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Page 2 August 22nd, 2013 !i!iil¸ iii!i ~i!i Valley News and Views Moral issues have created some of the most divisive controversies in recent political campaigns. While some Christians try to argue these issues from the Biblical perspective, their arguments have been falling on deaf ears, often because the Christians themselves are such an integral part of the problem. For His followers, Jesus laid out a set of moral values, expanded by the Apostle Paul, that were intended to be the lifestyle blueprint for anyone claiming to be a Christian. In a recent Gallup poll, 77 per cent of Americans claimed to be followers of Christ. At least, they declared themselves to be Christians. But integrating the results of various polls, we are hard- pressed to find credibility in this percentage• In another poll, Gallup found that 43 per cent rated American morals as poor and 73 per cent said that our moral values were getting worse. As the major defects in our moral values, poll respondents placed at the top of the list the lack of respect and toleranceof other people, decline of family structure, lack of religious faith and lack of morals in general. In still another survey, Gallup asked respondents to rate various types of behavior behavior as morally unacceptable or morally acceptable. A majority of respondents, which had to include significant numbers of Christians considering they make up 77 per cent of the people, found the following to be morally acceptable: homosexuality and lesbianism, having children outside of marriage, sex between unmarried adults, divorce, gambling and unmarried women having children. (It seems that some other forms of unChristian behavior, such as greed, arrogance, love of money, gluttony and crass materialism, have become so morally acceptable that pollsters don't even ask about them.) The Apostle Paul told the Corinthian Church that they were qualified to judge other Christians but judgment of nonChristians was left to God. However, Christians would rather judge the secular society about the decline of morality even though they themselves are major contributors to the trend. SinceprofessingChristians make up 77 per cent of society, when polls show that a majority of people support unbiblical behavior, those numbers must include a significant number of Christians. This proves the Pogo principle that "we have met the enemy and they is us." Apparently, Christians are joining the secular society in finding morally acceptable behavior that is not acceptable in Scripture. There seems to be a gap here that can only be explained by the fact that many Christians no longer rely on the Bible as a reference for moral values, raising questions about the depth of their commitment to their faith. However, according to a Gallup survey, 79 per cent claim that religion is important in their daily lives. Inconsistency seems to be rampant in the minds of Christians. It seems that Christians need to spend more time correcting their own moral values and less time condemning the rest of society. If Christians were Christiansl they would have significant impact on moral values, considering that they make up 77 per cent of society. So instead of standing around wringing their hands, blaming secular society, and making political issues over the decline of various classes of morals, Christians ought to quit judging those outside the church and assume more responsibility for the holiness of their own. That would go a long way toward improving our morals. I'm sitting here in a glassed-in overlook of a large exhibit hall at the Bakken Oil Workers & Oil Service Expo at the State Fair Grounds in Minot yesterday, today and tomorrow. The exhibit hall is like a stretching landscape of exhibit booths, overflowing to adjacent halls and out the doors for larger equipment. A stream of attendees wander the corridors, viewing and inter-connecting with the 700-plus vendors who occupythe booths. Turquoise balloons floating by a string tied to a booth indicate the vendor is hiring and seeking employees. Pages of seminars are listed in the expo booklet, highlighting the 47 learning opportunities to sit-in for an hour and listen to the "scoop" from an expert. Entertainment with jazz music and networking opportunities are featured at a reception mixer on Wednesday evening. One of the unique opportunities is a "one-on- one meeting," where pre- registered attendees