January 2018 Board Meeting highlights

January 2018 Board Meeting highlights
Posted on 01/18/2018
This is the image for the news article titled January 2018 Board Meeting highlightsLaurie Boyson, who was honored by the Converse County School District school board as the spotlight employee of the month, has served the district's students for 22 years in various capacities. She currently serves as the librarian for DIS and DUES. Laurie is always willing to offer assistance, support classrooms through the library, and be a part of school-wide initiatives. She has performed in skits, dressed as characters, and facilitated book fairs to promote reading for students. Mrs. Boyson, in short, is dedicated. She is never heard complaining; she is heard complimenting. She doesn’t make excuses, she accepts challenges. Mrs. Boyson has become an inspiration to our staff by simply being herself. Congratulations on this recognition and your unwavering dedication to our students!

Taylor Bohannon and Dan EdwardsTaylor Bohannon, a student at Douglas High School, was recognized by high school principal Dan Edwards as an early graduate, completing her studies at the end of last semester. Taylor plans to join the National Guard and will be completing basic training in the spring. She was presented her diploma by Board Chair Brad Reese and honored by the board and audience with a standing ovation.

The art display was provided by Douglas Intermediate School. Students worked cooperatively while drawing and painting large paintings of students posing for each other. There was also art work demonstrating the painting of gradients. Students had studied color theory and how to gradually change from one color to the other. Some tangled hands represented the art element line.

Third grade students, while studying abstract art, transformed their representational names into abstract art. They also generalized their abstract knowledge to sculpture using modeling clay. Finally, the students strove to create a recognizable landscape in representational 3D paper landscapes. The art display really enlivened the board room!

The board first convened as the Recreation Board of Education where they discussed proposals for the rec board to absorb the DYRC activities and hire a person to manage those activities and to upgrade the facilities at Nida Field before baseball season. Last year, the funds were cut for school district students' national travel. So the board provided guidance to recreation director Monty Gilbreath regarding the use of rec funds for such travel. The board has not provided funds for those kinds of school activities in the past and does not feel they fit into the guidelines for such funding.

Chairman Brad Reese assigned school board members to committees and to serve on BOCES boards. The 2018-19 and 2019-2020 school district calendars were approved, and the approval of the rural calendar was delayed until next month. 

Business manager Tracy Boner reviewed the budget process timeline with the board. She mentioned that she will be meeting with principals and directors throughout the month to ensure the budgeted funds are being utililized for the maximum effectiveness. The district is anticipating about a $900,000 cut in state funding. 

The board wants to discuss the parameters of the early resignation incentive further, so it was tabled until next month. 

An umbrella policy regarding student data security was approved on first reading, and two student support services contracts were approved as well.

All personnel recommendations were approved as presented.