School Board Meeting Minutes

September 9, 2019 (Board approved 10/14/2019)

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. Absent: 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 Moved by Mann, seconded by Colarich, to amend the agenda to add Matthew Koch as a volunteer football coach. Motion carried. (Vote: 4-0)
5.0 Open Forum: None
6.0 The following correspondence/informational items were presented:
6.1 Student Council Representative – None present
6.2 Introduction of new staff: Clara DeRemee, Matthew Koch, Max Gantt, Maddie Swenson and Brenda Olson were present to introduce themselves to the board.
7.0 Consent Agenda:
7.1 Moved by Colarich, seconded by Omerza, to approve the following Program Consent Agenda:
7.1.1 Approved the minutes of the regular meeting of August 12, 2019.
7.1.2 Approved the minutes of the study session of August 26, 2019.
7.1.3 Approved the minutes of the special meeting of August 26, 2019.
7.1.4 Approved the minutes of the special meeting of August 29, 2019.
7.1.5 Approved the minutes of the special meeting of September 3, 2019.
7.1.6 Approved the July 2019 disbursements and wire transfers in the amount of $504,696.64 and receipts in the amount of $1,237,316.99.
7.1.7 Approved the August 2019 financial reports as presented: Total monthly receipt: $1,638,000.28; total monthly payroll: $171,769.13; total fringe benefits: $253,230.85; invoices: $879,750.12; total monthly expenditures: $1,304,750.10; total revenue over expenditures: $333,250.18.
7.1.8 Approved the following donations and gifts: 1. $1,500.00 from Virginia Ivancich to be used for H.S. Baseball; 2. $1,215.13 from Virginia Ivancich to be used for the 2020 DC Senior Class Trip; 3. $500.00 from Virginia Ivancich to be used for the 4th & 5th Grade Play; 4. $236.88 from Michael Krutsch/Wells Fargo Your Cause to be used for high school fine arts; 5; $236.88 from Michael Krutsch/Wells Fargo Your Cause matching gift to be used for high school fine arts; 6. $70.00 from Nick Jordan/Wells Fargo Your Cause to be used for general use; 7. $70.00 from Nick Jordan/Wells Fargo Your Cause matching gift to be used for general use; 8. $17.50 from Donna Niskala/Wells Fargo Your Cause to be used for Washington Elementary classroom supplies; 9. $17.50 from Donna Niskala/Wells Fargo Your Cause matching gift to be used for Washington Elementary classroom supplies.
7.1.9 Set date for the Truth In Taxation Budget meeting for Monday, December 9, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. in the school board meeting room, 2nd floor of the Memorial Building.
7.1.10 Designated Erik Erie, Superintendent, as the Identified Official with Authority (IOwA) and Mary Wognum to act as the IOwA to add and remove names only for Ely Public School District 0696-01.
7.1.11 Approved Ice Arena Contract (October 1, 2019-March 31, 2020) between ISD No. 696 and Ely Blue Line, Inc.
Motion carried. (Vote: 4-0)
7.2 Moved by Mann, seconded by Colarich, to approve the Personnel Consent Agenda:
7.2.1 Hired Kim Kerntz for the Cafeteria Aide position (3-3/4 hrs./day; 5 days/week; student contact days), effective September 3, 2019, per the current master agreement between ISD No. 696 and AFSCME Local 295 and school board policy.
7.2.2 Hired Holly Maxwell for the Cafeteria Aide position (2-3/4 hrs./day; 5 days/week; student contact days), effective September 3, 2019, per the current master agreement between ISD No. 696 and AFSCME Local 295 and school board policy.
7.2.3 Approved the following as substitute teachers: Cecily Amrane, Rachel Brophy, Willen Cohen.
7.2.4 Approved the following as volunteer coaches: Cross Country – Wendy Lindsay, Shannon Harding, Trish Bulinski; Football – Robert Poderzay, Matthew Koch; Dance – Desirae Kram (paid stipend to be funded by High Kick Club).
Motion carried. (Vote: 4-0)
7.3 Policy - none
8.0 Old Business:
8.1 Facilities project update
9.0 New Business
9.1 Moved by Colarich, seconded by Mann, to change the Monday, October 28 study session to Tuesday, October 29 at 6:00 p.m. Motion carried. (Vote: 4-0)
9.2 Moved by Omerza, seconded by Mann, to approve the Business Associate Agreement with Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital (EBCH) and Independent School District No 696 (ISD No. 696). Motion carried. (Vote: 4-0)
9.3 Moved by Mann, seconded by Colarich, to approve Memorandum of Agreement between Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital (EBCH) and Independent School District No. 696 (ISD No. 696) for contracted IT services for the 2019-2020 school year. Motion carried. (Vote: 4-0)
9.4 Discussion of an additional coaching position for cross country. Moved by Colarich, seconded by Mann, to add a paid assistant coaching position to the cross country program in the amount of $1,980 per the current master agreement. Motion carried. (Vote: 4-0)
10.0 Reports:
10.1 Athletic Director – Tom Coombe
10.1.1 Fall sports are underway.
10.2 Director of Facilities – Tim Leeson
10.2.1 Hot water is working in the elementary building. Waiting for some mixing valves for some sinks in the high school.
10.2.2 Updated the board on the plaster that fell in the gym.
10.2.3 New school bus is here.
10.2.4 New gym doors were installed.
10.2.5 Would like permission to hang a Peewee district championship banner in the arena.
10.3 K-5 Principal – Anne Oelke
10.3.1 New staff: Clara DeRemee – 2nd Grade; Max Gantt – PE teacher; Maddie Swenson – Media Generalist.
10.3.2 Interactive Modeling Paw Pride Behavior Expectations – K-5
10.3.3 Choose to Be Nice Initiative: Core values – respect, kindness, acceptance, teamwork, honesty, responsibility, friendship, patience, courage.
10.3.4 Quarterly recognitions: perfect attendance, character development, reading incentives; playground/lunchroom behaviors.
10.3.5 Upcoming dates.
10.3.6 K-5 pupil count on Sept. 9was 269.
10.4 6-12 Principal – Megan Anderson
10.4.1 6-12 pupil count on Wednesday was 304.
10.4.2 Homecoming week will be held Sept. 23-27.
10.4.3 Grades 6-12 will be involved in a community service project on September 27. It is called “Flood the Community Friday” and will be working as groups to help better our community.
10.4.4 Introduced new staff.
10.5 Superintendent – Kevin Abrahamson – No report
11.0 Board Members Comments and Concerns:
11.1 Director Colarich and Marsnik thanked Superintendent Abrahamson for his service to the district.
11.2 Director Omerza asked Superintendent Abrahamson how many people he expects to be in attendance at the Community Task Force meeting.
12.0 Moved by Colarich, seconded by Omerza to adjourn at 6:43 p.m.

Rochelle Sjoberg, Clerk