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Sept. 10, 2018 board minutes

The regular meeting of the School Board of Independent School District No. 544 was held in the Otter
Community Room at Kennedy Secondary School. Chair Melanie Cole called the meeting to order at 5:15
pm. The following members were present: Melanie Cole, Blaine Danielson, Natalie Knutson, Matthew
Lemke, and Stephen Vigesaa. Missy Hermes was absent. Jerry Ness, superintendent, Mark Masten,
business manager and Elaine Jahnke, personnel manager were also present. Continue reading Sept. 10, 2018 board minutes

June 25, 2018 board minutes

Regular School Board Meeting
June 25, 2018
The regular meeting of the School Board of Independent School District No. 544 was held in the Otter
Community Room at Kennedy Secondary School. Vice Chair Matthew Lemke called the meeting to order
at 7:15 am. The following members were present: Blaine Danielson, Melissa Hermes, Natalie Knutson,
Matthew Lemke, and Stephen Vigesaa. Melanie Cole was absent. Jerry Ness, superintendent; Mark
Masten, business manager; and Elaine Jahnke, personnel manager were also present.
Blaine Danielson, clerk, established a quorum.
Stephen Vigessa made a motion to approve the agenda as presented. The motion was seconded by
Melissa Hermes and carried unanimously.
There were no acknowledgements.
Reports were presented by:
• Derek Abrahams – Spring Sports Update
• Jerry Ness – Superintendent
General Consent Items:
The following consent agenda was presented for approval:
1. Minutes from June 11, 2018 School Board meeting.
2. Personnel:
` Certified Staff Hires:
• Sally Kerbaugh, elementary teacher (Grade 3 @ CL); 1 FTE, effective 8/27/18
• Nathan Pillsbury, elementary teacher (Grade 3 @ CL); 1 FTE, effective 8/27/18
• Emily Hebert, elementary teacher (Grade 5 @ KSS); 1 FTE, effective 8/27/18
3. 2018-2020 Agreements between Independent School District #544 and:
• Payroll Manager
• Director of Community Education
Blaine Danielson moved to approve the consent agenda. The motion was seconded by Natalie Knutson
and carried unanimously.
Old Business:
Blaine Danielson moved to approve the Financial Budget for FY19. The motion was seconded by
Stephen Vigesaa and carried unanimously.
New Business:
1. Melissa Hermes moved to approve the 2018-2019 Facility Lease between Fergus Falls Area Family
YMCA, Inc. and ISD #544. The motion was seconded by Natalie Knutson and carried unanimously.
2. Blaine Danielson moved to approve an Invitation for quotes for milk and related products. The motion
was seconded by Stephen Vigesaa and carried unanimously.
3. Blaine Danielson moved to approve 2018-2019 Fergus Falls Public Schools’ Meal Prices: Elementary
Lunch (K-5) – $2.45/meal; and Secondary Lunch (6-12) – $2.60/meal. The motion was seconded by
Natalie Knutson and carried unanimously.
4. Blaine Danielson moved to approve an additional (1 FTE) kindergarten position for the 2018-19
school year. The motion was seconded by Melissa Hermes and carried unanimously.

5. Blaine Danielson moved to approve an updated Lead in Water, Paint and Soil Written Plan for the
Fergus Falls Public Schools. The motion was seconded by Natalie Knutson and carried unanimously.
The next regular School Board meeting will be held at 7:15 am Monday, July 16, 2018, followed by a
School Board Retreat in the Otter Community Room at the Kennedy Secondary School.
Stephen Vigesaa made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:44 am. The motion was seconded by Blaine
Danielson and carried unanimously.
A work session followed the School Board meeting.

June 11, 2018 board minutes

Regular School Board Meeting
June 11, 2018
The regular meeting of the School Board of Independent School District No. 544 was held in the Otter
Community Room at Kennedy Secondary School. Chair Melanie Cole called the meeting to order at 7:17
am. The following members were present: Melanie Cole, Blaine Danielson, Melissa Hermes, Natalie
Knutson, Matthew Lemke, and Stephen Vigesaa. Jerry Ness, superintendent, Mark Masten, business
manager and Elaine Jahnke, personnel manager were also present.
Blaine Danielson, clerk, established a quorum.
Blaine Danielson made a motion to approve the agenda as presented. The motion was seconded by
Stephen Vigessa and carried unanimously.
Chair Melanie Cole extended a thank you for the donations of a wood cut print by Charles Beck,
“October” donated by Charles’ wife, Joyce, and their children, and the framing of a print donated by
Chuck Christianson to the Kennedy Secondary School’s Art Department.
Also, thank you to SunMart-SpartanNash for their $1,000 donation to our School District.
The following reports were presented:
• Shane Thielke – Student Handbook
• Mark Masten – FY 19 Budget
• Matthew Lemke – LCSC Board, MSHSL
• Natalie Knutson – Wellness, Policy
• Melanie Cole – Spec Ed Coop, Region I, Finance, Activities
• Melissa Hermes – Staff Development, Curriculum Review
• Blaine Danielson – 544 Education Foundation, Buildings & Grounds, Meet & Confer
• Stephen Vigesaa – Legislative Liaison
• Jerry Ness – Superintendent
General Consent Items:
The following consent agenda was presented for approval:
1. Minutes from May 28, 2018 School Board meeting.
2. Bills and Treasurer’s Report – reviewed by Matthew Lemke prior to the start of the School Board
meeting:

