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9-24-14 Joint Board Meeting Minutes

September 29, 2014

Sidney Community School

Joint Board Meeting with Fremont-mills

September 24, 2014    7:00 p.m.   Fremont-Mills School

Call meeting to order and determine quorum

                Fremont-Mills President Elizabeth Alexander called the meeting to order at 7:04 p.m. Fremont-Mills Directors present were Elizabeth Alexander, Keith Barber, Samantha Wilson(left at 8:20 pm) and Darrin Mitchell. Fremont-Mills Director Eli Forney arrived at 7:15 p.m.

                Also present from Fremont-Mills were Superintendent Chris Herrick  7-12 Principal Jeremy Christiansen and Board Secretary Susan Sheppard.

                Sidney Directors present were Heidi Lowthorp, Alisha Ettleman, Erika Graham, Brad Johnson, and Larry Holt. Also present were Superintendent/7-12 Principal Gregg Cruickshank, Business Manager Jennifer Maher and Board Secretary Janet Lemrick.

Sharing Discussion

  1. What opportunities/programs are currently shared between districts?

                Mr. Christiansen led the discussion with information on what the two schools currently share between districts. Junior High/Senior High Instructors shared are Art, Vog Ag, Industrial Arts, Family Consumer Science. Administrations currently shared are Human Resource, Transportation, and Guidance.

                Class offerings were compared between Fremont-Mills and Sidney and with schools whose enrollment would equal our districts should they be combined. The variety of classes offered by our districts were competitive with larger schools. Larger schools are able to offer classes more often during the school day.

                It was noted that both districts are currently meeting or exceeding the state Chapter 12 guidelines for course offerings.

  1. What opportunities/programs could be offered if the districts shared middle/high school?

It was thought that course scheduling might become more flexible if we districts combined. More students/instructors should allow to offer courses more often during the school day.

On-line/College credit classes also add a greater course selection to a student’s  schedule.

Public Discussion

There were approximately 15 community members in the audience.

It was thought that a community advisory/focus group comprised of both districts would be a next step should the districts

want to pursue  more options.


                Both Boards will further discuss how to proceed at their next regular meeting. Community members were encouraged to contact board members with thoughts and comments.


                Motion to adjourn at 8:25 p.m. by the Sidney Board was made by Director Ettleman with second by Director Johnson. Motion carried. Ayes 5 Nays 0

                Fremont-Mills Board President Alexander adjourned their meeting.

Next regular scheduled meeting is October 20, 2014

This publication of minutes is the unofficial report of action taken.  Official minutes are available for review at the Sidney Community School District after approval at the next regular board meeting.


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