Written by Devon Boen
The Frontier School board met Monday, Feb. 11, and approved an architect for the Quality Schools Grant project and renewed the dean’s contract.
The board presented potential plans at its last meeting for the new additions that would be added to the school with the help of the quality schools grant it recently won. The tentative plans are now slightly more solid since the board approved hiring Slate Architect of Helena to design the project. Dean Jeff Whitmus said he had worked with the company on another project and liked how Slate handled itself under pressure.
Following an executive session, the board renewed Whitmus’ contract for the 2013-14 school year with a $1,500 raise.
The board previously decided to move to a procurement card system that would allow the school to control the money allotted for travel expenses for employees. Previously, the employees had access to a large credit line whenever they used a school credit card. The procurement system allows Frontier to control the limit and dictate what items can be purchased with the card.
The Montana state guidelines for meal reimbursements allows for a $5 breakfast, $6 lunch and $10 dinner. The board wanted to review its policy that said Frontier should not abide by those guidelines because they felt the prices were low and outdated.
The board agreed it was difficult to eat a normal meal within the current price range, so it unanimously voted to double each, giving each travelling employee an allowance of $10 for breakfast, $12 for lunch and $20 for dinner.
David Kirkaldie and Shelly Hafner’s trustee positions are up for re-election in May. Superintendent Christine Eggar said any interested parties had until March 26 to apply and could get the proper paperwork by contacting Frontier School.
If the election is necessary, it will take place May 7 and Donna Wimmer, Lois Dyck and Eileen Rigsby will act as judges.
Eggar reviewed the results to the parents’ survey. The school received praise for feeling safe and conducive to learning and scored lower in regards to the effectiveness of the afterschool program. Eggar said that question may have received low scores because not all students utilize the afterschool program.
Eggar also announced the school had just recently held its science fair and Quinn Whitmus took home first place.
The board approved Erin Fosland as a substitute teacher.