2022 Board Minutes

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June 13, 2022

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 13th of June 2022 at the Brandon Valley High School Community Room with the following members present:  Renee Ullom, Gregg Ode, Ellie Saxer, Nick Scott, and Gregg Talcott (via phone).  Absent: None.  Also present were Superintendent Jarod Larson, Business Manager Paul Lundberg, Activities Director Bill Freking, Intermediate School Principal Nick Skibsted, 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 Ode to approve the agenda as presented.  Motion carried. 

Motion by Saxer, seconded by Talcott to approve the minutes of the regular board of education meetings of May 9, 2022 and May 23, 2022, as presented.  Motion carried.

 

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

 

The cash report for the month of May, 2022 showed receipts of $11,332,148.60 and disbursements of $3,786,602.82 leaving a balance of $20,520,954.27.  The General Fund had receipts of $5,554,646.77, received a temporary interfund transfer of $322,496.37 from the Bond Fund, and had disbursements of $2,963,336.15, leaving a balance of $9,553,554.41.  Capital Outlay Fund had receipts of $2,921,472.42, and disbursements of $189,476.18, leaving a balance of $7,433,511.53.  Special Education Fund had receipts of $1,731,058.76 and disbursements of $635,182.04, leaving a balance of $1,940,077.08.  Bond Redemption Fund had receipts of $1,124,220.65, sent a temporary interfund transfer of $322,496.37 to the General Fund, and had disbursements of $0.00, leaving a balance of $923,003.29.  Enterprise Fund had receipts of $750.00 and disbursements of $8,608.45, leaving a balance of $50,798.65. Lastly, the Capital Projects Fund has receipts of $0.00, and disbursements of $0.00, leaving a balance of $610,009.31.

 

The May, 2022 payroll totaled $2,522,305.35 which $1,249,202.72 was instructional, $667,858.37 was support services, $40,586.03 was co-curricular, $432,930.66 was Special Education, $124,427.57 was Food Service, and $7,300.00 was Driver’s Education.

 

Motion by Saxer, seconded by Talcott to approve the financial reports as presented for the month of May, 2022.  Motion carried. 

Administrative reports were presented.   Superintendent Jarod Larson reported on the following:

The LYNX summer reading program, as a cooperative effort with Siouxland Library and Pizza Ranch of Brandon, will kick off as summer begins, with promotion and support by the Brandon Valley School District.

The USDA update on free school breakfast/lunch will end on June 30, 2022.  The free and reduced application will be critical paperwork for the 2022-23 school year to qualify for free or reduced meals for the 2022-23 school year.  The Brandon Valley School District is no longer eligible for the Summer Feeding Program, and we will have no summer lunch program the summer of 2022.  The Child Nutrition department plans to provide the ELL Summer School Program with lunches utilizing the Child Nutrition Services Charitable Needs Fund.

The Associated School Boards of South Dakota (ASBSD) and the School Administrators of South Dakota  joint conference will be held August 4-5, 2022 in Sioux Falls, SD.

The South Dakota DOE will complete an Accreditation Visit (Desk Audit) on November 22, 2022.

The 2022-23 Budget process began in early January 2022, with the distribution of budget forms/ documents.  The Business Office has reviewed and compiled these documents throughout March of 2022.  At the February 28, 2022 meeting, the 2022-23 new staffing requests were presented.  At the March 14, 2022 meeting the preliminary Capital Outlay budget was presented for approval in order for major items to be bid in a timely manner. Negotiations and wage/salary recommendations were approved at the April 11, 2022 BOE meeting.   At the May 9, 2022 meeting, the preliminary budget was presented, and in July the public budget hearing will be presented.

BVHS Addition Schedule (Overview of Important Dates)
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Monday, 2022 ~ Parking Lot Construction began, to be completed by Monday, August 1, 2022
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Wednesday, June 1, 2022 ~ BVHS Addition Construction began
-      
Friday, June 16, 2023 ~ Substantial Completion
-       
Friday, June 30, 2023 ~ Final Completion
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.
 

A BVHS High School Addition – Information website has been created as a centralized communication hub providing project information and timelines relevant to HS information including bus loop, traffic flow, parking, etc.  Visit the site at https://jl163.k12.sd.us/2022%20BVHS%20Classroom%20Addition%20Project.html.  Pictures shared at tonight’s meeting included the demolition in progress in the HS Ramp hallway, Teacher Lounge/Classroom, and Room #115.  Also, pictures were provided of the new HS parking lot construction in progress, as well as the required drainage swale construction in progress.

           
Special Services Director Wendy Otheim recognized William Roths, a recent graduate and transition student at SE Technical Institute and Teachwell in the Strive Program.  Will was awarded the South Dakota Council for Exceptional Children (SD CEC) “Yes I Can” award.  Will was one of three individual award recipients and will now have his nomination submitted to the National Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) award review committee to be considered for the National Council for Exceptional Children “Yes I Can” awards.  Congratulations!
 

Board Policy IKE-E (Brandon Valley School District #49-2 “Retention Report” was presented for discussion.           

            Motion by Ode, seconded by Scott to approve the following general business items:
           
1.   Approve contract by and between the Brandon Valley School District #49-2 and Performance Foodservice for Child Nutrition Prime Vendor, effective August 1, 2022 to July 31, 2023, as presented.

            2.   
Approve contract by and between the Brandon Valley School District #49-2 and Southeastern Behavioral Healthcare/Education and Integration Services, for placement and services for one student, $108.19/day for educational services, $28.54/day for additional services, and $166.55/day for one-on-one enhanced services when needed, effective June 1, 2022 through June 20, 2022, as presented.
            3.   
Approve agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District #49-2 and Southeast Area Cooperative for Medicaid Administration, effective July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023, as presented.
            4.   
Approve agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District #49-2 and Sioux Falls School District for Extended School Year Special Education Services for one student, $1,860.00, effective June 14, 2022 through July 20, 2022, as presented.
            5.   
Approve Brandon Valley Middle School Technology Insurance Fee of $25.00 for the 2022-23 school year, as presented.
            6.   
Approve Brandon Valley High School Technology Insurance Fee of $35.00 for the 2022-23 school year, as presented.
Motion carried.
 

            Motion by Saxer, seconded by Scott to approve the following personnel items:
            1.   
Approve recommendation to hire Ketty Paula, 9th Grade Girls Basketball Coach, 8.5% of Extra-curricular Step 10 ~ $3,961.00, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
            2.   
Approve resignation from Nicholas Pagnotta, BE Special Education Educational Assistant, effective May 25, 2022.
            3.   
Approve recommendation to hire through transfer of Laurie Kuck to BVMS Custodial Supervisor, additional $1.25/hour Supervisor pay, effective June 6, 2022.
            4.   
Approve recommendation to hire Kraig Presler, Head MS Wrestling Coach, 6.5% of Extra-curricular Step 10 ~ $3,029.00, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
            5.   
Approve recommendation to hire Dan Murtha, Assistant MS Wrestling Coach, 6% of Extra-curricular Step 6 ~ $2,702.00, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
            6.   
Approve recommendation to hire Emma Terveer, Head MS Girls Basketball Coach, 6.5% of Extra-curricular Step Base ~ $2,797.00, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
            7.   
Approve recommendation to hire Jonathan Schouten, 9th Grade Boys Basketball Coach, 8.5% of Extra-curricular Step 10 ~ $3,961.00, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
            8.   
Approve recommendation to hire Jayna Silvernail, Assistant MS Volleyball Coach, 6% of Extra-curricular Step Base ~ $2,582.00, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
            9.   
Approve recommendation to hire Carla Bowen, BE Special Education Educational Assistant, $16.95/hour, effective on August 24, 2022.
            10. 
Accept resignation/retirement of Gerald Schettler, Brandon Elementary Custodian, effective, 6/30/2022.
            11. 
Approve recommendation to hire Diann Terpstra, Head Junior Class Advisor (Prom Advisor), 2.5% of Extra-curricular Step Base ~ $1,076.00, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
            12. 
Approve recommendation to hire Sarah Greer, RBE First Grade Teacher, MA Step 10 ~ $53,787.00, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
            13. 
Approve amended recommendation to hire summer custodial employees effective June 1, 2022 for the summer of 2022 as follows: exclude Julia Jacobson (MS); add Monica West (MS)-$15.00/hour; add Paul Kern (BE)-$15.00/hour, as presented.
            14. 
Approve request for leave without pay for Adam Olson, BVHS Custodial Supervisor, effective June 13-17, 2022 (five days).
Motion Carried.
 

          The Board of Education reviewed the following (presented for information only):
            1.   
Request for maternity leave from Megan Bertsch, VSE Second Grade Teacher, effective on or around October 10, 2022 for approximately 12 weeks.
            2.   
Transfer Adam Bobzien from RBE Third Grade Teacher to RBE Physical Education Teacher, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
            3.   
Transfer Kimberly Moffitt from BVMS Special Education Educational Assistant to General Education/Tier 2 Educational Assistant, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
            4.   
Transfer Erica Karl from VSE Kindergarten Teacher to RBE Third Grade Teacher, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
            5.   
Transfer Alyssa Lutz from RBE First Grade Teacher to VSE Kindergarten Teacher, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
            6.   
Transfer Leah Bethoney from Inspiration Elementary Special Education Educational Assistant to BVMS Special Education Educational Assistant, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
            7.   
Transfer Alesha Carstensen from RBE Special Education Educational Assistant to Inspiration Elementary Special Education Educational Assistant, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
            8.   
Transfer Katelyn Rhoades from BE Special Education Educational Assistant to RBE Elementary Special Education Educational Assistant, effective for the 2022-23 school year. 

            Communications received by the Central Office and Board of Education were reviewed.  They included the following items:
            1.   
Building Permit Applications – May 2022.
            2.   
Thank you from Wendy Sports for BV Employee Recognition Banquet and years of service recognition and Sunshine gift card.
            3.   
Thank you from Tina Beck for BV Employee Recognition Banquet and years of service recognition and Sunshine gift card.
            4.   
Thank you from Blossom Freeborn and family for flowers sent in honor of the birth of their son, Canyon. 

            Board reports were reviewed.  Board Member Gregg Talcott reported on the Safety Committee Report from June 1, 2022.  The meeting included discussion with Brandon Police Chief Jamie Steffel on current trends within the city of Brandon and also local processes, protocols and safety trainings in regard to national happenings.  Also discussed were standard updates to the Safety Manual and Reunification Process for the 2022-23 school year, construction zone safety and safety drills in regard to the BVHS classroom additional project, and lastly, the Public Service Announcement plan goals and priorities in regard to vaping, social media, distracted driving/cell phones, and safe gun storage.  The next Safety Committee Meeting will be scheduled for some time in August 2022.           

            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 18th day of July, 2022.

Signed____________________________________
                                Chairperson

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May 23, 2022

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 23rd of May 2022 at the Brandon Valley High School Community Room with the following members present:  Renee Ullom, Gregg Ode, Nick Scott, and Gregg Talcott.  Absent: Ellie Saxer.  Also present were Superintendent Jarod Larson, High School Principal Mark Schlekeway, High School Activities Director Bill Freking, Intermediate School Principal Nick Skibsted, Intermediate School Assistant Principal Rick Pearson, Brandon Elementary Principal Merle Horst, and incoming Assistant Middle School Principal Adam Rothenberger. 

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 as presented.  Motion carried. 

Tonight’s Good News report came by way of the Brandon Valley High School Internship Program.  Principal Mark Schlekeway introduced the authentic education experiences available in the High School under the direction of Mr. Adam Rothenberger.  We have had 70 interns this year and we have 100 lined up for next year.  High School student Matthew Warren also spoke about his internship at Blachowske Trucking.  These Internships along with Sanford Inspire and the Build Dakota Scholarship opportunities have given our students many opportunities outside the school day and outside the school building.  The internships are boundless, depending on what different businesses are willing to open their doors for our Juniors and Seniors.  

Administrative reports were presented.   Superintendent Jarod Larson reported on the following:

Current School Calendar items include the following:  Wednesday, May 25, 2022-last day of school for students (2-hour early dismissal); and Thursday, May 26, 2022-Teacher paid workshop day.

School Board Openings: There were two three-year terms open beginning July 1, 2022.  Two petitions were filed by the Friday, May 13, 2022 deadline.  There will be no school board election conducted as there was not a contested election.  Congratulations to Renee Ullom and David Bell for filling these seats.

The LYNX summer reading program, as a cooperative effort with Siouxland Library and Pizza Ranch, will kick off as summer begins, with promotion and support by the Brandon Valley School District.

The USDA update on free school breakfast/lunch will end on June 30, 2022.  The free and reduced application will be critical paperwork for the 2022-23 school year to qualify for free or reduced meals for the 2022-23 school year.  The Brandon Valley School District is no longer eligible for the Summer Feeding Program, and we will have no summer lunch program the summer of 2022.  The Child Nutrition department plans to provide the ELL Summer School Program with lunches utilizing the Child Nutrition Services Charitable Needs Fund.

The South Dakota DOE will complete an Accreditation Visit (Desk Audit) on November 22, 2022.

The 2022-23 Budget process began in early January 2022, with the distribution of budget forms/ documents.  The Business Office has reviewed and compiled these documents throughout March of 2022.  At the February 28, 2022 meeting, the 2022-23 new staffing requests were presented.  At the March 14, 2022 meeting the preliminary Capital Outlay budget was presented for approval in order for major items to be bid in a timely manner. Negotiations and wage/salary recommendations were approved at the April 11, 2022 BOE meeting.   At the May 9, 2022 meeting, the preliminary budget was presented, and in July the public budget hearing will be presented.

BVHS Addition Schedule (Overview of Important Dates)
-      
Monday, May 2, 2022 ~ Parking Lot Construction begins, to be completed by Monday, August 1, 2022
-      
Wednesday, June 1, 2022 ~ BVHS Addition Construction begins
-      
Friday, June 16, 2023 ~ Substantial Completion
-       
Friday, June 30, 2023 ~ Final Completion
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.
A BVHS High School Addition – Information website has been created as a centralized communication hub providing project information and timelines relevant to HS information including bus loop, traffic flow, parking, etc.
 

Superintendent Jarod Larson presented a mandatory public hearing 6-month review on the BVSD Pandemic Response Plan (Safe Return/ESSER Plan) with the Board of Education. This updated plan can be found on the centralized COVID-19 Information Website: https://brandonvalley.k12.sd.us/covid/covid.html.  No public input was presented at tonight’s hearing.  Motion by Talcott, seconded by Ode to approve the revised BVSD Pandemic Response Plan (Safe Return Plan), as presented.  Motion carried.    

            Superintendent Jarod Larson presented the 2022-23 Bus Pass Fee Schedule for In-district Students (closer than 5 miles from their respective school) for a fee of $150/student, per year, with a family maximum of $350/year to be paid in full at the beginning of the school year.  The Out-of-District open-enrolled Student Bus Pass Fee Schedule lists a fee of $300/student, per year, to be paid in full at the beginning of the school year.  There is no family maximum applicable to Out-of-District open-enrolled transportation fees.  Motion by Ode, seconded by Scott to approve this Annual Bus Pass Fee Schedule as presented.  Motion carried.                    

            Motion by Scott, seconded by Talcott to approve the following general business items:
1.   
Approve memorandum of agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District and the South Dakota State University (SDSU) for the Teacher Education Program, $200.00/full-time teacher candidate (first semester) and $400.00/full-time teacher candidate (second semester), effective for the 2022-23 school year, as presented.
2.   
Approve agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District and Children’s Home Society for tuition for two students, $128.89/day per student, 5 days per week, effective July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023, as presented.
3.   
Approve agreement by and between the Brandon Valley High School and Walsworth Yearbooks for yearbook purchase, $25,575.00, effective for the 2022-23 school year, as presented.
Motion carried.
 

