Study Session January 25, 2021

Study Session
January 25, 2021
(Board approved 2/8/2021)

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. via video and teleconference.
2.0 On roll call the following directors were present via teleconference: Colarich, Coombe, Marsnik, Omerza, Sjoberg, Visser. Also present via teleconference: Erik Erie, Superintendent; Tom Coombe, Ely Echo; Keith Vandervort, Timberjay; Tim Leeson; Jodie Zesbaugh, Ehlers; Gary Benson, Kraus-Anderson; Mike Dosan, Kraus-Anderson; Scott Sosalla, ARI; Jeff Anderson, Costin Group; Gary Cerkvenik, Costin Group.
3.0 Jodie Zesbaugh from Ehlers updated the board on financing LTFM and Abatement bond.
4.0 Jeff Anderson and Gary Cerkvenik from the Costin Group discussed their proposal for lobbying and government relations services in 2021.
5.0 Scott Sosalla from ARI updated the board and said they are working on Phase 1 which are the construction documents for the addition and connections into the existing facility. Their plan is to be done with completed drawings and specifications by Feb. 22 so it can got out for bids. Will continue with renovation plans.
6.0 Ely Safe Learning Plan update was given by Superintendent Erie. Memorial MS/HS students continue to be in Hybrid Learning Model and Washington Elementary students are in the In-Person Learning Model. Vaccinations have started with staff.
7.0 Superintendent Erie presented a proposal from the Big River Group for a board retreat. He would like to bring this to the Feb. 8 board meeting.
8.0 Superintendent Erie discussed the option to move board meetings to City Hall where they have the technology for video conferencing. It was the consensus of the Board to hold the February 8 meeting at City Hall.
9.0 Moved by Visser, seconded by Omerza, to adjourn at 7:26 p.m. YES: Colarich, Coombe, Marsnik, Omerza, Sjoberg, Visser. NO: None. Motion carried. (Vote: 6-0)

Rochelle Sjoberg, Clerk

Ely Echo 2/13/21