The Board spent a great deal of time at its Monday, November 10 special meeting discussing and hearing support as well as concerns regarding the possibility of going back to referendum in April 2019 for a new elementary building. (Scroll past the video for more article text)

Voters approved a renovation/addition to the existing elementary building in the November 2018 election, but some Board members are having second thoughts, after hearing from stakeholders, if that was the right decision.

Other Board members are hearing from stakeholders who say the November vote should stand as is.

The Board will meet Monday, December 17 at 6 pm for a special meeting to vote on whether or not to draft resolution language for an April 2019 referendum for a new elementary building.

(Go to the one hour, 28 minute mark. There are also citizen comments near the beginning of the meeting)


Other business:


  • The Board voted unanimously to remove Mitch Wainwright’s Interim tag on the Superintendency for the 2019-20 school year, pending contract negotiations. (Go to the 30 minute mark)


  • The Board voted unanimously to approve applying for a school start date waiver for the 2019-20 school year from the Department of Public Instruction. If the elementary remodel/addition project moves forward, the district would look to start the school year earlier so the summer of 2020 has a longer construction window. School would end prior to Memorial Day weekend 2020 (graduation would stay the same on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend). School would begin in the fall of 2019 a week before Labor Day weekend. (Go to the 49 minute, 30 second mark)


  • The Board unanimously approved the school safety plan, as required by the Department of Justice prior to January 1. Following approval was an update on the district Safety Committee’s latest efforts. (Go to the 58 minute mark)


  • The Board discussed the recent 2017-18 State Report Card results released by the Department of Public Instruction. (Go to the one hour, 48 minute, 30 second mark)


  • The Board voted unanimously to approve the system back-up from Dependable Solutions. The contract runs out in April and it’s cheaper to renew now. This early renewal would be a cost savings of $5,880 over a three year period. Dependable Solutions is the district’s IT provider. (Go to the 44 minute, 30 second mark)


  • The Board approved the credit card statement and bills payable by a 6-0-1 vote with Basting abstaining. (Go to the one hour, six minute mark)


  • Building level administrators gave their monthly reports. (Go to the one hour, 11 minute mark)


  • Anyone interested in running for School Board in the April 2019 election needs to file the proper paperwork in the District Office no later than 5 pm Wednesday, January 2.


  • The next regularly scheduled Board meeting is Monday, January 14 at 6:30 pm.