            Motion by Talcott, seconded by Scott to approve the following personnel items:
1.   Approve recommendation to hire the following summer 2022 grounds employees, as presented:
                 
Seth Fjerestad, $15.50/hour; Taylor Huisman, $15.50/hour; Dawson Johnson, $15.50/hour; Danette Leenderts, $15.50/hour; Kaelynn Swenson, $15.00/hour; and Logan Susie, $15.00/hour.

2.   
Approve leave without pay for Conni Mayo, BVMS Special Education Educational Assistant, effective May 9, 2022 (1 additional day).
3.   
Approve recommendation to hire Mariah Bleeker, BE Special Education Educational Assistant, full-time, $16.95/hour, effective August 24, 2022.
4.   
Approve leave without pay from Wilma Kirkeby, BVMS Library Educational Assistant, effective May 6 and 9, 2022 (2 additional days).
5.   
Approve amended recommendation to hire for Megan Neuharth, Inspiration Elementary 1st Grade Teacher, MA+15 ~ Step 10, $54,214.00, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
6.   
Approve recommendation to hire Brady DeBelts, BVHS Marching Band Assistant, 10% of Extra-curricular Step 6 ~ $4,503.00, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
7.   
Approve recommendation to hire Lindsey Shively, Inspiration Elementary Special Education Educational Assistant, full-time, $16.95/hour, effective August 24, 2022.
8.   
Approve recommendation to hire Kari Plumbtree, RBE Educational Assistant, full-time, $16.98/hour, effective August 25, 2022.
9.   
Approve request for leave without pay by Kristin VanBuskirk, BE Special Education Teacher, for May 19, 2022 (1 additional day).
10. 
Approve recommendation to hire Robin Tyler, BVHS English Language Arts Teacher, BA Sep 10 ~ $52,986.00, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
11. 
Approve recommendation to hire Mike Putnam, Assistant BVHS Cross Country Coach, 8.5% of Extra-curricular Step Base ~ 3,658.00, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
12. 
Approve resignation from Mike Putnam, 9th grade Boys Basketball Coach, effective at the end of the 2021-22 school year.
13. 
Approve resignation from Hazel Shuck, Inspiration Elementary Special Education Educational Assistant, effective May 25, 2022.
14. 
Approve amended recommendation to hire Riley Peyton, Summer Custodian, $15.00/hour, effective for the 2022 summer, starting June 1, 2022 (replacing Kristi Jacobson).
15. 
Approve Leave of absence for Rina Morales, BE Night Custodian, effective May 2, 2022 to April 21, 2023.
16. 
Approve resignation from Ketty Paula, 2022-23 BVMS 8th Grade Assistant Volleyball Coach, effective immediately.
17. 
Approve recommendation to hire Mackenzie Wietgrefe, Assistant MS Track & Field Coach, 6% of Extra-curricular Step Base ~ $2,582.00 effective for the 2022-23 school year.
18. 
Approve recommendation to hire Daniel Murtha, Assistant MS Cross Country Coach, 6% of Extra-curricular Step Base ~ $2,582.00, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
19. 
Approve Child Nutrition Services Shared Directorship stipend for Andrea Kruse, Child Nutrition Director, $8,000, (Share Our Strength No Kids Hungry Grant/Shared Services), effective for the 2022-23 school year as presented.
20. 
Approve request for leave without pay from Margaret Ely, Transportation Administrative Assistant effective June 16-22, 2022 (5 days).
21. 
Approve recommendation to hire Susan Fritz, Summer Substitute Van Diver, paid according to the Transportation Hiring Schedule, effective May 24, 2022.
22. 
Approve recommendation to hire Kristi Jacobson, Summer Substitute Van Diver, paid according to the Transportation Hiring Schedule, effective May 24, 2022.
23. 
Approve recommendation to hire Sarah McCarthy, Summer Substitute Van Diver, paid according to the Transportation Hiring Schedule, effective May 24, 2022.
Motion carried.
 

                  The Board of Education reviewed the following (presented for information only):
1.   
Request for maternity leave from Kayla Schindling, BVIS 6th Grade Science Teacher, effective on or around July 13, 2022, for approximately 12 weeks.
2.   
Transfer Kory Scholten from RBE Physical Education Teacher to BE 4th Grade Teacher, effective for the 2022-23 school year. 

            Communications received by the Central Office and Board of Education were reviewed.  They included the following items:
1.   
Thank you from Kim Kueter for BV Employee Recognition Banquet and 30 years of service recognition and gift card.
2.   
Thank you from Judy Tschetter for BV Employee Recognition Banquet and years of service recognition and Sunshine gift card.
3.   
Thank you from Del Hubers for Employee Recognition Banquet and Teacher of the Year Award.
4.   
Thank you from Sara Stone, Beth Schaffer, and Julie Forbes for BV Employee Recognition Banquet and years of service recognition and Sunshine gift card.

            Board reports were reviewed.  Board President Renee Ullom shared with the board that a former Teachwell instructor, Annie Lanning, recently died during the storms that moved through Sioux Falls on May 12th.  Mrs. Lanning leaves behind a husband and a 10-year-old son.  Ullom reminded all to keep the Lanning family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.           

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

Signed ____________________________________
                              Business Manager
 

Approved by the Board of Education this 13th day of June, 2022.

Signed____________________________________
                                Chairperson

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May 9, 2022

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 9th of May 2022 at the Brandon Valley High School Community Room with the following members present:  Renee Ullom, Gregg Ode, Ellie Saxer, Nick Scott, and Gregg Talcott.  Absent: None.  Also present were Superintendent Jarod Larson, Business Manager Paul Lundberg, High School Principal Mark Schlekeway, High School Associate Principal Mitzi Moore, Middle School Principal Brad Thorson, Intermediate School Principal Nick Skibsted, Intermediate School Assistant Principal Rick Pearson, 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 Saxer to approve the agenda as amended as follows:  Personal item #8 to read “Approve recommendation to hire custodial employees for summer 2022”, as presented.  Motion carried. 

Motion by Scott, seconded by Talcott to approve the minutes of the regular board of education meetings of April 11, 2022 and April 25, 2022, as presented.  Motion carried.

 

John Semchenko, from Brandon Wellness spoke to the Board of Education at tonight’s meeting about the possibility of a future Brandon Community Center.  Wanting to engage the Brandon Valley School District as the number one stakeholder in our community, this group wanted to present the plan (to date) on what a Community Center would look like with the guidance and help of Brandon Wellness.

 

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

Motion carried.

 

The cash report for the month of April, 2022 showed receipts of $3,114,499.82 and disbursements of $4,013,581.93 leaving a balance of $12,975,408.49.  The General Fund had receipts of $2,296,831.77, with disbursements of $2,976,152.65, leaving a balance of $6,639,747.42.  Capital Outlay Fund had receipts of $296,747.54, and disbursements of $200,735.04, leaving a balance of $4,701.515.29.  Special Education Fund had receipts of $398,891.50 and disbursements of $817,517.09, leaving a balance of $844,200.36.  Bond Redemption Fund had receipts of $121,279.01, and disbursements of $0.00, leaving a balance of $121,279.01.  Enterprise Fund had receipts of $750.00 and disbursements of $7,390.15, leaving a balance of $58,657.10. Lastly, the Capital Projects Fund has receipts of $0.00, and disbursements of $11,787.00, leaving a balance of $610,009.31.

 

The April, 2022 payroll totaled $2,291,878.97 which $1,237,618.67 was instructional, $514,083.02 was support services, $36,995.35 was co-curricular, $398,927.20 was Special Education, $97,954.73 was Food Service, and $6,300.00 was Driver’s Education.

 

Motion by Saxer, seconded by Talcott to approve the financial reports as presented for the month of April, 2022.  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!  COVID-19 vaccination available for children ages  5-11.  Larson encouraged families to communicate with their primary care provider and make the right personal choice for their situation.  Our plan is to review and revise safe return plan at the May 23, 2022 Board of Education and plan to revert back to our pre-COVID protocol for the 2022-23 school year.

The 2022-23 Budget process began in early January, 2022, with the distribution of budget forms/ documents.  The Business Office has reviewed and compiled these documents throughout March of 2022.  At the February 28, 2022 meeting, the 2022-23 new staffing requests were presented.  At the March 14, 2022 meeting the preliminary Capital Outlay budget was presented for approval in order for major items to be bid in a timely manner. Negotiations and wage/salary recommendations were approved at the April 11, 2022 BOE meeting.   At tonight’s meeting, the preliminary budget will be presented, and in July the public budget hearing will be presented.

The USDA update on free school breakfast/lunch will end on June 30, 2022.  The free and reduced application will be critical paperwork for the 2022-23 school year to qualify for free or reduced meals for the 2022-23 school year.  The Brandon Valley School District is no longer eligible for the Summer Feeding Program and we will have no summer lunch program the summer of 2022.  The Child Nutrition department plans to provide the ELL Summer School Program with lunches utilizing the Child Nutrition Services Charitable Needs Fund.

 BVHS Addition Schedule (Overview of Important Dates)
    -      
Monday, May 2, 2022 ~ Parking Lot Construction begins, to be completed by Monday, August 1, 2022
    -      
Wednesday, June 1, 2022 ~ BVHS Addition Construction begins
    -      
Friday, June 16, 2023 ~ Substantial Completion
    -      
Friday, June 30, 2023 ~ Final Completion 

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.

The South Dakota DOE will complete an Accreditation Visit (Desk Audit) on November 22, 2022.

Professional Awards-BVSD Employee Recognition Banquet was held Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at 6 pm in the BVHS Commons.  We celebrated retirements, years of service awards, and presented the Brandon Valley School District Teacher of the Year to Intermediate School Band Instructor, Del Hubers!  Congratulations!

State testing is now complete with outstanding student effort.  The results to be provided to families in May.

Good new reports will be held at the second meeting of the month.  The High School will present in May.

            Current School Calendar items include the following:  Sunday, May 15, 2022 (BVHS Graduation); Wednesday, May 25, 2022-last day of school for students (2-hour early dismissal); and Thursday, May 26, 2022-Teacher paid workshop day.

            The LYNX summer reading program, as a cooperative effort with Siouxland Library and Pizza Ranch, will kick off as summer begins, with promotion and support by the Brandon Valley School District.

            Academic School Calendar for the 2022-23 school year:  August 16, 2022-New staff in-service; April 18, 22, and 23, 2022-In-service/Workshop Days; August 24, 2022-first day of school for Grades 1-12; August 26, 2022-first day of school for Kindergarten (Kindergarten Family Visits:  August 24 and 25, 2022); and August 29, 2022-First day for Early Childhood students. 

            Brandon Valley High School Principal Mark Schlekeway reported that BVHS Graduation will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 15th in the Brandon Valley High School Activities Center.  This week the High School is celebrating the class of 2022 with awards and then a class barbeque to follow.  

            Brandon Valley Middle School Principal Brad Thorson introduced BVMS Math Teacher, Kelsey Hoff.  Kelsey Hoff reported on the Aspiring Leaders Conference that she recently attended.  As one of 30 teachers that were accepted to attend this conference, she thanked the Board and all that made this possible for this wonderful experience.  Hoff encourages all teachers to attend this conference. 

            Operations Manager Ty Hentschel announced that Andrea Kruse, BV’s Child Nutrition Director has been named as the South Dakota Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Outstanding Dietitian of the Year!   Congratulations! 

            Business Manager Paul Lundberg presented the 2022-23 Preliminary District budget.  (see attached)           

            Motion by Ode, seconded by Talcott to approve the following general business items:
           
1.   Approve Brandon Valley School District 2022-23 Comprehensive Plan for Special Education, as presented.

            2.   
Approve administrative recommendation to set the Annual Organizational Meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education for Monday, July 18, 2022.
            3.   
Approve agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District and Carroll Institute for Project Awareness Program (substance abuse and bully prevention), in the amount of $15,360.00, effective September 1, 2022 through May 31, 2023, as presented.
            4.   
Approve agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District and Teachwell Solutions for Extended School Year Speech Language Therapy for Birth-3 and Early Childhood, 2-3 days/week, $55.00/hour (plus mileage), effective May 30, 2022 to August 15, 2022, as presented.
            5.   
Approve agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District and Teachwell Solutions for Occupational Therapy Services, $243,900.00, effective July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023, as presented.
            6.   
Approve agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District and Teachwell Solutions for Physical Therapy Services, $245,700.00, effective July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023, as presented.
            7.   
Approve agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District and Teachwell Solutions for General and Special Education Services for 51 students at Teachwell Academy, $466,752.00, effective July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023, as presented.
            8.   
Approve agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District and Teachwell Solutions for Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) Services, $96,400.00, effective July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023, as presented.
            9.   
Approve agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District and Teachwell Solutions for student services in the Teachwell Transitions Program, $108,600.00/year, effective August 24, 2022 to May 25, 2023, as presented.
            10. 
Approve agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District and Teachwell Solutions for services for five (5) students in the Teachwell Prosper Program, $5,430.00/month, effective August 24, 2022 to May 25, 2023, as presented.
            11. 
Approve agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District and Children’s Home Society for tuition and services for one student, $128.89/day, five days/week, effective July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023, as  presented.
            12. 
Approve Administrative recommendation to cast a ballot for the South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSAA) Executive Board Division II Representative for Dr. Jeff Danielsen, Watertown School District Superintendent, effective for July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2027.
            13. 
Approve Administrative recommendation to cast a ballot for the South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSAA) Amendment No. 1 as a YES vote.
            14. 
Approve Administrative recommendation to cast a ballot for the South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSAA) Amendment No. 2 as a YES vote.
            15. 
Approve Administrative recommendation to cast a ballot for the South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSAA) Amendment No. 3 as a YES vote.
            16. 
Approve Administrative recommendation to cast a ballot for the South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSAA) Amendment No. 4 as a YES vote.
            17. 
Approve Administrative recommendation to cast a ballot for the South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSAA) Amendment No. 5 as a YES vote.
            18. 
Approve Administrative recommendation to cast a ballot for the South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSAA) Amendment No. 6 as a YES vote.
            19. 
Approve Administrative recommendation to cast a ballot for the South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSAA) Amendment No. 7 as a YES vote.
Motion carried.
 

            Motion by Saxer, seconded by Scott to approve the following personnel items:
            1.   
Approve resignation from Malle Driscoll, BVHS English Teacher and Prom Advisor, effective at the end of the 2021-22 school year.
            2.   
Approve resignation from Peyton Sage, BE Special Education Educational Assistant, effective April 22, 2022.
            3.   
Approve recommendation to hire Emily Dilly, RBE Special Education Teacher, BA ~ Step 1, $49,793.00, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
            4.   
Approve recommendation to hire Margaret Ely, Transportation Administrative Assistant, full-time, $17.00/hour, effective May 10, 2022.
            5.   
Approve resignation from Benjamin Schultz, BE 4th Grade Teacher, Assistant MS Track & Field Coach, Assistant HS Cross Country Coach, and 9th Grade Girls Basketball Coach, effective at the end of the 2021-22 school year.
            6.   
Approve resignation from Patricia VanHal, BVHS Special Education Educational Assistant, effective May 3, 2022.
            7.   
Approve resignation from Grace Bauer, RBE Educational Assistant, effective May 25, 2022.
            8.   
Approve recommendation to hire summer custodial employees effective June 1, 2022 for the summer of 2022 as follows:  Julie Kirby (BE)-$16.00/hour; Sherri Pickthorn (FAE)-$16.00/hour; Jolene Roozenboom (VSE)-$16.00/hour; Alison Statema (BE)-$16.00/hour; Jeremiah Donahoe (BVIS)-$16.00/hour; Zach Hentschel (BVIS)-$15.50/hour; Ben VanDeBerg (RBE)-$15.50/hour; Michelle Holmquist (FAE)-$15.00/hour; Kristi Jacobson (MS)-$15.00/hour; Julia Jacobson (MS)-$15.00/hour; and Laurie Love (RBE)-$15.00/hour.
            9.   
Approve recommendation to hire Gage Hoffman, BVHS English Language Arts Teacher, BA ~ Step Base, $49,493.00, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
Motion Carried.
 

