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INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 94 CLOQUET, MINNESOTA JUNE 25, 2018 MINUTES

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 94

CLOQUET, MINNESOTA

JUNE 25, 2018

School Board Working Session:

Nominations were requested to appoint an Acting Board Chair for the meeting. Board Member D. Danielson made a motion to appoint Nate Sandman as Acting Board Chair for this meeting. D. Buytaert seconded the motion and it was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

Acting Board Chair N. Sandman called the working session to order at 5:32 p.m.

Superintendent Ken Scarbrough welcomed Dr. Michael Cary to the meeting.

Transportation Contract - Consultant Tom Watson provided a summary of the proposed Student Transportation Contract the school board would take official action on during the regular meeting. Some good news is our transportation services will decrease by $150,000 for the 2018-2019 school year. Mr. Watson recommended that the administration and Cloquet Transit sit down and review everything included in the contract. The school board and Superintendent Scarbrough thanked Mr. Watson for his work with the district and Cloquet Transit.

Superintendent Scarbrough commented on the District Office lease resolution being presented for action. The final design is yet to be worked on but will be completed within 180 days of the lease being signed. The monthly lease cost is less than $.50 per sq. ft. The District Office space at Garfield School will be leased to Northern Lights Academy or it will be used to expand CAAEP services, or it could be a combination of both. Revenue from leasing this space will offset at least most of the cost for the District Office space at the old middle school. Superintendent Scarbrough thanked David Pritchett who has been working extensively with Rogers Investments on the negotiation of terms of the new lease.

There being nothing further to discuss, Acting Board Chair N. Sandman adjourned the working session at 5:50 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 Acting Board Chair N. Sandman, in the City of Cloquet, on June 25, 2018 at 6:07 p.m.

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

Duane Buytaert

Dan Danielson

Dave Battaglia

Jim Crowley

Ted Lammi (Absent)

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

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 (Absent)

Tom Brenner, Cloquet Middle School

Tom Lenarz, Cloquet Middle School (Absent)

Connie Hyde, Cloquet Area Alternative Education Programs (CAAEP) (Absent)

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

APPROVAL OF BOARD AGENDA

RESOLVED by D. Buytaert to approve the June 25, 2018 School Board agenda, as presented. D. Battaglia 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 J. Crowley to approve the June 11, 2018 school board meeting minutes, as submitted. N. Sandman 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

Presentation and Consideration of Transportation Contract with Cloquet Transit - Superintendent Scarbrough thanked Mr. Watson for his work on this contract and emphasized that Cloquet Transit has been outstanding to work with throughout this process.

RESOLVED by D. Buytaert to approve the Student Transportation Services Agreement with Cloquet Transit Company, Inc. for the time period July 1, 2018 - July 31, 2020, with an option to extend for an additional two (2) contract years, consistent with Minnesota Statutes 2018, Section 123B.52, Subds. 1 and 3: 1. Cloquet Transit is a responsible service provider consistent with the applicable state law; 2. Cloquet Transit provided the District with the only quotation in response to the District's specification; and 3. All bus services will continue to be provided consistent with District policies and past practices for distances for student eligibility, distance to bus stops, and bus ride length.

Building and Department Reports were provided.

Community Education - Discussion of Possible Childcare Program - Community Education Director Ruth Reeves reported that she had talked to Mr. Breuer at Cloquet Hospital about the possibility of a current trend you see in daycares where a nursing home may add a daycare onto it. It's a great benefit for nursing home residents as well as for the young children. The hospital is starting another building cycle this fall and they are interested in this concept. This is just being discussed at this time.

Community member James Mallery addressed the school board indicating he is saddened by the amount the Hockey Lease is going up each year. Our teachers only receive one to two percent increase a year and it seems the lease gets a huge percent increase each year. Board member J. Crowley concurred with Mr. Mallery on the lease increases.

BUDGET DISCUSSIONS

RESOLVED by D. Danielson to approve the 2018-2019 school year budget, 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 Long-Term Facility Maintenance (LTFM) Revenue Application - Ten-Year Expenditure, 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 N. Sandman to approve the Long-Term Facility Maintenance (LTFM) Ten-Year Revenue Projection, as presented. J. Crowley seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

CONSIDER APPROVAL OF CLAIMS

RESOLVED by D. Buytaert to approve the Claims - May 21, 2018, as presented. J. Crowley seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

CONSENT ITEMS

RESOLVED by D. Danielson to approve the following consent items, as presented:

1. Letter of Retirement:

a. Ronald Johnson, 1.0 FETE English Teacher at Cloquet Middle School, effective June 21, 2018.

b. Karen Padgett, 8 Hours/Day Financial Secretary at Central Administration Office, effective October 31, 2018.

