January Special Minutes

Faulkton Area School District 24-4 Board of Education

Monday, January 29, 2018
5:00 p.m.

The special meeting of the Faulkton Area Schools 24-4 Board of Education was called to order by Board Vice-Chairman Scott McCloud at 5:00 p.m. in the Faulkton Community Center.

Roll call of members present were Kelly Aesoph, BJ Kalkman, Scott McCloud, and Jerry Weyand.  Absent: Ryan Nelson.  Also present were Superintendent Derek Barrios, Business Official Lisa Hushka, Val Ramsdell from the Faulk County Record, Scott Sikkink & Dean Marske from HKG Architects, the following staff members: Vanessa Bowman, Jeremy Demery, Alicia Hammond, Michele Latt, Janet Reed, Mary Schlechter, Randy Tisher, and the following district patrons: Gloria Bode, Tim Bowar, Trevor Cramer, Carrie Deiter, Jean Deiter, Lori Kalkman, Jim Otter, Kayla Roseland, Bill Schilder, Dave Speck, Corrine Weyand and Jack Wilhelm. The pledge of allegiance was recited.  


2017-18.92. Agenda Approval.  Motion by Aesoph, second by Kalkman, to approve the proposed agenda. Unanimous.


Open Forum Time.  No comments were made.


HKG Update & Discussion/Elementary Building Options.  Scott Sikkink, from HKG, began by stating what has already been done and where we are now with the process. Sikkink stated they are still in the process of gathering information. Sikkink stated the $700,000 estimate, given in August before any of the surveys, is being used as a “base plan”.  Sikkink said they started to incorporate the feedback from the surveys in the different plans and options.  Sikkink said the roof seems like be a big concern and after talking to a couple different roofing companies it was determined there could be 5-10 years left on the current roof with continued yearly maintenance.  Sikkink went through a couple different plans that varied in price between $700,000 and $1,550,000. The roofing, ADA bathrooms, entry vestibule, AC, and locker room area were some of the items added in.  The issue of the building being several different levels was also discussed and what temporary solutions would be made to solve this problem.  There was a lot of discussion and several questions asked, between board members and the HKG representatives, about the different options.  HKG recommended the next step be to plan a public meeting to gather community feedback.  HKG will edit the current options slightly and also come up with a plan to do the bare minimum on the elementary right now.  These options will be presented at the February meeting where they will be discussed again and a public meeting planned.    


Open Forum Time.  1. Corrine Weyand said she liked the idea of the 2 classroom bathrooms. She stated the bathrooms would solve transgender requirements.  2. Bill Schilder told the board that what he has been hearing is that the current building is inadequate.  Schilder advised the board not to get carried away with a building plan they aren’t going to be happy with in the end.  He explained that he was on both the county and hospital boards and it took 7 years to plan for the new jail and 5 years for the new hospital.  He advised the board to look far enough ahead in order to make the right decision.  3. Randy Tisher stated finding a middle ground that everyone agrees with is going to be hard to get to.  He advised the board to make sure the community knows what the plan options are before the public meeting so good questions can be asked.   


2017-18.93. Adjournment. Motion by Weyand, second by Aesoph, to adjourn at 6:34 p.m. All in favor, motion carried.

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Board Chairman, Ryan Nelson                                     Business Official, Lisa Hushka