2021 Board Minutes

January 11, 2021 January 25, 2021
February 8, 2021 February 22, 2021
March 8, 2021 March 22, 2021
April 12, 2021 April 26, 2021
May 10, 2021 May 24, 2021
June 14, 2021 June 28, 2021
July 12, 2021 August 9, 2021
August 16, 2021 August 23, 2021
September 13, 2021 September 27, 2021
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October 11, 2021

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 11th of October 2021 at the Brandon Valley High School Community Room with the following members present:  Renee Ullom, Gregg Ode, Ellie Saxer, and Gregg Talcott.  Absent:  Nick Scott.  Also present were Superintendent Jarod Larson, Business Manager Paul J. Lundberg, High School Principal Mark Schlekeway, Middle School Principal Brad Thorson, Intermediate School Principal Nick Skibsted, Intermediate School Assistant Principal Rick Pearson, Robert Bennis Elementary Principal Kristin Hofkamp, Brandon Elementary Principal Merle Horst, Valley Springs/Inspiration Elementary Principal Tanya Palmer, Director of Instruction Sherri Nelson, Special Services Director Wendy Otheim, 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 Talcott, seconded by Ode to approve the agenda as presented.  Motion carried. 

Motion by Saxer, seconded by Talcott to approve the minutes of the regular meetings of September 13, 2021 and September 27, 2021 as presented.  Motion carried.

 

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

 

The cash report for the month of September, 2021 showed receipts of $550,765.13 and disbursements of $5,745,729.73, leaving a balance of $11,888,487.80.  The General Fund had receipts of $446,980.84, received a Temporary Interfund Transfer of $30,248.95 from the Bond Fund, and disbursements of $2,880,512.45, leaving a balance of $6,546,573.71.  Capital Outlay Fund had receipts of $43,837.84 and disbursements of $1,254,517.91, leaving a balance of $3,467,232.73.  Special Education Fund had receipts of $37,626.77 and disbursements $789,408.49, leaving a balance of $867,158.11.  Bond Redemption Fund had receipts of $22,319.68, sent a Temporary Interfund Transfer of $30,248.95 to the General Fund, and disbursements of $0.00, leaving a balance of $4,198.76.  Enterprise Fund had receipts of $0.00 and disbursements of $2,778.54, leaving a balance of $23,818.61. Lastly, the Capital Projects Fund has receipts of $0.00 and disbursements of $818,512.34, leaving a balance of $975,505.59.

 

The September, 2021 payroll totaled $2,195,281.03 of which $1,197,315.03 was instructional, $502,105.95 was support services, $42,519.73 was co-curricular, $363,632.69 was Special Education, $87,145.13 was Food Service, and $2,562.50 was Driver’s Education.

 

Motion by Talcott, seconded by Ode to approve the financial reports as presented for the month of September, 2021.  Motion carried. 

Administrative reports were presented.   Superintendent Jarod Larson reported on the following:
    The COVID-19 Information Website: https://brandonvalley.k12.sd.us/covid/covid.html is the centralized communication hub.   THE MESSAGE:  If you are sick – stay home!
 

Gifted Education Programming Workgroup Process:  Objectives:  Review current challenges, evaluate similar school strategies, develop options, utilize a SWOT Analysis in evaluation of options, develop a programmatic recommendation.  Committee result:  Develop programmatic recommendation of Elementary – Middle School Gifted Education.  Committee meetings as follows:  9/21/2021, 10/05/2021, and 10/19/2021.  The Board of Education will receive the Committee Report and recommendation in November. 

Fourth Grade Orchestra Programming Workgroup Process:  Objectives:  Review current challenges, evaluate similar school strategies, develop options, utilize a SWOT Analysis in evaluation of options, develop a programmatic recommendation.  Committee result:  Develop programmatic recommendation.  Committee meetings as follows:  9/23/2021, 10/07/2021, and 10/21/2021. The Board of Education will receive the Committee Report and recommendation in November. 

The FY21 Teacher Compensation Accountability report has been filed and the Brandon Valley School District has again met the accountability standards.  Better news to note is that Brandon Valley ranks #3 in the state of South Dakota for average teacher compensation. 

Accountability Report Card update.  The public release of the district accountability report card will be in mid-October (October 14, 2021).  A State of the Schools address will follow this release in November. 

A tentative District 10 & 25 Legislative breakfast is sent for Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at 7:30 a.m. the Governor’s budget address is scheduled for Tuesday, December 7, 2021.                       

2021-22 School Calendar items include the following:  Monday, October 11, 2021 ~ no school, staff in-service; Thursday, November 11, 2021 ~ no school, Veteran’s Day; Wednesday-Friday, November 24-26, 2021 ~ no school, Thanksgiving Break; Wednesday, December 22, 2021 ~ two-hour early dismissal; Thursday, December 23 through Friday, December 31, 2021 ~ no school, winter break; School resumes, Monday January 3, 2022. 

The BVHS Addition priorities include General Classrooms, Ground Floor Special Education, Science Lab Classrooms, Maximize Land Usage/ Upgrade East Facility Face, all while minimizing the impact to parking.
        BVHS Additional Tentative Schedule (Overview of Important Dates)
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Thursday, January 6, 2022 ~ Release Bid Documents
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Thursday, February 10, 2022 @ 2:00 p.m. ~ Bids Due/Open Bids
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Monday, February 14, 2022 ~ Award Bid (School Board Approval)
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Monday, May 2, 2022 ~ Parking Lot Construction begins
-     Parking Lot Construction to be completed by Monday, August 1, 2022

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Wednesday, June 1, 2022 ~ BVHS Additional Construction begins
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Friday, June 16, 2023 ~ Substantial Completion
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Friday, June 300, 2023 ~ Final Completion

 
BVHS Addition Communications / Meetings

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October ~ Buildings & Grounds Committee (with/architects)
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Classified Council Meeting(s)
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Teacher Liaison Council(s)
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Tuesday, October 26, 2021 ~ BV Chamber Event “On the Menu”
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Wednesday, November 3, 2021 ~ BVHS Staff Meeting
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Monday, November 15, 2021 @ 6:00 p.m. ~ Informational Public Meeting (BVHS Community Room)          

Motion by Talcott, seconded by Ode to approve the following general business items:
1.   Approve Memorandum of Agreement by and between the City of Brandon Police Department and the Brandon Valley School District for the School Resource Officer Program in the Brandon Valley Schools, effective July 1, 2021, extended annually for a one-year term, as presented.

2.   
Approve request to purchase two (2) 2022 Chevrolet Suburban via the 2021 State of South Dakota Vehicle Specification for 2022 or new vehicles, $87,378.00 ($43,689.00/each), as presented.
3.   
Approve request to purchase one (1) 2022 Ford Transit Passenger Van {E9X} T-25- 148” High-Roof, XLT, AWD from Cooperative Purchasing Connection (CPC) Contract #18.3-VH, $44,204.21, as presented.
4.   
Approve request to purchase one (1) 2022 Ford F250 Pickup Truck via the 2021 State of South Dakota Vehicle Specifications for 2022 or newer vehicles, $33,593.00, as presented.
5.   
Approve request to purchase one (1) 2022 Blue Bird T3FE All American Type D Bus through Sourcewell Contract #102115-NCB, $119,705.0, as presented.
6.   
Approve request for public auction of surplus materials by Interstate Auction Center, LLC in Brandon, SD on November 6, 20 21, at 10:00 a.m., as presented.
7.   
Approve agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District and Teachwell Academy for educational services for one elementary student, $108/day, effective October 12, 2021 for the 2021-22 school year, as presented.
Motion carried.
 

 Motion by Saxer, seconded by Talcott to approve the following personnel items:
1.   
Approve recommendation to hire Lisa Parker, long-term substitute for Chelsea Fossum, FAE Kindergarten Teacher, on or around November 22, 2021 for approximately ten weeks.
2.   
Approve recommendation to hire Michelle Paulsen-Suurmeyer, BVHS Special Education Educational Assistant, full-time, $15.90/hour, effective October 6, 2021.
3.   
Approve resignation from Haley Carmody, BVIS Special Education Educational Assistant, effective September 29, 2021, prior to start date.
4.   
Approve recommendation to hire Carolyn Andrews, part-time FAE Child Nutrition worker, $14.75/hour, effective October 12, 2021.
5.   
Approve recommendation to hire Erin Filipek, part-time BE Child Nutrition worker, $14.75/hour, effective October 12, 2021.
6.   
Approve recommendation to hire  Paula Julson, part-time Inspiration Elementary Child Nutrition worker, $14.75/hour, effective October 12, 2021.
7.   
Approve recommendation to hire Kathy Jaacks, part-time BE Child Nutrition worker, $14.75/hour, effective October 12. 2021.
8.   
Approve requests from Chad Garrow, BVHS Physical Education Teacher, Varsity Football Coach, Assistant High School Track Coach, for unpaid illness leave, effective October 20, 2021 through the end of the 2021-22 school year and accept resignation/retirement notification, effective at the end of the 2021-22 school year.
9.   
Approve resignation from Emily Carroll, Assistant High School Softball Coach, effective at the end of the 2021-22 school year, contingent upon finding a suitable replacement.
10. 
Approve recommendation to hire Carol Wynthein, BVIS Special Education Educational Assistant, full-time, $15.90/hour, effective October 12, 2021.
11.   
Approve new substitutes for the 2021-22 school year as follows:  Tena Heikes, Melissa Olson, Fern Rice, and Emma Terveer.
Motion Carried.
 

The following personnel items were reviewed by the Board of Education for information only:
1.   
Request for maternity leave by Lindsey Wuebben, BVHS English Teacher, on or about January 6, 2022 for approximately eight (8) weeks.
2.   
Request for maternity leave by Samantha Scott, BE Special Education Teacher, effective on or about March 23, 2022 for approximately four (4) weeks. 

Communications received by the Central Office and Board of Education were reviewed.  They included the following items:
1.   
September 2021 Building Permits.
2.   
Thank you from Andrew Kruse and family for the flowers sent in honor of the birth of their daughter, Scottie.
3.   
Thank you from Kristen Ondricek for hiring her as RBE Third Grade Teacher. 

Board reports were presented.  Vice Chairperson Gregg Ode reported on a recent Transportation Committee Meeting of October 7, 2021.   The Transportation Committee discussed the status and impact of the transportation program changes that were made two years ago and due to the addition of Inspiration Elementary.  Other items discussed included information from the start of the 2021-22 school year, the 2021-22 Fleet and Route Information (26 a.m. routes and 25 p.m. routes) along with discussion on the up-coming vehicle procurement and to utilize cooperative purchasing and state contracts.

Board Member Ellie Saxer reported on the City Affairs & Legislation Committee.  A Delegate meeting will be held in mid-November.  Saxer will be attending on behalf of her state committee chair as well as on behalf of Brandon Valley along with Board Member Scott as our delegate voting member for this meeting.  Saxer stated that there are many items to keep close eye on, but addressed the three big legislative items she feels are in the forefront in terms of education:  1) Teacher Pay (South Dakota has now fallen back to #50 in the state rankings for teacher pay); 2) Curriculum, making sure it continues to stay a local function of our school district; and 3) Setting the date of School Board Elections (currently under local control) and in our area, that is more advantageous that trying to run simultaneously with different city elections.  Saxer requested that any school board members or district patrons with concerns or input in regard to legislative issues reach out to her before this delegate meeting is held.   

            Travel Reports were reviewed. 

            Motion by Saxer, seconded by Ode to adjourn the meeting at 6:53 p.m.  Motion carried. 

Signed ___________________________________
                                   
Business Manager 

Approved by the Board of Education this 8th day of November, 2021.

  Signed____________________________________
                                    Chairperson

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September 27, 2021

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 27th of September, 2021 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, 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 Scott to approve the agenda as presented.  Motion carried. 

Administrative reports were presented.  Superintendent Jarod Larson reported the following:
    The COVID-19 Information Website: https://brandonvalley.k12.sd.us/covid/covid.html is the centralized communication hub.   THE MESSAGE:  If you are sick – stay home!
    Current Fall enrollment (subject to change) is as follows:  4,875 students (JK-12) which is an increase of 194 students with a breakdown as follows:  Elementary: 2,012; Intermediate: 711; Middle School: 708; High School: 1,306; Distance Learning Academy: 70; and Out of District: 68 (including TeachWell Students).
    Gifted Education Programming Workgroup Process:  Objectives:  Review current challenges, evaluate similar school strategies, develop options, utilize a SWOT Analysis in evaluation of options, develop a programmatic recommendation.  Committee result:  Develop programmatic recommendation of Elementary – Middle School Gifted Education.  Committee meetings as follows:  9/21/2021, 10/05/2021, and 10/19/2021.
    Fourth Grade Orchestra Programming Workgroup Process:  Objectives:  Review current challenges, evaluate similar school strategies, develop options, utilize a SWOT Analysis in evaluation of options, develop a programmatic recommendation.  Committee result:  Develop programmatic recommendation.  Committee meetings as follows:  9/23/2021, 10/07/2021, and 10/21/2021.
 
    2021-22 School Calendar items include the following:   Monday, September 27, 2021 ~ BVIS/BVMS Parent-Teacher Conferences; Tuesday, September 28, 2021 ~ Elementary/HS Parent-Teacher Conferences; Friday, October 1, 2021 ~ No School, teacher comp day; Monday, October 11, 2021 ~ no school, staff in-service; Thursday, November 11, 2021 ~ no school, Veteran’s Day.
The BVHS Addition priorities include General Classrooms, Ground Floor Special Education, Science Lab Classrooms, Maximize Land Usage/ Upgrade East Facility Face, Minimize Impact to parking.
     The BVHS Addition planning continues with a preliminary planning meeting with the Building and Grounds Committee, Central Office Administration and BVHS Administration.  A meeting with the Buildings and Grounds staff along with the Architects is scheduled for some time in October, date yet to be determined.
    Release of bids is scheduled for early January and due Thursday, February 10, 2022.  Those bids will be reviewed and presented at the regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting on Monday, February 14, 2022. 
    Monday, May 2, 2022, we will begin construction of a parking lot.  This first phase of the project will allow us to complete a parking lot prior to the school year because the East side of the school and the bus loop will be closed down during the construction phase.  Then construction will begin in early June after the end of the 2021-22 school year, and will continue through the 2022-23 school year, looking to have construction complete by the middle of June, 2023 with the new addition open for use in August to start the 2023-24 school year.  More specific information regarding the actual footprint of the facility will be made available in the near future.
    HS addition updates will be shared with the Classified Council, the BVHS Liaison Council and the BVHS staff in the Fall of 2021.  Other information sharing as follows:  Communication with the Board of Education, Administrative Council, Teacher Liaison Council, Classified Council, and the Brandon Valley High School Staff at a specific meeting that will be planned for these individuals.  Also, on the third Monday in November, Superintendent Larson plans to hold a stand-alone information meeting for the public regarding this project.
    FY 21 Audit (2020-21 School Year) was completed on Monday/Tuesday, September 20th and 21st with no findings.  The Auditor stated in closing “It’s very good.  Extremely clean audit; we enjoy coming to Brandon Valley.”  Superintendent Larson, along with Board Member Saxer extended congratulations and a BIG thank you to Business Manager Lundberg and his staff on this excellent work!
    Accountability Report Card update.  The public release of the district accountability report card will be in mid-October (October 14, 2021).  A State of the Schools address will following this release in November. 

Superintendent Larson presented the following information on Administrative Rule, 24-28-01-01.54, as follows:
-       Public hearing for a Waiver from an Administrative Rule, 24-28-01-01.54 (to allow more than six weeks for a long-term substitute, when necessary).  There was no public input on this hearing.
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Application for a Waiver from an Administrative Rule, 24-28-01-01-54 (to allow more than six weeks for a long-term substitute, when necessary). 
After discussion on Administrative Rule 24-28-01-01.54, motion by Scott, seconded by Saxer to approve this Application for a Waiver as presented.  Motion carried.

   Motion by Talcott, seconded by Ode to approve the following general business items:
    
1.   Approve agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District #49-2 and the Sioux Falls School District for Emergency Management Plan – Safe & Secure School Plan for temporary shelter for Ben Reifel Middle School Students and staff at Inspiration Elementary, if necessary, effective August 9, 2021 for no more than three years, as presented.

    2.   
Approve declaration of surplus property – “I Am Malala”, 337 hardback novels, as presented.
    3.   
Approve agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District #49-2 and Inter-Lakes Community Action Partnership for Head Start Pre-Birth to Five Program, effective for the 2021-22 school year as presented.
Motion carried.

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

    1.   
Approve recommendation to hire Taylor Welsh, Inspiration Elementary Special Education Educational Assistant, full-time, $15.90/hour, effective September 28, 2021.
    2.   
Approve resignation from Emily Gacke, part-time BE Child Nutrition Worker, effective September 30, 2021.
    3.   
Approve recommendation to hire Janna Conrad, BE Reading Interventionist, 86% of BA+15 Step 3 ~ $35,340 (155-day contract) effective September 28, 2021, for a one-year contract position.
    4.   
Approve recommendation to hire Haley Carmody, BVIS Special Education Educational Assistant, full-time, $15.90/hour, effective October 12, 2021.
    5.   
Approve lane change request for Jeff Fode, BA to BA+15, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
    6.   
Approve new substitutes for the 2021-22 school year as follows:  Jennifer Mier.
Motion Carried.

The following communication was reviewed:

    1.   
Thank you from Jessica Rasmussen and family for the flowers sent in honor of the birth of their daughter, Claire. 

            Board Member Gregg Talcott reported on behalf of the Student Activities, Curriculum & Technology Committee regarding the Working Groups that have been formed to study the 4th Grade Orchestra and Gifted Ed programs.  These working groups plan to hold three meetings and then return to the Board of Education with a recommendation for the future path of both programs.

            Talcott also reported on the Safety Committee and a recent meeting that was held to overview the start of the school year as it relates to the many safety concerns related to school and our students. 

            Board President Renee Ullom reported on the Alternative Education Committee, reporting that the year is starting out very strong.  Behavioral training is being scheduled for the near future.          

            Motion by Talcott, seconded by Saxer to adjourn the meeting at 6:47 p.m.  Motion carried.

 Signed ___________________________________
                                   
Business Manager 

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

Signed____________________________________
                                    Chairperson

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September 13, 2021

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 13th of September 2021 at the Brandon Valley High School Community Room with the following members present:  Renee Ullom, Gregg Ode, Ellie Saxer (via phone), Gregg Talcott, and Nick Scott.  Absent:  none.  Also present were Superintendent Jarod Larson, Business Manager Paul J. Lundberg, High School Principal Mark Schlekeway, Activities Director Bill Freking, Middle School Principal Brad Thorson, Intermediate School Principal Nick Skibsted, Intermediate School Assistant Principal Rick Pearson, Robert Bennis Elementary Principal Kristin Hofkamp, Director of Instruction Sherri Nelson, Special Services Director Wendy Otheim, 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 Scott, seconded by Talcott to approve the agenda as presented.  Motion carried. 

Motion by Talcott, seconded by Ode to approve the minutes of the regular meetings of August 9, 2021 and August 23, 2021, and special meeting of August 16, 2021 as presented.  Motion carried.

 

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

Motion carried.

 

The cash report for the month of August, 2021 showed receipts of $2,777,130.21 and disbursements of $4,766,890.73, leaving a balance of $17,083,452.40.  The General Fund had receipts of $2,227,309.54, and disbursements of $3,295,695.20, leaving a balance of $8,949,856.37.  Capital Outlay Fund had receipts of $23,858.34 and disbursements of $497,262.08, leaving a balance of $4,677,912.80.  Special Education Fund had receipts of $513,834.30 and disbursements $459,089.86, leaving a balance of $1,618,939.83.  Bond Redemption Fund had receipts of $12,128.03, and disbursements of $0.00, leaving a balance of $12,128.03.  Enterprise Fund had receipts of $0.00 and disbursements of $10,339.03, leaving a balance of $26,597.15. Lastly, the Capital Projects Fund has receipts of $0.00 and disbursements of $504,504.56, leaving a balance of $1,798,017.93.

 

The August, 2021 payroll totaled $1,740,456.85 of which $984,419.31 was instructional, $459,941.57 was support services, $30,763.67 was co-curricular, $237,567.49 was Special Education, $18,489.81 was Food Service, and $9,275.00 was Driver’s Education.

 

Motion by Talcott, seconded by Scott to approve the financial reports as presented for the month of August, 2021.  Motion carried. 

Administrative reports were presented.   Superintendent Jarod Larson reported on the following:
    The COVID-19 Information Website: https://brandonvalley.k12.sd.us/covid/covid.html is the centralized communication hub.   THE MESSAGE:  If you are sick – stay home!
    Bus ridership for the 2021-22 school year is at approximately 1,800 on-time purchases/ridership notifications (95% on-time) with approximately 100 late purchases/ridership notifications (5% late). 
   
Fall enrollment (current projection) is as follows:  Elementary: 2,008; Intermediate: 714; Middle School: 711; High School: 1,313; Distance Learning students: 67; and out of school placement (includes Teachwell Students): 60; an increase of 194 students
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    Gifted Education Programming Workgroup Process:  Objectives:  Review current challenges, evaluate similar school strategies, develop options, utilize a SWOT Analysis in evaluation of options, develop a programmatic recommendation.  Committee result:  Develop programmatic recommendation of Elementary – Middle School Gifted Education.  Committee meetings as follows:  9/21/2021, 10/05/2021, and 10/19/2021.
    Fourth Grade Orchestra Programming Workgroup Process:  Objectives:  Review current challenges, evaluate similar school strategies, develop options, utilize a SWOT Analysis in evaluation of options, develop a programmatic recommendation.  Committee result:  Develop programmatic recommendation.  Committee meetings as follows:  9/23/2021, 10/07/2021, and 10/21/2021.
       

2021-22 School Calendar items include the following:   Monday, September 27, 2021 ~ BVIS/BVMS Parent-Teacher Conferences; Tuesday, September 28, 2021 ~ Elementary/HS Parent-Teacher Conferences; Friday, October 1, 2021 ~ No School, teacher comp day; Monday, October 11, 2021 ~ no school, staff in-service; Thursday, November 11, 2021 ~ no school, Veteran’s Day.                       

Brandon Valley High School addition priorities/tentative timeline:
            -           General Classrooms, Ground Floor Special Education, Science Lab Classrooms, Maximize Land Usage/ Upgrade East Facility Face, Minimize Impact to parking.
            The tentative BVHS Addition timeline is as follows:
            -           Preliminary planning in-progress:  Preliminary planning with the Building and Grounds Board Committee, Central Office Administration and BVHS Administration
            -           Fall 2021 – Information sharing as follows:  Community with Board of Education, Administrative Council, Teacher Liaison Council, Classified Council, and the Brandon Valley High School Staff
            -           Winter 2022 – Bid the project
            -           Spring/Summer 2022 – BVHS Addition begins
            -           2022-2023 School year – Construction in-progress
            -           Fall 2023 – Addition opens
    Information sharing regarding the BVHS Addition begins with preliminary planning (in-progress) with Building and Grounds Committee, Central Office Administration and BVHS Administration.  In the Fall of 2021, Communication will continue with the Board of Education, Administrative Council, Teacher Liaison Council, Classified Council, and the Brandon Valley High School Staff.                     

Special Services Director Wendy Otheim stated that the Special Services department continues to have openings for Special Services Educational Assistants in various buildings and grade levels along with substitute positions needed throughout the District.  Please visit the Brandon Valley School District web-site (employment opportunities) to apply. 

            Dr. Larson presented the 2021-22 COVID-19 Pandemic Response Plan updated as of September 7, 2021 as follows: a) Close Contact Protocol; and b) Positive Case Communication.  These updates included talks with the Health Services Department and Administrative Council and Dr. Larson made an executive decision to update these two protocols beginning September 7, 2021. 

            In order to continue to keep students in school by strategically mitigating the greatest area risk of spread, these two areas in the 2021-22 Pandemic Response Plan have been updated as follows: Close contacts:  Close Contacts may continue to attend school with pre-screening for symptoms each day, remain asymptomatic, and wear a cloth face mask for 14 days from the date of exposure.  Positive Case Notification:  In the event of a confirmed positive Covid-19 Case resulting in a potential exposure within a building, 1) Close contact will be informed by Student Health Services, and 2) a building-level communication will be provided to parents/guardians.   The BVSD Response Plan with these updates can all be found on the School District web-site link: https://brandonvalley.k12.sd.us/covid/covid.html

            Motion by Scott, seconded by Ode to approve the BVSD Pandemic Response Plan Close Contact Protocol and Positive Case Communication as updated on September 7, 2021 as presented.  Motion carried.           

            Motion by Talcott, seconded by Scott to approve the following general business items:
           
1.   Approve Change Order #5 for Inspiration Elementary for an additional $1,334.00 as presented.

            2.   
Deny BVSD Petition for Residency Exception effective for the 2021-22 school year (#22-002) as presented.
            3.   
Approve Wood Lathe Powermatic Model 3520B and Wide Belt Sander Powermatic Model Number DDS225 as declared surplus property, for the purpose of trade-in value for a Powermatic 20-inch Planer with a cyclone dust collection attachment, as presented.
Motion carried.
 

