Public Notices 01/24/2013 – North Crow River News

School District 885
(Official Publication)
St. Michael – Albertville Independent School
District 885
School Board Minutes
St. Michael-Albertville Middle School West Board Room – Door A
Dr. Jim Behle, Superintendent of Schools
Douglas Birk, Chair; Gayle Weber, Vice-Chair; Carol Steffens, Clerk; Drew Scherber, Treasurer; Jeanne Holland, Director; Jeffery Lindquist, Director
Monday, December 17, 2012
The St. Michael-Albertville School Board held a regular meeting at 7:00 p.m. the St. Michael-Albertville board room. Original minutes and documents referred to below are retained in the district policy book.
Board Members
Doug Birk
Jeanne Holland
Jeff Lindquist
Drew Scherber
Carol Steffens
Gayle Weber
Dr. James Behle
Ben Bakeberg
Maryellen Barthel
Lisa Becker
Lynn Black
Jennifer Claseman
Bob Driver
Jolene Herfel
Lynn Jennissen
Andy Merfeld
Ginny Verbrugge
Recording Secretary:
Suzanne Gallagher
1. Call to Order
2. Approval of Agenda Items
Holland/Lindquist. Motion to approve agenda as presented. Motion carried.
3. Correction and Approval of Previous Minutes
a. Regular Meeting on December 3, 2012
Holland/Weber. Motion to approve minutes from regular meeting on December 3, 2013 as presented. Motion carried.
4. Courtesy and Respect Awards
Chairperson Birk presented the Courtesy and Respect Awards to the following students:
• 9th Grade: Elli Hofmeister, Carter Luedtke and Zachary Nygaard
• 10th Grade: Jackson Greenwaldt, Anna Skare and Kristina Swenson
• 11th Grade: Samuel Guillou, Keith Jorgensen and Zachary Lehman
• 12th Grade: Austin Brouillette, Megan Jackson and Jennifer Olejar
Students receiving the Courtesy and Respect Award were nominated by academic departments in the High School, and then voted on by the entire high school staff. These students were selected for this award based on academics decision making, extra and co-curricular involvement and conduct.
Board Chair Birk, Principal Driver and Superintendent Behle also congratulated the award winners for being role models and great citizens. They also congratulated the parents of the students and recognized the students as well-rounded leaders.
5. Visitors
a. Persons not on the agenda wishing to address the school board, 5 minutes per individual
6. Reports
a. Principal Report: St. Michael Elementary – Sheila Bichler
Principal Bichler updated the board on the school year at St. Michael Elementary. Highlights include staff working together to foster an engaging reading and math environment at each grade level and using growth goals for each student. Principal Bichler also shared a few of the ways staff members contribute to activities at STMA that support learning and a positive school culture.
b. Audit Report – KDV
Matthew Mayer, Government Audit Partner from Kern, Dewenter, Viere, Ltd, presented the board with an Independent Auditors’ Report. The audit is conducted for the purpose of formulated opinions regarding the financial statements which collectively comprise the district’s basic financial statements as a whole. Finance Director, Ginny Verbrugge said the audit was smooth process and KDV was very professional. Dr. Behle said KDV was accommodating and provided a well-planned process. A copy of the audit is available in the district office. The district received an unqualified opinion, the best opinion an auditor can issue. The auditor reviewed findings and made recommendations.
c. MSBA Legislative Conference Report – Doug Birk
Board Member Birk attended the MSBA Delegate Assembly School Finance Trends and Issues on December 7, 2012. Tom Melcher, Director of Minnesota Department of Education School Finance Division presented the Education Finance Working Group Recommendations, which have been presented to Governor Dayton. The Education Finance Working Group was established as part of Governor Dayton’s Seven-Point Plan to establish better school funding. The goals of the reform proposals crafted by the working group are to:
• Improve the adequacy, equity and stability of pre-K-12 education funding
• Simplify education funding
• Preserve local control
• Close the achievement gap
• Promote high achievement for all students
• Direct resources closest to students, teachers and the classroom
Birk stated that he believes large portions of the Working Group Recommendation will pass, and is very concerned that STMA and districts similar to STMA would not benefit from the recommendations. He stated that he does not feel the Working Group Recommendation sufficiently spreads the existing pool of educational finance equitably. Birk asked Dr. Behle to place the item on a January board agenda so the board can re-examine and decide how the district will move forward.
