School Board Minutes (January 2009-August 2013)

Regular Meeting

 

 
School Board Meeting Minutes                                                   September 13, 2010
 
1.0         The regular meeting of the School Board of Independent School District No. 696 was called to order at 7:03 p.m. by Chairman Marsnik.
2.0         On roll call the following directors were present: Erzar, Kellerman, Marsnik, Richter, York-Jesme. Absent: Pengal. Also present: Elementary Principal, Joselyn Murphy; High School Principal/Director of Operations, Dr. Kimberly Belcastro; Superintendent Dr. Donald Langan; Joe Domich, Ely Echo; Adam Masloski, Ely Timberjay.
3.0         Pledge of Allegiance.
4.0     Approval of Agenda
4.1      Moved by Erzar, seconded by Richter, to approve the agenda as amended. Motion carried.
5.0     Open Forum: There were no requests to speak.
6.0     Approval of Past Meeting Minutes:
6.1     Moved by Kellerman, seconded by York-Jesme, to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of August 9, 2010. Motion carried.
6.2     Moved by York-Jesme, seconded by Richter, to approve the minutes of the special meeting of August 17, 2010. Motion carried.
7.0     The following correspondence/informational items were presented:
7.1     Student Council Representative: None present.
7.2     IRYA Recycling Grant Program – Chris Ismil gave a presentation. Moved by Kellerman, seconded by Erzar, to approve district participation in the 2010 School Waste Reduction and Recycling Grant through the St. Louis County Environmental Services Department Solid Waste Division. Motion carried. (There will be an application submitted to the superintendent for signature).
7.3     Safe Routes to School – Ann Spangler gave a short presentation. October 6, 2010, is the kickoff date and is “International Walk to School Day”. The students will participate in a “walking school bus” that day.  
8.0     Old Business:
8.1     No old business to be brought forward at this meeting.
9.0     New Business:
9.1     Review of public information program and requirements relating to bond issue: There will be three community informational meetings: September 28th, October 12th, October 28th, all at 6:30 p.m. in the Memorial Media Center. Information will continue to be updated on the district website.
10.0    Consent Agenda:
10.1    Moved by Kellerman, seconded by Erzar, to approve the following Program consent agenda:
10.1.1 Bills due and payable amounting to $437,695.49 including check numbers 44731 through 44883.
10.1.2 August 2010 financial reports as presented: Total monthly receipts: $848,887.55; total monthly payroll: $38,721.13; total fringe benefits: $157,513.96; invoices: $331,855.75; total monthly expenditures: $528,090.84; total revenue over expenditures: $320,796.71.
10.1.3 Approved the following gifts and donations: 1. $60.00 from Wells Fargo Foundation Educational Matching Gift Program – Donald D. Rausch to be used for the Early Childhood Family Education Program; 2. $120.00 from the Wells Fargo Foundation Educational Matching Gift Program – Michael W. Krutsch to be used for the Memorial High School Fine Arts Programs; 3. $208.18 from Lucille Barnes-Diesslin for newspaper subscriptions for the high school – Star Tribune and Mesabi Daily News; 4. Four (4) Wii remotes ($40 each) from Pamida to create inexpensive Smartboards for the elementary school; 5. Approximately $1900 worth of books from Piragis Northwoods Company – Nancy and Steve Piragis for elementary classrooms.
10.1.4 Certify proposed levy. This item was pulled from consent agenda for discussion and a separate vote.
10.1.5 Truth In Taxation public meeting will be at the Monday, December 13, 2010, regular meeting at 7 p.m. in the board room, 2nd floor, Memorial Building.
10.1.6 Boys’ cross country running: There are 13 boys currently participating as a club that would like to become members of the Minnesota State High School League so that they can compete at section and state levels. The boys can participate if Coach Jayne Dusich is willing with her current compensation. Dr. Langan will get the cost figures and revisit the coach stipend issue at the October regular meeting. The boys’ will need to pay the $75 participation fee and be transported via school bus to all meets. Parents will not be able to transport them.
Motion carried.
Item 10.1.4 was pulled from consent agenda for discussion and a separatevote. Moved by Kellerman, seconded by Erzar, to certify the proposed 2010 pay 2011 levy at the maximum ($1,406,207.38). For: Erzar, Kellerman, Marsnik, Richter, York-Jesme. Against: None. Absent: Pengal. Motion carried.
               10.2    Moved by Erzar, seconded by York-Jesme, to approve the following                              Personnel Consent Agenda:
10.2.1 Accepted resignation of Anna Karasti from the noon supervisor position effective immediately.
10.2.2 Accepted resignation of Michelle Zollar from the cafeteria aid position effective immediately.
10.2.3 Hired Michelle Zollar for the noon supervisor position at the rate of $9.40/hr., two hour 20 minutes per day, student contact days.
10.2.4 Hired Kathryn Gessler for the special education paraprofessional position, a new position, at the rate of $12.97.hr., 6.5 hours per day, student contact days under terms and conditions of the collective bargaining agreement between ISD #696 and AFSCME Local No. 295 and school board policy.
