ISD 696 Board Meeting Minutes

School Board Meeting Minutes<BR><BR>March 9, 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. On roll call the following directors were present: Erzar, Kellerman, Marsnik, Pengal, Richter, York-Jesme. Absent: none. Also present: Superintendent Langan; Principal Murphy; Joe Domich, Ely Echo; Adam Masloski, Ely Timberjay.<BR><BR> Chairperson Marsnik asked the board to recognize the accomplishments of the members of the Nordic ski team at state competition: Peter Schurke (18th), Kathryn Van Every (19th), Jake Dalberg (25th), Amy Bianco (65th), Berit Schurke (72nd), August Lah (100th). Also recognized Glenn Hartman-Mattson for receiving the 2009 ExCEL (Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership) Award and the East Range Knights girls' hockey team for receiving the Section 7A Academic Champions Award. Letters of recognition will be sent.<BR><BR>4.0 Moved by York-Jesme, seconded by Erzar, to approve the agenda as amended. Motion carried.<BR><BR>5.0 There were no requests to speak during the Open Forum session.<BR><BR>6.0 Approval of Past Meeting Minutes:<BR><BR>6.1 Moved by York-Jesme, seconded by Erzar, to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of February 12, 2009. Motion carried.<BR><BR>6.2 Moved by Erzar, seconded by York-Jesme, to approve the minutes of the joint meeting with the Ely City Council of February 26, 2009, with the following changes: It was agreed that Board members Kellerman Erzar and Pengal will be ad hoc members of the City's Building Committee..... Motion carried. <BR><BR>7.0 The following correspondence/informational items were presented: 7.1 No Student Council member was present; 7.2 Betsy Flaten representing CAPP (Comprehensive Arts Planning Program) was present to talk about the recent Artist in Residence program. Students worked with the artist and created three mosaic panels that will be displayed permanently in the school. <BR><BR>8.0 Old Business: None.<BR><BR>9.0 New Business: None.<BR><BR>10.0 Consent Agenda:<BR><BR>10.1 Moved by Erzar, seconded by York-Jesme, to approve the following <BR><BR>Program Consent Agenda:<BR><BR>Bills due and payable amounting to $275,063.91 including check numbers 42267 through 42427.<BR><BR>February 2009 financial reports as presented: Total monthly receipts: $569,742.96; total monthly payroll: $226,631.94; total fringe benefits: $ 198,127.02; invoices: $251,054.95; total monthly expenditures: $675,813.91; total revenue over expenditures: ($106,070.95).<BR><BR>Approved the following gifts and donations: 1. Book-Harry's heavy Suitcase illustrated by Nancy Scheibe; authors-Marcia Homer and Flossie Strickland from Cleveland Cliffs Foundation for the Media Center; 2. $22,986.56 from the Ely Band Boosters to purchase band uniforms; 3. $400.00 from Wilderness Wind, Ely, MN, to purchase art supplies for the elementary school; 4. $100.00 ($25.00 each) from Wells Fargo Community Support Program, Ely, MN - Maria Gesicki, Megan Gibney, Linda Kallrud, Donna Niskala to purchase elementary educational supplies; 5. $25.00 from Wells Fargo Community Support Program, Ely, MN - Robin Franks to use district wide; 6. $25.00 from Wells Fargo Foundation Educational Matching Gift Program, Ely, MN-Carol Pucel to by used by the elementary; 7. $25.00 from Wells Fargo Foundation Educational Matching Gift Program, Ely, MN-Robin Franks to be used district wide; 8. $25.00 from Wells Fargo Community Support Program, Ely, MN-Theresa M. Muhvich to purchase district wide classroom supplies; 9. $25.00 from Wells Fargo Community Support Program, Ely, MN -Carol Pucel to be used for the elementary; 10. $885.00 from Ely Northland Market-Bratwurst Sales to be used for the 6th grade field trip to the Environmental Learning Center; 11. $109.50 from St. Anthony's Church bake sale to be used for the 6th grade field trip to the Environmental Learning Center; 12. $1,543.50 from Schwan's Product Sales Fundraiser to be used for the 6th grade field trip to the Environmental Learning Center; 13. $301.59 from Pizza Hut Product Sales Fundraiser to be used for the 6th grade field trip to the Environmental Learning Center. <BR><BR>Approved field trip for Grade 6 to the Environmental Learning Center in Finland May 13th to May 15. Request submitted Jessica Vallero, trip supervisor and head chaperone.<BR><BR>Received expenditure budget draft for 09-10 and approved 09-10 revenue budget projection received at February 12th meeting.