7. Old Business
8. New Business
a. ABC Child Care Director Request
Nancy Pelletier, owner of ABC Childcare requested that the board support local business and asked the board to end the Just4Kids program at the end of this school year. Pelletier also made this request of the board in 2009. Pelletier told the board that she supports the schools by paying taxes and she believes it is not appropriate for the district to compete with small private business, asking the board to support community business supporting schools. Hollee Saville, President of the Wright County Family Childcare Association also echoed Pelletier’s concerns. Superintendent Behle told the board that Just4Kids is provided through Community Education and currently serves 70 students who are four and a half, prior to entering kindergarten, with a kindergarten readiness program and childcare component. He also stated that since Just4Kids opened 5 years ago, New Horizons and St. Michael Catholic School have opened and provide services to children as well. Dr. Behle recommended that the board continue to offer the Just4Kids program. After brief discussion, Board Chair Birk surveyed board members unanimously agreed with Dr. Behle’s recommendation to continue offering Just4Kids.
b. Action on proposal for Two Winter Season HS Weight Room/Fitness Coaches for 2012-13
Dr. Behle recommended to the board that they approve two winter season weight room/fitness coaches due to increased use of the weight rooms by the students, primarily for safety concerns. Member Weber agreed to approve the coaches for the winter season, but asked Dr. Behle to look at a long-term solution, possibly included a fee base for use of weight room for students who do not have a current membership to the activity center.
Scherber/Holland. Motion to approve proposal for two winter season High School Weight Room/Fitness Coaches for 2012-13. Motion carried.
9. Consent Agenda
a. Claims and Accounts
Payroll $1,313,317.83
General Fund (01) $979,210.20
Food Service (02) $104,120.10
Service (04) $56,238.69
Agency Fund (09) $1,207.16
Total $2,454,093.98
b. Treasurer’s Report
c. Trip Requests
d. Resignations, Retirements, Terminations, Layoffs
1) Baldridge, Kristi (HS) – Office Paraprofessional, resignation, effective 1-15-2013
2) Leuthner, Molly (HS) – Arts of the Knight Advisor, resignation, effective 12-13-2012
3) Metcalf, Jox (HS) – One Act Play Director, resignation, effective 12-13-2012
e. Employment
1) Frigaard, Christopher (HS) – Night Custodian/Activity Center Flex, returning to Night Custodian/Activity Center Flex from Middle School West Night Custodian, 5 days per week and 8 hours per day, effective 12-17-2012
2) Hughes, Michelle (MW) – Destination Imagination Advisor, Step 1, replacing Melinda Wendel, effective 12-18-2012
3) Miller, Dan (HS) – Assistant Varsity Girls Soccer Coach, Booster Club Paid, effective 8-13-2012
4) Wahl, Debra (Don’s Bus) – Paraprofessional — Special Education Van, 5 days per week and 4 hours per day, effective 12-10-2012
10. Donations
Donations recently made to the schools in the district were recognized by the board. A list of donations is available in the district office.
11. Information Items
a. 2013 MSBA Leadership Conference, “Building Extraordinary Leaders, Building Trust”, January 17-18, 2013 – Minneapolis Convention Center
b. Joint School and City Legislative Forum, Thursday, January 3rd at 7:00 p.m. Discovery Auditorium, Buffalo
12. Correspondence
13. Future Meeting Dates
Monday, January 7, 2013 – Regular (Re-organizational Meeting)
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 – Regular Meeting
Monday, February 4, 2013 – Regular Meeting
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 – Regular Meeting
14. Adjournment
Steffens/Scherber. Motion to adjourn at 9:05 p.m. Motion carried.
Carol Steffens, Secretary
(Jan. 24, 2013) NC-Dec17RegMin
City of St. Michael
(Official Publication)
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the St. Michael Planning and Zoning Commission will meet on Wednesday, February 6, 2013, at 7:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as time permits, at the St. Michael City Hall Council Chambers, 11800 Town Center Drive NE, to consider amendments to the Official Zoning Map and City Ordinances; including, but not limited to new sections on wind and solar energy systems, adding special event signs, modifying accessory building size requirements, deleting the Rural Residential, Conservation and Limited Business zoning districts, and reorganizing and changing uses in all zoning districts.
The proposed text and map amendments are available for review at City Hall during regular working hours. Anyone so desiring to be heard regarding the proposed amendments will be heard at this meeting. Written comments should be received no later than 4:30 p.m., February 6, 2013, at St. Michael City Hall, 11800 Town Center Drive NE, Suite 300, St. Michael, MN 55376. For additional information, contact Marc Weigle, Community Development Director at 763-416-7932.
Published in North Crow River News January 24, 2013.
(Jan. 24, 2013)

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