Friday, March 15, 2019

Board Adopted Calendar for 2019-2020 School Year

by Robert "Bob" Lewandowski

The Board of Trustees approved the following School Calendar for the 2019-2020 school year. 
Please click on the link provided to view the calendar and print its definition and description. 

Please know the identified calendar was the calendar with the most votes in a distributed survey. For more information, review the process below.

WHEREAS: The Calendar Committee met on February 19, 2019 to develop two calendars that meet the minimum state requirements of 1080 hours of instruction as per Montana Code Annotated
  • 20-1-301. School fiscal year. (1) The school fiscal year begins on July 1 and ends on June 30. At least the minimum aggregate hours defined in subsection (2) must be conducted during each school fiscal year, except that 1,050 aggregate hours of pupil instruction for graduating seniors may be sufficient.
         (2) The minimum aggregate hours required by grade are:
         (a) 360 hours for a half-time kindergarten program or 720 hours for a full-time kindergarten program, as provided in 20-7-117;
         (b) 720 hours for grades 1 through 3; and
         (c) 1,080 hours for grades 4 through 12.
         (3) For any elementary or high school district that fails to provide for at least the minimum aggregate hours, as listed in subsections (1) and (2), the superintendent of public instruction shall reduce the direct state aid for the district for that school year by two times an hourly rate, as calculated by the office of public instruction, for the aggregate hours missed.
        
WHEREAS: The Calendar Committee developed two calendars for consideration and identified them with the following titles:  RED and BLACK 

WHEREAS: Each calendar meets the minimum of 1080 hours

WHEREAS: The BLACK Calendar or Base Calendar:
Base Calendar Option (See Link above): This Calendar is the same basic calendar that is utilized this school year. The Calendar length is 177 student contact days. School begins on Aug 22 and ends on May 29. It has(1) Snow Day; (10) Winter Break Days; (3) Spring/Easter Break Days. It has (139) Full Days; (37) Part Days; and (1) Half Day. There are (184) Professional Days and (7.5) Pupil Instructional Days (PIR) Days. The half (.5) PIR day is on the afternoon of May 29 for teacher checkout.

WHEREAS: The RED Calendar :
RED Calendar Option (See Link Above): The Calendar length is 177 student contact days.  School ends after Memorial Day. School begins on August 22 and ends on May 27. It has (1) Snow Day; (8) Winter Break Days; (3) Spring Break Days. It has (139) Full Days; (37) Part Days; and (1) Half Days. There are (185) Professional Days and (8) PIR Days. NOTE: Winter Break days are adjusted from the BASE calendar, removing 2 days from the end of the Winter Break thus letting school out 1 day earlier and a full PIR for teacher checkout. 

WHEREAS: The Survey Results Surveys were collected from the following:
  • Email
  • Superintendent's Blog
  • Facebook & Twitter
  • District Website
WHEREAS: Linked are the disaggregated survey results:
WHEREAS: The Board of Trustees selected the BLACK or Base Calendar at the March 11, 2019 Board Meeting. 
 

GO COLTS! GO FILLIES! 

MAKE DUST OR EAT DUST!

"Get out in front and stay there!"
 

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Montana Activity Director Award Given

by Robert "Bob" Lewandowski

Congratulations goes out to Colstrip High School Principal and Activity Director Mark Ator for being selected at the MIAAA Montana Activity Director of the Year.

Well done Mr. Ator. Way to make dust!


















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MAKE DUST OR EAT DUST!

"Get out in front and stay there!"

Mega Issues: Concerns and Considerations Workshop

by Robert "Bob" Lewandowski

The January 24, 2019 Board Workshop will be the third workshop in a series that have examined  mega issues facing our educational community. The workshop is open to the public and will be held at 6:00 PM in the High School Commons.  

The intent of the workshop will be to re-frame the intentions of the District, in regards to mega issues, in order to identify and seek opportunities to create a more economical educational model without overburdening local taxpayers.

This Work Session will focus on working with local stakeholders to keep them informed as well as create confidence that Colstrip Public Schools is working to provide considerations as options for transition that minimize the financial impact that may be generated by the impending closure of Units 1 & 2.

Please join the Board for this discussion opportunity.

GO COLTS! GO FILLIES! 

MAKE DUST OR EAT DUST!

"Get out in front and stay there!"



Thursday, January 3, 2019

Challenge Met by the IBEW Local 1638

by Robert "Bob" Lewandowski
 
We don't  get many surprises in Central Office, but today's coat delivery was among the best.  The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 1638 brought New Year's Tidings to Colstrip students with coats and jackets for all ages.
Pictured to the right: Casey Krebs, Stacey Yates, Ted Stimac and Candice Stimac hold a few of the coats that were collected by the Local 1638 IBEW and donated for Colstrip students that may need a little extra warmth and style going into 2019.