                  The Board of Education reviewed the following (presented for information only):
            1.   
Request for maternity leave from Emily Sandager, RBE Kindergarten Teacher, effective on or around August 24, 2022 for approximately 12 weeks.
            2.   
Request for leave without pay for Constance Mayo, BVMS Special Education Educational Assistant, effective May 2-6, 2022 (five days).
            3.   
Request for maternity leave from Kayla Schindling, BVIS 6th Grade Science Teacher, on or about July 13, 2022 for approximately 6-8 weeks.
            4.   
Transfer Jody Lambert from BE Kindergarten Teacher to BE English Learner (EL) Teacher, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
            5.   
Transfer Jodi Ackerman from BVMS Chorus and Inspiration Elementary Music Teacher to BE Kindergarten Music Teacher (no change to existing 5th Grade Music Teacher and 6th Grade Chorus assignments). 

            Communications received by the Central Office and Board of Education were reviewed.  They included the following items:
            1.   
Building Permit Applications – March 2022.
            2.   
Thank you from Sheri McNamara for BV Employee Recognition Banquet and years of service and retirement recognitions.
            3.   
Thank you from Sandy Cummings for BV Employee Recognition Banquet and years of service recognition and Sunshine gift card.
            4.   
Thank you from Allison Rasmussen for BV Employee Recognition Banquet and years of service recognition and Sunshine gift card.

            Board reports were reviewed.  Board Member Nick Scott reported on a recent Transportation Committee Meeting from May 5, 2022.  This committee discussed the status and impacts of recent transportation program changes, stating that the central bussing location for pickup/drop off has been very beneficial.   They also discussed the semester two bus pass challenges, entry level driver training, fleet and route information, and vehicle procurement.  Other items discussed were moving from per semester bus fee to an annual bus fee, the 2022-23 bus pass fee cost and the determination of a recommended increase in that fee, and lastly, future transportation facility needs.

           
Board Member Ellie Saxer reported on the City Affairs & Legislation Committee in regard to the fall meeting of the Associated School Board of South Dakota (ASBSD) being held August 4-5th at the Sheraton in Sioux Falls;  registration is now open.

            Board President Renee Ullom reported on the Alternative Education Committee.  Teachwell’s K-6th expansion that was made this year has proven to be very beneficial and successful.             

            Travel Reports were reviewed. 

Motion by Saxer, seconded by Scott to adjourn at meeting at 7:20 p.m.  Motion carried.

Signed ____________________________________
                              Business Manager
 

Approved by the Board of Education this 13th day of June, 2022.

Signed____________________________________
                                Chairperson

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April 25, 2022

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 25th of April 2022 at the Brandon Valley High School Community Room with the following members present: Renee Ullom, Gregg Ode, Ellie Saxer, Nick Scott, and Gregg Talcott.  Absent: None.  Also present were Superintendent Jarod Larson, Business Manager Paul Lundberg, High School Principal Mark Schlekeway, Activities Director Bill Freking, Middle School Principal Brad Thorson, Assistant Middle School Principal Amanda Nelson, Intermediate School Principal Nick Skibsted, Intermediate School Assistant Principal Rick Pearson, Brandon Elementary Principal Merle Horst, Director of Special Services Wendy Otheim, and Director of Instruction Sherri Nelson. 

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

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

Tonight’s Good News Report was presented by the Brandon Valley Middle School.  Principal Brad Thorson introduced the following instructors:  Amy Dulaney, Roxie Geerdes, and Anna Stambach.  They discussed what the Middle School celebrated during the week of April 4-8, 2022 as “Inclusion Week”.  The theme for the week was “Your uniqueness is your magic” and each day was themed as follows: wearing blue and caught being kind “day”, you may not see what is affecting me “day”, wearing red and BVMS Best Buddies “day”, Spread the Word-Inclusion: pledging to include others “day”, and lastly, kindness “day”.  Also speaking to the board was 7th grader, Marcus Turner, who reported how fun and important “Inclusion Week” was to him. 

Principal Thorson also introduced 7th/8th grade science teacher Amanda Ringling who took a group of young women from the Middle School to the “Women in Science/STEM Day” this March.  This event was held at SE Technical College and had many events where the students could participate. 

 

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!  COVID-19 vaccination available for children ages  5-11.  Larson encouraged families to communicate with their primary care provider and make the right personal choice for their situation.  Our plan is to review and revise safe return plan at the May 23, 2022 Board of Education and plan to revert back to our pre-COVID protocol for the 2022-23 school year.

The 2022-23 Budget process began in early January, 2022, with the distribution of budget forms/ documents.  The Business Office has reviewed and compiled these documents throughout March of 2022.  At the February 28, 2022 meeting, the 2022-23 new staffing requests were presented.  At the March 14, 2022 meeting the preliminary Capital Outlay budget was presented for approval in order for major items to be bid in a timely manner. Negotiations and wage/salary recommendations were approved at the April 11, 2022 BOE meeting.   In May 2022, the preliminary budget will be presented, and in July of 2022 is the public budget hearing for potential action.

The USDA update on free school breakfast/lunch will end on June 30, 2022.  The free and reduced application will be critical paperwork for the 2022-23 school year to qualify for free or reduced meals for the 2022-23 school year.  The Brandon Valley School District is no longer eligible for the Summer Feeding Program and we will have no summer lunch program the summer of 2022.  The Child Nutrition department plans to provide the ELL Summer School Program with lunches utilizing the Child Nutrition Services Charitable Needs Fund.

 BVHS Addition Schedule (Overview of Important Dates)
-      
Pre-construction meeting:  BVSD / Architecture, Inc. / Contractor
-      
Monday, May 2, 2022 ~ Parking Lot Construction begins (to be completed by Monday, August 1, 2022
-      
Wednesday, June 1, 2022 ~ BVHS Addition Construction begins
-      
Friday, June 16, 2023 ~ Substantial Completion
-      
Friday, June 30, 2023 ~ Final Completion
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.
The South Dakota DOE will complete an Accreditation Visit (Desk Audit) on November 22, 2022.
Professional Awards-BVSD Employee Recognition Banquet is scheduled for Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at 6 pm in the BVHS Commons.  We will celebrate retirements, years of service awards, along with presenting the Brandon Valley School District Teacher of the Year.
Good new reports will be held at the second meeting of the month.  The High School will present in May.

           
Current School Calendar items include the following:  Sunday, May 15, 2022 (BVHS Graduation); Wednesday, May 25, 2022-last day of school for students (2-hour early dismissal); and Thursday, May 26, 2022-Teacher paid workshop day.
           
Academic School Calendar for the 2022-23 school year:  August 16, 2022-New staff in-service; April 18, 22, and 23, 2022-In-service/Workshop Days; August 24, 2022-first day of school for Grades 1-12; August 26, 2022-first day of school for Kindergarten (Kindergarten Family Visits:  August 24 and 25, 2022); and August 29, 2022-First day for Early Childhood students.

            Brandon Valley Intermediate School Principal Nick Skibsted reported that 6th grade math teacher, Rebecca VanRoekel has been chosen as a finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science.  Congratulations to Becky on this prestigious recognition. 

            Director of Instruction, Sherri Nelson, presented the eight-year adoption of the JrK-12 Mathematics Curriculum delivery model at a one-time cost of $1,147,058.81, effective beginning with the 2022-23 school year as presented.  Motion by Talcott, seconded by Scott to approve this adoption as presented.  Motion carried.                       

            Motion by Talcott, seconded by Scott to approve the following general business items:
           
1.   Approve BVSD Child Nutrition Services request for the Fuel Up to Play 60 Grant, maximum amount of $4,000/school, effective for the 2022-23 school year, as presented.

            2.   
Approve Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign Grant for Shared Child Nutrition Services Professional, $65,000, effective May 1, 2022 through April 30, 2023, as presented.
Motion carried.
 

            Motion by Saxer, seconded by Talcott to approve the following personnel items:
|1.   
Accept recommendation to hire Kayci Halbersma, RBE 3rd Grade Teacher, MA Step 10 ~ $53,787, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
2.   
Approve resignation from Traci Rohmiller, BE Educational Assistant, effective April 25, 2022.
3.   
Approve recommendation to hire Kaleb McConnell BE Music Teacher, BA ~ Step Base, $49,493.00, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
4.   
Approve recommendation to hire Gina Sershen, MS Assistant Play Director, 1.5% of Extra-curricular hiring schedule, Step 10 ~ $699, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
5.   
Approve recommendation to hire Sultan Lewis, BVMS 8th Grade Science Teacher, BA ~ Step 1, $49,793, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
6.   
Approve recommendation to hire Annika Hindbjoren, BVMS 8th Grade Science Teacher, BA ~ Step 4, $50,781, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
7.   
Approve request for leave without pay for Patricia VanHal, BVHS Special Education Educational Assistant, April 22, 2022 (one day).
8.   
Accept resignation of Kristen Nixon, Inspiration Elementary Special Education Educational Assistant, effective April 13, 2022.
9.   
Approve recommendation to hire Rachael Fode, MS Choir, 1.5% of Extra-curricular hiring schedule, Step 10 ~ $699, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
10. 
Approve recommendation to hire Alyssa Hamer, Freshman Volleyball Coach, 8.5% Extra-curricular hiring schedule, Step 6 ~ $3,828.00.
11. 
Approve recommendation to hire Jonathan Schouten, BVMS Computer Teacher, BA+15 ~ Step 10, $53,383, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
12. 
Approve recommendation to hire Janae Sturma, BVMS Special Education Teacher, MA ~ Step 3, $51,133, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
13. 
Approve substitute for the 2021-22 school year as follows:  Jenny Russell
Motion Carried.

 The Board of Education reviewed the following (presented for information only):
1.   
Transfer Mary Gile from BVHS/BVIS Computer Teacher to BVIS (.5 FTE) and Inspiration Elementary/ Valley Springs Elementary (.5 FTE) Computer Teacher, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
2.   
Transfer Therese-Anne Wanstrath from Gifted Education (.5 FTE) and Elementary Art (.5 FTE) Teacher to Inspiration Elementary 4th Grade Teacher, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
3.   
Transfer Kim Skibsted from BVMS 8th Grade English Language Arts Teacher to 7th Grade English Language Arts Teacher, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
4.   
Transfer Sonja Braucht from BVMS 8th Grade Science Teacher to BVMS 8th Grade English Language Arts Teacher, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
5.   
Request for maternity leave from Katherine Davidson, BVHS District Psychologist, effective on or around June 18, 2022 for approximately 10 weeks. 

            Communications received by the Central Office and Board of Education were reviewed.  They included the following items:
1.   
Thank you from Jennifer Voigt and family for plant sent in memory of her father, Seymour Studenberg. 

            Board reports were reviewed.  Board member Ellie Saxer reported on the City Affairs & Legislation committee and a recent Associated School Boards of South Dakota (ASBSD) Spring Retreat that she attended in Sioux Falls.  Saxer stated that good news reports from other districts included congratulations to Brandon Valley on successful negotiations, BVi and their outstanding finish in Dayton, Ohio, and Mary Poppins (to name a few accomplishments!)

            Board president Renee Ullom expanded on this good news as reported by Board member Saxer above, congratulating the BVi (Brandon Valley Indoor) on their 8th place (out of 37 bands) in the Scholastic Open Class Finals at WGI WORLD Championships in Dayton, Ohio last week.  We have much to be proud of here at Brandon Valley and are thankful for the staff and students that make this all possible! 

            Travel Reports were reviewed. 

Motion by Ode, seconded by Saxer to go into Executive Session at 7:02 p.m. per SDCL 1-25-2.3 to review communications from legal counsel.  Motion Carried. 

The Board of Education came out of Executive Session and into Open Session at 7:10 p.m.   

Motion by Scott, seconded by Saxer to adjourn at meeting at 7:11 p.m.  Motion carried. 

Signed ____________________________________
                              Business Manager
 

Approved by the Board of Education this 9th day of May, 2022.

Signed____________________________________
                                Chairperson

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April 11, 2022

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 11th of April 2022 at the Brandon Valley High School Community Room with the following members present:  Renee Ullom, Gregg Ode, Ellie Saxer, Nick Scott, and Gregg Talcott.  Absent: None.  Also present were Superintendent Jarod Larson, Business Manager Paul Lundberg, High School Principal Mark Schlekeway, 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, Fred Assam Elementary Principal Susan Foster, Director of Instruction Sherri Nelson, and Operations Manager Ty Hentschel. 

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

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

Motion by Talcott, seconded by Scott to approve the minutes of the regular board of education meetings of March 14, 2022 and March 28, 2022, and the minutes of the special board of education meeting on March 29, 2022, as presented.  Motion carried.

 

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

Motion carried.

 

The cash report for the month of March, 2022 showed receipts of $3,791,912.51 and disbursements of $3,646,413.97 leaving a balance of $13,874,490.60.  The General Fund had receipts of $2,382,749.71, received a temporary interfund transfer of $118,240.41 from the Bond Fund and received an Operating Transfer of $900,000.00 from the Capital Outlay Fund, with disbursements of $2,899,418.90, leaving a balance of $7,319,068.30.  Capital Outlay Fund had receipts of $463,260.09, sent an operating transfer of $900,000.00 to the General Fund, and disbursements of $83,159.85, leaving a balance of $4,605,502.79.  Special Education Fund had receipts of $827,367.18 and disbursements of $623,344.17, leaving a balance of $1,262,825.95.  Bond Redemption Fund had receipts of $118,240.41, sent a temporary interfund transfer of $118,240.41 to the general fund, and disbursements of $0.00, leaving a balance of $0.00.  Enterprise Fund had receipts of $250.00 and disbursements of $5,381.66, leaving a balance of $65,297.25. Lastly, the Capital Projects Fund has receipts of $45.12, and disbursements of $35,109.39, leaving a balance of $621,796.31.

 

The March, 2022 payroll totaled $2,280,108.87 which $1,228,741.83 was instructional, $510,520.53 was support services, $43,584.86 was co-curricular, $398,262.05 was Special Education, $94,274.60 was Food Service, and $4,725.00 was Driver’s Education.

 

Motion by Scott, seconded by Saxer to approve the financial reports as presented for the month of March, 2022.  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!  COVID-19 vaccination available for children ages  5-11.  Larson encouraged families to communicate with their primary care provider and make the right personal choice for their situation.  Our plan is to review and revise safe return plan at the May 23, 2022 Board of Education and plan to revert back to our pre-COVID protocol for the 2022-23 school year.

The 2022-23 Budget process began in early January, 2022, with the distribution of budget forms/ documents.  The Business Office has reviewed and compiled these documents throughout March of 2022.  At the February 28, 2022 meeting, the 2022-23 new staffing requests were presented.  At the March 14, 2022 meeting the preliminary Capital Outlay budget was presented for approval in order for major items to be bid in a timely manner. Negotiations and wage/salary recommendations are being presented in tonight’s General Business.   In May 2022, the preliminary budget is presented, and in July 2022, we will hold the public budget hearing for potential action.

