The school board work session of the Board of Directors of Lane County School District #40, Creswell, Oregon, was held Wednesday, December 4, 2002 beginning at 6:00 P.M. at the Creswell High School Library, 33390 Nieblock Lane, Creswell, Oregon, 97426, with Chair Dersham presiding.



                                                            Don Ehrich

                                                            Anne Freske   

Jim Honer

Lonn Robertson

Kathy Thompson





                                                            Vicky Curry




ALSO PRESENT: Dr. Rick Stuber, Superintendent

                              Judy Hillman, Business Manager

                              Ellen Adler, Special Education Director

                              Jacque Robertson, Creslane Principal

                              Bob George, CHS Principal

                              Karen Narmore, CHS Vice Principal

                              Marilyn Cruzan, Administrative Secretary

                              Melinda Allen, The Chronicle


3/            High School Graduation Requirements

Mr. George presented a proposal to the board to change graduation requirements.  He would like to drop Work and Life Skills as a graduation requirement because the class is no longer relevant in its current form. He would like to take the best parts of this class and make it a one semester elective.  Some of the components of this class are now covered in other classes such as Economics and Ag classes. 


This proposal is for the 2003-2004 school year.  He also suggested that by doing this credits required for graduation would be reduced to 24.  Mr. George noted that in board policy there is a requirement for 2 credits of foreign language that becomes effective in 2002. 


The board discussed the proposal and several board members expressed that they were comfortable dropping the Work and Life Skills class as a requirement as long as it was offered as an elective.  The board discussed the foreign language credit and will review that part of the policy at a later time.


Dr. Robertson said the board needs to make policy IKF-AR  match the 581 requirements.


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The policy committee will bring a policy recommendation to the board at the December 11 meeting.


4/               Retirees Health Insurance

The board discussed the letters received from Mrs. Heiss, former Creswell School District Business Manager, Mr. Richards, the district’s attorney and Mr. Turner from OSBA on the insurance issue.  The board felt that the question on creating a separate class was not answered by Mr. Turner or Mr. Richards 


      The board decided they needed more information on this issue.


Dr. Stuber will contact Mr. Richards and Mrs. Freske will contact Mr. Turner regarding creating a separate class by providing retirees more money for health insurance than it provides regular teachers and whether it lent credence to the district’s position that early retirement and employee insurance were both under the same article in the bargaining agreement.


5/    Local Option Tax   

The board discussed the information in the packet distributed by the business manager on the local option tax.


The board directed the Strategic Planning Finance Committee to bring options to the board for an action item at the December 11 board meeting.




6/               ADJOURNMENT


               The meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.






Dr. Rick Stuber, Superintendent




Connie Dersham,  Chair