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Minutes

Thursday, August 8, 2013
Fort Union Room, State Capitol, Bismarck, ND

The Education Standards and Practices Board (ESPB) meeting was called to order by board chair, Mike Heilman. Board members who attended were Mike Bitz, Karen Christensen, Mary Eldredge-Sandbo, Mike Heilman, Rod Jonas and Amy Mann. Others who attended the meeting were Diane Weber and Janet Welk from ESPB, Matt Strinden DPI, Sandra Voller from the AG’s office, LeAnn Nelson from NDEA, Aimee Copas from NDCEL and Billie Jo Morken from Watford City.

At this time, no new board appointments have been made. The Board is waiting for the appointments of two school board and two teacher appointment members.

Board case Pauline Graf was added to the agenda.

A motion was made by Rod Jonas nominating Karen Christensen to serve on the administrative board. Second by Mike Bitz. Motion carried. Board members who voted yes were Mike Bitz, Karen Christensen, Mary Eldredge-Sandbo, Mike Heilman, Rod Jonas and Amy Mann. The administrative board consists of Mike Bitz, Karen Christensen, Mary Eldredge-Sandbo and Mike Heilman as chair.

Mike Bitz made the motion approving the June retreat 2013 minutes. Second by Amy Mann. Motion carried. Board members who voted yes were Mike Bitz, Karen Christensen, Mary Eldredge-Sandbo, Mike Heilman, Rod Jonas and Amy Mann.

Amy Mann then made the motion approving the June & July financial reports. Second by Mary Eldredge-Sandbo. Motion carried. Board members who voted in agreement were Mike Bitz, Karen Christensen, Mary Eldredge-Sandbo, Mike Heilman, Rod Jonas and Amy Mann. The June 2013 financial report showed total income of $199,135.43, total expenses $74,944.02 with a net income of $124,191.41. The July 2013 financial report showed total income received was $63, 461.49, total expenses $81,884.42 and a minus $18,422.93. The June licensure report showed 875 total licenses issued. The July licensure report showed 882 total licenses issued. Janet also explained the yearend figures with the Board.

The Board reviewed letters that were sent by two nationally certified teachers. Because the MISOC system does not have the two teachers listed as “classroom” teachers, a motion was made by Mike Bitz to change the language of the NDCC 15.1-18.1-01. Second by Karen Christensen. Motion carried. Board members who voted yes were Mike Bitz, Karen Christensen, Mary Eldredge-Sandbo, Mike Heilman, Rod Jonas and Amy Mann. In 2013-14, the national board stipend will increased from $1,000 to $1,500.

Interviews were conducted for the assistant director position on June 25th. Janet offered the position to Mari Fridgen. Mari Fridgen started the position on July 8th and Beverly Sandness resigned on July 12th. A motion was made by Amy Mann to approve the hire of Mari Fridgen as assistant director. Second by Karen Christensen. Motion carried. Board members who voted yes were Mike Bitz, Karen Christensen, Mary Eldridge-Sandbo, Mike Heilman, Rod Jonas and Amy Mann.

Much discussion was done by the Board on endorsements, field experiences, student teaching and internship requirements. Can the Board allow for someone that has been prepared as an educator to use Praxis tests to test for another content area? This also led to the next topic of discussion. How does the Board want to handle changing levels of preparation? Rod Jonas will address these questions at the next deans meeting.

Rod Jonas presented the July 8th PAAC recommendations. Rod Jonas made a recommendation to accept PAAC’s recommendations for Mayville State University 2013 Program Visit Report for Biology Education, Chemistry Education, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, English Education, Geography Education, Health Education, History Education, Library Science, Mathematics, Physical Education and Composite Social Science Education. Second by Amy. Motion carried. Board members who voted yes were Mike Bitz, Karen Christensen, Mary Eldredge-Sandbo, Mike Heilman, Rod Jonas and Amy Mann. Rod then made the motion to accept PAAC recommendation approving Mayville State Music Education minor endorsement proposal. Second by Amy Mann. Motion carried. Board members who voted in favor were Mike Bitz, Karen Christensen, Mary Eldredge-Sandbo, Mike Heilman, Rod Jonas and Amy Mann. Rod Jonas again made the recommendation to accept the annual report and Title II reports. Second by Amy Mann. Motion carried. Board members who voted yes were Mike Bitz, Karen Christensen, Mary Eldredge-Sandbo, Mike Heilman, Rod Jonas and Amy Mann. Lastly Rod made the motion to accept PAAC’s recommendation for NDACTE program review subcommittee reports for the templates for content expert for InTasc and educator program reports. Second by Amy Mann. Motion carried. Board members who voted in favor were Mike Bitz, Karen Christensen, Mary Eldredge-Sandbo, Mike Heilman, Rod Jonas and Amy Mann.

