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"The TMHS Site Council is an advisory group focused on improving our school

to better meet the needs of our students while providing a forum for enhancing

communication between our school, parents, and the community."


Come join us!  Site Council meetings are held the first Thursday of the month from 5:30-7:00pm in the TMHS library.


AGENDA FOR 2/07/2019

  1. Welcome and Introductions
  2. Student Report (R. Hirst)
  3. JSD Board Report (D. DeBartolo)
  4. Principal Report (D. Larsen)
  5. Site Council Business
    • Contract Negotiations
    • Dress Code Update
    • Budget
    • Anything else?
  6. Announcements- Next Meeting: March 7, 2019

Rolling Minutes

Most recent minutes are at the top

Thunder Mountain Site Council Meeting

December 6, 2018



Members present:  Amber Frommherz, Shannon Kelly, Dan DeBartolo, Rain Hirst, Vaughn Hammond, Dan Larsen, Susan Martin, Michelle Strickley, Stefanie Wolter


Meeting began at 5:35pm


Student government - Rain spoke regarding the dress code.  The current code had language that is considered anti-girl.  There was a vote on the dress code today at lunch.  The revisions are similar to JD’s.  Once the student government accepts the changes the changes will be forwarded to the faculty.  It was suggested that the changes be shared with Kristin Bartlett.

The government is current organizing the Winterball, Spring Carnival and trying to create a list of the activities that are organized by the student government so that the students know what they do.

Susan Martin asked about adding more Tlingit verbiage to the school and Rain said that she will share that idea with the student government.


School Board – Dan DeBartolo said that the Spotlight at the next Board meeting would be Project 3 Square with a presentation by Adriene Schwartz.  At that same meeting the Board will accept the Gift of a Tlingit name for JDHS.  He expects that there will be more gifts in the future.  He said that there was support for Dr. Wiess to become the new superintendent but that the Board wants to ensure that they follow a voted-on process to make it official.  The Board meeting will be at 6pm in the TMHS library.

            There will be a FY19 Budget Revision reading at the work session at 4pm.  They have requested that the CBJ fund to the cap for FY19.  He mentioned that because the student count was high that they are going to ask for a new amount because the cap is higher.  Dan was not sure how the extra money would be distributed to the individual schools.

            They will be starting contract negations and hopefully reach a three-year contract with all three unions.


Principal Report – Dan Larson – The Robotics Team competed last week and will go to Regionals.  The Region 5 wresting tournament will be at TMHS this weekend and the qualifiers will go to state.  December 13th the women’s basketball team will be matched against East Anchorage.

            In February they will begin working on schedules for next year and in March will look at the projected enrollment numbers.

            There are eight new cameras in the school; he can see the video on his phone.  There is a total of 27 in the school.  Most are filming the hallways, restroom entrances and locker rooms.

            Finals Week will be the last week of school in December, there will be two periods a day for tests.

            They are working on a mini grant for a Mentor/Mentee program for their non-tenured teachers (9).  Master teachers (Marks, Night, and Northcutt) will work with the non-tenured during lunches and Dan will meet with them monthly.

            Course Fair – elective teachers will have some time to promote their classes

            Negotiations start December 17th with the Cabinet.  Dan is part of the team.

            Substitute issue – Tier 3 teachers have no incentive for not using their vacation/sick days because they won’t get paid for them and the pay for subs is very low.  Usually what happens is that the kids go to the commons or to the library.

            Five Year Plan – One priority is to replace the hardware, it is 11 years old and they have to buy parts on eBay.  Another priority is to get a speaker for the gym.  This is something that the Site Council can help fundraise for.  It was suggested that it be a Senior Class gift.


General comments – There will be a Mascot meeting on Monday.


Safe Grad – Vaughn is the chair of this group this year.


The next Site Council meeting will be January 10.

Meeting adjourned at 6:45 p.m.