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School Board Minutes Mar 20

ARBON SCHOOL BOARD MEETING      March 20, 2012

The Arbon School Board met on March 20, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. members Jason Williams and Jake Evans were present as were Debbie Curry, Robin Claunch, Ryan Weston, Vance Ward, Larry Fitch, Nancy Fitch, Todd Fitch, Juli Fitch and clerk, Cheri Evans.  Melinda Campbell tried to attend the meeting through Skype.  We could hear her but she could not hear us.

The motion was moved by Jake and seconded by Jason to approve the agenda after one addition.  The motion was moved by Jake and seconded by Jason to approve the minutes.  The bills were reviewed. The motion was moved by Jason and seconded by Jake to approve them. The total M & O expenses for the month of March was $22,321.60. The school received $20,610.08 from the State Department, $55.00 refund and $12.00 from interest on investments.  The school M & O balance is $78,957.93. The Plant Facility received $4.27 from interest the Plant Facility balance is $33,428.08. The motion was moved by Jason and seconded by Jake to approve the financial statement.

The board approved field trips to Twin Falls to the planetarium on March 23rd and on April 10th for pictures in American Falls and to the Museum of Idaho in Idaho Falls after.

Speech therapy has ended for this school year.  The students will be re-assessed this fall.  The board agreed that the teachers should attend a Total Instruction Alignment meeting, information on aligning our curriculum with the Common Core Standards, at ISU on April 25th and 26th.  The cost is $400.00 which can be paid for with REAP funds.  The teachers and clerk will attend the Post Legislative Tour meeting in Pocatello on April 11th.

Ryan would like to make an easier way to close the curtains for the stage, probably with a rope and pulley.  Todd would like to mark a three-point line on the gym floor and replace the basketball nets.  The board agreed and will reimburse for any supplies.

The board and bus drivers went over an analysis the board had prepared on paying by mileage instead of a monthly salary.  The drivers brought up some concerns they had:

a.  not being reimbursed for furnishing their own fuel tanks for fuel for the buses or using  shop and own tools for minor repairs
b.  the mileage and time it takes when the bus needs to be taken into American Falls or Pocatello for the annual inspections, tires or repairs – most of the time this takes two people
c.  if the school gets reimbursed 50%-85% for the costs, will they really save that much

The drivers would like to see the contract stay at a monthly salary.  No decisions were made.  The board will address again.

The next meeting will be held on April 10, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.  The motion was moved and seconded to adjourn the meeting.  The meeting adjourned at 9:45 p.m.

Approved:  April 17, 2012