The USDA update on free school breakfast/lunch will end on June 30, 2022.  The free and reduced application will be critical paperwork for the 2022-23 school year to qualify for free or reduced meals for the 2022-23 school year.  The Brandon Valley School District is no longer eligible for the Summer Feeding Program and we will have no summer lunch program the summer of 2022.  The Child Nutrition department plans to provide the ELL Summer School Program with lunches utilizing the Child Nutrition Services Charitable Needs Fund.

 BVHS Addition Schedule (Overview of Important Dates)
-      
Pre-construction meeting:  BVSD / Architecture, Inc. / Contractor
-      
Monday, May 2, 2022 ~ Parking Lot Construction begins (to be completed by Monday, August 1, 2022
-      
Wednesday, June 1, 2022 ~ BVHS Addition Construction begins
-      
Friday, June 16, 2023 ~ Substantial Completion
-      
Friday, June 30, 2023 ~ Final Completion 

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.
  The South Dakota DOE will complete an Accreditation Visit (Desk Audit) on November 22, 2022. 
  Professional Awards-BVSD Employee Recognition Banquet is scheduled for Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at 6 pm in the BVHS Commons.  We will celebrate retirements, years of service awards, along with presenting the Brandon Valley School District Teacher of the Year.
  Good new reports will be held at the second meeting of the month.  The following schools will present in the following months:  April-Middle School; and May-High School.
 
Current School Calendar items include the following:  April 14, 2022-two-hour early dismissal; April 15-18, 2022-No school (Spring Break); and Sunday, May 15, 2022 (BVHS Graduation); Wednesday, May 25, 2022-last day of school for students (2-hour early dismissal); and Thursday, May 26, 2022-  Teacher paid workshop day.
           
Academic School Calendar for the 2022-23 school year:  August 16, 2022-New staff in-service; April 18, 22, and 23, 2022-In-service/Workshop Days; August 24, 2022-first day of school for Grades 1-12; August 26, 2022-first day of school for Kindergarten (Kindergarten Family Visits:  August 24 and 25, 2022); and August 29, 2022-First day for Early Childhood students.
 

            Brandon Valley High School Principal Mark Schlekeway reported on the following: 1) Testing begins next week for our Junior class, testing Tuesday and Thursday, along with a Senior retreat, a Sophomore “experience day”, and a career day event for the Freshman class all being held next week as well.  2) Schlekeway congratulated all the students involved with the HS Musical weekend of Mary Poppins! 3) Activities Director Bill Freking has recently earned his CAA (Certified Athletic Administrator) certification and we all congratulate him on this recognition!  4) The Indoor Percussion Group has had a wonderful year and they are attending the Percussion Worlds in Daytona in two weeks; we wish them well with this endeavor. 

            Brandon Valley Middle School Principal Brad Thorson reported that Middle School students have begun testing this week and it will continue through next week. 

Superintendent Larson presented the 2022-23 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 2022-23 Master Agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District 49-2 and the Brandon Valley Education Association as presented as follows:

-           6.5% salary increase for the 2022-23 school year.

-           Teacher hiring schedule, Extra-curricular hiring schedule, and School Psychologist hiring schedule all have increased 6.5% for the 2022-23 school year.

-           Eliminate Elementary Band (1.0%) and Elementary Orchestra (1.0%) extra-curricular schedules.

-           The following have been added to the Extra-curricular hiring schedule:  Fifth Grade Band (3%) (Fifth grade band shall include summer program concerts, and trips); Fifth/Sixth Grade Orchestra (3%); and PAC Coordinator (14.5%). 

-           Extra duty professional compensation was reviewed and revised and will be listed on the Brandon Valley School District website.

-           One-time wage/salary enhancement of $1,000 to be paid with the November 2022 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 2022-23 school year.  Motion by Saxer, seconded by Scott to approve the recommendation of the 2022-23 Classified Wages & Salary increase as presented as follows:

-           6.5% salary increase for the 2022-23 school year.

-           Hiring schedule for Classified Staff has increased 6.5% for the 2022-23 school year.

-           Additional $1.00/hour increase for all Child Nutrition Services employees (except Supervisors).

-           One-time wage/salary enhancement of $750/$600/$250 to be paid with the November 2022 payroll.
Motion carried.

 

Superintendent Larson presented the recommendation for all Administration. Motion by Ode, seconded by Saxer to approve the recommendation of the 2022-23 Administration Salary increase as presented as follows:

-           6.5% salary increase for the 2022-23 school year.

-           New two-year contracts issued beginning with the 2022-23 school year for Administrators.

-           New one-year contract issued for the Special Services Director for the 2022-23 school year.

-           One-time wage/salary enhancement of $1,500 to be paid with the November 2022 payroll.
Motion carried.             

            Motion by Scott, seconded by Saxer to approve the following general business items:
           
1.   Approve recommendation for the 2022-23 substitute Teacher pay at $150/day and the long-term substitute teacher pay at $200/day, with the increased long-term rate beginning on the first day of the ong-term substitute assignment, as presented.

            2.   
Approve the Brandon Valley School District’s membership in the South Dakota High School Activities Association (SDHSAA) effective July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023, as presented.
Motion carried.
 

            Motion by Ode, seconded by Scott to approve the following personnel items:
    1.   
Accept recommendation to hire Therese-Ann Wanstrath, Elementary Gifted Education Teacher (.5 FTE) and Elementary Art Teacher (.5 FTE) at Valley Springs/Inspiration Elementary, MA+15 Step 10 ~ $51,322, based on the 2021-22 hiring schedule, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
    2.   
Approve resignation from Mike Langer, Grounds Supervisor, effective April 8, 2022.
    3.   
Approve resignation from Lilian Keough, BE ELL Teacher, effective at the end of 2021-22 school year.
    4.   
Approve recommendation to hire Carter Larson, BE 2nd Grade Teacher, BA ~ Step Base, $46,754.00, based on the 2021-22 hiring schedule, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
    5.   
Approve resignation from Kari Plumbtree, RBE Health and Educational Services Educational Assistant, effective May 25, 2022.
    6.   
Approve resignation from Elizabeth Sanders, VSE Health and Educational Services Educational Assistant, effective March 28, 2022.
    7.   
Approve recommendation to hire Benjamin Wahlstrom, Inspiration/VSE Music Teacher, BA ~ Step Base, $46,754.00 based on the 2021-22 hiring schedule, effective 2022-23 school year.
    8.   
Approve request for leave without pay for Elizabeth VanDyke, part-time Inspiration Elementary Child Nutrition worker, May 3 and May 19, 2022 (two days).
    9.   
Accept resignation/retirement of Robert McNamara, BVMS Custodial Supervisor, effective May 25, 2022.
    10. 
Approve resignation from Natasha Presler, Freshman Volleyball Coach, effective at the end of the 2021-22 school year, contingent upon finding a suitable replacement.
    11. 
Approve resignation of Sara Weber, BVMS 7th Grade English Language Arts Teacher, effective at the end of the 2021-22 school year.
    12. 
Approve request for leave without pay for Hope Stultz, BVIS Special Education Educational Assistant on April 21-22, 2022 (two days).
    13. 
Approve request for leave without pay for Shaley Zahn, BVIS Special Education Educational Assistant on March 29-30, 2022 (two days).
    14. 
Approve recommendation to hire Cherie Mailander, BVHS Administrative Assistant, full-time, 10-month position, $17.00/hour ~ 40 hours/week, based on the 2021-22 Classified Hiring Schedule, effective August 3, 2022.
    15. 
Approve recommendation to hire Cassie Kocer, Head Boys Tennis Coach, 12.5% of Extra-curricular Step Base ~ $5,087.00, based on the 2021-22 hiring schedule, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
    16. 
Approve recommendation to hire Jeff Ganschow, Assistant Boys Tennis Coach, 6.5% of Extra-curricular Step 7 ~ $2,795.00 based on the 2021-22 hiring schedule, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
    17. 
Approve recommendation to hire Brian Bennett, Grounds Supervisor, $17.75/hour, full-time, based on the 2021-22 Classified Hiring Schedule, effective April 25, 2022.
    18. 
Approve resignation of Maggie Bryant, BVHS English Teacher, effective end of the 2021-22 school year.
    19. 
Approve resignation from Kyla Kroger, Inspiration Elementary 4th Grade Teacher, effective at the end of the 2021-22 school year.
    20. 
Approve request for leave without pay for Kimberly Moffitt, BVMS Special Education Educational Assistant, for 33 days during the 2021-22 school year.
    21. 
Approve recommendation to hire Mary Mudder, .5 FTE Valley Springs Elementary Principal and .5 FTE Special Services Assistant Director, 204-day contract, $80,000.00, effective for the 2022-23 school year (2-year contract), starting August 10, 2022.
Motion Carried.
 

    The Board of Education reviewed the following (presented for information only):
    1.   
Transfer Mari Bass from Inspiration Elementary Health and Education Services Educational Assistant to Inspiration Elementary Educational Assistant, effective beginning with the 2022-23 school year.
    2.   
Transfer Paula Hagen from BVMS Computer Teacher to FAE Computer Teacher, effective beginning with the 2022-23 school year. 

            Communications received by the Central Office and Board of Education were reviewed.  They included the following items:
    1.   
Building Permit Applications – March 2022.
    2.   
Thank you from the Woodle Family for plant sent in memory of Dan Woodle. 

            Board reports were reviewed.  Board member Ellie Saxer reported on a recent Child Nutrition/Wellness Committee meeting.  “Fuel UP 60” Grant applications are currently being completed.  A Farm-to-School program continues as the BVSD partners with local vendors to provide fresh produce for our school lunches.  Plans are underway for the Wellness Fair to return for the 2022-23 school year!  

            President Renee Ullom and Board member Ellie Saxer also reported on behalf of the Personnel Welfare Committee where they recently attended an Associated School Boards of South Dakota (ASBSD) regional meeting where they were proud to share how negotiations are going.  Both Ullom and Saxer state that is it is great to talk about the relationship with our own Brandon Valley Education Association (BVEA) and how thankful they are, as board members, for the relationship that has built with years of service and trust between Business Manager Lundberg, Superintendent Larson and the Brandon Valley Education Association (BVEA) members.  The board continues to be thankful and very proud of what continues to be accomplished here for all students and staff at Brandon Valley. 

            Travel Reports were reviewed. 

Motion by Saxer, seconded by Scott to go into Executive Session at 7:04 p.m. per SDCL 1-25-2 (4) for  2022-23 Superintendent Contract Negotiations.  Motion Carried. 

The Board of Education came out of Executive Session and into Open Session at 7:32 p.m.  Motion by Talcott, seconded by Ode to approve Superintendent Contract Negotiations as follows:
    -      
Base salary freezes for 2022-23 at $180,765.
    -      
$1,500 salary enhancement paid in November 2022 payroll.
    -      
Increase contract item 5.N. (Supplemental Retirement) by $500 per month/$6,000 per year.  Total of $18,000/year.
    -      
Add contract item 5.0. as follows:
        Retention/Longevity Incentive:  Each July, the District shall pay 3% of the Superintendent’s base salary in the form of a longevity/retention incentive.  Upon completion of the Superintendent’s 9th year of employment, each July, the district shall pay 5% of the Superintendent’s base salary in the form of a longevity/retention incentive.
   
-    All other contractual components remain.
 
Motion carried. 

Motion by Scott, seconded by Saxer to adjourn at meeting at 7:36 p.m.  Motion carried.

Signed ____________________________________
                              Business Manager
 

Approved by the Board of Education this 9th day of May, 2022.

Signed____________________________________
                                Chairperson

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March 29, 2022

A special meeting of the Brandon Valley School District was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 29th day of March, 2022 at the Bandon Valley High School Community Room, Brandon, SD, with the following members present: Renee Ullom, Gregg Ode, Ellie Saxer, Gregg Talcott, and Nick Scott (via phone).  Absent: None.  Also present were Superintendent Jarod Larson, Business Manager Paul J. Lundberg, and High School Principal Mark Schlekeway. 

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

Motion by Talcott, seconded by Ode to go into Executive Session at 6:33 p.m. per SDCL 1-25-2.42 ~ Discussing the expulsion, suspension, discipline, assignment of or the educational program of a student or the eligibility of a student to participate in interscholastic activities provided by the South Dakota High School Activities Association.  Motion Carried. 

The Board of Education came out of Executive Session and into Open Session at 7:33 p.m.  Motion by Talcott, seconded by Ode to place student 250095 at the Brandon Valley High School Alternative School – Teachwell Academy for the remainder of Semester 2 of the 2021-22 school year for the violation of the student conduct and anti-harassment policy.  The Fall 2022-23 school year placement of the student will be at Brandon Valley High School, pending successful completion of the Teachwell program.  On a roll call vote, the following voted aye:  Talcott, Ode, Saxer, Scott and Ullom.  Voted nay:  none.  Motion carried. 

Motion by Talcott, seconded by Saxer to adjourn the special meeting at 7:34 p.m.  Motion carried.

Signed ___________________________________
                            Business Manager 

Approved by the Board of Education this 11th day of April, 2022.

Signed____________________________________
                            Chairperson

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March 28, 2022

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 28th of March 2022 at the Brandon Valley High School Community Room with the following members present:  Renee Ullom, Gregg Ode, Ellie Saxer (via phone), Nick Scott, and Gregg Talcott.  Absent: None.  Also present were Superintendent Jarod Larson, Business Manager Paul Lundberg, High School Principal Mark Schlekeway, High School Associate Principal Jordan Paula, Middle School Principal Brad Thorson, Intermediate School Principal Nick Skibsted, Robert Bennis Elementary Principal Kristin Hofkamp, Valley Springs/Inspiration Elementary Principal Tanya Palmer, and Special Services Director Wendy Otheim. 

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. 

BVHS Associate Principal Jordan Paula, along with Staff Advisor Amy Frantzen and several student advisors presented tonight’s Good New Report highlighting the District’s Best Buddies Program.  Best Buddies is an International Organization that promotes 1:1 friendship outside of school with student/peer interactions.  Brandon Valley started this program in 2016 as the first school in South Dakota and now is 80-100 members strong.  They strive to plan two group events per month outside of school, including a buddy match program, bowling, pumpkin painting, movies, games, and this year, a Best Buddies prom.  Superintendent Jarod Larson relayed his pride with this group and congratulated this excellent addition to Brandon Valley activities! 

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!  COVID-19 vaccination available for children ages  5-11.  Larson encouraged families to communicate with their primary care provider and make the right personal choice for their situation.  Our plan is to revert back to our pre-COVID protocol for next year.

The 2022-23 Budget process began in early January, 2022, with the distribution of budget forms/documents.  The Business Office has reviewed and compiled these documents throughout March of 2022.  At the February 28, 2022 meeting, the 2022-23 new staffing requests were presented.  At the March 14, 2022 meeting the preliminary Capital Outlay budget was presented for approval in order for major items to be bid in a timely manner. Negotiations and wage/salary recommendations will be reviewed in April of 2022.   In May 2022, a preliminary budget presentation will take place, and in July 2022, we will hold the public budget hearing for potential action.

The 2022-23 negotiations timeline/wage recommendations have begun with a pre-negotiation meeting between the BVSD Admin and the Brandon Valley Education Association (BVEA) on Wednesday, March 16, 2022.  The Personnel Welfare committee met on March 22, 2022 with a scheduled BOE Executive Session for negotiations preparations scheduled for tonight’s meeting (March 28, 2022).  A Personnel Welfare/BVEA Negotiations meeting is then scheduled for March 30, 2022 (with additional dates scheduled thereafter, if necessary).  Tentatively, at the April 11, 2022 Board of Education regular meeting, we will plan to ratify the 2022-23 Master Contract, approve Classified wage recommendation/approve Administration salary recommendation, and enter Superintendent contract negotiations.

