School Board Minutes (January 2009-August 2013)

Regular Meeting

 

School Board Meeting Minutes                                                          December 14, 2009
 
          The regular meeting of the School Board of Independent School District No. 696 was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Chairman Marsnik. On roll call the following directors were present: Erzar, Kellerman, Marsnik, Pengal, Richter, York-Jesme. Absent: None. Also present: Joselyn Murphy, Elementary Principal, High School Principal/Director of Operations, Dr. Kimberly Belcastro; Superintendent Dr. Donald Langan; Tom Coombe, Ely Echo; Adam Masloski, Ely Timberjay.
4.0     Moved by York-Jesme, seconded by Erzar, to approve the agenda as amended. Motion carried.
5.0     Open Forum: This item was moved to take place after 7.0.
6.0     Approval of Past Meeting Minutes:
6.1     Moved by Kellerman, seconded by Erzar, to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of November 9, 2009. Motion carried.
7.0     The following correspondence/informational items were presented:
7.1     Student Council Vice President Jenna Potter gave an update of Student Council Activities: Winter Frolic will be the second week of February; collecting donations and sending a card signed by students to a senior who was badly burned in an accident recently; will have anti-drug week in January; started executive board meeting prior to regular meetings; will start a service project to purchase a new American flag for each teacher.
7.2     Melanie Ford, St. Louis County Attorney was present to talk about St. Louis County’s Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI) program.
7.3     Alternative Energies Task Force: Kurt Soderberg, Task Force Chair, and Steve Piragis, Task Force Member, were present to talk about Boundary Waters Renewable District Energy; heating with biomass. They asked that the School Board keep this option in mind when making updates to the school’s heating system.
          5.0     Open Forum: 5.1 Truth In Taxation
                             5.1.1   09-10 Revised Budget was presented and discussed.
                             5.1.2   09 Pay 10 Levy was presented and discussed.
8.0     Old Business: None at this meeting.
9.0     New Business:
9.1     Moved by Kellerman, seconded by Erzar, to certify the 2009 Payable 2010 Levy in the amount of $1,300,712.50. For: Erzar, Kellerman, Marsnik, Pengal, Richter, York-Jesme. Against: None. Motion carried.
9.2     Moved by Pengal, seconded by York-Jesme, to approve the annual audit for year ended June 30, 2009. For: Erzar, Kellerman, Marsnik, Pengal, Richter, York-Jesme. Against: None. Motion carried.
10.0    Consent Agenda:
10.1    Moved by York-Jesme, seconded by Richter, to approve the following    
Program Consent Agenda:
10.1.1   Bills due and payable amounting to $209,809.61 including check numbers 43473 through 43596.
10.1.2   November 2009 financial reports as presented: Total monthly receipts: $297,555.66; total monthly payroll: $219,303.18; total fringe benefits: $204,607.38; invoices: $92,863.49; total monthly expenditures: $516,774.05; total revenue over expenditures: ($219,218.39).
10.1.3   Approved the following gifts and donations: 1. $820.00 from the Pamida Foundation, ½ high school, ½ elementary to purchase school supplies; 2. 800 programs from Roger’s Printing for the high school fall musical; 3. $1,590.25 from the Ely Education Foundation to purchase Wish List items; 4. $204.81 worth of paint from Teresa Helget to paint the Memorial building hallways, baseboard in stairwells, boys’ locker room; 5. $26.49 worth of paint from Sherwin Williams of Mt. Iron to paint the Memorial building hallways; 6. $1,527.85 from Washington Elementary PTO to purchase a computer for the special education department; 7. $24.20 from Washington Elementary PTO to pay for mileage for elementary field trip to Stocks’ farm; 8. $29.21 from Washington Elementary PTO to pay for the cost of bus driver for elementary field trip to Stocks’ farm; 9. $1,898.60 from Schwan’s product sales fundraiser for the 6th grade field trip to the Environmental Learning Center.
10.1.4   Approved Purchase of Service Agreement with Range Mental Health Center for 2009-2010 (Ryan Anderson-ADAPT program).
10.1.5   Agreement with Border Lakes Realty for re-listing of old White Iron School property. This item was removed from the program consent agenda. The agreement will not be renewed as the district will advertise the land itself until June 1, 2010.
10.1.6   Approve contract with Voltz, Inc. This item was moved to 11.5 on the amended agenda.
10.1.7   Adopted IRS 2010 Standard Mileage Rate for reimbursement for approved district travel effective January 1, 2010 (50 cents per mile for business miles driven).
10.1.8 Adopted U.S. General Services Administration Domestic Perdiem Rates for 2010 for school board travel.
Motion carried.
               10.2    Moved by Erzar, seconded by York-Jesme, to approve the following                                 Personnel Consent Agenda:
10.2.1 Hired Ashley Thiel as substitute special education teacher effective December 14, 2009, through April 1, 2010, or until regular teacher returns to service, whichever occurs first, contingent upon receiving appropriate licensure variance from MN Department of Education. Compensation in accord with current district policy (BA Step 1).
10.2.2 Hired Anna Roon for the Noon Supervisor position effective November 30, 2009, 2 hrs. 20 min. per day, student contact days, $8.50 per hour.