CASES
BRUCE, WENDEL
Rod Jonas made the motion to dismiss. Second by Amy Mann. Motion carried. Board members who voted in agreement were Mike Bitz, Karen Christensen, Mary Eldredge-Sandbo, Mike Heilman, Rod Jonas and Amy Mann. Mr. Bruce’s license was before the Board because he had checked yes to question #3 of the online application.

DEMORE, MICHAEL
Rod Jonas made the motion to proceed with formal disciplinary action and revoke Mr. Delmore’s license. If Mr. Delmore does not respond, to start the hearing process. Second by Mike Bitz. Motion carried. Board members who voted yes were Mike Bitz, Karen Christensen, Mary Eldredge-Sandbo, Mike Heilman, Rod Jonas and Amy Mann. The Board has attempted, on several occasions, to contact Mr. Delmore, to no avail. Mr. Delmore’s license is being revoked due to a conviction of offering to hire an individual to engage in sexual activities. Mr. Delmore was formerly employed with the Larimore Public Schools as a guidance counselor. NDCC 15.1-13-24 & NDAC 67.1-01-01-02(4)(d)

GRAF, PAULINE
Mary Eldredge-Sando made the motion to grant a two-year license. Second by Amy Mann. Motion carried. Board members who voted in favor were Mike Bitz, Karen Christensen, Mary Eldredge-Sandbo, Mike Heilman, Rod Jonas and Amy Mann. Ms. Graf checked yes to question #3 on the online application.

HAGER, DANIELLE
A motion was made by Karen Christensen to grant an initial, two-year license. Second by Mary Eldredge-Sandbo. Motion carried. Board members who voted in favor were Mike Bitz, Karen Christensen, Mary Eldredge-Sandbo, Mike Heilman, Rod Jonas and Amy Mann. Ms. Hager’s license was before the Board because she had checked yes to question #3 of the online application.

LAMB, FELICIA
The Board was called into executive session at 1:02pm and reconvened at 1:11pm. The purpose of the meeting was attorney consultation. A motion was made by Rod Jonas to grant an initial, two year license. Second by Mike Bitz. Motion carried. Board members who voted yes were Mike Bitz, Karen Christensen, Mary Eldredge-Sandbo, Mike Heilman, Rod Jonas and Amy Mann. Ms. Lamb’s file was before the Board due to her background check.

ROMANS, MICHAEL
Mike Bitz made a motion to dismiss the request for inquiry. Second by Amy Mann. Board members who voted in favor were Mike Bitz, Karen Christensen, Mary Eldredge-Sandbo, Mike Heilman, Rod Jonas and Amy Mann. Mr. Romans is employed with Jamestown Public Schools as a special education strategist.

TEVEEN, MOLLY
A motion was made by Mike Bitz to proceed with disciplinary action against her license and offer a settlement agreement of a $100 fine. Second by Rod Jonas. Motion carried. Board members who voted yes were Mike Bitz, Karen Christensen, Mary Eldredge-Sandbo, Mike Heilman, Rod Jonas and Amy Mann. Ms. Teveen’s license was before the Board because she was engaged in the profession of teaching while not holding a current license. She is employed with Velva Public Schools as an elementary teacher. NDCC 15.1-13-17(1) & 15.1-13-25(1)(h)

WHITEBULL, TWILA
The Board was called into executive session at 1:02pm and reconvened at 1:11pm. A motion was made by Rod Jonas to grant an initial, two-year license. Second by Amy Mann. Board members who voted yes were Mike Bitz, Karen Christensen, Mary Eldredge-Sandbo, Mike Heilman, Rod Jonas and Amy Mann. Ms. Whitebull’s license was before the Board due to her background check.

ADMINISTRATIVE
CRANSTON, RANDY
Mike Bitz made the motion to dismiss the request for inquiry. Second by Mary Eldredge-Sandbo. Motion carried. Administrative board members who voted yes were Mike Bitz, Karen Christensen, Mary Eldredge-Sandbo and Mike Heilman. Mr. Cranston is an administrator with Watford City Public Schools.

HOLEN, STEVEN
Mike Bitz made the motion to dismiss the request for inquiry. Second by Mary Eldredge-Sandbo. Motion carried. Administrative board members who voted in favor were Mike Bitz, Karen Christensen, Mary Eldredge-Sandbo and Mike Heilman. Mr. Holen is an administrator with Watford City Public Schools.

DECOTEAU, ANDREW
A motion was made by Mike Bitz to send another request to Mr. Decoteau for a response. Second by Mary Eldredge-Sandbo. Motion carried. Board members who voted in agreement were Mike Bitz, Karen Christensen, Mary Eldredge-Sandbo and Mike Heilman. A possible request for inquiry has been filed. Mr. DeCoteau is employed as an administrative with New Town Public Schools.

DIEDE, JAY
Mike Bitz made the motion to dismiss the request for inquiry. Second by Mary Eldredge-Sandbo. Motion carried. Administrative board members who voted yes were Mike Bitz, Karen Christensen, Mary Eldredge-Sandbo and Mike Heilman. Mr. Diede is employed as an administrator with Watford City Public Schools.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:00.

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