St. Michael Albertville
REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
FEBRUARY 21, 20147
On February 21, 2017 the St. Michael-Albertville School Board held a Regular Meeting in the District Office Board Room at 7:00PM. Board Members present: D. Scherber, G. Weber, K. Dwinnell, J. Peyerl, H. Saville, J. Lindquist. Absent: none. Superintendent Foucault, district administrators and community guests were also present.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA ITEMS. Board Chair Lindquist requested to add Item 7.H. Board Reorganization. Weber/Saville. Motion to approve the agenda as amended for Item 7.H. Board Reorganization. Motion carried unanimously.
STUDENT AND STAFF RECOGNITION
District Office Student Art. The Board recognized students for having their art chosen by their art teacher for display in the district office. School Board Member Recognition. Superintendent Foucault stated that February 20-24, 2017 has been set by Minnesota School Board Association (MSBA) as School Board Member Recognition Week.
2016-2017 Budget Update. Dr. Foucault presented an update on the 2016-2017 budget. She stated that since the last update in September revenues have increased $552,386 due to increased enrollment. Expenditures have also increased $679,504 due to two elementary positions, increases due to support staff and maintenance contracts, and the addition of several special education paraprofessionals. The anticipated net increase in the general fund is estimated at $249,904, which is a decrease from the estimate in September 2016 of $377,022.
Action on Resolution Authorizing Sale of Bonds. Dr. Foucault stated that the board would take action at this meeting on selling the bonds. There are two board meetings required to sell the bonds, one for the board to adopt a resolution authorizing sale of bonds and a second meeting (March 20) to award sale of bonds. Ms. McQuay, Ehlers, presented the board with the Pre-Sale Report stating that the Pre-Sale Report shows the latest estimates of the payments, levies, and tax impact. Based on current market conditions Ehlers estimates an average interest rate slightly below the 3.40% estimate they used prior to the bond election. The estimated tax impact for the first year is identical to the pre-election estimates. Member Weber introduced the following resolution and moved its adoption: RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR THE SALE OF GENERAL OBLIGATION SCHOOL BUILDING BONDS, SERIES 2017A; AND COVENANTING AND OBLIGATING THE DISTRICT TO BE BOUND BY AND TO USE THE PROVISIONS OF MINNESOTA STATUTES, SECTION 126C.55 TO GUARANTEE THE PAYMENT OF THE PRINCIPAL AND INTEREST ON THESE BONDS. The motion for adoption of the foregoing resolution was duly seconded by Member Peyerl, and upon vote being taken thereon, the following voted in favor thereof: Scherber, Peyerl, Lindquist, Weber, Saville, Dwinnell. And the following voted against the same: None. Whereupon the resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.
Action on 2017-2018 Special Education Staffing. Dr. Foucault recommended an increase of 1.8 FTE in special education certified staff beginning with the 2017-2018 school year at an increased cost of approximately $108,000. Saville/Peyerl. Motion to approve additional 1.8 FTE in Special Education Staffing beginning with the 2017-2018 school year as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Action on New Curriculum Position. Dr. Foucault stated that due to legislation the district must set aside 2% of the basic revenue for costs related to staff and curriculum development. Foucault stated that STMAs Department of Teaching and Learning currently has 2.0 FTE, which has been stagnant for ten years despite student enrollment growth of 4,522 in FY2007 to 6,298 in FY2017. Foucault recommended the addition of 1.0 FTE for a new coordinator position. Saville/Weber. Motion to add New Curriculum Position as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Discussion on STMA Bond Process. Dr. Foucault provided an update on the STMA Bond which included a timeline and proposal to move forward with management and oversight of the bond projects. Foucault recommended forming a Core Projects Team (CPT) composed of various school and community stakeholders to provide leadership and oversight on all bond projects. The team would meet and monitor all projects to ensure they are done on time and within budget. The CPT would also facilitate and/or serve on project subcommittees. Foucault also proposed the addition of a bond projects school liaison to work closely with her, Mr. Rego, and a construction manager. Foucault proposed that Mr. Driver spend approximately half of his time as the bond projects liaison stating that Driver would continue to maintain his duties as High School principal and perform his essential duties. A one-year director on special assignment would be hired to offset Mr. Drivers duties. Foucault proposed the district hire a construction manager to coordinate and supervise bond projects. The addition of a bond projects liaison and construction manager are in line with past practice at STMA. Through discussion, the board directed Superintendent Foucault to proceed with the STMA Bond Process as presented. Superintendent Foucault requested that one Board Member serve on the Core Project Team. Through discussion, the board agreed that Member Scherber and Dwinnell would serve on CPT with Member Weber as alternate. Peyerl/Weber. Motion to approve Principal Driver .5 FTE as School Bond Project Liaison as presented. Motion carried unanimously. Peyerl/Weber. Motion to approve the position of Director on Special Assignment 1.0 FTE at St. Michael-Albertville High School as presented. Motion carried unanimously. Weber/Saville. Motion to approve the hire of a Construction Manager as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Review Projected 2017-2018 Budget. Dr. Foucault presented a report on the forecast for the 2017-2018 budget. Foucault stated that past practices were used to guide the projected budget. A conservative 1% increase in basic state aid, 5% increase in health insurance costs, and modest increases in certified and principal/director contracts were used. Foucault stated a K-12 projected student enrollment increase of 90 students was used for 2017-2018.
Action on Head Girls Cross Country Coach and Assistant Girls and Boys Golf Coach. Dr. Foucault stated that participation has grown significantly in the past five years in the High School Cross Country program. Foucault proposed the addition of an additional head coach with one of the assistant coach positions being eliminated. Foucault stated that the girls and boys golf program currently have one head girls coach and one boys head coach with a shared assistant coach. Foucault recommended the addition of a second assistant coach due to growing numbers in both programs. Saville/Weber. Motion to approve One Head Girls Cross Country Coach and One Assistant Girls and Boys Golf Coach as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Action on Second Reading of Seniority List as amended. Weber/Peyerl. Motion to approve the 2016-2017 Continuing Contract Teacher Seniority Roster as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Board Reorganization. Board Chair Lindquist tendered his resignation as board chair. Vice Chair Weber called for nominations for Board Chair. Lindquist/Peyerl. Motion to approve Drew Scherber as Board Chair. Motion carried unanimously. Board Chair Scherber called for nominations for Treasurer. Peyerl/Weber. Motion to approve Kari Dwinnell as Board Treasurer. Motion carried unanimously.
CONSENT AGENDA. The board reviewed the consent agenda which consisted of approval of 2-6-17 and 2-13-17 Meeting Minutes; Claims and Accounts (Payroll $1,707,395.31; General Fund: $1,047,025.77; Food Service: $121,422.03; Community Service: $35,688.63; Building Fund: $16,865.25; Trust Fund: $500.00; Agency Fund: $279.61; Total: $2,929,176.60); Treasurers Report; Trip Requests; Resignations, Retirements, Terminations and Layoffs; Certified and Support Staff Employment; Coaches and Extracurricular Staff Employment; Leave of Absence; and Corrections. Lindquist/Peyerl. Motion to approve the Consent Agenda as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
ADJOURN. Saville/Weber. Motion to adjourn at 8:25 p.m. Motion carried unanimously.
This material is only a summary; full text is available for public inspection at the administrative offices of the School District. A copy of the proceedings, other than attachments to the minutes, is available without cost at the offices of the St. Michael-Albertville School District or online at www.stma.k12.mn.us.
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