Dec. 11, 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, Melissa Hermes, Natalie Knutson,
and Matthew Lemke. Stephen Vigesaa was 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
Melissa Hermes and carried unanimously.
Chair Melanie Cole acknowledged the following:
– Congratulations to Derek Abrahams, Fergus Falls Public Schools’ Activities Director, for receiving
recognition from the Minnesota State High School League for his leadership in the development of the
Why We Play Program. The Leadership Award was in recognition of his leadership and commitment to
coaches and students.
– Thank you to the following for their generous donations to the Otter Angel Account – an account
created to anonymously assist families unable to pay for student meals: Donald Nelson, Carolyn
Schmidt, Marc and Peggy Carlson, Ann & Norm Newell, Richard and Garnet Muehlhausen, Joel
Bartholomay, Jennifer Smestad, Tammy Kubela, April Scharnberg, Tammy Mortenson, Elizabeth
Turchin, Stacy Burda, Jaime Sem, Starria Klaksvik, and Tom Rufer.
– Thank you to Fergus Falls Rotary Club for their $322.61 donation to purchase library books at the
Adams School.
Supt. Ness congratulated Melanie Cole for completing 300+ hours of attendance at MN School Board
Association (MSBA) sponsored meetings and activities.
The following reports were presented:
• Derek Abrahams – Fall Activities Update
• Scott Colbeck – Elementary Principal (Adams/McKinley)
• Tindy Rund – Elementary Principal (Cleveland)
• Dean Monke – Secondary Principal
• Melanie Cole – Special Ed Coop, Region I, Negotiations
• Melissa Hermes – Curriculum Review Committee, Legislative Liaison
• 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 November 20, 2017 School Board meeting.
2. Bills and Treasurer’s Report
3. Personnel
Support Staff Retirement:
– Faith Tysver, Title 1 Paraprofessional; Last work day–1/17/18
Support Staff Resignations:
– Julie Bakken, secretary @ District Office; Last work day–1/5/17

– Amanda Carr-Johnson, special education paraprofessional @ KSS; Last day–12/6/17
Certified Teaching Staff:
– Joshua Scharnberg, secondary teacher, increase FTE by .1148 FTE (from .6667 to .7815 FTE)
– Tobi Seland, long-term elementary teacher substitute @ Cleveland; .3443 FTE (12/5/17-3/8/18)
Coach Hires:
– Kevin Pearson, Head Boys’ Baseball Coach
– Ben Jurgens, Head Girls’ Golf Coach
– Matt McGovern, Head Boys’ Golf Coach

3. Bills and Treasurer’s Report:

General Fund $ 1,559,951.14
Food Service $ 45,013.49
Community Service $ 3,107.31
Building Fund $ 0
Debt Service $ 0
Trust & Agency $ 186.94
TOTAL $ 1,608,258.88

 

Student Activities funds were reviewed by the School Board.
Matthew Lemke moved to approve the consent agenda. The motion was seconded by Blaine Danielson
and carried unanimously.
Old Business
1. Matthew Lemke moved to approve the FY17 Fergus Falls Public Schools’ Financial Audit. The motion
was seconded by Natalie Knutson and carried unanimously.
New Business:
1. Blaine Danielson moved to approve the Lakeland Mental Health Center Agreements with ISD #544 –
effective 1/1/18 – 12/31/18:
– School Based Mental Health Practitioners (2)
– School Based Mental Health Professional (1)
– School Based Mental Health/Chemical Health Practitioner (1)
The motion was seconded by Melissa Hermes and carried unanimously.
2. Matthew Lemke offered the following resolution and moved for its adoption:
RESOLUTION ON THE RETIREMENT OF FAITH TYSVER
WHEREAS Faith Tysver began her employment with the Fergus Falls Public Schools in September
1975 and worked until 1977 as a teacher’s aide, returning on November 28, 1988 as a Title 1
Paraprofessional, and

General Fund $ 1,559,951.14
Food Service $ 45,013.49
Community Service $ 3,107.31
Building Fund $ 0
Debt Service $ 0
Trust & Agency $ 186.94
TOTAL $ 1,608,258.88