<BR><BR>Approval to move potential building project directly to MDE Review and Comment. <BR><BR>Superintendent reported on proposed legislation regarding non-ferrous mining. He acknowledged the sensitivity the proposed legislation has created in our community and encouraged a thoughtful approach to the impact such legislation would potentially have for our school district.<BR><BR>Motion carried.<BR><BR>Moved by York-Jesme, seconded by Erzar, to approve the following Personnel Consent Agenda:<BR><BR>Hired Jayne Dusich for the head girls' track coach position for the 2008-2009 season under terms and conditions of the collective bargaining agreement between ISD #696 and the Ely Education Association and School Board policy.<BR><BR>Hired Will Helms for the head boys' track coach position for the 2008-2009 season under terms and conditions of the collective bargaining agreement between ISD #696 and the Ely Education Association and School Board policy.<BR><BR>Hired Emmett Penke and Jim Wittrup to share the assistant baseball coach position for the 2008-2009 season under terms and conditions of the collective bargaining agreement between ISD #696 and the Ely Education Association and School Board policy.<BR><BR>Hired Michelle Zollar as elementary playground supervisor, $8.50 per hour for two hours per day, student contact days.<BR><BR>Accepted the resignation of Stephanie Moore from her elementary playground supervisor position effective February 19, 2009.<BR><BR>Motion carried.<BR><BR>Policy Consent Agenda: None.<BR><BR>11.0 Administrative Reports:<BR><BR>11.1 Superintendent:<BR><BR>11.1.1 Transit Assistance Funds bill (Senate File 287). If passed, the school would be able to utilize a portion of funding accrued from the state's motor vehicle tax for bus operations. School could receive $45,210.00.<BR><BR>11.1.2 Joint meeting with City Council on February 26, 2009, was helpful, cordial, and productive. <BR><BR>11.1.3 "Competencies for Superintendents" was passed out along with an article by Joe Nathan, NATHAN: Make training new, potential leaders a priority. Supt. Langan will send out an evaluation form to the Board members for the superintendent's position to be turned into Chairperson Marsnik. A summary document will be compiled and then presented at the April Board meeting.<BR><BR>11.1.4 Update on bullying issue. Spent time in discussion with concerned parent; issue was attended to.<BR><BR>11.1.5 Moved by Erzar, seconded by York-Jesme, to authorize the purchase of a used van. Motion carried. This Class III vehicle will be used by staff and faculty; it's not being purchasing for the golf team. The old van will be sold.<BR><BR>11.1.6 Request for arbitration has been received in regards to the AFSCME grievance regarding health insurance contract wording. This is still under discussion. Also, there is continued discussion on retiring incentive for staff. All should be in place by April meeting.<BR><BR>11.1.7 The Board reached consensus to have Supt. Langan move forward with the RUS-DT grant application which would enable reimbursement of costs related to software and technology hardware that would be used in distance learning opportunities for our students.<BR><BR>11.2 Principal:<BR><BR>11.2.1 Principal Murphy presented her response to Ely Rotary Club's request for a school project to be considered for funding: Proposal # 1 - $1,100 towards implementation of "Parent Portal". Parents would have private access to their student's current academic progress via the internet; Proposal # 2 - Up to $2500.00 for one year's subscription towards site licenses for Explore Learning science curriculum for grades 5 and 6. She explained if funding is received she could submit purchase to RUS Grant for reimbursement and use towards purchase of a white board. One site license will then be retained and paid for with Title money, donations from Target or possibly a Wish List donation. <BR><BR>11.3 Board Committee Reports:<BR><BR>11.3.1 Chairperson Marsnik, who is a member of the IRYA (Iron Range Youth In Action) Board, gave an update on the IRYA Make a Difference Conference held on February 18, 2009, at Fortune Bay. Conference is put on by students; Ely students sponsored two workshops, conference and workshops were well attended.<BR><BR>11.3.2 There will be a Negotiations Session with the Ely Education Association on Friday, April 3, 2009, at 3 p.m. in the School Board Meeting Room, Memorial Building.<BR><BR>12.0 Moved by York-Jesme, seconded by Richter, to go into a closed session to discuss negotiations strategy. Motion carried.<BR><BR> 13.0 Moved by York-Jesme, seconded by Erzar, to adjourn at 8:40 p.m.<BR><BR>Scott C. Kellerman, Clerk<BR><BR>Ely Echo 4/18/2009