Press Release – September 16th Board Meeting
Monthly superintendent report
Dr. Hitt gave her monthly superintendent report and discussed the upcoming OA review. The review will show strengths and weaknesses, and what we need to work on for the accreditation visit scheduled next year.
Challenge Day at LVHS
Dr. Lisa Hafer presented an informative talk about the Challenge Day held at LVHS. The project’s mission is to provide youth and their communities with experiential programs that demonstrate the possibility of love and connection through the celebration of diversity, truth, and full expression.
For more information, visit www.challengeday.org
You can also view the photo slideshow from LVHS: https://www.wevideo.com/hub/#media/ci/238770595
The Board unanimously passed approval for accepting a $7,600 donation from Lander USA Wrestling for wrestling mats.
Class size research
Dr. Hitt reported on her research about class size ratios. She provided data showing district results after the legislative 16-to-1 mandate was passed. If you wish to review that information, please contact her.
Charging School Lunches
A few months ago, a citizen brought forward in a Board meeting that allowing charging of school lunches by students whose account was without money is illegal by the Wyoming State Constitution. Attorney Tracy Copenhaver reported that this is is not a requirement in the Constitution. Also, the WDE Nutrition Supervisor also stated that is is not a requirement that they track charges or disallow charging in the case of a student temporarily lacking funds.
Domestic partner insurance
Dr. Hitt stated that we can offer insurance in our benefits package on the first day of the month after the Board approves. She stated that Mr. Sweeney did not feel that this would be a financial issue. This topic will be moved to an action item for the next Board meeting.
Superintendent for 2015-2016
The Board discussed how they will approach this upcoming project, and if a search firm will be engaged to assist. This was moved to an action item for the next meeting
Various resolutions by the WSBA were discussed which include an earlier release of PAWS data and Indian Education for All.
Prevention Needs Assessment
Dr. Hitt followed up on an information request from the Board Chair. She provided data from the 2012 Prevention Needs Assessment, an anonymous survey done with all 6-12 students every two years by the Wyoming Health Department. Board members discussed various aspects of the community beliefs about alcohol and drug use. Dr. Hitt will discuss with the administrative team and report back ideas and findings.