School Board Meeting Minutes

School Board Meeting Minutes
February 10, 2020
(Board approved 3/9/2020)

1.0 The regular meeting of the School Board of Independent School District No. 696 was called to order at 6:02 p.m. by Chairman Marsnik.
2.0 On roll call the following directors were present: Colarich, Mann, Marsnik, Omerza, Pointer, Sjoberg. Also present: Erik Erie, Superintendent; Tom Coombe, Ely Echo; Keith Vandervort, Timberjay, 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 at this meeting.
6.0 The following correspondence/informational items were presented:
6.1 Memorial Student Council Representative: None
6.2 Language Arts curriculum program update: John Meyer, Nancy Preblich, Megan Wognum.
6.3 Ely Community Resource, Inc. Quarterly Progress Report – 4th Quarter, October 1 – December 31, 2019.
7.0 Consent Agenda:
7.1 Moved by Mann, seconded by Sjoberg, to approve the following Program Consent Agenda:
7.1.1 Approved the minutes of the regular meeting of January 13, 2020.
7.1.2 Approved the minutes of the study session of January 27, 2020.
7.1.3 Approved the January 2020 disbursements and wire transfers in the amount of $372,287.52 and receipts in the amount of $677,793.59.
7.1.4 Approved January 2020 financial reports as presented: Total monthly receipts: $675,993.62; total monthly payroll: $246,326.87; total fringe benefits: $221,556.52; invoices: $343,871.71; total monthly expenditures: $811,755.10; monthly revenue over expenditures: ($135,761.48).
7.1.5 Approved the following donations and gifts: 1. $7,500.00 from Ely Educational Foundation to be used for a 2 court volleyball net system for the Ely Volleyball progam; 2. $4,294.00 from an anonymous donor to be used for deficit lunch accounts; 3. $1,000.00 from EMPOWER to be used for deficit lunch accounts; 4. $236.88 from Michael Krutsch to be used for high school Fine Arts; 5. $70.00 from Nick Jordan to be used for general use; 6. $17.50 from Donna Niskala to be used for Washington elementary classroom supplies.
7.1.6 This item was pulled for a separate vote.
7.1.7 Approved revised Staff Development Committee Plan
Motion carried. (Vote: 6-0)
7.1.6 Moved by Omerza, seconded by Sjoberg, to approve the 2020-2021 school year calendar. Motion carried. (Vote: 6-0)
7.2 Moved by Pointer, seconded by Colarich, to approve the Personnel Consent Agenda:
7.2.1 Hired Abigail Maki for the paraprofessional position (6.5 hrs./day, 5 days/week, student contact days) effective January 27, 2020, per the current master agreement between ISD No. 696 and AFSCME Local No. 295 and school board policy.
7.2.2 Approved the following head or assistant coaching positions for the spring 2020 season as recommended by Tom Coombe, Athletic Director, and per school board policy: Frank Ivancich, head baseball coach; Tom McDonald, head softball coach; Jayne Dusich, head girls track coach; Will Helms; head boys track coach; Rob Simonich, head golf coach (co-op with Northeast Range and dependent on participation numbers); Donna Kari, head speech coach; Jim Wittrup, assistant softball coach; Cory Lassi and Max Gantt, assistant baseball coach (split stipend); Paul Kienitz and Aaron Donais, volunteer assistant baseball coaches.
Motion carried. (Vote: 6-0)
7.3 Policy Consent Agenda:
7.3.1 Reviewed (1st Review) revised MSBA Policy 506 Student Discipline.
7.3.2 Reviewed (1st Review) revised MSBA Policy 514 Bullying Prohibition Policy.
7.3.3 Reviewed (1st Review) revised MSBA Policy 522 Student Sex Nondiscrimination.
8.0 Old Business:
9.1 Project update
9.0 New Business
9.1 Moved by Colarich, seconded by Omerza, to approve a Resolution authorizing the Superintendent and his support team to pursue a $19.8 million capital construction plan that facilitates a 21st Century Learning initiative. Motion carried. (Vote: 6-0)
9.2 Moved by Omerza, seconded by Sjoberg, to approve membership for Ely High School to join the Iron Range Conference for boys and girls track, boys and girls cross country, baseball and volleyball. Motion carried. (Vote: 6-0)
10.0 Reports:
10.1 Athletic Director – Tom Coombe
10.1.1 State Nordic Ski meet was postponed until Friday, Feb. 14 due to the cold weather.
10.1.2 Winter sports are winding down.
10.2 Director of Facilities – Tim Leeson
10.2.1 More water testing is being done.
10.2.2 Radon testing is being done.
10.3 K-5 Principal – Anne Oelke
10.3.1 Revised Staff Development Plan
10.3.2 February – I Love to Read Month – IditaRead Challenge
10.3.3 Seizure Smart Training for students and staff
10.3.4 ARC Presentation – John Meyer, Nancy Preblich, Megan Wognum
10.3.5 Upcoming dates
10.4 6-12 Principal – Megan Anderson
11.4.1 Enrollment as of February 5 is 301.
10.4.2 Attended Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP) Winter Conference
10.4.3 Student Council hosted a successful Winter Frolic Week
11.4.4 Youth in Action students attended the annual Make a Difference Conference in Duluth.
10.4.5 Quarter 3 Mid-Term is Feb. 21.
10.4.6 6th Grade students will be going to Giants Ridge on Feb. 27 for the annual “Learn to Ski” day.
10.5 Superintendent – Erik Erie
10.5.1 Met with VCC Provost Shawn Bina along with Principal Anderson and Counselor John Townsend to discuss ways to improve partnership efforts to provide more opportunities for students.
10.5.2 School Board Recognition Week is Feb. 17-21.
10.5.3 Attended Education Innovation Partners (EIP) meetings.
10.5.4 Nordic Skiing recognition
11.0 Board Members Comments and Concerns:
11.1 Chairman Marsnik – Discussed sessions he attended at the MSBA Leadership Conference.
12.0 Moved by Pointer, seconded by Colarich to adjourn at 7:17 p.m.

Rochelle Sjoberg, Clerk

School Board Study Session February 24, 2020
(Board approved 3/9/2020)

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, Sjoberg. Absent: Pointer.
3.0 Superintendent Erie gave an update on the 21st Century Learning Facility Improvement Project.
4.0 Superintendent Erie updated the board on the upcoming March 18 Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board meeting in St. Paul.
5.0 Reviewed (2nd review) revised MSBA Policy 506 Student Discipline.
6.0 Reviewed (2nd review) revised MSBA Policy 514 Bullying Prohibition policy.
7.0 Reviewed (2nd review) revised MSBA Policy 522 Student Sex Nondiscrimination.
7.0 Moved by Mann, seconded by Colarich to adjourn at 6:44 p.m. Motion carried. Vote: (5-0)

Rochelle Sjoberg, Clerk

Special Meeting of the School Board
February 24, 2020
(Board approved 3/9/2020)

1.0 The special meeting of the School Board of Independent School District No. 696 was called to order by Chairman Marsnik at 6:45 p.m. in the school board meeting room.
2.0 On roll call the following directors were present: Colarich, Mann, Marsnik, Omerza, Sjoberg. Absent: Pointer.
3.0 Moved by Colarich, seconded by Omerza, to go into a closed session to discuss negotiation strategies. Motion carried. (Vote: 5-0)
4.0 The board came out of the closed session at 8:11 p.m.
5.0 Moved by Sjoberg, seconded by Colarich, to adjourn at 8:12 p.m. Motion carried. (Vote: 5-0)

Rochelle Sjoberg, Clerk

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