School District 885
Independent School District 885
School Board Minutes
St. Michael-Albertville Middle School West Board Room – Door A
The St. Michael-Albertville School Board held a Regular meeting in the St. Michael-Albertville District Office board room at 7:00 p.m.
Board Members Present:
Board Secretary: Suzanne Gallagher
Regular Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
1. Approval of Agenda Items
Board Member Scherber requested to add item 6.d. Strategy for Labor Negotiations for Principal and Certified Staff.
Steffens/Holland. Motion to approve the agenda as amended. Motion carried.
2. Correction and Approval of Previous Minutes
a. Regular Meeting on Monday, August 5, 2013
Holland/Steffens. Motion to approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of Monday, August 5, 2013 as presented. Motion carried.
a. Persons not on the agenda wishing to address the school board, 5 minutes per individual
a. Financial Projection Report
Dr. Behle presented a financial project report which included revenue and expenditure projections through 2016-2017. Behle stated parameters included keeping the teacher/student ratio constant; revenue projections of 1.5% for 2013-2014/2014-2014 and 1.0% for years thereafter; no increase in other non-formula driven revenue; 3% salary/3% benefit increases; 2% for all other non-salary wage and benefits; and all-day kindergarten was not included in the factors. Behle projected 50-70 annual new student increase each year. Additionally, Behle said that based upon the above parameters, the district would become more financially dependent on state funding as the new student population evens out because the district no longer has the growth enrollment that has helped fund the district in the past.
The board discussed that 80% of the budget is for certified staff and that cuts will need to be made in staff or an increase in class sizes to avoid deficit spending. Behle also stated that the district has been making and will continue to find efficiencies where possible. Behle told the board that hed shared the report with certified negotiation committee as they entered into negotiations.
5. Old Business
a. Update on Hockey Arena
Board Members Weber and Lindquist updated the board on the Hockey Arena. Lindquist stated there has been a condensation issue at the arena, which the board has been reviewing with consultants for approximately six months. Lindquist said it has taken considerable time to figure out the issue and to review the comprehensive report prepared by consultants. The arena board has come to consensus that it is necessary to move forward to correct the condensation problem, which would replace a 15-year old dehumidifying system. Lindquist said the total cost to repair the condensation issue is estimated at approximately $550,000. The dehumidification system would be replaced which would cost approximately $160,000, and replacement of the insulation in the roof of the building is estimated to cost an additional $390,000. Lindquist also stated that the repairs could be phased in, stating the arena boards primary concern is to keep the arena safe. Board Chair Birk requested clarification regarding financing, cost sharing with the City of Albertville and City of St. Michael and timeline. Weber said in preliminary discussions, the cities would be open to looking at finance options, understanding the district does not have the same bonding opportunities. Superintendent Behle told the board hed had preliminary conversations with both cities and the district is looking at funding possibilities as well. Dr. Behle told the board funding possibilities will continue to be reviewed and will be discussed in board meetings prior to the Joint Governance Meeting on Monday, September 30.
b. Second Reading of Policy 110 Organizational Structure and Administrative Flow Chart with revisions
c. Second Reading of Policy 406 Public and Private Personnel Data
d. Second Reading of Policy 515.1 Data Request Policy for Subject of Data
e. Second Reading of Policy 564 Athletic and Speech Activities with revisions
f. Second Reading of Policy 705 Investment Policy with revisions
g. Second Reading of Policy 713 Electronic Fund Transfer Policy
h. Second Reading of Policy 951 Data Request for Public Data
Holland/Scherber. Motion to approve Policy 110 Organizational Structure and Administrative Flow Chart; Policy 406 Public and Private Personnel Data; Policy 515.1 Data Request Policy for Subject of Data; Policy 564 Athletic and Speech Activities; Policy 705 Investment Policy; Policy 713 Electronic Fund Transfer Policy; and Policy 951 Data Request for Public Data as presented. Motion carried.
