School District 885
St. Michael Albertville
Independent School District 885
School Board Minutes
District Office Boardroom — Middle School West, Door A
Dr. James Behle,
Superintendent of Schools
Doug Birk, Chair — Drew Scherber, Treasurer — Gayle Weber, Vice-Chair
Jeanne Holland, Director –
Carol Steffens, Clerk — Jeff Lindquist, Director
February 18, 2014
The St. Michael-Albertville School Board held a Regular Meeting in the District Office Boardroom — Middle School West, Door A at 7:00PM.
Present: D. Birk, G. Weber, J. Holland, C. Steffens, J. Lindquist
Absent: D. Scherber
L. Brown, J. Claseman, A. Foucault, J. Herfel, T. Johnson, J. Potthoff
1. Call to Order
2. Approval of Agenda Items
Superintendent Behle requested the addition of item 6.A.1. Action on Worlds Best Workforce.
Lindquist/Steffens. Motion to approve the agenda as amended for Item 6.A.1. Action on Worlds Best Workforce. Motion carried.
3. Correction and Approval of Previous Minutes
A. Regular Meeting on Monday, February 3, 2014
Holland/Lindquist. Motion to approve the Regular Meeting minutes of Monday, February 3, 2014 as presented. Motion carried.
A. School Board
Dr. Behle said that the Minnesota School Boards Association set February 17-21 as School Board Recognition Week as a time to build awareness and understanding of the important function school boards play not only for children but for families and the community.
Behle said the members of the board devote their knowledge, time and talents as advocates for our school children to ensure that all children achieve at the highest levels. At the same time they maintain sound fiscal practices and are stewards of the financial resources of the district, as a result strong schools build strong communities. Furthermore, Behle said the school board members also give the community citizens a voice in education decision making. Behle presented each board member with a certificate and thanked them as dedicated leaders.
B. Peggy Skon, Big Woods Elementary
The board recognized Peggy Skon, Big Woods Second Grade Teacher. Lee Brown, Big Woods Principal, said that Peggy Skon was recently honored with the VFW Smart/Maher National Citizenship Education Teacher Award. Ms. Brown said the award is presented to teachers who strive to instill citizenship and patriotism in their students, who demonstrated innovative teaching, and who are dedicated to education. Ms. Brown said Mrs. Skon was nominated by Brad Klein, her second grade colleague and member of VFW post 3915. Mrs. Skon was awarded the Palmer Lake Post 3915 honor, advanced to and was awarded the VFW 7th District Teacher of the Year, and then advanced to and was awarded the VFW State Minnesota Teacher of the Year.
Mrs. Skon said it was an honor to be recognized and thanked the board. Dr. Behle said that Mrs. Skon is a humble leader and he appreciates Mrs. Skons continued work to share love of country and patriotism with her students. Board Chair Birk said that he and the board sincerely appreciate and are grateful for the work Mrs. Skon does and congratulated her on this richly deserved honor of being VFW State Minnesota Teacher of the Year.
Mrs. Skon now represents Minnesota as she moves onto the national level.
A. Persons not on the agenda wishing to address the school board, 5 minutes per individual.
A. Worlds Best Workforce — Ann-Marie Foucault, Teri Johnson, Jim Potthoff
Dr. Foucault presented the Worlds Best Workforce plan stating the plan is a comprehensive, long- term strategic plan to support and improve teaching and learning with the ultimate goal of creating the worlds best workforce. She said the plan is intended to serve as a foundational document that aligns educational initiatives that serve students pre-k through high school. Additionally, the plan pulls from current district initiatives and plans and does not represent changes except in two areas.
Grade level achievement and benchmarks were established. Jim Potthoff reviewed how the benchmarks will serve as a predictor of achievement on statewide assessments such as ACT. In addition, the district will need to come up with a plan to address the outcome of all students being ready for kindergarten.
Dr. Foucault said that the district would publish a report on plan results each fall, hold an annual public meeting, periodically survey constituents about their level of satisfaction with the school district, and submit an electronic summary of the report to the state commissioner of education.
To view the report on our website, please click here.
1. Action on 2013-2014 Worlds Best Workforce
Holland/Weber. Motion to approve 2013-2014 Worlds Best Workforce as presented.
B. 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 Budget Update
Dr. Behle provided an update on the 2013-14 budget and initial projections for the 2014-15 budget. The revised 2013-14 budget projects a surplus of $221,000. The projected ending balance would be $9.355 million and 2% of the general fund expenditures. Board policy requires a 1.5% balance.