WHEREAS Faith has been a valued employee with the Fergus Falls Public Schools for the past 30.5
years, and
WHEREAS Faith has done an excellent job as a teacher’s aide and Title 1 Paraprofessional in the
School District and,
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Fergus Falls School Board to thank Faith Tysver for
her 30.5 years of dedicated service to the Fergus Falls Public Schools.
The motion was seconded by Melissa Hermes and upon roll call vote being taken, the following voted
in favor thereof: Melanie Cole, Blaine Danielson, Melissa Hermes, Natalie Knutson, and Matthew
Lemke
and the following voted against the same;
None.
Whereupon said motion was declared duly passed and the resolution adopted.
Melanie Cole left the meeting at 5:45 pm.
Matthew Lemke, Vice Chair, introduced the final items of business:
3. Blaine Danielson moved to approve the bid on Heat Pump Replacement at Adams School to
Comstock Construction, Inc. The motion was seconded by Natalie Knutson and carried unanimously.
4. Blaine Danielson offered the following resolution and moved for its adoption:

RESOLUTION TO FULLY FUND SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES (MINNESOTA)
WHEREAS, local boards of education place a very high priority on ensuring that ALL students receive
high quality special education programs and instruction; and
WHEREAS, in 1975 Congress enacted the Education for All Handicapped Children Act (P.L. 94-142)
now known as The Individuals with Disabilities Act IDEA to: improve access to education for
children with disabilities by guaranteeing a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the least
restrictive environment; assure that the rights of children with disabilities and their parents are
protected; assist States and school systems to provide for the education of all children with
disabilities; and to assess and assure the effectiveness of efforts to educate all children with
disabilities; and
WHEREAS, when IDEA became law in 1975, the federal government promised to fund 40 percent of
the additional cost of educating children with disabilities; and yet the federal government has failed
to adequately fund the mandated programs and services arising under IDEA, never providing
more than 15 percent of the additional cost; and
WHEREAS, sufficient federal funding for IDEA would significantly enhance the ability of local school
systems to provide an excellent education for all students; and
WHEREAS, the special education cross-subsidy continues to be a major obstacle for Minnesota
School Districts to grapple with, due to the growing number of students receiving special

education, more specialized services and rising costs associated with those services and
inadequate funding; and
WHEREAS, the state special education funding system has not kept pace with the rising cost of
mandated services and supports for students with special needs; and,
WHEREAS, the cross-subsidy for school districts for FY2016 is $679 million; a 5.6 percent increase
from FY2015; and
WHEREAS, between rising need and insufficient state and federal aid, the amount of funding school
districts as a whole in Minnesota will be forced to pay for special education costs will reach an
average of $815 per student in FY17;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that we urge the Governor and Legislature to strenuously
advocate for significant increases in federal special education funding and meaningful special
education reforms at the federal and state levels; and
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that there is an urgency the Minnesota Legislature to
convene a task force to work on special education funding, specifically with a focus on the impacts
of the new special education funding formulas, the projected cross-subsidy and recommendations
with a timeline to eliminate the cross-subsidy.
The motion was seconded by Melissa Hermes and upon roll call vote being taken, the following voted
in favor thereof: Blaine Danielson, Melissa Hermes, Natalie Knutson, and Matthew Lemke
and the following voted against the same;
None.
Whereupon said motion was declared duly passed and the resolution adopted.

5. Melissa Hermes offered the following resolution and moved for its adoption:
RESOLUTION TO FULLY FUND SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES (FEDERAL)
WHEREAS, local boards of education place a very high priority on ensuring that ALL students receive
high quality special education programs and instruction; and
WHEREAS, in 1975 Congress enacted the Education for All Handicapped Children Act (P.L. 94-142)
now known as The Individuals with Disabilities Act IDEA to: improve access to education for
children with disabilities by guaranteeing a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the least
restrictive environment; assure that the rights of children with disabilities and their parents are
protected; assist States and school systems to provide for the education of all children with
disabilities; and to assess and assure the effectiveness of efforts to educate all children with
disabilities; and
WHEREAS, when IDEA became law in 1975, the federal government promised to fund 40 percent of
the additional cost of educating children with disabilities; and yet the federal government has failed
to adequately fund the mandated programs and services arising under IDEA, never providing
more than 15 percent of the additional cost; and
WHEREAS, sufficient federal funding for IDEA would significantly enhance the ability of local school
systems to provide an excellent education for all students; and
WHEREAS, the special education cross-subsidy continues to be a major obstacle for Minnesota
School Districts to grapple with, due to the growing number of students receiving special
education, more specialized services and rising costs associated with those services and
inadequate funding; and

