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School Board Meeting

 

 
   School Board Meeting Minutes                                                        October 11, 2011
 
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; Kelly Klun, Klun Law Firm, (district legal counsel); Tom Coombe, Ely Echo; Adam Masloski, Ely Timberjay
3.0     Pledge of Allegiance
4.0     Moved by Pengal, seconded by Richter, to approve the agenda as amended. Motion carried.
5.0     Open Forum: Misty Merhar, a representative from the Ely Blue Line Club, asked if a correspondence could be sent home (same as last year) to remind families about supervision on the playground after school hours
6.0     Approval of Past Meeting Minutes:
6.1     Moved by Kellerman, seconded by Skradski, to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of September 12, 2011. Motion carried.
6.2     Moved by Richter, seconded by Pointer, to approve the minutes of the board retreat of September 14, 2011. Motion carried.
6.3     Moved by Kellerman, seconded by Skradski, to approve the minutes of the special meeting of September 20, 2011. Motion carried.
6.4     Moved by Richter, seconded by Pointer, to approve the minutes of the special meeting of September 29, 2011. Motion carried.
7.0     The following correspondence/informational items were presented:
7.1     Student Council representative: Amy Bianco was present and gave an update on Homecoming week activities (Oct. 10-14)
7.2     Chip Jacobs of Foster, Jacobs and Johnson presented a status report on the heating system replacement project. System will be officially up and running by the end of this week. Project is under budget by about $300,000
7.3     Laurie Kess, K-12 Guidance Counselor/District Test Coordinator was present to give an update on district MCA test results
7.4     Anne Oelke, Coordinator of Federal Programs/K-4 Dean of Students was present to give an update on this new position: working on STARS testing in grades 1-6; putting a link on website; Laurie Kess to work on Stranger Danger and bullying with the elementary students
7.5     Non-Certified Seniority List as of October 2011 was presented
7.6     Ely Education Association Seniority List as of October 2011 was presented
8.0     Old Business:
8.1     Moved by Richter, seconded by Skradski, to approve the quote from Mike Motors, Ely, MN, for the purchase of a 2012 Fleet/Non-Retail Chevrolet Suburban 2 WD 4dr 1500 Commercial CC1 in the amount of $33,833.00 plus applicable taxes, license, registration and delivery fees. For: Marsnik, Richter, Pengal, Skradski. Against: Kellerman, Pointer. Motion carried.
9.0     New Business:
9.1     Moved by Pointer, seconded by Pengal, to approve the Finance Advisory Agreement between ISD No. 696 and PMA Securities, Inc. Motion carried.
9.2     Moved by Kellerman, seconded by Richter, to approve the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) Foundation Application for Grant for Student Participation with grant monies to be used for student activities. Motion carried.
10.0    Consent Agenda:
10.1    Moved by Skradski, seconded by Richter, to approve the following Program Consent Agenda:
10.1.1 September 2011 disbursements and wire transfers amounting to $1,156,227.12 including check numbers 46618 through 46759 and receipts in the amount of $227,562.58
10.1.2 Approved General Fund Expenditures – Analysis for the period ending September 30, 2011
10.1.3 Approved the following gifts and donations: 1. $250.00 from the Ely Education Foundation – Rosemary Musich in honor of her parents, Joe and Elizabeth Musich to be given toward athletic fees for a student in need; 2. $100.00 from the Ely Jaycees to purchase student planners; 3. $150.00 from the Kiwanis Club of Ely to purchase student planners; 4. $89.25 from the Ely-Winton Rod & Gun Club to be used by the high school media center to purchase a Mesabi Daily News subscription
10.1.4 Approved Assurance of Compliance with State and Federal Law Prohibiting Discrimination
                             Motion carried.
10.2       Moved by Pointer, seconded by Kellerman, to approve the following Personnel Consent Agenda:
10.2.1 Approved lane change request from Todd Hohenstein from MA Step 12 ($52,246.00) to MA+17 Step 12 ($53,786.00)
10.2.2 Approved lane change request from Anne Oelke from BS Step 7 ($41,474.00) to MA Step 7 ($44,552.00)
10.2.3 Approved lane change request from Susan Ferguson from MA Step 13 ($59,375.00) to MA+17 Step 13 ($60,660.00)
10.2.4 Accepted resignation of Stephen Smrekar from the head softball coach position effective immediately
10.2.5 Accepted resignation of Nicole Caliri from the special education paraprofessional position effective October 11, 2011
10.2.6 Accepted resignation of Amanda Jiacik from the cafeteria aide/assistant cook position effective October 14, 2011
