Havre Public School District’s Board of Trustees were in a positive mood, or just generally confident, at Tuesday night’s meeting.
The board approved the first readings of all three policy changes, setting them up for enactment next month.
The extension of forbidding drug use on school property to people with medical marijuana prescriptions passed easily after assertions from Director of Personnel Karla Wohlwend that this was the best choice available.
“No states with medical marijuana have any policy about this,” Wohlwend said. “Legal services is keeping us aware of issues as they come up in the Legislature.”
The board also voted unanimously on the first reading of the creation of a safe designated place for breast-feeding employees and a modification of the district vehicle use policy.
Also on the agenda was discussing the means of evaluation of the district Superintendent Andy Carlson.
Board Chair Lee Christianson asked Carlson if he approved of the current evaluation criteria, and Carlson asserted that it wasn’t enough.
Carlson said he would rather be evaluated at least three or four times a year.
“I don’t know if yearly is frequent enough for me to be performing where I want to perform,” Carlson said.
The superintendent doesn’t just want the board evaluating either. Carlson said he would appreciate input from “all stakeholders.”
“He wants good input and he wants to do a better job. We’d all like that,” Christianson said. “I think it’s a very positive way to do it. It’s very encouraging.”
The evaluation form will be handed out to board trustees at the next school board meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 9, to be completed and turned in by Nov. 15, to be discussed at the following board meeting on Dec. 14.
Christianson announced that he, with trustees Aileen Couch, Cindy Erickson, Harvey Capellen and Curtis Smeby, will be attending the Montana Conference of Education Leaders meeting in Billings from Oct. 20 to 22.
While there, the Havre trustees will meet with other Class A schools to form a Class A Caucus, to represent the interests of Class A schools across the state.
“Some would say that AA schools seem to dominate when you get to the state level. This is a way for us to get together and have a consensus with schools with similar issues and have a stronger voice,” Christianson said. “Will it work? I don’t know.”
Twenty-two schools have been invited to the meeting in the evening Wednesday, Oct. 20.