School Board Meeting Minutes September 14, 2020

School Board Meeting Minutes
September 14, 2020
(Board approved 10/12/2020)

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 via teleconference: Colarich, Mann, Marsnik, Omerza, Pointer, Sjoberg. Also present via teleconference: Erik Erie, Superintendent; Tom Coombe, Ely Echo; Keith Vandervort, Timberjay; Megan Anderson, Anne Oelke, Amanda Nelson, Mark Sponholz.
3.0 Pledge of Allegiance
4.0 Approval of Agenda:
4.1 Moved by Colarich, seconded by Sjoberg, to approve the agenda as presented. YES: Colarich, Mann, Marsnik, Omerza, Pointer, Sjoberg. NO: None. Motion carried. (Vote: 6-0)
5.0 Open Forum: Mark Sponholz spoke regarding the process the school uses to determine which learning model we are using.
6.0 Correspondence/informational items: None
6.a Student Council Report update was given by Autumn Boedeker, Student Council Advisor.
7.0 Consent Agenda:
7.a Moved by Mann, seconded by Omerza, to approve the following Consent Agenda:
7.a.1 Approved the minutes of the regular meeting of August 10, 2020.
7.a.2 Approved the minutes of the special meeting of August 17, 2020.
7.a.3 Approved the minutes of the study session of August 24, 2020.
7.a.4 Appoved the minutes of the special meeting of August 24, 2020.
7.a.5 Approved the August 2020 disbursements and wire transfers in the amount of $143,588.23 and receipts in the amount of $1,305,848.15.
7.a.6 Approved August 2020 financial reports as presented: Total monthly receipts: $1,305,848.15; total monthly payroll: $152,075.91; total fringe benefits: $161,493.87; invoices: $143,588.23; total monthly expenditures: $457,158.01; monthly revenue over expenditures: $848,690.14.
7.a.7 Approved the following gifts and donations: 1. $15,000 from the Ely Touchdown Club to be used for the football scoreboard; 2. $24.26 from Crystal Fink to be used for general supplies; 3. $24.26 from 3M – Crystal Fink – Matching Gift to be used for general supplies.
7.a.8 Set date for the Truth In Taxation Budget meeting for Monday, December 14, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. in the school board meeting room, 2nd floor of the Memorial Building.
7.a.9 (this item was pulled for a separate vote) Approve Ice Arena Contract (October 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021) between ISD No. 696 and Ely Blue Line, Inc.
7.a.10 (this item was pulled for a separate vote) Approve Managed Services Contract with Voltz for the 2020-2021 school year.
7.a.11 Approved Washington Elementary Student Handbook changes.
7.a.12 Approved Memorial MS/HS Student Handbook changes.
YES: Colarich, Mann, Marsnik, Omerza, Pointer, Sjoberg. NO: None. Motion carried. (Vote: 6-0)
7.a.9 Moved by Colarich, seconded by Mann, to approve the Ice Arena Contract (October 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021) between ISD No. 696 and Ely Blue Line, Inc. YES: Colarich, Mann, Marsnik, Omerza, Pointer, Sjoberg. NO: None. Motion carried. (Vote: 6-0)
7.a.10 Moved by Omerza, seconded by Colarich, to approve the Managed Services Contract with Voltz for the 2020-2021 school year. YES: Colarich, Mann, Marsnik, Omerza, Pointer, Sjoberg. NO: None. Motion carried. (Vote: 6-0)
7.b Moved by Mann, seconded by Sjoberg, to approve the Personnel Consent Agenda:
7.b.1 Accepted the resignation of Chloe Kennedy from her position as paraprofessional (6.5 hours per day) effective October 2, 2020.
7.b.2 Approved Cory Lassi’s medical leave of absence request under the Family and Medical Leave Act beginning November 30, 2020 through January 3, 2021.
7.b.3 Hired Timothy Singleton for the Foreign Language Teacher position (BA+24 Step 1, $46,325) per school board policy and the current master agreement between ISD No. 696 and the Ely Education Association.
7.b.4 Hired Stacy Hegfors for the Media Center Clerk position (6.5 hours/day, 5 days/week, student contact days) effective September 8, 2020, per school board policy and the current master agreement between ISD No. 696 and AFSCME Local 295.
7.b.5 Hired Karla Lundstrom for the Paraprofessional position (6.5 hours/day, 5 days/week, student contact days) effective September 1, 2020, per school board policy and the current master agreement between ISD No. 696 and AFSCME Local 295.
7.b.6 Hired Kelly LaFrenier for the Paraprofessional position (6.5 hours/day, 5 days/week, student contact days) effective September 1, 2020, per school board policy and the current master agreement between ISD No. 696 and AFSCME Local 295.
7.b.7 Hired Dena Carey for the Paraprofessional position (6.5 hours/day, 5 days/week, student contact days) effective September 14, 2020, per school board policy and the current master agreement between ISD No. 696 and AFSCME Local 295.
7.b.8 Hired Ron Riikola for the Bus Driver position ($19.29/hour, 3.5 hours/day, 5 days/week, student contact days) effective September 8, 2020, per school board policy and the current master agreement between ISD No. 696 and AFSCME Local 295.