6. New Business
a. Action on Kindergarten Study Proposal
Dr. Foucault presented information from the All-Day Kindergarten Study Proposal. Foucault told the board that the legislature passed, and governor signed the 2013 Education Finance bill which funds all-day kindergarten beginning in the 2014-2014 school year. This increases the pupil unit from the current.612 to 1.0. The 2013 Education Finance Bill states that for districts to qualify for the all-day every day kindergarten weight, a student must be enrolled in a free all-day, every day kindergarten program that is available to all kindergarten students. The full day program must be scheduled for 850 hours per school year. Foucault stated that the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) brought about a significant increase in the knowledge and skills kindergarten students are expected to master by the time they exit kindergarten, and that more instructional time is needed to ensure all students can be successful with the increased academic expectations. Full day kindergarten allows curriculum to be covered in depth while continuing to allow students to develop social and emotional skills/ Currently, full-day kindergarten is 6.25 hours per day while half-day kindergarten is 2.5 hour per day. Foucault told the board that for the 2013-14 school year, Albertville Primary has 11 sections of full day fee-based kindergarten, 6 morning sections, and 5 afternoon sections (22 sections total). To-date, there are 415 students with class sizes less than 20 in both the full-day and half-day options. Foucault said that a review of the existing space at Albertville Primary School shows there is adequate space for up to seven additional sections of full day kindergarten. This would require relocating a department and program currently housed at Albertville Primary. Foucault discussed that additional staff needed to implement full-day kindergarten and additional costs would include transportation, administration, curriculum and furniture.
Dr. Behle and Dr. Foucault suggested forming an All-Day Kindergarten Committee to study the district options for a full-day kindergarten and make a recommendation to the School Board by December 2013. The committee would examine a number of factors, including: how the additional time at school will be used to maintain academic rigor; identify a half-day option; identify staffing considerations; identify short and long-term space needs; outline communication plan; and gather community opinions and values. The board discussed the rational of an All-Day Kindergarten Committee, stating that community input provides a broad spectrum of feedback and that Foucault and Behle have the expertise to gather the factors a committee would review. The board discussed the significant change of adding full day kindergarten and directed Foucault and Behle to create a well-defined internal and external communication plan throughout the transition to all-day kindergarten without a formal committee.
b. Action on High School Weight Room Coach Position
Dr. Behle recommended the district add a high school weight room coach position. He told the board that one position would be divided over the fall, winter and spring seasons, three days per week, 3:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., with a total cost estimated at $3,600. Additionally, Dr. Behle said that an additional coach may be needed in the winter season, depending on numbers, which would cost an estimated $1,400. Dr. Behle told the board the position is needed to ensure proper training and supervision in the fitness center. The weight room coach will also assist the public as needed and the position will be funded by Community Education. Dr. Behle told the board this would be a one-year plan and suggested the board study increasing athletic participation fees by $10 to fund the position in the future. Dr. Behle emphasized that any fee increase should be part of a more comprehensive fee discussion later this year.
Scherber/Holland. Motion to Approve One High School Weight Room Coach Position for the 2013-2014 school year. Motion carried.
c. Agenda Items for Joint Governance Meeting, September 30, 2013 at Albertville City Hall at 6:00 p.m.
The board will add the School District Financial Projections and Hockey Arena update to the Joint Governance Meeting agenda. Additional items will be submitted to the superintendent.
d. Strategy for Labor Negotiations for Principal and Certified Staff
Member Scherber requested the board set a meeting time to consider strategy for labor negotiations for principal and certified contracts. The board will hold a special (closed) meeting following the regular 7:00 p.m. meeting on Tuesday, September 7, 2013.
7. Consent Agenda
Steffens/Holland. Motion to approve the Consent Agenda as presented. Motion carried.
