newest elementary school.  The student’s ideas ranged from indoor recess rooms to on-site swimming pools.  Students learned per square foot cost for their ideas as well as just exploring different computer programs showing how our Architects and Administration plan and prepare for new construction.   

            Motion by Saxer, seconded by Talcott to approve the following General Business:

  1. Approve submission of Kelly Lane Earth and Space Science Grant Application for STEM Friday program at the Brandon Valley Intermediate School for the 2019-20 school year as presented.

Motion Carried

            Motion by Klumper, seconded by Saxer to approve the following personnel items:
        1.   
Approve recommendation to hire Ryan Martin, Substitute Bus/Van Driver, paid according to 2019-20 trip schedule, effective February 11, 2020.
        2.   
Approve resignation from Tracy Kuhn, Varsity High School Dance Team Coach, effective at the end of the 2019-20 school year.
        3.   
Approve retirement notification from Wanda Logan, VSE Second Grade Teacher, effective at the end of the 2019-20 school year.
        4.   
Approve retirement notification from Ann Sittig, BVHS English Teacher, effective at the end of the 2019-20 school year.
        5.   
Approve recommendation to hire Jan Zandt, BVHS part-time child nutrition worker, $13.70/hour, effective February 11, 2020.
        6.   
Approve request for unpaid leave by Becky Smith, RBE part-time child nutrition worker, for February 28, 2020.
        7.   
Approve recommendation to hire Emily Harris, long-term substitute for Paula Huber, RBE Kindergarten Teacher, effective February 23, 2020 for approximately 6 weeks.
        8.   
Approve recommendation to hire Eric Perkinson, District Grounds, full-time, $15.30/hour, effective February 11, 2020.
        9.   
Approve recommendation to hire Robert Boecker, Custodial Substitute, $12.00/hour, effective February 11, 2020.
        10. 
Approve recommendation to hire Rhonda Bachmeier, BVHS evening custodian, full-time, $15.30/hour plus $1.00/hour night differential pay, effective February 11, 2020.
        11. 
Approve recommendation to hire substitutes for the 2019-20 school year:  Carin Griffith, Madison Guebert, Cody Harrell-Bowman, Lanette Hendrickson, and Luke Schmidt.
Motion carried.

             The following information was presented to the Board of Education for information only:

  1. Transfer of Joey Clark, BVHS Custodian (full-time evening shift) to BVIS Custodian (full-time evening shift), effective February 11, 2020.

                                    The following communications were presented from the Central Office and Board of Education:

  1. Building Permit Applications – January 2020
  2. Thank you from Marcel Boscaljon and family for the plan send in memory of Dennis Hoven.

             Board member, Dan Klumper reported on Student Activities, Curriculum & Technology regarding a recent meeting which included a book study that was shared by Mrs. Kim Skibsted, BV Integrationist.

Motion by Saxer, seconded by Talcott to adjourn the meeting at 7:05 p.m.  Motion carried.

 Signed ___________________________________
                                   
Business Manager 

Approved by the Board of Education this 9th day of March 2020.

        Signed____________________________________
                                       
Chairperson

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January 27, 2020

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 27th of January, 2020 at the Brandon Valley High School Community Room with the following members present:  Renee Ullom, Gregg Ode, Ellie Saxer, Dan Klumper, and Gregg Talcott.  Absent: none.  Also present were Superintendent Jarod Larson, Business Manager Paul J. Lundberg, High School Principal Mark Schlekeway, Middle School Principal Brad Thorson, Assistant Middle School Principal Amanda Nelson, Intermediate School Principal Nick Skibsted, Assistant Intermediate School Principal Rick Pearson, Special Services Director Kyle Babb, 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 Saxer, seconded by Ode to approve the agenda as presented.  Motion carried. 

