School District 885
Monday, October 7, 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.
Board Members Present: Doug Birk, Jeanne Holland, Drew Scherber, Carol Steffens, Gayle Weber
Absent: Jeff Lindquist
Staff: James Behle, Sheila Bichler, Jennifer Claseman, Andy Merfeld, Steve Scherber, Allison Brisson, Christine Gallus, Blair Huggins, Becky Kemmetmueller, Lisa Polinceusz, Jennifer Robinson, Alyssa Zastrow
Board Secretary: Suzanne Gallagher
Regular Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
1. Call to Order
2. Approval of Agenda Items
Board Member Holland requested the addition of item 4.a. Wright Technical Center update
Weber/Holland. Motion to approve the Agenda as approved. Motion carried.
3. Correction and Approval of Previous Minutes
a. Regular Meeting on Monday, September 16, 2013
Weber/Steffens. Motion to approve the Regular Meeting Minutes of Monday, September 16, 2013 as presented.
Aye: Birk, Scherber, Steffens, Weber. Nay: None. Abstain: Holland.
b. Special Meeting on Monday, September 30, 2013
Scherber/Holland. Motion to approve the Special Meeting Minutes of Monday, September 30, 2013 as presented. Motion carried.
a. Persons not on the agenda wishing to address the school board, 5 minutes per individual
a. Wright Technical Center (WTC)
Board Member Holland stated that the new WTC director is working towards refining systems at the school now that the year has begun, including going paperless. Holland also said that property and casualty insurance rate increased 42% and the new director worked to reduce that amount and save $4,000. Holland said the new director is making contacts and building relationships with other school districts and community businesses.
5. Old Business
a. Action on Process for Bidding Land Rental
Dr. Behle briefly described the school property as 92.48 acres which would be used for future district development. Approximately 89 acres are tillable and about 3 acres are low and road.
The City of St. Michael recently completed the process of bidding for land rental for 28 acres with bids ranging from $156/acre to $251/acre. Dr. Behle recommended the board move forward with the process of bidding for land rental. He stated the process would include notifying Fehn of termination of contract, requesting a tax assessment from the county or city based on row crops, developing bid specification and document including date for bid, maintaining a list of interested bidders, announcing bids for land rental of school property, and approving the contract. Consensus of the Board was to move forward with the recommendation.
b. Action on Q-Comp Plan
Dr. Behle told the board that as a condition of Q-Comp approval from MDE, the district and STMA Ed Minnesota must submit a ratified master agreement including the salary schedule, along with the copy of the official school board resolution and a copy of the STMA Ed Minnesota union vote certification. The resolution does not include a commitment to levy for Q-Comp funding. Dr. Behle recommended that the School Board approve participation in Q-Comp.
Steffens/Holland. Motion to approve the Q-Comp Plan as presented.
Aye: Scherber, Steffens, Birk, Weber, Holland. Nay: None. Absent: Lindquist.
c. Action on Funding Hockey Arena Repairs
Dr. Behle summarized the repairs needed on the hockey arena which is jointly owned with the City of Albertville and City of St. Michael. Dr. Behle requested that the Board take action regarding committing the district to participate in the Hockey Arena dehumidification and insulation improvement project, and incurring expenditures for one-third the net cost of the project. Dr. Behle said that motion would allow him to proceed in working with Adam Nafstad, City of Albertville and Steve Bot, City of St. Michael on a joint agreement among the three entities. Dr. Behle also said the Board would need to decide how it desires to fund the project. Options include financing payment of the district share through the City of Albertville and making annually payments from the districts repair and maintenance budget, or paying for the repairs from the reserve. Finance Director, Ginny Verbrugge and Dr. Behle recommend that the district pay from the reserve, or pay from the reserve and repay the reserve by reducing the annual repair and maintenance budget. Through discussion, the board agreed to pay from the district reserve and to replay the reserve by reducing the annual repair and maintenance budget over a period of five years.
The board asked Dr. Behle to convey their appreciation for the City of Albertvilles willingness to be partners.
Birk/Holland. Motion to authorize the District to expend up to one-third of the net cost for the hockey arena dehumidification and insulation repair improvement project, and to authorize Dr. Behle to develop a joint agreement with the cities behalf of the district. Motion carried.
6. New Business
a. Action to Amend Trap Shooting Contract
Dr. Behle told the board that the Trap Shooting Club requested an amendment to their contract which would permit 8th grade students to try out for trap shooting. The current contract permits only students in grades 9th through 12th grade to participate. Dr. Behle also told the board that the district would use the same process as is applied to other sports, which includes approval by the middle school activities director. Scott Berning told the board that he anticipates inviting up to five 8th grade students, pending approval by the School Board. Dr. Behle and Activities Director, Benson recommended approval of the amending the contract.
Scherber/Steffens. Motion to amend the Trap Shooting contract to allow 8th grade students on the team.
Aye: Scherber, Steffens, Birk, Holland. Nay: Weber. Absent: Lindquist.
Action on Assurance of Compliance with State and Federal Law Prohibiting Discrimination
Scherber/Steffens. Motion to approve the Assurance of Compliance with State and Federal Law Prohibiting Discrimination as presented.