a. Claims and Accounts
General Fund (01) $928,594.64
Food Service (02) $39,702.78
Service (04) $61,344.10
Agency Fund (09) $10,410.13
b. Treasurers Report
c. Trip Requests
1) Greeno, Gregg (HS) Cross Country overnight trip to Duluth, MN 10-5-2013 to 10-6-2013
d. Resignations, Retirements, Terminations, Layoffs
1) Bernstein-Collins, Laurie (FE) Summer School 3rd Grade Teacher, resignation, effective 7-31-2013
2) Cornelius, Amy (FE) Summer School 2nd Grade Teacher, resignation, effective 7-31-2013
3) Egan, Joanne (FE) Summer School Paraprofessional, resignation, effective 7-31-2013
4) Hertwig, Summer (FE) Summer School 3rd Grade Teacher, resignation, effective 7-31-2013
5) Johnson, Ryan (FE) Summer School Lead Teacher, resignation, effective 7-31-2013
6) Kessler, Gale (FE) Summer School Paraprofessional, resignation, effective 7-31-2013
7) Landwehr, Ann (FE) Summer School Kindergarten Teacher, resignation, effective 7-31-2013
8) Lindenfelser, Letitia (FE) Summer School Nurse, resignation, effective 7-31-2013
9) Loch, Kristine (FE) Summer School 1st Grade Teacher, resignation, effective 7-31-2013
10) Meyer, Laurie (FE) Summer School 4th Grade Teacher, resignation, effective 7-31-2013
11) Osowski, Joseph (HS) Fall Musical Vocal Director, resignation, effective 8-6-2013
12) Pearson, Beth (FE) Summer School Kindergarten Teacher, resignation, effective 7-31-2013
13) Pierson, Annelise (CE) Kids Play Paraprofessional, resignation, effective 8-13-2013
14) Solgon, Rachel (HS) Assistant Varsity Girls Hockey Coach
15) Wahl, Debra (Dons Bus Company) Transportation Bus Aide, resignation, effective 8-27-2013
16) Wahlenberg, Beverly (HS) Food Service Cooks Helper, Resignation, effective 6-7-2013
17) Winkelman, Julie (FE) Summer School Nurse, resignation, effective 7-31-2013
1) Anderson, Andrea (FE) Health Paraprofessional, replacing Launette Tisdale, 5 days per week and 7 hours per day, effective 8-29-2013
2) Arro, Rachel (BW / Catholic School) Speech Language Pathologist, transferring from 1.0 FTE (BW) to .9 FTE BW / .1 Catholic School, effective 8-21-2013
3) Barthel, Kathy (CE) Kids Play Paraprofessional, 5 days per week, increase in hours from 3.5 hours per day to 3.75 hours per day, effective 9-3-2013
4) Brown, Karen (ME) Cooks Helper, transferring from Big Woods Elementary, replacing Theresa Moran, 5 days per week and 3.75 hours per day, effective 8-29-2013
5) Bovee, Roger (HS) T.E.E. Teacher, transfer from .83 FTE T.E.E / .17 FTE Technology Integration Specialist to 1.0 FTE T.E.E, effective 8-21-2013
6) Carlson, Dane (HS) Assistant Football Coach, Volunteer, effective 8-12-2013
7) Cary, Julie (FE) Cooks Helper, replacing Nancy Thompson, 5 days per week and 3 hours per day, effective 8-29-2013
8) Eggert, Mary (CE) Kids Play Paraprofessional, resignation and return replacing self, 5 days per week and 2.5 hours per day, effective 9-3-2013
9) Essler, Jared (HS) Social Studies Teacher, transfer from .5 FTE PE / .5 FTE Social Studies Teacher to 1.0 FTE Social Studies, effective 8-21-2103
10) Fournier, Sydney (CE) Kids Play Paraprofessional, replacing Annelise Pierson, 5 days per week and 3.75 hours per day, effective 8-19-2013
11) Hackenmueller, Emily (CE) Kids Play Paraprofessional, transferring from season to year-round, 5 days per week and 2.5 hours per day, effective 8-26-2013
12) Hill, Silvia (CE) Kids Play Paraprofessional, replacing Michael Wiese, 5 days per week and 3.75 hours per day, effective 8-19-2013
13) Hinnenkamp, Tina (CE) Kids Play Paraprofessional, 5 days per week, decrease in hours from 4.5 hours per day to 4.25 hours per day, effective 9-3-2013
14) Johnson, Melinda (CE)Kids Play Paraprofessional, 5 days per week, decrease in hours from 7.0 hours per day to 6.5 hours per day, effective 9-3-2013
15) Kittleson, Jayd (HS) Assistant Football Coach, Booster Club paid, effective 8-12-2013
16) Kragness, Melinda (HS / Catholic School) Speech Teacher, transfer from .1 FTE Catholic School / .9 HS to 1.0 FTE High School, effective 8-21-2013
