July 2017 Board Meeting highlights

July 2017 Board meeting highlights
Posted on 07/11/2017
This is the image for the news article titled July 2017 Board meeting highlightsDr. Dan Espeland was honored for his seventeen years of dedicated service as the superintendent of Converse County School District #1 and the 2017-18 budget was approved by the school board at their regular meeting on Tuesday, July 11 at the district's central office. 

Dr.  Espeland received a standing ovation from board members, staff, and audience members.  Dr. Espeland turns over a financially sound district that puts every student on a solid academic footing in preparing for any future endeavor, employs a staff that is second to none, is steeped in a winning tradition, and boasts some of the best athletic and activity facilities in the state. The current board recognized Dr. Espeland for his positive work with numerous board members and administrators over the years. He was one of the longest tenured and most influential superintendents in the state, serving on a number of committees, boards, and task forces. Dr. Espeland represented the interests of the district with distinction in a number of capacities. Dan leaves a legacy of leadership and laughter, distinction and dedication. 

The board approved the 2017-18 budget. The district cut approximately 1.1 million dollars as a result of loss of student enrollment and legislative cuts to the school funding model. The projected budget reflects those cuts and anticipates using a little over $250,000 out of district reserves. The total general fund budget is about 30 million dollars.

Policies which revise the way the district sick leave bank can be utilized were approved on second reading along with a new policy about unpaid meal charges to the school lunch program. The district will be trying a new method to remind parents of school lunch balances using the School Messenger program. Parents will receive automated reminders when lunch account balances fall below $5. 

The board asked principals to take the lead in taking input from the board and from a districtwide grading committee which met throughout the last school year to finalize a K-12 district grading policy proposal. The board asked principals to consider the input of staff members and to work with their parent advisory committees in each school to put together a final proposal for board consideration before the fall 2018 deadline for AdvancED accreditation.

Douglas High School activities director, Justin Carr, was named the offical representative of the district to the Wyoming High School Activities Association. Mr. Carr is the president-elect of the WHSAA. The board also approved a new format for superintendent evaluation to be utilized in the next year. 

The board talked briefly about new legal counsel. Current board attorney, Scott Peasley, has been named to a judgeship. Peasley has served the board for the past eight years. The board will consider options and choose a new attorney at their next meeting.

Hot lunch prices, on the recommendation of Nutrition Services Director Monty Gilbreath and Finance Director Tracy Boner, will remain the same for next year. The district supplemented the budget fewer dollars than budgeted last year which led to the recommendation.

Bus routes, milk and bakery bids, school resource officer agreement, and student support services agreements were all approved by the board as recommended. The board also approved all new hires as recommended.