General Fund $1,460,437.28
Food Service $ 52,900.67
Community Service $ 16,439.09
Building Fund $ 0
Debt Service $ 450.00
Trust & Agency $ 9,660.00

Student Activity funds were reviewed by the School Board.
3. Personnel:
Certified Staff Hires:
– Tara Miller, iQ Academy elementary/ MS math teacher, .8333 FTE; effective 8/22/18
– Heather Heikes, School of Choice elementary teacher; increase contract to .5151 FTE,
effective 8/27/18
– Amelia Lemar, elementary teacher (5th) @ KSS, 1 FTE; effective 8/27/18
Certified Staff Retirement:
– Dennis (Denny) Hystead, elementary teacher @ CL; effective end of 2017-18 school year
Support Staff Retirement:
– Judy Harthun, custodian @ REC; last day of work: 7/31/18
Support Staff Resignation:
– Kaylee Grant, special education paraprofessional, effective 6/4/18
Head Coach Resignation:
– Monte Fredrickson, girls’ softball head coach, effective 6/8/18
4. 2018-2020 Agreements between Independent School District #544 and:
– Districwide Mechanical Supervisor
– Technology Systems Manager
– Secondary School Nurse
– Technology Specialist
– Technology Support Staff
– Confidential Secretary
Melissa Hermes moved to approve the consent agenda. The motion was seconded by Stephen Vigesaa
and carried unanimously.
Old Business:
None.
New Business:
1. Matthew Lemke offered the following resolution and moved for its adoption:
RESOLUTION ON THE RETIREMENT OF DENNIS (DENNY) HYSTEAD
WHEREAS Denny Hystead began his employment with the Fergus Falls Public Schools in
August 1986, and
WHEREAS Denny has been a valued employee with the Fergus Falls Public Schools for the past
32 years, and
WHEREAS Denny has done an excellent job as a curriculum integration specialist and
elementary teacher for the district and,
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Fergus Falls School Board to thank Denny
Hystead for his 32 years of dedicated service to the Fergus Falls Public Schools.
TOTAL $ 1,539,887.04

The motion was seconded by Blaine Danielson and upon roll call vote being taken, the following voted
in favor thereof: Melanie Cole, Blaine Danielson, Melissa Hermes, Natalie Knutson, Matthew Lemke,
and Stephen Vigesaa and the following voted against same;
None.
Whereupon said motion was declared duly passed and the resolution adopted.
2. Stephen Vigesaa offered the following resolution and moved for its adoption:
RESOLUTION ON THE RETIREMENT OF JUDY HARTHUN
WHEREAS Judy Harthun began her employment with the Fergus Falls Public Schools in
November 1995, and
WHEREAS Judy has been a valued employee with the Fergus Falls Public Schools for the past
23 years, and
WHEREAS Judy has done an excellent job as a custodian throughout the district and,
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Fergus Falls School Board to thank Judy Harthun
for her 23 years of dedicated service to the Fergus Falls Public Schools.
The motion was seconded by Natalie Knutson and upon roll call vote being taken, the following voted
in favor thereof: Melanie Cole, Blaine Danielson, Melissa Hermes, Natalie Knutson, Matthew Lemke,
and Stephen Vigesaa and the following voted against same;
None.
Whereupon said motion was declared duly passed and the resolution adopted.
3. There was a First Reading of the Budget for FY19. No action was taken.
4. Melissa Hermes moved to approve the 2018-2019 membership with Minnesota Rural Education
Association (MREA). The motion was seconded by Matthew Lemke and carried unanimously.
5. Blaine Danielson moved to approve the 2018-2019 Fergus Falls Public Schools Grades K-12
Student/Parent Handbook. The motion was seconded by Natalie Knutson and carried unanimously.
The next regular School Board meeting will be held at 7:15 am Monday, June 25, 2018 in the Otter
Community Room at the Kennedy Secondary School.
Blaine Danielson made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:14 am. The motion was seconded by
Stephen Vigesaa and carried unanimously.
A work session followed the School Board meeting.