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INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 94 CLOQUET, MINNESOTA APRIL 23, 2018 MINUTES

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 94

CLOQUET, MINNESOTA

APRIL 23, 2018

School Board Working Session:

School Board Chair Ted Lammi called the school board working session to order at 5:37 p.m.

Superintendent Scarbrough indicated that Greg Schendel with Kraus Anderson would be present to talk about the CHS Science Room, Auditorium, storage facility and the two elementary schools' roofing projects. The process for posting and hiring extracurricular positions was questioned. The superintendent will bring policy recommendations to the school board for review. Concerns were expressed regarding District Policy #811 - Keys and Building Security Policy/Procedures with regard to providing access and expectations of staff, etc.

There being nothing further to discuss, Board Chair Ted Lammi adjourned the working session at 6:20 p.m.

School Board Regular Meeting:

The regular board meeting of the School Board of Independent School District No. 94 was called to order by Board Chair Ted Lammi, in the City of Cloquet, on April 23, 2018 at 6:25 p.m.

Board member D. Buytaert made a motion to appoint N. Sandman as Acting Clerk for the meeting due to the absence of D. Danielson. T. Lammi seconded the motion and it was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

Roll Call - the following members were present on roll call:

Duane Buytaert

Dan Danielson (Absent - arrived later in the meeting)

Dave Battaglia

Jim Crowley

Ted Lammi

Nate Sandman

Also present:

Ken Scarbrough, Superintendent

Candace Nelis, Business Manager

Regina Roemhildt, EMC Representative

Teresa Angell, AIE Director

Ruth Reeves, Community Education Director

Barb Mackey, Northern Lights Academy Assistant Director

Christopher Loeb, Student Board Representative (Absent)

Frances Slater, Student Board Representative (Absent)

Principals Present:

Warren Peterson, Cloquet Senior High School

Steve Battaglia, Cloquet Senior High School

David Wangen, Churchill Elementary School

Robbi Mondati, Washington Elementary School

Tom Brenner, Cloquet Middle School

Tom Lenarz, Cloquet Middle School (Absent)

Connie Hyde, Cloquet Area Alternative Education Programs (CAAEP)

APPROVAL OF BOARD AGENDA

RESOLVED by D. Buytaert to approve the April 23, 2018 School Board agenda with the following changes: Moving the Construction Update by Kraus Anderson to #2 in Open Forum; removing item #2c. - Head Nordic Ski Coach from the Consent Items down to #1 under New Business and adding negotiations with the Business Manager under the Superintendent's Report. D. Battaglia seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll cal.

APPROVAL OF MEETING MINUTES

RESOLVED by J. Crowley to approve the April 9, 2018 school board minutes as presented. T. Lammi seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

OPEN FORUM AND RECEPTION OF DELEGATIONS, PETITIONS, AND COMMUNICATIONS

Board Chair T. Lammi read a proclamation: Month of the Young Child and several parents and ECFE children were present to hand out special artwork they created to the school board members, thanking them for their support of the various early childhood programs. T. Lammi made a motion to approve the Proclamation: Month of the Young Child, as presented. D. Buytaert seconded the motion and it was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call. ECFE Coordinator Grace Hall and Community Education Director Ruth Reeves also thanked the school board for the ongoing support for ECFE programming and the space provided. The Board thanked the parents and students for the artwork and coming to the meeting.

Construction Update - Greg Schendel with Kraus Anderson presented an update on various projects to be completed over the summer and into the next school year:

Elementary schools' roofing projects and duct repair - work will begin the day school is out on May 31 and continue throughout the summer working around the summer school projects.

High School Science Room Renovation - ARY is completing drawings at this time and should be done next week, and it will take a week or two to obtain quotes.

High School Auditorium Renovation - ARY is also completing drawings on the proposed auditorium renovation. Plans are expected to be completed by the end of June with bids to go out in July and construction to begin August. Construction will continue into the new school year due to schedules being booked up this coming summer. The current estimate for the auditorium renovation is $1.3 million.

Superintendent Scarbrough indicated that he has a resolution recommending the hiring of a local theater consultant to consult on the theater renovation design, as needed. Kraus Anderson and ARY feel he is very qualified to do this for the district. The scope of the proposal would be very similar if they were to retain a theater consultant through ARY.

