March 26, 2018 Board Minutes

Regular School Board Meeting
March 26, 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 5:15
pm. The following members were present: Melanie Cole, Melissa Hermes, Natalie Knutson, Matthew
Lemke, and Stephen Vigesaa. Blaine Danielson was absent. Jerry Ness, superintendent, Mark Masten,
business manager and Elaine Jahnke, personnel manager were also present.
Matthew Lemke, acting clerk, established a quorum.
Melissa Hermes made a motion to approve the agenda as presented. The motion was seconded by
Stephen Vigesaa and carried unanimously.
Chair Melanie Cole acknowledged the following:
– Congratulations to Cheryl Bormann for being selected as the West Central School Counselors
Association 2018 School Counselor of the Year!
– The School District will be receiving a $50,000 anonymous donation to enhance the tennis program
with 11 benches for the eight KSS courts, wind slats on the south court, two tennis ball throwing
machines, and two rolling carts.
Reports were presented:
• Winter/Spring Sports Update – Derek Abrahams
• 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. Minutes of the regular school board meeting held on March 12, 2018
2. Personnel:
Support Staff Hires:
– Cain Adams, special education paraprofessional, effective 4/2/18
– Brent Funk, mechanical worker/custodian, effective 4/2/18
– Cody Ward, seasonal grounds worker, effective 5/15/18
– Brad Moxness, seasonal grounds worker, effective 5/29/18
– Yvonne Wegscheid, custodian @ KSS, effective 4/2/18
Certified Staff Retirement:
– Jean Larrivy, elementary teacher, effective end of the 2017-18 school year
Head Coach Resignation:
– Tom Uvass, head boys’ swimming and diving coach, effective 3/12/18
Matthew Lemke moved to approve the consent agenda. The motion was seconded by Natalie
Knutson and carried unanimously.
Old Business:
None.

New Business:
1. Melissa Hermes moved to approve the acceptance of a Kennedy Secondary School roof bid of
$130,250 from Buttweiler’s. The motion was seconded by Matthew Lemke and carried unanimously.
2. Matthew Lemke offered the following resolution and moved for its adoption:
RESOLUTION ON THE RETIREMENT OF JEAN LARRIVY
WHEREAS Jean Larrivy began her employment with the Fergus Falls Public Schools in August
1975, and
WHEREAS Jean has been a valued employee with the Fergus Falls Public Schools for the past
43 years, and
WHEREAS Jean has done an excellent job as an elementary teacher in the district and,
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Fergus Falls School Board to thank Jean Larrivy
for her 43 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, Melissa Hermes, Matthew Lemke, Natalie Knutson, and
Stephen Vigesaa
and the following voted against same;
None.
Whereupon said motion was declared duly passed and the resolution adopted.
3. Matthew Lemke moved to approve a revision to the 2018-2019 School District Calendar moving the
March Parent/Teacher conference to the last week in February. The motion was seconded by
Stephen Vigesaa and carried unanimously.
4. Melissa Hermes moved to approve a revision to the District’s 8-Year Curriculum Review Cycle –
switching K-12 science to 2019-20; and technology replacement/FACS to 2019-20. The motion was
seconded by Natalie Knutson and carried unanimously.
The next regular School Board meeting will be held at 5:15 pm Monday, April 9, 2018 in the Otter
Community Room at the Kennedy Secondary School.
Matthew Lemke made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 6:01 pm. The motion was seconded by Natalie
Knutson and carried unanimously.
A work session followed the School Board meeting.