School Board Minutes (January 2009-August 2013)

School Board Meeting

 

 
School Board Meeting Minutes                                                         January 9, 2012
 
          1.0     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.
2.0     On roll call the following directors were present: Kellerman, Marsnik, Pengal, Pointer, Richter, Skradski. Absent: None. Also present: Kimberly Belcastro, Superintendent, Tom Coombe, Ely Echo; Adam Masloski, Ely Timberjay
3.0     Pledge of Allegiance
4.0     Moved by Skradski, seconded by Pengal, to approve the agenda as amended. Motion carried.
5.0     Election of Officers:
5.1     Pointer nominated Richter for the position of board chairperson. Pengal nominated Marsnik. There were no further nominations. Nominations were closed and a paper ballot vote cast. Votes for Marsnik: Kellerman, Marsnik, Pengal, Richter, Skradski. Votes for Richter: Pointer. Marsnik having received the majority of the votes cast is elected chair of the school board. Motion carried.
5.2     Skradski nominated Kellerman for the position of board clerk. There were no further nominations. Nominations were closed and a unanimous ballot cast for Kellerman for board clerk. Motion carried.
5.3     Kellerman nominated Pengal for the position of board treasurer. There were no further nominations. Nominations were closed and a unanimous ballot cast for Pengal for board treasurer. Motion carried.
6.0     Open Forum: None.
7.0     Approval of Past Meeting Minutes:
7.1     Moved by Kellerman, seconded by Skradski, to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of December 12, 2011. Motion carried.
7.2     Moved by Richter, seconded by Skradski, to approve the minutes of the special meeting of December 7, 2011. Motion carried.
7.3     Moved by Pengal, seconded by Richter, to approve the minutes of the joint meeting with the Ely City Council of November 28, 2011. Motion carried.
8.0     The following correspondence/informational items were presented:
8.1     Student Council representative: None present.
8.2     Letter of thanks from Mesabi Community Orchestra
9.0     Old Business:
9.1     Request to continue with increased nurse services versus adding a management aide position – Anne Oelke, K-4 Dean of Students/Coordinator of Federal Programs. This item was tabled.
9.2     Moved by Kellerman, seconded by Pengal, to adopt Resolution Directing the Administration to Make Recommendations for Reductions in Programs and Positions and Reasons Therefor. For: Kellerman, Marsnik, Pengal, Pointer, Richter, Skradski. Against: none.  Motion carried.
9.3     Staff Development 2010-2011, 2011-2012 expenditures (this issue was tabled at the December 12, 2011, meeting to be revisited at this meeting). This item was tabled.
9.4     ADAPT Presentation: Ryan Anderson, district ADAPT counselor, was present to talk about the School within a School Program that is being proposed. The cost for the rest of the school would be about $5,000 to the district for a full time ADAPT counselor to work with students in the elementary. This item will be address after the January 17th school board study session to discuss the 2011-2012 revised budget.
10.0    New Business:
10.1    Moved by Pointer, seconded by Pengal, to adopt the 2011-2012 revised budget. Pointer rescinded his motion; item to be discussed at the January 17th study session.
