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Minutes

Thursday, May 10, 2012
Fort Totten Room, State Capitol
Bismarck, ND

The Education Standards and Practices Board (ESPB) meeting was called to order by chair, Don Paulsrud. Board members who attended were Greg Allen, Nick Archuleta, Mike Bitz, Mary Eldredge-Sandbo, Angela Korsmo, Rod Jonas and Marlene Srock. Others who attended the meeting were Diane Weber and Janet Welk from ESPB, LeAnn Nelson from NDEA, Brandi Fagerland and Della Thorsness from ITD and Shelley Earsley from Eide Bailly.

Mike Heilman, Amy Mann and Bill Peterson did not attend the meeting.

A motion was made by Mike Bitz approving the April, 2012 minutes. Second by Nick Archuleta. Motion carried. Board members who voted in agreement were Greg Allen, Nick Archuleta, Mike Bitz, Mary Eldredge-Sandbo, Angela Korsmo, Rod Jones, Don Paulsrud and Marlene Srock.

A motion was then made by Greg Allen approving the April, 2012 financial report. Second by Angela Korsmo. Motion carried. Board members who voted yes were Greg Allen, Nick Archuleta, Mike Bitz, Mary Eldredge-Sandbo, Angela Korsmo, Rod Jonas, Don Paulsrud and Marlene Srock. The April financial statement showed $44,676.57 in total income, $58,243.75 total expenses, with a minus of $13,567.18. Nexus reimbursement of $6,270 and six-week license applications of $4,000, were monies that were not part of the total income received.

The Board had an opportunity to review a licensure report sample. Nexus is currently working on the report format.

Janet informed the board of 2 CD’s which are due, AG Edwards and US Bank. She will be reinvesting the CD’s into bonds. With the bond investment, the rate of return is better and there are no penalties when the money is withdrawn.

Shelley Earsley provided an overview of evaluating ESPB office business processes. The purpose of the evaluation is to identify opportunities for efficiencies in the usage of the ND teach system as well as to determine the cause of call volume and current paper processes. The result will be a clear understanding of current business processes and the use of technology, recommendations for future processes, resource needs and recommendations for efficiency gains/enhanced use of the ND teach application. Mike Bitz made a motion accept the ITD business analyst proposal. Second by Nick Archuleta. Motion carried. Board members who voted yes were Greg Allen, Nick Archuleta, Mary Eldredge-Sandbo, Mike Bitz, Angela Korsmo, Rod Jones, Don Paulsrud and Marlene Srock.

Discussion was held regarding a license public lookup and what items should be viewed on this site. A motion was made by Mike Bitz for the office to research other state licensure sites and bring examples to the June retreat. Second by Mary Eldredge-Sandbo. Motion carried. Board members who voted yes were Greg Allen, Nick Archuleta, Mary Eldredge-Sandbo, Mike Bitz, Angela Korsmo, Rod Jones, Don Paulsrud and Marlene Srock. Janet will also research the cost involved and bring the information to the Board. If the license public lookup is implemented, it is hoped to no longer send out paper licenses.

Discussion was led by Rod Jones on a better/cleaner process with the program approval process, having just returned from NDSU program review.

Dan Vainonen and Julia Koble no longer are members of the Program Approval Advisory Committee (PAAC). A motion was made by Nick Archuleta nominating Karen Christenson and JoNell Bakke as PAAC replacements. Second by Marlene Srock. Motion carried. Board members who voted in favor were Greg Allen, Nick Archuleta, Mary-Eldredge-Sandbo, Mike Bitz, Angela Korsmo, Rod Jones, Don Paulsrud and Marlene Srock. Dan Conner was nominated as the new dean representative for PAAC.

