May 22, 2017 board minutes

Regular School Board Meeting

May 22, 2017

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all present.

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

pm. 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 with a modification. The motion was seconded

by Stephen Vigesaa and carried unanimously.

Reports were presented by the following:

• Elementary Principal – Scott Colbeck (Adams/McKinley)

• Elementary Principal – Tindy Rund (Cleveland)

• Secondary Principal – Dean Monke

• Superintendent – Jerry Ness

General Consent Items:

The following consent agenda was presented for approval:

1. School Board minutes of the regular school board meeting held on May 8, 2017

2. Personnel:

Support Staff Hire:

– Patricia Becker, cafeteria (2.5 hours/day), effective 5/16/17

Matthew Lemke moved to approve the consent agenda. The motion was seconded by Blaine

Danielson and carried unanimously.

Old Business:

None.

New Business:

1. Matthew Lemke moved to approve the FY17 LCSC’s ECFE Consortium Membership Agreement.

The motion was seconded by Natalie Knutson and carried unanimously.

2. Stephen Vigesaa moved to approve the Memorandum of Agreement between Minnesota State

Community and Technical College and Kennedy Secondary School for the 2017-2018 Concurrent

Enrollment Program. The motion was seconded by Melissa Hermes and carried unanimously.

3. Melissa Hermes moved to approve the Extended School Year (ESY) services and summer school

for special education students. The motion was seconded by Blaine Danielson and carried

unanimously.

4. Matthew Lemke moved to approve the Right Start summer programs for Kindergarten and Grades

5 & 6. The motion was seconded by Melissa Hermes and carried unanimously.

5 Matthew Lemke offered the following resolution and moved for its adoption:

RESOLUTION PLACING STAFF ON UNREQUESTED LEAVE OF ABSENCE

WHEREAS, the School Board of Independent School District No. 544 adopted a resolution

proposing placement of — on unrequested leave of absence on April 24, 2017 on the grounds

of financial limitations; and

WHEREAS, said written notice of the proposed placement on unrequested leave was received by

— in person or by certified mail on or about April 25, 2017; and

WHEREAS, said written notice of the proposed placement on unrequested leave contained a

statement setting forth the reasons for the proposed placement as well as a statement that

he/she was entitled to a hearing before the school board provided he/she make a request in

writing within fourteen days of receipt of said notice, and that if no hearing was requested

within said fourteen day period it constituted acquiescence by — to the school board’s

proposed action, and

WHEREAS, no written request of any kind was received by the school board or superintendent of

schools from — for a hearing as of May 18, 2017, and

WHEREAS, said failure to make a written request for a hearing within fourteen days after receipt

of notice of proposed placement on unrequested leave constitutes acquiescence by — to

his/her placement on unrequested leave.

BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED, by the School Board of Independent School District No. 544 that —

be and hereby is placed on unrequested leave of absence as a teacher of Independent School

District No. 544 on the grounds of financial conditions, effective at the end of the 2016-17

school year on June 30, 2017 pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Sec. 122A.40, Subd. 10, Article

15, Section 2 of the current Master Agreement between the School District and the exclusive

representative, without pay or fringe benefits.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a notice of placement on unrequested leave, together with a

copy of this resolution be forwarded to said teacher by certified mail or handed to him/her in

person and that an affidavit of same be placed in his/her file, together with a copy of the notice

and resolution.

1. Sally Despard – reduction of .1667 FTE

2. Isabelle Navratil – .6667 FTE

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 the same;

None.

Whereupon said motion was declared duly passed and the resolution adopted

6. Matthew Lemke moved to approve the Fergus Falls Public Schools’ 2017-2018 Meal Prices:

Elementary Lunch (K-5) – $2.35; and Secondary Lunch (6-12) – $2.50. The motion was seconded

by Natalie Knutson and carried unanimously.

7. Melissa Hermes moved to approve an additional part-time ECFE secretary/receptionist position;

beginning with the 2017-18 school year. The motion was seconded by Stephen Vigesaa and

carried unanimously.

8. Blaine Danielson moved to approve a request from Michelle Kangas for .5 FTE five-year leave of

absence (teacher mobility leave) – beginning with the 2017-18 school year. The motion was

seconded by Melissa Hermes and carried unanimously.

The next regular School Board meeting will be held at 7:15 am, June 12, 2017 at the Otter Community

Room at the Kennedy Secondary School.

Blaine Danielson made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 5:36 pm. The motion was seconded by

Stephen Vigesaa and carried unanimously.

A work session followed the School Board meeting.