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INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 94 CLOQUET, MINNESOTA JULY 9, 2018 MINUTES

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 94

CLOQUET, MINNESOTA

JULY 9, 2018

School Board Working Session:

Working Session Discussion

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

Chair Lammi welcomed Dr. Michael Cary to his first school board meeting.

General items discussed during the working session included obtaining a school credit card with a lower limit of $1500 for Superintendent Cary for the purposes of booking conferences and using it when going out of town on business. The business manager will oversee the use of the card, etc. It was suggested that the district may need to look at some type of policy regarding the use of credit cards in the future.

Also discussed was the Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR) Agreement. It has been vetted by our attorney and he felt it is ready for submission and approval. The agreement is a three-year commitment, with reports being filed every six months. Language in the Agreement clearly states that we don't believe the district was in the wrong and that we are doing good things for the benefit of our students. Other general questions were answered regarding items on the agenda.

There being nothing further to discuss, Board Chair Ted Lammi adjourned the working session at 5:47 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 July 9, 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:

Dr. Michael Cary, Superintendent

Candace Nelis, Business Manager

Teresa Angell, AIE Director

Ruth Reeves, Community Education Director

Barb Mackey, Northern Lights Academy Assistant Director

Principals Present:

Steve Battaglia, Cloquet Senior High School

Tim Prosen, CHS Assistant Principal

David Wangen, Churchill Elementary School

Robbi Mondati, Washington Elementary School

Tom Brenner, Cloquet Middle School

Tom Lenarz, CMS Assistant Principal (Absent)

Connie Hyde, Cloquet Area Alternative Education Programs (CAAEP)

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Board Chair Ted Lammi welcomed Dr. Michael Cary to his first official school board meeting.

APPROVAL OF BOARD AGENDA

RESOLVED by N. Sandman to approve the July 9, 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 D. Danielson to approve the June 25, 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

Building and Department Reports were provided.

CONSIDER APPROVAL OF CLAIMS, FUND 11 CHECKS, HAND CHECKS, TREASURER'S REPORT, INVESTMENT'S REPORT, WIRE TRANSFER, AND FOOD SERVICE REPORTS

RESOLVED by N. Sandman to approve the Claims - July 3, 2018; Fund 11 Checks - May 2018; Hand Checks - June 28, 2018; Treasurer's Report - April 2018; Investment's Report - April 2018; and Wire Transfer - $1,200,000.00 on June 28, 2018, as presented. General - $2,566,535.54; Food Service - $101,443.36; Transportation - $130,524.39; Community Service - $155,523.65; Capital Outlay - $48,738.34; Building Construction - $583,765.76; Debt Redemption Fund - $1,073,103.13; OPE Irrevocable Trust; $0; and OPE Debt Service - $63,011.88, for a total of $4,722,646.05. D. Battaglia seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

CONSENT ITEMS

RESOLVED by J. Crowley to approve the following consent items, as presented:

1. Letters of Resignation:

a. Kim Siedlecki, Parent Educator for ECFE, effective June 25, 2018.

b. Kristi Koen, 4 Hours/Day part-time cleaner at Cloquet Middle School, effective June 29, 2018.

c. Nicole Vegar, 1.0 FETE ADSIS Reading and Math Specialist at Cloquet Middle School, effective July 9, 2018.

d. Jennifer Owens, 4th grade teacher at Churchill Elementary School, effective July 6, 2018.

2. Recommendation of Employment:

NAME; POSITION; SALARY; EFFECTIVE

Nicole Vegar; 1.0 FETE SRCL Literacy Coach at CMS; $62,813.00 (Based on the 2018-19 Teachers Salary Schedule); August 24, 2018

Timothy Stark; 1.0 FETE Social Studies Teacher at CHS; $56,581.00 (Based on the 2018-19 Teachers Salary Schedule); August 23, 2018

Kyra Paitrick-Johnson; 1.0 FETE AIE Teacher at Washington; $56,581.00 (Based on the 2018-19 Teachers Salary Schedule); August 23, 2018

Kelly Moore; Program Assistant for Kids Corner Program; $15.51/Hour; July 16, 2018

Jennifer Owens; 1.0 FETE SRCL Literacy Coach at CMS; $73,794.00; August 27, 2018

3. Extra-Services Contracts:

a. Edyn Kemp, Girls Swimming Assistant Coach; $3,549.00 for the time period 8/13/18 - 11/14/18.

b. Nicole Vegar, SRCL Literacy Coach for 10 days @ $342.30/day for a total of $3,423.00 for the time period July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019.

c. Michelle Brenner, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) summer responsibilities for 10 days @ $402.14/Day for a total of $4,021.40 for the time period July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019.

4. Permission to Post Positions:

a. ECFE Parent Educator for Cloquet Community Education Early Childhood programs.

b. 1.0 FETE ADSIS Reading and Math Specialist at Cloquet Middle School.

c. 1.0 FETE 4th grade teacher at Churchill Elementary School.

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

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.

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

Superintendent Cary provided a verbal report. This is his fifth day and things are going well. Individual meetings are being scheduled individual meetings with all the board members and administrative staff. He indicated he would not be adjusting a lot to start but take time to review things and ask lots of questions. Board packets will be released on Thursday afternoons and time will be blocked out on Friday and Monday mornings in his schedule for board members to call him with any questions they may have about board packet information to ensure everyone is prepared for the board meetings.

