3/5/07 School Board Minutes
thursday, 08 march 2007 05:51
March 5, 2007

The regular School Board meeting for Independent School District #317 was held March 5, 2007 at 5:30 PM in the Deer River 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, Victor Williams, Lee Pederson, Todd Youngberg, and Victoria Jerry.

Administrators present included:  Supt. Matt Grose, Brent Colligan, Assistant High School Principal, Russ Bouchie, Building and Grounds Supervisor and Deanna Hron, Rep. from King School. Newspaper reporter Mike O'Claire was in attendance along with Paulette Ojanen, recorder.

Motion to approve agenda as presented was made by T. Youngberg, seconded by N. Adams-Hulbert.  Motion carried unanimously.  (MCU hereafter).

The AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) Plan was explained by Supt. Grose.    There are challenging areas and the need to focus strategically on those areas.  Staff and funding are a continuous issue.  V. Williams made the motion, seconded by V. Jerry to accept the AYP Improvement Plan as presented.  MCU.

Motion to approve the minutes from the February 5, 2007 board meeting was made by V. Jerry, seconded by L. Pederson.  MCU.

V. Jerry made the motion, seconded by T. Youngberg to approve the Accounts Payable/Payroll for February 2007 in the amount of $847,676.95.  MCU.

Motion to approve items on the consent agenda as listed below made by T. Youngberg, seconded by V. Williams.  MCU.
1.    Approve Maternity Leave Request from Angie Ledermann
2.    Approve Surrogate Parent Request
3.    Approve Hiring of Julie Peterson, Custodian
4.    Approve Hiring of Paul Miller, Head Football Coach

Itasca County Probation Department - Data Sharing Agreement was explained.  It's purpose is to authorize the sharing of student information with probation officers to help in handling student situations involving at-risk students.   The agency is required to follow the data privacy act.  Motion to approve the agreement made by N. Adams-Hulbert, seconded by V. Williams.  MCU.

Deanna Hron shared information with the board regarding King School.  They have recently had a rollerskating program going on during phy.ed. classes and for special events involving parents, etc.  That has been very successful and enjoyed by all.   The last two weeks of March 2007 has been designated as Reading Celebration.  There will be guest readers coming into the school at various times.  The Science Fair will be March 22, 2007 from 6-7 PM.  Everyone is welcome to come and see the experiments the students have put together.

Supt. Grose reported for Dr. Sheldon that Karen Melchior, Interventionist, will be going to North School on Wednesdays to provide additional support there.  He is looking at schedule change proposals for King and North.
Mr. Colligan reported that SnoWeek was successful and enjoyable for students and staff.  FCCLA Week was held at the high school with many activities.  The Band/Choir hosted a workshop/concert at the Jr. High level with other schools from the area and guest conductors from Bemidji State. That was a great experience for all involved.   Prom is on the horizon and students are working on that.  Gerald White is working on Quiz Bowl with some of  his students.  The Empty Bowl Project is coming up on March 9, 2007.  Our art students have made 80 bowls for this project which goes to help the Food Shelves and First Harvest Food Bank.   An AED (Automated External Defibrillator) has been place at North School.   Friday, March 9, 2007 is Multi-District Staff Development Day in Grand Rapids for teachers.  They'll have keynote speakers and have break-out sessions for teachers in like areas.  He mentioned the Career Day which was held at the high school.  Twenty guest speakers were involved in this successful event.  He commended Mark Morrison on the great job he did organizing the day.  Supt. Grose mentioned scheduling will be in process soon for next year.   He also mentioned the entire wrestling team was named Academic Team by the Minnesota State High School League and offered congratulations to them for their efforts.

V. Williams mentioned he had heard good reports about the rollerskating program at King.  He also mentioned he'd like to see some recognition certificates from the board to students who have outstanding achievements.

There was no report from Nor-Tran.

Supt. Grose mentioned that Itasca Area Schools Collaborative (IASC) will be holding a meeting on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 at the Sawmill Inn.  Meeting time has not yet been set.   The Property Liability Insurance updates are still being looked at.  He also mentioned that he and Gerald White met in Ball Club to begin the process of getting an Indian Parent Committee organized.

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

The next board meeting will be Monday, April 9, 2007 with an open forum at 5:00 PM and the regular meeting at 5:30 PM in the North School Library.

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Anne Gardner, Chair                              Victor Williams, Clerk

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