5/7/07 School Board Minutes 
tuesday, 08 may 2007 06:22
 
SCHOOL DISTRICT #317
SCHOOL BOARD MINUTES
May 7, 2007
 

The regular School Board meeting for Independent School District #317 was held May 7, 2007 at 5:30 PM in the King 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, Todd Youngberg, and Victoria Jerry.

Administrators present included:  Supt. Matt Grose, Carol Risberg, Business Manager, Brent Colligan, Assistant High School Principal, 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 with these additions:  4a:  Close Up Presentation, 6c8: Approve Contract for Shandy Geisler, 6c9: Approve Contract for Jessica Felosi, 6c10:  Accept Resignation of Kandice Bennett, 6c11:  Accept Retirement of Ed Olson, made by V. Williams, seconded by L. Pederson.   Motion carried unanimously.  (MCU hereafter).

Close Up '07 students, Alex Kaczor, Reilly Lund & Kyle Lyytinen gave a presentation to the board about their recent trip to Washington DC and described the different monuments and exhibits they visited and explained the various events they experienced.

Motion to approve the minutes from the April 9, 2007 board meeting was made by T. Youngberg, seconded by N. Adams-Hulbert.  MCU.

V. Jerry made the motion, seconded by T. Youngberg to approve the Accounts Payable/Payroll for April 2007 in the amount of $858,832.18.  MCU.

Motion to approve items on the consent agenda as listed below made by N. Adams-Hulbert, seconded by L. Pederson.  MCU.
  1. Approve Retirement as of 6/30/07 - M. Nynas
  2. Approve Maternity Leave - J. Stefan
  3. Approve Long Term Sub Contract - S. Stefanich
  4. Authorize B. Colligan to sign Activity Account Checks
  5. Approve Position for A. Ledermann - .6  to 1.0 FTE
  6. Approve Position for M. Motherway - .8 to 1.0 FTE
  7. Approve Part-Time Teacher Mobility Leave for 2007-08 for Daigle & M. Newman (King/Kindergarten)
  8. Approve Contract for Shandy Geisler, Science
  9. Approve Contract for Jessica Felosi, Social Studies
  10. Accept Resignation of Kandice Bennett as of 6/30/07
  11. Accept Retirement as of 6/30/07 - Ed Olson

 

Mr. Grose wished to congratulate Mike Nynas and Ed Olson on their retirement and commend them for their hard work over the years and their dedication to the students in Deer River.   They will be truly missed.   He also wished to thank Kandice Bennett for her time with the school district.  Good luck to all in their future endeavors.

Motion to accept the late start days for the 2007-08 school year was made by V. Jerry, seconded by V. Williams.  Mr. Grose explained the school day will begin two hours late for purposes of staff development, data analysis, curriculum and planning and AYP planning on September 26, 2007, October 31, 2007, November 28, 2007, January 30, 2008, March 5, 2008, April 2, 2008, and May 7, 2008.    MCU.

Motion to accept changes in policies 211, 407, 412, 414, 509, 514, 524, 529, 532, 613, 615, 618, 624, 701, 702, 709, 801, 906, 418, 424, 425, 504, 511, 515, 531, 708, 806, made by V. Jerry, seconded by N. Adams-Hulbert.  MCU.

Motion to accept policy 432 made by V. Williams, seconded by L. Pederson.  MCU.

Motion to approve the revised 2006-07 budget made by N. Adams-Hulbert, seconded by V. Jerry. MCU.

Discussion was held regarding the Preliminary Budget for 2007-08.  C. Risberg explained she hasn't received the allocations of funding from the state yet, but will get that information to the board as soon as its available and have a budget ready for a vote at the June 2007 board meeting.

Chairperson Gardner read the resolution that the following Invest Early programs and positions, or portions thereof, be discontinued:  Invest Early Program, Invest Early program employer, discontinuance and elimination of all of the following positions associated with the Invest Early program; all project managers, all coordinators, all parent educators, all lead instructors, all instructors, all trackers, all assistant trackers, all cooks, all summer cooks, all educational support professionals and legal and financial liabilities acting as the employer for Invest Early program.  Motion to approve this resolution made by V. Williams, seconded by T. Youngberg.   Ayes:  V. Williams, N. Adams-Hulbert, A. Gardner, V. Jerry, L. Pederson, T. Youngberg.  Nays: none.
MCU.  Note:  These persons will be terminated through ISD #317 and rehired through the IASC (Itasca Area Schools Collaborative).  Deer River will remain the fiscal agent for the program.  This insures that District #317 will not incur liabilities for persons not housed in our district.  The board commended Mr. Grose for addressing this issue.

Chairperson Gardner read the resolution terminating instructors in the Invest Early Program.  Motion to approve resolution made by N. Adams-Hulbert, seconded by T. Youngberg. Ayes: 
 V. Williams, N. Adams-Hulbert, A. Gardner, V. Jerry, L. Pederson, T. Youngberg.  Nays: none. MCU.

Chairperson Gardner read the resolutions terminating the cook & summer cook in the Invest Early program.  Motion to approve resolution made by N. Adams-Hulbert, second by L. Pederson. Ayes:  V. Williams, N. Adams-Hulbert, A. Gardner, V. Jerry, L. Pederson, T. Youngberg.  Nays: none.  MCU.