The USDA update on free school breakfast/lunch will end on June 30, 2022.  The free and reduced application will be critical paperwork for the 2022-23 school year to qualify for free or reduced meals for the 2022-23 school year.  The Brandon Valley School District is no longer eligible for the Summer Feeding Program and we will have no summer lunch program the summer of 2022.  The Child Nutrition department plans to provide the ELL Summer School Program with lunches utilizing the Child Nutrition Services Charitable Needs Fund.

 Good new reports will be held at the second meeting of the month. Thank you to the Special Services department and the Best Buddies program for tonight’s presentation.  The following schools will present in the future: April-Middle School; and May-High School.

BVHS Addition Schedule (Overview of Important Dates)
-      
Pre-construction meeting:  BVSD / Architecture, Inc. / Contractor
-      
Monday, May 2022 ~ Parking Lot Construction begins
-     Parking Lot Construction to be completed by Monday, August 1, 2022

-      
Wednesday, June 1, 2022 ~ BVHS Addition Construction begins
-      
Friday, June 16, 2023 ~ Substantial Completion
-      
Friday, June 30, 2023 ~ Final Completion
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.
The South Dakota DOE will complete an Accreditation Visit (Desk Audit) on November 22, 2022.   

            Current School Calendar items include the following:  April 1, 2022-No school (in-service); April 14, 2022-two-hour early dismissal; April 15-18, 2022-No school (Spring Break); and Sunday, May 15, 2022 (BVHS Graduation); Wednesday, May 25, 2022-last day of school for students; and Thursday, May 26, 2022-Teacher paid workshop day.           

            Motion by Scott, seconded by Talcott to approve the following general business items:
            1.  Approve agreement by and between the BVSD #49-2 and South Dakota State University (SDSU) for student (non-medical) internships, effective for the 2021-22 school year for three years, as presented.

            2.   
Recommendation to approve summer of 2022 seasonal employment wages, effective June 1, 2022, at $15.00/hour (no experience); $15.50/hour (1 year experience); and $16.00/hour (2+ years’ experience), as presented.
Motion carried.
 

            Motion by Ode, seconded by Talcott to approve the following personnel items:
            1.   
Accept resignation from Erin Ashby, BVHS full-time Child Nutrition worker, effective March 11, 2022.
            2.   
Approve resignation from Tyson Metzger, Assistant 7th Grade Boys’ Basketball Coach, effective at the end of the 2021-22 school year, contingent upon finding a suitable replacement.
            3.   
Accept resignation from Patricia VanHal, BVHS Special Education Educational Assistant, effective May 25, 2022.
            4.   
Approve recommendation to hire Kate Campbell, BVMS Counselor, MA Step Base ~ $47,361.00, based on the 2021-22 hiring schedule, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
            5.   
Approve recommendation to hire Karlie Maki, School Psychologist, MA (Step 3 of School Psychologist Hiring Schedule ~ 186 contract days) $59,170.00, based on the 2021-22 hiring schedule, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
            6.   
Approve recommendation to hire Kailee Duncanson, BVMS 7th Grade Geography Teacher, BA Step Base ~ $46,754.00, based on the 2021-22 hiring schedule, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
            7.   
Approve recommendation to hire Jennifer Jensen, VSE 3rd Grade Teacher, BA Step 2 ~ $47,361.00, based on the 2021-22 hiring schedule, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
            8.   
Approve recommendation to transfer Jeanie Bruggeman, BVHS Administrative Assistant from 10-month to 12-month employee, effective July 1, 2022.
            9.   
Approve recommendation to transfer Ginger Early, FAE Administrative Assistant from 10-month to 12-month employee, effective July 1, 2022.
            10. 
Approve recommendation to hire Katie Kennett, BVHS Business/Social Studies Teacher, MA Step Base ~ $47,361.00, based on the 2021-22 hiring schedule, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
            11.  Approve recommendation to hire Hannah McIlravy, BVHS Counselor, MA Step 2 ~ $48,012.00 plus 10-day extended contract ~ $2,653.00 (total contract ~ $50,665.00), based on the 2021-22 hiring schedule, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
            12. 
Approve recommendation to hire Chelsea Hall, FAE 3rd Grade Teacher, BA Step 8 ~ $49,390.00, based on the 2021-22 hiring schedule, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
            13. 
Approve recommendation to hire Eric Paulsen, Substitute Transportation Bus/Van Driver, paid according to the Transportation Hiring Schedule, effective March 29, 2022.
            14. 
Approve recommendation to hire Kevin Callies, BVMS Computer/CTE Teacher, MA+30 Step Base ~ $48,012.00, based on the 2021-22 hiring schedule, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
            15. 
Approve recommendation to hire Tom Meester, Assistant HS Wrestling Coach, 10% of Extra-curricular Hiring Schedule Step 10 ~ $4,415.00, based on the 2021-22 hiring schedule, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
            16. 
Approve request for leave without pay for Wilma Kirkeby, BVMS Educational Assistant for eight days as presented.
            17. 
Approve resignation from Maxwell Larsen, BVMS 8th Grade Science Teacher, effective at the end of the 2021-22 school year.
            18. 
Approve recommendation to hire Julie Murphy, BVHS Special Education Teacher, BA Step 5 ~ $48,349.00, based on the 2021-22 hiring schedule, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
            19. 
Approve recommendation to hire Alyssa Klaudt, BVMS Special Education Teacher, MA Sep 3 ~ $48,349.00, Girls Varsity Tennis Coach, 12.5% of Extra-curricular hiring schedule Step Base ~ $5,086.00 (total contract ~ $53,435.00), based on the 2021-22 hiring schedule, effective for the 2022-  23 school year.
            20. 
Approve recommendation to hire Ketty Paula, Inspiration and Valley Springs Elementary School Physical Education Teacher, MA Step 10 ~ $50,905.00, 8th Grade Assistant Volleyball Coach, 6% of Extra-curricular hiring schedule Step 10 ~ $2,649.00, 8th Grade Head Girls’ Basketball                 Coach,6.5% of Extra-curricular hiring schedule Step 10 ~ $2,870.00 (total contract ~ $56,424.00), based on the 2021-22 hiring schedule, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
            21. 
Approve recommendation to hire Matthew Christensen, Head Varsity Football Coach, 16% of Extra-curricular Step 1 ~ $6,559.00, based on the 2021-22 school year, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
            22. 
Approve recommendation to hire Emma Terveer, Assistant Softball Coach, 8.5% of Extra-curricular hiring schedule ~ $3,459.00, based on the 2021-22 hiring schedule, effective for 2022-23 school year.
            23. 
Approve recommendation to transfer Rachael Fode from BE Music Teacher to BVMS Music Encore/Choir Teacher and also hire Mrs. Fode as BVMS School Play Director, 1.75% of Extra-curricular Step 10 ~ $773.00, based on the 2021-22 hiring schedule, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
            24. 
Approve recommendation to hire Benjamin Alberts, BVHS Physical Education Teacher, MA Step 1 ~ $47,682.00, Assistant 7th Grade Boys’ Basketball Coach, 6% of Extra-curricular hiring schedule Step 3 ~ $2,497.00, MS (new) Assistant Football Coach, 6% of Extra-curricular hiring schedule Step 2 ~ $2,478.00 (total contract ~ $52,657), based on the 2021-22 hiring schedule, effective for 2022-23.
            25. 
Approve recommendation to hire Megan Neuharth, Inspiration Elementary 1st Grade Teacher, MA Step 10 ~ $50,905.00, based on the 2021-22 hiring schedule, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
            26. 
Approve recommendation to hire Avery Sage, BVIS 5th Grade Core Teacher, BA Step Base ~ $46,754.00, based on the 2021-22 hiring schedule, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
            27. 
Approve recommendation to hire Mackenzie Wietgrefe, BVIS 5th Grade Core ELA Teacher, BA Step 2 ~ $47,361.00, based on the 2021-22 hiring schedule, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
            28. 
Approve recommendation to hire Heidi Schultz, BVIS Counselor, MA Step 10 ~ $50,905.00, based on the 2021-22 hiring schedule, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
            29. 
Approve the following substitute for the 2021-22 school year:  Noelle Johnson.
Motion Carried.
 

                  The Board of Education reviewed the following (presented for information only):
            1.   
Request for medical leave by Amie Bennett, BVHS Custodian, effective April 6, 2022, for approximately six weeks.
            2.   
Transfer Amanda Aaseng from Brandon Elementary Health and Educational Services Educational Assistant to Brandon Elementary Educational Assistant, effective beginning the 2022-23 school year.
            3.   
Transfer Lisa Ducheneaux from BVHS/BVMS Health and Educational Services Educational Assistant to BVHS Special Education Educational Assistant, effective beginning the 2022-23 school year. 

            Communications received by the Central Office and Board of Education were reviewed.  They included the following items:
            1.   
Thank you from Deb Swanson for support and thoughtfulness toward staff and retired teachers.
            2.   
Thank you from Alex and Stacey Wiese for flowers sent in honor of the birth of their daughter, Brooklyn. 

            Board reports were reviewed.  President Renee Ullom reported on the Alternative Education committee, reporting on a recent meeting that was held.  Ullom also reported that the Child Nutrition/Wellness Committee will meet Friday, April 1, 2022.
             
Board Member Gregg Talcott reported on the Student Activities, Curriculum & Technology committee, including the curriculum cycle that Brandon Valley follows, state assessment schedules, and other curriculum items. 

            Travel Reports were reviewed. 

Motion by Talcott, seconded by Ode to go into Executive Session at 6:50 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 Scott, seconded by Ode to adjourn at meeting at 7:08 p.m.  Motion carried. 

Signed ___________________________________
                            Business Manager 

Approved by the Board of Education this 11th day of April, 2022.

Signed____________________________________
                            Chairperson

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March 14, 2022

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 14th of March 2022 at the Brandon Valley High School Community Room with the following members present:  Renee Ullom, Gregg Ode, Ellie Saxer (via phone), Nick Scott, and Gregg Talcott.  Absent: None.  Also present were Superintendent Jarod Larson, Business Manager Paul Lundberg, Middle School Principal Brad Thorson, Intermediate School Principal Nick Skibsted, Director of Instruction Sherri Nelson, and Operations Manager Ty Hentschel. 

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

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

Motion by Ode, seconded by Scott to approve the minutes of the regular board of education meetings of February 14, 2022 and February 28, 2022 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 February, 2022 showed receipts of $3,524,161.67 and disbursements of $3,908,249.21 leaving a balance of $13,728,992.06.  The General Fund had receipts of $3,170,476.07, received a temporary interfund transfer of $18,923.54 from the Bond Fund, and disbursements of $2,974,382.64, leaving a balance of $6,817,497.08.  Capital Outlay Fund had receipts of $50,198.36 and disbursements of $136,112.56, leaving a balance of $5,125,402.55.  Special Education Fund had receipts of $272,911.70 and disbursements of $778,203.87, leaving a balance of $1,058,802.94.  Bond Redemption Fund had receipts of $18,923.54, sent a temporary interfund transfer of $18,923.54 to the general fund, and disbursements of $0.00, leaving a balance of $0.00.  Enterprise Fund had receipts of $11,652.00 and disbursements of $13,155.69, leaving a balance of $70,428.91. Lastly, the Capital Projects Fund has receipts of $0.00, and disbursements of $6,394.45, leaving a balance of $656,860.58.

 

The February, 2022 payroll totaled $2,317,046.14 which $1,243,120.39 was instructional, $517,675.74 was support services, $42,237.60 was co-curricular, $407,940.86 was Special Education, $102,196.55 was Food Service, and $3,875.00 was Driver’s Education.

 

Motion by Talcott, seconded by Scott to approve the financial reports as presented for the month of February, 2022.  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!  COVID-19 vaccination available for children ages  5-11.  Larson encouraged families to communicate with their primary care provider and make the right personal choice for their situation.  Our plan is to revert back to our pre-COVID protocol for next year.

The 2022-23 Budget process has begun with budget forms/documents distributed early January, 2022.  The Business Office will compile and review by March 2022.  At the February 28, 2022 meeting, the 2022-23 new staffing requests were presented.  At tonight’s meeting we will present the preliminary Capital Outlay budget for approval in order for major items to be bid in a timely manner.  In May 2022, we will hold a preliminary budget presentation and in July 2022, we will hold the public budget hearing for potential action.

A School Board Election for two (2), three-year (3-year) seats will be held on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 (if necessary).  The earliest date to circulate a petition is April 7, 2022; the deadline for return of petitions is May 13, 2022 (candidates must file a Financial Interest Statement within 15 days of filing a nominating petition).  If you have any further questions regarding this process, please contact the Business Office.

The 2022-23 negotiations timeline/wage recommendations will begin with a pre-negotiation meeting between the BVSD Admin and the Brandon Valley Education Association (BVEA) on Wednesday, March 16, 2022.  The Personnel Welfare and BVEA plan to meet on March 22, 2022 with a scheduled BOE Executive Session for negotiations preparations on March 28, 2022.  A Personnel Welfare/BVEA Negotiations meeting is then scheduled for March 30, 2022 (with additional dates scheduled thereafter, if necessary).  Tentatively, at the April 11, 2022 Board of Education regular meeting we will plan to ratify the 2022-23 Master Contract, approve Classified wage recommendation/approve Administration Salary recommendation, and enter Superintendent contract negotiations.

Legislative Session Update:  The 2022 session was completed on March 10, 2022 and the last remaining legislative day (Veto Day) is scheduled for Monday, March 28, 2022.  The education funding increase is 6%.

The USDA update on free school breakfast/lunch will end on June 30, 2022.  The free and reduced application will be critical paperwork for the 2022-23 school year to qualify for free or reduced meals for the 2022-23 school year.  The Brandon Valley School District is no longer eligible for the Summer Feeding Program and we will have no summer lunch program the summer of 2022.  The retro-fit bus that was equipped specifically for the summer lunch program will now be used as a mobile feeding unit for field trips.  Should we become eligible for the summer feeding program again, we will be able to utilize the feeding bus again at that time.

 Good new reports will be held at the second meeting of the month as follows:  March-Special Services; April-Middle School; and May-High School.

BVHS Addition Schedule (Overview of Important Dates)
-      
Publish notification 2/23/2022 and 3/02/2022
-      
Thursday, March 10, 2022 @ 2:00 p.m. – Bids Due/Open Bids
-      
Monday, March 14, 2022 – Award Bid (School Board Approval)
-      
Monday, May 2, 2022 ~ Parking Lot Construction begins
-    Parking Lot Construction to be completed by Monday, August 1, 2022

|-     
Wednesday, June 1, 2022 ~ BVHS Addition Construction begins
-      
Friday, June 16, 2023 ~ Substantial Completion
-      
Friday, June 30, 2023 ~ Final Completion
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.

            Current School Calendar items include the following: Monday, March 14, 2022-Elementary/BVHS Parent-Teacher Conferences; Tuesday, March 15, 2022-Intermediate/Middle School Parent-Teacher Conferences; Thursday, March 17, 2022-School in session (make up snow day); Friday, March 18, 2022-No school (comp day); and Friday, April 1, 2022-No school (in-service); April 14, 2022-two-hour early dismissal; April 15-18, 2022-No school (Spring Break); and Sunday, May 15, 2022 (BVHS Graduation).           

            Superintendent Jarod Larson presented the bids from the High School Classroom Addition projects opened on March 10, 2022.  The Administration recommendation is to accept the low bid from Gil Haugan Construction in the total amount of $8,836,000.00, as presented.  Motion by Talcott, seconded by Scott to accept this low bid as presented.  Motion carried. 