Rod Jonas summarized the licensure subcommittee recommendations. Rod made the motion to accept special education-deaf and hard of hearing test 0272; cut score 160. Second by Mike Bitz. Motion carried. Board members who voted yes were Greg Allen, Nick Archuleta, Mike Bitz, Mary Eldredge-Sandbo, Angela Korsmo, Rod Jones, Don Paulsrud and Marlene Srock. Rod then made the motion to accept special education-students w/learning disabilities 0383; cut score 151. Second by Greg Allen. Motion carried. Board members who voted in agreement were Greg Allen, Nick Archuleta, Mike Bitz, Mary Eldredge-Sandbo, Angela Korsmo, Rod Jones, Don Paulsrud and Marlene Srock. Rod again made the motion to accept professional school counselor 0421; cut score 156. Second by Mike Bitz. Motion carried. Board members who voted in favor were Greg Allen, Nick Archuleta, Mike Bitz, Mary Eldredge-Sandbo, Angela Korsmo, Rod Jones, Don Paulsrud and Marlene Srock.

CASES
HOMAN, MARYELLEN
Greg Allen made the motion to initiate disciplinary action and offer a settlement agreement of a $250 fine. Second Mike Bitz. Motion carried. Board members who voted yes were Greg Allen, Nick Archuleta, Mike Bitz, Mary Eldredge-Sando, Angela Korsmo, Rod Jones, Don Paulsrud and Marlene Srock. Ms. Homan’s license was before the Board because she was engaged in the profession of teaching while not holding a current license. She is employed at SE Region Career/Tech Center in Oakes. NDCC 15.1-13-25(1)(h) & 15.1-13-17(1)
KUEBER, MELISSA
Mike Bitz made a motion to initiate disciplinary action and offer settlement agreement of a $250 fine. Second by Greg Allen. Motion carried. Board members who voted in agreement were Greg Allen, Nick Archuleta, Mike Bitz, Mary Eldredge-Sandbo, Angela Korsmo, Rod Jones, Don Paulsrud and Marlene Srock. Ms. Kueber’s license was before the Board because she was engaged in the profession of teaching while not holding a current license. She is employed at Finley-Sharon Public Schools as an elementary teacher. NDCC 15.1-13-25(1)(h) & 15.1-13-17 (1)

MEHLHOFF, KIM
Rod Jones made the motion that Mr. Mehlhoff must respond to the items needed or his license will not be renewed. Second by Mike Bitz. Motion carried. Board members who voted yes were Greg Allen, Nick Archuleta, Mike Bitz, Mary Eldredge-Sandbo, Angela Korsmo, Rod Jonas, Don Paulsrud and Marlene Srock. Mr. Mehlhoff’s license will expire on June 28, 2012. Disciplinary action was taken against his license in December, 2009 seeking the following information:

  1. Probation violation
  2. Copy of evaluation
  3. Treatment recommendations (if any)
  4. Mr. Mehlhoff’s response to the above items.

A request for inquiry was filed by the Velva School district.

POWELL, GRETA
A motion was made by Angela Korsmo to dismiss. Second by Nick Archuleta. Motion carried. Board members who voted yes were Greg Allen, Nick Archuleta, Mike Bitz, Angela Korsmo, Rod Jonas, Don Paulsrud and Marlene Srock. Mary Eldredge-Sandbo did not vote. Ms. Powell’s license was before the Board due to a possible fine. She is employed United District #7 in Burlington as a music instructor.

SOUTHAM, BOYD
A motion was made by Rod to not renew Mr. Southam’s driving endorsement, due to four violations on his driving record within the last 3 years. Second by Nick Archuleta. Motion carried. Board members who voted yes were Greg Allen, Nick Archuleta, Mike Bitz, Mary Eldredge-Sandbo, Angela Korsmo, Rod Jonas, Don Paulsrud and Marlene Srock. Mr. Southam requested a driver’s ed endorsement to teach summer school. NDCC 67.1-02-03-06-11(q)

ADMINISTRATIVE CASE
KOPPINGER, KELLY
Don Paulsrud made a motion to initiate disciplinary action and offer a settlement agreement of a $250 fine. Second by Angela Korsmo. Motion carried. Administrative board members who voted yes were Greg Allen, Nick Archuleta, Mike Bitz, Angela Korsmo and Don Paulsrud. Mr. Koppinger’s license was before the Board because he was engaged in the profession of teaching while not holding a current license. NDCC 15.1-13-25-(1)(h) and 15.1-13-17(1)

The meeting was adjourned at 1:25

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