The “Good News” report tonight was presented by High School Principal Mark Schlekeway and Instructor Natasha Wegner on a new program entitled Principles of Biomedical Science presented this year at the High School implemented by Project Lead the Way Program (a non-profit organization the provides transformative learning experiences for K-12 students in engineering, Computer Science, and Biomedical Science.)  There are currently 85 sophomores and juniors enrolled in this class that are interested in exploring healthcare careers.   The Biomedical Science Pathway leads from this first class of Principles of Biomedical Science to a class in Human Body Systems and finally Medical Interventions Internships.  This program was started with a Carl Perkins Reserve Grant and we will apply for a similar grant next school year as well.  The future looks bright for this new program! 

Administrative reports were presented.   Superintendent Larson presented a Legislative update.  The Legislative session is now in-progress with the following important dates to note:  1) Large School Group meeting with Governor Noem was held on 1/24/2020;  2) a Legislative Coffee was held on 1/25/2020;  3) Brandon Day at the Legislature is scheduled for 1/29/2020 with HS and MS Student Council Members attending this year’s Brandon Day at the Legislature;  4) SASD/SDSSA Awards and Reception (to include a presentation to Business Manager Lundberg as the Outstanding Business Office Official of the year for the State of South Dakota) to be held on 2/5/2020; and 5) the ASBSD Awards/Legislative Day is scheduled for 2/18/2020 (which will include a presentation to President Renee Ullom as Outstanding School Board Member of the year for the State of South Dakota).

The South Dakota Retirement System (SDRS) is seeking a Board of Trustees position.  Petition deadline is 2/24/2020.  Contact Superintendent Larson if interested in a petition.

The Associated School Boards of South Dakota (ASBSD) is seeking an Executive Board position and has set a Declaration of Candidacy date of 2/19/2020. 

Larson outlined the Sparta Elementary School construction timeline as follows:

Fall 2019/Winter 2020:  Construction planning meetings with Administration, Buildings and Grounds Committee, and Architect

February 2020:  Bid the construction project

Spring 2020:  Construction begins

Fall 2020:  Elementary boundary line committee meets

2020-21 School year:  Construction continues

Fall 2021:  School opens

Kindergarten Screening registration is open.  Contact your respective Elementary School for more information on how to register your student.

School Board Election for one (1) three (3) year seat will be held on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 (if necessary).  Earliest date to circulate a petition is April 7, 2020; deadline for return of petitions is May 8, 2020 (candidates must file a Financial Interest Statement within 15 days of filing a nominating petition.  If you have any further questions regarding this process, please contact the Business Office.

The 2020-21 additional staffing requests will be reviewed and approved in late February with positions advertised in late February/early March with recommendations to hire to follow. 

Tentative 2020-21 negotiations time-line/wage recommendations will begin with a pre-negotiations meeting between the BVSD Admin and the Brandon Valley Education Association (BVEA) sometime in March.  The Personnel Welfare and BVEA will begin negotiations mid-March to early April.  Tentatively, at the April 14, 2020 Board of Education regular meeting we will plan to ratify the 2020-21 Master Contract, approve Classified wage recommendation/approve Administration Salary recommendations and enter into Superintendent contract negotiations. 

The 2020-21 Budget process is underway with budget forms/documents distributed on January 6, 2020.  The Business Office will compile and review by March 2020.  In February 2020, we will present the 5-year plan.  In March 2020, the preliminary capital Outlay budget will be presented for approval in order for major items to be bid in a timely manner.  In May 2020, we will hold a preliminary budget presentation and in July 2020, we will hold the public budget hearing for potential action.

In the months to come, the following Good News Reports will be shared the second Board of Education meetings each month as follows:  February - Brandon Valley Middle School; March – Brandon Valley Intermediate School; and April – Elementary schools

On Monday, January 20, 2020, Brandon Valley conducted a school-wide safety training in-service for Classified and Certified Staff.  Carrol Institute presented on Substance Use Trends and Social Media Trends in our young people, along with drawing upon the program entitled “Stop the Bleed.”  High School Principal Mark Schlekeway discussed the District Reunification plan, and we also had Situational Supervision presented by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to help empower our staff on how to supervise students.  Thank you to all who helped coordinate this training in-service for our entire staff.

