8/6/07 School Board Minutes 
thursday, 09 august 2007 04:20
August 6, 2007

The regular School Board meeting for Independent School District #317 was held August 6, 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, Nancy Adams-Hulbert, Lee Pederson and Victoria Jerry.  Members absent:  Victor Williams and Todd Youngberg.

Administrators present included:  Supt. Matt Grose, Carol Risberg, Business Manager, Brent Colligan, Principal, Jim Erzar, Activities Director and Darren Sheldon, Elementary Principal. Newspaper reporter Mike O'Claire was in attendance along with Paulette Ojanen, recorder.

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

Andrew Chandler, Unit Director of the Boys and Girls Club in Deer River, handed out information and gave a report on the activities of the group.  They have grown tremendously and have been very busy over the summer.  Field trips to the Zoo, Omnimax, Blueberry Bowl and Tioga Beach have been some highlights.   The main office is in Cass Lake and some funding comes from a Blandin Grant and Community Education gave them $4000 for summer activities.  The cost is $5 per student per year and scholarships are available for those who need it.  

Motion to approve the minutes from the July 9, 2007 board meeting was made by N. Adams-Hulbert, seconded by L. Pederson.  MCU.

V. Jerry made the motion, seconded by L. Pederson to approve the Accounts Payable/Payroll for July 2007 in the amount of $946,910.54.  MCU.

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

1.   Approve Resignation of Nancy Schlader, Para
2.    Approve Resignation of Janice Carr, Para
3.    Approve Contract for Abby Seely, Kindergarten
4.    Approve Contract for Gail Marleau, Kindergarten
5.    Approve Contract for Paul Miller, Dean of Students
6.    Approve Technology Services Contract

L. Pederson made the motion, seconded by N. Adams-Hulbert to approve the contract for Ara Anderson as high school science instructor with the stipulation that he is approved by the State of Minnesota as a Community Expert as he completes his teaching certification.  MCU.  Mr. Grose explained that Anderson currently has a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology and is currently on leave from a masters degree program.  He is presently seeking his teaching degree through the FasTrack Secondary Initiative.

Motion to accept the contract agreement between ISD #317 and Children's Mental Health Services/REACH, Inc for the 2007-08 and the 2008-09 school years was made by V. Jerry, seconded by L. Pederson.  MCU.

V. Jerry made the motion, seconded by L. Pederson to accept he Interagency Agreement for Special Education Services through the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Head Start Program.  This agreement will be in effect until May 30, 2008.   MCU.

Motion to set the Truth in Taxation hearing date for Thursday, November 29, 2007 at 5:00 PM with a continuation hearing set for December 6, 2007 was made by V. Jerry, seconded by L. Pederson.  MCU.

Due to the positive fund balance in the food service budget, it is possible to offer free afternoon milk to all 1st and 2nd graders at King and North Elementary Schools.  (Kindergarten already receives free afternoon milk).  A motion to approve providing free afternoon milk to all 1st and 2nd graders was made by V. Jerry, seconded by N. Adams-Hulbert.  MCU.

Second reading of the high school teacher and student handbook.   Motion to approve these handbooks made by V. Jerry, seconded by L. Pederson.   MCU.

Dr. Sheldon reviewed the changes in the elementary student and teacher handbooks for the board members present.   This being the first reading, no action was taken.

Motion to approve the transportation contract with Nor-Tran for the 2007-08 school year as presented was made by N. Adams-Hulbert, seconded by L. Pederson.  MCU.