RESOLVED by D. Buytaert to authorize Superintendent Scarbrough to enter into a contract with Mr. John Justad to consult on theater renovation design to include areas such as lighting system(s), acoustical/PA/video, rigging, seating, pit filler/stage extension (if needed), stage floor, sound and lighting controls (location and security), and other general renovations. The contract will be hours "as needed and determined by ARY and the District's administration." There will be a maximum of 127 hours at $125/hour. D. Battaglia seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

District Storage Building - Kraus Anderson is in the budgeting stage to try to get the storage building within a $250,000 budget, and the best budget on a metal building is costing out at approximately $350,000. There were other options discussed such as a wood pole building or wood-framed building. Discussion continued regarding various options and associated costs for each type of building. Board member T. Lammi made a motion to go with the $350,000 option presented. D. Danielson seconded the motion. Discussion continued. Board Chair T. Lammi called for a vote. The motion failed on a five to 1 (5:1) nay vote. Board member T. Lammi voted yea, board members D. Danielson, N. Sandman, J. Crowley, D. Buytaert, and D. Battaglia voted nay. Discussion continued. Board member J. Crowley made a motion to take the specifications for a 40 x 100 ft. building, with 14ft. walls, insulated slab to be built on, and the specs identified and research the costs for a wood pole or wood-framed building. Mr. Schendel volunteered to sit down with the district's Lead District Custodian and assist him with the specifications. Specs could be presented on the various options at the next meeting and a decision made on what type of building to build. Board member J. Crowley withdrew his motion. Board members agreed with the direction of obtaining information on all the optional building types.

Building and Department reports were provided.

Community member James Mallery asked if the new superintendent would be involved in the hiring of the high school principal position. Board Chair T. Lammi replied that, in his opinion, the new superintendent would not be involved as we currently have a superintendent in place and its protocol. Our new superintendent will not begin work until July 2. Mr. Mallery also asked about the salaries for the three FETE teaching positions being eliminated. Superintendent Scarbrough responded that the salaries run between $72,000 to $75,000, and benefits such as Social Security, Teachers' Retirement, and health insurance bring the total for salary and benefits close to $100,000.

CONSIDER APPROVAL OF CLAIMS, INVESTMENT'S REPORT, TREASURER'S REPORT

RESOLVED by N. Sandman to approve the Claims - April 20, 2018; Treasurer's Report - March 2018; and Investment's Report - March 2018, as presented. D. Buytaert seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

CONSENT ITEMS

RESOLVED by D. Buytaert to approve the consent items, with the removal of the Head Nordic Ski Coach recommendation - to be acted on under New Business, as follows:

1. Letters of Resignation:

a. Marcia Johnson, 4.5 Hours/Day Paraprofessional at Churchill Elementary School, effective April 27, 2018

b. Jill Brenner, After-School Coordinator at Washington Elementary School, effective June 7, 2018.

c. Steven Mackey, 6.75 Hours/Day Setting IV Elementary K-8 Paraprofessional at Northern Lights Academy, effective April 19, 2018.

2. Recommendation of Employment:

NAME; POSITION; SALARY; EFFECTIVE

Marcia Johnson; 6.5 Hours/Day CD S/P Paraprofessional at Churchill; $15.86/Hour; April 30, 2018

Jennifer Jablonski; Community Ed Dog Obedience Class Instructor; $200/Class; April 11, 2018

Arne Maijala; Head Nordic Ski Coach; 2018-2019 School Year

Jessica Gagne; Internal Transfer - 1.0 FETE 4th Grade Teacher at Churchill Elementary School; 2018-2019 School Year

3. Permission to Post Positions:

a. 4.5 Hours/Day Consistent Support Paraprofessional at Churchill Elementary School.

b. Extended School Year (ESY) Program Positions.

4. Other

a. Tyler Korby, 6.5 Hours/Day EBD Paraprofessional at Cloquet Middle School - amended leave of absence for December 22, 2017 - April 20, 2018, with a return to work date of Monday, April 23, 2018.

D. Battaglia seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

STAFFING ADJUSTMENTS

Technology Department - District Technology Director T.J. Smith summarized a proposed Technology Staffing Plan which included the addition of a Level II tech support staff member. Discussion followed.

RESOLVED by D. Buytaert to approve the proposed Technology Staffing Plan, with the addition of a Level II tech support staff member, as presented. D. Battaglia seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

World's Best Workforce (WBWF) - Superintendent Scarbrough presented a memo for the reorganization of responsibilities.

RESOLVED by D. Battaglia to approve the reassignment of Bekki Morrison's contract for the 2018-2019 school year, as presented. N. Sandman seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

OLD BUSINESS

There was no old business to discuss.

SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT

Business Manager Negotiations - Superintendent Scarbrough asked the school board subcommittee if they could meet in the near future to begin negotiations with Business Manager Candace Nelis. The board subcommittee is comprised of D. Buytaert, J. Crowley, and D. Danielson. A meeting will be scheduled.

SCHOOL BOARD COMMITTEE REPORT

The Student Enrollment Report as of April 19, 2018 was reviewed.