It is great to see this type of community support for the kids of Colstrip. This random act of kindness certainly is a great example of our District's BE YOUR BEST CHALLENGE. This challenge calls our students, staff and community (in this case) not only to be their best at the jobs they do (Performance), but to be their best selves (Character). Ladies and gentlemen, this definitely meets the "Character" challenge in being your best self.

Well done IBEW, Local 1638! You not only brought warmth to students here at Colstrip, but you set an example to follow.
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GO COLTS! GO FILLIES! 

MAKE DUST OR EAT DUST!

"Get out in front and stay there!"


Friday, December 14, 2018

Mega Issues Board Work Session Planned for January 24, 2019

By Robert "Bob" Lewandowski

The Colstrip School Board of Trustees would like to invite the community to its next Board Work Session to review options to mega issues that may be faced by our community and schools with the closure of Units 1 & 2. The Work Session will be held at 6:00 PM in the High School Commons on January 24, 2019.
 


GO COLTS! GO FILLIES! 

MAKE DUST OR EAT DUST!

"Get out in front and stay there!"




Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Obsolete Equipment Sales

by Robert "Bob" Lewandowski

The district usually has annual sales of obsolete equipment. This is the case for the current sale being managed by Smith Sales Company. The items listed in this sale are no longer suitable to use in a school setting because of age, safety factors or application.

The Board of Trustees follows a very strict set of procedures in identifying obsolete equipment and then advertising it appropriately for constituent approval.  The policy followed is 7251 Disposal of School Property without a Vote. See the Policy contents below.


The Board is authorized to dispose of a site, building, or any other real or personal property of the District, that is or is about to become abandoned, obsolete, undesirable, or unsuitable for school purposes.

To effect proper disposal, the trustees shall pass a resolution stating their decision concerning property disposal.  The resolution will not become effective until fourteen (14) days after the resolution is published in a newspaper of general circulation in the District.

Should any taxpayer properly protest the resolution during the fourteen (14) days after the date of publication, the trustees shall submit testimony to the court with jurisdiction.

Once the resolution is effective, or if appealed the decision has been upheld by the court, the trustees shall sell or dispose of the real or personal property in a reasonable manner determined to be in the best interests of the District.  Proceeds from the sale of fixed assets can be deposited to the general, debt service, building, or any other appropriate fund.
We hope that others find the items put on the current "obsolete" list useful and bid on them accordingly. In the mean time, the information given should help provide a better understanding of the process and why items are identified as "obsolete." Like always, the District appreciates your support.


GO COLTS! GO FILLIES! 

MAKE DUST OR EAT DUST!

"Get out in front and stay there!"
 

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Seeking Solutions: Community Input Desired

by Robert "Bob" Lewandowski

On October 24, 2018 the Colstrip School Board hosted a Workshop to discuss the mega-issues that may affect our community and school. MTSBA Debra Silk facilitated the meeting and used a Knowledge Based Decision Making Model to review the pending closure of Power Units 1 and 2 and the impacts that have the potential of impeding the School District’s ability to achieve the long term goal of the Colstrip School District to continue tp prepare our students for life, college and career readiness. 

The School Board would like to invite the public to a follow-up meeting to share in the discussion and planning of future options and considerations in regards to the discussions that took place at the October 24 Workshop. Tyler Bush, Senior Executive at McKinstry will facilitate this meeting. The next Workshop will take place at 6:00 PM on November 15, 2018 in the High School Commons. 

Your input in this process is valued and needed for addressing and finding solutions to the mega-issues identified above. We hope that you will be able to attend.

PROCESS USED FOR DECISION MAKING 

Knowledge-Based Decision Making Process
In addressing identified mega-issues that have the potential of impeding the School District’s ability to achieve the Envisioned Future, Colstrip Public Schools is committed to applying a knowledge-based decision making process.  The framework for this process in addressing and finding solutions to the mega-issues identified above is as follows:  
Question #1 – What do we know our students’ / parents’ / community’s / needs, wants and preferences that is relevant to this decision?
Question #2 – What do we know about the current realities and evolving dynamics of our community that is relevant to this decision?
Question #3 – What do we know about the capacity and strategic position of the Colstrip Public Schools that is relevant to this decision?
Question #4 – What are the ethical implications of our choices?

GO COLTS! GO FILLIES! 

MAKE DUST OR EAT DUST!

"Get out in front and stay there!"