WHEREAS, the District determined that Nor-Tran, Inc. is a responsible service provider, as required by Minnesota Statutes 2006, Section 123B.52, Subds. 1 and 3, and has an expressed interest in continuing to provide the District bus services, and
WHEREAS, the District has a contract with Nor-Tran, Inc. for student transportation services that has one additional year remaining as a District option;
WHEREAS, the District has determined that Nor-Tran, Inc. has the experience and reputation to provide the services required by the District, and has provided quality transportation services as the service provider.
NOW, THEREFORE, Deer River Public Schools, Independent School District 317, approves a contract extension for student transportation services with Nor-Tran, Inc. for school year 2007-08 with the following addition provisions:
  1. The District agrees to waive the provision for performance security, item 5 in the Agreement, because of the long-standing service between the owners of Nor-Tran, Inc. and the District;
  2. The District agrees to waive the subcontractor provision, Section 8.d. in the Agreement, at this time, only as this provision applies to the present owners of Nor-Tran, Inc., who may be subcontractors to the Contractor during a period of time; and
  3. The District will undertake a contract procurement consistent with Minnesota Statutes 2006, Section 123B.52, Subds. 1 and 3, for services commencing with school year 2008-09 and further provide that the District will use direct negotiations for up to a two-year contract with Nor-Tran, Inc. and no other methods, so long as the negotiated agreement is approved by the Board of Education at or before its December 2007 regular meeting.
  4. If after the contract procurement process and an examination of other service options, including but not limited to the district providing its own transportation, it is determined that Nor-Tran is the best cost alternative, the District will negotiate with Nor-Tran for up to a two-year contract commencing with the 2008-2009 school year.
Motion to approve this resolution was made by N. Adams-Hulbert, seconded by L. Pederson. MCU.  No one opposed.

Dr. Sheldon explained that interviewing will be taking place at King soon for an EBD position and para positions.   He also mentioned there will be an all school meeting for parents and students on Wednesday, August 29, 2007 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM at the King School.

Mr. Colligan reported to the board regarding the high school.   He recently met with Matt Carlstrom and Jessica Felosi and the Student Council.   Students Becca Rudquist and Nathan Enerson were present to hand out minutes from their meeting and explain them to the board members present.  The Student Council will have members present at all of the future board meetings.  Mr. Colligan then explained the academic lettering process and provided information which will be included in the student handbook.   He also handed out a proposed daily high school schedule and mentioned upcoming events such as:  interviews for AmeriCorps and Science positions, LINK training on August 17th and 20th, 7th grade Orientation will be August 22nd and the Power Team (motivational school assembly) will be Thursday, Sept. 6th.

Mark Schjenken of Nor-Tran mentioned there has been some reorganization of Nor-Tran.  He is now Operations Manager and will be working closing with Supt. Grose on any transportation issues.  J. Dodge will remain as the secretary.

Jim Erzar reported to the board regarding the Activity Handbook.  The first reading will be in September and will have a few minor changes.  Forms will remain the same.  Fall sports begin next week.   He mentioned the Annual Golf Tournament fundraiser will be Saturday, September 22nd and encouraged everyone to participate.   Thursday, August 9th at 6:00 PM is the registration meeting for fall sports and the parent/participant meeting will be at 7:00 PM following registration.  April 6 through 12, 2008 will be the dates for Close-Up '08 trip to Washington, DC.

A. Gardner reported to the board regarding negotiations, which are still ongoing.  She also wished to thank Deb Passeri for her continued leadership with the FCCLA students.  They have recently made two trips to the Cities for statewide meetings and Ms. Passeri has gone above and beyond the call of duty to make sure these students are able to participate.

L. Pederson mentioned his participation in the work on the academic lettering with the students and Mr. Colligan and his involvement with the student council.   He thanked the students for coming to the meeting and extended appreciation to them for their continued involvement.

Supt. Grose updated the board on the Itasca Area Schools Collaborative. A strategic planning retreat will be held August 7 & 8th.    He mentioned that VITAL (on-line learning) continues to look for ways to grow and improve and a Blandin Quick Start grant will be written.  He informed the board about recently receiving a $61,000 grant for improving literacy and also stated that an Afterschool Grant has been applied for.   The North Elementary School's 50th Anniversary celebration will be held on Saturday, August 18th at the North School from 3-6 pm.   They will have a potluck dinner and a program.  Everyone is invited.   He also mentioned the Kindergarten Options he had put together for the board and stated these are open for discussion.

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

The next board meeting will be Tuesday, September 4, 2007 with an open forum at 5:00 PM and the regular meeting at 5:30 PM in the King School Library.

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Anne Gardner, Chair                                              Victor Williams, Clerk

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