The upcoming 2019-20 school year important dates to remember:  no school on Friday, February 14 and Monday, February 17, 2020 for President’s day weekend; Parent-Teacher conferences for the 2nd semester will be held on Monday, March 16, 2020 for the Elementary schools and the High School and on Tuesday, March 17, 2020

for the Intermediate and Middle School; school WILL BE in session on Thursday, March 19, 2020 (flood day make up); no school on Friday, March 20, 2020 as a teacher comp day; new last day of school is now scheduled for Friday May 22nd with the teacher Workshop day rescheduled to Tuesday, May 26, 2020.  A formal calendar amendment will be forthcoming in a future regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting. 

Board member Ellie Saxer made a public declaration that she will be filing a petition for the upcoming open Board of Education seat.  In addition, she also made a public declaration that she will be filing a petition for the Associated School Board of South Dakota (ASBSD) Executive Board position as well.

The Following Board Policies were presented at tonight’s meeting for a final reading:

1.    File KGC: Tobacco-Free School Policy

2.    File FF:  Facilities Planning and Development – Naming Facilities

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

            Superintendent Jarod Larson reported on the proposed 2020-21 school year calendar.  This calendar has been through a review with the Administration, Teacher Liaison Committee, and the Classified Council and is consistent and corresponding to the previous year school year calendar.  Important dates to highlight are August 12, 2020 as new staff in-service, August 13, 2020 with all new staff returning.  Wednesday, August 19, 2020 is the scheduled first day of classes and Wednesday, May 19, 2021 as the last day of classes for all BV students.  Brandon Valley High School graduation is schedule for Sunday, May 16, 2021.  Motion by Talcott, seconded by Klumper to approve the 2020-21 Brandon Valley School District calendar as presented.  Motion carried.

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

1.    Accept the Independent Auditor’s Report for Fiscal Year 2019 as presented.

Motion carried.

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

1.    Approve retirement notice from Roxie Rauk, BE Title I Tutor, effective at the end of the 2019-20 school year.

2.    Approve recommendation to hire John Sjaarda, Substitute Bus/Van Driver, paid according to 2019-20 trip schedule, effective January 28, 2020.

3.    Accept resignation from Tom Pierce, BVIS Night Custodian, effective January 23, 2020.

4.    Accept resignation from Joel Keyman, Grounds Department, effective February 7, 2020.

5.    Approve resignation from Sierra Hansen, BE Special Education Educational Assistant, effective January 23, 2020.

6.    Approve recommendation to hire Brandi Bauer, BE Special Education Educational Assistant, full-time, $14.75/hour, effective January 28, 2020.

7.    Approve recommendation to hire Nicole Durflinger, BE Special Education Educational Assistant, full-time, $14.75/hour, effective January 28, 2020.

8.    Approve recommendation to hire Brenda Lape, BVHS Child Nutrition, full-time, $13.70/hour, effective January 28, 2020.

9.    Approve recommendation to hire Kristi Harkin, BVHS Child Nutrition, part-time, $13.70/hour, effective January 28, 2020.

10.  Approve recommendation to hire Debra David, CNS Substitute, $12.00/hour, effective January 28, 2020.

11.  Accept resignation from Kevin Brick, BVHS Musical Director, effective at the end of the 2019-20 school year, contingent upon finding a suitable replacement.

12.  Approve recommendation to hire substitutes for the 2019-20 school year as follows:  Riley Frantzen, Meredith Jenkins, and Rebecca Long.

  Motion carried.

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

  1. Thank you from Sandy Cummings for the plant sent in memory of her mother, Diane Rebnord.
  2. Thank you from Melissa Garrow for the staff safety training.
  3. Thank you from the Halseth family for the plant sent in memory of Denny Halseth.
  4. Thank you from the Clausen family for the plant sent in memory of Susan Shea.

            Board Vice Chairperson Gregg Ode reported on a recent Transportation Committee meeting.  The Committee is reviewing the sustainability of the current policies and procedures as our school district continues to grow.  We have some great plans to makes things work more efficiently and smoothly.  The Brandon Valley School District Transportation Department will hold open house opportunities to parents and patrons to participate in the new vision and growth opportunities that are on the horizon.