can set up meetings with other pre-registered vendors or attendees for some prime time apart from the hustle- and-bustle of the activities. A special by-product of the expo is the "Giving Back to the Community." A percentage of profits from the conference is paid out to three pre-approved non- profit organizations in the community. The Bakken Oil Basin represents boom, bustle and new business over a wide range of land, stretching from Manitoba into South Dakota and shaped like a bowl where oil is most heavily concentrated near Williston and diminishing to the edges of the bowl's rim. The seminars arewhere the nitty-gritty Issues of "Quality of Life" were discussed from the point-of-view of community development, protection of the landscape and its resources, and the wellbeing of people. Elaborate plans are both in place and well-presented in city strategic plans going out 20 years. It's impressive that such thorough, detailed plans of architectural design are applied. Where discussion gets "muddy" is in the definition of "Quality of Life" by participants and the soft sciences of human behavior or the concept of"wellbeing" stemming or not from the oil development. I heard positive outreaches and some not so clear information at the grass root level of workers, their families, their children and the environment in which people live day-to-day. The most positive outreach that I heard was from programs offered by NDSU Extension Division and some of their sponsoring programs, like 4-H hands-on educational programs, and their venturing into "There's an App for That." Two free apps have been developed to guide new- comers to ND to deal with "Winter Survival" (Kit) and a "Disaster Recovery Log." Both are accessible via a "QR" code in printed material or by www.ag.ndsu. edu / extension ! apps. In my opinion, that's practical outreach that anyone with an assessable cell phone can connect with and prepare for transitions that mayrequire adjustments to everyday living. Although jobs are plentiful in area towns and in the Bakken field, the high paying jobs are largely in crews and often in harsh Continued On Page 8 Public Notice Property for Sale NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Drayton, ND is offering for sale the following property: Lot 30, Original Townsite, West side Main Street, Drayton ND. This 60' X 125' vacant property is located between KodaBank and Drayton Lounge and is zoned for commercial use• Sealed bids will be accepted until 7:00pm, Monday, September 9, 2013, at which time they will be opened and considered by the Drayton City Council . The Drayton City Council reserves the right to reject any and all bids, to negotiate further with bidders, and to extend the deadline for receipt of the bids. Sealed bids shall be delivered or mailed to City of Drayton, 122 S. Main St•, PO Box 280, Drayton ND 58225• Carol Gardner City Auditor 701-454-3590 Regular Meeting July 16th, 2013 This is a record of the proceedings of the regular meeting of the Drayton School Board that was held July 16, 2013 at the school at 6:00 PM. Hatloy called the meeting to order• Members present: Hatloy, Emanuelson, Littlejohn, Larson, and Brosius Members absent: Also present: Supt• Schlieve, Judy Stellon and Jill Pilon Presiding: Hatloy Larson made a motion to approve the agenda as presented by Supt. Schlieve. Brosius seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously• Littlejohn made a motion to approve the consent agenda, June 11, 2013 meeting minutes, financial reports, bills and quarterly reconciliation as presented• Emanuelson seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. Supt. Schlieve presented communications from the following: • City of Cavalier - Thank you • Ottertail Power Company • Blue Cross/Blue Shield • Bank of North Dakota • Valley Brake Service • DPI - Restructuring • Stegman Family - Thank you Reports were given for the following items: Walsh - Pembina Administrators • RRVEC/REA Pembina County Special Education • Board Reorganization Brosius made a motion to approve the second reading of policy for Section D, descriptor codes; DI-BR (Personnel Records Review Procedures) and DKBB (Instructional Staff Resignation and Request for Release from Contract)• Littlejohn seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. Supt• Schlieve presented the following policy statements to the board for first reading; FCAF (revision), FCAF-R (new), FCAF-E1 (new) and