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INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 94 CLOQUET, MINNESOTA MAY 14, 2018 MINUTES

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 94

CLOQUET, MINNESOTA

MAY 14, 2018

School Board Working Session:

School Board Chair Ted Lammi called the school board working session to order at 5:30 p.m.

Superintendent Scarbrough informed the board members that we will have a presentation by Dr. Cynthia Welsh and several Science Fair participants at the May 29th meeting. Dr. Michael Cary will be here on Monday, May 21 to meet with Mr. Scarbrough to start going through some things. Additional items discussed was the process for going into a possible closed session at the end of the meeting; possible budget additions; a MDHR update; bus transportation services reduction and procedures for hiring coaches.

There being nothing further to discuss, Board Chair Ted Lammi adjourned the working session at 5:53 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 May 14, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

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

Duane Buytaert

Dan Danielson

Dave Battaglia

Jim Crowley

Ted Lammi

Nate Sandman

Also present:

Ken Scarbrough, Superintendent

Candace Nelis, Business Manager

Leanne Schmidt, EMC Representative

Teresa Angell, AIE Director

Ruth Reeves, Community Education Director (Absent)

Barb Mackey, Northern Lights Academy Assistant Director

Christopher Loeb, Student Board Representative

Frances Slater, Student Board Representative

Principals Present:

Warren Peterson, Cloquet Senior High School (Absent)

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 May 14, 2018 School Board agenda, as presented. J. Crowley seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

APPROVAL OF MEETING MINUTES

RESOLVED by N. Sandman to approve the April 23, 2018 school board meeting minutes and the May 7, 2018 special school board meeting minutes, with corrections made to the April 23, 2018 minutes submitted. D. Danielson 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

Building and Department reports were provided.

CONSIDER APPROVAL OF CLAIMS, HAND CHECKS, FUND 11 CHECKS, WIRE TRANSFERS

RESOLVED by N. Sandman to approve the Claims - May 10, 2018; Hand Checks - April 2018; Fund 11 Checks - March 22, 2018; Claims - April 5, 2018; Hand Checks - March 2018; and Wire Transfers of $975,000 on April 17, 2018; $675,000 on April 27, 2018; $639,036.15 on May 3, 2018; and $925,000 on May 14, 2018, as presented. General - $3,061,745.90, Food Service - $122,055.48, Transportation - $204,815.59, Community Service - $136,719.82, Capital Outlay - $10,603.72, Building Construction - $381,099.92, Debt Redemption Fund - $0, OPE Irrevocable Trust - $61,938.21, and OPE Debt Service - $0, for a total of $3,978,978.64. 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. Battaglia to approve the consent items, as follows:

Letter of Retirement:

Kathi Parpala, 6.5 Hours/Day Media Paraprofessional at Churchill Elementary School, effective May 31, 2018; 25 Years of Service.

Letters of Resignation:

Alan Clairmont, District On-Call Cleaner, effective May 7, 2018.

Rebecca Newbre, 6.75 Hours/Day EBD Special Education Paraprofessional at Churchill Elementary School, effective May 31, 2018.

Carol Kuhlmey, 1.0 FETE CD S/P Special Education Teacher at Cloquet Middle School, effective June 1, 2018.

Mark Brenner, Technical Support Paraprofessional at Cloquet Middle School, effective June 29, 2018.

Recommendation of Employment:

NAME; POSITION; SALARY; EFFECTIVE

Holly Pellerin; .2 FETE AIE Teacher at CHS/.2 FETE AIE Teacher at CMS; 2018-2019 Schedule; August 27, 2018

Sarah Prosen; .6 FETE Family & Consumer Science Teacher at CHS; 2018-2019 Schedule; August 24, 2018

Erik Hanson; 1.0 FETE Multi-Categorical SPED Teacher at CHS; 2018-2019 Schedule; August 24, 2018

Leah Lee; 1.0 FETE EBD SPED Teacher at CAAEP; 2018-2019 Schedule; August 24, 2018

Alan Clairmont; 5 Hours/Day Part-Time Cleaner at Washington School; $14.72/Hour; May 14, 2018

Jodi Bottila; 4.5 Hours/Day CS Paraprofessional at Churchill School; $15.86/Hour; April 26, 2018

Jill Brenner; 1.0 FETE First Grade Teacher at Washington School; $62,813.00 - (2018-19 Salary Schedule); August 27, 2018

Jenny Rackliffe; 1.0 FETE Fifth Grade Teacher at CMS (Internal Transfer); $74,337.00 - (2018-19 Salary Schedule); August 27, 2018

