2/5/07 School Board Minutes 
tuesday, 06 february 2007 04:47
February 5, 2007

The regular School Board meeting for Independent School District #317 was held February 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, Ben Hawkins, #318 Business Manager, Brent Colligan, Assistant High School Principal, Darren Sheldon, Elementary Principal, and Deanna Hron.  Newspaper reporter Mike O'Claire was in attendance along with Chery Ross, recorder.

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

Supt. Grose shared information on Project Lead the Way.  This is a national program that emphasizes in pre-engineering.  This program would connect kids that need connection to school for college credit.  There may be grant money available to get the equipment to implement the program at a minimal cost.

Supt. Grose presented information on Minnesota Promise.  This organization outlines the vision for education in Minnesota based on eight core traits of a world-class education system. 

Both elementary schools had lockdown drills last month.  The drills went very well and they learn things at each building during each drill.  V. Williams commented on how well the teachers controlled the students and how cooperative the students were.  

Motion to approve the minutes from the January 8, 2007 board meeting was made by V. Williams, seconded by L. Pederson.  MCU.

V. Jerry made the motion, seconded by T. Youngberg to approve the Accounts Payable/Payroll for January 2007 in the amount of $1,069,518.23.  MCU.

Motion to approve items on the consent agenda as listed below made by N. Adams-Hulbert, seconded by V. Williams.  MCU.
1.    Approve Invest Early Health Services Agreement
2.    Approve maternity leave request from Lynn Evans

V. Williams made the motion, seconded by N. Adams-Hulbert to discuss/approve School Board salary for 2007.  Since contributing to a 403B is not an option, salary was set as follows:  Each School Board member shall be compensated $2000 per year, ($2300/yr chairperson) with a maximum of three absences allowed from regularly scheduled meetings and a 1/12 deduction for all other absences.  School Board related absences are not included in three-absence total. Extra meetings shall be compensated at $40 per meeting with a maximum of $120 for members attending all day meetings and requiring an overnight stay.  Meals/Mileage will be reimbursed at the school district rate.  MCU.

V. Williams made the motion, seconded by V. Jerry to approve the Indian Policies and Procedures as presented.  This is a model policy with adjusted language as suggested by Brent Gish.  This policy must be on file at MDE and approved annually for the district to access impact aid.  This policy will also re-form the parent committee, which is scheduled to meet on February 6, 2007 at 7:00 PM.  MCU.

N. Adams-Hulbert made the motion, seconded by V. Williams to approve the 2007-2008 school calendar.  Supt. Grose explained changes from the last draft.  This calendar meets the standards and contract stipulations however it was discussed to build staff development time in to the calendar by having late starts possibly one day per month.  These days would be set well before the start of the school year.  MCU.

V. Williams made the motion, seconded by T. Youngberg to approve the administration to begin the budget adjustment process for 2007-2008.  This is a standard motion and there are a number of variables involved such as union negotiations, retirements, etc.  This allows the district to plan for that process.  MCU.

Mr. Sheldon recognized Spelling Bee students.  King School:  Mariah Linse, Angelina Villeneuve, Hannah Hron, Kelsey Box, and August Marleau.  North School:  Rosella Howard and Zachary Boggs.  He also reported on recent activities at North School and thanked Mr. Dahlberg for the portable bird feeders that go from classroom to classroom.  He is currently working on Citizenship Awards and has ordered t-shirts to honor these students at both elementary schools each month.  Mr. Sheldon thanked the American Legion VFW for the new flag at King School.  Lastly, he discussed safety concerns and getting ADD machines at North and King Schools.    He also thanked Supt. Grose for his assistance with staff and students during the crisis in early January.

Foreign language was discussed.  Chinese may be a possiblity to partner with other schools via ITV however there are only two licensed instructors in the state.  Spanish may be our best option.

Mr. Colligan mentioned that WDIO Television was at the high school on Friday to give a weather presentation.  He reported that the advisory committee survey will be out this week.  Snow Ball is next week and Meet the Candidates is on Monday.  The schedule for next year will be addressed real soon and the Site Team and District Leadership Team is off and running.  Mr. Colligan attended the Midwestern Conference on school change.  Based on what he learned at the conference, ISD #317 is on the right track.  He also recently attended an active shooter training.

The School Board discussed the MSBA Conference.  Four Board members attended.  N. Adams-Hulbert reported that it was very interesting and a good attempt at educating Board members.  

There was no report from Nor-Tran.

Itasca Area Schools Collaborative (IASC) recently hired a curriculum coordinator with grant money.  Supt. Grose mentioned the joint technology plan is a huge process and a company has been hired to inventory all technology staff, equipment, etc. within the region to come up with ways to make technology more efficient.  This is being done through a Blandin Foundation grant.  Supt. Grose will meet again next week to discuss Invest Early contracts and the organizational and political aspects of the program.  VITAL continues to expand with 135 students registered across the region.  VITAL is a key partner towards online learning.  The Northeast Service Cooperative has recently contacted VITAL to expand opportunities and the number of success stories.

Habitat for Humanity has contacted Supt. Grose for a project in our community.  Mr. Newton and students may have an opportunity to assist in building this home in addition to providing community service.  

There is a new officer workershop in Bemidji on February 8, 2007.

Supt. Grose will re-investigate property liability insurance quotes for the March meeting.

The board has scheduled a work session on February 26th at 6 PM in the conference room to work on staffing at the district level, evaluation for the superintendent, the budget, and also to give an opportunity to share information from the MSBA conference.  

The AYP Improvement Plan in special education (math) will be presented at the next Board meeting for approval.

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

The next board meeting will be Monday, March 5, 2007 with an open forum at 5:00 PM and the regular meeting at 5:30 PM in the Deer River High School Library.

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Anne Gardner, Chair                                Victor Williams, Clerk

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