The regular school board meeting of the Board of Directors of Lane County School District #40, Creswell, Oregon, was held Wednesday, April 8, 2009 beginning at 7:25 P.M. at  Creswell Middle School , 655 West Oregon Ave, Creswell, Oregon, 97426, with Chair Ken Leatherman presiding.



                                             Gary Clark

                                             Elena Connelly

                                             David Eusted

                                             Lee Kounovsky

                                             Chris Mattheisen

                                             Kathy Thompson






ALSO PRESENT:            Dr. Rick Stuber, Superintendent

                                             Ellen Adler, Director of Special Education/NCLB

                                             Joel Higdon, District Technology Coordinator

                                             Jacque Robertson, Creslane Elementary Principal

                                             Shirley Burrus, CMS Principal

                                             Jan Ophus, CHS Principal

                                             Marilyn Cruzan, Administrative Secretary

                                             Katie Annett, CHS Student Representative

                                             Hugh Turnbull, The  Chronicle





               01.          Action, establish a quorum

Mr. Leatherman announced that a quorum of the board was present.


               02.          Pledge of Allegiance



03.           Visitors:  Mr. Leatherman announced that if an audience member would                       like to speak to the board on an agenda item this evening, there are forms to         fill out by the door.








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04.            Action, approve agenda/add items

Mrs. Thompson moved to approve the agenda.  Mr. Eusted seconded and THE MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.



05.            Action, approve the March 11, 2009 Regular School Board meeting minutes.

Mrs. Connelly moved to approve the March 11, 2009 regular board meeting minutes. Mr. Eusted seconded and THE MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.



06.           Information, Trustees Reports

Mrs. Thompson announced that Dr. Stuber had received the Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year Award.  The award will be presented at the April 24 Chamber dinner.

a.  Introduction of new HS Principal, Gary Mounce

     Mrs. Thompson introduced Mr. Mounce, the new CHS Principal


07.          Information, Supervisors’ Reports

                              There were no questions on the supervisors’ reports.


08.          Student Representative Report

Katie Annett reported that the equestrian team is sending at least five members to state.  The Jazz Band will be attending the Pleasant Hill Jazz Festival and then head to Reno for another jazz festival.  Student body and class elections will be held the end of April.  The Mr. Bulldog Pageant will be April 25.


09.          Information, Business Manager Report.

       There were no questions on the Business Manager’s report.


10.          Information, Superintendent Report

  There were no questions on the Superintendent’s report.



11.           Mr. Kounovsky thanked all those who participated in the superintendent               search for all their hard work.      








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12.          Action, approve Personnel Report

Mr. Clark moved to approve the personnel report.  Mr. Kounovsky                   seconded and THE MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.                         Mr. Leatherman introduced Ruby Price, our new superintendent.     


13.         Action, adopt policy DLA, Payday Schedule.

                              Mr. Clark moved to adopt policy DLA, Payday Schedule. Mrs. Thompson                                     seconded and THE MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.                         


14.            Discussion, 2009-2010 draft budgets information.

Dr. Robertson, Finance Committee Chair, summarized what the committee had discussed during their meetings over the last two months. The recommendations to the board were to not make cuts this year and that the board enters into negotiations with each bargaining group to reduce the 2009-2010 school year by 12 days as a way to help balance the 2009-2010 budget. This would be approximately a $500,000 savings which represents a  pay cut for all district employees. This still leaves $266,000 in needed cuts. Mr. Leatherman reminded everyone that this is a discussion only and not a decision. Dr. Stuber recommended board action on the Finance Committee’s recommendation and stated that if the board accepts the committee recommendation the Labor Management Committee needs to meet with each bargaining group as soon as possible.


Mr. Clark moved to accept the recommendation of the Finance Committee to cut 12 days from the 2009-2010 school year. Mr. Kounovsky seconded and THE MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.


Mr. Leatherman stated that as a result of the motion the LMC is directed by the board to open negotiations with the four bargaining units in pursuit of the 12 day cut recommended by the Finance Committee.


Mr. Leatherman requested a motion to reschedule the budget calendar.               Mr. Clark moved to reschedule the budget calendar with budget committee meetings held on April 29, May 20, and June 10 and to change the regular board meeting from June 10 to June 17.  Mr. Eusted seconded and THE MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.


ADJOURNMENT:     The board meeting adjourned at   8:50   P.M.                      




Dr. Rick Stuber,  Superintendent



Ken Leatherman, Chair