            Motion by Ode, seconded by Talcott to approve the following personnel items:
            1.   
Approve resignation from Maria Hernandez, BE part-time Child Nutrition Worker, effective August 20, 2021.
            2.   
Approve resignation from Jill Pisciotti, IE part-time Child Nutrition Worker, effective August 24, 2021.
            3.   
Approve recommendation to hire Lana Schwab, IE part-time Child Nutrition Worker, $14.75/hour, effective September 7, 2021.
            4.   
Approve request for leave without pay for Jake Adams, BVIS Special Education Educational Assistant, October 27-29, November 12, and December 3, 2021 (five days).
            5.   
Approve request for additional Special Education Educational Assistant, 1.0 FTE at Inspiration Elementary.
            6.   
Approve request for additional full-time Child Nutrition Worker, 1.0 FTE at Fred Assam Elementary.
            7.   
Approve recommendation to hire, through transfer, Michelle Brady, FAE Child Nutrition Worker, 1.0 FTE (from part-time to full-time) $14.84/hour, effective September 1, 2021.
            8.   
Approve recommendation to hire, through transfer, Heidi Bilben, Inspiration Elementary Child Nutrition Head Cook, 1.0 FTE (from part-time to full-time) $15.20/hour, effective August 25, 2021.
            9.   
Approve resignation from Kerri Christensen, RBE Special Education Educational Assistant, effective September 10, 2021.
            10. 
Approve recommendation to hire Daydra Colaites, BVIS Evening Custodian, $16.50/hour plus $1.00 Night Differential Pay, full-time, effective September 20, 2021.
            11. 
Approve recommendation to hire Gabriel Terveen, FAE Evening Custodian, $16.50/hour plus $1.00 Night Differential Pay, full-time, effective September 20, 2021.
            12. 
Approve recommendation to hire Ashley Matzke, long-term substitute for Emily Barbaruolo, RBE First Grade Teacher, effective on or about November 15, 2021 for approximately eight (8) to ten (10) weeks.
            13. 
Approve recommendation to hire Claire Toth, long-term substitute for Alyssa Lutz, RBE Kindergarten Teacher, effective on or about November 4, 2021 for approximately twelve (12) weeks.
            14. 
Approve recommendation to hire Cady Fischer, RBE Special Education Educational Assistant, full-time, $15.90/hour, effective September 14, 2021.
            15. 
Approve recommendation to hire Joni Heggen, substitute van driver, paid according to the Transportation Schedule, effective September 14, 2021.
            16. 
Approve resignation from Krysta Hesse, BVIS Special Education Educational Assistant, effective September 10, 2021.
            17. 
Approve lane change requests for the following teaching staff:
                    Shelly Berg,                        MA+15 to MA+30
                    Maggie Bryant                    MA to MA+15
                    Mallory Husher                   BA+15 to MA
                    Alyssa Johnson                  MA+15 to MA+30
                    Mariah Koch                       BA+15 to MA
                    Stacy Kolbeck                     MA+15 to MA+30
                    Nick Massmann                  MA to MA+15
                    Brady Olson                       MA+15 to MA+30
                    Cassie Pearson                   MA to MA+15
                    Jill Pederson                       MA+15 to MA+30
                    Lisa Reinschmidt                MA to MA+15
                    Lisa Reinschmidt                Title I – Reading Minor (74% to 86%)
                    Jodi Robertson                   MA to MA+15
                    Adam Rothenberger           MA to MA+15
                    Sharon Schwebach             BA to BA+15
                    Samantha Scott                  BA to BA+15 (First year at BV)
                    Stacey Wiese                      MA to MA+15
                    Shalena Zeller                     BA+15 to MA
                    Michael Zerr                       BA+15 to MA
           
18.    Approve new substitutes for the 2021-22 school year as follows:  Jessica Farley, Randy Marso, Jennifer Schunke, and Timothy Voigt.
Motion Carried.
 

The following personnel items were reviewed by the Board of Education for information only:
        1.   
Request for medical leave for Devon Morrill, BVIS Custodian, effective September 1, 2021 for approximately eight (8) weeks.
        2.   
Request for medical leave for Jennifer Swenson, Superintendent’s Administrative Assistant, on November 16, 2021 for approximately six (6) weeks.
        3.   
Request for maternity leave by Alyssa Lutz, RBE 1st Grade teacher, on or about November 4, 2021 for approximately twelve (12) weeks.
        4.   
Request for maternity leave by Emily Barbaruolo, RBE Kindergarten Teacher, effective on or about November 14, 2021 for eight and a half (8.5) weeks.
        5.   
Request for maternity leave by Jenessa Williams, RBE Special Education Teacher, effective on or around December 1, 2021 for approximately ten (10) weeks.
        6.   
Request for maternity leave by Erin Ashby, full-time BVHS Child Nutrition Worker, effective on September 27, 2021 for approximately nine (9) weeks.
        7.   
Request for maternity leave by Chelsea Fossum, FAE Kindergarten Teacher, effective on or about November 22, 2021 for approximately eight (8) weeks.
        8.   
Request for maternity leave by Laura Lueders, VSE 4th Grade Teacher, effective on or around February 16, 2022 for approximately eight (8) weeks.

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

        1.   
August 2021 Building Permits. 

            There were no formal board committee reports at tonight’s meeting, however Superintendent Larson did  provide a listing to each board member of the scheduled committee meeting dates, locations, and times for the 2021-22 school year. 

Motion by Scott, seconded by Talcott to adjourn the meeting at 6:57 p.m.  Motion carried.

 
Signed ___________________________________
                                   
Business Manager 

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

Signed____________________________________
                                    Chairperson

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August 23, 2021

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 23rd of August, 2021 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, Activities Director Bill Freking, High School Associate Principal Jordan Paula, Middle School Principal Brad Thorson, Intermediate School Principal Nick Skibsted, Director of Instruction Sherri Nelson, Special Services Director Wendy Otheim, 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 Talcott, seconded by Ode to approve the agenda as presented.  Motion carried. 

Administrative reports were presented.   Brandon Valley High School addition priorities have been reviewed and discussed as follows:
            -           General Classrooms, Ground Floor Special Education, Science Lab Classrooms, Maximize Land Usage/ Upgrade East Facility Face, Minimize Impact to parking.
            The tentative BVHS Addition timeline is as follows:
            -           Preliminary planning in-progress:  Preliminary planning with the Building and Grounds Board Committee, Central Office Administration and BVHS Administration
            -           Fall 2021 – Information sharing as follows:  Community with Board of Education, Administrative Council, Teacher Liaison Council, Classified Council, and the Brandon Valley High School Staff
            -           Winter 2022 – Bid the project
            -           Spring/Summer 2022 – BVHS Addition begins
            -           2022-2023 School year – Construction in-progress
            -           Fall 2023 – Addition opens

Information sharing regarding the BVHS Addition begins with preliminary planning (in-progress) with Building and Grounds Committee, Central Office Administration and BVHS Administration.  In the Fall of 2021, Communication will continue with the Board of Education, Administrative Council, Teacher Liaison Council, Classified Council, and the Brandon Valley High School Staff.  

The COVID-19 Information Website: https://brandonvalley.k12.sd.us/covid/covid.html is the centralized communication hub.   THE MESSAGE:  If you are sick – stay home!  

Bus ridership for the 2021-22 school year is at approximately 1,800 riders with a minimal number of late purchasers.   

Current Fall enrollment (subject to change) is as follows:  4,895 students (JK-12) which is an increase of 213 students with a breakdown as follows:  Elementary: 2,052; Intermediate: 721; Middle School: 732; High School: 1,390 (including TeachWell Students).
                       

2021-22 School Calendar items include the following:   August 23, 2021 ~ In-service/workshop day; August 24, 2021 ~ In-service/workshop day; August 25, 2021 ~ First Day of School Grades 1-12; Friday, August 27, 2021 ~ First Day of School for Kindergarten; Monday, August 30, 2021 ~ First Day of School for Early Childhood programs. 

The following Board Policies were presented for a second reading at tonight’s meeting:

JHCDE:  Administration of Medical Cannabis to Qualifying Students.  Motion by Saxer, seconded by Talcott to adopt Policy JHCDE: Administration of Medical Cannabis to Qualifying Students as presented.  Motion carried.
  IGDK:  Participation of Alternative Instruction Students.  Motion by Saxer, seconded by Scott to adopt Policy IGDK: Participation of Alternative Instruction Students as presented.  Motion carried.

            Motion by Talcott, seconded by Ode to approve the following general business items:
           
1.   Approve agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District #49-2 and Children’s Home Society for tuition for one student, $121.59/day, five days per week, effective July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022, as presented.

            2.   
Approve agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District #49-2 and the University of South Dakota School for Education for participation in the Operation of a Professional Development District (Student Teacher Program).
            3.   
Approve agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District #49-2 and Teacher Learning Center for Virtual Training (Motivation and Managing Hard to Reach, Uninterested and Disruptive Students), $2,000, on October 11, 2021.
            4.   
Approve Memorandum of Understanding by and between the Brandon Valley School District #49-2 and Black Hills Special Services Cooperative/TIE for online coursework for K-8 programming, $3,250/student, effective July 1, 2021 until terminated, as presented.
            5.   
Approve agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District #49-2 and South Dakota Department of Education for participation in South Dakota Virtual School, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
            6.   
Approve Legends for Kids Youth Foundation Grant Application for football program capital improvements, in the amount of $5,000, as presented.
           
7.    Approve request to publicly auction surplus materials, conducted by Interstate Auction Center, Brandon, SD, on September 25, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. as presented.
            8.   
Approve recommendation to approve the ESSER II Budget Amendment, as presented.
Motion carried.

 Motion by Saxer, seconded by Scott to approve the following personnel items:
    1.   
Approve recommendation to hire Cheryl Card, substitute bus/van driver, paid according to the transportation hiring schedule, effective August 24, 2021.
    2.   
Approve request for leave without pay from Kelli Vellema, RBE Educational Assistant, as follows:  September 23, 24, 27, October 18, December 17, 20, 21, and 22, 2021 (8 days).
    3.   
Approve recommendation to hire Kimberly Moffitt, BVMS Special Education Educational Assistant, full-time, $15.90/hour, effective August 25, 2021.
    4.   
Approve recommendation to hire Syndie Buchheim, BVIS Special Education Educational Assistant, full-time, $15.90/hour, effective August 25, 2021.
    5.   
Approve request for additional Kindergarten Classroom Teacher (1.0 FTE) at Inspiration Elementary, effective the 2021-22 school year.
    6.   
Approve resignation from Kimberly Ludens, Inspiration Elementary Head Cook, effective August 17, 2021.
    7.   
Approve resignation from Graciela Reddog, RBE part-time Child Nutrition worker, effective August 19, 2021.
    8.   
Approve resignation from George Powell, BVHS Special Education Educational Assistant, effective August 19, 2021.
    9.   
Approve recommendation to hire Stephanie Reid, RBE part-time Child Nutrition worker, effective August 25, 2021.
    10. 
Approve recommendation to hire Andia Blake, long-term substitute for Jayna Silvernail (RBE 2nd Grade Teacher), effective on or about September 30, 2021 for approximately 9 weeks.
    11. 
Approve request for additional Kindergarten Classroom Teacher (1.0 FTE) at Brandon Elementary, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
    12. 
Approve recommendation to hire through transfer for Jody Lambert, from BE Reading Interventionist to BE Kindergarten Teacher, BA+15 ~ $52,483.00, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
    13. 
Approve recommendation for additional compensation to Registered Dietician, Alison Fenske, in the amount of $3,000 for extra duties performed (Child Nutrition Service Director coverage), for approximately ten weeks during the 2021-22 school year, as presented.
    14. 
Approve new substitutes for the 2021-22 school year as follows:  Todd Geerdes, Melissa Guebert, Amber Larsen, Tricia Snyder, and Thomas Sundling.
Motion Carried.
 

The following personnel items were reviewed by the Board of Education for information only:
    1.   
Transfer Tabitha LaFond from VSE Health Services (COVID) Educational Assistant to VSE Special Education Educational Assistant, effective with the 2021-22 school year.
    2.   
Transfer Mari Bass, from (.5) FAE/ (.5) Inspiration Elementary Health Services (COVID) Educational Assistant to Inspiration Elementary (1.0) Health Services (COVID) Educational Assistant (one-year position).
    3.   
Transfer Amanda Crawford from BE Special Education Educational Assistant to VSE Health Services (COVID) Educational Assistant (one-year position).
    4.   
Transfer Merissa Kringen from Inspiration Elementary 4th Grade Teacher to Inspiration Elementary Kindergarten Teacher (new position), effective with the 2021-22 school year.
    5.   
Transfer Kyla Kroger from Elementary Distance Learning Teacher to Inspiration Elementary 4th Grade Teacher, effective with the 2021-22 school year.
    6.   
Request for maternity leave by Kristin VanBuskirk, BE Special Education Teacher, effective on or around January 12, 2022, for approximately 6-8 weeks.
    7.   
Request for maternity leave by Shalena Zeller, BVIS 5th Grade ELA/Social Studies Teacher, effective on or around January 10, 2022, for approximately 6 weeks.
Superintendent Larson reported that tentative committee schedules will be compiled and disseminated by the end of September for the upcoming school year meetings.
 

            Saxer reported that she and Board Member Scott recently attended the Associated School Boards of South Dakota (ASBSD) annual meeting and were pleased to learn that many are so thankful for President Renee Ullom and the role she plays with the Alternative Education community.  Saxer, on behalf of the whole board, thanked Ullom for her willingness to serve on the BV Board of Education as well as her guidance with the Alternative Education Board.   Ullom stated that she was thankful for the opportunity to serve on both the BV Board of Education and the Alternative Education Board and was thankful for the positive feedback from others. 

            Saxer also commented on the two board policies that were approved at tonight’s meeting.  She stated that these items are certainly “hot topics” throughout the state and thanked the board and Superintendent Larson for being on top of these items and putting them into action so quickly.          

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

            Motion by Saxer, seconded by Talcott to adjourn the meeting at 9:11 p.m.  Motion carried..

                                                            Signed ___________________________________
                                                                                               
Business Manager

                                                 Approved by the Board of Education this 13th day of September, 2021. 

                                                            Signed____________________________________                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                 
Chairperson

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August 16, 2021

The special meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 16th of August, 2021 at the Brandon Valley High School Performing Arts Center with the following members present:  Renee Ullom, Gregg Ode, Gregg Talcott, Ellie Saxer, and Nick Scott.  Absent:  None.  Also in attendance were Superintendent Jarod Larson, Business Manager Paul Lundberg, along with several patrons of the Brandon Valley School District #49-2. 

Renee Ullom called the special 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. 

The purpose of this meeting was to revisit the 2021-22 Pandemic Response Plan agenda action item as follows:  a) Masking Protocol.   

Community input this evening included thirty-six (36) patrons of the Brandon Valley School District; thirty (30) individuals who support a voluntary only masking protocol, and six (6) patrons who support a mandatory masking protocol.  Thank you to all who came to share your input or support someone who spoke. 

The Brandon Valley Board of Education members also discussed their feelings on masking with all members (Saxer, Talcott, Scott, Ode, and Ullom) supporting a voluntary masking protocol and fell that would be the most suitable for the 2021-22 school district. 

As previously discussed at the last Board of Education meeting, the BVSD #49-2 2021-22 Pandemic Response plan suggests a Masking Protocol of Voluntary Masking.  Motion by Saxer, seconded by Talcott to approve this recommendation of Voluntary Masking, as presented. On a roll call vote, the following voted aye:  Saxer, Talcott, Ode, Scott, Ullom; voted nay: none.  Motion carried. 

            Motion by Saxer, seconded by Talcott to adjourn the meeting at 9:11 p.m.  Motion carried..

                                                            Signed ___________________________________
                                                                                               
Business Manager

 Approved by the Board of Education this 13th day of September, 2021. 

                                                            Signed____________________________________                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                 
Chairperson

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August 9, 2021

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 9th of August, 2021 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, High School Principal Mark Schlekeway, Activities Director Bill Freking, High School Associate Principal Jordan Paula, High School Associate Principal Mitzi Moore, Middle School Principal Brad Thorson, Intermediate School Principal Nick Skibsted, Intermediate School Assistant Principal Rick Pearson, Robert Bennis Elementary Principal Kristin Hofkamp, Valley Springs/Inspiration Elementary Principal Tanya Palmer, Fred Assam Elementary Principal Susan Foster, Director of Instruction Sherri Nelson, Special Services Director Wendy Otheim, 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 Talcott, seconded by Ode to approve the agenda as presented.  Motion carried. 

President Renee Ullom, along with Superintendent Larson presented the following conflict of Interest Disclosure – Waiver Request that was presented for review at tonight’s meeting:  Superintendent Larson advised the board of his wife, Amanda Larson, has the position of long-term substitute nurse within the Brandon Valley School District for the 2021-22 school year.   Motion by Scott, seconded by Talcott to approve and authorize this request for school board waiver as presented by Dr. Larson, because the terms of this contract are fair and reasonable and are not contrary to the public interest.  Motion carried.

President Renee Ullom, along with Superintendent Larson presented the following Conflict of Interest Disclosure – Waiver Request that was presented 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 the early retirement benefit (year #3) and from the South Dakota Retirement System upon his retirement.  Motion by Ode, seconded by Scott to approve and authorize this request for school board waiver as presented by Dr. Talcott because of the terms of this contract are fair and reasonable and not contrary to the public interest. On a roll call vote, voting aye: Ode, Scott, and Ullom; abstain: Talcott.  Motion carried. 

Motion by Scott, seconded by Ode to approve the minutes of the annual organizational meeting of July 12, 2021 as presented.  Motion carried. 

Community input this evening included Dr. Amy Kelley, an OB/GYN in Sioux Falls that requested to speak at this evening’s Board of Education meeting.  Dr. Kelley had two requests:  1) That the school district consider requiring all staff and students (age 5 and up) to be vaccinated for COVID when fully approved and authorized by the FDA; and 2) Place a mandatory mask mandate on all students and staff until at least 85% of Minnehaha County has been vaccinated and when all students age 5 and up will be able to be vaccinated.  Dr. Kelley stated that these requests may seem unrealistic at the present time and also requested that the Board consider at the very least strongly recommend or even possibly EXPECT mask wearing. 

Business Manager Paul Lundberg reviewed the Accounts Payable process with the Board of Education this month.  Lundberg reviewed this process considering the 1,000+ invoices that the Business Office has processed in this month alone.

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

Motion carried.

 

The cash report for the month of July, 2021 showed receipts of $3,017,648.35 and disbursements of $5,998,478.47, leaving a balance of $19,073,212.92.  The General Fund had receipts of $2,377,085.94, sent a temporary interfund transfer of $30,248.95 to the Bond Fund, and disbursements of $2,616,685.27, leaving a balance of $10,220,657.03.  Capital Outlay Fund had receipts of $45,202.46 and disbursements of $1,153,182.81, leaving a balance of $5,151,316.54.  Special Education Fund had receipts of $281,892.75 and disbursements $375,257.51, leaving a balance of $1,361,780.39.  Bond Redemption Fund had receipts of $23,002.29, received a temporary interfund transfer of $30,248.95, and disbursements of $900,018.75, leaving a balance of $0.00.  Enterprise Fund had receipts of $0.00 and disbursements of $2,704.71, leaving a balance of $36,936.18. Lastly, the Capital Projects Fund has receipts of $290,464.91 and disbursements of $950,629.42, leaving a balance of $2,302,522.49.

 

The July, 2021 payroll totaled $1,660,101.41 of which $986,426.16 was instructional, $378,740.18 was support services, $30,763.67 was co-curricular, $237,659.37 was Special Education, $23,999.53 was Food Service, and $2,512.50 was Driver’s Education.

 

 

Motion by Talcott, seconded by Scott to approve the financial reports as presented for the month of July, 2021.  Motion carried.

 

Administrative reports were presented.   Superintendent Jarod Larson outlined the Inspiration 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 (July 31, 2021: Substantial Completion; August 13, 2021: Punch List Completed)

°          Inspiration Elementary School Open House/Ribbon Cutting* – August 17, 2021

°          New Staff in-service – August 18, 2021

°          Popsicles in the Park – August 19, 2021

°          First Day of School – August 25, 2021
            *Inspiration Elementary School Open House/Ribbon Cutting will be held Tuesday, August 17, 2021 as follows:  4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Open House and 5:00 p.m.  Ribbon Cutting with tours to follow.           

The 2021-22 Brandon Valley Distance Learning Academy will continue as follows: Grades K-4: Brandon Valley Teachers/Platform; Grades 5-12: SD Virtual School (5-6 Black Hills On-line Learning and 7-12 SD Virtual School).  The deadline to select Distance Learning is August 11, 2021.                       

Brandon Valley High School addition priorities have been reviewed and discussed as follows:
            -           General Classrooms, Ground Floor Special Education, Science Lab Classrooms, Maximize Land Usage/ Upgrade East Facility Face, Minimize Impact to parking.
            The tentative BVHS Addition timeline is as follows:
            -           Preliminary planning in-progress:  Preliminary planning with the Building and Grounds Board Committee, Central Office Administration and BVHS Administration
            -           Fall 2021 – Information sharing as follows:  Community with Board of Education, Administrative Council, Teacher Liaison Council, Classified Council, and the Brandon Valley High School Staff
            -           Winter 2022 – Bid the project
            -           Spring/Summer 2022 – BVHS Addition begins
            -           2022-2023 School year – Construction in-progress
            -           Fall 2023 – Addition opens

Information sharing regarding the BVHS Addition begins with preliminary planning (in-progress) with Building and Grounds Committee, Central Office Administration and BVHS Administration.  In the Fall of 2021, Communication will continue with the Board of Education, Administrative Council, Teacher Liaison Council, Classified Council, and the Brandon Valley High School Staff.                        

2021-22 School Calendar items include the following:  August 18, 2021 ~ New Staff in-service day; August 19, 2021 ~ In-service/workshop day; August 23, 2021 ~ In-service/workshop day; August 24, 2021 ~ In-service/workshop day; August 25, 2021 ~ First Day of School Grades 1-12; Friday, August 27, 2021 ~ First Day of School for Kindergarten; Monday, August 30, 2021 ~ First Day of School for Early Childhood programs. 

Lastly, Superintendent Larson presented updated pictures of work in progress for Inspiration Elementary School including the exterior view of the building; 1st – 4th Grade wing classroom, and 1st – 4th Grade Wing Restrooms. 

Brandon Valley High School Principal Mark Schlekeway introduced the two new Associate Principals starting with the 2021-22 school year:  Mr. Jordan Paula and Mrs. Mitzi Moore.  Welcome!  High School Activities including band, dance, soccer, volleyball, and football are up and running and freshmen unity day and the senior retreat are coming up in the days ahead.  The start of the school year has begun! 

Brandon Valley Middle School Principal Brad Thorson stated that the schedules for the BVMS students will be released on Friday, August 13, 2021.  Seventh grade orientation will be held on campus on Monday, August 16th.   

Special Services Director Wendy Otheim reported that during the upcoming BV in-service days, she will be collaborating with the Teachwell staff to offer a professional development on disabilities to Educational Assistants and Classified Staff. 

Director of Instruction, Sherri Nelson, updated on the recent ELA Adoption and training that has been on-going since the adoption began.  Nelson also reviewed the upcoming In-Service Staff Development schedule. 

The following Board Policies were presented for a first reading at tonight’s meeting:
            1.   
JHCDE:  Administration of Medical Cannabis to Qualifying Students
            2.   
IGDK:  Participation of Alternative Instruction Students 

            Superintendent Jarod Larson presented the 2021-22 Pandemic Response Plan Survey Results (presented for information only).  The survey results are as follows:

             Question 1: Indicate if you support or oppose the “draft” protocol for voluntary Masking?  88.38% of District Patrons (1,901 responses) support the protocol for voluntary masking with 11.62% of District Patrons (250 responses) opposed to the protocol for voluntary masking.

            Question 2: Indicate if you support or oppose the “draft” daily individual health screening process being completed prior to entering school facilities?  81.83% support and 18.17% oppose the protocol for daily individual health screening. 

            Question 3: Indicate if you support or oppose the “draft” protocol for an individual exhibiting symptoms? 89.13% support and 10.87% oppose the protocol for an individual exhibiting symptoms.

            Question 4: Indicate if you support or oppose the “draft” close contact protocol?  79.05% support and 20.95% oppose the close contact protocol.

            Question 5: Indicate if you support or oppose the “draft: positive case communication protocol?  84.49% support and 15.51% oppose the positive case communication protocol.

            Question 6: Indicate your support or oppose the “draft” school district facility access and usage approach?  90.75% support and 9.25% oppose the school district facility access and usage approach. 

            Dr. Larson presented the 2021-22 COVID-19 Pandemic Response Plan developed by the Brandon Valley Safety Committee and Administration, revised as of August 3, 2021.  The Response Plan and survey results listed above can all be found on the School District web-site link: https://brandonvalley.k12.sd.us/covid/covid.html 

            Superintendent Larson presented the 2021-22 Pandemic Response Plan agenda action items as follows:  a) Masking Protocol, b) Daily Individual Health Screening Process, c) Protocol for Individuals Exhibiting Symptoms, d) Close Contact Protocol, e) Positive Case Communication, and f) Facility Access & Usage.  Motion by Talcott, seconded by Ode to address these action items individually.  On a roll call vote, the following voted aye:  Talcott, Ode, Scott, Ullom; Voting nay:  none.  Motion carried.  

a.           Masking Protocol:   the BVSD #49-2 2021-22 Pandemic Response plan suggests Voluntary Masking.  Motion by Scott, seconded by Ode to approve this recommendation with Voluntary Masking, as presented. Board member Gregg Talcott began the discussion with his concern of K-6th grade students that cannot protect themselves since there is no vaccination available to them presently.  Talcott stated “We are not dealing with last year, and (we are) exposing younger students to greater risk with less protection.”  Talcott feels barriers need to return and masking needs to be mandatory at the very least for K-6th grade.  The Delta variant is not “last year” and needs to be treated differently.

               
Board Member Nick Scott agreed that our students’ and staffs’ safety is our #1 concern.  Scott believes that this will continue to be an on-going concern but believes that the way that we handled things last year, adjusting on the go, was the best-case scenario.  Not everyone will be pleased with this decision but feels that the CDC recommendation of voluntary masking can and should be followed.

     Vice Chairperson Gregg Ode stated that this is a very touchy subject.  He believes that what we have in place works, but the Delta variant is a different breed.  Ode feels we need to do the utmost that we can to prevent this from spreading and agrees with Talcott that we mandate the use of masks.

     With the motion on the floor to leave the administrative recommendation of Voluntary Masking as presented, and on a roll call vote, the following voted aye: Scott, Ullom; nay: Talcott, Ode.  Motion failed.

     A second motion was made as follows:  Motion by Talcott, seconded by Ode, that masking be mandatory at the Elementary and Intermediate School levels and voluntary, but strongly recommended/encouraged. at the Middle School and High School levels until the COVID-19 vaccination is fully authorized and available to students in the K-6th grade levels.  The Motion died for lack of a second.

