HS Choir

Superintendent's Blue Devil Blog: 12/10/21 

Hello, Blue Devils! I am trying something new this year on Fridays. I will be giving you some insight into the Superintendent's job, my personal Blue Devil experience, and end with a Covid-19 update. 

(PICTURE: 2021 HS Choir)

Monday 12/06

MAINTENANCE MEETING - Met with Jim Bowen on maintenance issues, projects, and ongoing support.

BOARD AGENDA - We work hard in the Central Office to have the draft agenda ready to go well before the scheduled school board meeting. I devote time the week before these meetings in order to gather information (whether it be data, budget information, legal guidance, and more) so board members have as much information as possible to make decisions based on what is best for students.

NON-TENURED TEACHERS MEETING: SPECIAL EDUCATION - Three times a year I meet with principals and supervisors of non-tenured teachers to review progress. We discuss strengths and growth areas for all non-tenured teachers.

SPECIAL SERVICES MEETING - Met with Dan Carrasco, Special Services Director, on a grant opportunity with the state bringing in an additional $78,000 to our special education program.

INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY MEETING - Met with Kristina Berger, Director of Instructional Technology, on the Digital Learning Academy and messaging.

BOARD MEMBER MEETING - Met with a board member on current negotiations topics and upcoming board agenda.

PD AFTER WORK - Participated in professional development with a principal from Oregon who is looking to relocate to the Bitterroot Valley. He presented information on the Dayton Experiment which is being implemented in several Oregon school districts.

Tuesday 12/07

DISTRICT INSTRUCTIONAL PROCESSES TEAM - Met with the K-12 administrators and the business manager for our biweekly meeting. We discussed several topics: budget, after-school programming, and our Human Resources Dashboard. Due to the size of our district, we do not have an HR department. The duties are split amongst the Central Office personnel including the business services department, curriculum director, instructional technology director, special services director, and myself.

SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER MEETING - Met with a school board member regarding ongoing topics and finalized the board agenda for our 12/14/21 meeting.

MONTANA SCHOOL BOARD ASSOCIATION: INNOVATIONS SYMPOSIUM - Participated in this professional development led by MTSBA.

BUSINESS MANAGER MEETING - Met with the business manager on several different topics: board expectations, board finance committee expectations, budget reporting tools, budget projections, and more.

Wednesday 12/08

SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER MEETING - Met with a school board member about ongoing topics and finalized the board agenda for our 12/15/21 work session meeting.

MAINTENANCE MEETING - Met with Jim Bowen on maintenance issues, projects, and ongoing support.

SPECIAL SERVICES MEETING - Met with special services director on mental health funding support through CSCT.

MEETING WITH EDUCATIONAL CONSULTANT - Met with an educational resource center consultant that will be working with our administration team on calibrating evaluations and giving strong feedback.

CURRICULUM DIRECTOR MEETING - Met with curriculum director on several ongoing projects: curriculum review, Cognia document collection tool, and more. Every five years we have a school accreditation review which will be in the fall of 2022.

COGNIA REPRESENTATIVE MEETING - Met with the Montana state Cognia representative to discuss several topics about our upcoming review in the fall of 2022.

Thursday 12/09

MEET WITH UNION MEMBERS - Routinely I meet with Corvallis Faculty Group union members to promote positive communication while working on workplace conditions, as well as what we can do for student success.

MEETING WITH HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC DIRECTOR - Met with High School AD on the upcoming January Montana High School Association Annual meeting. This is the meeting where many athletic decisions for the 2022-2023 school year are made: rule changes, sports offerings, classification changes, etc...School Board gives feedback on the proposals for this meeting, as well as coaches and myself.

CURRICULUM DIRECTOR MEETING - Met with curriculum director on several ongoing projects: upcoming professional development, Cognia document collection tool, and more.

LEGAL CONSULTATION - Met with a lawyer over several different human resource issues as well as special education guidance.

SPECIAL SERVICES DIRECTOR MEETING - Met with special services director on new personnel and legal guidance.

BITTERROOT VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE - Met with administration and other personnel from BVCC in the development of a bus transportation commercial driver's license program that we are helping to develop.

MTSBA THINK TANK THURSDAY - Participated in a live webinar from MTSBA on the hot topics in education: school funding, new policy and innovations, and more.

NON-TENURED TEACHERS MEETING: PRIMARY - Three times a year I meet with principals and supervisors of non-tenured teachers to review progress. We discuss strengths and growth areas for all non-tenured teachers.

CURRICULUM DIRECTOR MEETING AGAIN - Met with curriculum director on several ongoing projects: upcoming professional development, Cognia document collection tool, and more.

BOARD MEMBER MEETING - Discussed current negotiations with a board member.

Friday 12/10

PRINCIPAL'S PROFESSIONAL LEARNING TEAM - Every Friday the principals from all three schools meet to share ideas, work on ongoing projects, and more. I invited myself to this meeting and we covered the following topics: proposed budget for 2022-2023, staffing ideas, enrollment, class loads, and more.

MEETING WITH COUNTY TRANSPORTATION AND DIRECTOR OF MAINTENANCE - Met with John Horat and Jim Bowen on several topics: changing speed limit by CCEC, the crosswalk in front of the Merc for students that live on the south side of town across Woodside, and our easement by the CCEC.

NON-TENURED TEACHERS MEETING: MIDDLE SCHOOL - Three times a year I meet with principals and supervisors of non-tenured teachers to review progress. We discuss strengths and growth areas for all non-tenured teachers.

NON-TENURED TEACHERS MEETING: HIGH SCHOOL - Three times a year I meet with principals and supervisors of non-tenured teachers to review progress. We discuss strengths and growth areas for all non-tenured teachers.

MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPALS MEETING - Met with middle school principals on several topics: behavior interventions, academic supports, and personnel.

CURRICULUM DIRECTOR MEETING AGAIN - Met with curriculum director on several ongoing projects: upcoming professional development, Cognia document collection tool, and more.

SPECIAL SERVICES DIRECTOR MEETING - Met with special services director on personnel.

COVID UPDATE: 12/10/21 

Total Active Cases as of Today: 1 ( PS= 0, MS= 0, HS= 1, OTHER = 0) -- Total Active Cases Last Friday: 1 Total in Quarantine as of Today: 3 -- Total in Quarantine Last Friday: 3 

Our next regularly scheduled school board meeting will be on December 14th. We will start with a special session at 6:00 PM, and the regular board meeting starts at 7:00 PM in the library. I have an open-door policy, please come visit me at the Central Office. 

  Jon Konen, Superintendent

“Culture eats strategy for breakfast” -- Peter Drucker

CORVALLIS SCHOOL DISTRICT #1

406-961-4211 Phone

406-961-5144 Fax

Follow Blue Devil Pride

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CorvallisSD1/

Twitter: @jonkonen1

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/BKlPSLN3R13IoRuUk3pZGPrztvHbVU7oHofr0W5Zucd9bvtQjnQu5MYFc8zpd4w-yW7rT_EP1C_XGPJkVXFVozdpKjZUn31LQRK0CJCxVr8rqf-6WqSQtj1aoJuhSB8T0e8imGs

** Under state law email is considered to be part of public record.  This institution could receive a request to disclose this message and its contents to an outside entity.  While every effort will be made to protect your privacy during our correspondence, confidentiality cannot be guaranteed.   If this e-mail contains student information, and you are not entitled to access such information under FERPA, please notify the sender.  If student information is included, federal regulations require that you destroy this e-mail without reviewing it, and you may not forward it to anyone.