School District 885
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, September 16, 2013
The St. Michael-Albertville School Board held a Regular meeting in the St. Michael-Albertville District Office board room at 7:00 p.m.
Ann Marie Foucault
Regular Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
1. Call to Order
2. Approval of Agenda Items
Board Chair Birk requested the addition of Item 6.c. Letter to the Editor, Star Tribune
Steffens/Weber. Motion to approve the Agenda as amended. Motion carried.
3. Correction and Approval of Previous Minutes
a. Regular Meeting on Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Weber/Scherber. Motion to approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of Tuesday, September 3, 2013 as presented. Motion carried.
b. Special (Closed) Meeting on Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Scherber/Steffens. Motion to approve the Special (Closed) Meeting Minutes of Tuesday, September 3, 2013 as presented. Motion carried.
a. Transportation Request
b. Persons not on the agenda wishing to address the school board, 5 minutes per individual
a. Annual Report on Curriculum, Instruction and Student Achievement —
Ann Marie Foucault, Teri Johnson and Jim Potthoff Ann Marie Foucault told the board that the 2012-2013 Annual Report on Curriculum, Instruction, and Student Achievement is prepared in compliance with Minnesota Statute 120B.11. The report informs residents about developments in curriculum, instructional practices, and student learning.
In addition, the mission, vision, and strategic direction set by the St. Michael-Albertville School Board aligns with the goals, school improvement and staff development material presented in the 2012-2013 Annual Report. The report is reviewed by the St. Michael-Albertville Community Curriculum and Advisory Council (CCAC) prior to presentation to the School Board for approval. A copy of this state required report is available on the district website at. http://www.stma.k12.mn.us/curriculum/annual_report.php
The report contains information from the 2012-2013 school year which includes: progress in updating and revising specific district curriculum content areas; results on state and nationally norm-referenced tests; and responsibilities, activities and membership of the CCAC.
Director of Testing and Assessments, Mr. Potthoff told the board that STMA reading and math scores exceed statewide averages at all grades on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA). Reported as the percent of students who met or exceeded grade level standards, STMA reported 65.2% of its students proficient in reading compared to 57.8% statewide and 74.8% students proficient in math compared to 62.6% statewide. Additionally, Potthoff told the board that 2013 is the first year students took new tests based on more challenging reading standards. Minnesota adopted more rigorous standards to help ensure students are career and college ready upon high school graduation. As a result, the percentage of students meeting the new standards was less than those meeting the prior standards, although the percent of STMA students proficient in reading exceeded the statewide average at all grade levels. The district ranked in the top 22% in reading. While statewide math scores dipped slightly, STMA math proficiency scores increased 7.4 points, exceeding the statewide trend and achieving the highest percent proficient since Minnesota adopted the more rigorous math standards and assessments in 2011. STMA math scores rank the district in the top 15%. The percent of STMA students proficient in math exceeded the statewide averages in grades five through eight and eleven from 11 to 24 points. In the junior year, 24% more students met or exceeded the standards compared to the statewide average. Overall, the MCA scores ranked the district in the top 18.7%.
Dr. Behle told the board that the district will not have a good trend line for standardized testing again until 2015-2016 because of the anticipated changes in testing from Minnesota Department of Education. He also said additional responsibilities are being passed to the district from the State which could result in a significant amount of data management by the district. There will continue to be changes and challenges as the state refines its process. Board Chair Birk said this is an outstanding accomplishment which should be noted.
Weber/Steffens. Motion to approve the 2012-2013 Annual Report on Curriculum, Instruction, and Student Achievement as presented. Motion carried.
5. Old Business
a. Action on Boys Lacrosse for the 2014-2015 School Year
Dr. Behle presented budget information to the board regarding the necessary funding for Boys Lacrosse to become a MSHSL school activity and recommended the addition of boys lacrosse to the STMA activities program beginning in the 2014-2015 school year. Behle also said that Activities Director Benson was working with Brian Reinbold from STMA LAX regarding the amount boys lacrosse will contribute to the start-up of the program.