WHEREAS, the state special education funding system has not kept pace with the rising cost of
mandated services and supports for students with special needs; and,
WHEREAS, the cross-subsidy for Minnesota school districts for FY2016 is $679 million; a 5.6 percent
increase from FY2015; and
WHEREAS, between rising need and insufficient state and federal aid, the amount of funding school
districts as a whole in Minnesota will be forced to pay for special education costs will reach an
average of $815 per student in FY17;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that we urge the President and Legislature to strenuously
advocate for significant increases in federal special education funding and meaningful special
education reforms at the federal and state levels; and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the State of Minnesota calls upon the Congress of the
United States to pass appropriate legislation in order to increase funding for federal special
education mandates to meet the urgent financial special education needs of our cities and towns;
and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Secretary of the Senate cause a copy of this resolution to be
delivered to all United States Representatives and Senators representing Minnesota in the
Congress of the United States.
The motion was seconded by Natalie Knutson and upon roll call vote being taken, the following voted
in favor thereof: Blaine Danielson, Melissa Hermes, Natalie Knutson, and Matthew Lemke
and the following voted against the same;
None.
Whereupon said motion was declared duly passed and the resolution adopted.
6. Blaine Danielson offered the following resolution and moved for its adoption:
SUPPORT FOR THE PURCHASE AND EXCHANGE OF SCHOOL TRUST LANDS IN THE
BOUNDARY WATERS CANOE AREA WILDERNESS PROCEEDING IN TANDEM
WHEREAS, Minnesota’s School Trust Lands were granted by the United States to Minnesota at
statehood, with the intent to provide a source of continued revenue, now and into the future, for
public schools; and
WHEREAS, approximately 83,000 acres of the School Trust Lands have been locked up in the
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) and unable to generate revenue for the trust
for over 50 years; and
WHEREAS, the Superior National Forest, by agreement with the State of Minnesota, manages these
lands as interwoven fabric of the BWCAW landscape; and
WHEREAS there are limitations imposed by the Wilderness Act directly conflicting with State law that
directs School Trust Lands management to “secure the maximum long-term economic return”; and
WHEREAS a Hybrid Model has been adopted that includes a combination of land sale and exchange
to transfer School Trust Lands located in the BWCAW to the United States Forest Service (USFS);
and
WHEREAS a Plan B has been developed as a three-step proposal to accomplish the purchase
component of the Hybrid Model whereby the Conservation Fund would 1) purchase private forest
lands in St. Louis County, and 2) exchange the parcels for School Trust Lands located in the

BWCAW, and 3) the USFS would then buy the former School Trust Lands from the Conservation
Fund with funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund; and
WHEREAS it is valued by multiple stakeholders that the purchase and exchange of school trust lands
proceed on similar timelines; and
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Fergus Falls School Board supports a combination of land
sale and exchange to transfer School Trust Lands located in the BWCAW to the USFS using the
Plan B model to ensure that thousands of acres of private forest land in northern Minnesota will be
transferred to the School Trust. Plan B is an alternative that provides for a continued source of
revenue for Minnesota schools, allowing for a sustained yield and stable employment for
industries, and provides thousands of acres of land for public recreation.
The motion was seconded by Melissa Hermes and upon roll call vote being taken, the following voted
in favor thereof: Blaine Danielson, Melissa Hermes, Natalie Knutson, and Matthew Lemke.
and the following voted against the same;
None.
Whereupon said motion was declared duly passed and the resolution adopted.
7. Melissa Hermes offered the following resolution and moved for its adoption:
RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING COMBINED POLLING PLACES FOR MULTIPLE PRECINCTS
AND DESIGNATING HOURS DURING WHICH THE POLLING PLACES WILL REMAIN OPEN FOR
VOTING FOR SCHOOL DISTRICT ELECTIONS NOT HELD ON THE DAY OF A STATEWIDE
ELECTION
BE IT RESOLVED by the School Board of Independent School District No. 544, State of Minnesota,
as follows:
1. Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Section 205A.11, the precincts and polling places for school
district elections are those precincts or parts of precincts located within the boundaries of the
school district which have been established by the cities or towns located in whole or in part
within the school district. The board hereby confirms those precincts and polling places so
established by those municipalities.
2. Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Section 205A.11, the board may establish a combined polling
place for several precincts for school district elections not held on the day of a statewide election.
Each combined polling place must be a polling place that has been designated by a county or
municipality. The following combined polling places are established to serve the precincts
specified for all school district special and general elections not held on the same day as a
statewide election:
Combined Polling Place 1: Fergus Falls Fire Hall, 325 Washington Ave East, Fergus Falls MN
This combined polling place serves all territory in Independent School District No. 544 located
in the City of Fergus Falls, Ward 1, Precincts 1 and 2; Otter Tail County, Minnesota.
Combined Polling Place 2: National Guard Armory, 421 Cecil Avenue, Fergus Falls MN
This combined polling place serves all territory in Independent School District No. 544 located
in the City of Fergus Falls, Ward 2, Precincts 1, 2 and 3; Otter Tail County, Minnesota.
Combined Polling Place 3: MN State Community & Technical College, 1414 College Way, Fergus
Falls MN
This combined polling place serves all territory in Independent School District No. 544 located
in the City of Fergus Falls, Ward 3, Precincts 1 and 2; Otter Tail County, Minnesota.

