November 2017 Board meeting highlights

November 2017 Board meeting highlights
Posted on 11/15/2017
November School Board Meeting

Donating Ranchers display their brand boardsGenerous donors to the Converse County School District #1 Farm to Plate program were honored by the board Tuesday night at their regular board meeting. Local beef and pork has been incorporated into the school lunch menus since last year when donations of locally raised beef were received. To date, 23 beef and 4 hogs have been donated. Brand boards displaying the donors' brands were made by the high school woods classes and will be displayed in the rec center as recognition of the generosity of our local producers and businesses. The school lunch staff fixed chili with local beef and homemade cinnamon rolls for the guests. Thanks to all the donors who have helped make school lunch better and more nutritious for our kids, and to school board member Jay Butler for transporting the animals for processing.

The program began a year ago when WDE Training and Grants Coordinator Brook Brockman, Senator Brian Boner, and Nutrition Services Director Monty Gilbreath met to discuss how to introduce our state’s largest agricultural commodity into the state-wide school lunch program. After this meeting Senator Brian Boner went to work, introducing SF 123 School Nutrition Protein Pilot Project which eventually passed and was signed into law.  Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow(above, addressing the group), with the help of WDE Nutrition Programs Director Tamra Jackson and her staff, offered the School Nutrition Pilot Grant program to all school districts in our state. This grant helps local school districts recover some of the costs of the processing of state certified donated Wyoming raised animals.  CCSD#1 received $2,046.00, the maximum allowed under the grant. This program is now in its second year at CCSD1. The time and effort it takes to make it successful is a result of many helping hands.

Jon CookJon Cook, special education teacher at Douglas High School, was nominated by the high school administration as the Spotlight Employee of the Month. According to Dan Edwards, DHS principal, Jon has a special gift when it comes to working with students who have disabilities. He is one of the most compassionate teachers who connects with students on a level that not all teachers can. Jon will work with students, parents, classroom teachers, and administrators to find a way for a student to experience success and ensures all students learn. Jon is one of the reasons CCSD1's special education team is the best in the state. Congratulations Jon!

Artwork was provided by the students of Douglas Upper Elementary School. There were colorful 5th grade examples of one point perspective, marbling, movement, line, and color. The display of 4th grade projects focused on the use of texture, line, and sugar skills. Some of the projects included learning about the cultural context of art, and studying certain artists such as Wassily Kandinsky. 

Convening as the recreation board, the request of the Douglas Hockey Association for supportive funding was approved by the board. 

In the regular school board meeting, a slate of policies related to procurement and personnel were approved on second reading. The board also approved a lease agreement with the Douglas Assembly of God church, an MOU with the Boys and Girls Club, and a contract with NW BOCES. All personnel recommendations were approved as presented.

In the audience recognition portion of the meeting, community members asked the board to consider taking a look at the provisions of the activities policy as currently written.