11/5/07 School Board Minutes 
written by matt grose   
tuesday, 06 november 2007 02:39
November 5, 2007

The regular School Board meeting for Independent School District #317 was held November 5, 2007 at 5:30 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, Todd Youngberg and Nancy Adams-Hulbert . Absent: Victor Williams.

Administrators present included:  Supt. Matt Grose, and Russ Bouchie, Building & Grounds Supervisor. Reporter Mike O'Claire was in attendance and  Paulette Ojanen was present as recorder.

An addition to the agenda, item 6g: Approve Statement of Agreement for Use of Facility (City of Deer River) Motion to approve agenda as amended made by T. Youngberg, seconded by N. Adams-Hulbert.  Motion carried unanimously.  (MCU hereafter.)

Motion made by L. Pederson, seconded by T. Youngberg to table item 4a regarding the Spanish trip.  More information is needed and a decision will be made at the December Board meeting.

Motion to approve the minutes from the October 9, 2007 Board meeting was made by V. Jerry, seconded by L. Pederson.  MCU.

N. Adams-Hulbert made the motion, seconded by T. Youngberg to approve the Accounts Payable/Payroll for October 2007 in the amount of $1,205,064.83  MCU.

Motion to approve items on the consent agenda as listed below made by V. Jerry, seconded by N. Adams-Hulbert. MCU.
                         1.   Approve Resignation of Mark Morrison, Social Studies
2.    Approve Hiring of Lynn Evans, Social Studies
3.    Approve Retirement of Nancy Swigert as of 12/31/07

Comments made by Supt. Grose included congratulations to Mr. Morrison as he continues his career as an assistant principal and thanks to Mrs. Swigert for her dedication to our school and students for the past 28 years.

N. Adams-Hulbert made the motion, seconded by T. Youngberg to approve the Fiscal Host Agreement with IASC (Itasca Area Schools Collaborative) for the Invest Early Program.  MCU.

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

A Special Board meeting needs to be set to review and approve the 2006-2007 Audit.  V. Jerry made the motion to set the date for Monday, November 19, 2007 at 6:00 PM, seconded by T. Youngberg.  MCU.   A Board work session will be held immediately following the special meeting.

After an explanation by Supt. Grose regarding the Statement of Agreement for the Use of the Facility, a motion to accept the agreement was made by T. Youngberg, seconded by L. Pederson.  MCU.

N. Adams-Hulbert reported she attended a meeting at the high school regarding academic lettering.  The criteria has been developed for FCCLA (Family, Career & Community Leaders of America).  Currently Destination Imagination and Rodeo are in the process of coming up with criteria for lettering and whether there should be lettering for fine arts.   There is a meeting on November 19, 2007 at 3:30 PM on these issues.   Ms. Adams-Hulbert wished to commend the students on their hard work on this issue and to especially thank Ramona Hemphill for setting the groundwork for this process.

Mr. Grose updated the Board on IASC activities. He reported that over 200 students are currently taking part in the VITAL on-line learning opportunities in the area.   He attended a MREA (MN Rural Education Assoc.) in Alexandria last week and did a presentation on the on-line project.  He mentioned the Applied Learning Initiative.  There was a meeting to go over the goals for next year and said they will be applying for a half a million dollar grant for history projects.  He also attended some Q-Comp sessions and union leadership sessions to investigate what happens in other districts and what could happen in Deer River.  He also met with Tom Watson regarding some figures for transportation.  

The Board would periodically like to recognize someone who has shown outstanding efforts and dedication to our schools.  This month they chose to recognize Phillip Hermel for his outstanding efforts in helping with the activities budget by doing his Rollerbound for Rivertown fundraiser.   He stated that $4920 has been raised with a $500 donation pending at this time.  A certificate of recognition was presented to Mr. Hermel with thanks for his efforts.

Supt. Grose then went over the high school activities report, which was prepared by Mr. Colligan.

Motion to adjourn made by T. Youngberg, seconded by V. Jerry.  MCU.

The next regular board meeting will be Monday, December 3, 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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