The regular school board meeting of the Board of Directors of Lane County School District #40, Creswell, Oregon, was held Wednesday, October 12, 2005 beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the Creswell School District Office Board Room, 998 West A Street, Creswell, Oregon, 97426, with Chair Clark presiding.



                                Don Ehrich

                                Anne Freske

                                Lee Kounovsky

                                Ken Leatherman

                                John Sells

                                                Kathy Thompson







ALSO PRESENT:              Dr. Rick Stuber, Superintendent

                                                Jennifer Heiss, Business Manager

                                                Ellen Adler, Director of Special Education

                                                Jacque Robertson, Creslane Elementary Principal

                                                Jan Ophus, CHS Principal

                                                Marilyn Cruzan, Administrative Secretary

                                                Tiffany Gowing, Student Representative

                                                Hugh Turnbull, The Chronicle

                                                Anne Thomas, The Sentinel




                01.          Action, establish a quorum

Chair Clark announced that a quorum of the board was present.


02.            Pledge of Allegiance



03.            Visitors: 

Mr. Clark 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 as presented.  Mr. Sells seconded and THE MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.



05.            Action, approve the September 14, 2005, 2005 Regular Board Meeting           Minutes.

Mr. Ehrich moved to approve the September 14, 2005 board meeting minutes.  Mrs. Freske seconded and THE MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.      


06.            Information, Trustees Reports

a.       Athletic Booster Club, Mrs. Thompson

Mrs. Thompson reported that she did not have a treasurer’s report available this evening but the Booster Club balance as of October 3 was $4,474.13.  The Boosters approved the purchase of  uniforms for the boys basketball team.    

                b.    Music Booster Club

Mr. Clark asked board members to refer any questions regarding the Music Boosters Club to Mr. Ophus.  He will forward them to the appropriate person.

                              c.   Finance Subcommittee Board appointment, Mr. Clark

Mr. Clark appointed Mr. Kounovsky and Mr. Leatherman to the Finance Subcommittee.


07.          Information, Supervisors Reports

There were no questions on the supervisors’ reports.


08.            Student Representative Report

Tiffany Gowing, student representative, reported on last week’s Homecoming and Spirit Week activities.  Activities included class competitions, a parade and a tailgate barbeque before the game. Key Club and Student Council members will be helping at the Creswell Cross Country Invitational  tomorrow at Lane Community College.  Jessica Harrington has been elected CHS Student Body Treasurer.


09.           Information, Business Manager Report.

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


10.                Superintendent's Report

There were no questions on the Superintendent’s report.



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11.                Information, Labor Management Committee

Updated information was included in the board packet.



12.          Action, Personnel Report

Mrs. Thompson moved to add Robert Selner’s leave of absence request in regard to cba Article XII, Section F Leave Without Pay to the personnel report.  Mr. Sells seconded and THE MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.   Mrs. Freske moved to approve the revised personnel report.  Mr. Sells seconded and THE MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.


13.          Discussion, pedestrian safety.

Dr. Stuber reported that he had met with Faye Stewart, Mark Shrives and a Lane County engineer.   He will attend another meeting on October 14 to review grants available for funding to improve pedestrian routes.   


14.          Discussion, Technology Report-Heiss/Freske

Mrs. Heiss reported that the Finance Committee met on September 22 and reviewed the technology report.  The committee recommends that the board adopt and support the report and the following recommendations:  plan for increase of personnel in the department in the future, support a committee that would update the strategic technology plan that aligns with the CIP, emphasize communication between technology and staff in the district, implement a technology replacement fund using the strategic technology plan as a filter for purchases, to have monthly trainings and newsletters to staff with tips on how to be more efficient in the use of technology, Mr. Higdon will attend staff meetings in the buildings and perhaps do some of the training in those meetings, increase connection of community to schools via technology using the web site more and use Quicken with various school groups, such as FFA, so they can have financial information and learn a skill.  Mrs. Heiss would provide the training on Quicken. Mrs. Freske said that the committee recommendations reflect some of the concerns in the report.  Mr. Clark advised that Mr. Higdon has requested a re-opener on his salary in regard to this report.  Mr. Clark asked if there was anything in the report to justify a re-opener.  Mr. Clark said his recollection was that this issue had been settled during negotiations.  Mr. Ehrich recalled that the board and Mr. Higdon came to an agreement in terms of his salary and compensation that everyone was comfortable with regardless of the study.  Mr. Clark said he would refer Mr. Higdon’s letter to the negotiations committee chair.




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15.          Discussion, Budget Board vacancy and expirations

Mr. Clark advised that there are three vacancies by expiration of their terms and one resignation.  Mr. Clark also stated that he had received a request from Dr. Lonn Robertson to be on the budget committee.  Mr. Clark appointed Mr. Ehrich and Mr. Sells to be the review committee for budget board member applications.  Mr. Ehrich will contact the members whose terms have expired.  There will be a report from that committee at the November board meeting.


16.                Action, Out-of-StateTrip Request

Mr. Sells moved to approve Mrs. O’Connell’s out-of-state trip request.  Mr. Ehrich seconded and THE MOTION CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY.




Requests for the November board meeting:  Audit report, Budget Board vacancies.



ADJOURNMENT     The board meeting adjourned at 7:50 P.M.





Dr. Rick Stuber,  Superintendent




Gary Clark, Chair