School Board Meeting Minutes February

School Board Meeting Minutes February 11, 2019
Board approved 3-11-2019)

1.0 The regular meeting of the School Board of Independent School District No. 696 was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Chairman Marsnik.
2.0 On roll call the following directors were present: Colarich, Mann, Marsnik, Omerza, Pointer, Sjoberg. Also present: Kevin Abrahamson, Superintendent; Keith Vandervort, Ely Timberjay; Tom Coombe, Ely Echo.
3.0 Pledge of Allegiance
4.0 Approval of Agenda:
4.1 Moved by Pointer, seconded by Mann, to approve the agenda as amended. Motion carried. (Vote: 6-0)
5.0 Open Forum: Misty Merhar spoke regarding the placement of a banner in the arena, honoring Dave Merhar’s accomplishments.
6.0 Approval of Past Meeting Minutes:
6.1 Moved by Pointer, seconded by Colarich, to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of January 14, 2019. Motion carried. (Vote: 6-0)
6.2 Moved by Mann, seconded by Sjoberg, to approve the minutes of the study session of January 28, 2019, as amended to include that board member Colarich gave an update of the MSBA Conference. Motion carried. (Vote: 6-0)
7.0 Correspondence/informational items were presented:
7.1 Student Council Representative – none present.
7.2 Elementary Student Council Representative – Student Council advisors John Meyer and Nancy Preblich were present with members of their student council to share what projects they have been working on.
7.3 Ely Community Resource, Inc. Quarterly Progress Report – 4th Quarter, October 1 – December 31, 2018
8.0 K-5 Principal’s Report – Anne Oelke
8.1 Staff Development Plan - revised
8.2 February – I Love to Read Month – Ice Fishing Contest for Reading
8.3 Student Council
8.4 Healthy Schools Challenge – grant opportunity
8.5 Minnesota Elementary School Principal Conference – Feb. 6-8
8.6 Upcoming dates
9.0 6-12 Principal’s Report – Megan Anderson
9.1 Working on class registration for next year.
9.2 Parent/Teacher conferences were held Wednesday, Feb. 6.
9.3 The Minnesota Student Survey will be given to all 5th, 8th, 9th and 11th graders this February.
9.4 Update on Winter Frolic
9.5 Update on Northland Films.
10.0 Director of Facilities Report – Tim Leeson
10.1 Drywall repairs are still going on
10.2 Received bid for hot water
10.3 Getting estimates for new school bus
10.4 Update on arena
10.5 Tree committee received grant to plant trees
11.0 Old Business:
11.1 Facilities Planning update – Superintendent Abrahamson gave an update on the first community task force meeting meeting with ARI.
12.0 New Business: None at this meeting.
13.0 Consent Agenda:
13.1 Moved by Colarich, seconded by Sjoberg, to approve the following
Program Consent Agenda:
13.1.1 Approved January 2019 disbursements and wire transfers in the amount of $203,656.48 and receipts in the amount of $689,476.00.
13.1.2 January 2019 financial reports as presented: Total monthly
receipts: $1,491,056.06; total monthly payroll: $262,679.80; total fringe benefits: $134,708.96; invoices: $1,059,644.76; total monthly expenditures: $1,457,033.52; total revenue over expenditures: $34,022.54.
13.1.3 Approved the following donations and gifts: 1. $1,415.76 from Ely Hoop Club to be used for the purchase of basketballs for the basketball program; 2. $1,000.00 anonymous donation to be used for Autumn Boedeker’s special ed classroom; 3. $200.00 from the Ely Rotary Club to be used for the high school yearbook.
13.1.4 Adopted 2019-2020 school year calendar. (This item pulled from the consent agenda by Director Pointer for a separate vote.) Moved by Omerza, seconded by Mann, to approve the 2019-2020 school year calendar. Yes: Colarich, Mann, Omerza, Sjoberg, Marsnik. No: Pointer. Motion carried. (Vote: 5-1)
Approved the Ely High School band trip to Chicago, Illinois, April 5-9, 2019.
13.1.6 Approved the placement of a banner in the arena, honoring Dave Merhar’s accomplishments.
13.1.7 Approved revised Staff Development Committee Plan. (This item pulled from the consent agenda by Director Pointer for a separate vote.) Moved by Omerza, seconded by Sjoberg, to approve the revised Staff Development Committee Plan. Motion carried. (Vote: 6-0)
13.1.8 Approved the 2018-2019 Budget.
Motion carried. (Vote: 6-0).
Moved by Pointer, seconded by Colarich, to approve the Personnel Consent Agenda as follows:
13.2.1. Hired Mataya Barrett for the part-time paraprofessional position (6.5 hrs./day, 5 days/week, student contact days) effective January 22, 2019, per the current master agreement between ISD No. 696 and AFSCME Local No. 295 and school board policy.
13.2.1 Accepted resignation of Darren Visser effective the end of the 2018-2019 school year.
Motion carried. (Vote: 6-0)
13.3 Policy Consent Agenda: none
14.0 Superintendent’s Report-Kevin Abrahamson
14.1 Will be attending the MASA Spring Conference
14.2 Ethnic & Racial Demographic Designation form will be mailed this spring
14.3 Update on Iron Range School Collaboration
14.4 Meet and confer with EEA Wednesday, Feb. 13
14.5 Safety Committee meeting Tuesday, Feb. 12
14.6 May need to meet with legal counsel regarding current litigation
15.0 Board Members Comments and Concerns:
15.1 Director Pointer – Congratulated to the ski team on making it to state. A letter of recognition will be sent; hair nets for cafeteria staff; would like other department reports; Trust Edge.
15.2 Director Colarich – Would like to start the discussion regarding the banners at the next study session.
15.3 Chairman Marsnik – Questioned if we were meeting the state requirements after missing three days of school due to weather; questioned if we had the resources to have on-line learning to replace snow days.
16.0 Moved by Pointer, seconded by Sjoberg, to adjourn at 7:45 p.m.

Rochelle Sjoberg, Clerk

Special Meeting of the School Board February 21, 2019
(Board approved 3-11-2019)

1.0 The special meeting of the School Board of Independent School District No. 696 was called to order by Chairman Marsnik at 4:26 p.m. in the school board meeting room.
2.0 On roll call the following directors were present: Colarich, Mann, Marsnik, Omerza, Pointer. Absent: Sjoberg.
3.0 Moved by Pointer, seconded by Colarich, to go into a closed session to meet with legal council regarding current litigation. Motion carried. (Vote: 5-0)
4.0 Moved by Pointer, seconded by Mann, to adjourn at 5:00 p.m. Motion carried. (Vote: 5-0)

Rochelle Sjoberg, Clerk

School Board Study Session February 25, 2019 (Board approved 3-11-2019)

1.0 The study session of the School Board of Independent School District No. 696 was called to order by Chairman Marsnik at 6:02 p.m. in the school board meeting room.
2.0 On roll call the following directors were present: Colarich, Mann, Marsnik, Omerza. Absent: Pointer, Sjoberg.
3.0 Katie Hildenbrand from ARI was present to give a Community Task Force update.
4.0 There was a discussion regarding academic department reports at meetings.
5.0 Superintendent Abrahamson gave a Trust Edge update.
6.0 There was a discussion regarding a banner committee.
7.0 Moved by Mann, seconded by Colarich to adjourn at 6:42 p.m. Motion carried. (4-0)
Rochelle Sjoberg, Clerk
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