NEW BUSINESS

Nordic Ski Coach - Board member N. Sandman indicated the reason he questioned the posting of this position is he would like the district to be consistent when posting coaching positions, as he didn't believe this position was posted. Other board members expressed they would like to find out if this position was posted. Superintendent Scarbrough replied that he would look into this and bring the information back to the next meeting. The Board decided to table action on this recommendation until the next meeting.

District Policy No. 811 - Keys and Building Security Policy/Procedures (second reading) - Board member N. Sandman brought up concerns he has with the policy language. Concerns included who is providing access to the buildings, issuance of fobs, expectations with staff and staff who have 10-month contracts, coaching staff, etc. He felt there should be a subcommittee formed to make sure all areas are discussed. Discussion continued. It was determined that a subcommittee be formed, and a meeting held to discuss this further. Board members N. Sandman and D. Battaglia volunteered to serve on this committee.

RESOLVED by D. Buytaert to approve the Dalkin AGZ100 Chillers Dectron Pool Dehumidifier Service Agreement, with an annual cost of $3,696.00 as presented. D. Danielson seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

RESOLVED by D. Danielson to approve contracting with Carlton County for the 2018-2019 school year to maintain our current level of support with Family School Support Workers at 3.8 FTEs, as presented. D. Buytaert seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

RESOLVED by D. Buytaert to approve the Just Kids Dental Memorandum of Understanding 2018-2019 School Year Dental Service Agreement, as presented. D. Battaglia seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

RESOLVED by D. Buytaert to authorize FY '19 expenditures up to 80% of the 2017-2018 budget, as presented. N. Sandman seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

RESOLVED by D. Danielson to approve the proposed 2018-2019 Budget Reductions, as presented. T. Lammi seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

RESOLVED by D. Battaglia to approve the Resolution Relating to the Termination and Nonrenewal of the Long-Term Substitute Teaching Contracts of Probationary Teachers, as follows:

Rita Johnson, School Counselor at Washington Elementary School; 1.0 FETE

Josh Terwey, English Teacher at Cloquet Middle School; 1.0 FETE

Ashley Kedrowski, School Counselor at Churchill Elementary School; 1.0 FETE

Janet Pufall, Title I Teacher at Churchill Elementary School; 1.0 FETE

Angela Grimsbo, EBD Teacher at Washington Elementary School; 1.0 FETE

Gina Painter, 2nd Grade Teacher at Churchill Elementary School; 1.0 FETE

Elizabeth Nelson, 6th Grade Teacher at Cloquet Middle School; 1.0 FETE

Elizabeth Nelson, Birth to 2 ECSE Teacher at Washington Elementary School; 1.0 FETE

Elizabeth Nelson, Multi-Categorical Special Education Teacher at Cloquet Middle School; 1.0 FETE

D. Buytaert seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

Consider Approval of Resolutions Relating to the Termination and Nonrenewal of Teaching Contracts of Probationary Teachers: Board member D. Battaglia asked for clarification on the proposed reductions for those positions the district has been unable to obtain licensed personnel, as he is not comfortable with terminating people who we've told have the opportunity to obtain their license (EBD, FACS, and Ojibwe Language teachers).

RESOLVED by N. Sandman, that pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 122A.40, Subdivision 5, the teaching contract of Jolene Aho, a probationary teacher in Independent School District No. 94, is hereby terminated at the close of the current 2017-2018 school year. D. Danielson seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

RESOLVED by D. Buytaert, that pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 122A.40, Subdivision 5, the teaching contract of Lindsey Gallagher, a probationary teacher in Independent School District No. 94, is hereby terminated at the close of the current 2017-2018 school year. J. Crowley seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

RESOLVED by D. Battaglia, that pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 122A.40, Subdivision 5, the teaching contract of Linnea Barto, a probationary teacher in Independent School District No. 94, is hereby terminated at the close of the current 2017-2018 school year. D. Danielson seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

RESOLVED by N. Sandman, that pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 122A.40, Subdivision 5, the teaching contract of Rachel Mueller, a probationary teacher in Independent School District No. 94, is hereby terminated at the close of the current 2017-2018 school year. D. Buytaert seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

RESOLVED by D. Buytaert, that pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 122A.40, Subdivision 5, the teaching contract of Leah Lee, a probationary teacher in Independent School District No. 94, is hereby terminated at the close of the current 2017-2018 school year. T. Lammi seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

RESOLVED by N. Sandman, that pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 122A.40, Subdivision 5, the teaching contract of Sarah Prosen, a probationary teacher in Independent School District No. 94, is hereby terminated at the close of the current 2017-2018 school year. D. Danielson seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by a five to one (5:1) yea vote of all members present on roll call. Board members T. Lammi, D. Danielson, N. Sandman, J. Crowley, and D. Buytaert voted yea. Board member D. Battaglia voted nay.

