7/6/09 School Board Minutes 
written by matt grose   
wednesday, 08 july 2009 20:07
JULY 6, 2009

The regular School Board meeting for Independent School District #317 was held July 6, 2009 at 6:00 PM in the Deer River High School Media Center.  Vice-Chairperson Anne Gardner called the meeting to order and led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Members in attendance included:  Lee Pederson, Brad Box, Sarah Bellefy,  Nancy Adams-Hulbert, and Anne Gardner.   Member absent:  Victor Williams.

Administrators present included:  Supt. Matt Grose, Carol Risberg, Business Manager, Brent Colligan, High School Principal, Amy Galatz, Elementary Principal and Russ Bouchie, Building & Grounds Supervisor.  Reporter Bob Barnacle was in attendance and  Paulette Ojanen was present as recorder.

Agenda additions include:  6c4:  Approve 09-10 Contract for Abby Brands, Social Worker, 6c5:  Approve Resignation of Full-Time Title IX Tutor- Fran Pederson.  6c6:  Approve 09-10 Contract for Part-Time Title IX Tutor – Fran Pederson.  7f2:  Letter from North PTO.   Delete:  6c2:  Spanish Instructor Contract.   Motion to approve agenda with additions and deletion made by N. Adams-Hulbert, seconded by B. Box.   Motion carried unanimously.  (MCU hereafter).

L. Pederson made the motion, seconded by N. Adams-Hulbert  to approve the June 1, 2009 minutes.  MCU.

Motion to approve accounts payable/payroll for June 2009 in the amount of  $1,000,588.78  made by B. Box, seconded by S. Bellefy.   MCU.

Motion to approve the Consent Agenda items 1-4 made by B. Box, seconded by N. Adams-Hulbert. MCU.
The Consent agenda  items 1-4 were as follows:
1.  Approve  09-10 Contract – M. Petermeier, Speech/Language Path. Asst.
2.  Delete
3.  Approve Resignation – S. Martinson, Dean of Students/Activities Director
4.  Approve 09-10 Contract – A. Brands, Social Worker

Motion to approve the Consent Agenda items 5-6 ( L. Pederson asked to abstain from voting for items 5-6 due to his relationship
to Fran Pederson) was made by N. Adams-Hulbert, seconded by S. Bellefy.  MCU.
The Consent agenda items 5-6 were as follows:
5.    Approve Resignation of Full-Time Title IX Tutor – F. Pederson
6.    Approve 09-10 Part-time Title IX Contract – F. Pederson

Supt. Grose read the resignation letter from Sean Martinson and thanked him for his outstanding work for the Deer River
School District.   The board regretfully accepts his resignation and congratulates him on his new position as Elementary
Principal in Cohasset.

The American Indian Education Transmittal of Resolution and Parent Committee Roster was presented to he School Board.   Vice-Chairperson Gardner read the Resolution aloud.  Motion to accept the resolution was made by N. Adams-Hulbert, seconded by L. Pederson.  MCU.

Motion to approve the 2009-2010 ARCC (Arrowhead Regional Computer Consortium) Agreement was made by B. Box, seconded by N. Adams-Hulbert.  MCU.    Supt. Grose explained this agreement.

N. Adams-Hulbert made the motion, seconded by S. Bellefy to increase the food service meal prices for the 2009-2010 school year.  Elementary Breakfast will be $1.15 (previously .90), Elementary Lunch will be $1.60 (previously $1.50), High School Breakfast will be $1.25 (previously $1.00) High School Lunch will be $1.85 (previously $1.80)
Student milk will be .35 (previously .25)  Adult milk will be .55 (previously .45)  Adult Breakfast will be $1.75 (previously $1.50)  Adult Lunch will remain $3.00.   This increase does not affect those students who qualify for free or reduced meals.  

B. Box made the motion to table item 6g: Activity Fee Increase until discussion of  the changes in the Activities Handbook can be held.   Motion seconded by L. Pederson.  MCU.

Activities Handbook changes were presented.   This being the first reading, no action taken at this time.

Mrs. Galatz explained the changes to the King Elementary Teacher and Student Handbooks.  This being the first reading, no action taken at this time.

Supt. Grose made the recommendation to designate the Western Itasca Review as the school district’s official publication.   Motion to approve the Western Itasca Review at the official district publication was made by B. Box, seconded by N. Adams-Hulbert.  MCU.

Attachment 99 (Health & Safety) document was explained by Supt. Grose and Russ Bouchie.   Motion to accept Attachment 99 was made by L. Pederson, seconded by B. Box.   MCU.

Information only:   Electronic Transfers from Woodland Bank to MSDLAF+ (MN School District Liquid Asset Fund)  0 transfers in June 2009.

Mrs. Galatz reported for the elementary schools.   Working on the transition of school secretary.  Tara Dahlberg will replace Marsha DeWitt.   Summer school is going well.  Title grant has been submitted.

Mr. Colligan discussed events at the high school.   MCA grad tests results were released.  Overall, students did very well.  Retakes are scheduled for those students needing to do that.  Senior Survey was done this year.  Results will be sent to board members.  He mentioned the letter from the Math Department recommending that four years of math be required for students in order for them to be prepared for college.  He also mentioned that summer school is going well.  He wished to thank Sean Martinson for his time and efforts put forth for Deer River High School and the community.   Also, a K-12 Code of Conduct is being worked on.   A proposal for weighting grades is also being looked at.   He also mentioned he has attended meeting with MN Dept. of Education representatives, ISD #118 representative and Bug School representative discussing the possibility of collaborating on an Alternative Learning Center to be based in Ball Club.  This is still in the discussion stage at this time.

R. Bouchie  reported that summer projects are going well and he is very pleased with the excellent work being done by the student workers this summer.   Moving items from North School has been ongoing.  Julie Kennedy then reported on the progress of the track project.

B. Box expressed thanks for being invited to the Apple Executive Briefing held last week.

N. Adams-Hulbert mentioned the recent Golf Tournament and thanked Sean for his efforts on that event.

L. Pederson wished to thank Sean for his hard work and best wishes in his new position.

A. Gardner mentioned negotiations have begun and are in the early stages at this time.

Supt. Grose updated the board on IASC (Itasca Area Schools Collaborative).  Superintendents have met regarding the integration of technology across districts to enhance education for students.   He mentioned that the Blandin Foundation Grant for years 5 & 6 for Invest Early have been received.   Discussion was held regarding a letter from the North School PTO stating their desire to donate two picnic tables and a set of bleachers to the Marcell Community Park.  The board directed Mr. Grose to investigate the legalities and procedure of property donations before a decision can be made.   The Apple Executive Briefing was well attended and thanks to the board members who attended.  Discussions have been held with Nor-Tran in regards to Sparsity Aid Revenue and the possibility of addressing ride times for students.   He also reported the district has made AYP (Annual Yearly Progress) for the 2008-09 school year.

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

The next regular school board meeting will be August 3, 2009 with an open forum at 5:45 PM and the regular meeting at 6:00 PM in the High School Media Center.

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