Combined Polling Place 4: Hillcrest Lutheran Academy Gym, 610 Hillcrest Drive, Fergus Falls MN
This combined polling place serves all territory in Independent School District No. 544 located in
the City of Fergus Falls, Ward 4, Precincts 1 and 2; Otter Tail County, Minnesota.
Combined Polling Place 5: Stavanger Church, 27113 Stavanger Church Road, Fergus Falls MN
This combined polling place serves all territory in Independent School District No. 544 located in
Aurdal Township, Friberg Township, Maine Township and Sverdrup Township; Otter Tail County,
Minnesota.
Combined Polling Place 6: Lakes Area Shooting Center, 19135 250th Street, Fergus Falls MN
This combined polling place serves all territory in Independent School District No. 544 located in
Carlisle Township, Elizabeth Township, City of Elizabeth, Fergus Falls Township, Oscar
Township; Otter Tail County, Minnesota – and Akron Township; Wilkin County, Minnesota.
Combined Polling Place 7: Dalton Community Hall, 114 Main Street West, Dalton MN
This combined polling place serves all territory in Independent School District No. 544 located in
the City of Dalton, Dane Prairie Township and Tumuli Township; Otter Tail County, Minnesota.
Combined Polling Place 8: Orwell Town Hall, 14503 210th Street, Fergus Falls MN
This combined polling place serves all territory in Independent School District No. 544 located in
Aastad Township, Buse Township, Orwell Township and Western Township; Otter Tail County,
Minnesota.
3. Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Section 205A.09, the polling places will remain open for voting
for school district elections not held on the same day as a statewide election between the hours
of 7 o’clock a.m. and 8:00 o’clock p.m.
4. The clerk is directed to file a certified copy of this resolution with the county auditors of each of the
counties in which the school district is located, in whole or in part, within thirty (30) days after its
adoption.
5. As required by Minnesota Statutes, Section 204B.16, Subdivision 1a, the clerk is hereby
authorized and directed to give written notice of new polling place locations to each affected
household with at least one registered voter in the school district whose school district polling
place location has been changed. The notice must be a nonforwardable notice mailed at least
twenty-five (25) days before the date of the first election to which it will apply. A notice that is
returned as undeliverable must be forwarded immediately to the appropriate county auditor, who
shall change the registrant’s status to “challenged” in the statewide registration system.
The motion was seconded by Natalie Knutson and upon roll call vote being taken, the following voted in
favor thereof: Blaine Danielson, Melissa Hermes, Natalie Knutson, and Matthew Lemke.
and the following voted against the same;
None.
Whereupon said motion was declared duly passed and the resolution adopted.
PUBLIC HEARINGS
A public meeting of the Technology Plan and Internet Safety Policy was held at 5:57 pm in the Otter
Community Room at the Kennedy Secondary School. Mark Masten, business manager, presented a report
to the School Board.
A public meeting of the Fergus Falls Public Schools’ Taxes Payable 2018 was held at 6:02 pm in the Otter
Community Room at the Kennedy Secondary School. Mark Masten, business manager, presented a report
to the School Board.

8. Blaine Danielson moved to approve Levy for Taxes Payable 2018 at $6,551,847.46. The motion was
seconded by Natalie Knutson and carried unanimously.
The next regular School Board meeting will be held at 5 pm Monday, January 8, 2018 in the Otter
Community Room at the Kennedy Secondary School.
Melissa Hermes made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 6:11 pm. The motion was seconded by Natalie
Knutson and carried unanimously
A work session followed the School Board meeting.
Melanie Cole entered the work session at 7:10 pm.