He reported that the 2014-15 budget revenues have proven to be difficult to determine because of all the changes in the funding formula last session. Ginny Verbrugge and he continue to work on preliminary revenues but have yet to determine revenue projections for special education. They hope to have it completed within the next week. As a result, an end of the year range comparison between revenues and expenditures ranges from a deficit of $250,000 to a net increase of $500,000.
The School Board discussed budget parameters and on what role they wished to play in determining budget reductions, if necessary. They will continue the discussion at the next meeting, however they stated the following:
1. At this time, they wish to maintain a 2% fund balance for future years when they anticipate they will need some of the reserve to fund the budget.
2. They will set a budget level (parameter) at a future meeting. Administration is to determine reductions or adjustments within the budget parameter and report changes to the School Board with the Board providing direction on significant changes on staffing affecting class size or structure. However, they will leave the details to administration.
The School Board will continue the discussion at its next meeting.
C. Middle School East Visit — Jeff Lindquist
Board Director Lindquist told the board he had recently visited Middle School East. He said he was very impressed with the administration, teachers and support staff at the school. Lindquist spent time in staff meetings, classrooms, and with the WEB students. Additionally, Lindquist observed in the four BYOD Project Phoenix classrooms, stating that he specifically wanted to look at board concerns which included equal access and equity and how technology was integrated into the lesson. Lindquist said that his overall take-away was overwhelmingly positive and that he had no concerns with all students having access because students without devices were able to use school provided devices. Lindquist stated he confirmed his observations by talking with both students and teachers regarding device access. Lindquist further stated that the new technology was seamlessly integrated into the lesson and teachers combined the new technology with traditional teaching methods keeping students fully engaged. Mr. Lindquist said that it his visit was very positive and he would strongly support the expansion of the Project Phoenix program.
7. Old Business
8. New Business
A. Discuss Property & Liability Insurance for 2014-2015
Dr. Behle said that when Wright Specialty was selected last July, the board decided to further exam the Minnesota Insurance Scholastic Trust (MIST), the new property and liability insurance pool. Behle said that seven Minnesota schools participated in MISTs first year Elk Rvier, Maple Lake, Eastern Carver, New Prague, Winona, Maple Lake and ACGC. Behle also said he spoke with staff from Elk River and Maple Lake as well as Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management who operates the pool and said there was no information from the schools on claims or service as neither has made a claim and the pool is in its first year of operation. Behle said he also had a conversation with Greg Hein, Executive Director Elk River, who is on the trust board and he said the trust has experienced limited claims and is operating as projected. Dr. Behle told the board that if they would like to consider MIST, he recommended we invite representatives in for a presentation.
Dr. Behle said he spoke with Casey Holland and Dan Zachman and that they will have a renewal quote for the July school board meeting and they predict a flat renewal with any premium increase associated with changes in enrollment and property values. The board decided to remain with Wright Specialty for one more year and will review MIST and the bid process February 2015.
B. Discuss Online Board Packet
Tabled to March 3, 2014 meeting.
C. Action on Resource Alliance Service Agreement
The Resource Alliance Service Agreement was presented to the board for approval. The agreement outlines the terms of a wellness program that provides a financial incentive to employees for completing a health risk assessment. Collective bargaining groups have already signed a memorandum of understanding in order for their members to participate. Participation is voluntary.
Holland/Weber. Motion to approve the Resouce Alliance Service Agreement as presented.
D. Action on Request for Leave of Absence
Dr. Behle said that he recommended denial of Jamie Fries alternate experience/family leave request because it does not meet the contractual leave language.
Steffens/Holland. Motion to deny request for leave for Jamie Frie. Motion carried.
9. Consent Agenda
Lindquist/Holland. Motion to approve the Consent Agenda as presented. Motion carried.
