March 18, 2020 at 1:43 PM

Special Board Meeting Minutes - March 17, 2020



Tuesday, March 17, 2020


Meade School District 46-1


Williams Administrative Building, Board Room


Board Members Present: Charlie Wheeler, Dennis Chowen, Cody Weber, JT Vig, John Nachtigall, Joseph Urbaniak, Lee Spring, Tracy Konst and Courtney Mack.


Other Meade School District Employees: Jeff Simmons, Brett Burditt, Pete Wilson, Joe Williams, Chad Hedderman, Amanda Christensen, Chrissy Peterson, Deb Wilburn, Chantel Ligtenberg, David Olson, Jeff Ward, Todd Palmer, Brittan Porterfield, Rhonda Ramsdell, Adam Lalicker, Maranda McGillivray, Lisa Symonds and other certificated district employees.


Pledge of Allegiance


Executive Session at 4:00 p.m.: MOTION by Weber, seconded by Urbaniak and carried to enter executive session to discuss personnel (SDCL-1-25-2.1).


Executive session ended at 4:25 p.m.: MOTION by Vig, seconded by Urbaniak and carried to end executive session.


Regular board meeting called to order at 4:29 p.m.


Pledge of Allegiance


MOTION by Mack, seconded by Urbaniak to amend the agenda to move the RIF action item before the presentation and add paying hourly employees while not in session, motion carried.


RIF. MOTION by Mack, seconded by Urbaniak to not cut the TAG program at this time, motion carried.


General Fund Review. Brett Burditt, Maranda McGillivray and Lisa Symonds presented a PowerPoint on the general fund, 2020-21 new staff expenditures and a summary of costs.


FTE. MOTION by Mack, seconded by Wheeler to add one additional FTE from seven to eight FTEs for the 2020-21 school year, motion carried.


Paying Hourly Employees. MOTION by Wheeler, seconded by Vig, Weber abstained, to continue to pay hourly employees while school is not in session during the Coronavirus pandemic, motion carried.


Food Service. Rhonda Ramsdell discussed serving meals to students in need sack lunches at Stagebarn Middle School and Sturgis Elementary School in response to the Coronavirus.


Educational Services. Chantel Ligtenberg, Chad Hedderman, David Olson, Pete Wilson, Todd Palmer and Jeff Simmons discussed how they are communicating with their staff and the progress that has been made with students and parents through Schoology, Google Classroom, School Messenger and social media platforms. Jeff Ward explained how there are local internet providers available for families to reach out to.


5:25 p.m. MOTION by Mack, seconded by Urbaniak, and carried to adjourn.


Board Audio