April 23, 2018 board minutes

Regular School Board Meeting
April 23, 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, Blaine Danielson, Natalie Knutson, Matthew Lemke, and Stephen Vigesaa. Melissa Hermes 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 Matthew Lemke and carried unanimously.

Chair Melanie Cole thanked Janet Lundquist for her donation to the Track Booster account for Otter Track supplies and equipment in memory of Greg “Fuzz” Noren.

Reports were presented:
• Carri Thompson – Curriculum Implementation Plans
• 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 April 9, 2018

2. Personnel:
Certified Teacher Resignation:
Peder Butenhoff, art teacher, effective the end of the 2017-18 school year

Certified Staff Hires for 2018-2019 School Year:
Nicole Schleske, elementary teacher, effective 8/27/18
Christina Weisel, elementary teacher, effective 8/27/18

Support Staff Resignations:
Jennifer Whitted, student services coordinator, effective the end of the 2017-18 school year
Malleri Stoen, special education paraprofessional, effective the end of the 2017-18 school year

Blaine Danielson moved to approve the consent agenda. The motion was seconded by Stephen Vigesaa and carried unanimously.

Old Business:
None.

New Business:

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

RESOLUTION DISCONTINUING AND REDUCING EDUCATIONAL POSITIONS AND
PROGRAMS

WHEREAS, the School Board of Independent School District No. 544 adopted a resolution on January 22, 2018, directing the administration to make recommendations for reductions in programs and positions, and

WHEREAS, said recommendations have been received and considered by the School Board,

BE IT RESOLVED, by the School Board of Independent School District No. 544, as follows:
That the following programs and positions, or portions thereof, be discontinued:

K-12 Positions: .7232 FTE
– Math (iQ)

The motion was seconded by Blaine Danielson and upon roll call vote being taken, the following voted in favor thereof: Melanie Cole, Blaine Danielson, 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.

2. Blaine Danielson offered the following resolution and moved for its adoption:

RESOLUTION RELATING TO THE TERMINATION AND NONRENEWAL OF THE TEACHING
CONTRACT OF —, A PROBATIONARY TEACHER

WHEREAS, — is a probationary teacher in Independent School District No. 544.

BE IT RESOLVED, by the School Board of Independent School District No. 544, that pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 122A.40, Subdivision 5, that the teaching contract of —, a probationary teacher in Independent School District No. 544, is hereby terminated at the close of the current 2017-18 school year.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that written notice be sent to said teacher regarding termination and non-renewal of his/her contract as provided by law, and that said notice shall be in substantially the following form:

NOTICE OF TERMINATION AND NON-RENEWAL

Dear Ms./Mr.,
You are hereby notified that at a regular meeting of the School Board of Independent School District No. 544 held on April 23, 2018, a resolution was adopted by a majority roll call vote to terminate your contract effective at the end of the current school year and not to renew your contract for the 2017-18 school year. Said action of the board is taken pursuant to M.S. 122A.40, Subd. 5.

You may officially request that the school board give its reasons for the non-renewal of your teaching contract. For your information, however, this action is taken because of the financial condition (in order to improve efficiencies) of the school district.

Sincerely,

Blaine Danielson, Clerk
School Board of Independent School District No. 544

1. Dianne Anderson
2. Tara Miller

The motion was seconded by Natalie Knutson and upon roll call vote being taken, the following voted in favor thereof: Melanie Cole, Blaine Danielson, 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 GASB 75 – Other Post Employment Benefits Actuarial Study. The motion was seconded by Blaine Danielson and carried unanimously.

Matthew Lemke moved to approve the 2018-2019 iQ Academy School Calendar. The motion was seconded by Blaine Danielson and carried unanimously.

Natalie Knutson moved to approve a Call for Quotes on Worker Compensation Insurance. The motion was seconded by Stephen Vigesaa and carried unanimously.

Blaine Danielson moved to approve the 2018-19 Curriculum Implementation Plans for Visual Arts, Agriculture, Industrial Tech, Automotive, Library/Media, Business, and Computer Literacy. The motion was seconded by Stephen Vigesaa and carried unanimously.

7. Matthew Lemke moved to approve Discovery Benefits as the District’s Flexible Spending Plan provider; effective 8/30/18. The motion was seconded by Blaine Danielson and carried unanimously.

Stephen Vigesaa moved to approve a girls’ and boys’ Nordic Ski Program change from independent provider to school funded. The motion was seconded by Natalie Knutson and carried unanimously.
9. Matthew Lemke moved to approve Application for Dissolution of Cooperative Sponsorship for Girls’ and Boys’ Nordic Ski program beginning with the 2018-19 School Year. The motion was seconded by Stephen Vigesaa and carried unanimously.

The next regular School Board meeting will be held at 5:15 pm Monday, May 14, 2018 in the Otter Community Room at the Kennedy Secondary School.

Matthew Lemke made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 6:15 pm. The motion was seconded by Blaine Danielson and carried unanimously.

A work session followed the School Board meeting.

Blaine Danielson, Clerk