5/5/08 Board Minutes
written by matt grose   
tuesday, 06 may 2008 03:55

MAY 5, 2008

The regular School Board meeting for Independent School District #317 was held May 5, 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, Lee Pederson, Victoria Jerry and Nancy Adams-Hulbert.   Absent:  Victor Williams and Todd Youngberg.  

Administrators present included:  Supt. Matt Grose, Russ Bouchie, Building and Grounds Supervisor, Darren Sheldon, Elementary Principal and Brent Colligan, High School Principal.   Newspaper reporter, Mike O’Claire was in attendance and Paulette Ojanen was present as recorder.  

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

Kim Geislinger, HRO (Human Resources Officer) for Itasca County gave a presentation to the board on the ICTPP (Itasca County Truancy Prevention Program).   She explained how the program works and the benefits to the families in Itasca County.

Dr. Sheldon gave a report to the board on the Title I Program.   He explained how our Title I funds are used and what the assignments of the Title I teachers are in regards to the program.

Mary Holsman, School Nurse, gave a Health Services Report.   She explained the services available to students, their families and the staff.   She divides her time between the three buildings and receives part-time assistance from Rita Smith, LPN.    

Motion to approve minutes from the April 14, 2008 Board meeting was made by N. Adams-Hulbert, seconded by L.Pederson.  MCU.

V. Jerry made the motion, seconded by N. Adams-Hulbert to approve the Accounts Payable/Payroll for April 2008 in the amount of $953,648.33.  MCU.

Motion to approve items on the consent agenda as listed below made by L. Pederson, seconded by N. Adams-Hulbert.  MCU.

1.    Approve Contract for Drum Instructor – Sherwin Obey
2.    Approve Reducing Spec Ed LD Program by .4 
3.    Approve Adding  .4  to FACS Program
4.    Approve Increase from 81% to 85%  for Amy McDowell, ECSE
         for 07-08
5.    Approve Part-Time Teacher Mobility Leave for 2008-09 for
         Y. Daigle & M. Newman (King Kindergarten)
6.    Approve Contract for Supt. Grose
7.    Approve Contract for Carol Risberg, Bus. Mgr.
8.    Approve Contract for Russ Bouchie, Bldg & Grounds Supervisor
9.    Approve Contract for Mark Curtiss, Tech. Coord.
10.    Approve Contract for Jennifer Sjodin, LD/EBD
11.    Approve Contract for Amy Braukmann, English
12.    Approve Contract for Shandy Geisler, Science
13.    Approve Contract for Rebecca Collins, Kindergarten
14.    Approve Contract for Gail Marleau, Elementary
15.    Approve Contract for Jessica Felosi, Social Studies
16.    Approve Contract for Lynn  Evans, Social Studies
17.    Eliminate Academic Para Position at North School
18.    Eliminate Tutor Position at High School

N. Adams-Hulbert made the motion, seconded V. Jerry to approve the resolution for non-renewal of Andrew Bellefy for the 2008-09 school year.  Ayes:  Adams-Hulbert, Gardner, Jerry, Pederson.   Nays:  None.   Motion carried.

Motion to change the regularly scheduled July 7, 2008 Board meeting to July 14, 2008 and the regularly scheduled October 6, 2008 Board meeting to October 13, 2008 was made by L. Pederson, seconded by V. Jerry.  MCU.

D. Sheldon reported on events at King School.   They have recently interviewed for two positions at King for next year.  They have offered positions at this time to Jennifer Sjodin (contract approved) and Melissa King.   Science testing went well this past week.  Special thanks to Mark Curtiss, Technology Coordinator for his expert help with the testing, which is all done on-line.

B. Colligan handed out information to the board regarding events at the high school.  May is a very busy month with prom, field trips, awards nights, baccalaureate, and graduation.  He also mentioned activities of several committees.  The Retention Committee, Attendance Committee and Advisory Contract Language Committee and the issues they have been working on.  

Mark Schjenken of Nor-Tran commented the weather we received in April has made the month of May extra busy in catching up with extra-curricular activities schedules.

R. Bouchie talked about activities in the custodial area.  Many projects have been completed and many are in progress.   Spring activities in the buildings have kept everyone busy.   Summer projects are being planned.

N. Adams-Hulbert commented regarding the recent Phase IV training and advanced board member training, which were held in Duluth.  She said the sessions were very informative.  Lee Pederson also attended the Phase IV training.

Supt. Grose updated the board on IASC (Itasca Area Schools Collaborative).  Preliminary grant requests to Blandin have been made for sharing of resources with other school districts.  He mentioned an ALI (Applied Learning Initiative) meeting he recently attended which focused on what is coming up for the next school year.  Health Care Careers, Building Trades and Natural Resources Careers were mentioned and will include hands-on experiences for students who will receive college credits for courses completed.   He mentioned the AFSCME contract has been settled and the group will be voting on it next week.   The FCCLA State Conference was held last week and our students did an outstanding job.  Hats off to the students who participated.   This week is Teacher Appreciation Week so thanks go out to all the teachers and staff for their hard work and dedication to our students and families.  Supt. Grose also wished to thank Nor-Tran for their extra efforts during the recent inclement weather situations and for keeping our students safe  on their trips to and from school every day.

A. Gardner mentioned the Superintendent’s evaluation, which was recently completed by the board members and wished to commend Supt. Grose for all his efforts and dedication to the Deer River School District.   She also mentioned that Mr. Grose and Mr. Colligan received Outstanding Administrator Awards at the recent FCCLA Convention.

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

The next regular board meeting will be Monday, June 2, 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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