Feb. 14, 23 and 28 Ely School Board Minutes

School Board Meeting Minutes<BR><BR>February 14, 2011<BR><BR>1.0 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.<BR><BR>2.0 On roll call the following directors were present: Kellerman, Marsnik, Pengal, Richter, Skradski. Absent: None. Also present: Joselyn Murphy, Elementary Principal; Interim Superintendent, Dr. Kimberly Belcastro; Tom Coombe, Ely Echo; Adam Masloski, Ely Timberjay.<BR><BR>3.0 Pledge of Allegiance<BR><BR>4.0 Moved by Richter, seconded by Kellerman, to approve the agenda as amended. Motion carried.<BR><BR>5.0 Open Forum: Bill Erzar, past board member, Morse Township: There is misinformation going around saying the district is going to replace the heating system in the Industrial Arts Bldg. and then it's going to be torn down a year later. This is not true and has never been a plan of the school board. He also stated that if anyone wants to see if a person is a district tax payer one can go to the St. Louis Co. website and enter their name in property tax lookup and it will state what school district they are in. <BR><BR>Holly Prijatel, parent of elementary student, expressed concern for lack of school patrols on Central Avenue and the need for crossing lights.<BR><BR>Susan Ferguson, Ely, asked about how district resident can absentee ballot: information can be found on the district's website www.ely.k12.mn.us or contact the district office (218-365-6166).<BR><BR>6.0 Approval of Past Meeting Minutes:<BR><BR>6.1 Moved by Kellerman, seconded by Richter, to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of January 10, 2011. Motion carried. <BR><BR>6.2 Moved by Skradski, seconded by Richter, to approve the minutes of the special meeting of January 18, 2011. Motion carried.<BR><BR>7.0 The following correspondence/informational items were presented: <BR><BR>7.1 Student Council representative: None present<BR><BR>7.2 Presented Bill Erzar with a plaque for his years of service to the school district as school board director <BR><BR>7.3 Ely Community Resource, Inc., Quarterly Progress Report - 4th Quarter was presented<BR><BR>7.4 Letter from Gerald Tyler, Dick Zahn, Bill Dudick and others re: bond referendum and response from Chip Jacobs of Foster, Jacobs, & Johnson, Inc. (These items will be placed on the district website)<BR><BR>8.0 Old Business: <BR><BR>8.1 Report on specific issues and concerns from the Elementary Playground/Arena Parking Committee follow up from the January 3, 2011, special school board meeting. Several members of the committee spoke: more signage has been added; handicap issued addressed; playground is a lot cleaner but still a way to go on this; hopefully will have a playground that is just a playground some day; gate stays locked until 3:30 p.m. each day to allow for students to vacate the campus before vehicles drive on the playground.<BR><BR>8.2 Chairman Marsnik was contacted by a Town of Morse representative stating they found a paper that states the district sold the old White Iron School property to the Town of Morse for a $1 in 1954. The matter will be looked into further; school district deed on file will be presented at the March meeting.<BR><BR>9.0 New Business: <BR><BR>9.1 Moved by Pengal, seconded by Kellerman, to extend the search for another month for applicants to fill the vacant school board director position and to advertise for two weeks in the Ely Echo, Ely Timberjay, Ely Shopper and hold interviews at the March 14, 2011, regular meeting. For: Kellerman, Marsnik, Pengal, Skradski. Against: Richter. Motion carried. <BR><BR>9.2 Review of joint meeting with City Council of February 8, 2011. Belcastro, Skradski, Richter and Marsnik attended the meeting; the new heating system was discussed and it will be compatible with the City's possible biomass project ; there was discussion about the support of area legislatures; specifically Tom Bakk; discussion of school crossing lights<BR><BR>9.3 Moved by Skradski, seconded by Richter, to have Interim Supt. Belcastro contact community service organization and put together a committee to look at the practically of purchasing school crossing lights on Sheridan St. and Hwy. 21 (Central Ave.). Motion carried. Richter and Skradski to be board representatives on the committee along with a PTO representative and Ann Spangler, Safe Routes to School Grant Coordinator.