School Board Meeting Minutes

School Board Meeting Minutes <BR><BR>February 12, 2009<BR><BR>The regular meeting of the School Board of Independent School District No. 696 was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Chairman Marsnik. This meeting was rescheduled from February 9, 2009, because of the weather. On roll call the following directors were present: Erzar, Kellerman, Marsnik, Pengal, Richter, York-Jesme. Absent: none. Also present: Superintendent Langan; Tom Coombe, Ely Echo; Adam Masloski, Ely Timberjay<BR><BR>4.0 Moved by York-Jesme, seconded by Erzar, to approve the agenda as presented. Motion carried.<BR><BR>5.0 There were no requests to speak during the Open Forum session.<BR><BR>6.0 Moved by Kellerman, seconded by York-Jesme, to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of January 12, 2009. Motion carried. <BR><BR>7.0 The following correspondence/informational items were presented: 7.1 No Student Council member was present; 7.2 Letter from Ely Rotary Club - Principal Murphy to bring to March School Board meeting a project or activity to be submitted to the Ely Rotary Club for funding per their request; 7.3 Ely Community Resource, Inc. Quarterly Progress Report <BR><BR>8.0 Old Business: None.<BR><BR>9.0 New Business:<BR><BR>9.1 Ida Rukavina, AFSCME Council No. 65 representative and Kirt Hartshorn, AFSCME Local No. 295 representative were both present for the grievance hearing regarding the interpretation of the wording in the contract regarding 08-09 health/hospitalization insurance premiums.<BR><BR>Moved by Kellerman, seconded by Pengal to deny the AFSCME grievance regarding the interpretation of the wording in the contract regarding 08-09 health/hospitalization insurance premiums. Motion carried.<BR><BR>Moved by York-Jesme, seconded by Richter, to lend the benches made by the high school shop class with materials purchased by Student Council to the Ely Recreational Facility for the remainder of this winter. Motion carried.<BR><BR>10.0 Consent Agenda:<BR><BR>10.1 Moved by Kellerman, seconded by Erzar, to approve the following <BR><BR>Program Consent Agenda:<BR><BR>Bills due and payable amounting to $323,666.33 including check numbers 42038 through 42266.<BR><BR>January 2009 financial reports as presented: Total monthly receipts: $623,306.42; total monthly payroll: $184,168.20; total fringe benefits: $ 177,296.61; invoices: $324.376.14; total monthly expenditures: $685,840.95; total revenue over expenditures: ($62,534.53).<BR><BR>Approved the following gifts and donations: 1. $3,724.00 from the City of Ely for Community Education; 2. 12 Epson 83X Projectors; 2 SMA WS100 Smart Board Wireless Pads; 4 Cordless Gyration Optical Air Mouse Devices (total worth approximately $7,000) from RAMS/ATLAS (Arrowhead Technology Literacy Association of School Grant) - ISD #696 hosted regional RAMS/ATLAS Teacher Technology Seminar to be used for the Media Center (Judy Klun, Media Specialist, and Bo DeRemee, Secondary Science Teacher, were present to show some of the equipment); 3. $71.16 from Washington Elementary PTO to purchase art supplies for Cheryl Beymer's 1st grade classroom; 4. $50.00 from RMG (Residential Mortgage Group) "Refer a friend. Build your community" program - Shelley Hill and Kristine Berndt of Bloomington, MN; 5. $875.00 from the Ely Hoop Club to pay for a portion of the warm up pants/shirts for the boy's basketball team.<BR><BR>Proposal to amend the 2009-2010 School calendar (change teacher workshop day from January 18, 2010, to January 25, 2010).<BR><BR>Receive revenue budget projection for 09-10 based upon current law (09-10 expenditure projection will be presented at the March regular meeting).<BR><BR>Motion carried.<BR><BR>Moved by Kellerman, seconded by Erzar, to support the juniors and seniors attending the 11th Annual Iron Range Job Fair on Tuesday, March 24, 2009, in Virginia at the Thunderbird Mall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students to be transported in a district vehicle and paid for by Carl Perkins revenue (per Shannon Malovrh, CTE and Service Learning Coordinator). Motion carried.<BR><BR>Moved by Kellerman, seconded by York-Jesme, for Bill Erzar, School Board Legislative Liaison, to attend the MSBA School Board Day at the Capitol on Monday, February 23, 2009. Motion carried.<BR><BR>Moved by York-Jesme, seconded by Richter, to approve the following Personnel Consent Agenda:<BR><BR>Approve David Urbas as volunteer assistant boys' hockey coach for the 2008-2009 season contingent upon having on file a satisfactory criminal background check with the ISD #696 district office.