10.2    2012 Committee Structure: A. Required: 1. Safety Committee – Board: Kellerman, superintendent, transportation director, head of maintenance, nurse/health professional, Industrial Tech. staff-Rob Simonich; 2. Continuing Education – Board: Amy Richter, Professional staff-Martina Jarecki (Chair), Megan Anderson, Tami Jordan, Judy Klun, Carol Petersen, administrator: Alexis Leitgeb (k-12 principal), community member: Heather Cavalier; 3. Meet/Confer & Grievance Committee – Board members-Marsnik, Kellerman, Richter, superintendent, professional staff: Rob Simonich, Frank Ivancich, Bo DeRemee; 4. Q-Comp: Board: Richter, professional staff: Megan Anderson, Judy Klun, Alexis Leitgeb, Rob Simonich, superintendent; B. Optional Committees: 1. Negotiations (Ely Education Association) – superintendent, board – Skradski, Pengal, Kellerman, Board alternate – Marsnik; Negotiations (AFSCME) – superintendent, Board – Marsnik, Kellerman, Board alternate-Richter; Negotiations (Principal) – superintendent, Board –Marsnik, Kellerman, Board alternate – Richter; Negotiations (Confidential/Supervisory) – superintendent, Board: Richter, Skradski, Board alternate: Pengal; 2. Budget/Finance – full Board, superintendent, business manager; 3. Facilities Committee – full Board, superintendent, head of maintenance; 4. Community Education Advisory – Board – Pointer, Community Education Coordinator, parents/community; 5. Joint Powers Board – Board-Marsnik, alternate – Skradski; 6. Student Activities/High School League Issues – Board – Richter; 7. Legislative Liaison – Board – Skradski; 8. Home School Liaison – Board – Pointer; Ice Arena Task Force-Board: Kellerman, Richter, superintendent, Ely Blue Line Club: Scott Olson, Mat Roderick.
11.0    Consent Agenda:
11.1    Moved by Skradski, seconded by Richter, to approve the following      
Program Consent Agenda:
11.1.1 Designated the second Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. as the day and time of the regular school board meeting.
11.1.2 Designated the Ely Timberjay as the official district newspaper as it was the lowest quote received. A request for quotes was submitted to the Ely Echo and the Ely Timberjay.
11.1.3 Designated Boundary Waters Bank, U.S. Bank and Minnesota School Liquid Asset Fund and PMA Financial Network as district financial institutions.
11.1.4 Designate Kelly Klun, Klun Law Firm, P.A., as district legal counsel for 2012 and superintendent as individual authorized to contact legal counsel. Chairman Marsnik asked that this item be pulled from the consent agenda for further discussion and board action.
11.1.5 Designated Marie Rinta, Finance Manager, and Connie Ojala, Bookkeeper, as district staff to conduct electronic fund transfers.
11.1.6 Establish School Board compensation levels for 2012 at $150.00 per month plus life insurance ($30,000). Kellerman asked that this item be pulled from the consent agenda for further discussion and board action.
11.1.7 Bills due and payable and wire transfers amounting to $224,704.45 including check numbers 45743, through 47260; and receipts in the amount of $290,963.03 for the month of December 2011.
11.1.8 December 2011 financial reports as presented: Total monthly
receipts: $539,963.03*; total monthly payroll: $221,675.99; total fringe benefits: $172,748.17; invoices: $199,150.09; total monthly expenditures: $593,574.25; total revenue over expenditures: ($53,611.22).     Included in the receipt total is an investment that matured in the amount of $249,000.00
11.1.9 Approved the following gifts and donations: 1.$25.00 from Wells
Fargo Community Support Program-John Barich to be used at the district’s discretion; 2. $100.00 from Zupancich Bros. Inc. to be used for Rachael’s Challenge; 3. $100.00 from Zupancich Bros. Inc. to be used for the One Act Play; 4. $100.00 Klun Law Firm, P.A. to be used for Rachael’s Challenge; 5. $100.00 from the Ely Rotary Club to be used for Rachael’s Challenge; 6. $100.00 from the Kiwanis Club of Ely to be used for Rachael’s Challenge; 7. $260.00 from Joe and Mary Bianco to be used for Rachael’s Challenge; 8. $500.00 from Minnesota Power Foundation to be used for the One Act Play; 9. $250.00 from the Ely Lions Club for the One Act Play; 10. $134.61 from Wells Fargo Foundation Educational Matching Gift Program-Carole & Michael Krutsch to be used for Fine Arts programs at the Memorial High School.
11.1.10Adopted IRS 2012 Standard Mileage Rate for reimbursement for
approved district travel effective January 1, 2012 (55.5 centers per mile for business miles driven).
