7/14/08 School Board Minutes 
written by matt grose   
wednesday, 16 july 2008 07:57

JULY 14, 2008

The regular School Board meeting for Independent School District #317 was held July 14, 2008 at 6:00 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, Lee Pederson, Victoria Jerry and Nancy Adams-Hulbert.  Absent:  Victor Williams and Todd Youngberg.  

Administrators present included:  Supt. Matt Grose, Carol Risberg, Business Manager, Brent Colligan, High School Principal,  Russ Bouchie, Building and Grounds Supervisor, Jim Erzar, Activities Director.  Newspaper reporter, Greg Lindahl was in attendarnce and Paulette Ojanen was present as recorder.  

Amendments to the agenda:  moving item 6c 11: Approve Contract – Administrator Association to 6o., adding item 6c 11: Approve hiring Amy Galatz as Elementary Principal, adding item 6m: Approve Invest Early Services Agreement, adding item 6n:  Approve Professional Services Agreement, removing item 6l: Resolution Establishing Dates for Filing Affidavits of Candidacy. Motion to approve agenda as amended made by L Pederson, seconded by N. Adams-Hulbert.  Motion carried unanimously.  (MCU hereafter.)

Jason Thurm, Vocal Music Instructor, then gave a presentation to the Board regarding the upcoming schedule of events for the music department for the 2008-09 school year.   He also presented several options for Music/Band trips for 2010 and discussion was held regarding fundraising and budget issues.  The board commended Mr. Thurm and Mrs. Burch for their hard work with the music program.

Joe Benchina of MacNeil Environmental explained the Attachment 99 Performance Criteria document to the board and reviewed it’s components.  This process insures that our district continues to place a high priority on health and safety issues.  Motion to approve the Attachment 99 Performance Criteria as presented was made by V. Jerry, seconded by L. Pederson.   MCU.

Motion to approve minutes from the June 2, and June 27, 2008 Board meetings was made by N. Adams-Hulbert, seconded by V. Jerry.  MCU.

V. Jerry made the motion, seconded by L. Pederson to approve the Accounts Payable/Payroll for June 2008 in the amount of $1,027,421.54.  MCU.

Motion to approve items on the consent agenda as listed below made by N. Adams-Hulbert, seconded by L. Pederson.  MCU.
1.Approve Contract – Sarah Schweisthal – Speech/Lang Path. Asst.
2.Approve Contract – Caitlin Mankowski – ½ Time Elem. Instructor
3.Approve Contract – Gaye Francisco- Spec Ed. Instructor
4.Approve Contract – Kari Weerts- Spec Ed Instructor
5.Approve Contract – Angela Boyd- ECFE Instructor
6.Approve Contract – Julie Vekich – Elementary Instructor
7.Approve Contract – Renee Bush – Elementary Instructor
8.Approve Contract – Stacy Olson – Elementary Instructor
9.Approve Contract – Chery Ross /Paulette Ojanen- Admin Assts.
10.Approve Maternity Leave – 8-27-08 to 10-10-08 – M. Petermeier
11.Approve Hiring Amy Galatz, Elementary Principal

The North School Teacher & Student Handbooks, King School Teacher & Student Handbooks and the High School Teacher and Student Handbooks were distributed to the board for their perusal.   This being the first reading, no action was taken.   Mr. Colligan reviewed the changes to the High School Handbooks.

Motion to approve Wellness Policy as amended made by V. Jerry, seconded by L. Pederson. MCU.   The change states:  Items brought in from outside the school shall be purchased.  Homemade food items are not acceptable. (Due to the fact that many students have food allergies.)

Motion to approve Dissolution of Cooperative Sponsorship (Wrestling-Northland Community School) was made by V. Jerry, seconded by N. Adams-Hulbert. MCU.

Motion was made by L. Pederson, seconded by V. Jerry to pay non-certified coaches the same as certified coaches as described in the DREA Master Agreement for the 2008-09 school year.   MCU.

N. Adams-Hulbert made the motion, seconded by L. Pederson to approve Speech as an extra-curricular activity.  MCU.

A list of Fall Sports coaching assignments was provided to the board. 

Motion to approve the Invest Early Services Agreement was made by L. Pederson, seconded by V. Jerry.  MCU.

V. Jerry made the motion to approve the Professional Services Agreement between ISD #317 and ISD #2 Hill City for Speech Pathologist Services, second by N. Adams-Hulbert.  MCU.

Motion to approve the Administrator Association Contract with B. Colligan and A. Galatz made by V. Jerry, seconded by N. Adams-Hulbert.  MCU.

B. Colligan reported to the Board that Science Instructor interviews are taking place at this time.  He also mentioned he has a candidate for the .6 Spanish position and will be talking to them soon.

J. Erzar mentioned that Fall Coaches are in place for 2008-09.  He also mentioned the Banner Project will soon be in place.  Banners depicting championship teams/years will soon be hung in the gymnasium.  Thanks to all who helped get that project in place.   Trophy cases /trophies have been inspected and inventoried.   Some new cases will be constructed.    He mentioned the Hall of Fame display which was previously in the hallway between the two offices has not been put back in place and would like to see it on display again and would like discuss the possibility of creating criteria to expand the Hall of Fame to include members of staff alumni who would qualify as well as students.   He also mentioned Kevin and Kyle Wilson who have placed in the State Rodeo Competition in Calf Roping.  Congratulations!

R. Bouchie reported on maintenance on the uni-vents at North School.  The air quality has been tested and there are issues that need to be addressed.  New units have been ordered and will be installed before school begins in September.

Supt. Grose reported that IASC (Itasca Area Schools Collaborative) has been doing some long term planning and is working on ways to use a menu driven approach for programming.  Information was given to the board regarding 403b and GASB 45 updates.  The Board Policy Manual needs to be looked at and updated.   Anne and Nancy volunteered to help with that.  A Board Planning Workshop will be held in August.   Short Elliot Hendrickson is currently soliciting bids for the track project.  Construction will begin as soon as a contractor is in place.  The Summer Food program is going well.  Close to 1000 meals have been served so far.    There is a Summer Seminar being held for School Board members in the Cities in August and all are encouraged to attend.

Motion to adjourn made by L Pederson seconded by N. Adams-Hulbert.  MCU

The next regular board meeting will be Monday, August 4, 2008 with an open forum at 5:45 PM and the regular meeting at 6:00 PM in the Deer River High School Library. 

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Anne Gardner, Chair                                    Victor Williams, Clerk

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