     Since the motion was unsuccessful, the Masking Protocol was tabled and will be reconsidered at a Special Board of Education Meeting scheduled for Monday, August 16, 2021 @ 6:30 p.m. in the Brandon Valley High School Performing Arts Center.  

b.         Daily Individual Health Screening Process: the BVSD #49-2 2021-22 Pandemic Response plan suggests completing the daily health screening process at home prior to coming to the Brandon Valley School District facilities.    Motion by Talcott, seconded by Scott to approve this Daily Screening at home as presented.  On a roll call vote the following voted aye:  Talcott, Scott, Ode, Ullom; Nay:  None.  Motion carried.   

c.          Protocol for Individuals Exhibiting Symptoms:  the BVSD #49-2 2021-22 Pandemic Response plan suggests an individual exhibiting symptoms of illness will be offered a surgical mask, be evaluated by Student Health Services, and may be required to leave the facility.  Motion by Talcott, seconded by Scott to approve this Protocol for Individuals Exhibiting Symptoms as presented.  On a roll call vote the following voted aye:  Talcott, Scott, Ode, Ullom,; Nay: None.  Motion carried.   

d.         Close Contact Protocol: the BVSD #49-2 2021-22 Pandemic Response plan suggests that close contacts are recommended to adhere to the South Dakota Department of Health Guidance.  Motion by Talcott, seconded by Ode to approve this Protocol for Close Contact as presented.  On a roll call vote the following voted aye: Talcott, Ode, Scott, Ullom; Nay: None.  Motion carried.   

e.         Positive Case Communication: the BVSD #49-2 Pandemic Response plan suggests that no Positive Case Communication will occur throughout the grade levels.  Board member Talcott discussed the importance of individual cases being shared with elementary classrooms involved. After brief discussion on the specifics of that communication, this response was amended to include Positive Case Communication to be made with K-4th grade levels and no positive case communication will occur for grades 5-12.  Motion by Talcott, seconded by Scott to approve this amended Protocol for Positive Case Communication.  On a roll call vote the following voted aye: Talcott, Scott, Ode, Ullom; Nay: None.  Motion carried.   

f.        Facility Access & Usage:   the BVSD #49-2 Pandemic Response plan suggests that Facility Access and Usage be open. There is no restriction on school visitation, activity attendance, or outside organization facility usage. Motion by Talcott, seconded by Ode to approve this Protocol Facility Access and Usage as presented.  On a roll call vote the following voted aye: Talcott, Ode, Scott, Ullom; Nay: None.  Motion carried.   

            Superintendent Larson presented the American Rescue plan (ARP) Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund School District Plan. The Brandon Valley School District total ARP ESSER funding available is $1,004,882 with the amount set aside currently for lost instructional time set at $200,976.  Motion by Scott, seconded by Talcott to approve the ARP and ESSER Plan for the Brandon Valley School District as presented.  Motion carried. 

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

          1.   Approve a 2021-22 COVID-19 Stipend of $850 for full-time staff and $425 for part-time staff, to be paid in October, 2021.
           
2.    Approve contract and addendum by and between the Brandon Valley School District #49-2 and South Dakota State University/Division of Education, Counseling and Human Development, for supervision of student teachers, at a rate of $200/full-time teacher candidate (first semester), and $400/full-time teacher candidate (second semester) effective with the 2021-22 school year, as presented.
           
3.    Approve administrative recommendation to cast runoff ballot for South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSAA) West River At-large Representative for Todd Palmer (Sturgis Brown), effective July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2024.
            4.   
Approve contract by and between the Brandon Valley School District #49-2 and Universal Pediatrics for nursing services for three students at a rate of $50/hour, effective for the 2021-22 school year as presented.
           
5.    Approve service agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District #49-2 and Children’s Care Hospital and School (dba LifeScape) for services for one student, $194/day (July 1, 2021 to August 20, 2022), $198/day (August 23, 2021 to August 22, 2022), and therapy services of $84.75/15 minutes, effective July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022, as presented.
Motion carried.
 

            Motion by Scott, seconded by Talcott to approve the following personnel items:
1.    Approve resignation from Angel Dunham, FAE Child Nutrition Manager, effective July 31, 2021.
2.   
Approve resignation from Jay Merrigan, BVIS Special Education Teacher, to include liquidated damages of $1,000 (resignation submitted July 15, 2021), effective immediately.
3.   
Approve request for an additional Special Education Educational Assistant, BE (Aspire Classroom), full-time, effective beginning with the 2021-22 school year.
4.   
Approve recommendation to hire Katelyn Rhoades, BE Special Education Educational Assistant (Aspire Classroom) full-time, $15.90/hour, effective August 25, 2021.
5.   
Approve recommendation to hire Alyssa Hamer, BVIS 6th Grade Math Teacher, BA+15, Step 10 ~ $50,504.00, effective with the 2021-22 school year.
6.   
Approve resignation from Jocelyn Sperlich, BE Special Education Educational Assistant, effective July 20, 2021.
7.   
Approve recommendation to hire Juliana Ruud, BE Special Education Educational Assistant, full-time, $15.90/hour, effective August 25, 2021.
8.   
Approve recommendation to hire Graciela Reddog, part-time RBE Child Nutrition worker, $14.75/hour, effective August 25, 2021.
9.   
Approve resignation from Samantha Doerr, BVIS Special Education Educational Assistant, effective July 23, 2021.
10. 
Approve recommendation to hire through transfer of Lori Buthe, from part-time BVMS Child Nutrition worker, to full-time FAE Child Nutrition Manager, $17.79/hour, effective August 25, 2021.
11. 
Approve recommendation to hire through transfer of Staci Anderson, from full-time BVIS Child Nutrition worker, to full-time VSE Child Nutrition Manager, $18.06/hour, effective August 25, 2021.
12. 
Approve recommendation to hire Alesha Carstensen, RBE Special Education Educational Assistant, full-time, $15.90/hour, effective August 25, 2021.
13. 
Approve recommendation to hire Leslie (Blaine) Jones, Substitute Van Driver, paid according to the 2021-22 transportation schedule, effective August 10, 2021.
14. 
Approve recommendation to hire Shawna Schipper, Substitute Van Driver, paid according to the 2021-22 transportation schedule, effective August 10, 2021.
15. 
Approve recommendation to hire Adam Else, Concessions Manager, $12.00/hour, plus 20% net proceeds at the end of the concession season, effective with the 2021-22 school year.
16. 
Approve recommendation to hire Mark Stadem, Assistant Football Coach, one-year interim position, 10% of BA Step 5 extra-curricular hiring schedule ~ $4,228.00, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
17. 
Approve recommendation to hire Amanda Miller, part-time BVIS Child Nutrition worker, $14.75/hour, effective August 25, 2021.
18. 
Approve recommendation to hire Jacob Adams, BVIS Special Education Educational Assistant, full-time, $15.90/hour, effective August 25, 2021.
19. 
Approve recommendation to hire Patricia Van Hal, BVHS Special Education Educational Assistant, full-time $15.90/hour, effective August 25, 2021.
20. 
Approve recommendation to hire Sara Becking-Tucker, BVHS Special Education Educational Assistant, full-time $15.90/hour, effective August 25, 2021.
21. 
Approve recommendation to hire Jamie Hofland, BVIS Special Education Teacher, MA Step 5 ~ $49,031.00, effective with the 2021-22 school year.
22. 
Approve resignation from Laurie Veld, BVIS Child Nutrition Manager, effective July 30, 2021.
23. 
Approve resignation from Keren Shafer, VSE Special Education Educational Assistant, effective August 2, 2021.
24. 
Approve recommendation to hire Kathy Tews, BE School Counselor, MA Step 7 ~ $49,752.00, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
25. 
Approve resignation of Larenzo Williams, BVIS Special Education Educational Assistant, effective August 2, 2021.
26. 
Approve recommendation to hire Laurie Veld, BVMS and BVIS Administrative Assistant, full-time, 10-month position, $17.30/hour, effective August 16, 2021.
27. 
Approve recommendation to hire Mallory Efta, RBE Kindergarten Teacher, BA Step 1 ~ $47,054.00, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
28. 
Approve recommendation to hire Kama Kwiecinski, long-term substitute for Amanda Ringling, 7th/8th grade BVMS Science, starting on or around August 25, 2021 for approximately 8 weeks.
29. 
Approve recommendation to hire Amanda Aaseng, BV Academic and Student Health Services (COVID) Educational Assistant, full-time, one-year position $15.90/hour, effective August 25, 2021.
30. 
Approve recommendation to hire Kathy Carda, BVIS Child Nutrition Kitchen Manager, full-time, $17.75/hour, effective August 25, 2021.
31. 
Approve recommendation to hire Teresa Van Belle, full-time BVIS Child Nutrition worker, $14.75/hour, effective August 25, 2021.
32. 
Approve new substitutes for the 2021-22 school year as follows:  Rebecca Bradley, Nancy Brown, Germaine Glieden-Lindquist, Jennifer Klawitter, Susan Meyer, Heather Mulder, and Lisa Parker.
Motion Carried. 

The following personnel items were reviewed by the Board of Education for information only:
1.   
Transfer Heidi Bilben from part-time Child Nutrition worker at FAE to part-time Child Nutrition worker at Inspiration Elementary, effective with the 2021-22 school year.
2.   
Request for maternity leave by Jayna Silvernail, RBE 2nd Grade teacher, on or about September 30, 2021 for approximately nine (9) weeks.
3.   
Request for paid leave by Chad Garrow, BVHS Physical Education teacher, effective August 19, 2021 for eight weeks.
4.   
Request for additional maternity leave by Lindsey Farmen, BVIS 5th Grade Social Studies Teacher from August 19, 2021 through September 3, 2021 (11 days).
5.   
Request for maternity leave by Andrea Kruse, Child Nutrition Director, effective on or about September 24, 2021 for approximately 11 weeks.
 

            Communications received by the Central Office and Board of Education were reviewed.  They included the following items:
1.   
July 2021 Building Permits.
2.   
Thank you from Vickie David and Tyler Carda for BVSD support of Safety Town program for children.
3.   
Thank you from the Brandon Valley Area Chamber of Commerce for BVSD commitment to the students and the BV community.
4.   
Thank you from the Ode family for the plant sent in memory of their father, Robert Ode. 

Board reports were heard.  Board President Renee Ullom reported on Alternative Education and Teachwell.  Ullom and was happy to hear that our staff and the Teachwell staff will be working together at the upcoming BV in-service days to offer a professional development on disabilities to Educational Assistants and Classified Staff. 

            Board Vice President Gregg Ode, along with his sister Allison Rasmussen and brother Doug Ode, thanked the Board members and community for the outpouring of support and condolences on the recent passing of his father, Robert Ode. 

            Travel reports were reviewed. 

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


Signed ___________________________________
                            
Business Manager 

Approved by the Board of Education this 13th day of September, 2021.


Signed____________________________________
                                 Chairperson

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July 12, 2021

The annual organizational meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 12th of July, 2021 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, Activities Director Bill Freking, Intermediate School Assistant Principal Rick Pearson, Special Services Director Wendy Otheim, and Operations Manager Ty Hentschel.

 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.

 Gregg Ode and Nick Scott were sworn in and took the Oath of Office for 3-year terms (each) 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 2021-22 Board of Education. Motion by Talcott, seconded by Saxer to nominate Renee Ullom as Chairperson of the Board of Education for the 2021-22 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 2021-22 school year. On a roll vote, voting aye:  Talcott, Saxer, Ode, Scott and Ullom; nay: none.  Motion carried.

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

Nick Scott nominated Gregg Ode as Vice Chairperson for the 2021-22 Board of Education.  Motion by Talcott, seconded by Scott to nominate Gregg Ode as Vice Chairperson of the Board of Education for the 2021-22 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 2021-22 school year.  Motion carried.

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

Motion by Talcott, seconded by Saxer to adopt the following regular procedures for 2021-22 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 – Ellie Saxer
B)               
Buildings and Grounds:
       
     Chairperson – Gregg Ode
       
     Member – Gregg Talcott
C)             
Child Nutrition and Wellness:
       
  Chairperson – Renee Ullom
       
  Member – Ellie Saxer
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 – Gregg Ode
G)
       
Transportation:
       
    Chairperson – Nick Scott
       
    Member – Gregg Ode
H)        Safety:
           
Chairperson – Gregg Talcott
            
Member – Nick Scott

9.    Board reimbursement rate for 2021-22 - $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:
           
Wendy Otheim, 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 Scott, seconded by Ode to approve the minutes of the regular meetings of June 14, 2021 and June 28, 2021 as presented.  Motion carried.

 

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

Motion carried.

 

The cash report for the month of June, 2021 showed receipts of $5,136,126.58 and disbursements of $5,354,405.02, leaving a balance of $22,093,043.04.  The General Fund had receipts of $4,089,779.55, and disbursements of $2,781,112.09, leaving a balance of $10,490,505.31.  Capital Outlay Fund had receipts of $326,287.80 and disbursements of $20,036.00, leaving a balance of $6,259,296.89.  Special Education Fund had receipts of $483,202.33 and disbursements $732,307.88, leaving a balance of $1,455,145.15.  Bond Redemption Fund had receipts of $185,968.22 and disbursements of $317,600.00, leaving a balance of $846,767.51.  Enterprise Fund had receipts of $250.00 and disbursements of $21,315.63, leaving a balance of $39,640.89, and Capital Projects Fund has receipts of $11,638.68 and disbursements of $1,482,033.42, leaving a balance of $2,962,687.29.

 

The June, 2021 payroll totaled $2,091,015.43 of which $1,130,920.78 was instructional, $554,082.29 was support services, $35,009.15 was co-curricular, $294,544.96 was Special Education, $60,020.75 was Food Service, and $16,437.50 was Driver’s Education.

 

Motion by Scott, seconded by Ode to approve the financial reports as presented for the month of June, 2021.  Motion carried.

            Administrative reports were presented.   Superintendent Jarod Larson outlined the Inspiration 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 (July 31, 2021: Substantial Completion; August 13, 2021: Punch List Completed)
            °          Furniture Install – Begins July 15, 2021
            °          Substantial Completion – July 30, 2021
            °          Administration/Secretary occupy office – August 2, 2021
            °          Punch List Completed – August 13, 2021
            °          Teaching Staff Occupancy – August 14, 2021
            °          Inspiration Elementary School Open House/Ribbon Cutting* – August 17, 2021
            °          New Staff in-service – August 18, 2021
            °          First Day of School – August 25, 2021
            *Inspiration Elementary School Open House/Ribbon Cutting will be held Tuesday, August 17, 2021 as follows:  4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Open House and 5:00 p.m. Ribbon Cutting with tours to follow.           

The 2021-22 Brandon Valley Distance Learning Academy will continue as follows: Grades K-4: Brandon Valley Teachers/Platform; Grades 5-12: SD Virtual School (5-6 Black Hills On-line Learning and 7-12 SD Virtual School).                     

            The LYNX Summer Reading Program will run in collaboration with Siouxland Library and Pizza Ranch again this summer.  Goals are:  Birth-5 years:  100 Books; K-5th grade: 600 Minutes, 6th – 12th grade: every three books receives an entry in the Grand Prize Drawing.


            Brandon Valley High School addition priorities have been reviewed and discussed as follows:
            -           General Classrooms, Ground Floor Special Education, Science Lab Classrooms, Maximize Land Usage/ Upgrade East Facility Face, Minimize Impact to parking.
            The tentative BVHS Addition timeline is as follows:
            -           Preliminary planning in-progress:  Preliminary planning with the Building and Grounds Board Committee, Central Office Administration and BVHS Administration
            -           Fall 2021 – Information sharing as follows:  Community with Board of Education, Administrative Council, Teacher Liaison Council, Classified Council, and the Brandon Valley High School Staff
            -           Winter 2022 – Bid the project
            -           Spring/Summer 2022 – BVHS Addition begins
            -           2022-2023 School year – Construction in-progress
            -           Fall 2023 – Addition opens

Information sharing regarding the BVHS Addition begins with preliminary planning (in-progress) with Building and Grounds Committee, Central Office Administration and BVHS Administration.  In the Fall of 2021, Communication will continue with the Board of Education, Administrative Council, Teacher Liaison Council, Classified Council, and the Brandon Valley High School Staff.
                       

The 2021 Summer Lunch Program continues through July 27, 2021.  Numbers for the six weeks thus far are as follows:
°          Week 1:  1,360 Children Served (13,600 meals)
°          Week 2:  1,651 Children Served (16,510 meals)
°          Week 3:  1,826 Children Served (18,260 meals)
°          Week 4:  1,632 Children Served (16,320 meals)
°          Week 5:  1,701 Children Served (13,608 meals)
°          Week 6:  1,436 Children Served (14,360 meals)

The format is “Grab & Go” on Tuesdays (5 breakfasts/lunches provided every Tuesday) and will continue through July 27, 2021 with the following times and places designated for pick up:  Brandon Elementary, pick up at 11:00 am to 12:00 pm; Valley Springs Elementary, pick up at 11:00 am to 12:00 pm; Corner of East Renee and North Cory Place, pick up at 11:00 am to 11:45 am; and lastly at Granite Valley Park (6101 N. Gold Nugget Avenue, Sioux Falls), pick up at 12:15 pm to 1:00 pm.  There will be lunch provided on-site for EL Summer School and Boys & Girls Club summer programs.

2021-22 School Calendar items include the following:  July 6 – 30, 2021 ~ Bus Passes Available; August 18, 2021 ~ New Staff in-service day; August 19, 2021 ~ In-service/workshop day; August 23, 2021 ~ In-service/workshop day; August 24, 2021 ~ In-service/workshop day; August 25, 2021 ~ First Day of School!

Lastly, Superintendent Larson presented updated pictures of work in progress for Inspiration Elementary School including the exterior commons/gym, exterior view from 41st Street, exterior main entrance, main entrance view, main office-Administrative Area, Nurses Office, Gym – with flooring complete and ready for painting, Kindergarten wing water fountain, computer lab, 1st – 4th Grade wing classroom, and playground equipment installation (in-progress).

Superintendent Jarod Larson reviewed the updated COVID-19 Pandemic Response Plan.  He outlined the safe return to in-person instruction and continuity of services plan as required by the United States Department of Education and the South Dakota Department of Education.  A Pandemic Response Planning Committee has been reinstituted for meetings on July 14, July 21, and July 28, 2021.  These meetings will be held in the Community room at 1 p.m. where they will meet as follows:
-      
The committee process will include consultation with BVSD families
-      
Recommended Mitigation Strategies/Plans Finalized:  Week of August 2, 2021
-      
Community input opportunities are provided at all Board of Education Meetings
-      
Formal Board Approval:  Monday, August 9, 2021
-      
Review/revise as necessary, but at a minimum of every six months. 

The BVSD ARP ESSER Plan, as required, will include the following components:
-      
Prevention and mitigation strategies
-      
Academic impact of lost instructional time
-      
Investments aligned with student needs
-      
Investments in other allowed activities
-      
Facility repair due to COVID mitigation / HVAC Improvements
-       Engaging students at risk 

            The Brandon Valley School District Preliminary ARP ESSER allocation is $1,004,882 ($200,976 required to be used for learning loss.)  At this time, we do not plan to utilize ARP ESSER Funds until the 2022-23 school year.  ESSER I and ESSER II funds are being utilized for 2021-22, as previously presented and approved.

           Important date(s) related to ARP ESSER planning/funding include:  August 20, 2021-Districts must submit this plan to the Department of Education; September 30, 2024-All funds must be obligated; and December 10, 2024- All funds must be liquidated. 

            The new Special Services Director, Wendy Otheim, was present at tonight’s annual meeting and was introduced to the Board of Education.  Welcome Mrs. Otheim. 

Board Policy Discussion Items were presented as follows:
Medicinal Cannabis:
  Status Update
-      
Board of Education Standards drafting/submitting proposed rules regarding the administration of medical Cannabis in schools (7/9/2021)
-      
Interim Rules Committee reviews/approves rules (7/19/2021)
-      
Professional Organizations intend to have a draft policy for August once the “Administrative Rules Making Process” is complete.
Tentative Policy Language-Discussions Purposes:
Any request to administer a student medical cannabis will require the following: 

-      
The student must be a medical cannabis cardholder;
-      
A copy of the valid medical cannabis card must be on file with the school;
-      
Only the registered designated caregiver(s) shall administer medical cannabis to the student;
-      
Only non-smokable medical cannabis may be administered;
-      
Medical cannabis is not allowed to be stored on school property; 
-      
All documentation required in Administrative Rule must be on file with the school prior to the administration of medical cannabis on school property and any change to the student’s medical cannabis cardholder status must be reported to the school.

Public School Exemption Student Participation in Activities:  Status Update
-      
ASBSD / SASD / SD DOE developing a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document to help guide schools on this item.  At the time this document was created, the FAQ document was not available.
-      
Resident Public School Exemption Students are allowed to participate in school activities, which includes SDHSAA sanctioned activities.
-      
Non-resident Public School Exemption Students may apply for “open enrollment” for the purposes of participating in school activities. Acceptance/denial will be based on program capacity.
-      
Public School Exemption Students participating in activities are held to the same standard (academic/conduct) as enrolled students.
-      
At the time this document was created, there have been no formal requests for Resident Public School Exemption Students to participate in activities and no open-enrollment applications from non-resident public school exemption students to participate in activities.
-      
In the event a “non-resident public school exemption student” submits an open-enrollment application for the purpose of participating in activities, Policy JECB: ADMINISTRATIVE REGULATION, Criteria for Open Enrollment, will be utilized to process the open-enrollment request.
-      
Policy revisions / first reading(s) necessary due to this statute change will take place in August.
-      
There are also changes to the Public School Exemption Notification Process.  The process will be on-line and completed on-time by families choosing to home school.
-      
There is no longer a testing requirement for Public School Exemption Students. 

            Motion by Ode, seconded by Talcott to approve the following general business items:
1. Approve proposed 2021-22 Budget and Tax Requests as (follows) and the FY 22 Proposed Budget Detail (as presented):

APPROPRIATIONS

General Fund

$34,865,000

Capital Outlay Fund

$6,105,000

Special Education Fund

$7,585,000

Bond Redemption Fund

$3,020,000

Food Service Fund

$3,470,000

REVENUES

General Fund

$34,430,000

Capital Outlay Fund

$8,145,000

Special Education Fund

$8,105,000

Bond Redemption Fund

$3,030,000

Food Service Fund

$3,915,000

TAX LEVY REQUESTS

General Fund

$1.409 per $1,000 of Ag Valuation (Maximum)

$3.153 per $1,000 of Owner-Occupied Valuation (Maximum)

$6.525 per $1,000 of Other Valuation (Maximum)

Capital Outlay Fund

$7,000,000

Special Education Fund

$1.47 per $1,000 of Total Valuation

Bond Redemption Fund

$2,850,000

 

2.    Approve updates/changes/additions to the 2021-22 Brandon Valley Student Handbook as presented.
  3.   
Set transportation fees for the 2021-22 school year as follows (with no rate increase for the 2021-22 school year):  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 with a family maximum of $175/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.
  4.   
Set school lunch/breakfast meal prices for the 2021-22 school year as follows:  Elementary (K-6), Middle School and High School Students will have meals provided for the 2021-22 school year at no cost.  Morning Milk-.40, Morning Snack-.60; Adult Breakfast-$2.50; Lunch-$4.35.
  5.   
Adopt tuition rate of $6,229 per student for the 2021-22 school year.
  6.   
Approve 2021-22 mileage rate (no change from last year) at .05 over state rate:  .47¢/mile (when a district vehicle is NOT available); and 2021-22 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.
  7.   
Approve 2021-22 listing of District Certified and Classified employees’ salaries for publication (see attached).
  8.   
Approve agreement by and between the South Dakota Department of Education and the Brandon Valley School District #49-2 for Birth to Three early intervention services, effective July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022, as presented.
  9.   
Approve agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District #49-2 and Reinhart Food Service for Child Nutrition Prim Vendor, effective August 1, 2021 through July 31, 2022, as presented.
Motion carried.
 

Motion by Saxer, seconded by Scott to approve the following personnel items:
1.   
Approve recommendation to hire through transfer of Kimberly Ludens, FAE full-time Child Nutrition to Inspiration Elementary full-time Child Nutrition Head Cook, $15.29/hour effective August 16, 2021.
2.   
Approve recommendation to hire Tucker Loosbrock, Assistant HS Boys Soccer Coach, 8.5% of Extra-Curricular Step Base ~ $3,459.00, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
3.   
Approve recommendation to hire Madeline Brake, FAE (.6 FTE) and Inspiration Elementary (.4 FTE) Computer teacher, MA Step 2 ~ $48,012.00, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
4.   
Approve resignation from Cassie Uithoven, RBE Kindergarten Teacher, effective at the end of the 2020-21 school year, to include liquidated damages of $1,000 (resignation submitted July 1, 2021.)
5.   
Approve resignation of Tara James, BVIS/BVMS Administrative Assistant, effective July 6, 2021 (prior to the start of employment).
6.   
Approve recommendation to hire Maria Hernandez, BE part-time Child Nutrition Worker, $14.75/hour, effective August 25, 2021.
7.   
Approve recommendation to hire Jill Pisciotti, Inspiration Elementary part-time Child Nutrition Worker, $14.75/hour, effective August 25, 2021.
8.   
Approve recommendation to hire Bailey Durfee, BVIS 5th Grade English Language Arts Teacher, BA Step 1 ~ $47,054.00, effective with the 2021-22 school year.
9.   
Approve recommendation to hire through transfer of Melissa Burggraaf from FAE Night Custodian to FAE Custodial Supervisor, $18.21/hour, effective August 16, 2021.
10. 
Approve recommendation to hire Ben Schultz, Freshman Girls Basketball Coach ~ 8.5% of Extra-curricular Step 1, $3,484.00, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
Motion Carried.

The following personnel items were reviewed by the Board of Education for information only:
1.   
Transfer Kristi Harkin from VSE Kitchen Manager to Inspiration Elementary Kitchen Manager, effective with the 2021-22 school year.
2.   
Transfer Stacey Wiese from BVIS 6th Grade Math Teacher to BVMS 7th/8th Grade Math Teacher, effective with the 2021-22 school year.
3.   
Transfer Jennifer Duscher, part-time CNS Worker from BE to FAE, effective with the 2021-22 school year.
4.   
Transfer Laura Reinsch, part-time CNS Worker from BVIS to BVHS, effective with the 2021-22 school year. 

 Communications received by the Central Office and Board of Education were reviewed.  They included the following item:
1.   
June 2021 Building Permits. 

            Travel reports were reviewed. 

            Motion by Saxer, seconded by Ode to adjourn the meeting at 7:01 p.m.  Motion carried.

Signed ___________________________________
                            
Business Manager 

Approved by the Board of Education this 9th day of August, 2021.


Signed____________________________________
                                 Chairperson

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June 28, 2021

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 28th of June, 2021 at the Brandon Valley High School Community Room with the following members present:  Renee Ullom, Gregg Ode, Gregg Talcott, Ellie Saxer (via phone), and Nick Scott.  Absent: None.  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, Brandon Valley Middle School Principal Brad Thorson, and Brandon Valley Intermediate Assistant Principal Rick Pearson.

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

President Ullom congratulated Board Members Gregg Ode and Nick Scott for their re-election to the Brandon Valley Board of Education for 3-year terms beginning July 1, 2021, as elected at the June 15, 2021 School Board Election.

            Motion by Talcott, seconded by Scott to approve the agenda as amended as follows:  Add Personnel Item #3, Approve recommendation of one-year Interim Head Varsity Football Coach – Matt Christensen, 16% of Extra-curricular Step Base ~ $6,510.00; Add Personnel Item #4, Accept resignation of Lindsey Block, BVIS 5th Grade ELA Teacher, resignation received June 24, 2021 to include a $750 termination fee; Add Personnel Item #5, Accept resignation of Shelby Selland, BVMS 7th/8th Grade Math Teacher, resignation received June 28, 2021 to include a $750 termination fee.  Motion carried.