RESOLVED by N. Sandman, that pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 122A.40, Subdivision 5, the teaching contract of Holly Pellerin, a probationary teacher in Independent School District No. 94, is hereby terminated at the close of the current 2017-2018 school year. D. Buytaert seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by a five to one (5:1) yea vote of all members present on roll call. Board members T. Lammi, D. Danielson, N. Sandman, J. Crowley, and D. Buytaert voted yea. Board member D. Battaglia voted nay.

RESOLVED by T. Lammi, that pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 122A.40, Subdivision 5, the teaching contract of Erik Hanson, a probationary teacher in Independent School District No. 94, is hereby terminated at the close of the current 2017-2018 school year. D. Buytaert seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by a five to one (5:1) yea vote of all members present on roll call. Board members T. Lammi, D. Danielson, N. Sandman, J. Crowley, and D. Buytaert voted yea. Board member D. Battaglia voted nay.

RESOLVED by N. Sandman, that pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 122A.40, Subdivision 5, the teaching contract of Angela Hudspith, a probationary teacher in Independent School District No. 94, is hereby terminated at the close of the current 2017-2018 school year. D. Buytaert seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

Action on termination of the teaching contract of April Rennquist, 1.0 FETE Ojibwe teacher at Washington Elementary School - Board member D. Danielson addressed the Board about feedback he has received from the current FLD Tribal leaders expressing concern with the termination of this person; expressing that she remain in this position and receive tenure. He went on to indicate he would be comfortable to discuss an additional year of probation to allow the staff member to grow and develop her deficiencies. Superintendent Scarbrough responded that the Board could choose to table action on both the 1.0 FETE EBD teacher and 1.0 FETE AIE teacher at Washington Elementary School. If the Board wants to take about performance issues we would need to go into a closed session at the next meeting. Discussion followed. D. Danielson made a motion to table action on this specific resolution only. D. Buytaert seconded the motion and it failed with a three to three (3:3) vote. Board members T. Lammi, D. Danielson and D. Buytaert voted yea and board members J. Crowley, N. Sandman, and D. Battaglia voted nay. Discussion continued. Board member D. Battaglia indicated that he would change his vote to table action on the resolution, but with the understanding he supports the administration and American Indian Education Director on their decision. D. Danielson made a motion to reconsider his previous motion to table action on the resolution until the next board meeting. D. Buytaert seconded the motion and it was approved by a four to two (4:2) yea vote. Board members D. Battaglia, D. Buytaert, T. Lammi and D. Danielson voted yea. Board members J. Crowley and N. Sandman voted nay. A motion was made by D. Buytaert to remove the American Indian Education (AIE) teacher at Washington Elementary School from the list of non-renewals. N. Sandman seconded the motion and it was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

RESOLVED by N. Sandman, that pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 122A.40, Subdivision 5, the teaching contract of Angela Hudspith, a probationary teacher in Independent School District No. 94, is hereby terminated at the close of the current 2017-2018 school year. D. Buytaert seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

RESOLVED by D. Buytaert to approve posting the following positions for the 2018-2019 school year:

Cloquet Middle School - 1.0 FETE 5th Grade Teacher, 1.0 FETE 5th Grade Teacher, .2 FETE American Indian Education (AIE) Teacher

Cloquet Senior High School - .2 FETE American Indian Education (AIE) Teacher, .6 FETE Family & Consumer Science (FACS) Teacher, 1.0 FETE Multi-Categorical Special Education Teacher

Washington Elementary School - 1.0 FETE 1st Grade Teacher, 1.0 FETE EBD Special Education Teacher

Cloquet Area Alternative Education Programs (CAAEP) - 1.0 FETE Social Studies Teacher, 1.0 FETE EBD Teacher, .8 FETE Art Teacher

N. Sandman seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

RESOLVED by N. Sandman to approve the Paraprofessional, American Indian Education (AIE), Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTA) (PAC) Employees Agreement for the time period July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2020, as presented. D. Battaglia seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

RESOLVED by D. Danielson to approve participating in the Achievement and Integration Program to pursue racial and economic integration, increase student achievement, create equitable educational opportunities, and reduce academic disparities based on students' diverse racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds in Minnesota public schools, as presented. D. Buytaert seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

AGENDA ADDENDUMS

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

UPCOMING EVENTS/MEETINGS

1. May 3rd @ 3:45 p.m., District Wellness Committee Meeting, Board Room

2. May 7th @ 4:30 p.m., Special School Board Meeting (CHS Principal Interview(s)

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business to discuss, Board Chair T. Lammi adjourned the meeting at 8:30 p.m.

Clerk of the School Board

ATTEST: Chair of the School Board

Pine Journal: Aug. 16, 2018 #2666647

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