<BR><BR>10.0 Consent Agenda:<BR><BR>10.1 Moved by Richter, seconded by Pengal, to approve the following <BR><BR>Program Consent Agenda:<BR><BR>January 2011 disbursements and wire transfers amounting to $520,196.40 including check numbers 45455, 45533 through 45741.<BR><BR>January 2011 financial reports as presented: Total monthly receipts: $596,597.31; total monthly payroll: $186,114.34; total fringe benefits: $169,958.77; invoices: $418,682.87; total monthly expenditures: $774,755.98; total revenue over expenditures: ($178,158.67).<BR><BR>10.1.3 Approved the following gifts and donations: 1. 77 copies of Pentti and the Hungry Polar Bears from Connie Loisel for the Washington Elementary; 2. $1,016.33 worth of basketballs from the Ely Hoop Club for the basketball program; 3. $200.00 from Ellen Root for the band program; 4. subscription to Air & Space magazine from Louis D. Schindler for the high school media center; 5. $385.55 from the Ely Washington Elementary PTO for the 6th grade trip to the Environmental Learning Center; 6. $3,724.00 from the City of Ely for Ely Community Education; 7. $120.00 from Wells Fargo Community Support Campaign - Michael W. Krutsch for the Fine Arts Program at Memorial High School; 8. $65.00 from Wells Fargo Community Support Campaign - Donald D. Rausch for the Early Childhood Family Education Program. <BR><BR>Adjust meal reimbursement rates for district travel. This was tabled until the March regular meeting so that more information can be gathered<BR><BR>Hired Nick Wognum for district election clerk for the March 29, 2011, special election at $12.00 per hour.<BR><BR>Appointed election judges for the March 29, 2011, special election at the rate of $12.00 per hour: Charlotte Mayranen, Mary Ann Lekatz, Connie Lindgren, Dorothy Budris, Doris Nelson, Lori Schmidt, Kathy Hutar. Absentee ballot board: Nick Wognum, Charlotte Mayranen<BR><BR>Approved Ely Public Schools 2011-2012 Budget Development Calendar<BR><BR>Adopt U.S General Services Administration (GSA) Privately Owned Vehicle (POV) Mileage Reimbursement Rates for school board travel for 2011. "Automobile: If use of privately-owned automobile is authorized or if no government owned automobile is available - .51 cents per mile. If government owned automobile is available-.19 cents per mile."<BR><BR>Motion carried.<BR><BR>10.2 Moved by Kellerman, seconded by Richter, to approve the following<BR><BR>Personnel Consent Agenda:<BR><BR>10.2.1 Approved James M. Koski as volunteer assistant hockey coach for the 2010-2011 season contingent upon having on file a satisfactory criminal background check with the ISD #696 district office.<BR><BR>10.2.2 Approved Wesley Snyder as volunteer assistant hockey coach for <BR><BR>the 2010-2011 season contingent upon having on file a satisfactory criminal background check with the ISD #696 district office.<BR><BR>10.2.3 Approved Jacob Innis as volunteer assistant track coach for the 2010-2011 season contingent upon having on file a satisfactory criminal background check with the ISD #696 district office.<BR><BR>10.2.4 Accepted resignation/retirement of Donald Langan from the position of superintendent of schools effective February 3, 2011. A letter of appreciation will be sent. <BR><BR>10.2.5 Approved Kimberly K. Belcastro, Ed. D., as Interim Superintendent for the remainder of 2010-2011 school year. Compensation to be determined. <BR><BR>Motion carried.<BR><BR>Policy Consent Agenda: <BR><BR>10.3.1 Revise Acceptance of Gifts Policy Code: 101, School Board (for review, approval at March meeting)<BR><BR>10.3.2 MSBA/MASA Model Policy 515 Protection and Privacy of Pupil Records (for review, approval at March meeting)<BR><BR>11.0 Administrative Reports:<BR><BR>11.1 Superintendent:<BR><BR>11.1.1 Moved by Kellerman, seconded by Richter, to approve board legislative liaison Bill Skradski and Supt. Belcastro to attend the 2011 Joint Legislative Conference for Schools, Cities, Counties and Townships on March 14, 2011.<BR><BR>11.1.2 Heating system leak: Memorial Bldg., $22,000 to $32,000 to fix pending outcome of the March 28, 2011, referendum<BR><BR>11.1.3 Moved by Kellerman, seconded by Pengal, to accept the lower quote submitted by Voltz for $19,396.79 for Network Equipment. Motion carried. A quote for $46,205.00 from Marco was also submitted. No quotes were received for the RFP for Network Wiring in high school and elementary buildings. Brad Ruoho (Voltz) and Judy Klun (media specialist) will be at the March meeting to present the district's technology needs.