School Board Minutes (January 2009-August 2013)

Work Session


School Board Work Session                                                         May 25, 2010
          1.0     The work session of the School Board of Independent School District No. 696 was called to order by Chairman Marsnik at 5:30 p.m. in the Memorial Media Center.
2.0     The following directors were present: Erzar, Marsnik, York-Jesme (left the meeting at 8:05 p.m.). Absent: Kellerman, Pengal, Richter. Also present were  Donald Langan, Superintendent; Kim Belcastro, Director of Operations/High School Principal; Joselyn Murphy, Elementary Principal; Joe Domich, Ely Echo; and Adam Masloski, Ely Timberjay.
3.0     Pledge of Allegiance.
4.0     Agenda
4.1     Casey Holland, Vaaler insurance gave a presentation of the district’s liability insurance policy for the 2010-2011. The quote from Vaaler was tentatively approved at the May 10, 2010, regular meeting pending this presentation. Mr. Holland responded to questions by the board.  Dr. Langan will work with Mr. Holland to clarify several suggestions prior to the June board meeting.
4.2     Matt Larson and Brad Ruoho of Voltz along with Judy Klun, district media specialist gave a presentation of the technology plan and a budget  out to school year 2014-2015 for the board’s review. The plan for school year 2010-2011 is to update the faculty computers and student computer labs with technology to accommodate the needs for online student testing. Also looking at leasing equipment on a three year cycle as opposed to purchasing as a cost savings as well as hard wiring the district, new phone, intercom, clock, security and alarm systems.
4.3     Dr. Langan talked about the heating project. He stated there will be no heating project the summer of 2010. The project did not pass review and comment with the Minnesota Department of Education because of the district’s financial situation. He suggested the issue go to the public to vote in the fall and if it does not pass, again at the November election. If it passes bids can go out in January and the project can start in May or June. There will be a resolution to demise the JFK building at the June 14th board meeting. He also reported on his discussion with Tony Mancuso, St. Louis Co. Property Management. The county offices will not be able to vacate the JFK building until probably Sept. 2010. He will present a draft of a month to month lease agreement at the June board meeting. The county will pay all costs to the district. Happy Days Nursery School will move to the drafting room and Headstart will move to the home economics room some time in June.
4.4     Dr. Langan introduced the district’s new business manager, Brian Dasher, of School Management Services. Since Brian had just started in his position Dr. Langan gave an overview of the 2009-2010 revenue and expenditure final budget. Approval at June meeting
4.5     Dr. Langan presented the 2010-2011 revenue and expenditure budget draft for review. Approval at June meeting.
4.6     Discuss administration’s recommendation for Brian Lamppa as head football coach. Per Dr. Langan-nothing happened since May meeting to change the administration’s recommendation to hire Mr. Lamppa. He will be recommended for hire at the June 14th regular meeting.
4.7     Member Erzar passed out information from the Minnesota State High School League regarding coaching qualifications and training. He stated according to the MSHSL information all coaching contracts are annual and all coaches should be rehired by board action each year and be required to take the required training; extra curricular positions should be advertised indicating the requirements.   Dr. Langan stated that head varsity coaches contracts should be renewed annually unless coach in notified otherwise or resigns. All varsity coaches will be certified for 2010-2011 and their credentials will be placed in their personnel files. He suggested the district seek legal council to interpret the MSHSL information and state statute.
4.8     Member Erzar brought up the fact that the MSBA had not received our salary settlement report for 09-10. Brian Dasher, SMS,  will be sending it in.
Meeting adjourned at 8:09 p.m.
                                                          Scott C. Kellerman, Clerk