                                      Motion carried.
Moved by Richter, seconded by Kellerman, to designate Kelly Klun, Klun Law Firm, P.A., as district legal counsel for 2012 and the superintendent and school board chair as individuals authorized to contact legal counsel and that authorization does not constitute an exclusive contract for all district legal services. Motion carried.
Moved by Kellerman, seconded by Pengal, to establish school board compensation rates as follows: $150.00 per month plus life insurance ($30,000) for directors and $200.00 per month plus life insurance ($30,000) for the chairperson. For: Kellerman, Pengal, Richter, Skradski. Against: Pointer, Marsnik. Motion carried.
11.2       Moved by Richter, seconded by Pengal, to approve the following Personnel Consent Agenda:
11.2.1 Accepted resignation of Marc Poshak from the 3.5 hr./day bus driver position effective December 9, 2011.
11.2.2 Hired Jason Kelley for the 8 hrs. per day; 40 hrs. per week; $16.43/hr. custodian position effective January 3, 2012, as per the 2009-2011 agreement between AFSCME Local No. 295 and ISD #696 and school board policy.
11.2.3 Hired Alexis Leitgeb for the K-12 principal position effective January 23, 2012, as per the 2011-2013 Master Principal’s Agreement Between ISD #696 and the Ely Principals’ Association. Pointer requested that this item be pulled from the consent agenda for further discussion and board action.
11.2.4 Hired LeaRae Richards for the noon supervisor position; 2 hrs./20 minutes per day; student contact days; $9.40/hr. effective December 19, 2011, in accord in with school board policy.
11.2.5 Hired Dawn Nelson for the One Act Play Advisor position per school board policy. This is a community funded activity.
11.2.6 Approved the following to work as volunteer assistant coaches for the Nordic ski team for the 2011-2012 school year: Carl Haaversen, Deb Hultman, Nancy Piragis, Emily Haag, Willy Vosburgh, Jen Gates, Sarah Hansen, Mike Dietzman in accord with school board policy.
11.2.7 Approved Paul Ivancich to work as volunteer assistant girls’ basketball coach for the 2011-2012 school year in accord with school board policy.
11.2.8 Hired Ryan Kari for the school bus driver position (3.5 hrs./day; 5 days per week, student contact days) effective December 12, 2011 per 2009-2011 agreement between AFSCME Local No. 296 and ISD #696 and school board policy.
11.2.9 Accepted retirement of Charles (Chuck) Kothe from the Chief Engineer position effective at the end of the work day on March 30, 2012. A letter of appreciation will be sent.
Motion carried.
Moved by Skradski, seconded by Kellerman, to hire Alexis Leitgeb for the K-12 principal position effective January 23, 2012, as per the 2011-2013 Master Principal’s Agreement Between ISD #696 and the Ely Principals’ Association. Motion carried.
11.3       Moved by Pointer, seconded by Richter, to approve the following Policy Consent Agenda:
11.3.1 MSBA Model Policy #521 Student Disability Nondiscrimination policy. Motion carried.
12.0    Administrative Reports:
12.1    Superintendent:
12.1.1 MSBA Conference-LHB dinner invite and ARI dinner invite.
12.1.2 School Board Study Session scheduled for January 17, 2012, at 5 p.m. On the agenda will be: 1. Revised 2011-2012 budget, 2. School within a School Program, 3. Chief Maintenance position – how to move forward
          13.0    Board Members Comments and Concerns:
13.1.1 Pointer - Tower approved for charter school. May lose Tower students currently attending our district.
13.1.2 Pointer – Do we need summary of closed session regarding the superintendent’s evaluation? Per Marsnik – according to district legal counsel summary is not needed.
13.1.3 Richter – Received many positive comments about this year’s holiday programs.
14.0    Moved by Kellerman, seconded by Richter, to adjourn at 8:30 p.m.
 
 
 
                                                                             Scott C. Kellerman, Clerk