Sept. 25, 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 5
pm. The following members were present: Melanie Cole, Blaine Danielson, Natalie Knutson, and
Matthew Lemke. Melissa Hermes and Stephen Vigesaa were absent. 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
Natalie Knutson and carried unanimously.
Acknowledgements were presented by Chair Melanie Cole:
A sincere thank you to the following:
– Randall Mann for his $200 donation towards our activities scholarship program.
– Minnesota Motor Company for sponsoring free admission to Friday night’s football (Sept. 22)!
– Kiwanis Club of Fergus Falls for their donation of $200 for the purpose of providing books at Adams
School.
– Matt Lemke for his $150 donation to help fund Otter Pride Night.
Congratulations to…
– Camryn Appert for setting the school diving record
– Jesse Thorstad for receiving the Distinguished Service Award as an Outstanding Volunteer of the
Year for the Minnesota Special Olympics
The following report was presented:
• Elementary Principal – Scott Colbeck (Adams/McKinley)
Melissa Hermes entered the meeting at 5:13 pm
The following report was presented:
• Elementary Principal – Tindy Rund (Cleveland)
Stephen Vigesaa entered the meeting at 5:18 pm
The following reports were presented:
• 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 September 11, 2017
2. Personnel
Certified Staff Hires:
– Tammy Richards, music teacher; .1567 FTE, effective 9/14/17
– Michelle (Shelly) Kangas, elementary teacher, additional .5 FTE (total 1 FTE) effective 8/28/17
– Heather Heikes, elementary teacher, additional .0383 FTE (total .4383 FTE), effective 8/28/17
Support Staff Retirement:
– Carol Bjerklie, special education paraprofessional; last day of work: 12/21/17
Support Staff Hires:
– Jordin Borders, noon hour supervisor, effective 9/18/17

– Madelyn Veum, special education paraprofessional substitute (8/29/17-10/18/17)
– Jessica Aguilar, noon-hour supervisor, effective 9/25/17
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 Proposed Levy for Taxes Payable 2018 set at the maximum
amount. The motion was seconded by Blaine Danielson and carried unanimously.
NOTICE: Public informational meeting regarding proposed Property Taxes and Budgets and
Proposed and Final Property Tax Levy is scheduled at 6:00 pm Monday, December 11, 2017 in the
Otter Community Room – Kennedy Secondary School (during School Board meeting).
2. Melissa Hermes moved to approve the 2017-2018 Fund Raiser requests. The motion was seconded
by Matthew Lemke and carried unanimously.
3. Stephen Vigesaa offered the following resolution and moved for its adoption:
RESOLUTION ON THE RETIREMENT OF CAROL BJERKLIE
WHEREAS Carol Bjerklie began her employment with the Fergus Falls Public Schools in August
1999, and
WHEREAS Carol has been a valued employee with the Fergus Falls Public Schools for the past 18.5
years, and
WHEREAS Carol has done an excellent job as a special education paraprofessional in the School
District and,
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Fergus Falls School Board to thank Carol Bjerklie for
her 18.5 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 the same;
None.
Whereupon said motion was declared duly passed and the resolution adopted.
4. Blaine Danielson moved to approve the request for (three) additional special education
paraprofessional positions; and the special education paraprofessional hires of:
– Julie Johnson (.9070 FTE), effective 9/25/17
– Malleri Stoen (.9070 FTE), effective 9/25/17
The motion was seconded by Stephen Vigesaa and carried unanimously.

5. Blaine Danielson moved to approve the 2017-2018 Collaborative Agreement Between WCMCA Head
Start and the Fergus Falls School District. The motion was seconded by Melissa Hermes and carried
unanimously.
The next regular School Board meeting will be held at 5 pm Monday, October 9, 2017 in the Otter
Community Room at the Kennedy Secondary School.
Blaine Danielson made a motion to move into a closed session at 5:57 pm as permitted by Minnesota
Statute §13D.03 to discuss negotiation strategies related to the District’s negotiations with the Fergus
Falls Education Association EM-NEA-AFT-AFL-CIO Local #7087. The motion was seconded by Matthew
Lemke and carried unanimously.
Melissa Hermes made a motion to reopen the meeting at 6:40 pm. The motion was seconded by
Stephen Vigesaa and carried unanimously.
Blaine Danielson made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 6:41 pm. The motion was seconded by
Stephen Vigesaa and carried unanimously.
A Long-Term Facility Committee meeting followed the School Board meeting.