Superintendent Jarod Larson reviewed the 2022-23 Capital Outlay Preliminary Budget Summary for a total of $13,652,000 as presented.  Motion by Scott, seconded by Ode to approve the Preliminary Capital Outlay Budget  in the amount of $13,652,000, as presented.  Motion carried. 

            Motion by Talcott, seconded by Scott to approve the following general business items:
           
1.   Approve the amended ESSER II budget to include ELL Curriculum in the amount of $60,774.17 and Transportation Equipment (school buses) in the amount of $350,000.00, as presented.

            2.   
Approve request to purchase three new school buses (2023 Blue Bird BBCV Vision Type C Propane Buses) from Sourcewell Contract #102155-NCB, using ESSER II funds, totaling $340,056.00, for the 2022-23 school year, as presented.
            3.   
Approve Board Member appointments to the area Equalization Boards.  Meeting dates and times as listed:
     
°  Brandon, Tuesday, March 22, 2022, 6:00 p.m. at the Council Chambers – Ellie Saxer

                 
(Wednesday, March 23, 2022 is reserved as an alternate date.)
      °  Splitrock Township, Monday, March 21, 2022, 7:00 p.m. at Splitrock Township Fire Department - Gregg Ode
      °  Valley Springs, Monday, March 21, 2022, 6:00 p.m. at Valley Springs Legion Hall – Nick Scott
                 
(Tuesday, March 22, 2022 is reserviced as an alternate date.)
      °  Minnehaha and Lincoln County, Monday, March 21, 2022 (3-5 p.m.), Minnehaha Administration Building - Gregg Talcott
      °  Sioux Falls, (time yet to be determined) – Gregg Talcott

Motion carried.
 

            Motion by Talcott, seconded by Ode to approve the following personnel items:
1.   
Accept resignation/retirement notification from Cathy Smith, BVIS Special Education Educational Assistant, effective May 25, 2022.
2.   
Approve recommendation to hire through transfer Michelle Holmquist, part-time BE Child Nutrition worker to full-time BVHS Child Nutrition worker, $14.75/hour, effective March 15, 2022.
3.   
Approve recommendation to hire Cindy Fitts, part-time BVIS Child Nutrition worker, $14.75/hour, effective March 15, 2022.
4.   
Approve recommendation to hire Danelle Park, part-time BE Child Nutrition worker, $14.75/hour, effective March 15, 2022.
5.    Approve amended recommendation to hire Abby Kaschmitter, RBE Kindergarten Teacher, MA+30 ~ Step 10, $51,767.00, based on the 2021-22 hiring schedule, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
6.   
Approve resignation from Sharon Schwebach, MS Play Director, effective at the end of the 2021-22 school year, contingent on finding a suitable replacement.
7.   
Approve recommendation to hire Nick Skibsted, District Distance Learning Coordinator, $4,600 stipend effective for the 2022-23 school year, one-year position.
8.   
Approve recommendation to hire Katie Murdy, District Distance Learning Counselor, $2,600 stipend effective for the 2022-23 school year, one-year position.
9.   
Approve transfer of Mike Langner from Building and Grounds Supervisor to Building and Grounds crew, wage to be determined effective July 1, 2022, as presented.
10. 
Approve recommendation to hire Christine Murtha, Assistant MS Track & Field Coach, 6% of extra-curricular step base ~ $2,441.00, effective for the 2021-22 school year.
11. 
Approve resignation from Emily Sandager, Assistant 8th Grade Volleyball Coach, effective at the end of the 2021-22 school year, contingent upon finding a suitable replacement.
12. 
Approve resignation from Jodi Ackerman, Assistant MS Play Director, effective at the end of the 2021-22 school year, contingent upon finding a suitable replacement.
13. 
Approve recommendation to hire Amanda Larson, FAE/Inspiration Elementary long-term substitute nurse for the 2022-23 school year.
14. 
Approve the following substitute for the 2021-22 school year:  Jaclyn Houghtaling.
Motion Carried.

      
The Board of Education reviewed the following (presented for information only):

1.   
Transfer Dylan Briest from BVMS Special Education Teacher to BVIS Special Education Teacher, effective beginning with the 2022-23 school year.
2.   
Transfer Madeline Brake from FAE Computer Teacher to FAE 4th Grade Teacher, effective beginning with the 2022-23 school year. 

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

1.   
Building Permit Applications – February 2022.
2.   
Thank you from Kristin VanBuskirk and family for flowers sent in honor of the birth of their son, Kamron.
3.   
Thank you from Mariah Koch and family for the flowers sent in honor of the birth of their son, Dawson.
4.   
Thank you from Melissa Garrow and family for the plant sent in memory of Chad Garrow. 

            Board reports were reviewed.  President Renee Ullom reported on the Alternative Education committee, stating that Teachwell will have a meeting on March 15, 2022, which will include an audit hearing.  Ullom also reported on Child Nutrition/Wellness Committee.  The CNS staff is planning to attend the National Convention in Florida this year. 

            Travel Reports were reviewed. 

Motion by Ode, seconded by Talcott to adjourn at meeting at 6:54 p.m.  Motion carried.

Signed ___________________________________
                            Business Manager 

Approved by the Board of Education this 11th day of April, 2022.

Signed____________________________________
                            Chairperson

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February 28, 2022

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 28th of February 2022 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 Lundberg, High School Principal Mark Schlekeway, Activities Director Bill Freking, Middle School Principal Brad Thorson, Intermediate School Principal Nick Skibsted, Assistant Intermediate School Principal Rick Pearson, Brandon Elementary Principal Merle Horst, 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 Saxer, seconded by Ode to approve the agenda as presented.  Motion carried.

 
Brandon Valley Intermediate School Principal Nick Skibsted presented the Good New Report tonight with the after school STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Club.  This group showed off a marble roller coaster that was built. 

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!  COVID-19 vaccination available for children ages  5-11.  Larson encouraged families to communicate with their primary care provider and make the right personal choice for their situation.

The 2022-23 Budget process has begun with budget forms/documents distributed early January, 2022.  The Business Office will compile and review by March 2022.  At tonight’s meeting we will present the new staffing requests.  In March 2022, the preliminary Capital Outlay budget will be presented for approval in order for major items to be bid in a timely manner.  In May 2022, we will hold a preliminary budget presentation and in July 2022, we will hold the public budget hearing for potential action.

A School Board Election for two (2), three-year (3-year) seats will be held on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 (if necessary).  The earliest date to circulate a petition is April 7, 2022; the deadline for return of petitions is May 13, 2022 (candidates must file a Financial Interest Statement within 15 days of filing a nominating petition.)  If you have any further questions regarding this process, please contact the Business Office.

The 2022-23 negotiations timeline/wage recommendations will begin with a pre-negotiation meeting between the BVSD Admin and the Brandon Valley Education Association (BVEA) on Wednesday, March 16, 2022.  The Personnel Welfare and BVEA plan to meet on March 22, 2022 with a scheduled BOE Executive Session for negotiations preparations on March 28, 2022.  A Personnel Welfare/BVEA Negotiations meeting is then scheduled for March 30, 2022 (with additional dates scheduled thereafter, if necessary).  Tentatively, at the April 11, 2022 Board of Education regular meeting we will plan to ratify the 2022-23 Master Contract, approve Classified wage recommendation/approve Administration Salary recommendations, and enter Superintendent contract negotiations.

Legislative Session Update:  Joint Associated School Boards of South Dakota (ASBSD)/School Administrators of South Dakota (SASD)/Large School Group Information Resources are available on their web-site.
            Good new reports will be held at the second meeting of the month as follows:  Thank you to the Intermediate School tonight for their presentation.  Upcoming presentations are as follows: March-Special Services; April-Middle School; and May-High School.
 

BVHS Addition Schedule (Overview of Important Dates)
-      
Publish notification 2/23/2022 and 3/02/2022
-      
Thursday, March 10, 2022 @ 2:00 p.m. – Bids Due/Open Bids
-      
Monday, March 14, 2022 – Award Bid (School Board Approval)
-      
Monday, May 2, 2022 ~ Parking Lot Construction begins
-     Parking Lot Construction to be completed by Monday, August 1, 2022

-      
Wednesday, June 1, 2022 ~ BVHS Addition Construction begins
-      
Friday, June 16, 2023 ~ Substantial Completion
-      
Friday, June 30, 2023 ~ Final Completion
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.
 

Current School Calendar items include the following: Friday, Monday, March 14, 2022-Elementary/BVHS Parent-Teacher Conferences; Tuesday, March 15, 2022-Intermediate/Middle School Parent-Teacher Conferences; Thursday, March 17, 2022-School in session (make up snow day); Friday, March 18, 2022-No school (comp day); and Friday, April 1, 2022-No school (in-service); April 14, 2022-2-hour early dismissal; April 15-18, 2022-No school (Spring Break); and Sunday, May 15, 2022 (BVHS Graduation). 

Board member Gregg Talcott encouraged any interested patrons to consider running for the upcoming school board open seats.  Talcott declared that he would not be seeking a second term at this point.  Board President Ullom stated that she will be running again and also encouraged others to consider. 

The Independent Auditor’s Report for Fiscal Year 2021 was presented, as submitted by Quam, Berglin & Post, P.C., Certified Public Accountants.  Motion by Talcott, seconded by Saxer to accept the Brandon Valley School District #49-2 Financial Statements and Independent Auditor’s Report ~ June 30, 2021.  Motion carried.

Superintendent Jarod Larson reviewed the following new positions for the 2022-23 school year as follows:
            General Fund staffing requests:
                         
.5 FTE Valley Spring Elementary School Principal
                        1.0 FTE Brandon Valley High School Business Computer Teacher
                       
1.0 FTE Brandon Valley High School Physical Education Teacher
                        0.15 FTE Brandon Valley High School Sign Language Teacher (increase)

                                    
 Brandon Valley High School Secretary ($4,000 additional summer hours)
                       
1.0 FTE Brandon Valley Middle School Computers / CTE Teacher
                       
1.0 FTE Brandon Valley Middle School Encore Teacher
                        2.0 FTE Brandon Valley Intermediate School Core (ELA, Math, Social Studies, Science)
                        1.0 FTE Fred Assam Elementary Teacher (Grade TBD)

                                   
 Fred Assam Elementary School Secretary ($4,000 additional summer hours)  
                       
1.0 FTE Inspiration Elementary Teacher (Grade TBD)
                        1.0 FTE Inspiration Elementary Physical Education Teacher (also provide VSE instruction)
                        1.0 FTE Inspiration Elementary Music Teacher (also provide VSE instruction)
                        2.0 FTE Inspiration Elementary Educational Assistants
                        1.0 FTE Gifted Education (3-6) / Elementary Art Teacher (VSE and Inspiration)
                        1.0 FTE District Building and Grounds Position
                                     BVHS Assistant Wrestling Coach (10% Extracurricular Hiring Schedule)
                                     Two (2) BVMS Assistant Coaches (6-6.5% Extracurricular Hiring Schedule)

            Motion by Saxer, seconded by Ode to approve the 2022-23 General Fund Additional Staffing request of $963,500 as presented.  Motion carried.

            Superintendent Jarod Larson reviewed the following new positions for the 2022-23 school year as follows:
            Special Education Fund staffing requests:
                         
 .5 FTE Assistant Special Services Director
                        1.0 FTE Special Education Educational Assistant
                        1.0 FTE School Psychologist
                                     Physical Therapist: $15,500 (contracted with Teachwell)
                                     Occupational Therapist: $15,000 (contracted with Teachwell)"
                                    
Out of District Placements: $21,500 (contracted with Teachwell)

            Motion by Talcott, seconded by Ode to approve the 2022-23 Special Education staffing increase request of $225,000 as presented.  Motion carried.

            Superintendent Jarod Larson reviewed the following new positions for the 2022-23 school year as follows: ARP ESSER III Act Fund staffing requests:
                        2.0 FTE Class Size Reduction Teachers (Brandon Elementary/Inspiration continuation)

                       
7.0 FTE Reading Interventionists (continuation)
                       
3.0 FTE School Counselors (BVIS, BVMS and BVHS)
                        1.0 FTE BVMS Tier II Educational Assistant

                                   
Distance Learning Coordinator: $4,600 (continuation)
                                    Distance Learning Counselor: $2,300
                                    Fred Assam Elementary/Inspiration Elementary Long-term Nurse Substitute: $33,000

                                   
Teachwell Solutions ($104,982 for budget overage) 

Motion by Ode, seconded by Saxer to approve the 2022-23 ARP ESSER III Act Fund staffing increase request of $1,004,882 as presented.  Motion carried.

  Motion by Saxer, seconded by Talcott to approve the following personnel items:
            1.   
Approve resignation from Linda Schoby, BVIS Head Cook, effective February 25, 2022.
            2.   
Approve resignation from Kristen Ondricek, RBE 3rd Grade Teacher, effective at the end of the 2021-22 school year.
            3.    Approve resignation from Jamie Hofland, BVIS Special Education Teacher, effective at the end of the 2021-22 school year.
            4.   
Approve resignation from Stephanie Sparks, BVMS Special Education Teacher, effective at the end of the 2021-22 school year.
            5.   
Approve request for leave without pay by Kate Kirkebak, FAE Reading Interventionist, effective March 17, 2022 for five (5) days.
            6.   
Approve recommendation to hire through transfer Cathy Finn, BVIS part-time Child Nutrition worker to BVIS full-time Child Nutrition worker, $14.75/hour, effective March 7, 2022.
            7.   
Approve resignation from Taylor Woodall, BVHS Special Education Teacher, effective at the end of the 2021-22 school year.
            8.   
Approve resignation from Amanda Dedula, BE Early Childhood Speech Language Pathologist, effective at the end of the 2021-22 school year.
            9.   
Approve resignation from Cassondra Shutes, BE 2nd Grade Teacher, effective at the end of the 2021-22 school year.
            10. 
Approve resignation from Cassandra Nack, VSE Combined Encore Teacher, effective at the end of the 2021-22 school year.
            11. 
Approve recommendation to hire Abby Kaschmitter, RBE Kindergarten Teacher, MA Step 10 ~ $50,905, based on the 2021-22 hiring schedule, effective for the 2022-23 school year.
            12. 
Approve recommendation to hire Kayla Kappler, long-term substitute for Stacey Wiese, BVMS 7th/8th grade math teacher, effective on or around March 15, 2022, for approximately 6 weeks.
            13. 
Accept Resignation/Retirement notification from Robert Shuck, Van Driver, effective February 28, 2022.
            14. 
Approve the following substitutes for the 2021-22 school year:  Elizabeth Aaker, Natalie Barthman, Denis Edwards, Tamara Panning, Dodi Young, and Elsie Zajicek.
Motion Carried.
 

                  The Board of Education reviewed the following (presented for information only):
            1.   
Transfer Brady Olson from BVMS 7th Grade Geography Teacher to BVHS Business Teacher / Internship Coordinator, effective for the 2022/23 school year. 

            Travel Reports were reviewed. 

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

Signed ___________________________________
                               
Business Manager 

Approved by the Board of Education this 14th day of March, 2022.

Signed____________________________________
                                   
Chairperson

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February 14, 2022

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 14th of February 2022 at the Brandon Valley High School Community Room with the following members present:  Renee Ullom, Gregg Ode, Ellie Saxer, Nick Scott, and Gregg Talcott.  Absent: None.  Also present were Superintendent Jarod Larson, Business Manager Paul Lundberg, High School Principal Mark Schlekeway, High School Associate Principal Mitzi Moore, Middle School Principal Brad Thorson, Intermediate School Principal Nick Skibsted, Assistant Intermediate School Principal Rick Pearson, Brandon Elementary Principal Merle Horst, Valley Springs/Inspiration Elementary Principal Tanya Palmer, Fred Assam Elementary Principal Susan Foster, Robert Bennis Elementary Principal Kristin Hofkamp, Director of Instruction Sherri Nelson, and Operations Manager Ty Hentschel. 