10.2.7 Accepted retirement request of Joselyn Murphy from the K-12 principal position effective at the end of the work day on January 18, 2012
10.2.8 Hired Monica Freeman for the Early Childhood Special Education/Head Start paraprofessional position effective 9/20/2011; 21 hours per week; student contact days; $12.97/ hr. in accord with the current agreement between AFSCME Local No. 295 and ISD #696 and school board policy.
10.2.9 Hired Patsy Gibney for the noon supervisor position effective September 27, 2011; 2 hours, 20 minutes per day; student contact days; $9.40 per hour in accord with school board policy
10.2.10          Renewed the following co-extracurricular winter positions for the 2011-2012 school year in accord with the current master agreement between the Ely Education Association and ISD #696 and school board policy: Todd Aho, assistant boys’ hockey coach; Tim Omerza, assistant boys’ basketball coach; Paula Anderson, head Nordic ski coach; Tyler Fish, assistant Nordic ski coach, James Lah, assistant speech coach
10.2.11          Approved Kristi Mattila as volunteer hockey cheerleading coach for the 2011-2012 school year contingent upon having on file a satisfactory criminal background check in the district office
10.2.12          Approved Jim Koski as volunteer assistant hockey coach for the 2011-2012 school year contingent upon having on file a satisfactory criminal background check in the district office
10.2.13 Approved Wes Snyder as volunteer hockey coach for the 2011-
2012 school year contingent upon having on file a satisfactory criminal background check in the district office
10.2.14 Approved Sam Richter as volunteer assistant junior high football
coach for the 2011-2012 school year contingent upon having on file a satisfactory criminal background check in the district office
10.2.15 Approved .2 FTE overload (sixth instructional period) for Amanda
 Solum, secondary special education instructor (BA, Step 9, $8,910.40)
10.2.16 Accepted resignation of Amy Mather from the cafeteria aide
          position effective immediately
10.2.17 Accepted retirement request from Daniel Conder from his special
education teacher position effective October 15, 2011. Dan has been on a requested leave of absence
10.2.18 Renewed the position of Mary Grayson as assistant junior high
 Nordic ski coach for the 2011-2012 school year
Motion carried.
10.3       Policy Consent Agenda:
10.3.1 Moved by Kellerman, seconded by Pengal, to adopt revised Policy #271 Hiring and Renewing Co-Extra-curricular Positions. Motion carried
10.3.2 Reviewed revision of Policy #225 At Will Employee Policy (for board action at November meeting)
11.0    Superintendent Report                 
11.1    Home Schooled Students for 2011-2012: total of 34
11.2    Ely Blue Line Club purchased a model year 2000 Zamboni for $26,500.00 and have a buyer for the old one; will get $3,500.00 to $4,000.00 to be used toward the purchase of the newer one; Kelly Klun, district legal counsel, will be asked to draw up an agreement between the district and the Ely Blue Line Club for sharing of the Zamboni
11.3    Passed out document from Northland Securities showing property tax impact including adjustment for new Homestead Market Value Exclusion; working on setting up an community informational meeting for some time in November.
11.4    Passed Board Planning and Development binders to the school board directors
11.5    A school board study session was scheduled for Monday, October 24, 2011, from 6-8 p.m. (maximum time for session). On the agenda will be a presentation by faculty on how the Q Comp program has benefited the district and its students and results from the board planning and development retreat that was held on Sept. 14th.
Director Pointer left the meeting at this point; 8:40 p.m.
11.6    K-12 principal position will be posted on the MASA website, edpost.com, and in the Ely Echo. Moved by Richter, seconded by Skradski, to approve a K-12 hiring committee consisting of four board members (Amy, Ray, Bill and one other) and Supt. Belcastro, one h.s. faculty member and one elementary faculty member and to accept the hiring guidelines as presented by Supt. Belcastro. Motion carried.
12.0    Board Members Comments and Concerns
12.1    Director Richter asked about an after school art program developed by Sean Chosa. The program will be run through Community Education.
13.0    Moved by Richter, seconded by Skradski, to go into a closed session immediately following adjournment to discuss negotiation strategy regarding AFSCME Local No. 295; ongoing litigation regarding the bus accident; and situation of a student with a health problem. Motion carried.
14.0    Meeting adjourned at 8:55 p.m.
 
 
 
Scott C. Kellerman, Clerk