<BR><BR>Motion carried.<BR><BR>Moved by Erzar, seconded by York-Jesme, to approve the following Policy Consent Agenda:<BR><BR>Approve Vending Machine Policy Code 803<BR><BR>Approve Protection and Privacy of Pupil Records Revision Policy Code 310<BR><BR>Curriculum Review Cycle Policy Code 336<BR><BR>Motion carried.<BR><BR>The issue of school buses vs. charter buses being used for transportation to and from student activities. Charter buses have been used for the self-funded activities and school buses for school funded activities. Using charter buses for school funded activities could be a union issue. <BR><BR>Moved by York-Jesme, seconded by Erzar, to adopt the Resolution Directing<BR><BR>the Administration to Make Recommendations for Reductions In Programs and Positions and Reasons Therefor. For: Erzar, Kellerman, Marsnik, Pengal, Richter, York-Jesme. Against: None. Motion carried.<BR><BR>Superintendent Langan stated that starting with next month's agenda it will be standard on the agenda for the Board to make a motion to go into closed session negotiation strategy.<BR><BR>12.0 Administrative Reports:<BR><BR> 12.1 Superintendent:<BR><BR>Chairperson Marsnik will meet with Superintendent Langan to discuss the procedure for the assessment of superintendent's contract and performance relative to the current contract.<BR><BR>The Washington Elementary elevator project is now complete and the elevator is operational.<BR><BR>Superintendent Langan, Erzar, and York-Jesme will be attending the RAMS (Range Association of Municipalities and Schools) annual meeting in Hibbing on Thursday, February 19, 2009.<BR><BR>A current list of school vehicles was presented. The 7 passenger 1997 Doge Mini Van will be out of service as of February 28, 2009. Superintendent Langan will check with Mike Motors for the cost of a replacement; possibly an off lease that is about one year old. <BR><BR>Superintendent Langan discussed the high lights of the Governor's budget and federal stimulus package. (Note: Significant money for school renovations and special education).<BR><BR>12.2 Principal:<BR><BR>12.2.1 & 12.2.2 Principal Murphy was not able to be present but <BR><BR>submitted some information about elementary and high school high points in regards to what classrooms are up to.<BR><BR>12.2.3 Enrollment changes from January 2008-2009: January 2008 high school (grades 7-12) - 299; January 2009 high school (grades 7-12) - 272; January 2008 elementary (early childhood, kindergarten, grades 1-6) - 290; January 2009 elementary (early childhood, kindergarten, grades 1-6) - 290.<BR><BR>12.3 Board Committee Reports:<BR><BR>2009 Committee Structure: 1. Safety Committee - Board - Erzar, superintendent, transportation director, head of maintenance, nurse/health professional, industrial technology staff - Rob Simonich; 2. Continuing Education - Martina Jarecki (chair), Rob Simonich, Judy Klun, Carol Petersen, K-12 principal, community member - Michele Lekatz; 3. Meet/Confer & Grievance Committee -Board - Marsnik, Kellerman, Richter, superintendent, K-12 principal, Rob Simonich, Jim Lah, Megan Devine; 4. Staff Development - K-12 principal, high school - Laurie Kess, Amy Kingsley, Anna Thompson; elementary - Cheryl Beymer, Susan Ferguson, Carol Petersen, community member; 5. Negotiations (Ely Education Association) - superintendent, board - York-Jesme, Pengal, Marsnik-Alternate; 6. Negotiations (AFSCME) - superintendent, York-Jesme, Erzar, Marsnik-Alternate; 7. Negotiations (Principal) - Superintendent, York-Jesme, Pengal, Marsnik - Alternate; 8. Budget/Finance - full board, superintendent, business manager; 9. Facilities Committee - full board, superintendent, head of maintenance; 10. Community Education Advisory - Board - Marsnik, Community Education Coordinator, parents/community; 11. Joint Powers Board - Board - Marsnik, Erzar - Alternate; 12. Student Activities/High School League Issues - Board - Richter; 13. Legislative Liaison- Board - Erzar; 14. Home School Liaison - Board - Richter; 15. Communication Improvement Work Group - Board - Richter, York-Jesme; 16. Retiree Insurance Analysis Committee - Board, Erzar, York-Jesme, Kellerman, AFSCME - Carolyn Fendt, Connie Ojala, Kirt Hartshorn, EEA - Lyle Klein, Jim Lah, Rob Simonich<BR><BR> Moved by Kellerman, seconded by York-Jesme, to adjourn at 9:05 p.m.