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

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

Motion by Ode, seconded by Scott to approve the minutes of the regular board of education meetings of January 10, 2022 and the regular meeting of January 24, 2022 as presented.  Motion carried.

 

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

Motion carried.

 

The cash report for the month of January, 2022 showed receipts of $2,315,134.21 and disbursements of $4,155,986.95 leaving a balance of $14,110,817.39.  The General Fund had receipts of $1,927,031.56, sent a temporary interfund transfer of $363,449.64 to the Bond Fund, and disbursements of $2,931,461.27, leaving a balance of $6,602,480.11.  Capital Outlay Fund had receipts of $37,545.43 and disbursements of $255,476.01, leaving a balance of $5,211,316.75.  Special Education Fund had receipts of $283,113.11 and disbursements of $580,199.34, leaving a balance of $1,564,095.11.  Bond Redemption Fund had receipts of $17,944.11, received a temporary interfund transfer of $363,449.64, and disbursements of $381,393.75, leaving a balance of $0.00.  Enterprise Fund had receipts of $49,500.00 and disbursements of $269.13, leaving a balance of $71,932.60. Lastly, the Capital Projects Fund has receipts of $0.00, and disbursements of $7,187.45, leaving a balance of $663,255.03.

 

The January, 2022 payroll totaled $2,426,051.89 which $1,225,996.87 was instructional, $649,723.73 was support services, $39,579.46 was co-curricular, $405,549.21 was Special Education, $104,952.62 was Food Service, and $250.00 was Driver’s Education.

 

Motion by Ode, seconded by Scott to approve the financial reports as presented for the month of January, 2022.  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!  COVID-19 vaccination available for children ages  5-11.  Larson encouraged families to communicate with their primary care provider and make the right personal choice for their situation.

The 2022-23 Budget process has begun with budget forms/documents distributed early January, 2022.  The Business Office will compile and review by March 2022.  At tonight’s meeting we will present the 5-year plan along with new staffing positions.  In March 2022, the preliminary Capital Outlay budget will be presented for approval in order for major items to be bid in a timely manner.  In May 2022, we will hold a preliminary budget presentation and in July 2022, we will hold the public budget hearing for potential action.

A School Board Election for two (2), three-year (3-year) seats will be held on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 (if necessary).  The earliest date to circulate a petition is April 7, 2022; the deadline for return of petitions is May 13, 2022 (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.

Tentative 2022-23 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 22, 2022 with a scheduled BOE Executive Session for negotiations preparations on March 28, 2022.  A Personnel Welfare/BVEA Negotiations meeting is then scheduled for March 30, 2022 (with additional dates scheduled thereafter, if necessary).  Tentatively, at the April 11, 2022 Board of Education regular meeting we will plan to ratify the 2022-23 Master Contract, approve Classified wage recommendation/approve Administration Salary recommendations, and enter Superintendent contract negotiations. 

BV Listens 2.0!  The BV School District has disseminated a work environment survey to staff (for both certified and classified staff) which closed on January 18, 2022.  This aligns with our Strategic Plan for staff development to support highly effective teachers, leaders and staff.   We are now in the process of compiling data with the results to follow.

Legislative Session Update:  Joint Associated School Boards of South Dakota (ASBSD)/School Administrators of South Dakota (SASD)/Large School Group Information Resources are available on their web-site.
            Kindergarten Screening registration is now open for school year 2022-23 is open and will begin this week.  Please contact your respective Elementary school for information.

Good new reports will be held at the second meeting of the month as follows:  February-Special Services; March-Intermediate School; April-Middle School; and May-High School. 

BVHS Addition Schedule (Overview of Important Dates)
-      
Thursday, February 10, 2022 @ 2:00 p.m. ~ Bids Due/Open Bids
-      
Monday, February 14, 2022 – Reject all bids/rebid the project (technical error within the low bid)
-      
Publish notification 2/23/2022 and 3/02/2022
-      
Thursday, March 10, 2022 @ 2: p.m. – Bids Due/Open Bids
-      
Monday, March 14, 2022 – Award Bid (School Board Approval)
-      
Monday, May 2, 2022 ~ Parking Lot Construction begins
-     Parking Lot Construction to be completed by Monday, August 1, 2022

-      
Wednesday, June 1, 2022 ~ BVHS Addition Construction begins
-      
Friday, June 16, 2023 ~ Substantial Completion
-      
Friday, June 30, 2023 ~ Final Completion

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. 

Current School Calendar items include the following: Friday, February 18, 2022-No school; Monday, February 21, 2022-No school (President’s Day); Monday, March 14, 2022-Elementary/BVHS Parent-Teacher Conferences; Tuesday, March 15, 2022-Intermediate/Middle School Parent-Teacher Conferences; Thursday, March 17, 2022-School in session (make up snow day); Friday, March 18, 2022-No school (comp day); and Friday, April 1, 2022-No school (in-service). 

            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 21-25, 2022.  At Brandon Valley, we are thankful for THE best and most dedicated School Board.  Thank you from all of us, you are very appreciated! 

            Brandon Valley Intermediate School Principal Nick Skibsted spoke to the Board of Education.  He stated that they were able to hold a Spelling Bee this year, which had been canceled in two consecutive years due to COVID.  A 6th grade student won the regional contest this weekend!  Secondly, Brandon Valley Intermediate School Band Instructor, Del Hubers, then addressed the board.  Mr. Hubers reviewed the 5th and 6th grade band options and hours spent learning their instruments.  Mr. Hubers attended the South Dakota Bandmasters event held this last week and was happy to report that after meeting with his colleagues at this event, Brandon Valley has a very generous offering of hours and large number of students participating in Band at this starting point of 5th and 6th grade. Upcoming important dates and events to note:  February 28th ~ 5/6th grade band concert with 270 students; April 11th ~ District  5th - 12th concert; April 12th ~ District Percussion Night; and finally, May 17th ~ Spring concert, which will include a beginning 5th grade band composition composed just for our 5th grade band.  Mr. Hubers reported requesting a special composition to be written for just a 5th grade band, and after choosing which composition that will be featured for our band, the students will then have the opportunity to hold a “zoom meeting” with the composer that actually wrote the piece for our band!  Mr. Hubers thanked the Board of Education for their continued support of our band programs! 

            Fred Assam Elementary School Principal, Susan Foster, reported that for the month of January, FAE Student Council sponsored a “penny war” to collect money for the South Dakota Honor Flight.  They also held a valentine’s day fundraiser and with these monies collected, they will be hosting an event at FAE on Thursday, February 24th at 1:30 p.m. with Congressman Dusty Johnson and honor flight representatives in order to present this gift. 

Business Manager Paul Lundberg reviewed the Brandon Valley School District’s 2022-27 Five Year Plan.  This plan can be viewed in its entirety at www.brandonvalleyschools.com on the Business Office tab. 

            Motion by Talcott, seconded by Scott to approve the following general business items:
           
1.   Approve proposal from Innovative Office Solutions for carpet replacement at Fred Assam Elementary, per the Sourcewell Contract #080819-TFU in the amount of $145,978.02, as presented.

            2.   
Deny BVSD Petition for a Residency Exception (#22-004), effective for the 2021-22 school year.
            3.   
Approve recommendation to reject all bids for the Brandon Valley High School Additional and rebid the project, as presented.
Motion carried.
 

            Motion by Saxer, seconded by Ode to approve the following personnel items:
            1.   
Approve recommendation to hire through transfer, Sarah Gruber, part-time BVMS Child Nutrition worker to full-time BVMS Child Nutrition worker, $14.84/hour, effective February 14, 2022.
            2.   
Approve request for leave without pay by Amanda Miller, part-time BVIS Child Nutrition worker, January 31 and February 1, 2022 (two days), as presented.
            3.   
Approve recommendation to hire Elizabeth Sanders, VSE Academic and Student Health Services Educational Assistant, full-time, $15.90/hour, effective February 7, 2022.
            4.   
Approve resignation from Denae Haiar, 8th Grade Girls Basketball Coach – contingent on finding a suitable replacement, effective at the end of the 2021-22 school year.
            5.   
Approve resignation from Teresa East, part-time Child Nutrition worker, effective January 27, 2022.
            6.   
Approve resignation from Hayley Schacht, FAE Third Grade Teacher, effective at the end of the 2021-22 school year.
            7.   
Approve recommendation to hire through transfer Ardis Lippert, from FAE Elementary Educational Assistant to BE Evening Custodian, $16.50/hour plus $1.00/hour night differential, effective February 7, 2022.
            8.   
Approve resignation from Elizabeth Tjeerdsma, VSE Third Grade teacher, effective at the end of the 2021-22 school year.
            9.   
Approve resignation from Teresa VanBelle, BVIS full-time Child Nutrition, effective February 22, 2022.
            10. 
Approve recommendation to hire Adam Rothenberger, BVMS Assistant Principal, $75,000, 10-month contract (204) days), two-year contract, effective August 10, 2022, and Middle School Activities Coordinator ~ 10.7% of Extra-curricular Step Base, $4,354, Total contract of $79,354 as presented.
            11. 
Approve the following substitutes for the 2021-22 school year:  Mariah Anderson, Ryan Hofer, Briana Kacmarynski, Laura Patzer, and Michelle Wiegand.
Motion Carried.
 

                  The Board of Education reviewed the following (presented for information only):
            1.   
Request for maternity leave by Danielle Hartog, BVIS Special Education Educational Assistant, effective on or around April 2, 2022, through the end of the 2021-22 school year.
            2.   
Request for sick leave from Mary Thue, BVHS part-time Child Nutrition worker, effective January 31, 2022, for approximately 12 days.  

            Communications received by the Central Office and Board of Education were reviewed.  They included the following items:
            1.   
Building Permit Applications – January 2022. 

            Board reports were reviewed.  Board Member Ellie Saxer reported on a recent Child Nutrition/Wellness Committee meeting.  Saxer thanks the group of professionals planning and preparing for this committee.  She reminded us that a lot had been on hold due to COVID but there is a lot that is getting ready to be back on board with health and wellness opportunities and with health professionals returning to our school for events. 

Motion by Saxer, seconded by Scott to go into Executive Session at 7:19 p.m. per SDCL 1-25-2.3 ~ Review Communication from Legal Counsel.  Motion Carried. 

The Board of Education came out of Executive Session and into Open Session at 7:24 p.m. 

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

Signed ___________________________________
                               
Business Manager 

Approved by the Board of Education this 14th day of March, 2022.

Signed____________________________________
                                   
Chairperson

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January 24, 2022

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 24th of January 2022 at the Brandon Valley High School Community Room with the following members present:  Renee Ullom, Gregg Ode, Gregg Talcott, Nick Scott.  Absent: Ellie Saxer.  Also present were Superintendent Jarod Larson, Business Manager Paul Lundberg, High School Principal Mark Schlekeway, Activities Director Bill Freking, Middle School Principal Brad Thorson, Intermediate School Principal Nick Skibsted, Valley Springs/Inspiration Elementary Principal Tanya Palmer, Brandon Elementary Principal Merle Horst, Robert Bennis Elementary Principal Kristin Hofkamp, Director of Instruction Sherri Nelson, and Operations Manager Ty Hentschel. 

Renee Ullom called the regular meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.  In memory of Chad Garrow, long-time teacher and coach with the Brandon Valley School District, who passed away on January 21, 2022, the board recognized him with a moment of silence at the beginning of the meeting followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

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

At tonight’s meeting, the Good News Report was an overview of the Brandon Valley Fine Arts Night scheduled at BVIS and RBE on Thursday March 24, 2022.  Art Instructors Jordan Heeren, Heidi McNamara, and Erin Rieff discussed this event that builds community involvement, connections with others and provide a venue for students’ work to be seen by a larger community of people.  With over 600 community members expected to attend with 65 volunteers, this night is going to be a BIG event.  All patrons are encouraged and invited to attend! 

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!  COVID-19 vaccination available for children ages  5-11.  Larson encouraged families to communicate with their primary care provider and make the right personal choice for their situation.

A future federal requirement for School Bus Drivers will be an entry level driver training program.  This formalizes our current training procedure and also requires submission of documentation.  This requirement is effective February 7, 2022, with all licensed drivers prior to that date grandfathered into the program.  At tonight’s BOE meeting, we will review and approve Entry-Level Driver Trainer (ELDT) Wage/Training position(s).

Brandon Elementary/Core Area Drainage Improvements:
°          Convey small piece of unusable property to City of Brandon
°          SE corner of Brandon Elementary Land (South of field/track area)
°          Component of large-scale drainage improvements
°          Formal Agreement provided at future meeting

        BV Listens 2.0!  The BV School District has disseminated a work environment survey to staff (for both certified and classified staff) with a January 18, 2022 deadline.  This survey is now closed.  This aligns with our Strategic Plan for staff development to support highly effective teachers, leaders and staff. Results to follow.

The 2022-23 Budget process has begun with budget forms/documents distributed early January, 2022.  The Business Office will compile and review by March 2022.  In February 2022, we will present the 5-year plan along with new staffing positions.  In March 2022, the preliminary Capital Outlay budget will be presented for approval in order for major items to be bid in a timely manner.  In May 2022, we will hold a preliminary budget presentation and in July 2022, we will hold the public budget hearing for potential action.

A School Board Election for two (2), three-year (3-year) seats will be held on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 (if necessary).  The earliest date to circulate a petition is April 7, 2022; the deadline for return of petitions is May 13, 2022 (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.

Tentative 2022-23 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 22, 2022 with a scheduled BOE Executive Session for negotiations preparations on March 28, 2022.  A Personnel Welfare/BVEA Negotiations meeting is then scheduled for March 30, 2022 (with additional dates scheduled thereafter, if necessary).  Tentatively, at the April 11, 2022 Board of Education regular meeting we will plan to ratify the 2022-23 Master Contract, approve Classified wage recommendation/approve Administration Salary recommendations, and enter Superintendent contract negotiations.

Legislative Session Update:  Joint Associated School Boards of South Dakota (ASBSD)/School Administrators of South Dakota (SASD)/Large School Group Information Resources are available on their web-site.
                        Current School Calendar items include the following: Friday, February 18, 2022-No school; Monday, February 21, 2022-No school (President’s Day); Monday, March 14, 2022-Elementary/BVHS Parent-Teacher Conferences; Tuesday, March 15, 2022-Intermediate/Middle School Parent-Teacher Conferences; Thursday, March 17, 2022-School in session (make up snow day); Friday, March 18, 2022-No school (comp day); and Friday, April 1, 2022-No school (in-service). 

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)
-      
Thursday, January 6, 2022 ~ Release Bid Documents
-      
Thursday, February 10, 2022 @ 2:00 p.m. ~ Bids Due/Open Bids
-      
Monday, February 14, 2022 ~ Award Bid (School Board Approval)
-      
Monday, May 2, 2022 ~ Parking Lot Construction begins
-     Parking Lot Construction to be completed by Monday, August 1, 2022

-      
Wednesday, June 1, 2022 ~ BVHS Additional Construction begins
-      
Friday, June 16, 2023 ~ Substantial Completion
-      
Friday, June 30, 2023 ~ Final Completion           

            Superintendent Jarod Larson reported on the proposed 2022-23 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 16, 2022 as new staff in-service, August 18, 22, and 23, 2022 with all staff returning.  Wednesday, August 24, 2022 is the scheduled first day of classes and Thursday, May 25, 2023 as the last day of classes for all BV students.  Brandon Valley High School graduation is schedule for Sunday, May 14, 2023.  Motion by Talcott, seconded by Scott to approve the Proposed 2022-23 school year calendar as presented.  Motion carried. 