Scherber/Steffens. Motion to approve Boys Lacrosse beginning the 2014-2015 School Year to become a St. Michael-Albertville MSHSL school activity. Motion carried.
b. Action on Second Reading of Policy # 203.5–School Board Meeting Agenda
c. Action on Second Reading of Policy # 205–Open Meetings and Closed Meetings
d. Action on Second Reading of Policy # 210.1–Conflict of Interest — Charter School Board Members for deletion
e. Action on Second Reading of Policy # 405–Veterans Preference, Hiring
f. Action on Second Reading of Policy # 407–Employee Right to Know — Exposure to Hazardous Substances
g. Action on Second Reading of Policy # 413–Harassment and Violence
h. Action on Second Reading of Policy # 414–Mandated Reporting of Child Neglect or Physical or Sexual Abuse
i. Action on Second Reading of Policy # 417–Chemical Use — Abuse
j. Action on Second Reading of Policy # 418–Drug-Free Workplace — Drug-Free School
k. Action on Second Reading of Policy # 419–Tobacco-Free Environment
l. Action on Second Reading of Policy # 422–Policies Incorporated by Reference
m. Action on Second Reading of Policy # 425–Staff Development
n. Action on Second Reading of Policy # 503–Student Attendance
o. Action on Second Reading of Policy # 504–Student Dress and Appearance
p. Action on Second Reading of Policy # 506–Student Discipline
q. Action on Second Reading of Policy # 509–Enrollment of Nonresident Students
r. Action on Second Reading of Policy # 509fOpen Enrollment Form
s. Action on Second Reading of Policy # 515–Protection & Privacy of Student Records
t. Action on Second Reading of Policy # 523–Policies Incorporated by Reference
u. Action on Second Reading of Policy # 524–Internet Acceptable Use Policy
v. Action on Second Reading of Policy # 526–Hazing Prohibition
w. Action on Second Reading of Policy # 527–Student Use & Parking of Motor Vehicles –Patrols, Inspections and Searches
x. Action on Second Reading of Policy # 532–Use of Peace Officers and Crisis Teams to Remove Students, with IEPs From School Grounds
y. Action on Second Reading of Policy # 533–Wellness
z. Action on Second Reading of Policy # 602–Organization of School Calendar and School Day
aa. Action on Second Reading of Policy # 609–Religion
bb. Action on Second Reading of Policy # 703–Annual Audit
cc. Action on Second Reading of Policy # 707–Transportation of Public School Students
dd. Action on Second Reading of Policy # 709–Student Transportation Safety Policy
ee. Action on Second Reading of Policy # 710–Extracurricular Transportation
ff. Action on Second Reading of Policy # 711Video Recording on School Buses
gg. Action on Second Reading of Policy # 712–Video Surveillance Other Than On Buses
hh. Action on Second Reading of Policy # 801–Equal Access to Facilities of Action on Secondary Schools
ii. Action on Second Reading of Policy # 802–Disposition of Obsolete Equipment and Material
jj. Action on Second Reading of Policy # 902–Use of School District Facilities and Equipment
Steffens/Weber. Motion to approve items b. through jj. above — Policy # 203.5, Policy # 205, Policy # 210.1, Policy # 405, Policy # 407, Policy # 413, Policy # 414, Policy # 417, Policy # 418, Policy # 419, Policy # 422, Policy # 425, Policy # 503, Policy # 504, Policy # 506, Policy # 509, Policy # 509f, Policy # 515, Policy # 523, Policy # 524, Policy # 526, Policy # 527, Policy # 532, Policy # 533, Policy # 602, Policy # 609, Policy # 703, Policy # 707, Policy # 709, Policy # 710, Policy # 711, Policy # 712, Policy # 801, Policy # 802, Policy # 902. Motion carried.
6. New Business
a. Action on Preliminary Levy
Dr. Behle said he did not have preliminary levy numbers for approval, saying that the state needed to make corrections in the first run because of all the changes in the last legislative session. Behle told the board their two options at this meeting are: wait until preliminary numbers are available and meet on September 30 after the joint governments meeting, and request a waiver from the county to postpone certification; or the board could certify the maximum amount set by the state.