7.b.9 Hired Justin Olson for the Temporary Custodian position ($19.63/hour, 8 hours/day, 40 hours/week) effective September 14, 2020, per school board policy and the current master agreement between ISD No 696 and AFSCME Local 295.
7.b.10 Approved Kaley Hotaling’s FTE from 0.8 to 0.806 due to scheduling changes.
7.b.11 Approved the following volunteer Cross Country coaches as recommended by Tom Coombe, Athletic Director, and Jayne Dusich, Head Coach, per school board policy: Trish Bulinski; Nicole Selmer; Shannan Harding; Toni Dewaulter; Todd Hohenstein; Carl Skustad; Ann Brenny; Sarah Spate.
YES: Colarich, Mann, Marsnik, Omerza, Pointer, Sjoberg. NO: None. Motion carried. (Vote: 6-0)
7.c Moved by Pointer, seconded by Colarich, to approve the Policy Consent Agenda:
7.c.1 Third reading and adoption of MSBA policy 808 – COVID-19 Face Covering Policy
YES: Colarich, Mann, Marsnik, Omerza, Pointer, Sjoberg. NO: None. Motion carried. (Vote: 6-0)
8.0 Old Business:
8.a Facilities project update was given by Superintendent Erie.
8.b Ely Safe Learning Plan update was given by Superintendent Erie.
9.0 New Business
9.a Moved by Omerza, seconded by Pointer to approve the School Board meeting format from remote to meeting in person with the option to participate remotely with community members participating remotely. YES: Omerza, Pointer. NO: Colarich, Mann, Sjoberg, Marsnik. Motion failed. (Vote: 2-4)
9.b Moved by Colarich, seconded by Mann, to approve the amended ARI Professional Services Agreement. YES: Colarich, Mann, Marsnik, Omerza, Pointer, Sjoberg. NO: None. Motion carried. (Vote: 6-0)
9.c Moved by Omerza, seconded by Mann, to approve the contract with Teachers on Call for the 2020-2022 school years. YES: Colarich, Mann, Marsnik, Omerza, Sjoberg. NO: Pointer. Motion carried (Vote: 5-1)
9.d Moved by Pointer, seconded by Sjoberg, to enter into a cooperative sponsorship with Mesabi East Area schools for Girls Soccer. YES: Colarich, Mann, Marsnik, Omerza, Sjoberg. NO: None. Motion carried. (Vote: 6-0)
10.0 Reports:
10.a Athletic Director – Tom Coombe
10.a.1 Updated the board with the number of students participating in cross country, swimming and soccer.
10.b Director of Facilities Report – Tim Leeson
10.b.1 Electrostatic Cart Sprayers have been delivered and are being used.
10.b.2 More temporary water stations have been distributed around the campus.
10.b.3 All PPE has been delivered and distributed.
10.b.4 New handwashing sinks have been installed in the elementary, sinks in high school are not quite finished yet.
10.b.5 All cleaning and disinfecting in buildings and transportation
vehicles is going well.
10.b.6 Soil/core samples will be taken from the courtyard soon.
10.c K-5 Principal – Anne Oelke
10.c.1 New staff: Elyssa Erickson, 3rd grade teacher; Amanda Faulkner, 4th grade teacher; Kara Kahle, Kindergarten teacher.
10.c.2 Washington Elementary Handbook 2020-2021
10.c.3 First week of school: new procedures; working out kinks with technology, lunches, staggering schedules; learning how to teach In-Person and Distance Learners at the same time; new handwashing stations; new hygiene stations at every classroom door.
10.c.4 Interactive Modeling Paw Pride Behavior Expectations K-5: new expectations with face masks and social distancing.
10.c.5 Choose to Be Nice Initiative: Core Values – Respect, Kindness, Acceptance, Teamwork, Honesty, Responsibility, Friendship, Patience, Courage.
10.c.6 Upcoming dates
10.d 6-12 Principal – Megan Anderson
10.d.1 6-12 pupil count on Wednesday was 310.
10.d.2 First days of school went well. Students are very excited to be back in the building and are following the mask mandate very nicely.
10.d.3 Have been busy creating, repeating and reteaching new procedures to ensure the safety of our students and staff; adjusting lunch and dismissal times; checking in to see how things are going with our Distance Learners; everyone is teaching live classes, via Google Meets.
10.d.4 New staff: Nate LaFond, Science teacher; Tim Singleton, German teacher.
10.d.5 Upcoming dates
10.e Superintendent – Erik Erie
10.e.1 Enrollment of 556 on September 8.
10.e.2 Students, faculty and staff have been very good about screening, including temperature checks.
10.e.3 Wifi network has been updated and expecting NESC to update our bandwidth from 300 megabytes to 1 gigabyte ASAP.
10.e.4 Chromebooks have not arrived yet so we are preparing iPads to be distributed if needed.
11.0 Board members comments and concerns – none at this meeting
12.0 The board went into a closed session at 8:03 p.m. for the Superintendent’s Evaluation. The board came out of closed session at 8:27 p.m.
13.0 Moved by Pointer, seconded by Sjoberg, to adjourn at 8:28 p.m.
YES: Colarich, Mann, Marsnik, Omerza, Pointer, Sjoberg. NO: None. Motion carried. (Vote: 6-0)
Rochelle Sjoberg, Clerk

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