SCHOOL BOARD COMMITTEE REPORT

There was nothing to discuss at this time.

NEW BUSINESS

RESOLVED by D. Buytaert to approve the school board adopted schools for the 2018-2019 school year, as follows: Garfield School and Cloquet Area Alternative Education Programs (CAAEP) - Ted Lammi; Churchill Elementary School - Duane Buytaert; Washington Elementary School - Nate Sandman; Cloquet Middle School - Dave Battaglia; and Cloquet Senior High School - Dan Danielson and Jim Crowley. 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 to approve the school board committee list for the 2018-2019 school year, as follows:

Budget/Staffing Committee: Dave Battaglia, Dan Danielson, Ted Lammi

Buildings & Grounds Committee: Jim Crowley, Duane Buytaert, Dave Battaglia

Community Education and Recreation Advisory Council: Ted Lammi

Curriculum & Instruction/DAC/District Calendar: Duane Buytaert, Dan Danielson

District Health and Safety Committee & Crisis Committee: Jim Crowley, Dan Danielson

District Insurance Committee: Dan Danielson, Nate Sandman, Duane Buytaert

District Technology Committee: Duane Buytaert, Dan Danielson

Ice Arena Committee: Duane Buytaert, Nate Sandman

Local Indian Education Committee: Dan Danielson, Nate Sandman

MSBA's Legislative Liaison: Duane Buytaert

Minnesota State High School League: Dave Battaglia

Salary Negotiations Committees:

AFSCME Council #65 - Dave Battaglia, Jim Crowley, Nate Sandman (Custodial, Dietary, Paraprofessionals/AIE/Cota, and Secretaries)

Education Minnesota - Cloquet: Jim Crowley, Ted Lammi, Dave Battaglia

Non-Certified Administrative Support Association: Ted Lammi, Jim Crowley, Duane Buytaert

Superintendent, Principals, Business Manager, Others: Ted Lammi, Duane Buytaert, Dan Danielson

Other Contracts- Subcommittee Members: Duane Buytaert, Dan Danielson, Jim Crowley

Staffing Review Subcommittee: Dave Battaglia, Jim Crowley, Nate Sandman

Special Education Cooperative Advisory Committee: Jim Crowley

Transportation Ad Hoc Committee: Dan Danielson and Duane Buytaert

District Policies Review Committee: Dan Danielson and Nate Sandman

(Two board member positions)

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 authorize Business Manager Candace Nelis and District Accountant Debbie Reed to make electronic fund transfers on behalf of the Cloquet School District during the time period July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019. 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 authorize Business Manager Candace Nelis and District Accountant Debbie Reed to initial withdrawal approvals of securities pledges to secure accounts with the Federal Reserve Bank for the time period July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019. 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 authorize the utilization of services from the legal firms of Rupp, Anderson, Squires & Waldspurger P.A. and Rudy, Gassert, Yetka & Pritchett P.A., and authorize the superintendent and business manager to utilize services of other legal firms as deemed necessary during the time period July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019. 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 that the School Board of Independent School District No. 94 hereby names US Bank Cloquet; Woodlands Bank; Members Cooperative Credit Union; Associated Bank Corp.; Wells Fargo Bank, MN Trust and the Minnesota School District Liquid Asset Fund Plus as depositories for funds belonging to Independent School District No. 94 and that all banks be required to furnish a corporate surety bond or acceptable collateral to cover the amount of school district deposits. 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 that the School Board of Independent School District No. 94 hereby grants Superintendent Dr. Michael Cary and Business Manager Candace Nelis the authority to approve contracts including, but not limited to, the following: dances, vending machines, plays and royalties, games and officials, class rings, lyceum programs, yearbooks, rental of facilities, diplomas, graduation announcements, and fundraising projects, as necessary for the 2018-2019 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 D. Danielson that the Clerk of Independent School District No. 94 be authorized to draw and sign orders upon the Treasurer, to be counter-signed by the Chairperson for payments of salaries, utility bills, and other bills that offer a discount for early payment as they become due for the time period July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019. N. Sandman seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

RESOLVED by D. Battaglia to designate the Pine Journal to be the official newspaper of Independent School District No. 94 for the fiscal year 2018-2019 per the cost of $11.00 per column inch, 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 N. Sandman to approve the Minnesota Department of Human Rights and Independent School District No. 94 Agreement for the time period July 9, 2018 - September 1, 2021, 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 J. Crowley to authorize Dr. Michael Cary, Superintendent and Candace Nelis, Business Manager to be authorized signers on the US Bank account on behalf of the Cloquet School District. T. Lammi seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

RESOLVED by J Crowley to authorize Dr. Michael Cary, Superintendent of Cloquet Public Schools to obtain a credit card with the district through US Bank for the purposes of attending conferences and conducting business out of town, when necessary. The card will have a credit limit of $1,500. The district currently has one credit card in the business manager's name and this card would be linked to that account. D. Danielson 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 Minnesota School Boards Association (MSBA) Dues and Policy Services Renewal for the time period July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019, in the amount of $8,041.00. D. Buytaert 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.

UPCOMING MEETINGS/EVENTS

August 5-7th - 2018 Minnesota School Boards Association (MSBA) Summer Seminar

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business to discuss, Board Chair Ted Lammi adjourned the meeting at 6:28 p.m.

Clerk of the School Board

ATTEST: Chair of the School Board

Pine Journal: Aug. 16, 2018 #2666805

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