May 14, 2018 Board minutes

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, 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 extended a sincere thank you to the following for their donation to the Otter Angel
Account, an account created to anonymously assist families unable to pay for student meals: Melissa
Reese, Jennifer Rogholt, Thomas Rufer, Kari Krein, April Scharnberg, Tanya Sundberg, Stuart
Schiesser, and to those who donated during the Middle School play.
The following reports were presented:
• Matthew Lemke – LCSC Board, MSHSL
• Natalie Knutson – Wellness, Policy
• Melanie Cole – Spec Ed Coop, Region I, Finance, Activities
• Melissa Hermes – Staff Development, Curriculum Review
• Blaine Danielson – 544 Education Foundation, Buildings & Grounds, Meet & Confer
• Jerry Ness – Superintendent Report
General Consent Items:
The following consent agenda was presented for approval:
1. Minutes from April 23, 2018 School Board meeting.
2. Bills and Treasurer’s Report – reviewed by Natalie Knutson and Melanie Cole prior to the start of
the School Board meeting:

Student Activity funds were reviewed by the School Board.

General Fund $1,786,790.70
Food Service $ 58,235.81
Community Service $ 20,715.04
Building Fund $ 0
Debt Service $ 0
Trust & Agency $ 4,067.83
TOTAL $ 1,869,809.38

3. Personnel:
Certified Staff Resignations:
-Karla Breen, special ed teacher @ KSS; effective the end of the 2017-18 school year
-Courtney Weston, elementary teacher @ KSS; effective the end of the 2017-18 school year
Support Staff Resignations:
-Gwen Budd, special ed paraprofessional @ CL; effective the end of the 2017-18 school year
-Tyler Budd, special ed paraprofessional @ KSS; effective 5/9/18
-Victoria Terfehr, bus supervisor @ KSS; effective at the end of the 17-18 school year
-Brittany Conrad, para educator @ Adams; effective at the end of the 17-18 school year
-Tory Bladow, custodian @ KSS; last day-6/1/18
2018-19 Certified Staff Hires:
-Karla Cummings, iQ school counselor; 1 FTE, effective 8/27/18
-Dan Sternberg, elementary teacher (5th grade); 1 FTE, effective 8/27/18
-Kari Flatau, science/RTI teacher @ KSS; 1 FTE, effective 8/27/18
-Kristine LaVoi, elementary teacher (6th grade); 1 FTE, effective 8/27/18
-Megan Lee, elementary teacher (1st grade); 1 FTE, effective 8/27/18
-Derek Hanson, elementary teacher (3rd grade); 1 FTE, effective 8/27/18
-Andrew Goracke, PE/Health teacher @ KSS; 1 FTE, effective 8/27/18
-Sara Delaney, art teacher @ KSS; 1 FTE, effective 8/27/18
-Dane Froiland, music teacher @ KSS; 1 FTE, effective 8/27/18
-Kari Love-Mainah, communication arts teacher @ KSS; 1 FTE, effective 8/27/18
-David Dirks, PE/health teacher @ KSS; 1 FTE, effective 8/27/18
-Kelli McGovern, math teacher & iQ elementary teacher; 1 FTE, effective 8/27/18
-Lisa Schlosser, special education teacher @ KSS; 1 FTE, effective 8/27/18
-Douglas Stave, special education teacher @ KSS; 1 FTE, effective 8/27/18
-Mackenzie Schwantz, special education teacher @ KSS; 1 FTE, effective 8/27/18
-Joshua Scharnberg, language arts teacher @ KSS; increase to 1 FTE, effective 8/27/18
Certified Staff Contract Change:
-Elesha Jyrkas (iQ), request to rescind teaching contract rights of .25 FTE for the 2018-19 school
year in order to reduce current contract to .5 FTE, effective 8/22/18
Support Staff Hires:
-Jonah Hove, custodian @ KSS, effective 5/7/18
-Brittany Conrad, secretary @ Adams; effective at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year
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 addition of Aspire as one of the School District’s 403b
vendors; effective 2018-19 school year. The motion was seconded by Melissa Hermes and carried
unanimously.
2. Melissa Hermes moved to approve the FY19 LCSC’s ECFE Consortium Membership Agreement.
The motion was seconded by Natalie Knutson and carried unanimously.
3. Matthew Lemke moved to create a “Flexible Spending” bank account at Security State Bank for the
purpose of transferring funds between the school district and Discovery Benefits; and authorize the

Mark Masten, business manager, to create/allow ACH transactions with Discovery Benefits and/or its
other client. The motion was seconded by Blaine Danielson and carried unanimously.
4. Melissa Hermes move to approve the formation of a Debate Team; effective Fall of 2018. The motion
was seconded by Matthew Lemke and carried unanimously.
The next regular School Board meeting will be held at 7:15 am Tuesday, May 29, 2018 in the Otter
Community Room at the Kennedy Secondary School.
Blaine Danielson made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 5:52 pm. The motion was seconded by
Natalie Knutson and carried unanimously.
A work session followed the School Board meeting.