December 2017 Board meeting highlights

December 2017 Board Meeting highlights
Posted on 12/19/2017
Rhonda Parker recognized at December Board Meeting.The Converse County School District #1 school board convened their regular meeting on Tuesday, December 12 at the district's central office. 

Rhonda Parker, secretary at Douglas Middle School was honored by the board as the spotlight employee of the month. Rhonda is a positive presence in the DMS office. She is quick to greet staff, students, and community members with a smile and welcoming attitude. She has developed a positive relationship with various stakeholders and consistently has students come into her office every day to have a conversation about sports, events, or life in general. It is evident that Rhonda not only takes her job seriously, but she is willing to go above and beyond her duties to serve as an adult advocate for a number of our students. Rhonda can be found at most sporting events as well. She is extremely efficient at keeping all paperwork organized regarding student athletes, officials, and coaches. Rhonda is always professional and the coaches, players, and officials that interact with her admire her hospitality and friendly personality. She does a great deal of work “behind the scenes” that greatly factors into the success of any tournaments, games, or meets that DMS hosts. Congratulations Rhonda.

The board room was decorated by Douglas Middle School art students. The middle school art display focused around the theme of Christmas using a number of art standards. The projects displayed fine and performing art standards about creating and revising original art to express ideas, experiences and stories, and interpreting art identifying subjects themes and symbols that communicate their knowledge of context, values and meaning. 

Brittanie Sharp and Mike Marso from Converse County Bank presented the district with a check for $10,000, the result of the Bearcat Loyalty program.  For every transaction using the Bearcat Card, Converse County Bank will donates .01 cent to Converse County School District #1 to use to target specific student needs across all schools. Thanks to Converse County Bank and all the patrons who participate in the Bearcat Loyalty program. 

Douglas Primary School accepted a donation of $4800 from Emmert Properties, Jason and Breonna Emmert, to purchase a new poster printer. Principal Tanya Seeds honored the Emmerts for their kind donation and shared that they are excited to get the opportunity to use the printer.

The board began the regular meeting by electing officers for the upcoming year. Chairman Brad Reese will remain chair for another year. The vice-chairman will be Brandon Gilbreath, with Mark Horr serving as treasurer. Jay Butler will serve as the board clerk. The board will consider committee appointments and BOCES board appointments at the January meeting. They also approved their meeting dates for the upcoming year keeping meetings on the second Tuesday of each month.

Jay Butler gave a short report about the annual Wyoming School Boards Association conference. Jay found it useful as well as, in some ways, inspiring. 

The board reviewed a draft two-year calendar and a calendar for rural schools for next year. 

The annual audit was presented to the board with no deficiencies or concerns and was approved unanimously.

Policies about procurement, evaluation of of instructional and administrative staff, and staff development were approved on third reading. All personnel recommendations were approved as presented.

Convening as the Recreation Board of Education, the board heard a presentation from Dan Odasz of Plan One Architects in Cody about upgrades to the Nida Field baseball complex including the building of a clubhouse, increasing the storage capacity, and updating the dugouts. The board will decide at later meetings how to proceed. Recreation Director Monty Gilbreath and DYRC board members presented information to the board about possibly bringing the DYRC activities under the umbrella of district recreation. The programs are increasing in number and growing in capacity which makes it difficult for a purely volunteer board to manage. Details of the plan are being worked out.