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

            Administrative reports were presented.  Superintendent Jarod Larson outlined the Inspiration 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 (July 31, 2021: Substantial Completion; August 13, 2021: Punch List Completed)

°          Furniture Install – Begins July 15, 2021

°          Substantial Completion – July 30, 2021

°          Administration/Secretary occupy office – August 2, 2021

°          Punch List Completed – August 13, 2021

°          Teaching Staff Occupancy – August 14, 2021

°          Inspiration Elementary School Open House/Ribbon Cutting* – August 17, 2021

°          New Staff in-service – August 18, 2021

°          First Day of School – August 25, 2021
            *Inspiration Elementary School Open House/Ribbon Cutting will be held Tuesday, August 17, 2021 as follows:  4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Open House and 5:00 p.m. Ribbon Cutting with tours to follow.
            The 2021-22 Budget process is on-going.  The Business Office has reviewed and compiled completed budget requests, returning them to each building/department.  In February 2021, the 5-year plan was presented, and at the March 8, 2021 regular Board of Education meeting, the preliminary Capital Outlay budget was presented and approved for major items to be bid in a timely manner.  Business Manager Paul Lundberg has presented the 2021-22 preliminary budget and on July 12, 2021, we will hold the public budget hearing beginning at 6 p.m.
            Dr. Jarod Larson reviewed the updated COVID-19 Pandemic Response Plan.  A Pandemic Response Planning Committee has been reinstituted for meetings on July 14, July 21, and July 28, 2021 and any necessary mitigation strategies/plans will be finalized the week of August 2, 2021.

The 2021-22 Brandon Valley Distance Learning Academy will continue as follows: Grades K-4: Brandon Valley Teachers/Platform; Grades 5-12: SD Virtual School (5-6 Black Hills On-line Learning and 7-12 SD Virtual School).
            Brandon Valley High School addition priorities have been reviewed and discussed as follows:
            -           General Classrooms, Ground Floor Special Education, Science Lab Classrooms, Maximize Land Usage/ Upgrade East Facility Face, Minimize Impact to parking.
            The tentative BVHS Addition timeline is as follows:
            -           Preliminary planning in-progress:  Preliminary planning with the Building and Grounds Board Committee, Central Office Administration and BVHS Administration
            -           Fall 2021 – Information sharing as follows:  Community with Board of Education, Administrative Council, Teacher Liaison Council, Classified Council, and the Brandon Valley High School Staff
            -           Winter 2022 – Bid the project
            -           Spring/Summer 2022 – BVHS Addition begins
            -           2022-2023 School year – Construction in-progress
            -           Fall 2023 – Addition opens

 Information sharing regarding the BVHS Addition begins with preliminary planning (in-progress) with Building and Grounds Committee, Central Office Administration and BVHS Administration.  In the Fall of 2021, Communication will continue with the Board of Education, Administrative Council, Teacher Liaison Council, Classified Council, and the Brandon Valley High School Staff.
            The 2021 Summer Lunch Program will run from June 1 through July 27, 2021.  Numbers for the first four weeks are as follows:

°          Week 1:  1,360 Children Served (13,600 meals)

°          Week 2:  1,651 Children Served (16,510 meals)

°          Week 3:  1,826 Children Served (18,260 meals)

°          Week 4:  1,632 Children Served (16,320 meals)

The format is “Grab & Go” on Tuesdays (5 breakfasts/lunches provided every Tuesday) and will continue through July 27, 2021 with the following times and places designated for pick up:  Brandon Elementary, pick up at 11:00 am to 12:00 pm; Valley Springs Elementary, pick up at 11:00 am to 12:00 pm; Corner of East Renee and North Cory Place, pick up at 11:00 am to 11:45 am; and lastly at Granite Valley Park (6101 N. Gold Nugget Avenue, Sioux Falls), pick up at 12:15 pm to 1:00 pm.  There will be lunch provided on-site for EL Summer School and Boys & Girls Club summer programs.

Brandon Valley School Board up-coming items/events:
            Policy.  Public school Exemptions (Homeschool) Activity Participation policy information will be forthcoming with guidance from the Associated School Boards of South Dakota (ASBSD), South Dakota Board of Education (SDBOE) and the SD Department of Education.  These entities are working together to furnish School Districts with guidance and FAQ’s to guide in the modification and creation of public school exemptions and the allowed participation in extra-curricular activities due to the recent legislative change.
            Medicinal Cannabis.  Recently the SDBOE reviewed and adopted administrative rules which will now work through the joint rules committee process.  The recommendation from my office is that we will take the most conservative approach allowed and outlined within the administrative rules regarding medical cannabis. Superintendent Larson recently met with BV nursing staff and is confirming two very important points regarding Medical Cannabis.  First, BV Staff will not administer medical cannabis; only the registered designated caregiver will be permitted to administer medical cannabis.  Secondly, medical cannabis will not be stored on school property.  That policy will be in place prior to the start of the 2021-22 school year.

Annual Meeting – Monday July 12, 2021.  Budget Hearing @ 6:00 p.m. and Business Meeting @ 6:30 p.m.

            The LYNX Summer Reading Program will run in collaboration with Siouxland Library and Pizza Ranch again this summer.  Goals are:  Birth-5 years:  100 Books; K-5th grade: 600 Minutes, 6th – 12th grade: every three books receives an entry in the Grand Prize Drawing.

2021-22 School Calendar items include the following:  July 6 – 30, 2021 ~ Bus Passes Available; August 18, 2021 ~ New Staff in-service day; August 19, 2021 ~ In-service/workshop day; August 23, 2021 ~ In-service/workshop day; August 24, 2021 ~ In-service/workshop day; August 25, 2021 ~ First Day of School!

Lastly, Superintendent Larson presented updated pictures of work in progress for Inspiration Elementary School including black dirt progress, Administrative Assistant Area, Main Office-Conference Room, Gymnasium floor preparation with install to begin 6/28/2021, 1st – 4th grade wing locker area and restrooms.

 The following new Board Policies were presented for the second reading and adoption as follows:

1.    DDB – Allowable Costs for Federal Funds

2.    DDC – Cash Management for Federal Funding

3.    DDD – Title I Part A Supplement, not Supplant

Motion by Saxer, seconded by Ode to approve the policies DDB-Allowable Costs for Federal Funds; DDC-Cash Management for Federal Funding; and DDD-Title I Part A Supplement, not Supplant, as presented. 

Motion carried.

 The results of the June 15, 2021 school board election were presented (see chart below):  Total voters: 424; individual vote totals as follows:  Carrie Roberts, 126; Nick Scott, 329; and Gregg Ode, 348.  Gregg Ode and Nick Scott each win a three-year term beginning July 1, 2021.  Motion by Saxer, seconded by Talcott to accept the canvass of the school board election results as presented.  Motion carried. 

TOTAL # OF VOTERS

 

CARRIE ROBERTS

NICK SCOTT

GREGG ODE

ELIGIBLE VOTERS

Valley Springs

74

 

7

73

68

1,041

 

Splitrock

61

 

17

42

51

5,652

 

Brandon

289

 

102

214

229

9,835

 

TOTAL

424

 

126

329

348

16,528

 Total Number of Voters:

424

 Total eligible

Voters:

16,528

  % of people voting:

2.57%

Gregg Ode and Nick Scott win three-year terms.

 

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

1.    Approve service contract by and between the Brandon Valley School District and Southeastern Behavioral HealthCare/Education Integration Services for placement and services for one student at a rate of $106.07/day for educational services, $27.98/day for additional services, and $163.28/day for one-on-one enhance services when needed, effective June 1, 2021 through May 31, 2022, as presented.

2.    Award Diesel Fuel Bid to Midway Services/Vollan Oil Company for a Margin of -$0.016 on E-10 and $0.00 on Diesel #1 and Diesel #2, effective the 2021-22 school year.

3.    Approve contract by and between the Brandon Valley School District #49-2 and Prairie Farms for Child Nutrition Dairy Vendor, effective July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022 as presented.

4.    Approve agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District and rSchoolToday for Facilities Scheduler program $5,000 for the 2021-22 school year (including year one maintenance / upgrades), and $3,000/year for school years 2022-23 and 2023-24 as presented.

5.    Approve Memorandum of Understanding by and between the Brandon Valley School District #49-2 and Southeast Technical Institute for Certified Nursing Assistant and Certified Nursing Clinical course work, effective for the 2021-22 school year as presented.

6.    Approve contract by and between the Brandon Valley School District and LifeScape Rehabilitation Center for Special Services for one student, $300/day summer tuition, $307/day school year tuition, plus nursing and therapy services as needed according to rate chart), effective July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022, with no penalty for early discharge, as presented.

Motion carried.

 Motion by Saxer, seconded by Scott to approve the following Personnel items:
1.   Approve recommendation to amend 2021 summer employee list to exclude Sandy McIlravy, VSE summer custodian.
2.   Approve recommendation to amend the hiring of Todd Brinkhous, BVHS Custodian, due to withdrawal of job acceptance effective immediately.
3.   Approve resignation of Lindsey Block, BVIS 5th grade ELA Teacher, effective at the end of the 2020-21 school year, to include liquidated damages of $750 (resignation submitted June 24, 2021).
4.   Approve recommendation to hire Matthew Christensen, one-year interim BVHS Head Varsity Football Coach, 16% of Extra-curricular step base ~ $6,510.00, as presented.
5.   Approve resignation of Shelby Selland, BVMS 7th/8th grade ELA Teacher, effective at the end of the 2020-21 school year, to include liquidated damages of $750 (resignation submitted June 28, 2021).

Motion carried.

 (Information Only):

  1. Request for maternity leave by Amanda Ringling, BVMS Science teacher, effective on or around August 23, 2021 for approximately nine weeks.

 

                

     Board reports were heard.  Board Member Ellie Saxer reported on behalf of the City Affairs & Legislation committee regarding the upcoming Associated School Boards of South Dakota (ASBSD) conference to be held August 5-6, 2021.  Also, the ASBSD Executive Policy Committee met recently and discussed the new policy items that will be presented for the upcoming school year.

     President Ullom reminded the board that new committee assignments will be made at the July 12, 2021 annual BOE meeting and any board member with request of a certain committee should make that request know to her for review by the Executive Committee.

 
Motion by Scott, seconded by Talcott to adjourn at meeting at 6:48 p.m.  Motion carried.

Signed ___________________________________
                          Business Manager


Approved by the Board of Education this 12th day of July 2021

Signed___________________________________
                         Chairperson
 

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June 14, 2021

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 14th of June, 2021 at the Brandon Valley High School Community Room with the following members present:  Renee Ullom, Gregg Ode, Gregg Talcott (via phone), and Nick Scott.  Absent: None.  Also present were Superintendent Jarod Larson, Business Manager Paul Lundberg, Brandon Valley High School Assistant Principal Bill Freking, Brandon Valley Intermediate School Principal Nick Skibsted, Brandon Valley Intermediate Assistant Principal Rick Pearson, 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.  Mrs. Ullom offered condolences on behalf of the Board of Education to the Gulson family on the passing of former long-time Superintendent George Gulson, who passed away the morning of June 14, 2021.  The board shared a moment of silence in his honor.

            Motion by Scott, seconded by Saxer to approve the agenda as amended as follows:  Bills and Claims, add:  Pay Vouchers – Pay in Lieu of Personal Days – June 2021; Pay Vouchers – Pay for Unused Sick Days – June 2021; Personnel Item #21 (Information Only) should state “Request for maternity leave by Jessica Rasmussen, Brandon Elementary Kindergarten Teacher, effective on or around September 20, 2021 for six weeks.”  Motion carried.

            Motion by Ode, seconded by Scott to approve the meeting minutes from the Regular Meetings of May 10, 2021 and May 24, 2021, 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 2021 showed receipts of $10,124,872.68, and disbursements of $3,966,692.19 leaving a balance of $22,311,321.48.  The General Fund had receipts of $4,162,028.49, received a Temporary Interfund Transfer of $358,196.67 from the Bond Fund, with disbursements of $2,683,174.02, leaving a balance of $9,181,837.85.  Capital Outlay Fund had receipts of $2,625,830.12, with disbursements of $7,708.02, leaving a balance of $5,953,045.09.  Special Education Fund had receipts of $1,961,762.62, with disbursements of $523,584.08, leaving a balance of $1,704,250.70.  Bond Redemption Fund had receipts of $1,336,595.96, sent a Temporary Interfund Transfer of $358,196.67 to the General Fund, with disbursements of $0.00, leaving a balance of $978,399.29.  The Enterprise Fund had receipts of $617.00, with disbursements of $9,199.14, leaving a balance of $60,706.52.  The Capital Projects Fund had receipts of $38,038.49, and disbursements of $743,026.93, leaving a balance of $4,433,082.03. 

            The May 2021 payroll totaled $2,153,440.36 of which $1,098,692.49 was instructional, $553,752.54 was support services, $47,848.90 was co-curricular, $352,034.92 was Special Education, $93,506.51 was Food Service, and $7,605.00 was Driver’s Education.

            Motion by Scott, seconded by Saxer to approve the financial reports for the month of May 2021 as presented.  Motion carried.

                       
Administrative reports were presented.  Superintendent Jarod Larson outlined the Inspiration 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 (July 31, 2021: Substantial Completion; August 13, 2021: Punch List Completed)
°          Furniture Install – Begins July 15, 2021
°          Substantial Completion – July 30, 2021
°          Administration/Secretary occupy office – August 2, 2021
°          Punch List Completed – August 13, 2021
°          Teaching Staff Occupancy – August 14, 2021
°          New Staff in-service – August 18, 2021
°          First Day of School – August 25, 2021
            The new elementary school staffing continues, with a majority of the teaching staff hiring (regular and special education) complete.  All encore staffing will be provided through other building shared staff while the Classified staff assignments/hiring is in progress.
            The 2021-22 Budget process is on-going.  The Business Office has reviewed and compiled completed budget requests, returning them to each building/department.  In February 2021, the 5-year plan was presented, and at the March 8, 2021 regular Board of Education meeting, the preliminary Capital Outlay budget was presented and approved for major items to be bid in a timely manner.  Business Manager Paul Lundberg has presented the 2021-22 preliminary budget and on July 12, 2021, we will hold the public budget hearing beginning at 6 p.m.
            Dr. Jarod Larson reviewed the updated COVID-19 Pandemic Response Plan.  A Pandemic Response Planning Committee has been reinstituted for meetings on July 14, July 21, and July 28, 2021 and any necessary mitigation strategies/plans will be finalized the week of August 2, 2021.

The 2021-22 Brandon Valley Distance Learning Academy will continue as follows: Grades K-4: Brandon Valley Teachers/Platform; Grades 5-12: SD Virtual School (5-6 Black Hills On-line Learning and 7-12 SD Virtual School).
            Brandon Valley High School addition priorities have been reviewed and discussed as follows:
            -           General Classrooms, Ground Floor Special Education, Science Lab Classrooms, Maximize Land Usage/ Upgrade East Facility Face, Minimize Impact to parking.
            The tentative BVHS Addition timeline is as follows:
            -           Preliminary planning in-progress:  Preliminary planning with the Building and Grounds Board Committee, Central Office Administration and BVHS Administration
            -           Fall 2021 – Information sharing as follows:  Community with Board of Education, Administrative Council, Teacher Liaison Council, Classified Council, and the Brandon Valley High School Staff
            -           Winter 2022 – Bid the project
            -           Spring/Summer 2022 – BVHS Addition begins
            -           2022-2023 School year – Construction in-progress
            -           Fall 2023 – Addition opens

Information sharing regarding the BVHS Addition begins with preliminary planning (in-progress) with Building and Grounds Committee, Central Office Administration and BVHS Administration.  In the Fall of 2021, Communication will continue with the Board of Education, Administrative Council, Teacher Liaison Council, Classified Council, and the Brandon Valley High School Staff.
            The 2021 Summer Lunch Program has been approved for June and July of 2021.  The format will be “Grab & Go” on Tuesdays (5 breakfasts/lunches provided every Tuesday) from June 1 – July 27, 2021 with the following times and places designated for pick up:  Brandon Elementary, pick up at 11:00 am to 12:00 pm; Valley Springs Elementary, pick up at 11:00 am to 12:00 pm; Corner of East Renee and North Cory Place, pick up at 11:00 am to 11:45 am; and lastly at Granite Valley Park (6101 N. Gold Nugget Avenue, Sioux Falls), pick up at 12:15 pm to 1:00 pm.  There will be lunch provided on-site for EL Summer School and Boys & Girls Club summer programs.

Brandon Valley School Board up-coming items/events:
            Policy.  Public school Exemptions (Homeschool) Activity Participation policy information will be forthcoming with guidance from the Associated School Boards of South Dakota (ASBSD), South Dakota Board of Education (SDBOE) and the SD Department of Education.  These entities are working together to furnish School Districts with guidance and FAQ’s to guide in the modification and creation of public school exemptions and the allowed participation in extra-curricular activities due to the recent legislative change.
            Medicinal Cannabis.  Recently the SDBOE reviewed and adopted administrative rules which will now work through the joint rules committee process.  The recommendation from my office is that we will take the most conservative approach allowed and outlined within the administrative rules regarding medical cannabis. Superintendent Larson recently met with BV nursing staff and is confirming two very important points regarding Medical Cannabis.  First, BV Staff will not administer medical cannabis; only the registered designated caregiver will be permitted to administer medical cannabis.  Secondly, medical cannabis will not be stored on school property.  That policy will be in place prior to the start of the 2021-22 school year.

School Board Election – Tuesday, June 15, 2021.  There are two seats open with the following candidates vying for those seats:  Gregg Ode, Carrie Roberts, and Nick Scott.  Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on election day.  Please contact the Business Office with any questions.
Annual Meeting – Monday July 12, 2021.
 
Budget Hearing @ 6:00 p.m. and Business Meeting @ 6:30 p.m.
           
The LYNX Summer Reading Program will run in collaboration with Siouxland Library and Pizza Ranch again this summer.  Goals are:  Birth-5 years:  100 Books; K-5th grade: 600 Minutes, 6th – 12th grade: every three books receives an entry in the Grand Prize Drawing.

2021-22 School Calendar items include the following:  July 6 – 30, 2021 ~ Bus Passes Available; August 18, 2021 ~ New Staff in-service day; August 19, 2021 ~ In-service/workshop day; August 23, 2021 ~ In-service/workshop day; August 24, 2021 ~ In-service/workshop day; August 25, 2021 ~ First Day of School!
Lastly, Superintendent Larson presented updated pictures of work in progress for Inspiration Elementary School including the front entrance, commons front entrance, commons, music room, main office storage, teacher workroom/breakroom area, hallway, library/media center, Kindergarten wing hallway, Kindergarten classroom, 1-4 wing hallway, locker area, classroom and restrooms, and the Playground area.
 

The following new Board Policies were presented for the first reading as follows:
1.   
DDB – Allowable Costs for Federal Funds
2.   
DDC – Cash Management for Federal Funding
3.   
DDD – Title I Part A Supplement, not Supplant

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

1. 
Approve Election Boards/Voting Sites for the Brandon Valley School District – School Board Election scheduled for June 15, 2021 as follows:  Brandon (BVHS Community Room):  Mary Burggraaf, Vi Gast, Becky Heinitz, and Wilma Kirkeby; Valley Springs (American Legion):  Linda Hengeveld, Agnes Maassen, and Bonnie Myrlie; and Splitrock Township (Fred Assam Elementary Gymnasium):  Mary Halseth, Sandy McIlravy, and Wendy Quam.
2.   
Approve recommendation to award split bid for custodial supplies, at a total cost of $61,837.08 as follows:
i.             
Cole Paper Company - $6,241.12
ii.            
Dacotah Paper Company - $32,148.24
iii.           
Innovative - $1,646.10
iv.           
Hillyard - $16,059.64
v.            
Unipak Corp - $3,874.00
vi.           
Pyramid School Products - $1,867.98
3.   
Approve Administrative recommendation to cast ballot for the South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSAA) West River At-Large representative for Todd Palmer (Sturgis Brown HS/Meade School District), effective July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2024.
4.   
Approve Administrative recommendation to cast ballot for South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSAA) Division IV Representative for Eric Denning (Mount Vernon School District), effective July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2026.
5.   
Approve agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District #49-2 and Teachwell Solutions for student services in the Teachwell Transitions Program, $117,862.00, effective August 23, 2021 through May 25, 2022, as presented.
6.   
Approve agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District #49-2 and Teachwell Solutions for services for three (3) students in the Teachwell Prosper Program, $15,360.00/month, effective August 23, 2021 through May 25, 2022, as presented.
7.   
Approve agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District #49-2 and Teachwell Solutions for Physical Therapy Services, $221,450.00, effective July 1, 2021 through June 20, 2022, as presented.
8.   
Approve agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District #49-2 and Teachwell Solutions for Occupational Therapy Services, $219,050.00, effective July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022.
9.   
Approve agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District #49-2 and Teachwell Solutions for General and Special Education services for 25 students at Teachwell Academy, $211,200.00, effective July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022, as presented.
10. 
Approve agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District #49-2 and Teachwell Solutions for Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) Services, $90,940.00, effective July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022.
11. 
Approve agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District #49-2 and Children’s Home Society for tuition for two students, $121.59/day (per student), five days per week, effective July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022, as presented.
Motion carried.


      Motion by Talcott, seconded by Scott to approve the following Personnel items:
1.   Approve recommendation to hire Kristen Nixon, Inspiration Elementary Special Education Educational Assistant, $15.90/hour, effective August 25, 2021.
2.   Approve recommendation to hire Kristi Jacobson, BE Special Education Educational Assistant, $15.90/hour, effective August 25, 2021.
3.   Approve recommendation to hire Christine Reed, Transportation Department Administrative Assistant, full-time 12-month position, $17.00/hour, effective July 6, 2021.  
4.   Approve recommendation to hire Grace Bauer, RBE Educational Assistant, $15.90/hour, effective August 25, 2021.
5.   Approve recommendation to hire Kari Plumbtree, RBE Academic and Health Services Educational Assistant, full-time, one-year position, $15.90/hour, effective August 25, 2021.
6.   Approve resignation from Kristin Anliker, BE Special Education Educational Assistant, effective June 6, 2021.
7.   Approve recommendation to hire Kevin Mickelsen, BE Night Custodian, $16.50/hour plus $1.00/hour night differential pay, effective July 6, 2021.
8.   Approve recommendation to hire Tabitha LaFond, VSE Academic and Student Health Services Educational Assistant, full-time, one-year position, $15.90/hour, effective August 25, 2021.
9.   Approve recommendation to hire Todd Brinkhous, BVHS Night Custodian, $16.50/hour plus $1.00/hour night differential pay, effective July 6, 2021.
10. Approve recommendation to hire Julie Fettes, BVMS English Language Arts and Gifted Education Teacher, MA+30 Step 10 ~ $51,767.00, effective with the 2021-22 school year.
11. Approve recommendation to hire Tara James, BVIS/BVMS Administrative Assistant, full-time, 10 month position, $17.00/hour, effective July 6, 2021.  
12. Approve recommendation to hire Leah Moody, BVMS Reading Interventionist, 74% of BA Step Base ~ $34,598, one-year contract, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
13. Approve request for unpaid leave by Carol Egert, BVHS Custodian for nine days as follows:  March 25-26, April 7, May 20-21, and June 1-4, 2021.
14. Approve recommendation to hire Wendy Otheim, Director of Special Services, $110,000, 260 Day Administrator contract, effective July 1, 2021.
15. Approve additional assignment for Nick Skibsted, 5-12 Distance Learning Coordinator (extra-duty), $2,300, one-year position, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
16. Approve additional assignment for Sherri Nelson, K-4 Distance Learning Coordinator (extra-duty), $2,300, one-year position, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
17. Approve recommendation to hire Shanley Zahn, BVIS Educational Assistant, $15.90/hour, effective August 25, 2021.
18. Approve resignation/retirement from Vickie Kolb, BE School Counselor, effective at the end of the 2020-21 school year, to include liquated damages of $500.00.  Resignation submitted June 11, 2021.
19. Approve recommendation to hire Peyton Sage, BE Special Education Educational Assistant, $15.90/hour, effective August 25, 2021.
20. Approve recommendation to hire Krysta Hesse, BVIS Special Education Educational Assistant, $15.90/hour, effective August 25, 2021.
Motion carried.
 

(Information Only):
21. Request for maternity leave by Jessica Rasmussen, BE Kindergarten teacher, effective on or around September 20, 2021 for six weeks.
 

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

1.  Building permit applications – May 2021.

2.  Thank you from Teri Huska for years of service recognition and the Sunshine gift card.

3.  Thank you from Nancy Brown for the retirement bell.

    

     Board reports were heard.          

     Board Member Gregg Talcott reported on behalf of the Safety Committee’s recent meeting of June 2, 2021.  Officer Tyler Carda was in attendance with observation from second semester.  The next meeting is scheduled for August 2021.        

     Board Member Ellie Saxer reported on behalf of the City Affairs & Legislation committee regarding the upcoming Associated School Boards of South Dakota (ASBSD) conference to be held August 5-6, 2021. 
Travel Reports were reviewed.
 

Motion by Saxer, seconded by Ode to adjourn at meeting at 6:58 p.m.  Motion carried.

Signed ___________________________________
                          Business Manager


Approved by the Board of Education this 12th day of July 2021

Signed___________________________________
                         Chairperson
 

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May 24, 2021

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 24th of May, 2021 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, Brandon Valley High School 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, 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.

            Administrative reports were presented.  Superintendent Jarod Larson outlined the Inspiration 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 (July 30, 2021: Substantial Completion; August 13, 2021: Punch List Completed)
            The new elementary school staffing continues, with a majority of the teaching staff hiring (regular and special education) complete.  All encore staffing will be provided through other building shared staff while the Classified staff assignments/hiring is in progress.
            The 2021-22 Budget process is on-going.  The Business Office has reviewed and compiled completed budget requests, returning them to each building/department.  In February 2021, the 5-year plan was presented, and at the March 8, 2021 regular Board of Education meeting, the preliminary Capital Outlay budget was presented and approved for major items to be bid in a timely manner.  At the May 10, 2021 Regular School Board Meeting, Business Manager Paul Lundberg presented the 2021-22 preliminary budget presentation and in July 2021, we will hold the public budget hearing.
            Dr. Jarod Larson reviewed the updated COVID-19 Pandemic Response Plan.  The CDC/SD DOH Close Contact Quarantine Update protocols include two alternative timelines for 7-day and 10-day quarantine that both require specific criteria.  Summer 2021 Facility Use COVID-19 restrictions, beginning June 1st, we will allow buildings to be open to all Brandon Valley students and staff with summer school close contact tracing with individuals and groups notified if exposure occurs.  Close contact quarantine for the summer is recommended.  A Pandemic Response Planning Committee has been reinstituted for the week of July 12, 2021 and any necessary mitigation strategies/plans will be finalized the week of August 2, 2021.

