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Minutes

Thursday, September 12, 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 Kimberly Belgarde, Mike Bitz, Mary Eldredge-Sandbo, Rod Jonas, Amy Mann, Laura Mihalick, Loni Miller and Tim Tausend. Others who attended the meeting were Diane Weber and Janet Welk from ESPB, Matt Strinden from DPI, Sandra Voller from the AG’s Office, LeAnn Nelson from NDEA, Jill Rising student from the University of Mary, and Larry Grooters from VSCU.

Karen Christensen did not attend the meeting.

A welcome was extended to the new board members and visitors.

Loni Miller and Kimberly Belgarde are the new teacher representatives and replace Marlene Srock and Nick Archuleta. Tim Tausend and Laura Mihalick are the new school board representatives and replace Greg Allen and Angela Korsmo.

Rod Jonas made the motion to add the following items to the agenda: non-public mentoring training, FBI audit, teacher support and remove board case Leslie Kitzenberg. Second by Mary Eldredge-Sandbo. Motion carried. Board members who voted yes were Kimberly Belgarde, Mike Bitz, Mary Eldredge-Sandbo, Mike Heilman, Rod Jonas, Amy Mann, Laura Mihalick, Loni Miller and Tim Tausend.

Rod Jonas made the motion to approve the August, 2013 minutes. Second by Tim Tausend. Motion carried. Board members who voted in agreement were Kimberly Belgarde, Mike Bitz, Mary Eldredge-Sandbo, Mike Heilman, Rod Jonas, Amy Mann, Laura Mihalick, Loni Miller and Tim Tausend.

A motion was again made by Rod Jonas approving the August, 2013 financial report. Second by Amy Mann. Motion carried. Board members who voted in agreement were Kimberly Belgarde, Mike Bitz, Mary Eldredge-Sandbo, Mike Heilman, Rod Jonas, Amy Mann, Laura Mihalick, Loni Miller and Tim Tausend. The August financial statement showed $74,362.70 in total income received, $59,413.25 total expenses, with a net income of $14,949.45.

A motion was then again made by Rod Jonas approving the August, 2013 licensure report. Second by Tim Tausend. Motion carried. Board members who voted in agreement were Kimberly Belgarde, Mike Bitz, Mary Eldredge-Sandbo, Mike Heilman, Rod Jonas, Amy Mann, Laura Mihalick, Loni Miller and Tim Tausend. The licensure report showed 1133 total licenses issued.

Due to new board members schedules, new board meeting dates and times were discussed. The new dates are as follows October 8 (meet before the Joint Board meeting), November 7, December 5, January 9, February 6, March 6, April 3, May 1 and June 16/17 (retreat).

Janet Welk and Sandra Voller reported on the FBI audit regarding office practices and compliance of fingerprinting cards and background check results. Our independent contractor/program developer, Nexus can view FBI results, when there is a background hit. The offense will no longer be stated in our data base. The office practice will be changed as well as the criminal history form.

Amy Mann lead the discussion regarding allowing private school teachers to be involved/take part of the state mentoring program. A motion was made by Mike Bitz to charge a small fee to this group and if there is availability in the session, to allow the private school teachers to take part in the mentoring program. Second by Laura Mihalick. Motion carried. Board members who voted in agreement were Kimberly Belgarde, Mike Bitz, Mary Eldredge-Sandbo, Mike Heilman, Rod Jonas, Amy Mann, Laura Mihalick, Loni Miller and Tim Tausend. Laurie Stenehjem, Teacher Support System Coordinator, may determine what the fee should be.

Dr. Larry Grooters lead discussion on transition to teaching program. Can endorsements, field experiences/student teaching/internship be used for transition to teaching? Can we allow someone that has been prepared as an educator to use the Praxis tests to test for another content area? Can we allow for an educator to change levels of prep? What alternatives can we allow for educators that need to do student teaching when changing levels of prep? Janet will draft changes to administrative rules and bring to the October meeting.

CASES
COOPER, NANCY
Sandra Voller informed the Board that to date, the settlement agreement had not been signed but Nancy has paid the fine. A motion was made by Mike Bitz to try and contact Ms. Cooper one more time for the signed settlement agreement. Second by Rod Jonas. Motion carried. Board members who voted yes were Kimberly Belgarde, Mike Bitz, Mary Eldredge-Sandbo, Mike Heilman, Rod Jonas, Amy Mann, Laura Mihalick, Loni Miller and Tim Tausend. Ms. Cooper’s license was before the Board due to a breach of contract w/Fort Yates Public Schools. NDCC 15.1-13-25(1)

HEANEY, GARY
The Board was called into executive session at 10:29 am and reconvened at 10:33 am. The purpose of the closed meeting was attorney consultation. A motion was made by Rod Jonas to grant an initial, five-year other state educator license. Second by Amy Mann. Motion carried. Board members who voted in favor were Kimberly Belgarde, Mike Bitz, Mary Eldredge-Sandbo, Mike Heilman, Rod Jonas, Amy Mann, Laura Mihalick, Loni Miller and Tim Tausend. Mr. Heaney’s license request was before the Board because of his background check.

RAWLINGS, DAVID
The Board was called into executive session at 10:29 am and reconvened at 10:33 am. The purpose of the closed meeting was attorney consultation. A motion was made by Mary Eldredge-Sandbo to grant an initial, five-year other state educator license. Second by Kim Belgarde. Motion carried. Board members who votes yes Kimberly Belgarde, Mike Bitz, Mary Eldredge-Sandbo, Mike Heilman, Rod Jonas, Amy Mann, Laura Mihalick, Loni Miller and Tim Tausend. Mr. Rawlings license application was before the Board due to his background check.

ROBINSON, CLAUDE
Again, Rod Jonas made a motion to grant an initial, five-year other state educator license. Second by Mike Bitz. Motion carried. Board members who voted in favor were Kimberly Belgarde, Mike Bitz, Mary Eldredge-Sandbo, Mike Heilman, Rod Jonas, Amy Mann, Laura Mihalick, Loni Miller and Tim Tausend. Mr. Robinson’s license application was before the Board because of his background check.

ROLLER, JADEN
Much discussion was done by the Board. A motion was made by Mike Bitz to deny granting a one-year sub license because he was convicted of offenses having a direct bearing on his ability to serve as a teacher, and that he has not been sufficiently rehabilitated. However, if Mr. Roller agrees to the following conditions:

  1. Comply with all laws and rules of the United States
  2. Will inform the Board immediately if he violates any laws or rules of the United States

An initial, one-year sub license may be issued. Second by Mary Eldredge-Sandbo. Motion carried. Board members who voted yes were Kimberly Belgarde, Mike Bitz, Mary Sandbo-Eldredge, Rod Jonas, Amy Mann, Laura Mihalick, Loni Miller and Tim Tausend. Mike Heilman voted no. ND Adm code 67.1-02-02-06(1) & (4) AND NDCC 15.1-13-25(1)(d) & (e) and NDAC 67.1-02-02-06 (1) & (4)

The meeting was adjourned at 2:45 pm.

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