SCHOOL DISTRICT #317
SCHOOL BOARD MINUTES
MAY 4, 2009
The regular School Board meeting for Independent School District #317 was held May 4, 2009 at 6:00 PM in the King School Library. Chairperson Victor Williams called the meeting to order and led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance. Members in attendance included: Lee Pederson, Brad Box, Sarah Bellefy, Nancy Adams-Hulbert and Victor Williams. Absent: Anne Gardner.
Administrators present included: Supt. Matt Grose, Carol Risberg, Business Manager, Brent Colligan, High School Principal, Amy Galatz, Elementary Principal, and Russ Bouchie, Building & Grounds Supervisor. 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).
Health Services Report was given by Mary Holsman, School Nurse. She explained the services provided to students and staff and mentioned number of visits to the nurse’s office and daily medication administration.
N. Adams-Hulbert made the motion, seconded by S. Bellefy to approve the April 6 & April 27, 2009 minutes. MCU.
Motion to approve accounts payable/payroll for April 2009 in the amount of $873,394.95 made by B. Box, seconded by L. Pederson. MCU.
Gary Olson, representative from Ehler’s Inc, presented the board with information regarding the General Obligation Taxable OPEB (Other Post Employment Benefit) bonds, Series 2009A. Following questions and discussion, V. Williams read: The Resolution Awarding the Sale, Determining the Form and details Authorizing the Execution, Delivery, and Registration, and Providing for the Payment of General Obligation Taxable OPEB Bonds, Series 2009A. Motion to approve said resolution was made by N. Adams-Hulbert, seconded by L. Pederson. Roll call vote: Ayes: S. Bellefy, B. Box, L. Pederson, V. Williams, N. Adams-Hulbert. Nays: none. MCU.
Motion to approve the Consent Agenda made by L Pederson, seconded by N. Adams-Hulbert. MCU.
The Consent agenda was as follows:
1. Approve 09-10 Contract – A. Braukmann- English/Lang. Arts
2. Approve 09-10 Contact – J. Felosi – Social Studies
3. Approve 09-10 Contract – L. Evans – Social Studies
4. Approve 09-10 Contract – G. Marleau – Elementary
5. Approve 09-10 Contract – R. Collins – Kindergarten
6. Approve 09-10 Contract – A. Box – Elementary
7. Approve 09-10 Contract – R. Bush – Elementary
8. Approve 09-10 Contract – J. Vekich – Elementary
9. Approve 09-10 Contract – J. Sjodin – Elementary
10. Approve 09-10 Contract – S. Olson - Elementary
11. Approve Resignation – A. Ledermann – FACS/ Spec. Ed.
12. Approve Resignation/Retirement – M. DeWitt
Supt. Grose wished to mention the long-time dedication (30 years) of Marsha DeWitt and thanked her for her years of service to the students and staff of our district.
Resolution relating to the termination and nonrenewal of the teaching contract of Dana Young, a probationary teacher was read by V. Williams. Motion to adopt said resolution was made by N. Adams-Hulbert, seconded by B. Box. Roll call vote; Ayes: S. Bellefy, B. Box, L. Pederson, V. Williams, N. Adams-Hulbert. Nays: none. MCU
Resolution relating to the termination and nonrenewal of the teaching contract of Elisa Cortes-Miho, a probationary teacher was read by V. Williams. Motion to adopt said resolution was made by N. Adams-Hulbert, seconded by B. Box. Roll call vote: Ayes: S. Bellefy, B. Box, L. Pederson, V. Williams, N. Adams-Hulbert. Nays: none. MCU.
Resolution relating to the termination and nonrenewal of the teaching contract of Caitlin Mankowski. a probationary teacher was read by V. Williams. Motion to adopt said resolution was made by N. Adams-Hulbert, seconded by L. Pederson. Roll call vote: Ayes: S. Bellefy, B. Box, L. Pederson, V. Williams, N. Adams-Hulbert. Nays: none. MCU.
Resolution relating to the termination and nonrenewal of the teaching contract of Kari Weerts, a probationary teacher was read by V. Williams. Motion to adopt said resolution was made by B. Box, seconded by L. Pederson. Roll call vote; Ayes: S. Bellefy, B. Box, L. Pederson, V. Williams, N. Adams-Hulbert. Nays: none. MCU.