Aye: Scherber, Steffens, Birk, Weber, Holland. Nay: None. Absent: Lindquist.
b. Process for Reviewing Activity Fees
Dr. Behle stated that with the current school funding not being equitable for schools like ISD 885 that over the next three to five years the board will be looking at funding of all of the district programs. Dr. Behle proposed forming a committee comprised of a board member, parents, community members and coaches to review the district activity budget, participation, fees, fundraising and booster club. The committee would be a 12-18 member committee with half of the members external to the school district. Dr. Behle stated the committee would be getting input from, and making a recommendation to the board. Board Chair Birk stated that there may need to be a fee adjustment for the sustainability of the district activities. Birk also requested that the committee have a narrow scope which included the district values and a clear purpose. Board Member Weber suggested that the board decide, in advance of the committee meeting, how much money the district is willing to put towards extra-curricular activities, stating that it would be vital to the committee. The board agreed that the committee should be created, they should have budget, background and pertinent information, and from that review sustainability, realistic fees, board contribution and booster club/fundraising.
The board requested that Dr. Behle and Activities Director Benson return to the October 21, 2013 board meeting with a draft committee proposal which would include the committee composition, overall scope, charge, and timeline.
c. Action on MSHSL Foundation Application for Grant for Student Participation
The Minnesota State High School League Foundation Grant is a funding grant which helps to offset the reduced activity fees charged to students who qualify for the free and reduced lunch program.
Scherber/Holland. Motion to approve the MSHSL Foundation Application for Grant for Student Participation. Motion carried.
d. Action on University of Minnesota Crookston Student Teaching Agreement
Steffens/Holland. Motion to approve the University of Minnesota Crookston Student Teaching Agreement. Motion carried.
e. First Reading of Policy # 601–School District Curriculum and Instruction goals
f. First Reading of Policy # 603–Curriculum Development
g. First Reading of Policy # 604–Instructional Curriculum
h. First Reading of Policy # 610–Field Trips
i. First Reading of Policy # 613–Graduation Requirements
j. First Reading of Policy # 614–School District Testing Plan and Procedure
k. First Reading of Policy # 616–School District System Accountability
l. First Reading of Policy # 618–Assessment of Student Achievement
m. First Reading of Policy # 620–Credit for Learning
n. First Reading of Policy # 624–On-Line Learning Options
7. Consent Agenda
Board Member Scherber requested clarification and correction of the dates on item 7.b.1.
Holland/Steffens. Motion to approve the consent agenda as amended. Motion carried.
a. Treasurers Report
General Fund (01) $378,286.27
Food Service (02) $206,915.14
Service (04) $54,126.10
Agency Fund (09) $5,813.25
b. Trip Requests
1) Hamre, Kent (HS) Girls Basketball trip to Bemidji and Moorhead, 12-13-2013 to 12-15-2013
12-3-2013 to 12-15-2013
2) Johnson, Jerremiah (HS) Boys Hockey trip to Duluth, MN, 2-7-2014 to 2-8-2014
c. Resignations, Retirements, Terminations, Layoffs
1) Bjorlund, Becky (MW) Office Paraprofessional, resignation, effective 10-25-2013
2) Egan, Joanne (SE) Special Education Paraprofessional, resignation, effective 9-19-2013
3) Fisher, Josh (HS) 9th Grade Baseball Coach, resignation, effective 9-17-2013
4) LeVasseur, Lori (CE) Kids Play Paraprofessional, resignation, effective 9-30-2013
1) Barthel, Blaine (SE) Special Education Paraprofessional, replacing Andrea Mialkowski, 5 days per week and 6.5 hours per day, effective 10-2-2013
2) Borg, Cindy (Dons Bus) Special Education Paraprofessional, decrease in hours from 5 days per week and 4.5 hours per day, to 5 days per week and 4.25 hours per day, effective 9-23-2013
3) Camp, Carrie (HS) Special Education Paraprofessional Long Term Substitute, replacing Kaitlin Siems, 5 days per week and 6.5 hours per day, effective 10-3-2013 to 12-20-2013
4) Churchill, Teresa (FE) 2nd Grade Long Term Substitute Teacher, replacing Emily Malinowski, on or about 2-17-2014 to 5-30-2014