Chairperson Gardner read the resolution terminating the Educational Support Professionals in the Invest Early program.  Motion to approve resolution made by V. Williams, seconded by T. Youngberg.  Ayes:  V. Williams, N. Adams-Hulbert, A. Gardner, V. Jerry, L. Pederson, T. Youngberg.  Nays: none.  MCU.

Chairperson Gardner read the resolution terminating the tracker for the Invest Early Program.  Motion to approve resolution made by V. Williams, seconded by T. Youngberg.  Ayes:  V. Williams, N. Adams-Hulbert, A. Gardner, V. Jerry, L. Pederson, T. Youngberg.  Nays: none. MCU.
Chairperson Gardner read the resolution terminating the assistant tracker for the Invest Early Program.  Motion to approve resolution made by V. Williams, seconded by L. Pederson.  Ayes:  V. Williams, N. Adams-Hulbert, A. Gardner, V. Jerry, L. Pederson, T. Youngberg.  Nays: none. MCU.

Chairperson Gardner read the resolution terminating the Lead Instructors for the Invest Early Program.  Motion to approve resolution made by N. Adams-Hulbert, seconded by T. Youngberg. Ayes:  V. Williams, N. Adams-Hulbert, A. Gardner, V. Jerry, L. Pederson, T. Youngberg.  Nays: none.  MCU.

Chairperson Gardner read the resolution terminating the Invest Early Project Manager.  Motion to approve resolution made by V. Williams, seconded by T. Youngberg.  Ayes:  V. Williams, N. Adams-Hulbert, A. Gardner, V. Jerry, L. Pederson, T. Youngberg.  Nays: none.  MCU.

Chairperson Gardner read the resolution terminating the Invest Early Coordinator.  Motion to approve resolution made by V. Williams seconded by T. Youngberg.  Ayes:  V. Williams, N. Adams-Hulbert, A. Gardner, V. Jerry, L. Pederson, T. Youngberg.  Nays: none. MCU.

Chairperson Gardner read the resolution terminating the Parent Educators of the Invest Early Program.  Motion to approve resolution made by V. Williams, seconded by T. Youngberg.  Ayes:  V. Williams, N. Adams-Hulbert, A. Gardner, V. Jerry, L. Pederson, T. Youngberg.  Nays: none. MCU.

Motion to approve the senior class trip itinerary as presented by Phillip Hermel was made by V. Jerry, seconded by V. Williams.   MCU.

V. Jerry made the motion, seconded by V. Williams to direct the superintendent to assemble some options for administrative structure for 2007-08 according to some criteria such as cost, roles, etc. for consideration at the next board meeting.   MCU.

D. Sheldon reported on North and King School.  May 21-25, 2007 will be Environmental Week.  North will be having a Peace Breakfast and a Pow-wow.  Dr.s Ray and Mary Helen Pelton will be doing some art projects and storytelling.  May 30th will be an all-school field trip to Duluth for North.   There will also be Track & Field Day at North on May 11, 2007.  North School will host the Northome and Kelliher schools.  There will be a 5th & 6th grade Band Concert at King on Thursday, May 21st at 7:00 pm.  The 6th grade graduation at North will be June 1st at 9:30 am, 6th grade graduation at King will be May 31st at 1:00 pm.  

B. Colligan reported on the high school activities.  April & May have been very busy.  MCA's and MAP testing will soon be completed.  Band and Choir students did very well at their spring contests.  "The Boardinghouse", a play starring high school students and directed by Jason Thurm was a great success.  It was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended. He mentioned other field trips and activities which have taken place such as the Festival of Nations, FCCLA State Convention, Destination Imagination, Close Up, Prom, Guthrie trip and an upcoming field trip for the 8th graders to the Tower-Soudan Mine on May 21, 2007.  Our Neglected/Delinquent grant money is funding the tutoring services of Lisa Evans.  This has been a huge success so far in helping out students who need extra help.  The discussion then went to the question of academic lettering for students.  The final consensus was that time needs to be taken on figuring out the criteria for the lettering and careful consideration of the definition and guidelines that need to be followed.   No academic letters will be given this year.   Awards night is Wednesday, May 9, 2007 at 7:00 pm in the high school commons.  The letterwinners banquet is Wednesday, May 23, 2007.

A. Gardner reviewed the Superintendent's evaluation.    Mr. Grose thanked the board for the feedback.   Ms. Gardner also reminded the board of a Negotiation Strategy workshop which will be held on Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 3:00 pm in the conference room at the high school.   George Stunyo will be there to lead the workshop.   She also mentioned that Hired Hands of Deer River has a trailer that needs painting that the students could use to collect aluminum cans and use the money generated for school projects.  Many schools collect cans and it seems to be an easy way to fund raise.  Perhaps student council could look into it.

Supt. Grose  gave an update on the IASC (Itasca Area Schools Collaborative).  He also mentioned that part of Polly Sheppard's assignment for next year will be doing public relations for the district.  He also referenced the building/grounds projected items for the future.  They have been listed by year and by priority.

Motion to adjourn made by V. Williams, seconded by L. Pederson.  MCU.

The next board meeting will be Monday, June 4, 2007 with an open forum at 5:00 PM and the regular meeting at 5:30 PM in the High School Library.





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Anne Gardner, Chair                                Victor Williams, Clerk



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