             Board President Renee Ullom, along with Board member Gregg Talcott reported Alternative Education.  Teachwell has recently purchased a new building for future growth.  Grants have been awarded for this expansion.

            Motion by Klumper, seconded by Talcott to adjourn the meeting at 7:07 p.m.  Motion carried.

 Signed ___________________________________
                                   
Business Manager 

Approved by the Board of Education this 10th day of February 2020.

        Signed____________________________________
                                       
Chairperson

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January 13, 2020

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 13th of January, 2020 at the Brandon Valley High School Community Room with the following members present:  Gregg Ode, Dan Klumper, and Gregg Talcott.  Absent: Renee Ullom and Ellie Saxer.  Also present were Business Manager Paul J. Lundberg, Activities Director Randy Marso, Middle School Principal Brad Thorson, Assistant Middle School Principal Amanda Nelson, Intermediate School Principal Nick Skibsted, Robert Bennis Elementary Principal Kristin Hofkamp, Valley Springs Elementary Principal Tanya Palmer, Brandon Elementary Principal Merle Horst, and Special Services Director Kyle Babb.

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

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

Motion by Klumper, seconded by Talcott to approve the meeting minutes from the regular meeting of December 9, 2019 and the Special Meeting of December 11, 2019 as presented. Motion carried.

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

 The cash report for the month of December 2019 showed receipts of $3,951,149.97 and disbursements of $5,533,333.75 leaving a balance of $24,321,354.77.  The General Fund had receipts of $2,791,558.19, sent a temporary interfund transfer of $508,260.68 to the Bond Fund, with disbursements of $2,802,002.47, leaving a balance of $5,575,158.78.  Capital Outlay Fund had receipts of $398,604.90, with disbursements of $179.44, leaving a balance of $1,003,339.35.  Special Education Fund had receipts of $561,930.57, with disbursements of $524,485.44, leaving a balance of $660,172.70.  Pension Fund had receipts of $.77, with disbursements of $0.00, leaving a balance of $53,705.32.   Bond Redemption Fund had receipts of $209,055.54, received a temporary interfund transfer of $508,260.68 from the General Fund, with disbursements of $1,407,856.25, leaving a balance of $0.00.  Enterprise Fund had receipts of $0.00, with disbursements of $2,166.46, leaving a balance of $26,714.91.  The Capital Projects Fund had receipts of $0.00, with disbursements of $796,643.69, leaving a balance of $17,002,263.71. 

 

The December 2019 payroll totaled $2,067,283.58 of which $1,079,906.51 was instructional, $506,010.10 was support services, $32,703.27 was co-curricular, $339,471.51 was Special Education, $107,179.69 was Food Service, and $2,012.50 was Driver’s Education.

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

Administrative reports were presented.   Superintendent Jarod Larson (via a pre-recorded audio presentation) outlined the following items in his Administrative Report:

Sparta Elementary School construction timeline as follows:

Fall 2019/Winter 2020:  Construction planning meetings with Administration, Buildings and Grounds Committee, and Architect

February 2020:  Bid the construction project

Spring 2020:  Construction begins

Fall 2020:  Elementary boundary line committee meets

2020-21 School year:  Construction continues

Fall 2021:  School opens

Kindergarten Screening registration is open.  Contact your respective Elementary School for more information on how to register your student.

School Board Election for one (1) three (3) year seat will be held on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 (if necessary).  Earliest date to circulate a petition is April 7, 2020; deadline for return of petitions is May 8, 2020 (candidates must file a Financial Interest Statement within 15 days of filing a nominating petition.  If you have any further questions regarding this process, please contact the Business Office.

The 2020-21 additional staffing requests will be reviewed and approved in late February with positions advertised for in late February/early March with recommendations to hire to follow. 

Tentative 2020-21 negotiations time-line/wage recommendations will begin with a pre-negotiations meeting between the BVSD Admin and the Brandon Valley Education Association (BVEA) sometime in March.  The Personnel Welfare and BVEA will begin negotiations mid-March to early April.  Tentatively, at the April 14, 2020 Board of Education regular meeting we will plan to ratify the 2020-21 Master Contract, approve Classified wage recommendation/approve Administration Salary recommendations and enter into Superintendent contract negotiations.

