School Board minutes April, May 2019

School Board Meeting Minutes April 8, 2019
(Board approved 5-13-2019)

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 Colarich, to approve the agenda as presented. Motion carried. (Vote: 6-0)
5.0 Open Forum: None at this meeting.
6.0 The following correspondence/informational items were presented:
6.1 Student Council Representative - Student Council President Luke Olson was present to share with the board the updated revisions to the Student Council Constitution.
6.2 Notice of Intent to Negotiate from the Ely Education Association
7.0 Consent Agenda:
7.1 Moved by Pointer, seconded by Sjoberg, to approve the following Program Consent Agenda:
7.1.1 Approved the minutes of the regular meeting of March 11, 2019.
7.1.2 Approved the minutes of the study session of March 25, 2019.
7.1.3 Approved the minutes of the special meeting of March 25, 2019.
7.1.4 Approved March 2019 disbursements and wire transfers in the amount of $292,505.15 and receipts in the amount of $880,530.64.
7.1.5 March 2019 financial reports as presented: Total monthly
receipts: $1,682,083.20; total monthly payroll: $269,219.47; total fringe benefits: $219,812.29; invoices: $778,304.87; total monthly expenditures: $1,267,336.63; total revenue over expenditures: $414,746.57.
7.1.6 Approved the following donations and gifts: 1. $100 from Grand Ely Lodge to be used for the Washington DC Senior Trip; 2. $150.00 from Ely Jaycees to be used for the Washington DC Senior Trip; 3. $320.00 from Boathouse Brewery to be used for the Washington DC Senior Trip; 4. $50.00 from Kwazy Wabbit to be used for the Washington DC Senior Trip.
7.1.7 Accepted final FY 2018 audit.
Motion carried. (Vote: 6-0)
7.2 Moved by Colarich, seconded by Pointer, to approve the Personnel Consent Agenda:
7.2.1 Hired John Mills for the part-time bus driver position (3 hrs./day, 5 days/week, student contact days) effective March 14, 2019, per the current master agreement between ISD No. 696 and AFSCME Local 295 and school board policy.
7.2.2 Accepted the retirement/resignation of Gail Peters from her bus driver position effective May 3, 2019.
7.2.3 Approved the following as volunteer coaches: Naomi Isbell, Tayler Banks, Adrianna Wittrup – Softball; Kahsha Hyde – Girls Track.
Motion carried. (Vote: 6-0)
7.3 Policy Consent Agenda: None
8.0 Old Business:
8.1 Facilities project update by Katie Hildenbrand, ARI
9.0 New Business:
9.1 Moved by Colarich, seconded by Omerza, to adopt the Resolution Supporting the Iron Range Schools Collaboration. Motion carried. (Vote: 6-0)
9.2 School Safety Grant plan options – Katie Hildebrand, ARI
Moved by Colarich, seconded by Sjoberg, to approve Option 3 as the School Safety Grant plan option for bidding purposes. YES: Colarich, Mann, Omerza, Sjoberg, Marsnik. NO: Pointer. Motion carried. (Vote: 5-1)
10.0 Reports:
10.1 Athletic Director – Tom Coombe
10.1.1 Winter Activities Summary
10.1.2 Activity passes
10.2 Director of Facilities – Tim Leeson
10.2.1 Contacted plumber to see when work would begin.
10.2.2 Plaster is still ongoing.
10.2.3 State Commercial Vehicle inspector was here last week.
10.3 K-5 Principal – Anne Oelke
10.3.1 MCA testing – new ideas to alleviate stress
10.3.2 American Reading Company training – teachers practicing with Reading Specialist
10.3.3 Reading Corps Tutor Applications – Pre-K, 3 returning Reading Corps and Math Corp tutor = 5 people
10.3.4 Student Council – working on beautification and auditorium fix its
10.3.5 Teachers planning field trips
10.3.6 Upcoming dates
10.4 6-12 Principal – Megan Anderson
10.4.1 Memorial was awarded a full time math tutor through Minnesota Math Corps.
10.4.2 Chelsea Blomberg, PE Department, has submitted an application for a $100,000 Weight Room Grant. Will hear by the end of the school year if selected.
10.4.3 A suicide prevention speaker will be here April 17 to present to our middle school and high school students.
10.4.4 11th grade students took the ACT on Wednesday.
10.4.5 Over the past two weeks, seniors traveled to Washington, D.C.; band members traveled to Chicago; German students headed to Concordia Language Villages outside Bemidji to German camp.
10.4.6 Middle School Meltdown was a successful week of activities.
10.4.7 Junior/Senior Prom will be held April 27.
10.4.8 Senior Awards Ceremony is scheduled for May 8 at 12:30 p.m.
10.4.9 Memorial MCA’s will be administered April 15-May 3.
10.4.10 11th grade students traveled to VCC to tour the school. Later this month they will travel to St. Scholastica and Lake Superior College This opportunity is available from a grant from ECR.
10.5 Superintendent – Kevin Abrahamson
10.5.1 Audit
10.5.2 Ehlers Finance Seminar
10.5.3 School Perceptions – Bill Foster Tuesday, April 16 at 7 p.m.
10.5.4 WIPFLI will no longer perform audits for the district
10.5.5 Snow Day Bill
10.5.6 Marsh & McClennan letter– staff survey on insurance
11.0 Board Members Comments and Concerns:
11.1 Director Pointer: Liked the new agenda format
11.2 Director Sjoberg: Thanked the staff for emailing board members and sharing what is going well in the district.
11.3 Chairman Marsnik: The date of the November meeting will need to be changed as it falls on Veteran’s Day; would like to set a date for the board to do a facility walk through of the district.
12.0 Moved by Pointer, seconded by Colarich, to adjourn at 8:17 p.m.
Rochelle Sjoberg, Clerk

