Hot Springs District No. 23-2
President Bob Preuss called the Regular Board Meeting of the Hot Springs School Board to order at 5:31 p.m. on Monday, January 11, 2021 with the following members present: Zac Bell, Nikki Shaw, Petra Wilson, Ryan Walz, Mark Walton, Frances Stokes. Members Absent: None. Others present: Superintendent Fischer, Business Manager Bilbruck, Principal Lurz, Assistant Principal & Athletic Director Hruby, Special Services Director Schniers, staff and community members and others logged in as guests.
All actions recorded in these minutes were by unanimous vote unless otherwise stated.
21.097 Approval of Agenda - Motion by Member Shaw, second by Member Wilson to approve the agenda. Motion carried 7/0.
21.098 Public Participation – None
21.099 Conflicts Disclosure – None
21.100 Student Presentations – Students of the Middle School presented paper rollercoaster projects that were constructed in STEM classes. Grading of the projects were based on how many times the marble successfully made it down the rollercoaster using laws of motion, structurally sound and how many entrances of each project. Students of the Elementary presented the Spheros project in which they had to develop codes on the computer to tell the Sphero what pattern to follow in an obstacle course.
21.101 BHSSC Report – President Preuss attended the meeting the week of Christmas. The items at the meeting that were discussed was the COVID-19 money that was received and the computer science grant for approximately 20 students.
21.102 Committee Reports – Activities: Member Bell reported on behalf of the committee that they discussed sports scheduling changes happening in the region. Next meeting scheduled for January 20th. Bldg/Grounds: Member Walton reported that the committee interviewed an architect firm, Upper Deck, on the remodel or new construction options of the Shop building located next to the Tay’s Auditorium. The committee with be interviewing two other firms in the next week. Additional input will be gathered to determine the best option of construction on this project and means of financing. A recommendation on an architect firm will be presented during the February board meeting. Curriculum: None. Policy: Member Wilson stated Policies JEDA and JED up for first review at next meeting. The committee met to discuss Policies GCPB and GDPB to be discussed later in the agenda. Superintendent Fischer mentioned that the attendance days language will be reviewed by Administration. Finance & Negotiations: None. Food Service: None. Safety & Security: None. Technology: None. Still waiting on Chromebooks. ASBSD: Member Shaw stated the state legislation starts tomorrow. Will be communicating as items arise. Activities: Assistant Principal and Athletic Director Hruby reported no changes in activities. We will be hosting the West River Tournament which is requiring a mask mandate event.
21.103 Consent Agenda - Motion by Member Bell, second by Member Walton. Motion carried on roll call vote 7/0.
Approved minutes of the regular December 14, 2020 meeting. Approved unaudited financial reports from December 2020:
Beginning Balance: $1,157,313.96
Plus Receipts: $222,900.60
Less Disbursements: $409,382.39
Ending Balance: $970,832.17
Beginning Balance: $1,419,571.13
Plus Receipts: $18,780.42
Less Disbursements: $31,404.91
Ending Balance: $1,406,946.64
Special Education Fund
Beginning Balance: $206,649.73
Plus Receipts: $24,109.08
Less Disbursements: $74,093.42
Ending Balance: $156,665.39
Impact Aid Fund
Beginning Balance: $731,640.39
Plus Receipts: $13,910.00
Less Disbursements: $0.00
Ending Balance: $745,550.39
Bond Redemption Fund
Beginning Balance: $1,428,648.86
Plus Receipts: $0.00
Less Disbursements: $0.00
Ending Balance: $1,428,648.86
Approved the January 2021 claims for payment; approved the Personal Action Report for January 2021.
21.104 Executive Session – None
21.105 New Business – Motion by Member Shaw, second by Member Wilson to set the 2021 election date as Tuesday, June 8th, 2021 and to combine with the City of Hot Springs election. There are four members terms ending. Motion by Member Walz, second by Member Shaw to amend term lengths to 3-three year terms and 1-two year term. Motions carried on roll call vote 7/0.
21.106 Policies for First Reading – Motion by Member Walton, second by Member Stokes. The Administration and Policy Review committee recommend approval of changes to Board Policies GCPB – Resignation of Professional Staff Members, GDPB – Resignation of Support Staff Members and FEB – Selection of Architects on 1st Reading. Motion carried on roll call vote 7/0.
21.107 Policies for Second Reading – Motion by Member Bell, second by Member Walz. The Administration and Policy Review committee recommend approval of changes to Board Policy BHD – School Board Compensation on Second Reading. Motion carried on roll call vote 7/0.
21.108 Administrator Remarks – Special Services Director Schniers mentioned offering a graduate level course through University of South Dakota. Secondary Principal Lurz discussed moving forward with the Edgenuity program; goals continue to be challenging. Students have started to return the second semester. The district has gained approximately 18 new students in the last few weeks leaving approximately 20 allowed to continue through the school year. Superintendent Fisher stated Edgenuity is a more difficult and challenging curriculum. Business Manager Bilbruck welcomed three new staff members: Sunshine Peterson, Trever Carlson and Carmen Johnson. Also, mentioned that Nelson’s Oil and Gas will be refilling the 18,000 gallon propane tank. Superintendent Fisher spoke on behalf of Principal Karn who was absent. WIN is going well in the Elementary. I-ready grades will be out February 5th and a reminder that February is I Love to Read month. Additionally, Superintendent Fischer spoke on the COVID-19 vaccine availability. Currently, the state is in Phase 1C and school districts will follow next in Phase 1D. The State will be sending another round of COVID-19 money. Received call from Jim Bultsma on proposal on sale of Administration building. A special board meeting will need to be scheduled to review and accept/not accept purchase proposal.
21.109 Governing Board Remarks – President Preuss thanked the students for their presentations and liked the good news on enrollment. Member Shaw stated these are exciting times with the school district and we have done a lot in a short time. Member Wilson thanked the Administration and staff for all the hard work during COVID-19 times. Member Walz thanked the Administration for keeping the school open.
21.110 Motion by Member Shaw, second by Member Wilson to adjourn meeting at 7:11 p.m. Motion carried 7/0.
Wendy Bilbruck, Business Manager
Robert Preuss, School Board President
Published once at the total approximate cost of $85.68
Published: Feb. 25, 2021