The 2020-21 Budget process is underway with budget forms/documents distributed on January 6, 2020.  The Business Office will compile and review by March 2020.  In February 2020, we will present the 5-year plan.  In March 2020, the preliminary capital Outlay budget will be presented for approval in order for major items to be bid in a timely manner.  In May 2020, we will hold a preliminary budget presentation and in July 2020, we will hold the public budget hearing for potential action.

In the months to come, the following Good News Reports will be shared the second Board of Education meetings each month as follows:  January – Brandon Valley High School; February - Brandon Valley Middle School; March – Brandon Valley Intermediate School; and April – Elementary schools

The upcoming 2019-20 school year important dates to remember: no school on Monday January 20, 2020 for a teacher In-Service day; no school on Friday, February 14 and Monday, February 17, 2020 for President’s day weekend; Parent-Teacher conferences for the 2nd semester will be held on Monday, March 16, 2020 for the Elementary schools and the High School and on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 for the Intermediate and Middle Schools; school WILL BE in session on Thursday, March 19, 2020 (flood day make up); and no school on Friday, March 20, 2020 as a teacher comp day.          

Special Services Director Kyle Babb reported on the Special Education review by the State of South Dakota Department of Education that was held the week of January 6, 2020.  This review happens once every five years where they meet with each Special Education Teacher and every Speech/Language Therapist and review a file to determine whether we are in compliance with state and federal laws.  They have over 90 different items that they check within that paperwork.  Last Thursday, the SD DOE conducted an exit interview stating that we had only a 1% error rate (minor adjustments that need to be corrected in the Individual Education Plans (IEP’s), which is a great result for a District of our size.  Babb was very pleased with the results of this review and thanked the Special Education staff for their dedication and extra time spent preparing for this review. 

 The Following Board Policies were presented (via a pre-recorded audio presentation by Superintendent Jarod Larson) at tonight’s meeting for a first reading:
    1.   
File KGC: Tobacco-Free School Policy
    2.   
File FF:  Facilities Planning and Development – Naming Facilities 

            Superintendent Jarod Larson (via a pre-recorded audio presentation) reported on the proposed 2020-21 school year calendar.  This calendar has been through a review with the Administration, Teacher Liaison Committee, and the Classified Council and is consistent and corresponding to the previous year school year calendar.  Important dates to highlight are August 12, 2020 as new staff in-service, August 13, 2020 with all new staff returning.  Wednesday, August 19, 2020 is the scheduled first day of classes and Wednesday, May 19, 2021 as the last day of classes for all BV students.  Brandon Valley High School graduation is schedule for Sunday, May 16, 2021.  This calendar will be presented for adoption at the January 27, 2020 regular Board of Education meeting. 

            Motion by Talcott, seconded by Klumper to approve the following General Business:

  1. Acknowledge the Brandon Valley Education Association (BVEA) notification of contract negotiations for 2020 and beyond.
  2. Approve tuition agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District #49-2 and the Sioux Falls School District – Career and Technical Education Academy for educational services for one student, as needed, $25.46/hour, effective January 13, 2020 through the end of the spring semester 2020, as presented.