School Board Study Session April 16, 2019 (Board approved 5-13-2019)

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, Pointer, Sjoberg.
3.0 John Powers with Applied Insights presented the Enrollment Projection Results.
4.0 Jodie Zesbaugh from Ehlers was present to give financing options.
5.0 Katie Hildenbrand from ARI was present to give a facilities planning update.
6.0 Bill Foster with School Perceptions gave an overview of their survey process.
7.0 Moved by Pointer, seconded by Mann to adjourn at 7:18 p.m. Motion carried. Vote: (6-0)
Rochelle Sjoberg, Clerk

School Board Study Session April 16, 2019 (Board approved 5-13-2019)

1.0 The study session of the School Board of Independent School District No. 696 was called to order by Chairman Marsnik at 7:19 p.m. in the school board meeting room.
2.0 On roll call the following directors were present: Colarich, Mann, Marsnik, Omerza, Pointer, Sjoberg.
3.0 John Powers with Applied Insights presented the Enrollment Projection Results.
4.0 Jodie Zesbaugh from Ehlers was present to give financing options.
5.0 Katie Hildenbrand from ARI was present to give a facilities planning update.
6.0 Bill Foster with School Perceptions gave an overview of their survey process.
7.0 Moved by Pointer, seconded by Mann to adjourn at 8:50 p.m. Motion carried. Vote: (6-0)
Rochelle Sjoberg, Clerk

Special Meeting of the School Board April 29, 2019 (Board approved 5-13-2019)

1.0 The special meeting of the School Board of Independent School District No. 696 was called to order by Chairman Marsnik at 6:00 p.m. in the school board meeting room.
2.0 On roll call the following directors were present: Colarich, Marsnik, Omerza, Sjoberg. Absent: Mann, Pointer.
3.0 Presentation and Board discussion with Gary Cervenik, RAMS lobbyist and lobbyist for ISD 696 (IRC). Also present were Jeff Anderson and St. Louis County Commissioner Paul McDonald.
4.0 Moved by Colarich, seconded by Sjoberg, to adjourn at 7:06 p.m. Motion carried. (Vote: 4-0)
Rochelle Sjoberg, Clerk

Special Meeting of the School Board May 1, 2019 (Board approved 5-13-2019)

1.0 The special meeting of the School Board of Independent School District No. 696 was called to order by Chairman Marsnik at 5:00 p.m. in the school board meeting room.
2.0 On roll call the following directors were present: Colarich, Mann, Marsnik, Omerza, Pointer, Sjoberg.
3.0 Interviewed candidates Kevin Ricke at 5:00 p.m. and Steve Thomas at 6:45 p.m. for the superintendent’s position.
4.0 Moved by Pointer, seconded by Colarich, to adjourn at 8:00 p.m. Motion carried. (Vote: 6-0)
Rochelle Sjoberg, Clerk

Special Meeting of the School Board May 2, 2019 (Board approved 5-13-2019)

1.0 The special meeting of the School Board of Independent School District No. 696 was called to order by Chairman Marsnik at 5:00 p.m. in the school board meeting room.
2.0 On roll call the following directors were present: Colarich, Mann, Marsnik, Omerza, Pointer, Sjoberg.
3.0 Interviewed candidates Beth Zietz at 5:00 p.m. and Bruce Houck at 6:45 p.m. for the superintendent’s position.
4.0 Motion made by Colarich, seconded by Omerza, to delay filling the superintendent position because of possible IRRRB funding. After considerable discussion Colarich rescinded motion with assurance meeting will be held with #2142 to discuss collaboration.
5.0 Moved by Pointer, seconded by Sjoberg, to adjourn at 8:21 p.m. Motion carried. (Vote: 6-0)
Rochelle Sjoberg, Clerk

Ely Echo 5/25/2019