The 2021-22 BV Distance Learning Academy will continue as follows: Grades K-4: Brandon Valley Teachers/Platform; Grades 5-12: SD Virtual School (5-6 Black Hills On-line Learning and 7-12 SD Virtual School).
                        Brandon Valley High School addition priorities have been reviewed and discussed as follows:
            -           General Classrooms, Ground Floor Special Education, Science Lab Classrooms, Maximize Land Usage/ Upgrade East Facility Face, Minimize Impact to parking.
            The tentative BVHS Addition timeline is as follows:
            -           Preliminary planning in-progress:  Preliminary planning with the Building and Grounds Board Committee, Central Office Administration and BVHS Administration
            -           Fall 2021 – Information sharing as follows:  Community with Board of Education, Administrative Council, Teacher Liaison Council, Classified Council, and the Brandon Valley High School Staff
            -           Winter 2022 – Bid the project
            -           Spring/Summer 2022 – BVHS Addition begins
            -           2022-2023 School year – Construction in-progress
            -           Fall 2023 – Addition opens

Information sharing regarding the BVHS Addition begins with preliminary planning (in-progress) with Building and Grounds Committee, Central Office Administration and BVHS Administration.  In the Fall of 2021, Communication will continue with the Board of Education, Administrative Council, Teacher Liaison Council, Classified Council, and the Brandon Valley High School Staff.            

The 2021 Summer Lunch Program has been approved for June and July of 2021.  The format will be “Grab & Go” on Tuesdays (5 breakfasts/lunches provided every Tuesday) from June 1 – July 27, 2021 with the following times and places designated for pick up:  Brandon Elementary, pick up at 11:00 am to 12:00 pm; Valley Springs Elementary, pick up at 11:00 am to 12:00 pm; Corner of East Renee and North Cory Place, pick up at 11:00 am to 11:45 am; and lastly at Granite Valley Park (6101 N. Gold Nugget Avenue, Sioux Falls), pick up at 12:15 pm to 1:00 pm.  There will be on-site service for EL Summer School and Boys & Girls Club summer programs. 

Brandon Valley School Board up-coming items/events:
            Policy.  Public school Exemptions (Homeschool) Activity Participation policy information will be forthcoming with guidance from the Associated School Boards of South Dakota (ASBSD), South Dakota Board of Education (SDBOE) and the SD Department of Education.  These entities are working together to furnish School Districts with guidance and FAQ’s to guide in the modification and creation of public school exemptions and the allowed participation in extra-curricular activities due to the recent legislative change.
            Medicinal Cannabis.  Recently the SDBOE reviewed and adopted administrative rules which will now work through the joint rules committee process.  The recommendation from my office is that we will take the most conservative approach allowed and outlined within the administrative rules regarding medical cannabis. Superintendent Larson recently met with BV nursing staff and is confirming two very important points regarding Medical Cannibis.  First, BV Staff will not administer medical cannabis; only the registered designated caregiver will be permitted to administer medical cannabis.  Secondly, medical cannabis will not be stored on school property.  That policy will be in place prior to the start of the 2021-22 school year.

School Board Election – Tuesday, June 15, 2021.  There are two seats open with the following candidates vying for those seats:  Gregg Ode, Carrie Roberts, and Nick Scott.  Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on election day.  Please contact the Business Office with any questions.

Annual Meeting – Monday July 12, 2021.  Budget Hearing @ 6:00 p.m. and Business Meeting @ 6:30 p.m.

            The LYNX Summer Reading Program will run in collaboration with Siouxland Library and Pizza Ranch again this summer.  Goals are:  Birth-5 years:  100 Books; K-5th grade: 600 Minutes, 6th – 12th grade: every three books receives an entry in the Grand Prize Drawing.

      The USDA has approved the extension of the Waiver for Free Meals for the 2021-22 school year.  South Dakota must “opt in” for schools to be eligible to participate and additional information will be provided as it becomes available.  The “Share our Strength” grant has been confirmed for school year 2021-22.  This grant covers the cost of the Registered Dietician while we, in turn, share services with our rural school district partners.

2021-22 School Calendar items include the following:  July 6 – 30, 2021 ~ Bus Passes Available; August 18, 2021 ~ New Staff in-service day; August 19, 2021 ~ In-service/workshop day; August 23, 2021 ~ In-service/workshop day; August 24, 2021 ~ In-service/workshop day; August 25, 2021 ~ First Day of School!

Lastly, Superintendent Larson presented updated pictures of work in progress for Inspiration Elementary School including school signage on the outside of the building, the front entrance/bus loop exterior asphalt, front entrance, front office, front office conference room, gym water fountain/water bottle filling station, carpet completion in the music room, commons girls restroom, Library/Media Center, Kindergarten wing and classroom, 1st – 4th Grade wing, restroom sink area, and classroom, and the exterior of the north side of the building.

The following new Board Policies were presented for review as follows:
1.   
DDB – Allowable Costs for Federal Funds
2.   
DDC – Cash Management for Federal Funding
3.   
DDD – Title I Part A Supplement, not Supplant 

Motion by Talcott, seconded by Scott to approve the following general business items:
1.   
Approve Brandon Valley School District 2021-22 Comprehensive Plan for Special Education, as presented.
2.   
Approve change order #4 for Inspiration Elementary for an additional amount of $14,890.00 as presented.
3.   
Approve recommendation to award split bid for custodial supplies, at a total cost of $48,886.59 as follows:
    i.   
Cole Papers:  Riding Scrubber ($6,233.12), and Manual Floor Scrubber ($2,310.90); Total: $8,544.02.
    ii.  
Hillyard:  Riding Scrubber ($13,336.50), Riding Vacuum ($15,929.00), All-surface Cleaning Unit ($2,409.86), Spot Extractor ($3,891.60), and Backpack Vacuum ($872.20); Total: $36,439.16.
    iii. 
Innovative:  West-Dry Vacuum ($1,066.98); Upright Vacuum ($2,051.88 for four); Air Mover ($784.55); Total: $3,903.41.
4.   
Approve tuition agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District and Out Home, Inc, for residential service for one student, $75.93/day, effective for the 2021-22 school year as presented.
5.   
Approve Share Our Strength – Shared Child Nutrition Services Grant for $65,000.00, effective May 1, 2021 through April 30, 2022, as presented.
Motion carried.


      Motion by Saxer, seconded by Scott to approve the following Personnel items:
1.   Approve resignation from Janna Conrad, BVIS Special Education Educational Assistant, effective May 19, 2021.
2.   Approve resignation from Tanner Zittlau, BVMS Special Education Educational Assistant, effective May 19, 2021.
3.   Approve resignation from Becky Smithy, RBE part-time Child Nutrition Services, effective May 19, 2021.
4.   Approve recommendation to hire Rachel Schaeffer, RBE Special Education Educational Assistant, $15.90/hour, effective August 25, 2021.
5.   Approve recommendation to hire Chloe Mayo, BE Sign Language Interpreter, $27.00/hour, effective August 25, 2021.
6.   Approve recommendation to adjust Print Shop Operator hours from 18.75 hours/week to 12.5 hours/week, effective July 1, 2021, as presented.
7.   Approve recommendation to hire Elizabeth Tjeerdsma, VSE 3rd Grade Teacher, MA+15 Step 6 ~ $49,752.00, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
8.   Approve recommendation to hire Kara McDougall, BVIS 6th Grade English Language Arts Teacher, BA+15 Step Base ~ $47,054.00, and Assistant Softball Coach, 8.5% of Extra-curricular Step 1 ~ $3,484.00; total contract of $50,538.00, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
9.   Approve updated recommendation to hire Mitzi Moore, BVHS Associate Principal increased to a 219-day contract ~ $85,000 for a one-year contract, effective August 2, 2021.
10. Approve removal of Elementary General Music Extra-curricular assignment from Jodi Ackerman, $362.00,       based on change in teaching assignment, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
11. Approve Extra-curricular assignment to Cassandra Nack for VSE Elementary General Music, .75% of Extra-      curricular Step Base ~ $305.00 additional contracted salary, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
12. Approve recommendation to hire Jay Merrigan, BVIS Special Education Teacher, BA+15 Step 9 ~       $50,125.00, effective with the 2021-22 school year.
13. Approve recommendation to hire Leah Bethoney, Inspiration Elementary Special Education Educational       Assistant, $15.90/hour, effective August 25, 2021.
14. Approve recommendation to hire Victoria Heinrichs, BVHS Special Education Teacher, MA Step 5 ~       $49,031.00, effective with the 2021-22 school year.
15. Approve recommendation to hire Cassie Paulsen, Substitute Van Driver, paid according to the trip schedule,   effective May 25, 2021 (summer employment only).
16. Approve recommendation to hire Brenda Winter, Substitute Van Driver, paid according to the trip schedule,   effective May 25, 2021 (summer employment only).
17. Approve recommendation to hire (through transfer) Tanis Rieffenberger from BVIS / BVMS Administrative       Assistant, to BVMS Administrative Assistant, 12-month position, effective June 14, 2021.
18. Approve recommendation to hire Elise Oren, RBE Reading Interventionist, 74% of BA Step Base ~       $34,598.00, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
19. Approve recommendation to hire Terry Gullickson, Performing Arts Center Coordinator, 14.5% of Extra-curricular Step Base ~ $5,899.00, effective with the 2021-22 school year.
20. Approve recommendation to hire the following as summer custodians, effective June 1, 2021:
     
Julie Kirby (BE) - $12.00/hour; Ardis Lippert (BVIS) - $12.00/hour; Sherri Pickthorn (FAE) - $12.00/hour; Jo Roozenboom (VSE) - $12.00/hour; Alison Statema (BE) - $12.00/hour; Jeremiah Donahoe (BVIS) - $11.50/hour; Lisa Ducheneaux (BVMS) - $11.00/hour; Zach Hentschel (RBE) -           $11.00/hour; Jennifer Kranz (FAE) - $11.00/hour; Sandy McIlravy (VSE) - $11.00/hour; Eli Peyton (BVMS) - $11.00/hour; and Ben VanDeBerg (RBE) - $11.00/hour.
21. Approve recommendation to hire the following as summer grounds workers, effective June 1, 2021:

     
Seth Fjerestad - $11.00/hour; Taylor Huisman - $11.00/hour; Dawson Johnson - $11.00/hour; Denette Leenderts - $11.00/hour; and Jack McCarthy - $11.00/hour.

Motion carried.
 

(Information Only):
22. Transfer of Special Education Educational Assistant, 1.0 FTE (vacated by Breanna Zobel) from Brandon Elementary to Robert Bennis Elementary, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
23. Transfer of Jessica Swanson from BVHS to Brandon Elementary Special Education Educational Assistant, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
24. Transfer Larenzo Williams from BVHS to BVIS Special Education Educational Assistant, effective beginning with the 2021-22 school year.
25. Transfer Anne Anderson’s 1.0 FTE Special Education Educational Assistant position from Brandon Elementary to BVMS, effective with he 2021-22 school year.
26. Transfer D’Lisa McKenzie from BVIS Educational Assistant to BVHS (Edgeunity) Educational Assistant, effective beginning with the 2021-22 school year.

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

1.  Thank you from Terri Bastian for support, recognition of years of service and Sunshine gift card.

2.  Thank you from Lisa Johnson for Virtual BV Employee Recognition Banquet and Sunshine gift card.

3.  Thank you from JoAnn Presler for Sunshine gift card and recognition of years of service.

4.  Thank you from Jessica Hunsaid for Sunshine gift card and her years of service recognition.

5.  Thank you from Kelly Eichelberg for years of service recognition and Sunshine gift card.

6.  Thank you from Jolene Weber for the Sunshine gift card.

7.  Thank you from Kerri Christensen for the Sunshine gift card.

8.  Thank you from Carolyn Ebright for the Sunshine gift card and years of service recognition.

9.  Thank you from Nita Madetzke for years of service recognition and Sunshine gift card.

10.Thank you from Lynn Bartscher for the Sunshine gift card. 

Board Reports were heard.  Board member Gregg Ode reported on the recent Transportation Committee meeting.  They discussed and reviewed changes that were made for the 2020-21 school year as well as upcoming changes for 2021-22.  Starting July 1, 2021, a new office staff member will be added to help with office duties in the Transportation Department.  Important note:  Students need to be registered to ride the bus by the July 30th deadline.  Failure to register by the deadline will delay your transportation start date to October 4th.  This information will be shared on various forms of notices to parent throughout the summer.  Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten students will begin school two days later than other school district students.  This proved to be helpful with transportation issues as we start the school year. 

Motion by Saxer, seconded by Talcott to adjourn at meeting at 6:52 p.m.  Motion carried. 

Signed ___________________________________
                                     Business Manager

 Approved by the Board of Education this 14th day of June 2021                                          

 Signed___________________________________
                                        Chairperson
 

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May 10, 2021

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 10th of May, 2021 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 Lundberg, Brandon Valley High School Principal Mark Schlekeway, Brandon Valley High School 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, Brandon Elementary Principal Merle Horst, 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 amended as follows:  Personnel Item #19 should state “effective at the end of the 2020-21 school year.”  Motion carried.

            Motion by Talcott, seconded by Scott to approve the meeting minutes from the Regular Meetings of April 12, 2021 and April 26, 2021, as presented.  Motion carried.

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

            The cash report for the month of April 2021 showed receipts of $2,974,323.76, and disbursements of $4,175,659.68 leaving a balance of $16,153,140.99.  The General Fund had receipts of $2,167,761.41, received an Temporary Interfund Transfer of $144,020.28 from the Bond Fund, with disbursements of $2,540,371.17, leaving a balance of $7,344,786.71.  Capital Outlay Fund had receipts of $282,647.15, with disbursements of $55,935.32, leaving a balance of $3,334,922.99.  Special Education Fund had receipts of $378,640.92, with disbursements of $660,300.06, leaving a balance of $266,072.16.  Bond Redemption Fund had receipts of $144,020.28, sent a Temporary Interfund Transfer of $144,020.28 to the General Fund, with disbursements of $0.00, leaving a balance of $0.00.  The Enterprise Fund had receipts of $1,254.00, with disbursements of $5,085.56, leaving a balance of $69,288.66.  The Capital Projects Fund had receipts of $0.00, and disbursements of $913,967.57, leaving a balance of $5,138,070.47. 

            The April 2021 payroll totaled $2,000,351.93 of which $1,102,656.28 was instructional, $451,257.29 was support services, $35,777.90 was co-curricular, $327,302.62 was Special Education, $79,232.84 was Food Service, and $4,125.00 was Driver’s Education.

            Motion by Scott, seconded by Talcott to approve the financial reports for the month of April 2021 as presented.  Motion carried.

                       
Administrative reports were presented.  Superintendent Jarod Larson outlined the Inspiration 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 (July 31, 2021: Substantial Completion; August 13, 2021: Punch List Completed)
            The new elementary school staffing continues, with a majority of the teaching staff hiring (regular and special education) complete.  All encore staffing will be provided through other building shared staff while the Classified staff assignments/hiring is in progress.
            The 2021-22 Budget process is on-going.  The Business Office has reviewed and compiled completed budget requests, returning them to each building/department.  In February 2021, the 5-year plan was presented, and at the March 8, 2021 regular Board of Education meeting, the preliminary Capital Outlay budget was presented and approved for major items to be bid in a timely manner.  During tonight’s meeting, Business Manager Paul Lundberg will present the 2021-22 preliminary budget presentation and in July 2021, we will hold the public budget hearing.
            Dr. Jarod Larson reviewed the updated COVID-19 Pandemic Response Plan.  The CDC/SD DOH Close Contact Quarantine Update protocols include two alternative timelines for 7-day and 10-day quarantine that both require specific criteria.  Quarters 3 and 4 COVID-19 restrictions remain the same as Quarters 1 and 2 of the 2020-21 school year; Summer 2021 Facility Use COVID-19 restrictions, beginning June 1st, will allow buildings to be open to all Brandon Valley students and staff.  A Pandemic Response Planning Committee has been reinstituted for the week of July 12, 2021 and any necessary mitigation strategies/plans will be finalized the week of August 2, 2021.
 

Professional Awards and Staff Recognition Banquet was held “virtually” on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 @ 7:00 p.m. through Alliance Communications via the LYNX channel.  The 2020-21 Brandon Valley School District Teacher of the Year is identified as EVERY teacher from the 2020 school year!  Because of the unusual circumstances of COVID and the extraordinary efforts put forth by all staff, we continue to honor and thank all BV staff!  Additional thanks go to our Teacher of the Year Sponsor, First National Bank; Gift Card Sponsors; the BV Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsors; and Jennifer Swenson, Bill Miller and the BVIS Staff for putting all things together!

The 2021-22 Brandon Valley Distance Learning Academy will continue as follows: Grades K-4: Brandon Valley Teachers/Platform; Grades 5-12: SD Virtual School (5-6 Black Hills On-line Learning and 7-12 SD Virtual School).
                        Brandon Valley High School addition priorities have been reviewed and discussed as follows:
            -           General Classrooms, Ground Floor Special Education, Science Lab Classrooms, Maximize Land Usage/ Upgrade East Facility Face, Minimize Impact to parking.
            The tentative BVHS Addition timeline is as follows:
            -           Preliminary planning in-progress:  Preliminary planning with the Building and Grounds Board Committee, Central Office Administration and BVHS Administration
            -           Fall 2021 – Information sharing as follows:  Community with Board of Education, Administrative Council, Teacher Liaison Council, Classified Council, and the Brandon Valley High School Staff
            -           Winter 2022 – Bid the project
            -           Spring/Summer 2022 – BVHS Addition begins
            -           2022-2023 School year – Construction in-progress
            -           Fall 2023 – Addition opens

Information sharing regarding the BVHS Addition begins with preliminary planning (in-progress) with Building and Grounds Committee, Central Office Administration and BVHS Administration.  In the Fall of 2021, Communication will continue with the Board of Education, Administrative Council, Teacher Liaison Council, Classified Council, and the Brandon Valley High School Staff.
            The 2021 Summer Lunch Program has been approved for June and July of 2021.  The format will be “Grab & Go” on Tuesdays (5 breakfasts/lunches provided every Tuesday) from June 1 – July 27, 2021 with the following times and places designated for pick up:  Brandon Elementary, pick up at 11:00 am to 12:00 pm; Valley Springs Elementary, pick up at 11:00 am to 12:00 pm; Corner of East Renee and North Cory Place, pick up at 11:00 am to 11:45 am; and lastly at Granite Valley Park (6101 N. Gold Nugget Avenue, Sioux Falls), pick up at 12:15 pm to 1:00 pm.  There will be lunch provided on-site for EL Summer School and Boys & Girls Club summer programs.

The USDA has approved the extension of the Waiver for Free Meals for the 2021-22 school year.  South Dakota must “opt in” for schools to be eligible to participate and additional information will be provided as it becomes available.  The “Share our Strength” grant has been confirmed for school year 2021-22.  This grant covers the cost of the Registered Dietician while we, in turn, share services with our rural school district partners.

Current School Calendar items include the following:  Sunday, May 16, 2021 ~ BVHS Graduation; Wednesday, May 19, 2021 ~ last day of school for students (2-hour early dismissal), Thursday, May 20, 2021 ~ Staff in-service day, and Friday, May 21, 2021 ~ Workshop day (extra paid day).

Lastly, Superintendent Larson presented updated pictures of work in progress for Inspiration Elementary School including front entrance exterior asphalt prep work, gym/locker room/restroom, kitchen equipment installation, kitchen dishwasher install, music room preparation for carpet, art room, painting in progress in library/media center, painting in progress in the Grade 1-4 wing and casework in progress in the main office. 

Brandon Valley High School Principal Mark Schlekeway reminded all that graduation is schedule for Sunday, May 16th at 2 p.m.  This week’s celebrations include last day of classes for seniors on Tuesday, May 12th and the senior academic assembly followed by a class barbeque on Wednesday, May 13th. 

Brandon Valley Intermediate School Principal stated that the 6th grade band recently held a virtual concert competition against all area Middle Schools and placed second place in this competition!  Congratulations! 

Business Manager Paul J. Lundberg presented the 2021-22 preliminary district budget.  (See attached) 

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

1.    Approve request to purchase one new Diesel Utility Vehicle (RTV-X1100C Full-size) from the Sourcewell Contract, for $34,151.80, for the 2021-22 school year.
  2.   
Approve service agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District #49-2 and Teachwell Solutions for Extended School Year (ESY) Speech Language therapy, $50/hour, effective June 1, 2021 through August 13, 2021, as presented.
  3.   
Approve Quam, Berglin, & Post, PC, to perform the FY21 Annual certified audit at a cost of $15,000.00.
  4.   
Approve Administrative recommendation to cast ballot for South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSAA) Amendment No. 1 with a YES vote.
  5.   
Approve Administrative recommendation to cast ballot for South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSAA) West River at-Large Representative for Todd Palmer (Sturgis Brown HS / Meade School District), effective July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2024.
  6.   
Approve Administrative recommendation to cast ballot of South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSAA) Division III Representative for Derek Barrios (Elk Point-Jefferson School District) effective July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2023.
  7.   
Approve Administrative recommendation to cast ballot of South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSAA) Division IV Representative for Eric Denning (Mount Vernon School District) effective July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2026.
  8.   
Approve Medicaid Administration Agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District #49-2 and Southeast Area Cooperative effective July 2, 2021 through June 30, 2022, as presented.
  9.   
Approve request for authorization to publicly auction surplus items on June 12, 2021, as attached.
  10. 
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 $12,800.00, effective September 1, 2021 through May 31, 2022, as presented.
Motion carried.


      Motion by Ode, seconded by Scott to approve the following Personnel items:
1.   Approve Administrative recommendation to elevate the Dean of Students position to a High School Associate Principal position and create a Performing Arts Center Coordinator position (14.5% on the Extra-curricular    Hiring Schedule) effective beginning with the 2021-22 school year, as presented.
2.   Approve resignation from Ashley Hafflet, Assistant Boys Soccer Coach, effective at the end of the 2020-21 school year.
3.   Approve resignation of Shaylee Rolfes, part-time BVIS Child Nutrition worker, effective prior to start date, as presented.  
4.   Approve recommendation to hire Julie Richard, BVIS evening custodian, $15.55/hour plus $1.00 night differential pay, effective May 17, 2021.
5.   Accept resignation/retirement notification from Sara Rief, BVMS Special Education Educational Assistant, effective May 19, 2021.
6.   Approve recommendation to hire Wyatt Bauman, Custodial Substitute, $12.00/hour, effective May 11, 2021.
7.   Approve recommendation to hire Caitlyn Schwebach, Assistant Oral Interpretation Coach, 6.5% of Extra-curricular Step Base ~ $2,645.00, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
8.   Approve recommendation to hire Steven Farley, BVMS Special Education Educational Assistant, $15.90/hour, effective August 25, 2021.
9.   Approve corrected recommendation to hire for Anna Stambach, BVMS Special Education Teacher, MA Step 2 ~ $48,012.00, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
10. Accept resignation from Breanna Zobel, BE Special Education Educational Assistant, effective May 19, 2021,         as well as resignation from BVIS Special Education Teacher (2021-22 school year) effective immediately.
11. Accept resignation from Kyle Babb, Director of Special Services, effective June 30, 2021.
12. Approve recommendation to hire Matthew Bigelow, BVHS English Language Arts, MA Step Base ~ $47,361.00, and Assistant Middle School Football Coach, 6.0% of Extra-curricular Step Base ~ $2,441.00,       total contract of $49,802.00, effective with the 2021-22 school year.
13. Approve recommendation to hire (through transfer), Lisa Reinschmidt, BVIS Reading Interventionist ~ $38,742.00, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
14. Approve resignation from Jennifer Schunke, BVIS Special Education Educational Assistant, effective May 19, 2021.
15. Approve recommendation to hire Cody Linneweber, Assistant Girl’s Golf Coach, 6.5% of Extra-curricular Step Base ~ $2,645.00, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
16. Approve resignation from Harlon Hendrick, BVHS Edgenuity Educational Assistant, effective May 19, 2021.
17. Approve recommendation to hire Jennifer Voigt, VSE Reading Interventionist, 86% of BA Step 10 ~ $43,107.00, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
18. Approve recommendation to hire Karlie Winckler, Inspiration Elementary Reading Interventionist, 86% of BA Step Base ~ $40,208.00, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
19. Approve resignation/retirement notification from Debra Jones, VSE 3rd Grade Teacher, effective at the end of the 2020-21 school year.
20. Approve recommendation to hire Mariah Koch, Fall Sideline Cheer Advisor, 5% of BA Step Base ~ $2,034.00, effective with the 2021-22 school year.
Motion carried.

 (Information Only):
21. Approve transfer of Heidi Gehrke from FAE Custodial Supervisor to Inspiration Elementary Custodial Supervisor, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
22. Approve transfer of Marlana Frazier from BVIS Custodian to Inspiration Elementary Custodian, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
23. Approve recommendation to transfer Nick Massmann from BVHS Special Education Teacher to BVHS Social Studies Teacher, effective beginning with the 2021-22 school year.
24. Approve transfer of Caitlyn Schwebach from BVMS 8th Grade English Language Arts to BVMS 7th/8th Grade English Language Arts teacher, effective beginning with the 2021-22 school year.
25. Approve transfer of Cassie Paulson, 1.0 FTE Special Education Educational Assistant position from FAE to Inspiration Elementary, effective beginning with the 2021-22 school year.
26. Approve transfer of Hazel Shuck, 1.0 FTE Special Education Educational Assistant position from VSE to Inspiration Elementary, effective beginning with the 2021-22 school year.
 

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

1.  Building permit applications – April 2021.

2.  Thank you from Paula Huber for the plant sent in memory of her mother, Jean Hartman.

3.  Thank you from Vickie Kolb and family for the plant sent in memory of her mother, Genevieve Tomscha.

 

Travel Reports were reviewed.

 Motion by Talcott, seconded by Ode to adjourn at meeting at 7:18 p.m.  Motion carried.

 Signed ___________________________________
                                     Business Manager

 Approved by the Board of Education this 14th day of June 2021                                          

 Signed___________________________________
                                        Chairperson
 

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April 26, 2021

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 26th of April, 2021 at the Brandon Valley High School Community Room with the following members present:  Renee Ullom, Ellie Saxer, Gregg Talcott, and Nick Scott (via phone).  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, 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 Saxer, seconded by Talcott to approve the agenda as presented. Motion carried.

