Oct. 22, 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, Missy Hermes, Natalie
Knutson, Matthew Lemke, and Stephen Vigesaa. Mark Masten, business manager and Elaine Jahnke,
HR Director 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
Stephen Vigesaa and carried unanimously.
Chair Melanie Cole thanked the 544 Education Foundation who awarded over $63,600 in grants to the
Fergus Falls School District; and Otter Tail Power Company for their Adams School Geothermal Rebate
of $125,280.
Reports were presented by:
• Elementary Principal – Scott Colbeck (Adams/McKinley)
• Elementary Principal – Tindy Rund (Cleveland)
• Secondary Principal – Dean Monke
General Consent Items:
The following consent agenda was presented for approval:
1. School Board minutes of the regular school board meeting held on October 8, 2018
2. Personnel
Support Staff Hires:
• Lesley Knudson, secretary @ KSS; effective 11/12/18
• Joshua Trautner, mechanical worker/custodian @ REC; effective 11/1/18
Stephen Vigesaa moved to approve the consent agenda. The motion was seconded by Missy Hermes
and carried unanimously.
Old Business:
None.
New Business:
1. Blaine Danielson offered the following resolution and moved for its adoption:
Be it hereby resolved that the Board of Fergus Falls Public Schools nominates
Matthew Lemke to serve as a board of directors nominee of the Lakes Country Service Cooperative
(LCSC) and authorizes this individual’s name to be place on the ballot to be
submitted to LCSC voting members.
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 same;
None.
Whereupon said motion was declared duly passed and the resolution adopted.

2. Blaine Danielson moved to approve a request for an additional 3.5 hours/day for a Special Education
Paraprofessional position. The motion was seconded by Stephen Vigesaa and carried unanimously.
3. Matthew Lemke moved to approve support staff changes as follows:
– KSS Grab & Go Breakfast and Lunch Computer para educator position (4.75 hours/day) changed
to a KSS Grab & Go/Lunch computer/Food prep cafeteria position (with an additional 1.25 hrs/day –
Grade 4)
– Transfer of Brittney Munday to the KSS Grab & Go/Lunch Computer/Food Prep cafeteria
position. The motion was seconded by Stephen Vigesaa and carried unanimously.
4. Blaine Danielson moved to approve revisions to current ISD #544 School Board Policies: #604 –
Instructional Curriculum; #614–School District Testing Plan and Procedure; #802–Disposition of
Obsolete Equipment and Material. The motion was seconded by Natalie Knutson and carried
unanimously.
5. There was a First Reading of new ISD #544 School Board Policies: #615–Testing Accommodations,
Modifications, and Exemptions for IEPs, Section 504 Plans, and LEP Students; #618–Assessment of
Student Achievement; and #619–Staff Development for Standards. No action was taken.
6. Missy Hermes offered the following resolution and moved for its adoption:
RESOLUTION OF SCHOOL BOARD SUPPORTING FORM A APPPLICATION TO MINNESOTA
STATE HIGH SCHOOL LEAGUE FOUNDATION
WHEREAS, the Minnesota State High School League Foundation was formed to provide
support for Minnesota’s high school youth to participate in athletics and fine arts;
WHEREAS, the District 544 School Board recognized the value of students participation in
extracurricular activities; and
WHEREAS, the MSHSL Foundation is offering grants and funding to assist school district in
recognizing, promoting and funding extracurricular participation by high school students in athletic
and fine arts programs.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Fergus Falls School Board supports the District’s
application to the Minnesota State High School League Foundation for a FORM A grant to offset
student activity fees.
The motion was seconded by Stephen Vigesaa 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 same;
None.
Whereupon said motion was declared duly passed and the resolution adopted.
The next regular School Board meeting will be held at 5:15 pm, Monday, November 19, 2018 in the Otter
Community Room at the Kennedy Secondary School.
Matthew Lemke made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 5:58 pm. The motion was seconded by
Stephen Vigesaa and carried unanimously.