17) Kremers, Linda (HS) Cooks Helper, replacing Christine Braun, 5 days per week and 3 hours per day, effective 8-29-2013
18) Larson, Abby (HS) Spanish Teacher, 1.0 FTE, BA Step 2, replacing Laura Minke, effective 8-21-2013
19) Leland, Heidi (HS) Assistant Girls Soccer Coach, Booster Club paid, effective 8-12-2013
20) Lindman, Cherie (CE) Kids Play Paraprofessional, 5 days per week, decrease in hours from 6.75 hours per day to 6.25 hours per day, effective 9-3-2013
21) Lundstrom, Kelsie (HS) Cross Country Coach, Volunteer, effective 8-12-2013
22) Lungstrom, Karly (HS) Special Educational Paraprofessional, new position, 5 days per week and 6.5 hours per day, effective 8-29-2013
23) Marcotte, Leslie (St. Michael Catholic School) Special Education Teacher Long Term Substitute, .6 FTE, replacing Jennifer Gronenberg, effective 8-21-2013McCallum, Carmen (HS) Special Education Paraprofessional, new position, 5 days per week and 6.5 hours per day, effective 8-29-13
24) Metcalf, Jox (HS) Broadcast Journalism / PE Teacher, transfer from 1.0 FTE Broadcast Journalism to .5 FTE Broadcast Journalism / .5 FTE PE, effective 8-21-2013
25) Miller, Dan (HS) Assistant Girls Soccer Coach, Booster Club paid, effective 8-12-2013
26) Miller, Terri (ME / MW) Special Education Teacher, BA 30 Step 1, .5 FTE, new position, effective 8-21-2013
27) Muyale, Rhonda (CE) Kids Play Paraprofessional, replacing Kasee Robinson, 5 days per week and 2.5 hours per day, effective 8-19-2013
28) Rogalski, Rebecca (SE) Special Education Paraprofessional, new position, 5 days per week and 6.5 hours per day, effective 8-29-2013
29) Ronning, Kimberly (DO) Food Service Administrative Assistant, new position, 5 days per week and 4 hours per day, effective 8-29-2013
30) Salzer, Dave (HS) Assistant Football Coach, Booster Club paid, effective 8-12-2013
31) Sebold, Ben (HS) Assistant Football Coach, Booster Club paid, effective 8-12-2013
32) Stachowicz, Sandra (CE) Kids Play Paraprofessional, replacing Kelsie Lewis, 5 days per week and 3.75 hours per day, effective 8-19-2013
33) Swenson, Greg (HS) Assistant Girls Swim/Dive Coach, Booster Club paid, effective 8-12-2013
34) Venaas, Matt (HS) Cross Country Coach, Volunteer, effective 8-12-2013
35) Wahl, Debra (CE) Kids Play Paraprofessional, replacing Amber Larsen, 5 days per week and 3.75 hours per day, effective 8-26-2013
36) Waldoch-Hunter, Nicole (CE) Kids Play Paraprofessional, 5 days per week, decrease in hours from 6.75 hours per day to 6.5 hours per day, effective 9-3-2013
37) Weiser, William (MW) 6th Grade Physical Education / 7th Grade Health Teacher Long Term Substitute, replacing Cristina LaPointe, effective 8-21-2013 to 10-25-2013
38) Zahler, Susan (CE) Kids Play Paraprofessional, 5 days per week, decrease in hours from 7.25 hours per day to 7.0 hours per day, effective 9-3-2013
f. Hire Contingent on District Release
1) Mann, Anna (ME) 7th Grade Language Arts Teacher, BA 1, 1.0 FTE, replacing Rachel Turkowski, contingent upon ISD 279 release from contract on 8-20-2013
g. Leave of Absence
1) Brant, Frances (HS) 2nd Cook, Medical Non-FMLA, continued leave from 4-9-2013 to 9-26-2013
2) Gaulrapp, Monica (SE) 1st Grade Teacher, Medical Family Medical Leave Act, on or about 12-2-2013 to 1-24-2014
3) Johnson, Mary (BW) 2nd Cook, Medical Employee Medical Leave (non-FMLA), effective 8-20-2013 to 9-17-2013
4) Siems, Caitlin (HS) Special Education Paraprofessional, Medical, Employee Medical Leave Non-FMLA, on or about 11-4-2013 to 01-01-2014
Donations recently made to the schools in the district were recognized by the board. A list of donations is available in the district office.
9. Information Items
a. All Staff District Workshop, August 29, 2013
11. Future Meeting Dates
Tuesday, September 3, 2013 Regular Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
Monday, September 16, 2013 Regular Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
Monday, September 30, 2013 Joint Governance Meeting, Albertville City Hall at 6:00 p.m.
Steffens/Scherber. Motion to adjourn at 8:25 p.m. Motion carried.
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