            Administrative reports were presented.  Superintendent Jarod Larson outlined the Inspiration 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 (July 31, 2021: Substantial Completion; August 13, 2021: Punch List Completed)
            The new elementary school staffing continues, with a majority of the teaching staff hiring (regular and special education) complete.  All encore staffing will be provided through other building shared staff while the Classified staff assignments/hiring is in progress.
            The 2021-22 Budget process is on-going.  The Business Office has reviewed and compiled completed budget requests, returning them to each building/department.  In February 2021, the 5-year plan was presented, and at the March 8, 2021 regular Board of Education meeting, the preliminary Capital Outlay budget was presented and approved 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.
            Dr. Jarod Larson reviewed the updated COVID-19 Pandemic Response Plan.  The CDC/SD DOH Close Contact Quarantine Update protocols include two alternative timelines for 7-day and 10-day quarantine that both require specific criteria.  Quarters 3 and 4 COVID-19 restrictions remain the same as Quarters 1 and 2 of  the 2020-21 school year; Summer 2021 Facility Use COVID-19 restrictions, beginning June 1st , will allow buildings to be open to all Brandon Valley students and staff.  A Pandemic Response Planning Committee has been reinstituted for the week of July 12, 2021 and any necessary mitigation strategies/plans will be finalized the week of August 2, 2021.

Professional Awards and Staff Recognition Banquet will be held “virtually” on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 @ 7:00 p.m. through Alliance Communications via the LYNX channel.  The 2020-21 Brandon Valley School District Teacher of the Year is identified as EVERY teacher from the 2020 school year!  Because of the unusual circumstances of COVID and the extraordinary efforts put forth by all staff, we want to honor and thank all BV staff!  A special thank you to the First National Bank for sponsoring our Teacher of the Year banquet, along with the Brandon Valley Area Chamber of Commerce and Bill Miller for making this banquet a “virtual” reality!

The 2021-22 Brandon Valley Distance Learning Academy will continue as follows: Grades K-4: Brandon Valley Teachers/Platform; Grades 5-12: SD Virtual School (5-6 Black Hills On-line Learning/7-12 SD Virtual School).
            Brandon Valley High School addition priorities continue to be reviewed and discussed as follows:
            -           General Classrooms, Ground Floor Special Education, Science Lab Classrooms, Maximize Land Usage/ Upgrade East Facility Face, Minimize Impact to parking.
            The tentative BVHS Addition timeline is as follows:
            -           Preliminary planning in-progress:  Preliminary planning with the Building and Grounds Board Committee, Central Office Administration and BVHS Administration
            -           Fall 2021 – Information sharing as follows:  Community with Board of Education, Administrative Council, Teacher Liaison Council, Classified Council, and the Brandon Valley High School Staff
            -           Winter 2022 – Bid the project
            -           Spring/Summer 2022 – BVHS Addition begins
            -           2022-2023 School year – Construction in-progress
            -           Fall 2023 – Addition opens

Information sharing regarding the BVHS Addition begins with preliminary planning (in-progress) with Building and Grounds Committee, Central Office Administration and BVHS Administration.  In the Fall of 2021, Communication will continue with the Board of Education, Administrative Council, Teacher Liaison Council, Classified Council, and the Brandon Valley High School Staff.
            The 2021 Summer Lunch Program has been approved for June and July of 2021.  The format will be “Grab & Go” on Tuesdays (5 breakfasts/lunches provided every Tuesday) from June 1 – July 27, 2021 with location(s) and time(s) to be announced.  There will be lunch provided on-site for EL Summer School and Boys & Girls Club summer programs.

The USDA has approved the extension of the Waiver for Free Meals for the 2021-22 school year.  South Dakota must “opt in” for schools to be eligible to participate and additional information will be provided as it becomes available.  The “Share our Strength” grant has been confirmed for school year 2021-22.  This grant covers the cost of the Registered Dietician while we, in turn, share services with our rural school district partners.

Current School Calendar items include the following:  Sunday, May 16, 2021 ~ BVHS Graduation; Wednesday, May 19, 2021 ~ last day of school for students (2-hour early dismissal), Thursday, May 20, 2021 ~ Staff in-service day, and Friday, May 21, 2021 ~ Workshop day (extra paid day).

Superintendent Larson also presented updated pictures of work in progress for Inspiration Elementary School including Playground Concrete/Earth Work in-progress, Curb for playground tile surface, gravel base for asphalt playground surfaced, and lastly, a Kindergarten Wing – Flooring, and 1st-4th grade wing ceiling grid.

Director of Instruction, Sherri Nelson, presented the seven-year adoption of the JrK-12 English Language Arts Curriculum delivery model at a one-time cost of $1,159,221.39, effective with the 2021-22 school year.   Motion by Talcott, seconded by Saxer to approve the seven-year JrK-12 English Language Arts Curriculum adoption as presented.  Motion carried.

Motion by Saxer, seconded by Scott to approve the following Personnel items:
1.   Accept the resignation/retirement notification from Nancy Brown, BVMS Administrative Assistant, effective June 11, 2021.
2.   Approve recommendation to hire Wanda Logan, long-term substitute for Kayla Richard, Inspiration Elementary 2nd Grade Teacher, on or around August 24 – September 10, 2021.
3.   Approve resignation from Katie Rivers, Oral Interpretation Assistant Coach, contingent on finding a suitable replacement, effective at the end of the 2020-21 school year.  
4.   Approve recommendation to hire Rebecca Munsch, FAE 4th Grade Teacher, MA Step 2 ~ $48,012.00, effective for the 2021-22 school year
5.   Approve recommendation to hire Nina Ulrich, FAE Library Educational Assistant, full-time, $15.90/hour, effective August 25, 2021.
6.   Approve recommendation to hire additional American Sign Language Interpreter (1.0 FTE) for the 2021-22 school year.
7.   Approve recommendation to hire Samantha Hyronimus, BE Special Education Teacher, BA Step 2 ~ $47,361.00, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
8.   Approve recommendation to hire Craig Nelson, K-12 Health/PE Teacher, MA+30 Step 10 ~ $51,767.00; Head Boys Basketball Coach, 16% of Extra-curricular Step 9 ~ $7,001.00; Head Girls Golf Coach, 12.5% of   Extra-curricular Step 9 ~ $5,470.00; total contract:  $64,238.00, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
9.   Approve recommendation to hire Kate Kirkebak, FAE Reading Interventionist, 86% of BA Step Base ~ $40,208.00, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
10. Approve recommendation to hire Ivy Sieperda, BE Art Teacher, BA Step 1 ~ $47,054.00, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
11. Approve recommendation to hire Marie Gosse, STEM Technology/Integrationist, MA Step 10 ~ $50,905.00; 3-day extended contract ~ $844.00; total contract:  $51,749.00, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
12. Approve resignation from Thomas Sundling, BVHS COVID Educational Assistant, effective May 19, 2021.
13. Approve resignation of Brianna Postma, Assistant Girls Golf Coach, contingent on finding a suitable replacement, effective at the end of the 2020-21 school year.
14. Approve recommendation to hire Lindsey Hale, Assistant Girls’ Soccer Coach, 8% of Extra-curricular Step Base ~ $3,459.00, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
15. Approve recommendation to hire John Flint, Assistant Freshman Football Coach, 8% of Extra-curricular Step 7 ~ $3,440.00, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
16. Approve recommendation to hire Cody Linneweber, Assistant Boys’ Golf Coach, 6.5% of Extra-curricular Step Base ~ $2,645.00, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
7. Approve recommendation to hire Devon Melillo, BVMS Band Teacher, BA Step 1 ~ $47,054.00; Middle School Band, 7.5% of Extra-curricular Step 1 ~ $3,074.00; Assistant HS Marching Band, 10% of       Extra-   curricular Step 6 ~ $4,263.00; total contract:  $54,391.00, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
18. Approve recommendation to hire Clarissa Lindstad, BVMS Life Science Teacher, BA Step Base ~ $46,754.00, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
19. Approve recommendation to hire Lisa Fuccello, BVHS HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) Advisor, 5.5% of Extra-curricular Step Base ~ $2,238.00, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
20. Approve recommendation to hire Chad Nelson, BVHS Art Club Advisor, 4.5% of Extra-curricular Step Base ~ $1,831.00, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
21. Accept the resignation/retirement notification from Kevin Brick, Performing Arts Center (PAC) Manager, effective June 30, 2021.
22. Approve recommendation to hire Maxwell Larsen, BVMS Life Science Teacher, BA Step Base ~ $46,754.00, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
23. Approve resignation of Katee Lane, Fall Sideline Cheer Advisor, contingent on finding a suitable replacement, effective at the end of the 2020-21 school year.
24. Approve amended start date for new Assistant Technology Coordinator from July 1, 2021 to June 1, 2021, as presented.

25. Approve recommendation to hire Evan Hacker, Assistant Technology Coordinator, full-time ~ $42,500.00, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
26. Approve recommendation to hire Jody Lambert (through employment recall), BE Reading Interventionist ~ $45,135.00, effective for the 2021-22 school year.

(Information Only):
27. Transfer Traci Rohmiller from BE Special Education Educational Assistant to BE General Educational Assistant, effective for the 2021-22 school year.

28. 
Transfer Sherri Pickthorn from FAE Special Education Educational Assistant to FAE General Educational Assistant, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
Motion carried.

   Superintendent Larson acknowledged a recent gift from Greg and Sherry Carmen.  The Carmen’s donated a pink “breast cancer awareness” guitar signed by music artist Carrie Underwood.  This guitar will be prominently displayed in the Brandon Valley High School with special help from Tom Grode’s Woods Class providing a case to showplace this special gift!  Thank you, Greg and Sherry! 

Board reports were heard.  Board member Ellie Saxer reported on a recent Associated School Boards of South Dakota (ASBSD) State Executive Board Retreat.  Review items included legislative bills that were recently passed and also what is on the horizon.  They also asked that school districts “hold” any home school enrollments for students requesting any activity involvement until specifics are released at the state level.  The executive board also discussed how to get further involved in the next legislative session and how best to proactively support our state legislators.  Saxer reminded everyone to please check out the ASBSD web-site for award nominations.  Saxer was also proud to share Brandon Valley’s 6% wage increase as “good news” from our District to the ASBSD.    

Motion by Talcott, seconded by Saxer to adjourn at meeting at 6:56 p.m.  Motion carried.

Signed ___________________________________
                              Business Manager

 
Approved by the Board of Education this 10th day of May 2021                                        

Signed___________________________________
                                 Chairperson
 

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April 12, 2021

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 12th of April, 2021 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 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, Brandon Elementary Principal Merle Horst, Valley Springs Elementary Principal Tanya Palmer, Fred Assam Elementary Principal Susan Foster, 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 Scott, seconded by Talcott to approve the agenda as revised, amending Personnel item #7 to the corrected hiring lane for Christine Halvorson at BA+15, Step 5, and Information Only item #39 listing April Peterson’s position as a Speech Language Pathologist. Motion carried.

            Motion by Ode, seconded by Talcott to approve the meeting minutes from the Regular Meetings of March 8, 2021 and March 22, 2021, as presented.  Motion carried.

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

            The cash report for the month of March 2021 showed receipts of $2,755,606.68, and disbursements of $3,818,003.28 leaving a balance of $17,354,456.91.  The General Fund had receipts of $2,164,268.25, received an Operating Transfer of $900,000.00 from the Capital Outlay Fund and a Temporary Interfund Transfer of $85,087.65 from the Bond Fund, with disbursements of $2,518,729.49, leaving a balance of $7,573,376.19.  Capital Outlay Fund had receipts of $196,305.94, sent an Operating Transfer of $900,000.00 to the General Fund, with disbursements of $29,097.83, leaving a balance of $3,108,211.16.  Special Education Fund had receipts of $306,259.84, with disbursements of $513,362.16, leaving a balance of $547,731.30.  Bond Redemption Fund had receipts of $85,087.65, sent a Temporary Interfund Transfer of $85,087.65 to the General Fund, with disbursements of $0.00, leaving a balance of $0.00.  The Enterprise Fund had receipts of $3,685.00, with disbursements of $4,528.65, leaving a balance of $73,120.22.  The Capital Projects Fund had receipts of $0.00, and disbursements of $752,285.15, leaving a balance of $6,052,038.04. 

            The March 2021 payroll totaled $2,037,673.59 of which $1,092,003.00 was instructional, $464,231.68 was support services, $39,273.65 was co-curricular, $350,905.64 was Special Education, $87,159.62 was Food Service, and $4,100.00 was Driver’s Education.

            Motion by Saxer, seconded by Ode to approve the financial reports for the month of March 2021 as presented.  Motion carried.

                       
Administrative reports were presented.  Superintendent Jarod Larson outlined the Inspiration 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 (July 31, 2021: Substantial Completion; August 13, 2021: Punch List Completed)
            The new elementary school staffing continues, with a majority of the teaching staff hiring (regular and special education) complete.  All encore staffing will be provided through other building shared staff while the Classified staff assignments/hiring is in progress.
            The 2021-22 Budget process has begun with budget forms/documents distributed early January, 2021.  The Business Office is currently compiling and reviewing the completed budget requests.  In February 2021, the 5-year plan was presented, and at the March 8, 2021 regular Board of Education meeting, the preliminary Capital Outlay budget was presented and approved 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.
            Dr. Jarod Larson reviewed the updated COVID-19 Pandemic Response Plan.  The CDC/SD DOH Close Contact Quarantine Update protocols include two alternative timelines for 7-day and 10-day quarantine that both require specific criteria.  Quarters 3 and 4 COVID-19 restrictions remain the same as Quarters 1 and 2 of this same school year; Summer Facility Use COVID-19 restrictions, beginning June 1, will be open to Brandon Valley students and staff.

Professional Awards and Staff Recognition Banquet will be held “virtually” on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 @ 7:00 p.m. through Alliance Communications via the LYNX channel.  The 2020-21 Brandon Valley School District Teacher of the Year is identified as EVERY teacher from the 2020 school year!  Because of the unusual circumstances of COVID and the extraordinary efforts put forth by all staff, we want to honor and thank all BV staff!

The 2021-22 Brandon Valley Distance Learning Academy will continue as follows: Grades K-4: Brandon Valley Teachers/Platform; Grades 5-12: SD Virtual School (5-6 Black Hills On-line Learning and 7-12 SD Virtual School).
            The 2021-22 negotiations timeline/wage recommendation will be concluding with tonight’s meeting with recommendations presented.  A pre-negotiation meeting between the BVSD Administration and the Brandon Valley Education Association (BVEA) was held on March 10, 2021.  The Personnel Welfare and BVEA met on March 24, 2021.  Tonight, April 12, 2021, during the Board of Education General Business portion of the meeting, we will present the 2021-22 Master Contract, approve Classified wage recommendation/approve Administration Salary recommendations, and enter Superintendent contract negotiations for ratification.
            Brandon Valley High School addition priorities have been reviewed and discussed as follows:
            -           General Classrooms, Ground Floor Special Education, Science Lab Classrooms, Maximize Land Usage/ Upgrade East Facility Face, Minimize Impact to parking.
            The tentative BVHS Addition timeline is as follows:
            -           Preliminary planning in-progress:  Preliminary planning with the Building and Grounds Board Committee, Central Office Administration and BVHS Administration
            -           Fall 2021 – Information sharing as follows:  Community with Board of Education, Administrative Council, Teacher Liaison Council, Classified Council, and the Brandon Valley High School Staff
            -           Winter 2022 – Bid the project
            -           Spring/Summer 2022 – BVHS Addition begins
            -           2022-2023 School year – Construction in-progress
            -           Fall 2023 – Addition opens

Information sharing regarding the BVHS Addition begins with preliminary planning (in-progress) with Building and Grounds Committee, Central Office Administration and BVHS Administration.  In the Fall of 2021, Communication will continue with the Board of Education, Administrative Council, Teacher Liaison Council, Classified Council, and the Brandon Valley High School Staff.
            The 2021 Summer Lunch Program has been approved for June and July of 2021.  The format will be “Grab & Go” on Tuesdays (5 breakfasts/lunches provided every Tuesday) from June 1 – July 27, 2021 with location(s) and time(s) to be announced.  There will be lunch provided on-site for EL Summer School and Boys & Girls Club summer programs.

A School Board Election for two (2), three-year (3-year) seats will be held on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 (if necessary).  The earliest date to circulate a petition began on April 6, 2021; the deadline for return of petitions is May 7, 2021 (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.
            Current School Calendar items include the following:  April: State Assessments in-progress; Sunday, May 16, 2021 ~ BVHS Graduation; Wednesday, May 19, 2021 ~ last day of school for students (2-hour early dismissal), Thursday, May 20, 2021 ~ Staff in-service day, and Friday, May 21, 2021 ~ Workshop day (extra paid day).

Lastly, Superintendent Larson presented updated pictures of work in progress for Inspiration Elementary School including exterior-rough grading, Music Room, Gymnasium, Kitchen Area Tile , Staff Lounge Restroom Tile, and Casework and Restroom Tile in the Kindergarten Wing.

Board Members Gregg Ode and Nick Scott notified Dr. Larson and the current board that they both have taken out petitions for seats for the Board of Education spots opening up for July, 2021.

Middle School Principal Brad Thorson reported that Middle School Assistant Principal Amanda Nelson has successfully defended her doctoral paper and has now completed her Doctorate Degree.  Congratulations!

            Superintendent Larson presented the 2021-22 Master Agreement as negotiated between the Brandon Valley School District #49-2 and the Brandon Valley Education Association (BVEA).  Motion by Talcott, seconded by Saxer to ratify the 2021-22 Master Agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District 49-2 and the Brandon Valley Education Association as presented as follows:
        -          
No change to the hiring schedule for the 2021-22 school year
        -          
Across the board 6.0% salary increase for the 2021-22 school year
        -          
One-time wage/salary enhancement of $1,000 to be paid with the November 2021 payroll
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 2021-22 school year.  Motion by Talcott, seconded by Ode to approve the recommendation of the 2021-22 Classified Wages & Salary increase as presented as follows:

-           Hiring schedule for Classified Staff has increased 6% for the 2021-22 school year

-           Across the board 6.0% salary increase

-           One-time wage/salary enhancement of $750/$600/$250 to be paid with the November 2021 payroll.

Motion carried.

 

Superintendent Larson presented the recommendation for all Administration.  Motion by Saxer, seconded by Ode to approve the recommendation of the 2021-22 Administration Salary increase as presented as follows:

-           6.0% salary increase for the 2021-22 school year

-           One-time wage/salary enhancement of $1,500 to be paid with the November 2021 payroll

Motion carried.

 

Motion by Talcott, seconded by Saxer to approve the following general business items:
  1.   
Approve the Brandon Valley School District 49-2 membership in the South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSAA) effective July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022, as presented.
  2.   
Approve agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District #49-2 and A&B Business Solutions for the District copier lease and maintenance contract for $7,125.00/month for 60 months, effective September 1, 2021, as presented.
  3.   
Approve 2020-21 Budget Supplements (due to receipt of CRF Funds) as attached.
  4.   
Approve proposal from Innovative Office Solutions for Carpet Replacement at Fred Assam Elementary per Sourcewell Contract #080819-TFU, in the amount of $143,733.47, as presented.
  5.   
Approve the proposal from Crouch Recreation for Playground Equipment and Surfacing at Brandon Elementary Early Childhood Playground, per Sourcewell Contract #030117 LTS, in the amount of $132,917.47, as presented.
  6.   
Approve ESSER I Budget Amendment of $304,000.00 and ESSER II Budget of $3,124,565.00, as presented.
  7.   
Approve proposal from Innovative Office Solutions for the commons tables at Brandon Valley High School and Robert Bennis Elementary, per the Central Minnesota Educational Research and Development Council (CDERDC) Contract #sdERDCSICO.JP.MN.031424 in the amount of $105,988.34 as presented.
Motion carried.

   Motion by Saxer, seconded by Talcott to approve the following Personnel items:
1.   Approve seven (7) K-8 Reading Interventionists for the 2021-22 school year, utilizing the 2021-22 Title I Hiring Schedule.
2.   Approve recommendation to hire Sandy McIlravy, Inspiration Elementary Administrative Assistant, full-time, $17.00/hour, effective on or around August 2, 2021.
3.   Approve recommendation to hire Jana Koch, VSE First Grade Teacher, BA Step 10 ~ $50,125.00, effective for the 2021-22 school year.  
4.   Approve resignation of Sara Gillis, Gifted Education Teacher/BVMS English Language Arts Teacher, effective at the end of the 2020-21 school year.
5.   Approve recommendation to hire Cassie Nack, VSE Combination Classroom Teacher, BA Step 5 ~ $48,349.00, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
6.   Approve assignment of Matt Christensen, Assistant BVMS Track & Field Coach, one-year position, 6% of Extra-curricular Step Base ~ $2,441.00. for the current (2020-21) school year.
7.   Approve recommendation to hire Christine Halvorson, Inspiration Elementary English Language Teacher, BA+15 Step 5 ~ $48,685.00, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
8.   Approve recommendation to hire Amanda Dedula, ECH Speech Language Pathologist, MA Step 1 ~ $47,682.00, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
9.   Approve recommendation to hire Jill Berry, Speech Language Pathologist – Extended School Year, $25/hour,   effective June 1, 2021.
10. Approve recommendation to hire Jill Berry, Inspiration Elementary Speech Language Pathologist, MA Step 10 ~ $50,905.00, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
11. Approve recommendation to hire Sherry Swift, RBE Educational Assistant, full-time, $15.90/hour, effective August 25, 2021.
12. Approve resignation from Lydia Morales, BE Evening Custodian, effective April 1, 2021.
13. Approve assignment of Brianna Postma, Head Girls Golf Coach, one-year position, 12.5% of Extra-curricular Step Base ~ $5,086.00, effective for the current (2020-21) school year.
14. Approve assignment of Jeff Lockner, Assistant Girls’ Golf Coach, one-year position, 6.5% of Extra-curricular Step 8 ~ $2,820.00, effective for the current (2020-21) school year.
15. Approve recommendation to hire Allison Miller, BVMS American Sign Language Interpreter, full-time, $27.00/hour, effective August 25, 2021.
16. Approve recommendation to hire Stacey Bruce, Business Office Administrative Assistant, full-time, 12-month position, $17.00/hour, effective July 1, 2021.
17. Approve recommendation to hire Anna Stambach, BVMS Special Education Teacher, MA Step 1 ~ $47,682.00, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
18. Approve recommendation to hire John Flint, Inspiration Elementary 4th Grade Teacher, BA Step 7 ~ $49,031.00, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
19. Approve resignation from Alaina Cuka, BVHS English Teacher, effective at the end of the 2020-21 school year.
20. Approve intermittent leave of absence by Paula Huber, RBE Kindergarten Teacher, on or around April 8, 2021 through May 21, 2021.
21. Approve recommendation or hire Jason Scheitler, BVMS Special Education Teacher, BA+15 Step 10 ~ $50,504.00, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
22. Approve recommendation to hire Breanna Zobel, BVIS Special Education Teacher, BA Step Base ~ $46,754.00, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
23. Approve recommendation to hire Kristen Ondricek, RBE Third Grade Teacher, BA Step 2 ~ $47,361.00, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
24. Approve recommendation to hire Lindsey Hale, BE Second Grade Teacher, BA Step Base ~ $46,754.00, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
25. Approve recommendation to hire Allison Pravecek, BE Third Grade Teacher, BA Step 1 ~ $47,054.00, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
26. Approve recommendation to hire Peyton Heitkamp, BE First Grade Teacher, BA Step Base ~ $46,754.00, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
27. Approve recommendation to hire Adam Else, BE Second Grade Teacher, BA Step 1 ~ $47,054.00, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
28. Approve recommendation to hire Abbie Strasser, BE Kindergarten Teacher, BA Step Base ~ $46,754.00, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
29. Approve recommendation to hire Madysne Smith, BE Kindergarten Teacher, BA Step Base ~ $46,754.00, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
30. Approve recommendation to hire Whitney Robinson, Elementary Guidance Counselor (.5 FTE) Valley Springs and (.5 FTE) Inspiration Elementary, MA Step 1 ~ $47,682.00, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
31. Approve recommendation of hire Shaylee Rolfes, BVIS part-time Child Nutrition Worker, $13.95/hour, effective April 26, 2021.
32. Approve recommendation to hire additional Assistant Boy’s/Girl’s Track & Field Coach for the Field Events of Discus, Shot Put, and Javelin, beginning with the (current) 2020-21 school year.
33. Approve assignment of Joe Krivarchka, Assistant Boy’s/Girl’s Track & Field Coach – Discus, Shot Put, and Javelin, 8.5% of Extra-curricular Step Base ~ $3,459.00, effective with the 2020-21 school year.
34. Approve recommendation to hire Emily Antonen, BVIS Orchestra (5th/6th Grade), MA Step 5 ~ $49,031.00, and Elementary Orchestra (4th Grade), 1.0% of Extra-curricular Step 5 ~ $423.00, total contract of $49,454.00, effective with the 2021-22 school year.
(Information Only):
35. Request for maternity leave by Kayla Richard, Inspiration Elementary School, Second Grade Teacher, effective on or around July 12, 2021, for nine weeks.

36.Transfer Amy Baier from FAE Educational Assistant to Inspiration Elementary Educational Assistant, effective     for the 2021-22 school year.

37. 
Transfer Heather Swenson from VSE COVID Educational Assistant to Inspiration Elementary Library Educational Assistant, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
38. 
Transfer Mary Erickson, Elementary Librarian from FAE (.4 FTE), BE (.4 FTE), and VSE (.2 FTE) to RBE (.2 FTE, FAE (.2 FTE), Inspiration Elementary (.2 FTE), VSE (.1 FTE), and BVHS (.1 FTE), effective for the 2021-22 school year.
39. 
Transfer April Peterson from FAE Speech Language Pathologist to FAE (.75 FTE), and RBE (.25 FTE) Speech Language Pathologist, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
|40. 
Transfer Noel Sunne from FAE Fourth Grade Teacher to RBE Fourth Grade Teacher, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
41. 
Transfer Alexis Lewis from BE First Grade Teacher to BE Kindergarten Teacher, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
42. 
Transfer Erin Visser from BE First Grade Teacher to BE Jr. Kindergarten Teacher, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
43. 
Transfer Cassie Pearson from BE Second Grade Teacher to BE First Grade Teacher, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
44. 
Transfer Theresa Doss from BVHS Educational Assistant (.5 FTE) to BVHS Study Hall Educational Assistant (1.0 FTE), effective for the 2021-22 school year.
45. 
Transfer Molly McFarland Library Educational Assistant from BVHS (.5 FTE), BE (.25 FTE), and FAE (.25 FTE), to BVHS Educational Assistant (1.0 FTE), effective for the 2021-22 school year.
46. 
Transfer Barb Sperlich from BE Educational Assistant to BE Library Educational Assistant, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
47. 
Transfer D’Lisa McKenzie from BVHS COVID Educational Assistant to BVIS Educational Assistant, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
Motion carried.