10.2.3 Hired Timmothy Leeson for the Custodian position effective December 15, 2009, 8 hours per day, $16.43 per hour under terms and conditions of the collective bargaining agreement between ISD #696 and AFSCME Local No. 295 and School Board policy.
10.2.4 This item was moved to 11.3.
10.2.5 Approved Jen Gates as volunteer Assistant Nordic Ski Coach for the 2009-2010 season contingent upon having on file a satisfactory criminal background check with the ISD #696 district office.
10.2.6 Approved Roger Pekuri as volunteer Assistant Nordic Ski Coach for the 2009-2010 season contingent upon having on file a satisfactory criminal background check with the ISD #696 district office.
10.2.7 Approved Nancy Piragis as volunteer Assistant Nordic Ski Coach for the 2009-2010 season contingent upon having on file a satisfactory criminal background check with the ISD #696 district office.
10.2.8 Approved Burgess Norgard as volunteer Assistant Nordic Ski Coach for the 2009-2010 season contingent upon having on file a satisfactory criminal background check with the ISD #696 district office.
10.2.9 Approved Douglas Hirdler as volunteer Assistant Girls’ Basketball Coach for the 2009-2010 season contingent upon having on file a satisfactory criminal background check with the ISD #696 district office.
                             Motion carried.
10.3    Policy Consent Agenda: No items required board action.
10.3.1 “At Will” Employee Policy. This item was pulled from the consent agenda due to Bureau of Mediation Services (BMS) ruling and supervisor/confidential employee petition requesting certification as exclusive representative for collective bargaining purposes.
10.3.2 Substitute Teachers, Policy Code 205, Staff (considered for amendment; will be on January agenda for Board action).
11.0    11.1    Property Values as Reported by Appraisers/Assessor (January meeting for Board action).
          11.2   Effect on Insurance Costs and Options for the Board (January meeting for Board action).
          11.3   Moved by Richter, seconded by York-Jesme, to hire Kim Puzel as Food Service Coordinator @ $20.36/hour, not to exceed 428 hours per fiscal year, recognizing this to be an at-will District #696 position. Motion carried.
          11.4   Moved by Erzar, seconded York-Jesme, to authorize the superintendent to evaluate options available to the school district in the area of district finance operations. Motion carried.
          11.5   Moved by York-Jesme, seconded by Richter, to authorize the superintendent to implement an agreement with Voltz, Inc. for technology services; $2500.00 per month; work outside of maintenance agreement @ $50.00 per hour from January 10, 2010, to June 30, 2011. Motion carried.
          11.6   Moved by Pengal, seconded by Erzar, to authorize Supt. Langan to implement the Blackboard Connect-Ed notification system; $250.00 start up fee; $2.50 annual per student fee from January 1, 2010, to December 31, 2010. Motion carried.
12.0    12.1    Moved by Kellerman, seconded by York-Jesme to Approve the Revised 2009-2010 Revenue and Expense Budget as presented. Motion carried.
13.0    Administrative Reports:
13.1    Superintendent:
13.1.1 Final approval from the State was received for the 2010 No child Left Behind Consolidated Application.
13.1.2 District Technology Coordinator position: There were no internal applications and no external applicants; Computer Technician classification will remain in the AFSCME Local No. 295 contract.
13.1.3 Two letters were received from Louis Gerzin, Ely Fire Chief, regarding: 1. Ice arena (old) locker room use – it was reported that these locker rooms are being used for students to “suit up”; use of these locker rooms to be used for anything but storage was forbidden by the Sate Fire Marshal’s Office years ago. The locker rooms will no longer be used for anything except storage space; 2. Requiring that one side of the “horseshoe” in front of the
          Washington building be posted as a fire lane.
13.1.4 Results of ISD #2142 referendum and how they affect ISD #696 were discussed.
13.2    Principal:
13.2.1 Kim Belcastro, High School Principal/Director of Operations stated that a brochure will be sent out to families in the area promoting our district. She and Principal Murphy are working on the curriculum review process. Plans for next year are to improve programs using the staff we have: improve music program; more trimester classes for 7 & 8, more physical education and science options. Faculty’s new duty day is 7:40 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for elementary and 7:30 a.m. -3:20 p.m.
13.2.2 Joselyn Murphy, Elementary Principal, gave a presentation on implementing an all day every day kindergarten program for 2010-2011 and gave an update on the current faculty evaluation process.
13.3    Board Committee Reports:
13.3.1 Member Erzar gave a report of the MSBA Delegate Conference he attended recently in St. Louis Park. Bob Meeks, Executive Director, MN School Boards Association, was a presenter at the conference. He stated that it looks like school funding will not improve for another 5 to 6 years; Teachers’ Retirement Association funds are anticipated to run out in the future if changes are not made; Kent Pekel, Director of College Readiness at the Univ. of MN was a presenter at the conference. Erzar suggested looking into the possibility of Mr. Pekel making a presentation in our district at some time in the future.
14.0    There was no closed session at this meeting.
15.0    Moved by Kellerman, seconded by Erzar, to adjourn at 10:10 p.m. Motion carried.
 
 
 
                                                                             Scott C. Kellerman, Clerk