Arne Maijala; Head Nordic Ski Coach

Rachel Peterson; Head Girls Swimming Coach

Nancy L. Hoffman; Baseball Skills Clinic Instructor for Community Ed; 85% of Fees taken in; April 21, 2018

Mark Brenner; Technology Support Specialist - District; $18.21/Hour - 2017-18; July 1, 2018; $18.53/Hour - 2018-19

Permission to Post Positions:

8 Hours/Day District Food Service Truck Driver

7.5 Hours/Day, 177 Days Secretary/Receptionist at Cloquet Senior High School

Two (2) Program Aides for Kids Corner SACC Program

1.0 FETE CD S/P Special Education Teacher at Cloquet Middle School

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

STAFFING ADJUSTMENTS

FTEs for Cloquet Senior High School - Superintendent Scarbrough reported that the student body at the high school will be increasing by 50 students. To maintain class offerings, they need additional staffing, which will be comprised mainly of sixth period stipends.

RESOLVED by D. Danielson to approve the increase in FTEs at Cloquet Senior High School for the 2018-2019 school year, as presented. J. Crowley seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

Plan for Social Emotional Learning/Disciplinary Support - Superintendent Scarbrough provided a brief history on what has been happening with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR), as it relates to the district. Our school district needs to expand some of the positive programs and approaches that have been started that provide support for students who need help coping with personal issues or who find themselves in significant disciplinary situations in school. We have supports in place such as contracts with mental health providers, having county family school support workers in our school, Restorative Practices, PBIS, school counselors, school nurses, and the like. The expanded services we envision would include resource rooms that would be available for students who need time out for de-escalation, support in lieu of out-of-school suspension, work on processes such as restorative practices, group or individual counseling, and some additional academic support. This additional support will help the district work with some issues that the Minnesota Department of Human Rights have identified regarding out-of-school suspensions as well.

RESOLVED by D. Buytaert to approve the Social Emotional Learning/Disability Support proposal in the amount of $135,900, as presented. D. Danielson seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

OLD BUSINESS

Review Specs for Pole Building - Storage Facility - Superintendent Scarbrough reported that he met with the Lead District Custodian Keith Marti and Greg Schendel from Kraus Anderson regarding the specifications for a pole building/storage facility. He provided a summary of the specifications for the board's review. Discussion followed.

RESOLVED by D. Battaglia to approve the solicitation of competitive bids to meet the specifications, contracting with an engineer to do the drawings to be submitted to the county and at some point, deal with mechanical and electrical portion of the building. J. Crowley seconded the motion and it was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT

Superintendent Scarbrough reported that a user group meeting was held regarding the auditorium renovation. Planning is underway, and he has asked Steve Battaglia to oversee this project. We are scheduled to accept bids on the science room renovation at the high school this Thursday. Roofing work will begin on the elementary schools as soon as school is out on May 31. There will be a push to have them completed prior to the start of the school year this fall. He is still conducting some research on summer school transportation. We have several students who have been going to Duluth during the school year for intensive day treatment. We will have seven who will be doing summer school, of which 40 days are for programming only where no academic educational services will be provided during this time; it's only skill building. If we take them out of the program over the summer months there is a significant chance they will lose their spot at the treatment facility. He has contacted the county to find out if there is any help available from their agency to assist with these transportation costs (approximately $240/day). The principals have indicated this continued treatment for these students is essential.

We should see a reduction in the budget for transportation services next fall of approximately $150,000, and we will have a zero (0) increase to health insurance which will mean over a $300,000 savings on the previously projected expenditures for the district.

SCHOOL BOARD COMMITTEE REPORT

The Student Enrollment Report as of May 9, 2018 was reviewed. Enrollment remains steady at 2,500 students.

NEW BUSINESS

District Policies -

RESOLVED by D. Buytaert to approve District Policy #811 - Keys and Building Security Policy/Procedures, after three readings, as presented. T. Lammi seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call. The school board subcommittee members reported that this policy is a work in progress and changes can be made as things move forward, as needed.

RESOLVED by N. Sandman to approve the revised District Policy #533 - District Wellness Policy, waiving the normal three readings, as presented. D. Buytaert seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

District Policy #401.4 - Hiring Procedures for Athletic and Drama Coaches/Advisors, first reading. This is a new policy for the board's consideration.

RESOLVED by D. Buytaert to approve the revised Meal Prices for the 2018-2019 school year, as presented: Breakfast for students - $1.70, Adults - $2.75; Lunch for Elementary - $2.60, Middle School - $2.80, High School - $2.90, and Adults - $4.00. N. Sandman seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call. The price increases are mandated by the USDA.

