School board minutes

School Board Meeting Minutes​​ August 12, 2019 (Board approved 9/9/2019)

​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, Erik ​​​Erie, Megan Anderson, Anne Oelke, Tim Leeson.
3.0​Pledge of Allegiance
4.0​Approval of Agenda:
4.1​Moved by Pointer, seconded by Sjoberg, to approve the agenda as presented. Motion carried. (Vote: 6-0)
5.0​Open Forum: None
6.0​The following correspondence/informational items were presented:
6.1​Student Council Representative – None present
6.2​Ely Community Resource, Inc. Quarterly Progress Report – 2nd Quarter, April 1 – June 30, 2019.
7.0​Consent Agenda:
7.1​Moved by Colarich, seconded by Mann, to approve the following ​Program Consent Agenda:
7.1.1​Approved the minutes of the regular meeting of July 8, 2019.
7.1.2​Approved the minutes of the study session of July 22, 2019.
7.1.3​Approved the minutes of the special meeting of July 22, 2019.
7.1.4​Approved the July 2019 disbursements and wire transfers in the amount of $488,678.81 and receipts in the amount of $522,933.81.
7.1.5​July 2019 financial reports as presented: Total monthly
receipts: $1,523,469.67; total monthly payroll: $161,907.50; total fringe benefits: $135,925.44; invoices: $804,659.98; total monthly expenditures: $1,102.492.92; total revenue over expenditures: $420,976.75.​
7.1.6​Approved the following donations and gifts: 1. $50.00 anonymous donation to be used for general use in Washington Elementary; 2. $50.00 from Wells Fargo Your Cause matching gift to be used for general use in Washington Elementary.
7.1.7 ​Approved 2019-2020 Memorial Student Handbook changes.
​Motion carried. (Vote: 6-0)
7.2​Moved by Sjoberg, seconded by Mann, to approve the Personnel ​Consent Agenda:
7.2.1​Hired Sarah Hansen for the Early Childhood Family Education Parent Educator position for the 2019-2020 school year (part-time, approx. 324 hours) per the current master agreement between ISD 696 and the Ely Education Association and school board policy.
7.2.2​Hired Joe Baltich for the part-time bus driver position (3.5 hours/day, 5 days/week, student contact days) effective April 26, 2019, per the current master agreement between ISD No. 696 and AFSCME Local 295 and school board policy.
7.2.3​Accepted the resignation of Craig Lindberg from the part-time bus driver position (3.5 hours/day, 5 days/week, student contact days) effective Friday, September 13, 2019.
7.2.4​Accepted the resignation of Kristy Johnson from the part-time cafeteria aide position (2-3/4 hours/day, 5 days/week, student contact days) effective July 29, 2019.
7.2.5​Accepted the leave of Martina Jarecki per the Family Medical Leave Act for first quarter of the 2019-2020 school year.
7.2.6​Hired the following coaches for the 2019-2020 school year as recommended by Tom Coombe, Athletic Director, per the current master agreement between ISD No. 696 and the Ely Education Association and school board policy: Tim Omerza, assistant boys’ basketball coach; Tom Omerza, assistant girls’ basketball coach; Megan Wognum, assistant volleyball coach; Jim Wittrup, assistant football coach; Randi Walker and Kelly Noble, junior high girls’/assistant volleyball (position funded by Ely Net Club); Cory Musel, junior high football coach (position funded by Ely TD Club); Megan Devine, volunteer assistant cross country coach).
​​​​Motion carried: 6-0
​​7.3​Moved by Colarich, seconded by Sjoberg, to approve the following Policy ​​​​Consent Agenda:
7.3.1​Adopted Policy 722 – Public Data Requests (this is a mandatory policy).
​​​​Motion carried. (Vote:6 -0)
8.0​Old Business:
​​8.1​Facilities project update
9.0​New Business
9.1​Appointed committee of Heidi Mann, Tony Colarich and Ray Marsnik to negotiate superintendent contract, job description and evaluation goals.
10.0​Reports:
​​10.1​Athletic Director – Tom Coombe
​​​10.1.1 Spring Activities Summary
​​​10.1.2​Krekelberg COOP Request
​​10.2​Director of Facilities – Tim Leeson
​​​10.2.1​Hot water should be done by the end of the week.
​​10.3​K-5 Principal – Anne Oelke
​​​10.3.1​Kindergarten Boosters
​​​10.3.2​Reading Corps Tutors
​​​10.3.3​Summer Reads Program and Afternoon Adventures
​​​10.3.4​Playground Project Update
​​​10.3.5​Language Arts Curriculum Team Update
10.3.6​Washington Elementary Open House will be held Thursday, Aug. 29 from 3:30-7:00 p.m.
10.3.7​PTO purchased all school supplies for every student
​​10.4​6-12 Principal – Megan Anderson
​​​10.4.1​Fall activities began today
10.4.2​New student and 6th Grade Orientation will be held August 29
​​10.5​Superintendent – Kevin Abrahamson
​​​10.5.1​Negotiations with EEA and AFSCME have begun.
​​​10.5.2​MASA Conference update
​11.0​Board Members Comments and Concerns:
11.1​Director Marsnik: Sandy Gundlach and Barn Dorn met with himself, Kevin and Erik to familiarize them with the services that MSBA offers.
11.2​Director Colarich: Handed out an article from the Mesabi Daily News regarding referendums and leadership.
​12.0​Moved by Pointer, seconded by Colarich, to adjourn at 6:35 p.m.

