9/2/08 School Board Minutes 
written by matt grose   
wednesday, 03 september 2008 05:12


The regular School Board meeting for Independent School District #317 was held September 2, 2008 at 6:00 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, Victoria Jerry, Victor Williams, Nancy Adams-Hulbert, Todd Youngberg and Lee Pederson.

Administrators present included:  Supt. Matt Grose,, Amy Galatz, Elementary Principal,  Russ Bouchie, Building and Grounds Supervisor and  Sean Martinson Activities Director.  Newspaper reporter, Greg Lindahl was in attendarnce and Paulette Ojanen was present as recorder.  

Motion to approve agenda as presented made by V. Williams, seconded by L. Pederson.   Motion carried unanimously.  (MCU hereafter.)

Motion to approve minutes from the August 4, 2008 Board meeting was made by V.Jerry seconded by T. Youngberg.  MCU.

N. Adams-Hulbert made the motion, seconded by V. Williams to approve the Accounts Payable/Payroll for August 2008 in the amount of $995,252.72.  MCU.

Motion to approve items on the consent agenda as listed below made V. Williams, seconded by V. Jerry.  MCU.
1.    Approve Contract –   Amy Box, Elementary Instructor
2.    Approve Contract –   Gerald White, Cultural Liaison
3.    Approve Contract –   Kathleen Pierce, Comm. Ed. Programmer
4.    Approve Contract –   Fran Pederson, Tutor
5.    Approve Contract –   Sherwin Obey, Tutor

Motion to approve Policy 450 – Non-Union Daily Employee Salary Rate made by T. Youngberg, seconded by V. Williams.  MCU.

Motion to approve Policy 452-1 – Policy Regarding Return-to-Work made by V. Williams, seconded by N. Adams-Hulbert.  MCU.

Motion to approve Policy 455-1 – Limited Duty Assignment Policy for Work Related Injury made by N. Adams-Hulbert, seconded by V. Jerry.  MCU.

Motion to accept policy changes: 205,213,408,414,419,425,506,508,513,515,524,604
613,618,620,624,701,706,707, 708,709,710,805,104,201,206,401,504 made by V. Williams, seconded by T. Youngerg.   MCU.  

Motion to accept change in Policy 702.3 made by V. Jerry, seconded by T. Youngberg. MCU.

First reading for change in Policy 704.  No action taken at this time.

Resolution Relating to the Election of School Board Members and Calling the School District General Election was read by Chair Anne Gardner.  Motion to accept resolution was made by N. Adams-Hulbert, seconded by V. Jerry.    Ayes:  Gardner, Jerry, Pederson, Youngberg, Williams, Adams-Hulbert.  Nays:  none.  MCU.

Motion to set special meeting date of September 29, 2008 at 8:00 am in the high school conference room to certify the proposed levy was made by V. Jerry, seconded by V. Williams.  MCU.

Motion to join the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce made by N. Adams-Hulbert, seconded by V. Jerry.  MCU.

Mr. Grose explained the Safe Route to Schools Program to the Board.  This is a federally funded grant 
program that pays for improvements to local driving, walking and biking areas in order to promote safe
ways for children to get themselves to school.  ARDC facilitates, administers the process and the funds 
and draws up the plans at no cost to the district.   Motion to approve the program made by N. Adams-Hulbert,
seconded by V. Jerry.   MCU.

A. Galatz, Elementary Principal reported to the board that opening teacher workshops went well.  The Wednesday night Open House for parents and students was well attended, but it was discussed that maybe next year a separate night for Kindergarten students and families would be helpful.   North School’s Open House will be Thursday, September 11, 2008 from 5:30-6:30 PM. The first day of school at both elementary schools went well.  She also mentioned that a monthly newsletter will be sent home with students on the first Tuesday of the month and will be posted to the school’s website.

B. Colligan had information available to the board in his absence.  He listed goals for 2008-09 and comments on 7th grade orientation led by Lynn Evans and Phill Hermel and the Link Crew.  He mentioned the Leadership Team has met and is working on school climate and ways to implement ideas, also focusing on how to improve MCA scores.

Mark Schjenken of Nor-Tran reported the first day of transportation went well.  He mentioned that Project Green Fleet has been completed resulting in cleaner fuel burning in the buses.

S. Martinson handed out information regarding a policy change in the athletic handbook. (Will consider 1st reading).  It states that attendance for students on a scheduled event or practice day is mandatory, with the only exception being a medical appointment, in order to participate in that event on that day.  Penalties for the offenses are listed.   He mentioned the banner project in the east gym is complete and thanked Jim Erzar and Steve Ott for their efforts on that project.  He also wished to thank the custodial staff for their help in hanging the banners.   He also mentioned the Hall of Fame pictures will be put up as soon as possible and a 1000 Point Basketball plaque will be placed in the gym in the future.   Also, Rollerbound for Rivertown fundraiser is being planned at this time.  The date will be sometime in October.  

R. Bouchie reported on maintenance on all of the summer maintenance projects.  Many projects have been completed at all three district buildings and parking lots.

N. Adams-Hulbert commented that her granddaughter who is currently a freshman in college had told her that her computer skills when she got to college exceeded many of the students who are juniors and seniors.  She attributes that to her training in high school and commends the programs we have in our schools.

V. Williams and Mr.Grose also commented on the appearance of the buildings as school begins.  Many thanks to the custodians for all their hard work in making the buildings sparkle!

Supt. Grose reported that IASC (Itasca Area Schools Collaborative) Curriculum and Instruction Services Coordinator will be offering specific training to teachers to integrate curriculum into the schools.   Boardbook training will be Sept. 16, 2008 from 12:00 – 1:00 PM.  This is a web based program for school board packets and information.  The Board Development Committee, consisting of Victor, Nancy and Lee will set up a date to start working on goals.  There is also a MREA (MN Rural Education Assoc) meeting scheduled for September 10, 2008 in the Grand Rapids Board Room and the board is encouraged to attend.   He also mentioned that a letter was sent to all district households explaining AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) reports, Instant Alert information and Parent Portal information.

Motion to adjourn made by T. Youngberg, seconded by L. Pederson.  MCU

The next regular board meeting will be Monday, October 13, 2008 with an open forum at 5:45 PM and the regular meeting at 6:00 PM in the North School Library. 

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Anne Gardner, Chair                                                       Victor Williams, Clerk

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