4/6/09 School Board Minutes 
written by matt grose   
tuesday, 07 april 2009 18:55
APRIL6, 2009

The regular School Board meeting for Independent School District #317 was held April 6, 2009 at 6:00 PM in the North School gymnasium.  Chairperson Victor Williams called the meeting to order and led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Members in attendance included:  Anne Gardner, Lee Pederson, Brad Box, Sarah Bellefy,  Nancy Adams-Hulbert and Victor Williams.  

Administrators present included:  Supt. Matt Grose, Carol Risberg, Business Manager, Brent Colligan, High School Principal, Amy Galatz, Elementary Principal, Sean Martinson, Activities Director 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 A. Gardner, seconded by N. Adams-Hulbert.   Motion carried unanimously. (MCU hereafter).

Amy Galatz presented a Title I update explaining the background of the program, the staffing and how the funding is used throughout the district.

Brent Colligan explained the Spanish III trip request.  There will be two students and instructor Elisa Cortes involved in the trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico scheduled for June 7-14, 2009.  Parents have indicated their permission.   B. Box made a motion to approve the trip with the suggestion to administration to monitor the conditions in the area of  the student’s destination to assure safety of the persons involved.  S. Bellefy seconded the motion.  MCU.

Mr. Grose explained the amendment to the Infinity Joint Powers Agreement.  The only change is to hold  the Infinity Board meetings bi-annually rather than quarterly.  It was mentioned that Brad Box holds a seat on this board.  Motion to approve the amendment to the Infinity Joint Powers agreement was made by N. Adams-Hulbert, seconded by B. Box.  MCU.

Anne Gardner made the motion, seconded by N. Adams-Hulbert  to approve the March  2, 2009 minutes.  MCU.

Motion to approve accounts payable/payroll for March  2009 in the amount of  $1,096,461.96  made by N. Adams-Hulbert, seconded by L. Pederson.   MCU.

Motion to approve the Consent Agenda made by A. Gardner, seconded by L. Pederson. MCU.
The Consent agenda was as follows:
1.    Approve Contract for 2009-10 for M. Brockel, School Psychologist
2.    Approve Maternity Leave for A. Braukmann
3.    Approve Teacher Mobility Leave for 2009-10 for Kindergarten teachers Y. Daigle & M. Newman.

A.  Gardner made the motion to approve the 2009-2010 School Calendar as presented, second by B. Box.  MCU.

V. Williams read  as follows:  Resolution providing for sale of general obligation taxable OPEB (Other Post Employment Benefit) bonds; convenanting and obligating the district to be bound by and to use the provisions of Minnesota Statutes, Section 126C.55 to guarantee the payment of the principal and interest of the bonds.  Motion to approve this adoption was made by B. Box, seconded by S. Bellefy.   Roll call vote:   Ayes:  Williams, Bellefy, Box, Pederson, Gardner, Adams-Hulbert.   Nays:  none.   MCU.

A special board meeting needs to be set in follow-up to the Public Hearing which is being held on Monday, April 13, 2009 at 6:30 PM. regarding the closing of North Elementary School.  Discussion was held.  A. Gardner made the motion to hold the special board meeting on Monday, April 27, 2009 at 6:00 PM in the Deer River High School Media Center, second by B. Box.  MCU.

Discussion of the Superintendent evaluation process.  Mr. Grose would like to meet with two board members to work on a process of evaluation.   V. Williams and B. Box volunteered.

Information only:   Electronic Transfers from Woodland Bank to MSDLAF+ (MN School District Liquid Asset Fund) on 3/30/09 of $150,000.

Mrs. Galatz reported for the elementary schools.  She handed out information to the board regarding March 2009 activities.  Some of the events were:  IASC meetings, Curriculum meetings, Award Ceremony for perfect attendance, AR Awards and Honor Roll at North.  Kindness Week, an unplanned fire drill at King, Response to Intervention workshop was attended by a team of teachers, North School Carnival.   Some upcoming events :  CLIMB Theater, Battle of the Books, King School Carnival.

Mr. Martinson reported to the board regarding activities.  Some activities have been opened up to 6th graders for participation.  The weather has forced most practices to be indoors and fields are not in playing condition right now.   He mentioned the Band/Choir sub-section competitions.   They did very well and will be competing at the State level.  Destination Imagination will also be going to State and congratulations go out to Dennis Peterson on being selected Coach of the Decade for Destination Imagination.   He wished to thank Nor-Tran for all their help with transportation scheduling for activities.  He also had attended an Athletic Director’s conference which talked about safety issues at events and mentioned how some ideas will be put to use in the future.

Mr. Colligan discussed events at the high school.  He talked about the HOPE study which improves school climate, History Day competition will be on May 2 in Minneapolis, Destination Imagination will compete on April 17, the Band & Choir will advance to state competitions, the DRHS Robotics team placed 32nd out of 53 at their very first competition, Will Weaver (author) visited with 7 & 8 graders regarding his book and he stated that teachers are preparing students for upcoming testing.

Mark Schjenken from Nor-Tran commented that roads are in rough condition right now.  He mentioned the meeting which was held on March 23, 2009 at North School regarding transportation in the event of the closing of North School.  He also mentioned upcoming bus safety training at the elementary schools for grades K-3.

V. Williams talked about his adventure in reading to students at King School.  

B. Box also had spent time reading to students at King.  He mentioned attending the Band/Choir competitions and congratulated them on a job well done.  He attended a Safety Meeting and he talked about concerns at the buildings.

L. Pederson had also attended the Band/Choir competitions and mentioned that many parents were also in attendance to support the students.   He talked about the Destination Imagination  team and thanked Dennis Peterson for his efforts.

N. Adams-Hulbert mentioned she had also spent time reading to students at King School.  She then read a statement she had prepared to address  the audience in regards to the closing of North School.

Supt. Grose gave an update on IASC (Itasca Area Schools Collaborative) which included information regarding an Indian Education  5 year grant from Blandin which would coordinate programs across the districts.  He mentioned the Safe Route to School grant which will be awarded to our district to improve children’s safety in walking or biking to school.  He discussed the Public Hearing which will be held Monday, April 13, 2009 at 6:30 PM at North School.  A hearing officer will be present to provide information.  Public input will be allowed with a 5 minute limit per person.  All testimony will be documented by a court reporter.  Persons who wish to testify are encouraged to call the district office ahead of time or sign up on the school’s website.  Persons will also be allowed to sign up at the door.   He also mentioned the MREA (MN Rural Education Association) state funding update which is looking at an additional  3.2% cut in funding for the 2012-2013 school year.

The Public Input section of the meeting was held.  Four persons made comments or asked questions at this time.

A Board Workshop will be held on Thursday, April 9, 2009 at 5:45 PM in the high school conference room to discuss proposed budget reduction items.

Motion to adjourn made by L. Pederson, seconded by A. Gardner.  MCU.

The Special Board meeting will be held Monday, April 27, 2009 at 6:00 PM in the Deer River High School Media Center.

The next regular school board meeting will be May 2, 2009 with an open forum at 5:45 PM and the regular meeting at 6:00 PM in the King School Library.

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