​​​​​​​Rochelle Sjoberg, Clerk

School Board Study Session August 26, 2019 (Board approved 9/9/2019)

1.0​The study session of the School Board of Independent School District No. 696 was called to order by Chairman Marsnik at 6:00 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​Community Survey draft was reviewed.
4.0​Moved by Pointer, seconded by Sjoberg to adjourn at 6:19 p.m. Motion carried. Vote: (6-0)
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Rochelle Sjoberg, Clerk

Special Meeting of the School Board​​ August 26, 2019 (Board approved 9/9/2019)

1.0​The special meeting of the School Board of Independent School District No. 696 was called to order at 6:20 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, Erik Erie, Megan Anderson, Anne Oelke.
3.0​Consent Agenda:
3.1​Moved by Colarich, seconded by Omerza, to approve the following Personnel ​Consent Agenda:
3.1.1​Hired Kris Winkleman for the Cafeteria Aide (cashier) position (approx. 2-3/4 hours/day, 5 days/week; student contact days) effective at the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year.
3.1.2​Called back Cathy Braun to fill one vacant Paraprofessional position (approx. 6.5 hours/day; 5 days/week; student contact days) per the current master agreement between ISD No. 696 and AFSCME Local No. 295 and school board policy.
3.1.3​Hired Kristina Marshall for the Early Childhood Family Education and School Readiness and Teacher position for the 2019-2020 school year (part-time; teaching hours – 448 for School Readiness and 240 for ECFE; 55 coordinating hours) per the current master agreement between ISD No. 696 and the Ely Education Association and school board policy.
3.1.4​Hired Ruth Griffin for the long-term substitute position (first quarter).
3.1.5​Hired Jennifer Stouffer for the Early Childhood Family Education Classroom Assistant position (approx. 240 hours) effective at the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year.
3.1.6​Hired David Brown for the bus driver position (approx. 3.5 hours/day; 5 days/week; student contact days) effective September 16, 2019.
3.1.7​Hired Madeline Swenson for the 1.0 FTE Media Generalist position for the 2019-2020 school year (BA Step 1, $42,635.00) per the current master agreement between ISD No. 696 and the Ely Education Association and school board policy.
3.1.8​Approved lane change request from Brenda Check-Olson (BA Step 1 $42,635 to BA+24 Step 1 $44,309).
3.1.9​Approved the resignation of Richard Kovall from the part-time Cafeteria Aide position (2-3/4 hours/day; 5 days/week, student contact days) effective August 12, 2019.
Motion carried. (Vote: 6-0)
3.2​Moved by Sjoberg, seconded by Mann, to approve the following Program ​​​​Consent Agenda:
3.2.1​Approved the Computer Science Principles course to be taken as an Advanced Placement (AP) Course.
3.2.2​Entered into a cooperative agreement with the Krekelberg Home School for volleyball, effective the 2019-2020 season.
3.2.3​Dissolved the existing cooperative agreement with Northeast Range for girls swimming and entered into a new cooperative agreement for girls swimming with Northeast Range and the Krekelberg Home School, effective the 2019-2020 season.
Motion carried. (Vote: 6-0)
4.0​Moved by Pointer, seconded by Sjoberg, to adjourn at 6:31 p.m.
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Rochelle Sjoberg, Clerk

Special Meeting of the School Board August 29, 2019 (Board approved 9/9/2019)

1.0​The special meeting of the School Board of Independent School District No. 696 ​was called to order by Chairman Marsnik at 4:00 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 Colarich, seconded by Omerza, to go into a closed session to discuss the proposed mediation settlement. Motion carried. (Vote: 5-0)
4.0 ​The board came out of the closed session at 5:15 p.m.
5.0​The board took no action. A special meeting was set for Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 5:00 p.m.
6.0 ​Moved by Mann, seconded by Pointer, to adjourn at 5:16 p.m. Motion carried. (Vote: 5-0)
​​​​​​Rochelle Sjoberg, Clerk

Special Meeting of the School Board September 3, 2019 (Board approved 9/9/2019)

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. Absent: Sjoberg.
3.0 ​Moved by Pointer, seconded by Colarich, to go into a closed session to discuss the proposed mediation settlement. Motion carried. (Vote: 5-0)
4.0 ​The board came out of the closed session at 6:16 p.m.
5.0​Moved by Mann, seconded by Colarich, to approve the proposed mediation settlement. Motion carried. (Vote 4-1. Yes: Colarich, Mann, Omerza, Marsnik; No: Pointer)
5.0 ​Moved by Colarich, seconded by Pointer, to adjourn at 6:18 p.m. Motion carried. (Vote: 5-0)
​​​​​​Rochelle Sjoberg, Clerk