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April 2018 Board Meeting highlights

April 2018 Board Meeting highlights
Posted on 04/17/2018
This is the image for the news article titled April 2018 Board Meeting highlightsThe Converse County School District #1 school board met on Tuesday, April 10 for a short meeting full of action items about summer projects across the district. 

Before getting into the regular agenda, the board convened a budget transfer hearing to transfer funds around inside the current budget allowing the district to spend funds in the most efficient way. The budget transfers do not affect the bottom line, and the district is working within the parameters of the adopted budget.

The board then convened as the Converse County Recreation Board to extend the bid opening for interior paint for the rec center and to hear an update on recreation awards from Recreation Director Monty Gilbreath. If you know of anyone who is dedicated to supporting recreation in our community, contact Monty to nominate someone for recognition. The awards are Outstanding Recreation Sponsor, Outstanding Volunteer Coach Award, Outstanding Official/ Referee Award, Outstanding Recreation Volunteer Award, and the Hero Award. Mark Curtis also gave the board an update on a recent meeting regarding the building of a new rec center.

Bob BathIn the regular school board meeting, the board honored Bob Bath as the Spotlight Employee of the Month. Bob was nominated by the high school administrators for his 37 years of teaching and coaching at Douglas High School. They mentioned that he is one person you would want your child to have as a teacher and coach. Testament to that is the fact that there are Douglas alumni who continually come back to sit down and have a conversation with Mr. Bath to thank him for what he did for them.  Bob is described as a reflective and innovative educator who served as head of the PE department while improving curriculum and instruction and introducing the outdoor ed program. One of the greatest impacts he has had is to raise young boys to men with character. He has more than 500 career wins as a head wrestling coach, three state championships, 13 regional championships, and has had 36 individual state champions. Bob has been named Wyoming Wrestling Coach of the Year three times and has been the Region 7 National Wrestling Coach of the Year.  Finally, Bob has taught driver's education for a number of years; so chances are if you pass someone on the road that graduated from DHS, she or he had their first driving experience with Mr. Bath. Quite a legacy!

DPS Art WorkThe cheery and colorful art display was provided by the rural schools. The Douglas Rural School art program has focused on developing student knowledge and skills of the elements of art and principles of design. The front of the board room was decorated with a circle wall sculpture project. Students focused on creating a well balanced sculpture using color, texture, line, and shape. The students also created cityscape paintings used to teach about positive and negative space. Each painting had a partner painting. On one painting the buildings were painted (positive space), on it's counterpart the background is painted (negative space) leaving the buildings white. The final project is a bit frightening. Rural students read the book Where the Wild Things Are. Students studied the illustrations, really focusing on the textures the artist used to create the wild creatures. Rural school students then took their turn, creating and writing about their monsters. A few of the descriptions of the monsters were read to the audience.

The board approved on third and final reading policies about graduation requirements, professional staff contracts and compensation, fringe benefits regulations, support staff recruiting, and advertising positions. The board approved on second reading with a call for written comments policies about homeless students, and parent/family engagement. First reading policies were reviewed regarding memorials, support staff work year, interest based negotiations, relations with other educational systems, and home schooling.

The board approved a slate of bid recommendations for district access controls, district phone project, LED lighting at DMS/DHS, student laptops, DHS flooring, special education area remodel, and used equipment.

A six percent increase in the district health insurance was approved as was the annual MOU with Wyoming Child and Family Development. 

There will be a hearing on the BOCES and EWC mills on May 8 at 7 p.m.

All personnel recommendations were approved as presented.