School Board Meeting Minutes - November 9, 2009

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: High School Principal/Director of Operations, Dr. Kimberly Belcastro; Superintendent Dr. Donald Langan; Joe Domich, Ely Echo; Adam Masloski, Ely Timberjay.<BR><BR> 4.0&#160;&#160; Moved by Kellerman, seconded by Richter, to approve the agenda as amended. Motion carried.<BR><BR> 5.0 Open Forum: There were no requests to speak.<BR><BR> 6.0 Approval of Past Meeting Minutes:<BR><BR> 6.1 Moved by Erzar, seconded by Pengal, to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of October 12, 2009. Motion carried.<BR><BR> 7.0 The following correspondence/informational items were presented:<BR><BR>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; No correspondence to be recognized at this board meeting.<BR><BR> 8.0 Old Business: None at this meeting.<BR><BR> 9.0 New Business: None at this meeting.<BR><BR> 10.0 Consent Agenda:<BR><BR> 10.1 Moved by York-Jesme, seconded by Richter, to approve the following &#160;Program Consent Agenda:<BR><BR> 10.1.1 Bills due and payable amounting to $184,724.74 including check numbers 43321 through 43472.<BR><BR> 10.1.2 October 2009 financial reports as presented: Total monthly receipts: $521,481.60; total monthly payroll: $329,264.15; total fringe benefits: $ 247,702.10; invoices: $71,122.85; total monthly expenditures: $648,089.10; total revenue over expenditures: ($126,607.50).<BR><BR> 10.1.3 Approved the following gifts and donations: 1. $250.00 from the Ely Lions Club to be used for One Act Play expenses; 2. $57.00 from the Wells Fargo Community Support Program-David D. Rausch to be used for elementary educational supplies; 3. $220.00 from the Kiwanis Club of Ely to be used for One Act Play expenses; 4. purchase of books, teacher's choice, worth $160.00 per teacher from Piragis Northwoods company-Nancy and Steve Piragis for each elementary classroom.<BR><BR> 10.1.4 Direct the superintendent to proceed with design for heating, indoor air quality study. This item was pulled from the consent agenda for discussion and board action.<BR><BR> 10.1.5 Approved E2T2 grant application.<BR><BR>Motion carried.<BR><BR>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Moved by Erzar, seconded by Kellerman, to direct the superintendent to proceed with design for heating and indoor air quality study after discussion and to use reference to Foster, Jacobs, and Johnson facility engineering assessment report. Motion carried.<BR><BR> 10.2&#160; Moved by York-Jesme, seconded by Richter, to approve the following &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; &#160;&#160;&#160; Personnel Consent Agenda:<BR><BR>10.2.1 Hired Nicole Caliri for the Special Education Paraprofessional position vacated by the resignation of Donna Meier, 6.5 hours per day, 5 days per week, student contact days, $13.23, beginning November 3, 2009, under terms and conditions of the collective bargaining agreement between ISD #696, and AFSCME Local No. 295 and School Board policy.<BR><BR> 10.2.2 Hired Michelle Zollar for the Cafeteria Aide position beginning November 16, 2009, (2 &#190; hrs. per day, 5 days per week, student contact days, $12.75/ hr.).<BR><BR> 10.2.3 Hired Bonnie Starkman for the Accompanist position for the 2009-2010 fall musical under terms and conditions of the collective bargaining agreement between ISD #696 and the Ely Education Association and School Board policy.<BR><BR> 10.2.4 Hired Donna Kari for the Head Speech Coach position for the 2009-2010 school year under terms and conditions of the collective bargaining agreement between ISD #696 and the Ely Education Association and School Board policy.<BR><BR> 10.2.5 Hired Paula Anderson for the position of Head Coach of the Nordic Ski Team for the 2009-2010 school year with compensation paid by ISD #696 and reimbursed by the Ely Nordic Ski Club and contingent upon having on file a satisfactory criminal background check with ISD #696 district office and under terms and conditions of the collective bargaining agreement between ISD #696 and the Ely Education Association and School Board Policy.<BR><BR> 10.2.6 Hired Tyler Fish for the position of Assistant Coach of the Nordic Ski Team for the 2009-2010 school year with compensation paid by ISD #696 and reimbursed by the Ely Nordic Ski Club and contingent upon having on file a satisfactory criminal background check with ISD #696 district office and under terms and conditions of the collective bargaining agreement between ISD #696 and the Ely Education Association and School Board Policy.<BR><BR> 10.2.7 Hired Damian Foy for the Assistant Boys' Hockey Coach position for the 2009-2010 school year contingent upon having on file a satisfactory criminal background check with ISD #696 district office and under terms and conditions of the collective bargaining agreement between ISD #696 and the Ely Education Association and School Board policy.<BR><BR> 10.2.8 Approved Jim Koski as volunteer Assistant Boys' Hockey Goalie Coach&#160; for the 2009-2010 season contingent upon having on file a satisfactory criminal background check with the ISD #696 district office.<BR><BR> 10.2.9 Approved Dave Milton as volunteer Assistant Boys' Hockey Coach for the 2009-2010 season contingent upon having on file a satisfactory criminal background check with the ISD #696 district office.