Motion Carried

     Motion by Klumper, seconded by Talcott to approve the following personnel items:
        1.   
Approve recommendation to hire Valerie Grieve, English Language Learner Educational Assistant, full-time, $14.75/hour, effective January 2, 2020.
        2.   
Approve recommendation to hire Eric Perkinson, substitute for snow removal, $12.00/hour, effective January 14, 2020.
        3.   
Approve recommendation to hire James Linn, Substitute Bus/Van Driver, paid according to the trip schedule, effective January 14, 2020.
        4.   
Approve recommendation to hire STEM Teacher Leaders, $20.00/hour, 32.5 hours maximum (total of $650/teacher), effective for the 2019-20 school year.  Teachers listed as follows:  JoAnn Presler, Cassondra Shutes, Jayna Silvernail, Alyssa Johnson, Katee Lane, Tara Scholten, Mary Gile, Gina Sershen, and Lisa Reinschmidt.
        5.   
Approve recommendation to hire Kelli DeBoer, BVHS part-time child nutrition worker, $13.70/hour, effective January 6, 2020.
        6.   
Approve recommendation to hire Kristi Houser, BVHS full-time child Nutrition worker, $14.15/hour, effective January 13, 2020.
        7.   
Approve resignation/retirement from Sarah (Kathy) Hunt, BVHS Physical Education Teacher, effective at the end of the 2019-20 school year.
        8.   
Approve resignation/retirement for Kristine Sellers, BE Early Childhood Teacher, effective at the end of the 2019-20 school year.
        9.   
Approve resignation/retirement from Debbie Arrowsmith, FAE Administrative Assistant, effective at the end of the 2019-20 school year.
        10. 
Approve recommendation to hire Kathy Tews, long-term substitute for Katie Murdy, BVHS Counselor, effective on or about March 2, 2020 for six to eight weeks.
        11. 
Approve resignation of Susan Shea, BVHS part-time child nutrition, effective December 20, 2019.
        12. 
Approve new position at Brandon Elementary for a part-time Jr. Kindergarten Educational Assistant (paid apprenticeship), $11.00/hour, 15 hours/week, effective for the 2019-20 school year as presented.
        13. 
Approve recommendation to hire Brittney Reiter, BE Jr. Kindergarten Educational Assistant (paid apprenticeship), $11.00/hour, 15 hours/week, effective January 13, 2020.
        14. 
Approve recommendation to add an additional BE Special Education Educational Assistant, 1.0 FTE, effective with the 2019-20 school year (second semester), as presented.
        15. 
Approve recommendation to transfer Lexi Kobernusz from part-time RBE Child Nutrition Worker to BVSD Custodial substitute effective December 20, 2019.
        16. 
Approve recommendation to hire Rhonda Bachmeier, Custodial Substitute, $12.00/hour, effective January 14, 2020.
        17. 
Approve recommendation to hire Michael “Shane” Weiland, BVHS evening custodian, full-time, $15.30/hour plus $1.00/hour night differential pay, effective January 14, 2020.
        18. 
Approve recommendation to hire Katie Johnson, Custodial Substitute, $12.00/hour, effective January 14, 2020.
        19. 
Approve half-year lane change effective January 2020 for the following staff:  Mariah Koch, BA to BA+15
        20. 
Approve recommendation to hire substitutes for the 2019-20 school year:  Daniel Drake, Shelly Kolbeck, Lillian Lauesen, and Katie Johnson.
  Motion carried.

            The following information was presented to the Board of Education for information only:

  1. Request for maternity leave by April Verburg, FAE Music Teacher, effective on or around April 23, 2020 for approximately six weeks.

            The following communications were presented from the Central Office and Board of Education:

  1. Building Permit Applications – December 2019
  2. Thank you from Debra Rothenberger for BV Retired employees’ holiday luncheon.
  3. Thank you from Bonnie Fjerestad for BV Retired employees’ holiday luncheon.
  4. Thank you from Connie VanDenOever for BV Retired employees’ holiday luncheon.
  5. Thank you from Pam Eitreim for BV Retired employees’ holiday luncheon.
  6. Thank you from Leah Williamson and family for flowers sent in honor of the birth of their son, Cohen.
  7. Thank you from Beth Schaffer for flowers sent during her recent hospital stay.
  8. Thank you from Ann and Larry Beesley for BV Retired employees’ holiday luncheon.

            Board member, Dan Klumper reported on Student Activities, Curriculum & Technology regarding the recent Special Education review.  Mr. Klumper commended Director Kyle Babb and the Special Services department for a 99%.  Job well done!

             Motion by Klumper, seconded by Talcott to adjourn the meeting at 7:06 p.m.  Motion carried.

    Signed ___________________________________
                                   
Business Manager 

Approved by the Board of Education this 10th day of February 2020.

        Signed____________________________________
                                       
Chairperson

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