School Board Meeting Minutes August 9, 2021

School Board Meeting Minutes August 9, 2021
(Board approved 9/13/2021)

1.0 The regular meeting of the School Board of Independent School District No. 696 was called to order in the Board Meeting Room at 6:00 p.m. by Chairman Marsnik. This meeting was also held via video conference and teleconference.
2.0 On roll call the following directors were present: Colarich, Coombe, Marsnik, Omerza, Visser. Absent: Sjoberg. Also in attendance: Erik Erie, Superintendent; Tom Coombe, Ely Echo; Keith Vandervort, Timberjay; Anne Oelke; Megan Anderson; Mark Fedders, Alethea Fedders, Cory Noble, Joan Larson, Micah Larson, Paula Larson, Matthew Larson, Laura Maus, Holly Prijatel, Chad Davis, Tiffany Davis, Dick Larson, Carol Larson, Ruth Lah, Nancy Preblich.
3.0 Pledge of Allegiance
4.0 Approval of Agenda:
4.1 Moved by Omerza, seconded by Colarich,to approve the agenda as presented. Motion carried. (Vote: 5-0)
5.0 Open Forum: Micah Larson addressed the board in regards to the book recommendation of I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown in English curriculum.
6.0 Correspondence/informational items:
6.a Memorial Student Council – no report
6.b Ely Community Resource, Inc. Quarterly Progress Report – 2nd Quarter, April 1, 2021 – June 30, 2021
6.c Q Comp Annual Report
7.0 Consent Agenda:
7.a Moved by Visser, seconded by Colarich, to approve the following Program Consent Agenda:
7.a.1 Approved the minutes of the regular meeting of July 12, 2021.
7.a.2 Approved the minutes of the study session of July 26, 2021.
7.a.3 Approved July 2021 receipts in the amount of $457,381.29 and disbursements in the amount of $831,287.83.
7.a.4 Approved July 2021 financial reports as presented: Total monthly receipts: $457,381.29; total monthly payroll & benefits: $249,517.86; total invoices: $1,000,712.77; total monthly expenditures: $1,250,230.63; monthly revenue less expenditures: ($792,849.34).
Motion carried. (Vote: 5-0)
7.b Moved by Omerza, seconded by Coombe, to approve the Personnel Consent Agenda:
7.b.1 Hired Sarah Anderson for the Math Teacher position (MA Step 8, $60,326) effective August 31, 2021, per school board policy and the current master agreement between ISD No.696 and Ely Education Association.
7.b.2 Hired Jackie Ridings for the Paraprofessional position (6.5 hours/day, 5 days/week, student contact days) effective August 31, 2021, per school board policy and the current master agreement between ISD No. 696 and AFSCME Local 295.
7.b.3 Hired Kaycee Gantt for the Paraprofessional position (6.5 hours/day, 5 days/week, student contact days) effective August 31, 2021, per school board policy and the current master agreement between ISD No. 696 and AFSCME Local 295.
7.b.4 Approved the following Extra-Curricular Assignments as recommended by Megan Anderson, Memorial 6-12 Principal, per school board policy and the current master agreement between ISD No. 696 and Ely Education Association: Sarah Mason, Fall Musical Director; Amy Kingsley, Junior Class Advisor.
7.b.5 Approved the following assistant coaching or volunteer assistant coaching positions for the 2021-2022 season as recommended by Tom Coombe, Athletic Director, and assistants are recommended by the head coaches, per the current master agreement between ISD No. 696 and the Ely Education Association and school board policy: Jim Wittrup, assistant football coach; Corey Musel, junior football coach (stipend paid by Ely TD Club); Robert Poderzay, volunteer assistant football coach; Kalley Fischer, junior high volleyball coach (stipend paid by Net Club); Randi Walker, volunteer assistant volleyball coach; Laurie Eilrich, volunteer assistant volleyball coach; Megan Devine and Sarah Spate, assistant cross country coach (to split stipend); Toni Dauwalter and Trish Bulinski, volunteer cross country coaches.
7.b.6 Approved the following coach as recommended by Tom Coombe, Athletic Director, per school board policy and the current master agreement between ISD No. 696 and Ely Education Association: Jayne Dusich, head cross country coach.
7.b.7 Approved the following coach as recommended by Tom Coombe, Athletic Director, per school board policy and the current master agreement between ISD No. 696 and Ely Education Association: Jake Myers, head hockey coach.
Motion carried. (Vote: 5-0)
7.c Moved by Colarich, seconded by Visser, to approve the Policy Consent Agenda:
7.c.1 First reading of revised MSBA Policy 534 Unpaid Meal Charges
7.c.2 Third review and adoption of revised MSBA Policy 205 Open Meetings and Closed Meetings
Motion carried. (Vote: 5-0)
8.0 Old Business:
8.a Facilities project update was given by Superintendent Erie
8.a.1 Propane tank will be moved.
8.a.2 Water will be off on Wednesday
8.a.3 Footings for new building going in
8.a.4 Soil samples being done to check for petroleum
8.a.5 Football field sod replacement this Wednesday
8.a.6 Communication of progress on Facility Project
8.b Ely Safe Learning Plan update was given by Superintendent Erie
8.b.1 Ely Safe Learning Plan Advisory Council (ESLPAC) meeting tomorrow at 2 p.m.
8.b.2 Update for newspaper stating COVID-19 safety protocols for the opening of school won’t be given until August 23.
8.b.3 No Distance Learning option is being considered
8.b.4 MSBA sample resolution to allow Superintendent to implement health and safety measures after consulting with School Board Chair. May present completed resolution at a later meeting.
8.c Moved by Omerza, seconded by Coombe, to approve Superintendent Erie’s recommendation to continue the use of the book I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown in English curriculum. YES: Coombe, Marsnik, Omerza, Visser. NO: Colarich. ABSENT: Sjoberg. Motion carried. (Vote: 4-1)
9.0 New Business:
9.a Moved by Omerza, seconded by Colarich, to ratify the July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2023 Agreement between Independent School District No. 696 and Local Union No. 295 as recommended with support from the negotiation committee. The cost of the two-year package is $204,909. Motion carried. (Vote: 5-0)
9.b Moved by Omerza, seconded by Visser, to discontinue public remote access for school board meetings. Motion carried. (Vote: 5-0)
10.0 Reports:
10.a Athletic Director – Tom Coombe
10.a.1 Was approached by Savannah Johnson to reinstate cheerleading. She has volunteered to coach the team and Tiffany Davis has agreed to help her.
10.b Director of Facilities Report – Tim Leeson – no report
10.c K-5 Principal – Anne Oelke – no report
10.d 6-12 Principal – Megan Anderson – no report
10.e Superintendent – Erik Erie
10.e.1 Attended MSBA Conference last Thursday.
10.e.2 EEA Negotiations is August 17.
10.e.3 Q Comp meeting tomorrow to include MDE representative Mike Foster
10.e.4 Donations thank you
11.0 Board members comments and concerns
11.a Chairman Marsnik – St. Louis County board hired mentors to engage students and Ely will get one FTE. He would like a thank you sent to the County Board.
12.0 Moved by Colarich, seconded by Coombe, to adjourn at 7:16 p.m. Motion carried. (Vote: 5-0)

Rochelle Sjoberg, Clerk

Ely Echo 9/18/2021