At 6:00 PM on December 7, 2009, in the Deer River High School Media Center, prior to the regular meeting, discussion of the budget and the 2009 Payable 2010 Levy was held. Carol Risberg, Business Manager gave a presentation outlining the levy and time was allotted for questions.
The Regular School Board meeting for Independent School District #317 was then called to order by Chairperson, Victor Williams, who then led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance. Members in attendance included: Anne Gardner, Brad Box, Victor Williams, Sarah Bellefy, Nancy Adams-Hulbert and Lee Pederson.
Administrators present included: Supt. Matt Grose, Carol Risberg, Business Manager, Amy Galatz, Elementary Principal, Brent Schimek Activities Director, Josh Solem, Out of School Programmer and Russ Bouchie, Building & Grounds Supervisor. Newspaper reporter, Traci Crotteau was in attendance and Paulette Ojanen was present as recorder.
Motion to approve agenda as presented made by B. Box, seconded by L. Pederson. Motion carried unanimously. (MCU hereafter).
Friend of Deer River Schools recognition certificate was presented to Jan McClure by Supt. Grose. Mrs. McClure and helpers were instrumental in the painting of the wall on Main Street with the new logo, etc. The board and all in attendance thanked her for her outstanding service to Deer River Schools over the years.
Motion to approve minutes from the November 2 & November 16, 2009 board meetings was made by N. Adams-Hulbert, seconded by A. Gardner. MCU.
A. Gardner made the motion, seconded by B. Box to approve the Accounts Payable/Payroll for November 2009 in the amount of $992,048.14. MCU.
Motion to approve items on the consent agenda as listed below made A. Gardner seconded by L. Pederson. MCU.
1. Approve hiring of Tiffany Johnson as Admin. Asst. (pending contract negotiations)
2. Approve Community Education Agreement between ISD #317 & ISD #318
B. Box made the motion to approve certification of the 2009 Payable 2010 Levy in the amount of $1,118,370.25. Motion was seconded by N. Adams-Hulbert. MCU.
Recommended policy changes in Policies 613, 615, 707, 708, 802 & 805 were discussed. This being the first reading, no action was taken.
A. Galatz reported for King School. Discussed the new science standards for students. Lesson plans are being designed to address these new standards. Mrs. Gephart is heading the Forest Committee this year. The goal is to have outdoor classroom activities and experiments and using Forest Service resources to aid in those programs. Staff and students are excited to be working with new technology equipment. PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Support) training has been ongoing with the ultimate goal being improved school climate and increased student achievement. The next PIE (Parents In Education) night is scheduled for December 10, 2009. Yvonne Wilson will be doing Native American storytelling. She also mentioned the holiday music programs will be held the week of Dec. 14, 2009.
B. Colligan was not present at the meeting, but left information for the board regarding high school activities.
Mark Schjenken of Nor-Tran mentioned getting busses and drivers ready for the cold weather. He also mentioned scheduling meetings with Supt. Grose and transportation committee to discuss contract issues.
B. Schimek reported that winter activities are in full swing. He also mentioned the MN State High School League Foundation grant of $1073 was received.
J. Solem gave information to the board regarding the Boys & Girls Club and reported the number of participants is increasing and the programs are going well.
R. Bouchie reported the plows and snow removal equipment is ready to go. He also mentioned the Best Lock project at King will be completed by December 11, 2009.
B. Box mentioned he attended the Infinity (on-line academy) Governing Board meeting and found it to be very informative. He would like to invite Jo McClure to come to a board meeting to explain the program. He also mentioned the Christmas Bazaar which was held at King on Dec. 5, 2009. The music students did a great job and everyone enjoyed the day.
L. Pederson mentioned he directed the school play and commended the students on a job well done.
Supt. Grose mentioned the Cognos Data Warehouse Tool meeting he attended. We will be purchasing software from TIES (Technology in Education) to utilize student information. Apple Training for staff will be Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009. He mentioned the upcoming MSBA Conference, January 14 & 15, 2010.
Motion to adjourn made by L. Pederson, seconded by B. Box. MCU
The next regular board meeting will be Monday, January 4, 2010 with an open forum at 5:45 PM and the Regular Meeting at 6:00 PM in the Deer River High School Media Center.