2. Recommendation of Employment:

NAME; POSITION; SALARY; EFFECTIVE

Jenny Gagner; 1.0 FETE 6th Grade Science Teacher at CMS (Amended); $55,608.00*; August 23, 2018

Lindsey Gallagher; .5 FETE American Indian Education (AIE) Teacher at CMS; TBD; August 23, 2018

Randy Severin; 8 Hours/Day Food Service Truck Driver; TBD; August 20, 2018

Treva Townsend; 15 to 20 ours/Week Program Aide for Kids Corner; $11.05/Hour; July 2, 2018

Melissa Harper; 6.5 Hours/Day LPN Paraprofessional at CHS; $19.72/Hour; August 27, 2018

3. Extra-Services Contracts:

a. Sue Zmyslony, Special Education coordination services for the time period September 4, 2018 - June 5, 2019. Rate of pay is $402.14/day for 10 days for a total cost of $4,021.40.

b. Jessica Knutsen, Special Education transition coordination services for the time period September 4, 2018 - June 5, 2019. Rate of pay is $402.14 for 10 days for a total cost of $4,021.40.

c. Stephanie Gibson, Special Education/ADSIS coordination services for the time period July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019. Rate of pay is $418.95/day for 10 days for a total cost of $4,189.50.

d. Jody Zeleznikar, MNCIMP/Special Education coordination services for the time period September 4, 2018 - June 5, 2019. Rate of pay is $402.14/day for 10 days for a total cost of $4,021.40.

e. Robert Gagne, Student Council Advisor at CAAEP for the 2018-2019 school year. Rate of pay will be $2,076.00.

f. Cheyenne Deters, Yearbook Advisor at CAAEP for the 2018-2019 school year. Rate of pay will be $1,791.00.

g. 2018-2019 Fall Coaching Extra-Services Contracts, as presented.

h. Community Education Classroom Instruction Hires, as presented.

4. Permission to Post Positions:

a. 8 Hours/Day Financial Secretary at Central Administration Office.

b. 1.0 FETE English teacher at Cloquet Middle School.

c. Two (2) 6.75 Hours/Day Special Education Paraprofessionals for Northern Lights Academy.

D. Buytaert seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call. Superintendent Scarbrough recognized the two retirees who have over 46 years of combined service to the school district; thanking them for their service and wishing them well in their retirement.

SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS

2018 School Board Election Summary - There will be three (3) four-year seats up for election on November 6th. Candidate filing begins July 31 - August 14th, which the District Office will be open until 5:00 p.m. to accept any candidates wishing to file for school board.

RESOLVED by D. Buytaert to approve the Notice of General Election for the November 6, 2018 school board elections, as presented. N. Sandman seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

STAFFING ADJUSTMENTS

There was nothing to discuss at this time.

OLD BUSINESS

There was no old business to discuss at this time.

SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT

There was nothing to discuss at this time.

SCHOOL BOARD COMMITTEE REPORT

There was nothing to discuss at this time.

NEW BUSINESS

RESOLVED by D. Battaglia to approve the Amended World's Best Workforce (WBWF) District Goals and Results for the 2017-2018 school year, as presented. D. Buytaert seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call. Board member D. Buytaert commented that Ms. Morrison has done a good job with this project. Superintendent Scarbrough also commented that this was her first year in completing this report and she has worked very hard and he appreciates the work she has done. Michelle Brenner has assisted in the work being completed as well as co-chairing the DAC with Ms. Morrison.

RESOLVED by D. Buytaert to approve the Cloquet Senior High School 2018-2019 Industrial Technology materials request for the Carpentry/Trades Program in the amount of $12,090 for the coming 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. Board member J. Crowley thanked Mr. Battaglia for the work he has done on this initiative and pushing to make this happen for those students who may not want to go onto a four-year college. Other comments included that this is a great use of our funds for our district and it may help draw new students to Cloquet. CMS principal Tom Brenner added that it will be important to get this information out to all our parents.

RESOLVED by N. Sandman to approve the Cloquet Special Education Contract for Service #2 with Cloquet ISD #94 and Lynn Pykkonen for consulting services during the 2018-2019 school year. Total contract cost is estimated at $1,877.60. J. Crowley 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 Cooperative Hockey Lease Agreement with the City of Cloquet for the time period May 29, 2018 - June 30, 2021, as presented. The lease cost for the 2018-2019 school year will be $128,341.00. Board Member D. Danielson seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by a four to one (4:1) yea vote. Board members D. Danielson, N. Sandman, D. Buytaert, and D. Battaglia voted yea. Board member J. Crowley voted nay.

RESOLVED by D. Buytaert to approve the Sign Language Interpreter's salary adjustment, 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. Battaglia to authorize the superintendent to sign a lease agreement with Rogers Investments for district office space at the repurposed middle school beginning the fall of 2019. The lease agreement will stipulate the following: the lease is for approximately 10,775 sq. ft; heat and cooling is part of the monthly lease at no additional cost; electricity will be separately metered; District has its own access on 6th Street and will also have access to common areas of the building; District web access and technology is separate from the rest of the building; final layout and specifications for "Finish-out" is to be agreed upon within 180 days of signing the lease; and significant lease provisions include: three-year (3) lease; tenant has right to renew the terms of the lease for successive periods of three years. Lease will automatically renew unless Tenant provides Landlord written notice of it's intent not to renew, within 60 days prior to the expiration date; year one lease is $4,450/month; zero percent increase for year two; successive years, lease increases by 2.5%. D. Buytaert 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 Memorandum of Understanding with AFSCME Local Union 545 and ISD #94 for hiring Northern Lights Academy Paraprofessionals 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.

AGENDA ADDENDUMS

There were no agenda addendums to discuss at this time.

Acting Board Chair Nate Sandman commented that this is Superintendent Ken Scarbrough's last board meeting. Board members thanked him for his 13 years of work and service to the school district, staff and students.

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business to discuss, Acting Board Chair N. Sandman adjourned the meeting at 7:00 p.m.

Clerk of the School Board

ATTEST: Chair of the School Board

Pine Journal: Aug. 16, 2018 #2666776