RESOLVED by D. Buytaert to approve the Cloquet Senior High School 1:1 Technology Proposal, as presented. N. Sandman seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call. Total cost is estimated at $45,000 beyond the current lease payment

RESOLVED by N. Sandman to approve the Constellation Energy Agreement for Natural Gas Purchase, as presented. D. Danielson seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call. With this agreement we are projecting a savings through December 2018 of approximately $7,000 to $8,000.

RESOLVED by D. Danielson to approve the Cloquet High School Academic Eligibility Policy for Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) Sponsored Activities within the Student Handbooks; waiving the normal three readings. D. Buytaert 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 grant application and grant award of $800.00 for the Timber Trails Garden at Cloquet Middle School. The school district also appreciates the support of the Northland Foundation and Minnesota Power in making the Timber Trail Garden at Cloquet Middle School possible. D. Buytaert 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 additional day for Paraprofessional Technology Aides on Wednesday, August 29, 2018, for the purpose of assisting staff with the distribution and set up of student electronic devices and other tasks as needed. D. Danielson seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

Termination and Nonrenewal of Teaching Contracts of Probationary Teachers

1.0 FETE Choir Teacher at Cloquet Senior High School

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

1.0 FETE American Indian Education (AIE) Teacher at Washington Elementary School - The school board tabled action on this resolution at their last meeting. The teacher has been informed that she has the right for the school board not to go into a closed session at this meeting to evaluate her. Superintendent Scarbrough indicated that the school board may, 1) take action on the recommendation to terminate the position as presented, or 2) move into a closed session to evaluate the teacher. If the board chooses to move into a closed session, no action can be taken on the resolution until the May 29th meeting. Board member D. Battaglia made a motion to move into a closed session to evaluate the employee. Discussion about this process followed. Board member J. Crowley made a motion to follow the recommendation to terminate this position, with the understanding if the motion passes it would terminate the teacher at the end of the school year. N. Sandman seconded the motion. Discussion on the process continued, and Board member J. Crowley withdrew his motion. Board Chair T. Lammi indicated he would entertain another motion. Board member D. Battaglia made a motion to move into closed session to hear more from the administrator and to evaluate the teacher. D. Danielson seconded the motion. Superintendent Scarbrough commented that if the board moves into a closed session it would be with the understanding it is to evaluate an employee and the closed session would be recorded. Further, if the board members would like the administrator to attend they would need to ask her to be present and do the same for anyone else they would wish to have attend the closed session to help them evaluate the teacher. Board member D. Buytaert asked Mrs. Mondati if there would be anyone else pertinent to the discussion also attend. Mrs. Mondati replied Ms. Teresa Angell, American Indian Education (AIE) Director. The board asked that both ladies attend the Closed Session. There being no further discussion, a call for a vote was given by Board Chair T. Lammi. The motion passed by a five to one (5:1) yea vote. Board members T. Lammi, D. Danielson, J. Crowley, D. Buytaert, and D. Battaglia voted yea. Board member N. Sandman voted nay. The motion passed.

Board Chair T. Lammi adjourned the regular session at 7:45 p.m. A five-minute break was called.

Board Chair T. Lammi called the regular session back into order at 8:14 p.m.

Superintendent Scarbrough reported the school board went into a Closed Session to evaluate an employee.

UPCOMING EVENTS/MEETINGS

1. Wednesday, May 16th @ 3:45 p.m. - District Health Insurance Committee Meeting, Board Room

2. Wednesday, May 16th @ 5:00 p.m. - American Indian Education (AIE) Senior Banquet, CHS Cafeteria

3. Tuesday, May 22nd @ 3:45 p.m. - District Advisory Committee (DAC) Meeting, Board Room

4. Wednesday, May 23rd @ 2:00 p.m. - Dietary Negotiations, Board Room

5. Thursday, May 24th @ 2:00 p.m. - Cloquet Area Alternative Education Programs (CAAEP) Graduation Ceremony, Garfield Gymnasium

6. Friday, May 25th @ 7:30 p.m., Cloquet Senior High School Graduation Ceremony, Cloquet Middle School Gymnasium

7. Tuesday, May 29th @ 5:30 p.m. - School Board Working Session/ 6:00 p.m. - Regular School Board Meeting

8. Thursday, May 31st @ 1:00 p.m., Last Day of School - Early Dismissal

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business to discuss, Board Chair T. Lammi adjourned the meeting at 8:15 p.m.

Clerk of the School Board

ATTEST: Chair of the School Board

Pine Journal: Aug. 16, 2018 #2666693

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