<BR><BR>Scott C. Kellerman, Clerk<BR><BR>Special Meeting with Ely City Council February 26, 2009<BR><BR>The special meeting of the School Board of Independent School District No. 696 and the Ely City Council held at Vertin's back dining room was called to order by Chairman Marsnik at 6:03 p.m. On roll call the following members of the School Board were present: Erzar, Kellerman, Marsnik, Pengal. Absent: Richter, York-Jesme. Also present: Superintendent Donald Langan.<BR><BR>Mayor Roger Skraba called the roll for the City Council; the following members were present: Warren Nikkola, Heidi Omerza, Frank Salerno, Gordon Sheddy. Absent: Jerome Debeltz, Mark Zupec, and City Clerk/Treasurer Terri Boese. Also present: Harold Langowski, Operations Director; Kelly Klun, City Attorney.<BR><BR>Scott Stowell, Ely Timberjay, and Tom Coombe, Ely Echo, were also present.<BR><BR>The future of the JFK building was discussed. Supt. Langan reported that Tony Mancuso, Property Manager for St. Louis Co. has notified the school that the County plans to vacate the JFK building by the fall of 2009. Their lease is up June 30, 2009, and Supt. Langan anticipates they will ask for a three-month lease to September 30, 2009. Mayor Skraba asked about the possibility of the City occupying the JFK building temporarily (about two years) while the City constructs a new shared facility. Council Member Nikkola expressed the importance of the City and School District getting the County to make a commitment to staying in the JFK building while a new city structure is being built. It was agreed that Board members Erzar and Pengal will be ad hoc members of the City's Building Committee (Operations Director Harold Langowski, Council Member Sheddy, Mayor Skraba) and will plan to meet with Tony Mancuso, St. Louis Co. Property Manager, to discuss the issue. <BR><BR>Council Member Omerza asked what would happen to Happy Days Nursery School and the Ely Head Start (both currently occupy space in the JFK bldg.) if the County vacates and there are no knew tenants. Supt. Langan stated that space could be found in the Washington or Memorial buildings for them.<BR><BR>Mayor Skraba asked what the school plans to do with the JFK Building if it becomes unoccupied. Supt. Langan stated that is would possibly be demolished (Health and Safety monies can be used for demolition) and it could become green space. <BR><BR>The Federal Stimulus Package was discussed. Supt. Langan stated that the district will receive money in special education (IDEA) and Title I & IIb but is uncertain how much, when it will be received, and what restrictions may be applied to the funds. The school is pursuing stimulus money for an undetermined construction project. He anticipates the money would be received on a matching basis so the school may have to go to the community for support via a referendum.<BR><BR>Langowski spoke about the upcoming Central Avenue project. It is a 3.3 million dollar project and the City is hoping to receive some Stimulus money towards its completion.<BR><BR>Erzar and Mayor Skraba expressed the importance of sending letters of support of the project to repair Hwy. 169 (between Ely and Tower) to Mike Robinson, MN Department of Transportation, Duluth - District 1, 1123 Mesaba Ave., Duluth, MN 55811.<BR><BR>Mayor Skraba stated the City would be working on this year's and next year's budgets starting March 10th and that they are losing funding so are getting prepared by finding ways to save money and generate revenue. He stated the City is interested in pursuing ways the City and School District could possibly help each other out by joint new construction and/or new energy sources.<BR><BR>Employee health insurance and membership in the Northeast Service Cooperative Pool was discussed. Babbitt has recently left the pool and the city is looking into what they did. Supt. Langan talked briefly about PEIP (Public Employee Insurance Program) health insurance and that there is a bill in the legislature in process. <BR><BR>Board Member Erzar suggested the possibility of the school and city working together to reduce fuel rates. He also mentioned the water and sewer rates increasing and ways the school could become more efficient by installing waterless fixtures, low flow showerheads, waterless urinals, etc. <BR><BR>Council Member Omerza who is a member of the Parks & Rec. Board gave an update of the new recreation facility. Rob Simonich's Building Trades class has been working on the facility as a class project. They finished painting and are now working on trim work. The drop ceiling and some plumbing need to be completed. <BR><BR>Meeting adjourned at 7:23 p.m.<BR><BR> <BR><BR>Scott C. Kellerman, Clerk<BR><BR> <BR><BR>Ely Echo 3-14-2009