SCHOOL DISTRICT #317
SCHOOL BOARD MINUTES
June 4, 2007
The regular School Board meeting for Independent School District #317 was held June 4, 2007 at 5:30 PM in the High School Library. Chairperson Anne Gardner called the meeting to order and led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance. Members in attendance included: Anne Gardner, Nancy Adams-Hulbert, Victor Williams, Lee Pederson and Victoria Jerry. Member absent: Todd Youngberg.
Administrators present included: Supt. Matt Grose, Carol Risberg, Business Manager, Darren Sheldon, Elementary Principal and Russ Bouchie, Building and Grounds Supervisor. Newspaper reporter Mike O'Claire was in attendance along with Paulette Ojanen, recorder.
Motion to approve agenda made by N. Adams-Hulbert, seconded by V. Jerry. Motion carried unanimously. (MCU hereafter).
Supt. Grose explained the School Walk for Diabetes and the letter which was received by the Minnesota Area Coordinator thanking the Deer River Schools for their continued support of the program. This year $2376.22 was raised by our students. A big thank you to Gwenn Smith for coordinating this opportunity for students to help other people, which also enhances their education.
Motion to approve the minutes from the May 7, 2007 board meeting was made by V. Jerry, seconded by N. Adams-Hulbert. MCU.
V. Jerry made the motion, seconded by V. Williams to approve the Accounts Payable/Payroll for April 2007 in the amount of $921,130.50. MCU.
Motion to approve items on the consent agenda as listed below made by V. Williams, seconded by N. Adams-Hulbert. MCU.
1. Approve Contract for Amy Peeters, English
2. Approve Contract for Phil Hermel, English
Item 3 on the consent agenda, Administrative Structure, was discussed separately. Options for a structure change were presented by Supt. Grose. After discussion, a motion was made by V. Williams to institute Structure B which would include a full-time superintendent, high school principal, elementary principal, dean of students, & activities director. The Dean of Students could be utilized between the high school and King, leaving more time for the elementary principal to be at North and would be utilized at the high school to relieve the principal of some of the day-to-day duties that take away from building leadership. Motion was seconded by N. Adams-Hulbert. MCU (Full-time Supt. position to begin July 1, 2007).
A. Gardner read the Resolution Providing for the Sale of General Obligation Aid Anticipation Certificates of Indebtedness, Series 2007A; and covenanting and obligating the district to be bound by and to use the provision of Minnesota Statues, Section 126c.55 to guarantee the payment of the principal and interest on these certificates. The Board of Education has determined that it is necessary and desirable for the District to sell and issue its General Obligation Aid Anticipation Certificates of Indebtedness, Series 2007A in the total aggregate principal amount of $540,000 for the purpose of meeting current expenditures of the District. Motion to approve said resolution made by V. Williams, seconded by V. Jerry. Ayes: A. Gardner, V. Williams, V. Jerry, L. Pederson, N. Adams-Hulbert. Nays: None Absent: T. Youngberg. MCU.
Motion to approve the Preliminary Budget for 2007-08 was made by N. Adams-Hulbert, seconded by V. Williams. C. Risberg explained the budget items and stated the budget will need to be revised in July with the new revenue figures. MCU.
Motion to approve the Resolution of Membership in the Minnesota State High School League for the 2007-08 school year was made by V. Williams, seconded by V. Jerry. MCU.
R. Bouchie presented information to the board on the purchase of a commercial mower with broom attachment. The old mower needs work and parts are difficult to find. Renting a commercial mower is $150 per day. Russ is currently allowing the district to rent his personal commercial mower for $125 per day. C. Risberg informed the board that dollars had been designated in the budget for this year for the purchase of a new mower. Motion to approve the purchase of the Hustler 4600 mower as quoted by N. Adams-Hulbert, seconded by L. Pederson. MCU.
Motion to approve the ARCC (Arrowhead Regional Computer Consortium) Contract for the 2007-08 school year made by V. Jerry, seconded by N. Adams-Hulbert. MCU.
D. Sheldon informed the board that Ningozis White, a fifth grader at King School won first place in traditional dance at a recent Drum & Dance Competition. Ningozis is the son of Gerald and Delina White. Dr. Sheldon also wished to thank N. Adams-Hulbert and Victor Williams for attending the 6th grade graduation ceremonies.
Supt. Grose updated the board on the Project Lead the Way program in which training will soon begin for the teacher involved. He mentioned the recent Awards Program and Letterwinners Banquet for high school students. He said the graduation ceremony went very well. We had 76 students participate in the ceremony with 78 actual graduates.
N. Adams-Hulbert asked about the academic lettering and if progress had been made on the process. Supt. Grose said the process is being worked on and will be in place next school year.
V. Williams mentioned the lock down drill which was held at the high school last week. He commended the staff and students on a job well done.
L. Pederson commented on the 8th grade class trip to the Tower Soudan Mine which he helped chaperone. He was pleased with how the students conducted themselves and everyone enjoyed the event.
Supt. Grose gave the board the IASC (Itasca Area Schools Collaborative) update. All Invest Early employees who were terminated at the last board meeting by District #317 were rehired by the IASC board.
The board was invited to attend the End of the Year / Retirement party which will be held at Ruttger's Sugar Lake Lodge on Wednesday, June 6, 2007 at 5:30 PM.
Motion to adjourn made by V. Williams, seconded by L. Pederson. MCU.
The next board meeting will be Monday, July 9, 2007 with an open forum at 5:00 PM and the regular meeting at 5:30 PM in the High School Library.
Anne Gardner, Chair Victor Williams, Clerk