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

1.  Building permit applications – March 2021.

 

Motion by Saxer, seconded by Ode to go into Executive Session at 7:02 p.m. per SDCL 1-25-2(4)~ Superintendent Contract Negotiations.  Motion Carried.

The Board of Education came out of Executive Session and into Open Session at 7:48 p.m.  Motion by Saxer, seconded by Talcott to approve the following Superintendent contact negotiations as follows:
        -          
6% Salary Increase
        -          
One-time wage/salary enhancement of $1,500 to be paid with the November 2021 payroll
        -          
All other contractual components remain in effect
  Motion carried.

Motion by Saxer, seconded by Scott to adjourn at meeting at 7:50 p.m.  Motion carried.


Signed ___________________________________
                              Business Manager

 
Approved by the Board of Education this 10th day of May 2021                                        

Signed___________________________________
                                 Chairperson
 

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March 22, 2021

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 22nd of March, 2021 at the Brandon Valley High School Community Room with the following members present:  Renee Ullom, Gregg Ode, Ellie Saxer, and Nick Scott.  Absent: Gregg Talcott.  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, 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, 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 Saxer, seconded by Scott to approve the agenda as revised, adding one additional Personnel Item, resignation of BVHS Boys Basketball coach Brent Deckert. Motion carried.

      Administrative reports were presented.  Superintendent Jarod Larson outlined the Inspiration 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 continues, with a majority of the teaching staff hiring (regular and special education) complete.  All encore staffing will be provided through other building staff while the Classified staff assignments/hiring is in progress.

      The 2021-22 Budget process has begun with budget forms/documents distributed early January, 2021.  The Business Office is currently compiling and reviewing the completed budget requests.  In February 2021, the 5-year plan was presented, and at the March 8, 2021 regular Board of Education meeting, the preliminary Capital Outlay budget was presented and approved 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.
      Dr. Jarod Larson reviewed the updated COVID-19 Pandemic Response Plan.  The CDC/SD DOH Close Contact Quarantine Update protocols include two alternative timelines for 7-day and 10-day quarantine that both require specific criteria.  Quarters 3 and 4 COVID-19 restrictions remain the same as Quarters 1 and 2 of this same school year; Summer Facility Use COVID-19 restrictions will be announced after administrative evaluation (in-progress).       Superintendent Evaluation process underway 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).
      Tentative 2021-22 negotiations timeline/wage recommendations has begun with a pre-negotiation meeting between the BVSD Administration and the Brandon Valley Education Association (BVEA) recently held on March 10, 2021.  The Personnel Welfare and BVEA plan to meet on March 24, 2021.  Tentatively, at the April 12, 2021 Board of Education regular meeting we will plan to ratify the 2021-22 Master Contract, approve Classified wage recommendation/approve Administration Salary recommendations, and enter Superintendent contract negotiations.
      Brandon Valley High School addition priorities have been reviewed and discussed as follows:
      -   General Classrooms, Ground Floor Special Education, Science Lab Classrooms, Maximize Land Usage/ Upgrade East Facility Face, Minimize Impact to parking.
      The tentative BVHS Addition timeline is as follows:
      -   Preliminary planning in-progress:  Preliminary planning with the Building and Grounds Board Committee, Central Office Administration and BVHS Administration
      -   Fall 2021 – Information sharing as follows:  Community with Board of Education, Administrative Council, Teacher Liaison Council, Classified Council, and the Brandon Valley High School Staff
      -   January 2022 – Bid the project
      -   Spring/Summer 2022 – BVHS Additional begins
      -   2022-2023 School year – Construction in-progress
      -   Fall 2023 – Addition opens


      The 2021 Summer Lunch Program has been approved for June and July of 2021.  The format will be “Grab & Go” on Tuesdays (5 breakfasts/lunches provided every Tuesday) from June 1 – July 27, 2021 with location(s) and time(s) to be announced.  There will be lunch provided on-site for EL Summer School and Boys & Girls Club summer programs.
      Current School Calendar items include the following:  Thursday, April 1, 2021-two-hour early dismissal; Friday, April 2, 2021-no school (spring break); and Monday, April 3, 2021-no school (spring break).

      Superintendent Jarod Larson presented a 2020-21 academic calendar modification at tonight meeting.  With three (3) school days cancelled due to weather, school was in-session on the previously scheduled “snow day” of Thursday, March 19, 2021.  Dr. Larson’s recommendation is no change to the last day of school (May 19, 2021) for students; change Thursday, May 20, 2021 to a teacher in-service day; and schedule Friday, May 21, 2021 to a teacher workshop day (extra paid day).   Motion by Scott, seconded by Ode to approve the 2020-21 academic calendar modification as presented.  Motion carried.

      Motion by Ode, seconded by Scott to approve the Administrative recommendation for the 2021 Official Election Ballot for the Associated School Boards of South Dakota (ASBSD) contested election for Southeast Region Board of Director (700-1,399 enrollments) for Tom Farrell of Madison Central School District.  Motion carried.

      Motion by Saxer, seconded by Scott to approve the following General Business items:
1.   Approve Memorandum of Understanding by and between the Brandon Valley High School and the South       Dakota Board of Regents for transferrable university courses, effective August 1, 2021 through July 31, 2025       as presented.
2.   Approve standard form of agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District #49-2 and       Architecture Incorporated for the Brandon Valley High School Additional project, as presented.
3.   Approve request to purchase two new school buses (2022 Blue Bird T3FE All American Type D Bus) from the       Sourcewell Contract, for a total amount of $239,410.00 ($119,705.00 each) for the 2021-22 school year.
Motion carried.

      Superintendent Jarod Larson reviewed the request for additional General Fund staffing for the 2021-22 school year as follows:
      General Fund staffing requests:
          
1.0 FTE Robert Bennis Elementary 4th Grade Teacher
           1.0 FTE Inspiration Elementary 4th Grade Teacher
           1.0 FTE K-12 Health/Physical Education Teacher
      Motion by Saxer, seconded by Ode to approve the 2021-22 General Fund Additional Staffing request of $195,000 as presented (note:  total 2021-22 General Fund staffing request current total is $1,544,500).  Motion carried.

      Motion by Saxer, seconded by Scott to approve the following Personnel items:
1.   Accept resignation from Kimberly Moots, BE Kindergarten Teacher, effective at the end of the 2020-21 school       year.
2.   Approve recommendation to hire Emily Gacke, BE part-time Child Nutrition, $13.95/hour, effective April 15,       2021.
3.   Approve recommendation to hire Alison Fenske, Registered Dietitian, full-time $42,000/annual salary, effective         June 1, 2021.
4.   Approve recommendation to hire Jennifer Funke, BVMS Computer Teacher, MA ~ Step 6, $49,390.00 for the       2021-22 school year, based on the 2020-21 hiring schedule.
5.   Approve recommendation to hire Amanda Larson, Fred Assam/Inspiration Elementary long-term substitute       School Nurse $125/day (first 15 days), $150 day (16+ days), no benefits, effective the 2021-22 school year.
6.   Approve recommendation to hire Mitze Moore, BVHS Dean of Students, $70,000, 204-day contract, one-year       contract period, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
7.   Accept resignation from Brent Deckert as the Head BVHS Boys Basketball Coach, effective at the end of the       2020-21 school year.
8.   Approve recommendation to hire the following substitutes for the 2020-21 school year:  Mariah Aker, Peyton       Heitkamp, Megan Krivarchka, Ashley Schwarz, and Kristi Tomic.
Motion carried.

      The following personnel items were presented to the Board of Education as information only:
1.   Transfer Erica Karl from BE 1st Kindergarten Teacher to VSE Kindergarten Teacher, effective for the 2021-22 school year.

2.    Transfer Judy Tschetter from RBE Educational Assistant to RBE Library Educational Assistant, effective for the 2021-22 school year.

3.    Transfer Emily Harris, from RBE Junior Kindergarten Teacher to RBE First Grade Teacher, effective for the 2021-22 school year.

4.    Transfer Chelsea Kroger from FAE Kindergarten Teacher to FAE newly added FAE Kindergarten section,  effective for the 2021-22 school year.

5.    Transfer Kim Becker from FAE Kindergarten Teacher to FAE Second Grade Teacher, effective for the 2021-22 school year.

6.    Transfer Mary Gile from FAE Computer Teacher to BVIS/BVHS Computer Teacher, effective for the 2021-22 school year.

7.    Transfer Matt Gappa from BE Third Grade Teacher to BE Computer Teacher, effective for the 2021-22 school year.

8.    Transfer Morgan Bobzien from FAE Second Grade Teacher to RBE Computer Teacher, effective for the 2021-22 school year.

9.    Transfer Lilian Keough from FAE English Language (EL) Teacher to BE English Language (EL) Teacher, effective for the 2021-22 school year.

10.  Transfer Kim Skibsted from K-6 STEM/Technology Integrationist to BVMS ELA Teacher, effective for the 2021-22 school year.

11.  Transfer Dawn Leenderts from FAE Special Education Teacher to Inspiration Elementary Special Education Teacher, effective for the 2021-22 school year.

12.  Transfer Jennifer Chicoine from VSE Special Education Teacher to Inspiration Elementary Special Education Teacher (.5 FTE) and VSE Special Education Teacher (.5 FTE), effective for the 2021-22 school year.

 

     Board reports were presented.  Ellie Saxer reported on the City Affairs & Legislation Committee.  Senate Bill 177 continues to be a primary legislative focus after the recent passing of this Bill.  She, along with others, continue to field many questions regarding this bill and also are working with the Associated School Boards of South Dakota (ASBSD) in information gathering on how to progress forward.

Motion by Saxer, seconded by Ode to go into Executive Session at 6:47 p.m. per SDCL 1-25-2.4 ~ Teacher Contract Negotiation Preparations.  Motion Carried.

The Board of Education came out of Executive Session and into Open Session at 7:08 p.m.

Motion by Saxer, seconded by Scott to adjourn at meeting at 7:09 p.m.  Motion carried.

 Signed ___________________________________
                                  Business Manager

  Approved by the Board of Education this 12th day of April 2021                                          

   Signed___________________________________
                                  Chairperson
 

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March 8, 2021

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 8th of March, 2021 at the Brandon Valley High School Community Room with the following members present:  Renee Ullom, Gregg Ode, Ellie Saxer, Gregg Talcott (via phone), and Nick Scott.  Absent: None.  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 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 Scott, seconded by Ode to approve the agenda as presented. Motion carried.

      Motion by Ode, seconded by Scott to approve the meeting minutes from the Regular Meetings of February 8, 2021 and February 22, 2021, 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 February 2021 showed receipts of $3,666,506.41, and disbursements of $4,083,376.10 leaving a balance of $18,416,853.51.  The General Fund had receipts of $3,162,970.03, received a Temporary Interfund Transfer of $46,076.94 from the Bond Fund, with disbursements of $2,606,238.73, leaving a balance of $6,942,749.78.  Capital Outlay Fund had receipts of $104,076.61, with disbursements of $66,845.46, leaving a balance of $3,841,003.05.  Special Education Fund had receipts of $292,557.83, with disbursements of $553,349.48, leaving a balance of $754,83.62.  Bond Redemption Fund had receipts of $46,076.94, sent a Temporary Interfund Transfer of $46,076.94 to the General Fund, with disbursements of $0.00, leaving a balance of $0.00.  The Enterprise Fund had receipts of $60,845.00, with disbursements of $3,811.88, leaving a balance of $73,963.87.  The Capital Projects Fund had receipts of $0.00, and disbursements of $853,130.55, leaving a balance of $6,804,323.19. 

      The February 2021 payroll totaled $2,121,954.61 of which $1,092,806.61 was instructional, $516,821.08 was support services, $39,083.82 was co-curricular, $374,299.32 was Special Education, $98,743.92 was Food Service, and $200.00 was Driver’s Education.

      Motion by Saxer, seconded by Scott to approve the financial reports for the month of February 2021 as presented.  Motion carried.

           
Administrative reports were presented.  Superintendent Jarod Larson outlined the Inspiration 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 (interview, selection, administrative review); January – Internal transfers (classroom instructors) processed; encore, special education and classified processed in March; March 8, 2021 – approve new school district positions.
      The 2021-22 Budget process has begun 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, and 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 reviewed the updated COVID-19 Pandemic Response Plan.  The CDC/SD DOH Close Contact Quarantine Update protocols include two alternative timelines for 7-day and 10-day quarantine that both require specific criteria.  Quarters 3 and 4 COVID-19 restrictions remain the same as Quarters 1 and 2 of this same school year; Summer Facility Use COVID-19 restrictions will be announced after administrative evaluation (in-progress).   School staff is able to schedule their COVID-19 Vaccinations at this time and information has been emailed to all school employees.  

Kindergarten screening registration is open.  Contact your respective elementary school for more information on how to register your student.
      A School Board Election for two (2), three-year (3-year) seats will be held on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 (if necessary).  The earliest date to circulate a petition is April 6, 2021; the deadline for return of petitions is May 7, 2021 (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.
      Superintendent Evaluation process underway 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).
      Tentative 2021-22 negotiations timeline/wage recommendations will begin with a pre-negotiation meeting between the BVSD Admin and the Brandon Valley Education Association (BVEA) on March 10, 2021.  The Personnel Welfare and BVEA plan to meet on March 24, 2021.  Tentatively, at the April 12, 2021 Board of Education regular meeting we will plan to ratify the 2021-22 Master Contract, approve Classified wage recommendation/approve Administration Salary recommendations, and enter Superintendent contract negotiations.
      Legislative Session Update:  Senate Bill 177, which included an option to revise the provisions of parental choice regarding compulsory school attendance and matters ancillary thereto has passed.  We are coming up on the last week of session with March 29th being VETO day.  The Associated School Boards of South Dakota (ASBSD) and School Administrators of South Dakota (SASD) continue to be a great source of current information and resources during this Legislative Session.
      Current School Calendar items include the following:  Monday, March 15, 2021-Elementary/BVHS Parent-Teacher Conferences; Tuesday, March 16, 2021-Intermediate/Middle School Parent-Teacher Conferences (all conferences will be held virtually); Thursday, March 18, 2021-SCHOOL IN SESSION (make up snow day); Friday, March 19, 2021-No school (comp day), Thursday, April 1, 2021-two-hour early dismissal; Friday, April 2, 2021-no school (spring break); and Monday, April 3, 2021-no school (spring break).

      Brandon Valley High School Principal Mark Schlekeway spoke on a few items.  First, BVHS Speaking Lynx had six students (the most ever) to qualify for Nationals to be held this June!  Congrats to Advisor Gina Koehn and her qualifiers!  The end of the 3rd quarter is Friday, March 12th and the Spring Musical, The Sound of Music, will be held in the BVHS Performing Arts Center Thursday-Sunday, April 8-11. 2021.  Junior/Senior Prom (with COVID-19 protocols in the works) will be held April 17th with a live-stream grand march scheduled to limit exposure but share the experience.  Sunday, May 16, 2021, an in-person graduation is scheduled to be held at 2 p.m. with more information to follow on protocols for this event.

      Brandon Valley Middle School Principal Brad Thorson discussed the BVMS “Coffee Bean Day” activities from making key chains to art projects that were shared District-wide.  Thorson also reported that class scheduling for the 2021-22 school year is underway.

      Activities Director Randy Marso congratulated the 2020-21 BV Wrestling Team having been crowned Conference, Regional, and State Champions.  They have had a phenomenal year and we look forward to many more successful years in the future.  Marso also reported that Brandon Valley recently hosted the Powerlifting State event.  Both the Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball teams have qualified for their state tournaments:  Girls tournament will take place in Sioux Falls Boys will take place in Rapid City.  Congratulations to all and GO LYNX!

      Superintendent Jarod Larson reviewed the 2021-22 Capital Outlay Preliminary Budget Summary.  Motion by Ode, seconded by Talcott to approve the Preliminary Capital Outlay Budget ($6,725,000) as presented.  Motion carried.

      Approve Board Member appointments to the area Equalization Boards.  Meeting dates and times as listed:
           °  Brandon, Tuesday, March 16, 2021, 6:00 p.m. at the Council Chambers – Ellie Saxer
           °  Splitrock Township, Monday, March 15, 2021, 7:00 p.m. at Splitrock Township Fire Dept.- Gregg Ode
           °  Valley Springs, Monday, March 15, 2021, 6:00 p.m. at Valley Springs Library Office – Renee Ullom
           °  Sioux Falls, Tuesday, March 16, 2021 (time to be determined), Minnehaha Admin Building -Gregg Talcott
           °  Sioux Falls, Wednesday, March 17, 2021 (time to be determined), Minnehaha County Admin Building - Board member yet to be determined.
      Motion by Saxer, seconded by Scott to approve appointments to attend area equalization board meetings as presented.  Motion carried.     

Superintendent Jarod Larson reviewed the following new positions for the 2021-22 school year as follows:
      General Fund staffing requests:
            
.5 FTE Inspiration Elementary School Principal
           4.0 FTE Inspiration Elementary School Teachers
           1.0 FTE Inspiration Elementary EL Teacher
           1.0 FTE Inspiration/Valley Springs School Counselor
           1.0 FTE Inspiration Elementary Library Educational Assistant
           1.0 FTE Inspiration Elementary Educational Assistant
           1.0 FTE Inspiration Elementary Administrative Assistant
           3.0 FTE Inspiration Elementary Custodians
           1.0 FTE Brandon Valley HS Dean of Students
           1.0 FTE Brandon Valley HS Social Studies Teacher
           1.0 FTE Brandon Valley HS Study Hall Educational Assistant
           1.0 FTE Brandon Valley Intermediate School Educational Assistant
           1.0 FTE Brandon Elementary 3rd Grade Teacher
           1.0 FTE Brandon Elementary Library Educational Assistant
           1.0 FTE Brandon Elementary Custodian
           1.0 FTE Robert Bennis Elementary 3rd Grade Teacher
           1.0 FTE Robert Bennis Elementary Library Educational Assistant
           1.0 FTE Fred Assam Elementary Library Educational Assistant
           1.0 FTE District Assistant Technology Coordinator
           1.0 FTE Transportation Administrative Assistant
           1.0 FTE Business Office Administrative Assistant
                        Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) Extra Duty (5.5% Extracurricular Hiring Schedule)
                        Art Club Advisor Extra Duty (4.5% Extracurricular Hiring Schedule)
           1.0 FTE (Transfer) Inspiration/Valley Springs Elementary Reading Specialist (from RBE Librarian position)

      Motion by Talcott, seconded by Scott to approve the 2021-22 General Fund Additional Staffing request of $1,349,500 as presented.  Motion carried.

      Superintendent Jarod Larson reviewed the following new positions for the 2021-22 school year as follows:
      Special Education Fund staffing requests:
          
3.0 FTE Special Education Teachers (Elementary, Intermediate, Middle)
           2.0 FTE Special Education Educational Assistants (site(s) to be determined)
           1.0 FTE Speech Language Pathologist
                        Physical Therapist: $15,000 (contracted with Teachwell)
                        Occupational Therapist: $35,000 (contracted with Teachwell)

      Motion by Saxer, seconded by Ode to approve the 2021-22 Special Education staffing increase request of $380,500 as presented.  Motion carried.

      Superintendent Jarod Larson reviewed the following new positions for the 2021-22 school year as follows:      CARES II Act Fund staffing requests:
           2.0 FTE Distance Learning Teachers (K-4th Grade)
           5.0 FTE COVID Educational Assistants (site(s) to be determined)
                       Distance Learning Coordinator: $4,600
                       Fred Assam Elementary/Inspiration Elementary Long-term Nurse Substitute: $21,000

      Motion by Scott, seconded by Saxer to approve the 2021-22 CARES II Act Funding Staffing increase request of $336,600 as presented.  Motion carried.

      Motion by Saxer, seconded by Talcott to approve the following Personnel items:
1.   Approve resignation of Jennifer Simmons, BVMS Science Teacher, effective at the end of the 2020-21 school       year.
2.   Approve recommendation to Jeff O’Connell, Assistant HS Track and Field Coach, one-year position, 8.5% of       Extra-curricular Step 4 ~ 3,565.00, effective immediately.
3.   Approve resignation from Kathleen Michel, BVIS Night Custodian, effective February 26, 2021.
4.   Approve recommendation to hire Jordan Paula, BVHS Associate Principal, $85,000, 219 contract days,       beginning August 2, 2021, effective for the 2021-22 school.
5.   Approve resignation of Calvin Lipetzky, BVMS Band Teacher and Assistant Marching Band Director, effective       at the end of the 2020-21 school year.
6.   Approve resignation of Kendra Westhoff, BE 2nd Grade Teacher, effective at the end of the 2020-21 school       year.
7.   Approve resignation of Andrea Lahrs, BVMS English Language Arts Teacher, effective at the end of the 2020-      21 school year.
8.   Approve recommendation for usage of School Bus Aid(s) to monitor and support student behavior at ½ route       pay ($26.20), effective the 2020-21 school year as presented.
9.   Approve recommendation to hire the following substitutes for the 2020-21 school year:  Rhonda Gross, Kris       Sellers, and Amber Timmerman.
Motion carried.

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

1.    Transfer Jena Storm from RBE 1st Grade Teacher to RBE 4th Grade Teacher, effective for the 2021-22 school year.

2.    Transfer Jodi Ackerman, Music/Chorus Teacher from VSE (.2 FTE) to Inspiration Elementary (.2 FTE), remaining at BVIS and BVMS, effective for the 2021-22 school year.

3.    Transfer Juli Brummels, Physical Education Teacher, from FAE (1.0 FTE) to Inspiration Elementary (.2 FTE), and Fred Assam Elementary (.8 FTE), effective for the 2021-22 school year.

4.    Transfer Jordan Heeren, Art Teacher, from Fred Assam Elementary (1.0 FTE) to Inspiration Elementary (.4 FTE) and Fred Assam Elementary (.6 FTE), effective for the 2021-22 school year.

5.    Transfer Pamela Klenner from RBE Librarian to Reading Specialist at Valley Springs Elementary (.5 FTE) and Inspiration Elementary (.5 FTE), effective for the 2021-22 school year.

6.    Transfer April Verburg, Music Teacher, from Fred Assam Elementary (1.0 FTE) to Inspiration Elementary (.2 FTE) and Fred Assam Elementary (.8 FTE) effective for the 2021-22 school year.

7.    Transfer Erin Rieff, from Brandon Elementary Art Teacher to Brandon Valley Middle School Art Teacher, effective for the 2021-22 school year.

 

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

1.    Building permit applications – February 2021.

2.    Thank you from the family of Wayne Allen for the plant sent in his memory.

 

     Board reports were presented.  Ellie Saxer reported on the City Affairs & Legislation Committee.  She commended the ASBSD’s “bill tracker” tool and recommended anyone with interest in current legislation to get information in this regard using this system.  As of now, all increased funding is still moving forward, however, Saxer emphasized that dropping an email to our legislators is always a good idea to make sure our voices continued to be heard.  Saxer has email addresses for anyone wishing to send legislative emails.

         Senate Bill 177 has passed and with that comes some policy updates that will need to be made in the near future.  Associate School Boards of South Dakota (ASBSD) will be offering some help with that area of change.

 Motion by Saxer, seconded by Ode to go into Executive Session at 7:06 p.m. per SDCL 1-25-2.1 ~ Superintendent Evaluation.  Motion Carried.

 The Board of Education came out of Executive Session and into Open Session at 7:56 p.m.

 Motion by Saxer, seconded by Ode to adjourn at meeting at 7:57 p.m.  Motion carried.

 
    Signed ___________________________________
                                  Business Manager

  Approved by the Board of Education this 12th day of April 2021                                          

   Signed___________________________________
                                  Chairperson
 

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February 22, 2021

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 22nd of February, 2021 at the Brandon Valley High School Community Room with the following members present:  Renee Ullom, Gregg Ode, Ellie Saxer, and Nick Scott.  Absent: Gregg Talcott.  Also present were Superintendent Jarod Larson, Business Manager Paul J. Lundberg, Brandon Valley High School Principal Mark Schlekeway, Brandon Valley High School 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, Valley Springs Elementary Principal Tanya Palmer, Robert Bennis Elementary Principal Kristin Hofkamp, 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 Saxer, seconded by Scott to approve the agenda as presented.  Motion carried.

            Administrative reports were presented.  Superintendent Jarod Larson outlined the Inspiration 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 (interview, selection, administrative review); January – Internal transfers (classroom instructors) processed; encore, special education and classified to be announced at a later date; March 8, 2021 – approve new school district positions.
            The 2021-22 Budget process has begun 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, and 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 reviewed the updated COVID-19 Pandemic Response Plan.  The CDC/SD DOH Close Contact Quarantine Update protocols include two alternative timelines for 7-day and 10-day quarantine that both require specific criteria.  Quarter 3 COVID-19 restrictions remain the same as Quarters 1 and 2 of this same school year; Quarter 4 COVID-19 restrictions will be announced late February.
            Kindergarten screening registration is open.  Contact your respective elementary school for more information on how to register your student.
            A School Board Election for two (2), three-year (3-year) seats will be held on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 (if necessary).  The earliest date to circulate a petition is April 6, 2021; the deadline for return of petitions is May 7, 2021 (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.
            Superintendent Evaluation process 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).
            Tentative 2021-22 negotiations timeline/wage recommendations will begin with a pre-negotiation meeting between the BVSD Admin and the Brandon Valley Education Association (BVEA) on March 10, 2021.  The Personnel Welfare and BVEA plan to meet on March 24, 2021.  Tentatively, at the April 12, 2021 Board of Education regular meeting we will plan to ratify the 2021-22 Master Contract, approve Classified wage recommendation/approve Administration Salary recommendations, and enter Superintendent contract negotiations.
            Legislative Session Update:  Senate Bill 177 is a current topic being discussed, which includes an option to revise the provisions of parental choice regarding compulsory school attendance and matters ancillary thereto.  The Associated School Boards of South Dakota (ASBSD) and School Administrators of South Dakota (SASD) continue to be a great source of current information and resources during this Legislative Session.
            Current School Calendar items include the following:  Monday, March 15, 2021-Elementary/BVHS Parent-Teacher Conferences; Tuesday, March 16, 2021-Intermediate/Middle School Parent-Teacher Conferences (all conferences will be held virtually); Thursday, March 18, 2021-SCHOOL IN SESSION (make up snow day); and Friday, March 19, 2021-No school (comp day).

            Business Manager Paul Lundberg reviewed the Brandon Valley School District’s 2021-26 Five Year Plan.  This plan can be viewed in its entirety at www.brandonvalleyschools.com on the Business Office tab.