A. Claims and Accounts
General Fund (01) $1,075,072.77
Food Service (02) $75,404.18
Community Service (04)
Debt Redemption (07)
Trust Fund (08) $1,600.00
Agency Fund (09) $2,640.26
B. Treasurers Report
C. Trip Requests
D. Resignations, Retirements, Terminations, Layoffs
1. Blasing, Connor (CE) — Kids Play Paraprofessional, resignation, effective 2/10/2014
2. Eberle, Lynn (CE) — Kids Play Supervisor, retirement, effective 04/29/2014
3. Pratt, Haley (FE) — Girls Lacrosse Assistant Coach, resignation, effective 2/10/2014
4. Wiley, Nanette (MW) — Cooks Helper, resignation, effective 2/28/2014
5. Yager, Patti (HS) — Special Education Paraprofessional, resignation, effective 3/6/2014
E. Certified Staff Employment
1. Bornus, Kristine (ME) — 7th Grade Long Term Substitute Teacher, replacing Maryisa Fraley, effective 4/8/2014 to 5/30/2014
2. Johnson, Megan (FE) — Q-Comp Advisor, new position, transfer from Fieldstone Elementary 2nd Grade Teacher, effective 3/10/2014
F. Support Staff Employment
1. Duda, Stephanie (CE) — ECFE Paraprofessional, increase in hours from 14.25 hours per week to 18.25 hours per week, effective 2/1/2014
2. Fischbach, Sara (CE) — Bright Beginnings Paraprofessional, reduction in hours from 37.5 hours per week to 35 hours per week, effective 2/1/2014
3. Gallagher, Daniel (CE) — Kids Play Paraprofessional, replacing Chelsea Kucera, 5 days per week and 3.0 hours per day, effective 02/18/2014
4. Hagerty, Susan (CE) — Bright Beginnings Paraprofessional, reduction in hours from 22.5 hours per week to 22.0 hours per week, effective 2/1/2014
5. Mallin, Lila (CE) — ECFE Paraprofessional, decrease in hours from 17.25 hours per week to 14.25 hours per week, effective 2/1/2014
6. Schlauderaff, Sherri (CE) — Bright Beginnings Paraprofessional, reduction in hours from 28.5 hours per week to 27.0 hours per week, effective 2/1/2014
G. Coaches and Extracurricular Staff Employment
1. Mike Bloberger (ME) — Middle School Baseball Coach, replacing Brendan LaVallee, effective 3/31/2014
H. Leave of Absence
1. Kelm, Danielle (ME) — 7th Grade Language Arts Teacher, Family Medical Leave Act, on or about 5/19/204 to 5/30/2014
I. Lane Change
1. Berning, Jill (SE) — MA to MA+10
2. Bovee, Kelly (HS) — MA+20 to MA+30
3. Canton, Ryan (MW) — BA+20 to BA+30
4. Childs, Jean (BW) — MA+20 to BA+30
5. Christenson, Nadine (ME) — MA+20 to MA+30
6. Cornelius, Amy (BW) — MA+10 to MA+20
7. DeWitt, William (BW) — BA+10 to BA+20
8. Griffin, Sharon (BW) — MA+20 to MA+30
9. Harrison, Marcie (MW) — MA+20 to MA+30
10. Huggins, Blair (ME) — BA to MA
11. Jergenson, David (ME) — MA+20 to MA+30
12. Johnson, Madeline (FE) — MA+10 to MA+20
13. Jordheim, Jacqueline (MW) — MA to MA+10
14. Jordheim, Mark (ME) — MA+20 to MA+30
15. Kelly, Jody (MW) — MA to MA+10
16. Kelm, Danielle (ME) — MA+20 to MA+30
17. Larson, Sherri (HS) — MA+20 to MA+30
18. Lefebvre, Daniel (MW) — MA+10 to MA+20
19. Maas, Lisa (HS) — MA+20 to MA+30
20. Merfeld, Brandi (SE) — MA+20 to MA+30
21. Miller, Colleen (MW) — MA to MA+10
22. Patnode, Jennifer (ME) — MA+20 to MA+30
23. Totz, Jenna (ME) — BA to BA+10
24. Weber, Michelle (ME) — MA+10 to MA+20
Donations recently made to the schools in the district were recognized by the board. A list of donations is available in the district office.
A. Wells Fargo Community Support on behalf of C. Kemp ($115.38), L. Kemp ($115.38), J. Nowak ($36.90) and W. Ley ($57.72) donated $325.38 to Big Woods Elementary for student and school needs.
B. Trustone Financial, Preston Bean, donated $500.00 to Albertville Primary for classroom supplies. C. Wells Fargo Commnity support on behalf of Timp donated $201.94 to Middle School East for student needs.
11. Information Items
A. Legislative Update
Tabled to March 3, 2014 meeting.
13. Future Meeting Dates
Monday, March 3, 2014 — Regular Meeting
Monday, March 17, 2014 — Regular Meeting
Monday, March 31, 2014 — Joint Governance Meeting at 6:00 p.m., St. Michael-Albertville Middle School West Media Center
Monday, April 7, 2014 — Regular Meeting
Monday, April 22, 2014 — Regular Meeting
14. Adjourn to Special (Closed) Meeting to discuss superintendent contract
Steffens/Holland. Motion to adjourn to special (closed) meeting to discuss superintendent contract. Motion carried.
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