<BR><BR> 10.2.10 Approved Kristi Mattila as volunteer Hockey Cheerleading Coach for the 2009-2010 season contingent upon having on file a satisfactory criminal background check with the ISD #696 district office.<BR><BR> 10.2.11 Approved Tom Omerza as volunteer Assistant Boys' Basketball Coach for the 2009-2010 season contingent upon having on file a satisfactory criminal background check with the ISD #696 district office.<BR><BR> 10.2.12 Approved Mary Greyson as volunteer assistant Nordic Ski Coach<BR><BR>for the 2009-2010 season contingent upon having on file a satisfactory criminal background check with the ISD #696 district office.<BR><BR> 10.2.13 Update of Personnel Evaluation Progress. This item was pulled<BR><BR>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; from the consent agenda for discussion.<BR><BR> 10.2.14 District Technology Coordinator job description. This item was pulled from the consent agenda for discussion and board action.<BR><BR>10.2.15 Approve Professional Growth subsidy payment in the amount of $ 2,030.00.<BR><BR> 10.2.16 Accepted the &#160;resignation of Michelle Zollar from the position of noon supervisor on her last day Friday, November 13, 2009.<BR><BR>Motion carried.<BR><BR>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Update of personnel evaluation progress by Supt. Langan: He has created a document for the evaluation of principals; At Will Employee policy; principals are working on teacher evaluations.<BR><BR>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Moved by Erzar, seconded by York-Jesme, to approve the District Technology Coordinator job description with the following amendment, QUALIFICATIONS: (third bullet) MnSCU institution or institution of equal or greater integrity. Motion carried.<BR><BR> 10.3&#160; &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Moved by Kellerman, seconded by Richter, to approve the following Policy Consent Agenda:<BR><BR> 10.3.1 "At Will" Employee Policy. This item was pulled from consent agenda for further discussion.<BR><BR> 10.3.2 ISD #696 Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy; Code 012-District Wide.<BR><BR>Motion carried.<BR><BR>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; The "At Will" Employee Policy was discussed and will be presented for board action at the December meeting.<BR><BR> 10.4&#160; Moved by York-Jesme, seconded by Pengal, to approve the 2009-2011 Master Agreement between Independent School District No. 696 and the Ely Education Association as materially presented. For: Erzar, Kellerman, Marsnik, Pengal, Richter, York-Jesme. Against: None. Motion carried.<BR><BR> 11.0&#160; Administrative Reports:<BR><BR> 11.1&#160; Superintendent:<BR><BR> 11.1.1 A special meeting was scheduled to go over levy, 09-10 revised budgets before certification and FY09 audit review, Tuesday, December 1, 2009, at 5 p.m.<BR><BR> 11.1.2 Received notice from Terri Boese, City Clerk/Treasurer, City of Ely, that the city has received confirmation from the MN Secretary State's Elections Division confirming the change in precincts from four to one and affirmed the precinct's polling place as the "Ely public school building."<BR><BR> 11.1.3 Technology discussion with Voltz Technologies. The district will be relying on Voltz Technologies for tech support until a permanent situation can be put into place.<BR><BR> 11.1.4 Discussion of Instructional Policy series. Don is working on these policies for Ely.<BR><BR> 11.1.5 Member Erzar asked for an update on the progress of the service/storage building at the baseball field. Rob Simonich, Industrial Arts Instructor, was present and stated that the repairs to the building are progressing and the roof is scheduled to be put on this week pending weather conditions. Erzar suggested using plywood or oxboard underlayment for the tin sheeting on the roof.<BR><BR> 11.2&#160; Principal:<BR><BR> 11.2.1 -Kim Belcastro, High School Principal/Director of Operations presented the high school class schedule and the number of students in each class as requested by the board at the October 12, 2009, meeting.<BR><BR>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; -Tim Omerza, Athletic Director, presented his end of the season fall report<BR><BR> 11.2.2 Joselyn Murphy, Elementary Principal: No report at this meeting.<BR><BR> 11.3&#160; Board Committee Reports:<BR><BR> 11.3.1 There will be a Facilities Committee meeting, Tuesday, November 24, 2009, 3 p.m. in the School Board Meeting Room, 3-5 p.m. walk thru, 5-7 p.m. general discussion.<BR><BR> 11.3.2 Ray Marsnik gave a report on the meeting he attended recently regarding community discussion on education in Northern St. Louis Co. Five communities met; Orr, Cook, Tower, Ely, and Babbitt to discuss home schooling, collaboration, facility sharing. They will wait until after ISD #2142 referendum results (Dec. 8) for further discussion.<BR><BR> 12.0&#160; There was no closed session at this meeting.<BR><BR> 13.0&#160; Moved by Kellerman, seconded by York-Jesme, to adjourn at 8:48 p.m. Motion carried.<BR><BR>&#160;<BR><BR> Scott C. Kellerman, Clerk<BR><BR>&#160;<BR><BR>Ely Echo 12/19/2009