Fiscal Host Agreement between Independent School District #6070, Itasca Area School Collaborative (IASC) and Independent School District #317, Deer River Schools was explained by Supt. Grose. The agreement will commence July 1, 2009 and end on June 30, 2010. ISD #317 has been fiscal host for the Invest Early Program since it’s inception which is a part of IASC. Beginning July 1, 2009 all financial aspects of IASC will be the responsibility of ISD #317 under this agreement. Motion to accept this agreement was made by B. Box, seconded by N. Adams-Hulbert. MCU.
Policy Review was discussed. B. Box and N. Adams-Hulbert will begin the process of reviewing the 300’s & 400’s in the policy manual in June. A. Gardner and S. Bellefy will review the 100’s and 200’s.
V. Williams read a statement prepared by Supt. Grose stating he will waive his salary increase for the 2009-2010 school year. After discussion, N. Adams-Hulbert made the motion to accept his proposal to waive his salary increase for 2009-2010 (with appreciation), second by B. Box. MCU.
Information only: Electronic Transfers from Woodland Bank to MSDLAF+ (MN School District Liquid Asset Fund) of $50,811 on 4/13/09, $150,000 on 4/16/09, $150,000 on 4/17/09 and $100,000 on 4/20/09.
Mrs. Galatz reported for the elementary schools. She handed out information to the board regarding April 2009 activities. Some of the events were: MCA testing, fire drills, tornado drill, Open House for North families and students. Upcoming events: field trips, lyceums and activities planned for both elementary schools in May. Summer School plans are being finalized and will involve students in grades 1-8, evacuation drill on May 12, Parents in Education Night on May 14, North students will visit King on May 18 to meet teachers and students, lyceum on May 7, track and field day on May 26.
Mr. Colligan discussed events at the high school. Students are doing well in their History Day competitions. Thirty-four students traveled to Minneapolis on May 2. Thanks to Mrs. Felosi and Mrs. Evans for their efforts. MCA testing has been completed. Thanks to Karen Moll for organizing the testing. Destination Imagination placed 7th at State Competition. Congratulations to them and to Mr. Peterson who was recognized at the regional level. The Band/Choir did exceptional at the State Music Competition in Virginia. Thanks to Mr. Thurm and Mrs. Burch for their continued efforts. State FCCLA competitions went well. Congratulations to Eva Gardner and Emily Trout for their awards and to Mrs. Passeri for her leadership. Indian Education students toured UMD and thanks to Mr. White for his efforts. Other events: CLIMB Theater, Festival of Nations, Prom, Warriors Walk to Wellness, Site Team meetings, Leadership Team, Grade Level Meetings & Problem Solving/Child Study Meetings. Upcoming dates to remember: May 13 – Awards Night, May 14 – New Mascot Revealed, May 20 – Activities Banquet, May 21 – Spring Concert, May 22 – Seniors Last Day, May 31 – Graduation, June 27 – Warrior Golf Tournament. He also mentioned Mary Holsman is teaching Nursing assistant classes and has acquired many items for the class. Next year she’ll be teaching a medical careers class as well at the Nursing Assistant classes.
There was mention at this time of having a student representative on the School Board or students to attend school board meetings.
Mark Schjenken from Nor-Tran commented the spring activity schedule is very busy. They are also working on the crisis evacuation plans. K-3 bus safety training was done and it was helpful for drivers as well as students. They also wanted to extend special thanks to Marsha DeWitt for all her help over the years.
R. Bouchie reported that indoor projects are winding down and more outdoor projects are starting up. The woodchips will soon be moved to the playground area and summer projects are being organized. There have been some radio issues that have come up and those will be addressed and taken care of. Ball fields will be looked at and lawns will be worked on as well.
B. Box mentioned the History Day at the University of Minnesota. The students did very well and the exhibits were interesting. He commended Mrs. Felosi and Mrs. Evans on their hard work. The day was very enjoyable.
N. Adams-Hulbert mentioned the recent Administrative Secretaries Day and thanked all of those people for their hard work. She also mentioned a letter of intent to negotiate was received from the negotiation committee and a date will be set to begin that process.
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