9/8/09 School Board Minutes 
written by matt grose   
tuesday, 15 september 2009 07:50


The Regular School Board meeting for Independent School District #317 was held September 8, 2009 at 6:00 PM in the King School Library. Chairperson, Victor Williams, called the meeting to order and led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Members in attendance included:  Anne Gardner, Brad Box, Victor Williams, Sarah Bellefy, Nancy Adams-Hulbert and Lee Pederson.


Administrators present included:  Supt. Matt Grose, Amy Galatz, Elementary Principal,  Brent Colligan, High School Principal, Russ Bouchie, Building and Grounds Supervisor and  Brent Schimek Activities Director.  Newspaper reporter, Traci Crotteau was in attendance and Chery Ross was present as recorder.  


Agenda additions:  Item 6c15.  Approve Contract for Caitlin Mankowski and Item 6c16.  Increase Karen Kaasa to 80%.  Motion to approve Agenda as amended by  N. Adams-Hulbert, seconded by B. Box.   Motion carried unanimously.  (MCU hereafter.)


The track project was discussed.  No action was taken.


Motion to approve minutes from the August 3, 2009 Board meeting was made by N. Adams-Hulbert seconded by A. Gardner.  MCU.


B. Box made the motion, seconded by S. Bellefy to approve the Accounts Payable/Payroll for August 2009 in the amount of $955,939.87.  MCU.


Motion to approve items on the consent agenda as listed below made B. Box, seconded by N. Adams-Hulbert.  MCU.

1.         Approve Contract –   Sarah Schweisthal, Speech Assistant
2.         Approve Contract –   Kim Tillman, Parent Educator/ECFE Coordinator
3.         Approve Contract –   Sara Wolf, School Readiness Instructor
4.         Approve Contract –   Kathy Huotari, ECFE/ECSE/School Readiness Para
5.         Approve Contract –   Karen Lind, School Readiness Instructor
6.         Approve Contract –   Jenny Lind, School Readiness Para
7.         Approve Contract –   Ara Anderson, Life Sciences/Physics Instructor
8.         Approve Contract –   Kathy Pierce, Community Ed Programmer/Clerical Serv
9.         Approve Contract –   Gaye Francisco, Special Ed Instructor
10.       Approve Contract –   Angela Boyd, ECSE Instructor
11.       Approve Contract –   Phillip Hermel, English/Language Arts Instructor
12.       Approve Leave – Jennifer Sjodin, Special Ed Instructor
13.       Approve Agreement between ISD #317 and IASC Invest Early
14.       Approve Surrogate Parent Request
15.       Approve Contract –   Caitlin Mankowski, Kindergarten Instructor
16.       Approve Increase – Karen Kaasa from 70% to 80%

Superintendent Grose commented that the hiring of an additional kindergarten teacher was due to high numbers.  The K. Kaasa increase to 80% was caused by a retirement and the need to make up for some physical education time.  A. Gardner questioned room usage at King Elementary.


Motion to approve changes to the high school handbooks (teacher and student) was made by A. Gardner, seconded by N. Adams-Hulbert.  MCU


Superintendent Grose introduced the Dean of Students/Activities Director Brent Schimek to the Board.   The DRHS Activities Handbook was discussed at length.


A. Gardner made the motion, seconded by L. Pederson to approve the DRHS Activities Handbook with the exception of “Section J” and to operate under the standards from last year until this issue is resolved.  MCU

Superintendent Grose will set something up to address the academic standards in the handbook.


First reading for change in Policy 410.  This being the first reading, no action was taken.


Motion to set Special Meeting date of September 29, 2009 at 8:00 AM  in the high school conference room to certify the proposed levy was made by L. Pederson, seconded by B. Box.  MCU.


The Electronic Fund Transfer from Woodland Bank to MSDLAF+ (MN School District Liquid Asset Fund), $300,000 in August 2009 was reviewed for information purposes only.


A. Galatz reported on the fourth section of kindergarten.  She also discussed early out plans that include all staff and paraprofessionals.  The new pick-up and drop-off procedures at King were discussed.  Overall, the new procedure went well for the first day of school.  Training for a grant to help establish a better system for supporting challenging behavior will be September 17th and 18th.  She thanked the custodians for their hard work over the summer and mentioned that Tara Dahlberg, the new King Elementary school secretary did a fantastic job.  The first parent night at King will be Monday, September 28th in the evening. 


B. Colligan reported that the high school will continue working towards their goals from 08-09.  He thanked the custodians for making the building look so nice for the first day of school.  He also thanked Lynn Evans, Phil Hermel, and the LINK Crew for a good job.  Mr. Colligan reported that the high school will continue to focus on standards.  These standards are grade-based on standards that the student knows and the high school will continue to work towards building skills to help students be successful.  Picture day is September 22nd. 


B. Schimek reported that fall activities have started and things are moving forward. 


Mark Schjenken of Nor-Tran reported the first day of transportation went pretty well.  Road construction is an issue however the new drop off procedure at King will help. 


R. Bouchie reported that the custodians will continue working on a temporary wall for the new kindergarten section at King.  The custodial staff is still moving items from North School.  The playground painting and repairs are complete.  A sidewalk at King will be investigated. 


N. Adams-Hulbert, L. Pederson, and Superintendent Grose attended the MSBA Fall Conference.  S. Bellefy, A. Gardner, N. Adams-Hulbert and Superintendent Grose recently attended an MREA (MN Rural Education Assoc.) meeting. 


On behalf of the School Board, A. Gardner offered condolences to the family of Toni Gregerson.  


Supt. Grose reported on collaborative updates.  He reported on the MREA meeting he recently attended.  MREA is the only education association that blends the school board, administrators, and teachers together.   We need to communicate more than ever with our legislators.  Supt. Grose mentioned a Weed and Seed meeting, which is a federal program that rebuilds communities. Superintendent Grose would like to recognize the building principals for the excellent start to the opening of the new school year. He also commented on Apple training and working with the City of Deer River to explore walkways to the school entrances.  Supt. Grose thanked Russ Bouchie and the custodians for an awesome job.  Hats off to Nor-tran for their hard work with changes and the re-routing of buses. 


Motion to adjourn made by B. Box, seconded by L. Pederson.  MCU


The next regular board meeting will be Monday, October 12, 2009 with an open forum at 5:45 PM and the Regular Meeting at 6:00 PM in the Deer River High School Media Center.

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Victor Williams, Chair                                       Nancy Adams-Hulbert, Clerk

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