FCAF-E2 (new). Larson made a motion to approve the purchase of~ a 2010 IC/CE 300 53 passenger bus for $56,900•00 and a 2010 Chevrolet StarCraft 14 passenger white activity bus for $41,500.00• Littlejohn seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously• Littlejohn made a motion to accept the resignation of Ann Kraft• Emanuelson seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously• Larson made a motion to approve adjustments to the 2012- 2013 expenditure budget as follows; Transportation - Increase expenditure line from $20,000•00 to $118,000•00 to cover the purchase of the route and activity buses, Special Programs - Change the State Assessment from $36,402.00 to $19,263•00, the Assessment line from $0.00 to $32,000•00, and transfer $44,751.46 from the General Fund to the Food Services Fund. Brosius seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously• Emanuelson made a motion to approve the negotiations settlement reached with DEA. Brosius seconded the motion, and upon roll call vote: Brosius - yea, Emanuelson - yea, Hatloy - Brosius seconded the motion, and upon roll call vote: Brosius - yea, Emanuelson - yea, Hatloy - yea, Larson - yea, Littlejohn - nay, motion carried• Brosius made a motion to approve the pledge of securities provided by KodaBank. Littlejohn seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. Emanuelson made a motion to hire Mrs• Raichl Ratchensky as 3rd grade teacher• Littlejohn seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously• Discussion was held concerning the 2013-2014 budget. No action was taken. Supt. Schlieve informed the board of the hiring of April Benoit as an Occupational Therapist by Pembina County Special Education Unit. Drayton School will hold her contract• There being no further business before this Board, Larson made a motion to recess this portion of the annual meeting for the 2012-2013 school board. Brosius seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously• Stellon called the meeting back to order. Mark Hatloy and Chris Littlejohn took the Oath of Office and assumed their seats on the board• In order to organize the new board, Stellon acted as moderator for the meeting until officers were selected• Stellon called for nominations for the position of President• Mark Hatloy was nominated by Larson. Emanuelson seconded the motion, there being no further nominations, upon vote, and the board cast a unanimous vote for Mark Hatloy for the position of President. Hatloy called for nominations for the position of Vice-President. Emanuelson was nominated by. Larson. Littlejohn seconded the motion, there being no further nominations, upon vote, and the board cast a unanimous vote for Michael Emanuelson for the position of Vice President• Emanuelson made a motion to hire Judy Stellon as business manager/administrative assistant for the 2013-2014 school year. Littlejohn seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. Larson made a motion to approve the agenda for the second part of the meeting as presented by Supt. Schlieve. Brosius seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. The 2013-2014 preliminary budget was tabled until the next regular school board meeting• Brosius made a motion to approve the maximum allowable tax levy rate for the upcoming school year. Larson seconded the motion• After lengthy discussion, Littlejohn made a motion to table the tax levy motion until the next regular school board meeting. Brosius seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. Littlejohn made a motion to approve payment of the current bills under continuing budget pending adoption of the 2013-2014 budget• Brosius seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. Emanuelson made a motion to appoint David Peterson as the school district's primary attorney regarding non-educational matters and the firm of Pearce & Durrick regarding educational issues• Littlejohn seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously• Supt. Schlieve informed the board the yearly audit with W.W. Weispfenning is scheduled for August 6th and August 7th and the current audit agreement will cover the 2013-2014 school year. Emanuelson made a motion to designate KodaBank as the official school district depository. Larson seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. Littlejohn made a motion to designate the Valley News and Views as the official school district newspaper. Larson seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously• Emanuelson made a motion to appoint the following: Hy Schlieve as authorized administrative representative for the RRVEC-REA, Emanuelson made a motion to approve support staff salaries as presented by Supt. Schlieve. Brosius seconded to the motion, and upon vote, motion carried unanimously• Brosius made a motion that the following statement of non- discrimination be adopted and published• "The Drayton Public School District #19 does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, handicap, or age in admission or access to its educational programs and/or activities which it operates and offers to its students and extends to employment policies and/or practices of its personnel which it employs• All K-12 schools benefiting from e-rate must comply with CIPA, the Children's Internet Protection Act. Inquiries concerning Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 may be referred to Hy Schlieve, 108 S 5th Street, Drayton, ND 58225; (701)454- 3324 or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Chicago Office, 500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661, Telephone: 312-730-1560, Fax 312-730-1576, TDD; 312-730- 1609, E-mail: OCR, Chicago@ ed.gov." Emanuelson seconded the motion, and upon vote, motion carried unanimously• Title applications were tabled until the next regular board meeting• Larson made a motion to continue with "Offer v. Serve" for students to take 3 of 5 food items and authorizing Stellon to file the lunch program application. Also, increase the hot lunch and breakfast prices as follows: student lunch $2•30, student breakfast $1•45, adult breakfast $1.95 and the adult lunch $2.80• Littlejohn seconded the motion, and upon vote, motion carried unanimously• Littlejohn made a motion to continue the extra-curricular prices of $4.00 for students and $6•00 for adults for individual varsity games, $5.00 for students, and $7.00 for adults for doubleheader varsity boys and girl's games as recommended by the Walsh'-Pembina Administrators• Also to continue with the current Vocational Programs, North Dakota ? activities fee of $25.00 per activity High SchoolActivitiesAssoc, School with a cap of $50•00 per student Food Service, North Dakota Surplus Property, EPA-Asbestos - AHERA, Pembina County Special Education Board, ADA, all Title ARRA, Title I and Title II programs and any other programs that become available or are mandated for the Drayton Public School District. Dean Ralston as the authorized representative for Immunizations, LEL - ELL programs, Title I, Title II, Title IV, Title V, and Title VI programs. David Jongetjes as the authorized representative for Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Judy Stellon as Authorized Review Authority for School Food Services. Karen Midgarden as Authorized Administrative Rep for LEL - ELL programs• Mark Hatloy as board representative for North Valley Career&Tech Center. Michael Larson as alternate board representative for North Valley Career & Tech Center• Kim Dahl School Food Service Reports. Littlejohn seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously• and a family cap of $100•00• The district will pay any activity fee to a school with whom we coop, with the exception of hockey and cross country. Larson seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously• Larson made a motion that the business manager be authorized to place available district funds into certificates of deposit in consultation with the Superintendent as these funds are available• President Hatloy, Vice-President Emanuelson, and Business Manager Judy Stellon are authorized to sign school checks on checking account 02; and that President Hatloy, Vice-President Emanuelson, or Superintendent Schlieve and AdministrativeAssistant Kim Dahl are authorized to issue checks against the Student Activity Account and to give authorization for the use of a signature stamp with the President's signature for payroll checks and other designated checks, also to approve the pledge of securities provided by KodaBank. Littlejohn seconded the motion, and upon vote, motion carried unanimously. Larson made a motion that the board set meeting times and dates as follows: August !3 (7:00 PM), September 10 (7:00 PM), October 15 (7:00PM), November 12 (7:00 PM), December 10 (7:00 AM), January 14 (7:00AM), February 11 (7:00 AM), March 11 (7:00 AM), April 15 (7:00 PM), May 13 (7:00 PM), June 10 (7:00 PM) (election), and the Annual Meeting on July 22 (6:00 PM). Meetings are the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM Apirl through November and 7:00 AM December through March• October, April, and the Annual meeting will be held the third Tuesday• Regular meetings will be held in the Teacher's Lounge or Commons Area of the Drayton Public School. Special meetings will be called as necessary. The school business manager is directed to provide the County Auditor with this information (as required by law) and to post notice of this information in the Board Room (as required by law). Littlejohn seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. Littlejohn made a motion for board members to continue to receive payment of $100.00 for attendance of the regular monthly School Board meetings• Larson seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. Emanuelson made a motion to adopt the State's per diem and mileage reimbursement rates as of Aug. 1, 2013• Brosius seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously• Emanuelson made a motion to accept the following committee assignments: • Buildings & Grounds: Littlejohn & Brosius Activities: Littlejohn & Emanuelson Employee Welfare-Heath Insurance: Hatloy & Larson Transportation -Bus/Van Replacement: Emanuelson & Little john Policy-Ongoing: Brosius & Little john Long Range Planning: Emanuelson & Hatloy Budget/Finance: Hatloy & Emanuelson Littlejohn seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously• School Board members updated all their contact information• Emanuelson made a motion to subscribe to the NDSBA Policy Services Membership. Brosius seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously• Brosius made a motion to continue with the policy statement AACD as written. Littlejohn seconded the motion, and upon vote, carried unanimously• Discussion was held concerning Drayton Public School's strategic plan, short term and long-range. No action was taken• Supt• Schlieve reviewed the following items: • Important Dates: Available on the DPS Website at WVWV.drayton. kl 2.nd.us • Staff News Bi-Weekly/Parent Notes • Building Project Update Monthly Reading Topics: "Sorting Kids at School: The Return of Ability Grouping" by Celia Baker, "Grouping Students by Ability Regains Favor in Classroom" by Vivian Yee and "School Absences Translate to Lower.Test Scores.••" by Sarah D. Sparks• • Funding Update • Commodities Blue Cross/Blue Shield Employers Meeting • NDCEL • Vending Machines • June 26th Storm There being no further business before this Board, Brosius made a motion to adjourn this meeting. Littlejohn seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously• This record of the proceedings of this meeting is subject to review and change at the next regular board meeting to be held August 13, 2013 at 7:00 PM. MARK HATLOY JUDY STELLON EXPENSES ALTRU HEALTH SYSTEM 1,700.00 ASSURANT EMPLOYEE BENEFITS 429•05 BIG JIM'S TIRE UP NORTH 31.98 BLACKBOARD ENGAGE 240•00 CAMPBELL-LOGAN BINDERY 1,501.76 CAROLINA BIOLOGICAL SUPPLY CO 591•17 CARSON-DELLOSA PUBLISHING, NC 60.69 CENGAGE LEARNING 352•92 DAKOTA SUPPLY GROUP 384.43 EDUTECH 50.00 GERRELL'S SPORT CENTER, INC. 378•16 GOPHER 180.54 HAL LEONARD CORP 175.00 HOUGHTON MIFFLIN CO 23,979.17 INSECT LORE 64.82 JOHN R. GREEN 2,571•66 KAPLAN EARLY LEARNING Co 89.64 LAKESHORE LEARNING MATERIALS 102•29 LEARNING ZONEXPRESS 80.00 LORENZ CORPORATION, THE 79.95 MACHANIC 274.00 MINN DEPT OF REVENUE 379.55 NASCO 73.23 ND CENTER FOR DISTANCE 350•00 EDUCATION ND HORIZONS 20.00 ND SMALL ORGANIZED SCHOOLS 400.00 NDASBM 50.00 NDCEL 725•00 NDHSAA 585•00 NDSBA 2,238.62 NORTH DAKOTA EDUCATORS SERVICE COOP 159.00NORTH DAKOTA INSURANCE DEPARTMENT 2,288•16 NORTH VALLEY VO-TECH CENTER 1,500.00 OFC OF STATE TAX COMMISSIONER 4,033.00 ORIENTAL TRADING COMPANY 46•24 PEARSON EDUCATION221.88 PRAIRIE PUBLIC BROADCASTING 200•00 REALLY GOOD STUFF 809•97 ROCHESTER 100 INC 115•00 SCHOOL SPECIALTY INC. 56•34 SOFTWARE UNLIMITED, INC 3,050•00 SPORTDECALS, INC 294•84 STEVE SPANGLER SCIENCE 56.98 TEACHER DIRECT 148.21 TRAINING ROOM 395.63 US BANK 268.39 VALLEY NEWS & VIEWS 174.51 WALSH COUNTY RECORD, THE 25.00 WALSH- PEMBINA ADMINISTRATORS 555•00 ZANER-BLOSER 927•91 USBANK DEBT SERVICE 91,167.04 BLUE RIBBON MAINTENANCE SUPP. 408•07 MINN DEPT OF REVENUE 37.33 OFC OF STATE TAX COMMISSIONER 28.00 Community First' "Living together is an art.". 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