Behle said that in the past, there was not a need to delay certification because the Board certified the maximum amount. However this year, the Board will need to discuss and decide if they want to levy additional dollars for Q-Comp, reminding the board that last spring they had a brief discussion and the Board said they would consider levying additional dollars. Dr. Behle told the Board that one new piece of information is that the Q-Comp levy dollars are equalized. For STMA, the state contributes 60 cents of each dollar levied. There are a couple of options to consider, saying that for example, if the Board chose to levy the full amount of $91 per pupil generating an additional $526, 225. The tax levy would be $214,869 after equalization. Additionally, a maximum or fixed dollar amount must be set on all accounts, so the Q-Comp levy amount would need to be determined prior to certifying the preliminary levy. The district must certify a preliminary levy to the county auditor by October 1. From that point forward, the board may choose to lower the levy, but they cannot raise it. The school board will set their final levy amount after a Truth in Taxation hearing on December 2, 2013.
Dr. Behle also said that teachers expressed concerned that if they approve Q-Comp that the Board will consider the Q-Comp compensation as part of teacher negotiations. He said that Q-Comp is a categorical program and the funds are not considered part of the general fund and that the intent is for quality compensation and it is not intended to supplant existing dollars.
After discussion, the board agreed to delay action on the preliminary levy until the September 30, 2013 meeting. The board will meet following the Joint Governance Meeting at Albertville City Hall. Additionally, the board agreed that Q-comp dollars will not affect negotiations whatsoever.
b. Action on MSBA Delegate Assembly Resolution
Dr. Behle recognized board Chair Birk as a member of the MSBA Delegate Assembly stating that he and Birk have drafted a proposed 2013 Legislative Resolution for board approval, which would be presented at the MSBA Delegate Assembly. Behle recognized that the 2013 legislative session prioritized education, making a significant investment in Minnesota students in early childhood, K-12 and higher education. Behle also acknowledged the work of Schools for Equity in Education (SEE) and applauded the legislature for fully funding all-day kindergarten, adding 1.5% to the basic formula, and providing revenue to reduce the special education cross-subsidy. However, Behle also stated that one session cannot make-up for over a decade of inadequate and inequitable school funding.
Board Chair Birk stated that with the upcoming 2014 Legislative Session, he was optimistic that the proposed resolution supported by the board would add continued momentum so progress would continue, by making key investments in Minnesotas K-12 public education system.
Behle said that once the proposed legislative resolution has been approved by the St. Michael-Albertville school board, he will submit it on behalf of the school board for consideration at the MSBA Delegate Assembly meeting.
Proposed 2013 legislative resolutions
Be it resolved, that an investment in equity funding and in equalization aid is crucial to reduce the differences between the highest and lowest funded school district for those school districts that do not generate considerable revenue through categorical formulas or are not able to pass large referendum levies.
With the improving economy, the 2014 Legislative Session can continue making progress in its investment in Minnesotas K-12 public education system.
Unfunded mandates such as proposed anti-bullying policy, teacher evaluation requirements and cross subsidies for special education have a greater impact on low revenue school districts.
The options for board approved levies up to $300 and location equity revenue did not increase funding for all low revenue Minnesota school districts, especially those that do not generate considerable revenue through categorical formulas.
Location equity funding is subtracted from the referendum allowance and will permit high property wealth school districts to seek $212 or $424 revenue increases through voter-approved levies; thereby increasing the disparity between low and high revenue school districts.
The higher amount of $424 in location equity revenue for school districts with property in the seven county metro area is not available to districts whose boundaries are abutting the seven county metro area and are bordering school districts who are receiving the higher amount but yet experience the higher education cost of the metro area.
Steffens/Scherber. Motion to approve the MSBA Delegate Assembly Resolution as presented. Motion carried.
c. Letter to the Editor, Star Tribune
Board Chair Birk stated that he, along with Dr. Behle and others would work together to craft a letter to the editor for the Minneapolis Star Tribune on behalf of the school board and other interested parties to raise the profile of the issue of equity funding. Birk said he targeted a submission date of early January.