5) Dearing, Lisa (Dons Bus) Special Education Paraprofessional, increase in hours from 5 days per week and 3.5. hours per day to 5 days per week and 4.4 hours per day, effective 9-23-2013
6) Dorumsgaard, Cody (HS) Debate/Student Congress Coach, new position, effective 09-29-2013
7) Egan, Joanne (SE) Special Education Paraprofessional, replacing Rebecca Rogalski and transferring from FE, 5 days per week and 6.5 hours per day, effective 9-17-2013
8) Hastings, Karen (Dons Bus) Special Education Paraprofessional, decrease in hours from 5 days per week and 6.0 hours per day, to 5 days per week and 4 hours per day, effective 9-23-2013
9) Jonell, Patty (SE) Cooks Helper, replacing Jean Current, 5 days per week and 3 hours per day, effective 9-23-2013
10) Kessler, Gale (Dons Bus) Special Education Paraprofessional, new position, 5 days per week and 2 hours per day, effective 9-23-2013
11) King, Marlene (Dons Bus) Special Education Paraprofessional, replacing Deborah McLeod, 4 days per week and 1 hour per day, effective 9-30-2013
12) Macari-Coons, Melissa (Dons Bus) Special Education Paraprofessional, replacing Deborah McLeod, 4 days per week and 1 hour per day, effective 10-2-2013
13) McLeod, Deborah (FE) Special Education Paraprofessional, replacing/bumping Joanne Egan, 5 days per week and 5.2 hours per day, effective 9-10-2013
14) Vetsch, Lisa (Dons Bus) Special Education Paraprofessional, increase in hours from 5 days per week and 4.2 hours per day to 5 days per week and 4.8 hours per day, effective 9-23-2013
e. Leave of Absence
1) Brandt, Frances (HS) Second Cook, Medical (non-FMLA), continued leave from 4-9-2013 to 12-2-2013
2) Sniezek, Tara (AP) Kindergarten Teacher, Maternity Employee Medical Leave (non-FMLA), effective on or before 2-6-2014 to 5-30-2014
3) Steinke, Karen (CE) Kids Play Paraprofessional, MedicalWorkers Compensation (non-FMLA), 9-24-2013 to approximately 10-4-2013
f. Lane Change
1) Anderson, Jillian (HS) — BA+30 to MA
2) Antony, Ryan (MW) — BA+10 to BA+20
3) Autio, Lori (ME) — MA+20 to MA+30
4) Barthel, Jeannine (SE) — BA to BA+20
5) Bauer, Scott (ME) — MA+20 to MA+30
6) Becker, LaVonne (MW) — BA+20 to BA+30
7) Boisner, Monica (ME) — MA+20 to MA+30
8) Bovee, Kelly (HS) — MA+10 to MA+20
9) Bovee, Roger (HS) — MA+20 to MA+30
10) Butkowski, Jodee (HS) — MA+20 to MA+30
11) Canton, Ryan (MW) — BA to BA+20
12) Childs, Jean (BW) — BA to BA+20
13) Christenson, Nadine (ME) — MA+10 to MA+20
14) Cornelius, Amy (BW) — MA to MA+10
15) Cornell, Keith (HS) — MA+20 to MA+30
16) Danielson, Scott (HS) — MA+20 to MA+30
17) DeWitt, William (BW) — BA to BA+10
18) Ditlevson, Erik (ME) — BA+10 to BA+30
19) Duncanson, Gavin (SE) — MA+10 to MA+20
20) Ellsworth-Hanson, Kathleen (SE) — MA to MA+10
21) Erdmann, Kelly (MW) BA+20 to MA
22) Essler, Jared (HS) — MA+20 to MA+30
23) Essler, Kinsey (HS) — MA to MA+10
24) Evans, Katherine (FE) — BA+20 to BA+30
25) Fore, Michael (MW) — MA+10 to MA+30
26) Gaulrapp, Monica (SE) — MA+10 to MA+20
27) Gehl, Jill (ME) — MA+10 to MA+20
28) Handley, Amy (FE) — BA to BA+10
29) Heizelman, Michelle (MW) — BA+10 to BA+20
30) Hill, Jennifer (SE) — MA+10 to MA+20
31) Horan, Timothy (MW) — BA+20 to BA+30
32) Hydukovich, Nicole (AP) — MA+20 to MA+30
33) Jergenson, David (ME) — MA to MA+20
34) Johnson, Madeline (FE) — MA to MA+10
35) Jordheim, Mark (ME) — MA+10 to MA+20
36) Kasper, Kristen (ME) — MA+10 to MA+20
37) Kelm, Danielle (ME) — MA to MA+20
38) Kucera, Dennis (MW) — MA+10 to MA+30
39) Larson, Sherri (HS) — MA+10 to MA+20
40) Lefebvre, Rebecca (MW) — MA to MA+10
41) Marshel, Ellen (HS) — BA to BA+20
42) Paasch, Jenna (MW) — BA+10 to BA+20
43) Pack, Monica (ME) — MA to MA+10
44) Patnode, Jennifer (ME) — MA+10 to MA+20
45) Pratt, Amanda (ME) — MA to MA+20
46) Rasch, Byron (BW) — BA+30 to MA+10
47) Rue, Kristopher (HS) — MA to MA+10
48) Simpson, Jared (ME) — MA+20 to MA+30
49) Swanson, Heidi (ME) — BA+30 to MA
50) Weber, Michelle (ME) — MA to MA+10
51) Wimmer, LeAnn (MW) — MA to MA+20
52) Zahler, Robert (HS) — MA+20 to MA+30
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
11. Future Meeting Dates
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.
Monday, December 2, 2013 Regular Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
Monday, December 16, 2013 Regular Meeting at 7:00 p.m
Steffens/Holland. Motion to adjourn at 8:30 p.m. Motion carries.
Carol Steffens, Board Clerk
10/31/13, NC, Oct 7 Reg Min, 46941