<BR><BR>11.1.4 Referendum Update-informational brochure is being printed; community meetings are scheduled for February 16, March 2, March 9, March 23, at 6:30 p.m. in the Memorial Media Center. A new "Annual Property Tax Impact Summary Estimates" informational sheet has been printed.<BR><BR>11.1.5 Election-Got Heat! community committee has been formed to promote the referendum<BR><BR>11.2 Principals:<BR><BR>11.2.1 & 11.2.2 Laurie Kess, Asst. Principal/Secondary Guidance Counselor, gave an update on the online class statistics; Joselyn Murphy, Elementary Principal, gave an update on current enrollment and on personnel evaluations. Faculty is currently being evaluated by principals and by the Q Comp process; none of the non-certified staff has been evaluated; working on an evaluation form and will have them done by the end of the school year.<BR><BR>11.3 Board Committee Reports: <BR><BR>11.3.1 Continuing Education Committee: change community member from Sheila Clouse to Mary Jane Johnson<BR><BR>11.3.2 Q-Comp Quality Oversight Team: Kim Belcastro, Joselyn Murphy, Judy Klun, Rob Simonich, Justin Lindgren. This item was pulled from the agenda. The committee will make a presentation at the March meeting.<BR><BR>11.3.3 Elementary Play Ground/Arena Parking Ad Hoc Committee: new members - Patricia Olson, Misty Merhar, Denise Myers, Scott Olson<BR><BR>12.0 Moved by Kellerman, seconded by Richter, to go into a closed session to discuss negotiation strategy at 9:13 p.m.<BR><BR>Scott C. Kellerman, Clerk<BR><BR>School Board Study/Work Session <BR><BR>February 23, 2011<BR><BR> The study session of the School Board of Independent School District No. 696 was called to order by Chairman Marsnik at 4:00 p.m. in the school board meeting room with the following directors present: Marsnik, Richter. Absent: Kellerman, Pengal, Skradski. Also present were Kimberly Belcastro, Superintendent; Joselyn Murphy, Elementary Principal; Laurie Kess, Assistant H. S. Principal/Guidance Counselor; Tom Coombe, Ely Echo; Adam Masloski, Ely Timberjay.<BR><BR> There was discussion of how to fill high school principal duties for the remainder of the year.<BR><BR> A special meeting of the school board was scheduled for Monday, February 28, 2011, at 4 p.m. in the school board meeting room for further discussion of the administrative configuration for the remainder of the year.<BR><BR> Meeting adjourned. <BR><BR> <BR><BR> Scott C. Kellerman, Clerk<BR><BR>Special Meeting of the School Board <BR><BR> February 28, 2011<BR><BR>1.0 The special meeting of the School Board of Independent School District No. 696 was called to order by Chairman Marsnik at 4:03 p.m. in the school board meeting room.<BR><BR>2.0 The following directors were present: Kellerman, Marsnik, Pengal, Skradski. Absent: Richter. Also present was Kim Belcastro, Interim Superintendent; Laurie Kess, Assistant H.S. Principal/Secondary Counselor; Todd Hohenstein, Secondary Science Teacher; Rob Simonich, President, Ely Education Association and Tom Coombe, Ely Echo.<BR><BR>3.0 Pledge of Allegiance.<BR><BR>4.0 -Moved by Pengal, seconded by Kellerman, to post the position of Dean of Students (.6 FTE-temporary part time for the remainder of the 2010-2011 school year) and grant permission for the superintendent to hire a substitute until the position is filled. Motion carried.<BR><BR>-Moved by Kellerman, seconded by Pengal, to increase Robert Braff from .83 FTE to 1.0 FTE (ULA recall) for the remainder of the 2010-2011 school year ($3,278.52). Motion carried. <BR><BR>-Moved by Pengal, seconded by Kellerman, to approve 10 additional work days for Laurie Kess, Assistant H.S. Principal/Secondary Counselor for the remainder of the 2010-2011 school year ($3,570.00). Motion carried<BR><BR>-Moved by Kellerman, seconded by Pengal, to approve additional compensation to Kimberly Belcastro, Interim Superintendent, in the amount of $1,000 per month with a start date of February 14th through June 30, 2011 ($88,500.00) Motion carried.<BR><BR>5.0 Closed session for a hearing for student expulsion was postponed to a later date.<BR><BR>6.0 Moved by Kellerman, seconded by Pengal, to adjourn at 5:05 p.m.<BR><BR> Scott C. Kellerman, Clerk<BR><BR>Ely Echo 3/19/2011