7. Consent Agenda
a. Treasurers Report
General Fund (01) $1,225,421.53
Food Service (02) $48,490.62
Service (04) $42,921.50
Trust Fund (08) $500.00
Agency Fund (09) $143.49
b. Trip Requests
1) Dorumsgaard, Cody (HS) Congressional Debate, trip to Dilworth Glyndon Felton High School, Dilworth, MN 10-4-2013 to 10-5-2013
c. Resignations, Retirements, Terminations, Layoffs
1) Butkoswki, Jodee (HS) Junior Class Advisor, resignation, effective 9-12-2013
2) Fore, Mike (MW) High School 9th Grade Boys Basketball Coach, resignation, effective 3-1-2013
3) Johnson, Catherine (ME) Special Education Teacher, resignation, effective 9-16-2013
4) Ramler, Nicole (HS) Head Gymnastics Coach, resignation, effective 9-10-2013
5) Swanson, Angela (HS) Junior Class Advisor, resignation, effective 9-10-2013
1) Cahill, Lori (SE) Special Education Paraprofessional, transfer from Fieldstone Elementary to St. Michael Elementary, 5 days per week and 6.5 hours per day, effective 8-29-2013
2) Christenson, Tammy (HS) Assistant Girls Swim/Dive Coach, shared position with Greg Swenson, 75% Tammy Christenson / 25% Greg Swenson
3) Clausen, Bob (HS) Assistant Football Coach, Booster Club Paid, effective 8-12-2013
4) Current, Jean (Dons Bus) Special Education Transportation Paraprofessional, new position, effective 9-9-2013
5) Gavinski, Tim (HS) Assistant Football Coach, Booster Club Paid, effective 8-12-2013
6) Helgestad, Jane (CE) Early Childhood Coordinator, replacing Debra Spencer, effective 9-16-2013
7) Horan, Tim (MW) Assistant Middle School Boys Soccer Coach, new position, effective 9-12-2013
8) Kessler, Lauren (MW) Assistant Middle School Volleyball Coach, effective 9-11-2013
9) Rodriguez, Tomas (HS) Assistant Boys Soccer Coach, Booster Club Paid, effective 8-12-2013
10) Siebenaler, LeAnna (HS) Activity Center Paraprofessional, replacing Courtney Brant Zachman, effective 9-9-2013
11) Vanderheiden, Jodi (ME) Assistant Middle School Volleyball Coach, new position, effective 9-11-2013
12) Walsh, Anne (HS) Vocal Director Fall Musical, replacing Joseph Osowski, effective 9-16-2013
13) Weiser, William (HS) Fall Season Strength & Conditioning Coach, new position, effective 9-13-2013
1) Swenson, Greg (HS) Correction from 08-19-2013 consent agenda, position is district paid and is .25 FTE. Correction follows:
Swenson, Greg (HS) Assistant Girls Swim/Dive Coach, shared position with Tammy Christenson, 75% Tammy Christenson / 25% FTE Greg Swenson
f. Leave of Absence
1) Brisson, Allison (SE) 2nd Grade Teacher, Maternity-Family Medical Leave Act, on or about 3-6-2014 to 4-17-2014
2) Guertin, John (Technology) Technology Support Specialist, Family Medical Leave Act, on or about 8-27-2013 to 9-13-2013
3) Polinceusz, Lisa (SE) 1st Grade Teacher, Maternity-Family Medical Leave Act, on or about 3-26-2014 to 5-30-2014
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
Dr. Behle informed the board that there are three students who are National Merit Semifinalists in the district: Cody Goodchild, Jed Rothstein and Brian Sukalski. The board commended these students on their accomplishment.
11. Future Meeting Dates
Monday, September 30, 2013 Joint Governance Meeting, Albertville City Hall at 6:00 p.m.
Monday, September 20, 2013 Special Meeting, Albertville City Hall at 6:00 p.m.
Monday, October 7, 2013 Regular Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
Monday, October 21, 2013 Regular Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
Monday, November 4, 2013 Regular Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
Monday, November 21, 2013 Regular Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
Steffens/Scherber. Motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:30 p.m. Motion carried.
10/17/13 Sept 16 Reg Min