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THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2012  

These highlights contain basic information about the key issues discussed during Board of Education meetings.

They are not officially approved minutes and are not intended to be comprehensive. 

A video recording of the Board meeting can be viewed at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/lpsd-live

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Lewis-Palmer Middle School pen pal program – Principal Caryn Collette introduced the 7th grade red team teachers and students involved with the pen pal service learning project. Over 100 students were connected with pen pals throughout the Tri-Lakes community for the 2011-12 school year.  Students and their adult pen pals met face-to-face at an end-of-year breakfast event to celebrate this very successful project. Three students read letters to the Board members: Kirk Lobban said “the project has been priceless”, Cat Gready noted “the school project became the discovery of a new friend”, and Anna Schnelbach commented “my pen pal became one of my lifelong idols.”


School Director special address to the Board – Ms. Gail Wilson resigned her position as Board of Education Director from District 3, effective immediately.  She thanked the community for trusting her to do what is best for children and their education. She offered thanks to District employees, as well as to students and their families.  She specifically thanked the Board members and Superintendent Borman and stated she departs with great confidence in the Board of Education.





Acceptance of resignation/Announcement of Board of Education vacancy – The Board formally accepted Gail Wilson’s resignation.  Each Board member then commented regarding Ms. Wilson’s tenure and contributions to the Board and the LPSD community.  The Board also adopted a resolution to notify the community of the Director District vacancy and authorized procedures for appointing a new director to fill the unexpired term in accordance with law. An appointment to fill this vacancy will be made within 60 days.  Individuals interested in serving on the school board should access the D38 website at www.lewispalmer.org for more information. 


2006 general obligation bonds refunding update – Mrs. Cheryl Wangeman, Assistant Superintendent, updated the Board regarding the recent partial refunding of the 2006 general obligation bonds. This refinance will yield a total net savings of approximately $900,000 in property taxes paid by the taxpayers of the District.


Consider/approve final budget for 2011-12 – Mrs. Wangeman presented a final summary of the 2011-12 budget, including minor adjustments, for the Board’s approval.


Feasibility Committee report – Mr. Borman showed a PowerPoint highlighting the history of the District, the impact of the recession, and actions taken to date to reduce expenditures/increase revenues to meet the budget shortfall.  Earlier this spring, at the request of the Board, Mr. Borman created an MLO (mill levy override) Feasibility Committee to assess the prospects for a successful ballot issue to meet critical District needs. Russ Broshous and Rich Stewart, community members on the Feasibility Committee, reported the Committee’s findings regarding pursuing an MLO on a future election ballot. They presented many pros and cons to each of the options considered by Committee members and the Board members will meet soon in a special work session to discuss this information.



Consider/approve insurance proposals for 2012-13 (liability and workers comp) – The Board approved the renewal proposal from the Colorado School District Self Insurance Pool for liability insurance (property, boiler, vehicle, liability, crime) for 2012-13, and the renewal proposal from Wells Fargo (Pinnacol Assurance) for workers’ compensation insurance for 2012-13.


Consider/approve salary wage schedules for the 2012-13 school year – Mr. Bob Foster, Director of Personnel, presented the salary and wage schedules for teachers and classified employees for the 2012-13 school year. The Board approved the compensation packages, which include benefits options and the continued wage freeze.   


Presentation of proposed 2012-13 fiscal year school district budget – Mrs. Wangeman presented copies of the preliminary 2012-13 budget to the Board for review prior to the public hearing and formal vote on June 21st.  She highlighted various facts, assumptions, and trends concerning enrollment, staffing, and funding.  She also explained in detail the various funds included in the budget.  This preliminary budget document is available for public review; contact the superintendent’s secretary for further information. 





Exceptional Student Services update – Mary Anne Fleury, Director of Exceptional Student Services, reviewed the recent CDE (Colorado Department of Education) audit. Exceptional Student Services includes Special Education, English Language Learners (ELL), Response to Intervention (RtI), and Section 504. She also provided a brief update of the D38 Special Education program, noting that 552 students are currently receiving services.  In addition, 311 students representing 37 different languages are participating in the ELL program.


Dashboard – The monthly dashboard was presented for the Board’s review. This document summarizes enrollment numbers and free-and-reduced meals statistics, as well as budget information detailing expenditures and revenue. The dashboard also reported 20 students are enrolled in the Home School Enrichment Academy, which will begin serving students next school year.   


Superintendent update – Mr. Borman highlighted his recent visits to many D38 schools and classrooms.  He commented on the Arbor Day celebration held at Palmer Lake Elementary School and the district-wide 6th grade band concert.  





Caryn Collette, Lewis-Palmer Middle School principal, read a letter to the Board on behalf of Cathy Wilcox, 599 Forest View Way. Mrs. Wilcox commended the teaching staff at LPMS, stating she is amazed at their dedication, energy, and excellence in instruction.  Melissa Monroe, president of the LPEA (Lewis-Palmer Education Association) and social studies teacher at LPHS, encouraged the Board to undo the pay freeze.  She requested the Board consider the effects of the long-term freeze and somehow demonstrate their value and appreciation of D38 staff. 





The Board approved routine matters concerning personnel, finances, and District operations. For information about student fee increases for 2012-13, contact your school’s office or the main office in the administration building. 

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