.SCHOOL BOARD WORKSHOP
JUNE 2, 2010
I. Call to Order:
A Workshop of the ISD #317 School Board was called to order by Vice Chairperson Anne Gardner at 4:30 p.m. in the Deer River High School Conference Room. Members present are Gardner and Directors Lee Pederson, Brad Box, Sarah Bellefy and Nancy-Adams Hulbert. Absent: Chairperson Victor Williams.
II. Discussion on 6th grade relocation to Deer River High School:
Superintendent Grose provided update regarding logistics of providing instruction to the 6th grade at Deer River High School. An architectural firm is working on design for the space dedicated for classrooms at DRHS, custodial staff is making plans for moving necessary furniture and materials from King, and administration is making plans to best utilize space at King and streamline the transition for students.
III. 2010-2011 School Calendar; Proposed Instructional Schedule:
Recent information sent to students/parents regarding the proposed instructional schedule for next school year, which includes early release every Wednesday, yielded very little feedback. Plans will proceed to implement the new schedule.
IV. Property Update; North Elementary School:
Two parties have made recent inquiries on the property; will continue to work toward a purchase agreement.
V. Transportation; Bus Passes:
After a detailed discussion regarding the procedures for bus passes, including comments by Nor-Tran, Inc., a sub-committee will be established to further evaluate the process and make recommendations for policy development to improve safety and efficiency for students and staff.
VI. Technology Update:
Superintendent Grose provided information related to a project planned for the improvement of the IASC Fiber Network, which will benefit Deer River directly through faster and more reliable wireless internet. The project will require an investment by each member District, including the upgrade of outdated District equipment.
The District Technology Committee is planning the first ISD 317 Summer Technology Institute for three days in mid-August. Class sessions were developed from staff suggestions. Registration will open first to employees and then to other Districts.
District will be hiring instructors for Math, Science and Spanish at the High School, and an EBD teacher at King Elementary; evaluating support staff roles.
VIII. Budget; Assumptions and Projections:
Carol Risberg, Business Manager, presented detailed information about the 2010-11 budget and financial forecast.
IX. Superintendent Evaluation:
The valuation will be distributed as an on-line survey in the next week and responses will be compiled and reviewed at the July meeting.
Gardner adjourned the meeting at 6:00 p.m.