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

1.    Approve Membership Agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District and Eastern South Dakota Food Buying Group (ESDFBG), effective for the 2021-22 school year as presented.

2.    Approve contract by and between the Brandon Valley School District and the Sioux Falls School District for forty (40) Brandon Valley student enrollments at the Career & Technical Education Academy (CTE), at a cost of $2,654.00/student, effective February 22, 2021, for three years, as presented.

3.    Approve grant application for a Summer 2022 Ready to Start Program though the United Way in the amount of $20,100, as presented.

Motion carried.

 

           

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

1.    Approve recommendation to hire Sarah Harte, High School Play (Musical) Assistant Director, 5.5% of Extra-Curricular Step Base ~ $ 2,238.00, effective for the 2020-21 school year.

2.    Approve request for leave without pay for Wilma Kirkeby, BVMS Library Educational Assistant, February 26 – March 5, 2021 (six days).

3.    Approve resignation from Sherri Rygh, Elementary and Intermediate School Orchestra Teacher, effective at the end of the 2020-21 school year.

Motion carried.

 

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

1.    Transfer Matt Mueller from Assistant Freshman Football Coach to Head Freshman Football Coach, effective for the 2021-22 school year.

 

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

1.                Thank you from Karel Amend for the plant sent in memory of her son, John Amend.

2.                Thank you from the BVIS staff for support and compensation for increased workload.

3.                Thank your from BVIS staff for staff laptops.


      Board reports were heard.  Board member Ellie Saxer reported on the City Affairs & Legislation Committee.  She attended a recent Associated School Boards of South Dakota (ASBSD) meeting (held virtually) last week.  The Brandon Valley School District was highlighted during this meeting for the recent book involvement throughout the school and community in regard to the “Coffee Bean” book experience. She thanked all involved for making this a highlight in our schools and community alike.  Mrs. Saxer also discussed Senate Bill 177 as it relates to provisions of parental choice regarding compulsory school attendance and stressed the importance of reaching out to our representatives regarding this bill.

 

Motion by Scott, seconded by Ode to adjourn the meeting at 8:22 p.m.  Motion carried.  

Signed ___________________________________
                          Superintendent Clerk Pro tem

Approved by the Board of Education this 8th day of March 2021     

 Signed___________________________________
                                            Chairperson
 

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February 8, 2021

   The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 8th of February, 2021 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, Brandon Valley High School Principal Mark Schlekeway, Brandon Valley High School Assistant Principal Bill Freking, 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, 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 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 January 11, 2021 and January 25, 2021, 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 January 2021 showed receipts of $ 2,341,413.10, and disbursements of $5,247,655.43 leaving a balance of $18,833,723.20.  The General Fund had receipts of $1,877,196.15, sent a Temporary Interfund Transfer of $27,591.06 to the Bond Fund, with disbursements of $2,450,319.29, leaving a balance of $6,339,941.54.  Capital Outlay Fund had receipts of $69,448.50, with disbursements of $1,095,906.53, leaving a balance of $3,803,771.90.  Special Education Fund had receipts of $360,065.76, with disbursements of $616,028.67, leaving a balance of $1,015,625.27.  Bond Redemption Fund had receipts of $34,702.69, received a Temporary Interfund Transfer of $27,591.06 from the General Fund, with disbursements of $62,293.75, leaving a balance of $0.00.  The Enterprise Fund had receipts of $0.00, with disbursements of $0.00, leaving a balance of $16,930.75.  The Capital Projects Fund had receipts of $0.00, and disbursements of $1,023,107.19, leaving a balance of $7,657,453.74. 

      The January 2021 payroll totaled $2,013,716.99 of which $1,085,743.09 was instructional, $523,364.34 was support services, $37,358.92 was co-curricular, $304,367.68 was Special Education, $62,882.96 was Food Service, and $0.00 was Driver’s Education.

      Motion by Saxer, seconded by Ode to approve the financial reports for the month of January, 2021 as presented.  Motion carried.

           
Administrative reports were presented.  Superintendent Jarod Larson outlined the Inspiration 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 (interview, selection, administrative review); January – Internal transfers (classroom instructors) processed; encore, special education and classified to be announced at a later date; March 8, 2021 – approve new school district positions.
      The 2021-22 Budget process has begun 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, and 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 reviewed the updated COVID-19 Pandemic Response Plan.  The CDC/SD DOH Close Contact Quarantine Update protocols include two alternative timelines for 7-day and 10-day quarantine that both require specific criteria.  Quarter 3 COVID-19 restrictions remain the same as Quarters 1 and 2 of this same school year; Quarter 4 COVID-19 restrictions will be announced late February.
      Kindergarten screening registration is open.  Contact your respective elementary school for more information on how to register your student.
      A School Board Election for two (2), three-year (3-year) seats will be held on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 (if necessary).  The earliest date to circulate a petition is April 6, 2021; the deadline for return of petitions is May 7, 2021 (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.
      Superintendent Evaluation process 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).
      Tentative 2021-22 negotiations timeline/wage recommendations will begin with a pre-negotiation meeting between the BVSD Admin and the Brandon Valley Education Association (BVEA) sometime in March.  The Personnel Welfare and BVEA plan to meet on March 24, 2021.  Tentatively, at the April 12, 2021 Board of Education regular meeting we will plan to ratify the 2021-22 Master Contract, approve Classified wage recommendation/approve Administration Salary recommendations, and enter Superintendent contract negotiations.
      Legislative Session Update:  School Administrators of South Dakota (SASD) Legislative event took place last Wednesday, February 3, 2021.  Joint Associated School Boards of South Dakota (ASBSD)/School Administrators of South Dakota (SASD)/Large School Group information resources are available.
      Current School Calendar items include the following: February 12, 2021-No school; Monday, February 15, 2021-No school (President’s Day); Monday, March 15, 2021-Elementary/BVHS Parent-Teacher Conferences; Tuesday, March 16, 2021-Intermediate/Middle School Parent-Teacher Conferences; Thursday, March 18, 2021-SCHOOL IN SESSION (make up snow day); and Friday, March 19, 2021-No school (comp day).

      The week of February 8-11, 2021 has been designated as One District.One Book with the emphasis on the importance of reading.  The School District will also focus on social/emotional learning, coping for our students and staff/student mental health; cross curricular and interdisciplinary units; community connectedness by all participating in reading the book, “The Coffee Bean” written by Jon Gordon and Damon West.  To inspire individuals young and old to create positive change, February 11, 2021 has been proclaimed “The Lynx Way Coffee Bean Day”.  On this day of giving back and creating transformational change, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of beverages and food from Scooter’s Coffee and KingBird Coffee from Brandon will be donating to the Brandon Community Foundation.  Sunshine Foods has also pledged support to the program.  Tune into a community message on Alliance (HD226) Lynx TV the evening of Wednesday, February 10th (airing multiple times: 6 pm, 7 pm, 8 pm, and 9 pm) to learn how to transform your environment, overcome challenges and create positive change.

      In recognition of the dedicated leadership in public education and for improving achievement for all public-school students, the Associated School Board of South Dakota (ASBSD) honors the Brandon Valley School Board President Renee Ullom, Vice President Gregg Ode, and members Ellie Saxer, Gregg Talcott, and Nick Scott during the South Dakota School Board Recognition Week of February 15-19, 2021.  At Brandon Valley, we are thankful for THE best and most dedicated School Board.  Thank you from all of us, you are very appreciated!

      Superintendent Jarod Larson presented the Independent Auditor’s Report for Fiscal Year 2020 as submitted by Quam, Berglin & Post, P.C., Certified Public Accountants.  This is an annual audit of our financial statements.  Thank you to Paul Lundberg, Jim Schobert and Merry Miller and their respective roles in the Business Office, making this another clean audit.  Motion by Talcott, seconded by Saxer to accept the Brandon Valley School District #49-2 Financial Statements and Independent Auditor’s Report ~ June 30, 2020.  Motion carried.

      Motion by Ode, seconded by Saxer to approve the following general business items:
1.   Approve membership agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District and Eastern South Dakota Food Buying Group (ESDFBG), effective for the 2021-22 school year, as presented.
2.   Approve agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District and South Dakota State University (SDSU) Teacher Education Program, effective for the 2021-22 school year as presented.
Motion carried.

      Motion by Saxer, seconded by Scott to approve the following Personnel items:
1.   Approve resignation of Daniel Reed, BVMS Special Education Teacher, effective at the end of the 2020-21 school year.
2.   Approve recommendation to hire Debra Dede, BVHS Full-time Child Nutrition worker, $13.95/hour, effective February 16, 2021.
3.   Approve recommendation to hire Alexis Lewis, Head Girls Soccer Coach, 12.5% of Extra-Curricular Step Base ~ $5,086.00, based on the 2020-21 hiring schedule, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
4.   Approve recommendation to hire Jeff Lockner, Head Boys Golf Coach, 12.5% of Extra-Curricular Step Base ~ $5,086.00, based on the 2020-21 hiring schedule, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
5.   Approve recommendation to hire Mohamed Hashi, Custodial Sub, $12.00/hour, effective February 9, 2021.
6.   Approve request for leave of absence from Melissa Garrow, RBE Nurse, effective January 4, 2021 through the end of the 2020-21 school year, as presented.
7.   Approve recommendation to hire the following substitute for the 2020-21 school year:  Deborah Hepper
Motion carried.

            

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

1.    Transfer Evan Steemken from FAE 4th Grade Teacher to BVIS 5th Grade Science Teacher, effective for the 2021-22 school year.

 

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

1.    Building permit applications – January 2021.

2.    Thank you from Marlet Graue for Retired District Employee Holiday Luncheon gift certificates.

3.    Thank you from Jeanne Lens for Retired District Employee Holiday Luncheon gift certificates.

4.    Thank you from Becky Mohr for Retired District Employee Holiday Luncheon gift certificates.

 

         Board reports were presented.  Ellie Saxer reported on the City Affairs & Legislation Committee.  She commended the ASBSD’s “bill tracker” tool and recommended anyone with interest in current legislation to get information in this regard using this system.  She also stated that she has had some questions regarding the transgender legislature as it relates to sports.  To add some clarity on this issue, she stated that South Dakota is not looking to change any current house bills and plans are to continue to support the current trans-gender bills in place.  Superintendent Larson added that the South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSAA) has an established process to work through in the event that a student is identifying as something other than what is listed on their birth certificate.  This current process is thorough and is working and generally speaking, at this point in time, has not become an issue that we have had problems navigating.  We work with the respective individuals, using the process, and do not infringe upon any one person’s education or activity environment.

         President Ullom reported on a recent Child/Nutrition/Wellness Committee meeting stating that they are working on a few items with the committee and will plan to meet again in April.

 

         Motion by Scott, seconded by Saxer to adjourn the meeting at 6:57 p.m.  Motion carried. 

 
           Signed ___________________________________
                                   Superintendent Clerk Pro tem

        Approved by the Board of Education this 8th day of March 2021                                          

        Signed___________________________________
                                            Chairperson
 

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January 25, 2021

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 25th of January, 2021 at the Brandon Valley High School Community Room with the following members present:  Renee Ullom, Gregg Ode, Ellie Saxer (via phone), 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 High School Assistant Principal Bill Freking, 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 Ode to approve the agenda as presented.  On a roll call vote, the following voted aye:  Talcott, Ode, Saxer, Scott, and Ullom; voting nay:  none.  Motion carried.

            Administrative reports were presented.  Superintendent Jarod Larson outlined the Inspiration 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 (interview, selection, administrative review); January – Internal transfers (classroom instructors) processed; encore, special education and classified to be announced at a later date; February – approve new school district positions.
            The 2021-22 Budget process has begun 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 reviewed the updated COVID-19 Pandemic Response Plan.  The CDC/SD DOH Close Contact Quarantine Update protocols include two alternative timelines for 7-day and 10-day quarantine that both require specific criteria.  Quarter 3 COVID-19 restrictions remain the same as Quarters 1 and 2 of this same school year; Quarter 4 COVID-19 restrictions will be announced late February.
            Kindergarten screening registration is open.  Contact your respective elementary school for more information on how to register your student.
            A School Board Election for two (2), three-year (3-year) seats will be held on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 (if necessary).  The earliest date to circulate a petition is April 6, 2021; the deadline for return of petitions is May 7, 2021 (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.
            Superintendent Evaluation process 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).
            Tentative 2021-22 negotiations timeline/wage recommendations will begin with a pre-negotiation meeting between the BVSD Admin and the Brandon Valley Education Association (BVEA) sometime in March.  The Personnel Welfare and BVEA plan to meet on March 24, 2021.  Tentatively, at the April 12, 2021 Board of Education regular meeting we will plan to ratify the 2021-22 Master Contract, approve Classified wage recommendation/approve Administration Salary recommendations, and enter Superintendent contract negotiations.
            Legislative Session Update:  School Administrators of South Dakota (SASD) Legislative event taking place Wednesday, February 3, 2021.  Joint Associated School Boards of South Dakota (ASBSD)/School Administrators of South Dakota (SASD)/Large School Group Information Resources.
            Current School Calendar items include the following: February 12, 2021-No school; Monday, February 15, 2021-No school (President’s Day); Monday, March 15, 2021-Elementary/BVHS Parent-Teacher Conferences; Tuesday, March 16, 2021-Intermediate/Middle School Parent-Teacher Conferences; Thursday, March 18, 2021-School in session (Make up snow day); and Friday, March 19, 2021-No school (comp day).

            The week of February 8-11, 2021 has been designated as One District.One Book with the emphasis on the importance of reading.  The School District will also focus on social/emotional learning, coping for our students and staff/student mental health; cross curricular and interdisciplinary units; community connectedness by all participating in reading the book, “The Coffee Bean” written by Jon Gordon and Damon West.  “The Lynx Way Coffee Bean Day” is scheduled for February 11, 2021 in the Brandon Valley High School Community Room.

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

1.    Approve the Brandon Valley School District 2021-22 Academic Calendar as presented.

2.    Approve Change Order #3 for Inspiration Elementary School for an additional amount of $6,791.00 as presented.

3.    Approve recommendation to accept low bid from Innovative Office Solutions for Inspiration Elementary Classroom Furnishings in the amount of $441,658.86 as presented.

4.    Approve recommendation to accept Crouch Recreation per Sourcewell Contract #030117-4 for Inspiration Elementary Playground Equipment in the amount of $324,465.00 as presented.

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

 

           

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

1.    Approve resignation of Jacob Shoup, Head Girls Soccer Coach, effective at the end of the 2020-21 school year as presented.

2.    Approve resignation from Rhonda Bachmeier, BVHS evening custodian, effective January 12, 2021.

3.    Approve recommendation to hire Kelli Vellema, long-term substitute for Melissa Garrow, RBE nurse, effective January 25, 2021 through May 19, 2021.

4.    Approve recommendation to hire Sherry Swift, long-term substitute for Kelli Vellema, RBE Educational Assistant, effective on January 25 through May 19, 2021, $12/hour first 15 days; $12.25/hour day 16 and beyond.

5.    Approve resignation from Brent Becker, Assistant High School Softball Coach, effective at the end of the 2020-21 school year as presented.

6.    Approve resignation from Penny Bennett, Concessions Manager, effective at the end of the 220-21 schoolyear.

7.    Approve lane change request for the following staff:  Sara Stone, MA+15 to MA+30.

8.    Approve recommendation to hire the following substitutes for the 2020-21 school year:  Douglas Barnes, Payton Livingston, and Genice Rodne.

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

 

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

1.    Transfer Katherine Lane from Distance Learning Fourth Grade Teacher to Brandon Elementary Fourth Grade Teacher, effective for the 2021-22 school year.

2.    Transfer Alexis Lewis from Distance Learning Kindergarten Teacher to Brandon Elementary First Grade Teacher, effective for the 2021-22 school year.

3.    Transfer Debra Jones from Fred Assam Third Grade Teacher to Valley Springs Elementary Third Grade Teacher, effective for the 2021-22 school year.

 

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

1.                Thank you from Larry and Ann Beesley for the holiday treat.

2.                Thank you from Annette Peterson for the gift certificate for the BV Retiree’s Christmas Party.

3.    Thank you from FAE Staff for the new laptops.


      Board reports were heard.  School Board President Renee Ullom reported on Alternative Education and a recent meeting she attended. 
           

Motion by Talcott, seconded by Scott to adjourn the meeting at 6:50 p.m.  On a roll call vote, the following voted aye:   Talcott, Scott, Ode, Saxer, Ullom; voting nay:  none.  Motion carried. 

 Signed ___________________________________
                              Business Manager

 

Approved by the Board of Education this 8th day of February 2021

Signed___________________________________
                            Chairperson
 

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January 11, 2021

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 11th of January, 2021 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 High School Assistant Principal Bill Freking, Activities Director Randy Marso, Brandon Valley Middle School Principal Brad Thorson, Brandon Valley Intermediate School Principal Nick Skibsted, Brandon Valley Intermediate Assistant Principal Rick Pearson, 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 Scott to approve the agenda as amended, adding Personnel Item #16 - an additional transportation substitute – Kenneth Schmitt.  Motion carried.

            Motion by Saxer, seconded by Ode to approve the meeting minutes from the Special Meeting of December 9, 2020 and the Regular Meeting of December 14, 2020 as presented.  Motion carried.

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

            The cash report for the month of December 2020 showed receipts of $5,940,010.94, investment income of $125,656.44 and disbursements of $5,862,444.51 leaving a balance of $21,739,965.53.  The General Fund had receipts of $3,464,174.65, sent a Temporary Interfund Transfer of $605,790.48 to the Bond Fund, with disbursements of $2,828,593.68, leaving a balance of $6,940,655.74.  Capital Outlay Fund had receipts of $1,637,038.38, with disbursements of $112,144.63, leaving a balance of $4,830,229.93.  Special Education Fund had receipts of $621,747.96, with disbursements of $524,637.63, leaving a balance of $1,271,588.18.  Bond Redemption Fund had receipts of $217,049.95, received a Temporary Interfund Transfer of $605,790.48 from the General Fund, with disbursements of $1,465,750.00, leaving a balance of $0.00.  The Enterprise Fund had receipts of $0.00, with disbursements of $4,264.17, leaving a balance of $16,930.75.  The Capital Projects Fund had receipts of $0.00, investment income of $125,656.44 and disbursements of $927,054.40, leaving a balance of $8,680,560.93. 

            The December 2020 payroll totaled $2,209,149.22 of which $1,094,777.17 was instructional, $640,821.83 was support services, $34,620.15 was co-curricular, $343,861.51 was Special Education, $91,526.06 was Food Service, and $3,542.50 was Driver’s Education.

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

                       
Administrative reports were presented.  Superintendent Jarod Larson outlined the Inspiration 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 (interview, selection, administrative review); January – Internal transfers (classroom instructors) processed; encore, special education and classified to be announced at a later date; 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.
            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 being held on tonight’s agenda) and Monday, January 25, 2021 (potential approval action).
            The week of February 8-11, 2021 has been designated as One District.One Book with the emphasis on the importance of reading.  The School District will also focus on social/emotional learning, coping for our students and staff/student mental health; cross curricular and interdisciplinary units; community connectedness by all participating in reading the book, “The Coffee Bean” written by Jon Gordon and Damon West.
            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 CDC/SD DOH Close Contact Quarantine Update protocols include two alternative timelines for 7-day and 10-day quarantine that both require specific criteria.  Quarter 3 COVID-19 restrictions remain the same as Quarters 1 and 2 of this same school year.
            Kindergarten screening registration is open.  Contact your respective elementary school for more information on how to register your student.
            A School Board Election for two (2), three-year (3-year) seats will be held on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 (if necessary).  The earliest date to circulate a petition is April 6, 2021; the deadline for return of petitions is May 7, 2021 (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.
            Superintendent Evaluation process 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).
            Tentative 2021-22 negotiations timeline/wage recommendations will begin with a pre-negotiation meeting between the BVSD Admin and the Brandon Valley Education Association (BVEA) sometime in March.  The Personnel Welfare and BVEA plan to meet on March 24, 2021.  Tentatively, at the April 12, 2021 Board of Education regular meeting we will plan to ratify the 2021-22 Master Contract, approve Classified wage recommendation/approve Administration Salary recommendations, and enter Superintendent contract negotiations.
            Current School Calendar items include the following: Monday, January 18, 2021-No school (Workshop/In-service); Friday, February 12, 2021-No school; Monday, February 15, 2021-No school (President’s Day); Monday, March 15, 2021-Elementary/BVHS Parent-Teacher Conferences; Tuesday, March 16, 2021-Intermediate/Middle School Parent-Teacher Conferences; Thursday, March 18, 2021-No school (snow day); and Friday, March 19, 2021-No school (comp day).

            Business Manager Paul Lundberg reviewed the paid leave entitlements as outlined in the Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).  COVID-19 absences through December 31, 2020 included 226 Staff members that have participated in the ten additional sick days available.   These 226 staff members utilized 1,183 days for a total of $268,851 in payroll costs.  We are required to keep track of this information for W-2 processing and plans are to use some of our COVID-19 relief funds to cover this cost.  Superintendent Larson also noted that we have previous CARES1 Funds, CRF Funds, and CARES2 Funds that can help with this expenditure.

            Superintendent Jarod Larson reported on the proposed 2021-22 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 18, 2021 as new staff in-service, August 19, 2021 with all staff returning.  Wednesday, August 25, 2021 is the scheduled first day of classes and Wednesday, May 25, 2022 as the last day of classes for all BV students.  Brandon Valley High School graduation is schedule for Sunday, May 15, 2022.  This calendar will be presented for adoption at the January 25, 2021 regular Board of Education meeting.

            Superintendent Jarod Larson presented a School Board Resolution authorizing the extension of the paid leave entitlements as outlined in the Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).  Larson noted that federal funds for the purpose of responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic will be utilized to offset the cost of extending the benefit(s).  Motion by Talcott, seconded by Saxer to approve the Administrative Recommendation to authorize the extension of the paid leave entitlements outline in the FFCRA for the remainder of the 2020-21 academic school year as presented.  Motion carried.

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

1.    Approve resignation of Kayla Miller, BE Early Childhood Speech Language Pathologist, effective at the end of the 2020-21 school year.

2.    Approve recommendation to hire Brittany Manuylo, BVIS part-time Child Nutrition worker, $13.95/hour, effective January 12, 2021.

3.    Approve recommendation to hire Monica West, BE Special Education Educational Assistant, $15.00/hour, effective January 12, 2021.

4.    Approve resignation from Crystal Reimers, VSE Kitchen Manager, effective January 8, 2021.

5.    Approve recommendation to hire Kristi Harkin, VSE Kitchen Manager, $16.75/hour, effective January 8, 2021.

6.    Approve resignation from Chelsea Sturdevant, BVIS Sign Language Interpreter, effective March 12, 2021.

7.    Accept additional request for leave without pay for Hope Stultz, BVIS Special Education Educational Assistant, effective January 19, 2021 for three weeks.

8.    Approve resignation from Kory Scholten, Assistant BVMS Football Coach, effective at the end of the 2020-21 school year, contingent upon finding a suitable replacement.

9.    Approve recommendation to hire Andia Blake, long-term substitute for Erica Karl, BE Kindergarten Teacher, effective on or around March 26, 2021 for approximately 7-8 weeks.

10.  Approve recommendation to hire Claire Toth, long-term substitute for Jillian Grabinski, BE First Grade Teacher, effective on or around March 22, 2021 until the end of the 2020-21 school year.

11.  Approve recommendation to hire Ashley Matzke, long-term substitute for Alyssa Johnson, BE Second Grade Teacher, effective on or around April 22, 2021, until the end of the 2020-21 school year.

12.  Approve recommendation to hire Stephanie Peterson, long-term substitute for Kendra Westhoff, BE Second Grade Teacher, effective on or around April 23, 2021, until the end of the 2020-21 school year.

13.  Approve recommendation to hire Bill Freking, District Activities Director (Associate BVHS Principal), $95,000/year effective August 1, 2021.

14.  Approve lane change request for the following staff:  Blossom Freeborn, MA to MA+15 and Daniel Murtha, BA to BA+15 as presented.

15.  Approve recommendation to hire the following substitutes for the 2020-21 school year:  Becky Hicks, Courtney Jackson, Heather Mead and Tressa Tingle.

16.  Approve recommendation to hire the following transportation substitute:  Kenneth Schmitt.

 

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

1.    Inspiration Elementary staffing transfers for the 2021-22 school year as follows: 

Laryssa Osheim from BE Kindergarten to Inspiration Elementary Kindergarten;

Emily Rasmussen from VSE Kindergarten to Inspiration Elementary Kindergarten;

Heidi Meier from BE 1st Grade to Inspiration Elementary 1st Grade;

Teri Huska from VSE 1st Grade to Inspiration Elementary 1st Grade;

Kayla Deitering from FAE 2nd Grade to Inspiration Elementary 2nd Grade;

Bailey Fitzgerald from VSE 2nd Grade to Inspiration Elementary 2nd Grade;

Cassie Kocer from VSE 3rd Grade to Inspiration Elementary 3rd Grade;

Lindsey Abens from VSE 3rd Grade to Inspiration Elementary 3rd Grade;

Merissa Kringen from FAE 4th Grade to Inspiration Elementary 4th Grade.

2.    Request for maternity leave by Malle Driscoll, BVHS English Teacher, on or around April 21, 2021 for approximately 8 weeks.

3.    Request for maternity leave by Jillian Grabinski, BE First Grade Teacher Teacher, on or around March 22, 2021 for approximately 12 weeks.

4.    Request for maternity leave by Alyssa Johnson, BE Second Grade Teacher, on or around April 22, 2021 for approximately 5 weeks.

5.    Request for maternity leave by Kendra Westhoff, BE Second Grade Teacher, on or around April 23, 2021 for approximately 5 weeks.

 

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

1.                Building permit applications – December 2020.

2.                Thank you from Merlyn Bosch for Retired District Employee Holiday Luncheon gift certificates.

3.                Thank you from Joan Murphy for Retired District Employee Holiday Luncheon gift certificates.

4.                Thank you from Gail Bauer for Retired District Employee Holiday Luncheon gift certificates.

5.                Thank you from the Valley Springs Elementary Teachers for their laptops.

6.                Thank you from Karen Hemre for Retired District Employee Holiday Luncheon gift certificates.

7.                Thank you from Judy and Ron Running for Retired District Employee Holiday Luncheon gift certificates.

8.                Thank you from Gerald Schettler for the plant sent in memory of his wife, Danilee.

9.    Thank you from Sandra Westcott for the new laptops.

Motion by Saxer, seconded by Talcott to adjourn the meeting at 7:09 p.m.  Motion carried. 

Signed ___________________________________
                              Business Manager

 

Approved by the Board of Education this 8th day of February 2021

Signed___________________________________
                            Chairperson
 

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