            Superintendent Larson reviewed the Real Estate Purchase Agreement by and between the Brandon Valley School District (seller) and the City of Brandon, South Dakota (buyer), for approximately 2.05 acres (plat of Lots 1 and 2 of Block 1, Brandon Elementary School Addition), for $1.00 as presented.  This agreement conveys a small piece of unusable property on the SE corner of Brandon Elementary (south of field/track area) for large-scale drainage improvements in the core area as outlined.  Motion by Ode, seconded by Talcott to approve this Real Estate Agreement as presented.  Motion carried.

Motion by Talcott, seconded by Scott to approve the following general business items:
           
1.   Approve corrective action letter regarding Child Nutrition Services overage of funds in net cash reserves, $740,400.00, as presented.
           
2.   Approve Brandon Valley High School Intent to Participate in Girls Team Softball as a school sponsored sport, effective to begin with the spring of the 2022-23 school year, as presented.

            3.   
Approve recommendation to purchase supplemental ELL Curriculum and Technology in the amount of $60,774.17 with ESSERII Funds, to overcome learning loss and enhance ELL support within the program, as presented.
            4.   
Deny BVSD Petition for a Residency Exception (#22-003), effective for the 2021-22 school year.
Motion carried.
 

Motion by Scott, seconded by Ode to approve the following personnel items:
1.   
Approve recommendation to hire Brenda Burch, long-term substitute for Shalena Zeller, BVIS 5th Grade English/Language Arts Teacher, effective January 10, 2022 for approximately 8 weeks.
2.   
Approve request for leave without pay by Jolene Roozenboom, VSE Educational Assistant on Friday, March 4, 2022 for one day.
3.   
Approve recommendation to hire Jeff O’Connell, Assistant BVHS Track and Field Coach, 8.5% of Extra-curricular Step 5 ~ $3,594.00, effective for the 2021-22 school year.  (This amount will be paid less current MS track position amount of $2,667.00 resulting in a net addition of pay of $927.00.)
4.   
Approve recommendation to hire Teresa East, part-time BVIS Child Nutrition worker ~ $14.75/hour, effective January 26, 2022.
5.   
Approve recommendation of Entry Level Driver Trainer (ELDT) wage of $20.00/hour, for the program that begins February 1, 2022, as presented.
6.   
Approve resignation/retirement of Lynn Bartscher, BVHS Administrative Assistant, effective June 10, 2022.
7.   
Approve leave without pay for Erin Ashby, BVHS Child Nutrition, for approximately 8-12 days, effective during the 2021-22 school year as presented.
8.   
Approve mid-year lane changes for the 2021-22 school year as follows:  Dan Canfield: MA to MA+15 and Kimberly Skibsted: MA+15 to MA+30.
Motion Carried.
 

The following personnel items were reviewed by the Board of Education for information only:
1.   
Transfer Megan Dieren from Elementary Distance Learning Academy Teacher to Robert Bennis Elementary 2nd Grade Teacher, effective for the 2022-23 school year. 

Communication received by the Central Office and Board of Education were reviewed.  They included the following item:
1.   
Thank you from Debra Rothenberger for sponsoring the Brandon Valley Retired Staff Holiday Luncheon. 

Board reports were presented.  Board Member Nick Scott reported on a recent Transportation Committee.  The meeting included the following highlights: 1) Forecasting into the next five years dealing with the construction and the challenges that will be faced with that growth.  2) Discussed the purchase of additional vehicles, including purchasing three new busses that will be fueled with propane.  The Committee has been reviewing a study highlighting this new option and have also talked with area school districts that are using this option.  With that study information and recommendations that have been reviewed, BV is going to try out three new propane fueled busses.  3)  Lastly, Scott believes that the Entry-Level Driver Trainer (ELDT) program is a positive direction for this department.

Board President Renee Ullom reported on the Alternative Education Committee.  Teachwell Academy has been branching out and has some exciting new challenges in the future.

Board Member Gregg Talcott reported on a recent Safety Committee.  Talcott thanked Resource Officer Tyler Carda’s insight and stated that this is an very valuable bridge that the school district has built between the City and the School District.  Talcott stated that there is a lot of thought that is going on behind the scenes to protect our students and he is very thankful for that.  Scott also thanked our staff.  He has heard many times that BV students overwhelming have stated that they feel safe and valued talking to the Brandon Valley Staff.  The School Board, and Scott personally, is thankful the connections that have been built between students and staff. 

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

Signed ___________________________________
                               
Business Manager 

Approved by the Board of Education this 14th day of February, 2022.

Signed____________________________________
                                   
Chairperson

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January 10, 2022

The regular meeting of the Brandon Valley Board of Education, Brandon, SD was held at 6:30 p.m. on the 10th of January 2022 at the Brandon Valley High School Community Room with the following members present:  Renee Ullom, Gregg Ode, Ellie Saxer (via phone), Nick Scott (via phone), and Gregg Talcott.  Absent: None.  Also present were Superintendent Jarod Larson, High School Principal Mark Schlekeway, High School Associate Principal Jordan Paula, Activities Director Bill Freking, Middle School Principal Brad Thorson, Intermediate School Principal Nick Skibsted, Assistant Intermediate School Principal Rick Pearson, Brandon Elementary Principal Merle Horst, 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 Ode, seconded by Talcott to approve the agenda as presented.  Motion carried. 

Motion by Talcott, seconded by Ode to approve the minutes of the special meeting of December 8, 2021 and the regular meeting of December 13, 2021 as presented.  Motion carried.

 

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

Motion carried.

 

The cash report for the month of December, 2021 showed receipts of $3,976,105.35 and disbursements of $6,121,253.07 leaving a balance of $15,951,670.13.  The General Fund had receipts of $2,534,139.61, sent a temporary interfund transfer of $96,210.68 to the Bond Fund, and disbursements of $3,154,433.59, leaving a balance of $7,970,359.46.  Capital Outlay Fund had receipts of $382,149.37 and disbursements of $471,156.48, leaving a balance of $5,429,247.33.  Special Education Fund had receipts of $865,249.80 and disbursements of $777,935.52, leaving a balance of $1,861,181.34.  Bond Redemption Fund had receipts of $194,566.57, received a temporary interfund transfer of $96,210.68, and disbursements of $1,545,400.00, leaving a balance of $0.00.  Enterprise Fund had receipts of $0.00 and disbursements of $188.39, leaving a balance of $22,701.73. Lastly, the Capital Projects Fund has receipts of $0.00, and disbursements of $172,139.09, leaving a balance of $670,442.48.

 

The December, 2021 payroll totaled $2,458,256.83 which $1,238,500.26 was instructional, $704,218.03 was support services, $34,700.66 was co-curricular, $388,475.89 was Special Education, $92,186.99 was Food Service, and $175.00 was Driver’s Education.

 

Motion by Talcott, seconded by Ode to approve the financial reports as presented for the month of November, 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!  COVID-19 vaccination available for children ages  5-11.  Larson encouraged families to communicate with their primary care provider and make the right personal choice for their situation. 

A future federal requirement for School Bus Drivers will be an entry level driver training program.  This formalizes our current training procedure and also requires submission of documentation.  This requirement is effective February 7, 2022, with all licensed drivers prior to that date grandfathered into the program.  An up-coming BOE meeting will review and approve Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) Wage/Training position(s). 

Brandon Elementary/Core Area Drainage Improvements:
°          Convey small piece of unusable property to City of Brandon
°          SE corner of Brandon Elementary Land (South of field/track area)
°          Component of large-scale drainage improvements
°          Formal Agreement provided at future meeting
 

BV Listens 2.0!  The BV School District has disseminated a work environment survey to staff (for both certified and classified staff) with a January 18, 2022 deadline.  This aligns with our Strategic Plan for staff development to support highly effective teachers, leaders and staff.  

2021-22 School Calendar items include the following: Monday, January 3, 2022 ~ School resumed; Monday, January 17, 2022 ~ no school (workshop/in-service day); Friday and Monday, February 18 and 21, 2022 ~ no school (President’s Day). 

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)
-      
Thursday, January 6, 2022 ~ Release Bid Documents
-      
Thursday, February 10, 2022 @ 2:00 p.m. ~ Bids Due/Open Bids
-      
Monday, February 14, 2022 ~ Award Bid (School Board Approval)
-      
Monday, May 2, 2022 ~ Parking Lot Construction begins
-      
Parking Lot Construction to be completed by Monday, August 1, 2022
-      
Wednesday, June 1, 2022 ~ BVHS Additional Construction begins
-      
Friday, June 16, 2023 ~ Substantial Completion
-      
Friday, June 30, 2023 ~ Final Completion           

                        Superintendent Larson stated that the Brandon Valley Middle School and Brandon Valley High School Student Councils will be joining the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce out in Pierre, SD for the Brandon Day at the Legislature.  We look forward to having our student leaders involved in that process.
           
Brandon Valley High School Principal Mark Schlekeway reported that with the end of the semester this Friday, January 14, 2022, the High School will be holding semester tests this week with an adjusted schedule for that testing. 
           
Schlekeway also reported on the December Angel Tree. He thanked all that helped with the 580 gifts given out by our staff, students and family members in our community. 
           
Mid-Year graduation is scheduled for Wednesday, January 19th at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.  Eight graduates will be receiving their diplomas at this mid-year service.
           
Lastly, Sanford Aspire (the HS Internship program sponsored through Sanford Health) selected two of our students to do paid internships.  We finished the Fall Semester with our first Certified Nursing Assistants class, working with SE Tech.  Those two interns will be introduced to the Board of Education in the Spring.
           
Challenge Day is coming back to the High School, scheduled for Thursday, February 10th.  Any Board Member willing to attend, please contact Mr. Schlekeway.
 

            Middle School Principal Brad Thorson congratulated the Gifted program on a challenge they organized right before the winter break.  This challenge consisted of donating food items for the food pantry and raising funds for the Brandon Community Foundation.  Numerous Middle School staff were taped to the walls of the Middle School for this challenge.  The group raised $1,400 and gathered over 500 pounds of food in this challenge.  Thank you to Mrs. Fettes for coordinating this effort, as well as all those that contributed. 

            Special Service Director Wendy Otheim thanked all the Special Education and General Education staff for their dedication in working through this “season” of illness.  She is thankful for all that have stepped up to fill in where needed while working through many absences due to illness. 

            Superintendent Jarod Larson reported on the proposed 2022-23 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 16, 2022 as new staff in-service, August 18, 22, and 23, 2022 with all staff returning.  Wednesday, August 24, 2022 is the scheduled first day of classes and Thursday, May 25, 2023 as the last day of classes for all BV students.  Brandon Valley High School graduation is schedule for Sunday, May 14, 2023.  This calendar will be presented for adoption at the January 24, 2022 regular Board of Education meeting. 

            Motion by Ode, seconded by Talcott to approve the following general business items:
           
1.  Approve amended 2021-22 Pandemic Response Plan, as presented.

            2.   
Approve 2022 School Board Election Date of June 21, 2022.
            3.   
Acknowledge the Brandon Valley Education Association (BVEA) notification of contract negotiations for 2022 and beyond.
            4.   
Approve membership agreement for Eastern South Dakota Food Buying Group (ESDFBG), effective for the 2022-23 school year, as presented.
Motion carried.
 

            Motion by Scott, seconded by Talcott to approve the following personnel items:
            1.   
Approve recommendation to hire Elizabeth VanDyke, part-time CNS worker, Inspiration Elementary, $14.75/hour, effective January 3, 2022.
            2.   
Approve recommendation to hire Kyla Taschner, long-term substitute for Jamie Hofland, BVIS Special Education Teacher, effective on or around February 5, 2022, for approximately 6 weeks.
            3.   
Approve recommendation to change two part-time CNS positions to two full-time CNS positions; 1.0 FTE at BVHS and 1.0 FTE at BVMS, effective January 17, 2022.
            4.   
Accept resignation/retirement notification from Jodi Arneson, Transportation Administrative Assistant, effective January 7, 2022.
            5.   
Approve resignation/retirement notification from Stacy DeBoer, RBE Second Grade Teacher, effective at the end of the 2021-22 school year.
            6.   
Approve recommendation to hire John Wright, bus/van substitute driver, paid according to the 2021-22 Transportation Hiring Schedule, effective January 11, 2022.
            7.   
Approve recommendation to hire Cody Clites, bus/van substitute driver, paid according to the 2021-22 Transportation Hiring Schedule, effective January 11, 2022.
            8.   
Approve request for leave without pay for Kimberly Moffitt, BVMS Special Education Educational Assistant for Friday, January 7, 2022 (one day).
            9.   
Approve recommendation to hire Kama Kwiecinski, long-term substitute for Mariah Koch, BVMS Health/Family Consumer Science Teacher, effective on or around February 16, 2022, for approximately 8-12 weeks.
            10. 
Approve recommendation to hire Dr. Amanda Nelson, BVMS Principal, $103,500.00, 11-month contract (219) days), two year contract, effective August 1, 2022 as presented.
            11. 
Approve mid-year lane changes for the 2021-22 school year as follows:  Rachael Fode-BA to BA+15; Keegan Hecht-BA+15 to MA; Victoria Heinrichs-MA to MA+15; Jason Scheitler-BA+15 to MA; and Taylor Woodall-BA to BA+15.
            12. 
Approve the following substitutes for the 2021-22 school year:  Abby Kaschmitter, Steve Ondrush, and Morgan Schroeder.
Motion Carried.

                 
The Board of Education reviewed the following (presented for information only):

            1.   
Request for maternity leave by Sydnie Buccheim, BVIS Special Education Educational Assistant, effective on or around April 11, 2022 for approximately 7 weeks.
            2.   
Request for maternity leave from Jamie Hofland, BVIS Special Education Teacher, effective on or around February 7, 2022 for approximately 6 weeks.
            3.   
Transfer Jasmine Sanderson, part-time CNS Worker from BVIS to VSE, effective December 17, 2021.
            4.   
Request for maternity leave from Stacey Wiese, BVMS Math Teacher, effective on or around Mary 17, 2022 for approximately 6-8 weeks.
            5.   
Request for maternity leave from Leah Williamson, FAE Kindergarten Teacher, effective on or around March 21, 2022 for approximately 8 weeks.
            6.   
Request for maternity leave by Denae Haiar, BVHS Math Teacher, effective on or around June 28, 2022 for approximately 10 weeks.  

            Communications received by the Central Office and Board of Education were reviewed.  They included the following items:
            1.   
Building Permit Applications – December 2021
            2.   
Thank you from Merlyn Bosch for sponsoring the Brandon Valley Retired Staff Holiday Luncheon.
            3.   
Thank you from Bonnie Fjerstad for sponsoring the Brandon Valley Retired Staff Holiday Luncheon.
            4.   
Thank you from Joan Murphy for sponsoring the Brandon Valley Retired Staff Holiday Luncheon.
            5.   
Thank you from Nancy Brown and Jack Lauer for sponsoring the Brandon Valley Retired Staff Holiday Luncheon.
            6.   
Thank you from Connie VanDenOever for sponsoring the Brandon Valley Retired Staff Holiday Luncheon.           

            Travel Reports were reviewed. 

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

Signed ___________________________________
                       Superintendent, Clerk Pro Tem
 

Approved by the Board of Education this 14th day of February, 2022.

Signed____________________________________
                                    Chairperson

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