Aug. 14, 2017 Board minutes

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 7:15
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
Melissa Hermes and carried unanimously.
The following reports were presented:
• Melanie Cole – Special Ed Coop, Region I, Negotiations
• Melissa Hermes – Curriculum Review Committee, Legislative Liaison
• Natalie Knutson – Policy, Wellness
• Blaine Danielson – 544 Education Foundation, Meet & Confer, Buildings & Grounds
• Stephen Vigesaa – Staff Development
• Matthew Lemke – MSHSL, LCSC Board
• Jerry Ness – Superintendent
General Consent Items:
The following consent agenda was presented for approval:
1. Minutes from July 17, 2017 School Board meeting
2. Bills and Treasurer’s Report

 

Student Activities funds were reviewed by the School Board.
3. Personnel:
Support Staff Resignations:
– Hope Saap, special education paraprofessional, effective 7/18/17
– Stephanie Schulz, special education paraprofessional, effective 6/1/17
– Kathy Nelson, special education paraprofessional, effective 6/1/17
– Erika Reinertson, special education paraprofessional, effective 8/8/17

General Fund $ 2,321,052.16
Food Service $ 6,660.05
Community Service $ 64,530.67
Building Fund $ 0
Debt Service $ 44,780.00
Trust & Agency $ 3,343.52
TOTAL $ 2,440,366.40

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– Sadie Carter, RTI Tutor, effective 5/31/17
Support Staff Hires:
– John Gutz, custodian, effective 8/7/17
– Hilde Mealy, special education paraprofessional, effective 8/17/17
– Sarah Klimek, special education paraprofessional, effective 8/17/17
– Gwen Budd, special education paraprofessional, effective 8/29/17
– Tyler Budd, special education paraprofessional, effective 8/17/17
Certified Staff Resignation:
– Melissa Firme, school counselor, effective 6/5/17
Certified Staff Hire:
– Alexandra (Allee) Nickolauson, RTI/MS ALC teacher @ 1 FTE, effective 8/29/17

Matthew Lemke moved to approve the consent agenda. The motion was seconded by Melissa Hermes
and carried unanimously.
Old Business
1. Blaine Danielson moved to approve the Meal Account Policy #534, effective 7/1/2017. The motion
was seconded by Stephen Vigesaa and carried unanimously.
New Business:
1. Matthew Lemke moved to approve the 2017-2018 Fergus Falls School District Goals. The motion
was seconded by Natalie Knutson and carried unanimously.
2. Stephen Vigesaa moved to approve the revision of Wellness Policy #533. The motion was seconded
by Blaine Danielson and carried unanimously.
3. Melissa Hermes moved to approve the Adult Basic Education Consortium Membership Agreement;
effective 7/1/17-6/30/18. The motion was seconded by Blaine Danielson and carried unanimously.
4. Matthew Lemke moved to approve the Adult Basic Education Programming Contract between ISD
#544 and Otter Tail County; effective 8/5/17-6/25/18. The motion was seconded by Stephen Vigesaa
and carried unanimously.
5. Blaine Danielson moved to approve the Executive Summary of the Health and Safety Written Plans.
The motion was seconded by Matthew Lemke and carried unanimously.
6. Melissa Hermes moved to approve a wage adjustment from $11.25/hour for nonaffiliated staff to
$11.75/hour. The motion was seconded by Natalie Knutson and carried unanimously.
7. Matthew Lemke moved to approve a wage adjustment for substitute staff positions:
• Certified teacher substitutes: $110/day or $55/half day (no free school lunch)
• Support staff substitutes from: $11/hour to $11.50/hour
The motion was seconded by Melissa Hermes and carried unanimously.
8. Stephen Vigesaa moved to approve an additional 1 FTE special education paraprofessional position.
The motion was seconded by Blaine Danielson and carried unanimously.
9. A School Board discussion was held with Scott Colbeck, elementary principal, prior to board action
regarding an additional kindergarten teacher due to student enrollment numbers. Melissa Hermes
moved to approve an additional 1 FTE kindergarten teacher. The motion was seconded by Natalie
Knutson and carried unanimously.

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10. A School Board discussion was held with Dean Monke, secondary principal, prior to board action
regarding an additional part-time art teacher for the ALC program. Blaine Danielson moved to
approve an additional .0828 FTE ALC art teacher. The motion was seconded by Natalie Knutson
and carried unanimously.
The next regular School Board meeting will be held at 7:15 am Monday, August 28, 2017 in the Otter
Community Room at the Kennedy Secondary School.
Blaine Danielson made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8 am. The motion was seconded by Melissa
Hermes and carried unanimously.
A work session followed the School Board meeting.