10.2.5 Hired Kristin Mattila for the special education paraprofessional/media clerk position vacated by Robin Erickson (paraprofessional 4.5 hours per day at $12.97/hr. and media clerk 2.0 hours per day at $14.53/hr., student contact days) under terms and conditions of the collective bargaining agreement between ISD #696 and AFSCME Local No. 295 and school board policy.
10.2.6 Hired Anna Karasti for the cafeteria aid position vacated by Michelle Zollar at the rate of $12.75/hr., 2 ¾ hrs. per day, student contact days.
10.2.7 Approved William R. Henning as volunteer assistant football coach for the 2010-2011 season contingent upon having a satisfactory criminal background check on file in the district office.
10.2.8 Approved Fred Johnson as volunteer assistant (junior high) football coach for the 2010-2011 season contingent upon having a satisfactory criminal background check on file in the district office.
10.2.9 Renewed the following co-extracurricular fall positions for the 2010-2011 school year: Marcia Homer, fall musical vocal music director; Bonnie Starkman, fall musical accompanist; Peter Kess, fall musical play technician; Denise Drechsler, fall musical choreographer; Donna Kari, fall musical costumer; Nichole Boitz, danceline coach; and Emmett Penke, assistant volleyball coach under terms and conditions of the collective bargaining agreement between ISD #696 and the Ely Education Association and school board policy and a satisfactory background check on file in the district office.
10.2.10Renewed the following co-extracurricular winter positions for the
2010-2011 school year: Donna Kari, One Act Play director and head speech coach; girls’ assistant basketball coach, Justin Blackwood; boys’ assistant basketball coach, Tim Omerza; Nordic Ski assistant coach, Tyler Fish; assistant speech coach, Jim Lah; boys' head basketball coach; Tom McDonald; girls' head basketball coach, Frank Ivancich, Nordic ski head coach, Paula Anderson; Kurt Mattila, head hockey coach under terms and conditions of the collective bargaining agreement between ISD #696 and the Ely Education Association and School Board policy and a satisfactory background check on file in the district office.
10.2.11Granted maternity leave (30 days paid) to Amy Kingsley (approx.
November 10, 2010); child care leave through January 21, 2010, in accord with the collective bargaining agreement between ISD #696 and the Ely Education Association.
10.2.12Recalled Karin Schmidt to .5 FTE elementary teaching position.
10.2.13Recalled Todd Hohenstein to .4 FTE Chemistry position (from .6 to
1.0 FTE); variance approved.
10.2.14Accepted resignation of Ken Hupila, physical education teacher,
effective October 8, 2010.
10.2.15Renewed the following positions for the 2010-2011 school year:
Janelle Hart, Junior Class Advisor and Jr./Sr. Banquet Advisor; Justin Lindgren, National Honor Society Advisor, Senior High Band, Marching Band, Jazz Band and Student Council Advisor under terms and conditions of the collective bargaining agreement between ISD #696 and the Ely Education Association and School Board policy and a satisfactory background check on file in the district office.
10.2.16Approved Griffin Offerdahl as volunteer assistant junior high
football coach for the 2010-2011 season contingent upon having on file a satisfactory criminal background check on file in the district office.
                   10.3    Policy Consent Agenda: None at this meeting.
11.0    Administrative Reports:
11.1    Superintendent:
11.1.1 Ely Little League Field Water Line – Received a “Report on Plans” from the Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry
11.1.2 JFK facilities use – volleyball team is using the gym and the JFK cafeteria is being used until October 31, 2010. The district will pay for custodial fees for these areas
11.1.3 Communication from St. Louis Co. re: JFK use through Oct. 31, 2010. St. Louis Co. has been approved for occupancy thru Oct. 31 at the counties expense.
11.1.4 Federal stimulus for hiring public school personnel: Obama’s school employee employment pkg. (approx. $92,000 for district). Dr. Langan anticipates being eligible for use to offset budget costs in the 2011-2012 school year.
11.2    Principals’ Report:
          11.2.1 Kimberly Belcastro, H. S. Principal/Director of Operations:
a.       First day of school enrollment numbers: September 7th,
         Grades 7-12, 256
b.       Opening day comments: student and staff attended a pep rally and a presentation by a comedian
c.       Washington Circle: Having the circle closed is going well; time was spent the first few days informing students and parents
d.       Girls’ hockey agreement: district is pursuing an agreement with Silver Bay
                             11.2.2 Joselyn Murphy, Elementary Principal:
a.       First day of school enrollment numbers: September 7th, Grades K-6, 288
b.       Opening day comments: Kindergarten had conferences the first day; Sept. 20 is Back to School Night; Ely Community Resources and the Parent Teacher Organization has been work with K-4 students on the Peaceful Playground project.
11.3    Board Committee Reports: Erzar stated that there is a Minnesota School Boards Association fall area meeting in Hibbing at the Lincoln School Library on Wednesday, Sept. 15th from 7-8:30 p.m. to address items in the legislature that affect schools. He will be attending as school board legislative liaison.
12.0    Moved by York-Jesme, seconded by Richter, to adjourn at 8:28 p.m. Motion carried.
 
 
 
                                                                             Scott C. Kellerman, Clerk