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INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 94 CLOQUET, MINNESOTA APRIL 14, 2014 REGULAR MEETING

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INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 94

CLOQUET, MINNESOTA

APRIL 14, 2014

REGULAR MEETING

The regular meeting of the School Board of Independent School District No. 94 was called to order by Board Chair G. Huard, in the City of Cloquet, on April 14, 2014, at 6:08 p.m.

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Pledge of Allegiance.

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

Gary Huard

Duane Buytaert

Dave Battaglia

Jim Crowley

Dan Danielson

Ted Lammi

Principals Present:

Warren Peterson, CHS Principal

Tom Brenner, CMS Principal

David Wangen, Churchill Elementary School Principal

Connie Hyde, Washington Elementary School Principal

Robbi Mondati, CAAEP Principal/CHS Assistant Principal

Also Present:

Ken Scarbrough, Superintendent

Gerard Sordelet, LIEC President

Leanne Schmidt, Education Minnesota-Cloquet Representative

Leah Boedigheimer, Student School Board Representative

Ruth Reeves, Community Education Director

Absent: American Indian Education Director Tara Graves and Student School Board Representative Gabe Berg.

Copies of resolutions are on file in the Superintendent's Office.

APPROVAL OF BOARD AGENDA

RESOLVED by J. Crowley to approve the April 14, 2014 School Board Agenda, with amendments as provided by Superintendent Ken Scarbrough. D. Battaglia seconded the motion and the resolution was adopted by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

APPROVAL OF BOARD MINUTES

RESOLVED by D. Danielson to approve the March 24, 2014 school board minutes. T. Lammi seconded the motion and the resolution was adopted by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

OPEN FORUM

Cloquet High School Spanish Teacher Lisa South provided a summary of the proposed school sponsored trip to London, France, and Spain for summer 2016.

RESOLVED by D. Danielson to approve the school-sponsored trip to London, France, and Spain for summer 2016. D. Battaglia seconded the motion and the resolution was adopted by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

Kindergarten Round-up Report:

Churchill Elementary had a rough weather day for roundup, but 60 students attended. They had a number of students who did not attend and those families will be contacted prior to the start of the 2014-2015 school year.

Washington Elementary had 83 students attending roundup, of which three were Churchill families. Staff will also be contacting those families who did not attend prior to the next school year.

Building reports were provided by the principals, Community Education Director, Student School Board Representative, and the LIEC President.

BILLS AND PAYROLL

RESOLVED by D. Danielson to approve the claims, payroll, and wire transfers, as provided: General - $2,216,347.41; Food Service - $82,761.35; Transportation - $163,243.37; Community Service - $130,927.24; Capital Outlay - $41,104.00; Building Construction - $0; Debt Redemption Fund - $450.00; OPEB Irrevocable Trust - $59,714.44; and OPEB Debt Service - $0, for a total of $2,694,547.81. Wire Transfers - $850,000.00 on March 31, 2014 and $200,000.00 on April 1, 2014. T. Lammi seconded the motion and the resolution was adopted by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

CONSENT ITEMS

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

1. Accept the following retirement letter:

a. Diane Piette, .7 FTE Art Teacher at Cloquet Area Alternative Education Programs (CAAEP), effective at the end of the 2013-2014 school year (June 6, 2014).

2. Accept the following letter of resignation:

a. James Dake, 3 Hours/Day part-time cleaner at Cloquet Middle School, effective March 30, 2014.

3. Approve the following employment recommendations:

NAME; POSITION; SALARY; LOCATION; EFFECTIVE DATE

Lynne Hisdahl; Program Assistant; $12.73/Hour; Kids' Corner Program; April 15, 2014

James Dake; 6.75 Hours/Day PT Cleaner; $13.72/Hour; Middle School; May 1, 2014

4. Approve the following position postings:

a. 1.0 FTE Counselor/Teacher at CAAEP (Teacher License is Flexible) - replacement for Debra Levinski. The posting for this position will include the following titles: counselor/teacher/social worker.

b. .7 FTE Art Teacher at CAAEP - replacement for Diane Piette.

c. 3 Hours/Day Part-Time Cleaner at Cloquet Middle School - replacement for James Dake.

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

OLD BUSINESS

SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT

Superintendent Ken Scarbrough thanked the Cloquet Area Alternative Education Programs (CAAEP) students for their artwork being displayed in the board room and Central Administration this month.

Legislative Update - the anti-bullying legislation was approved during the last Legislative session. Cloquet has been doing a great job with this for the past several years with the assistance of caring principals, adults, parents, and students. The finance bill will bring an extra $221/per pupil to our school district in additional location aid equity, unless our school board takes action to refuse this.

A meeting was held today with representatives from Range Mental Health. We will receive a mental health practitioner to work with students, who will be very involved in the Setting IV Elementary program.

SCHOOL BOARD COMMITTEE REPORTS

The Student Enrollment Report as of April 10, 2014 was reviewed.

Facilities Study/Decision-Making Process - the community survey we have been working with Springsted, Inc. is now finalized. They will begin making calls and the survey should be completed by the end of April. Once completed, the Facilities Sub-Committee (Dave Battaglia, Gary Huard, and Duane Buytaert will serve on this sub-committee) will be called together to review the survey results and go over all the information presented and reviewed at the community meetings and then put together a recommendation to the school board. Superintendent Scarbrough asked the board if they would like to hold a special working session for the purpose of reviewing and discussing the facilities information. Board members concurred that a separate working session would be the best way to complete this work. A special working session will be scheduled for some time in May or early June.

NEW BUSINESS

RESOLVED by J. Crowley to approve the .1 FTE increase to the existing .7 FTE Art teaching position at CAAEP. If approved, this .1 FTE will be combined with the current .8 FTE position and be posted as a .8 FTE for the 2014-2015 school year. D. Buytaert seconded the motion and the resolution was adopted by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

RESOLVED by J. Crowley to approve the FTE increases to the following teaching positions at CAAEP for the 2014-2015 school year: .2 FTE Social Studies; .2 FTE English, and .4 FTE Science. D. Buytaert seconded the motion and the resolution was adopted by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

RESOLVED by D. Danielson to approve an increase to the CHS Assistant Principal position from .5 FTE to .8 FTE, effective July 1, 2014. Further, the Board approves the transfer of Robbi Mondati to the .8 FTE CHS Assistant Principal position which will result in a principal position opening at CAAEP, effective July 1, 2014. J. Crowley seconded the motion and the resolution was adopted by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

RESOLVED by D. Buytaert to approve the posting for a 1.0 FTE Principal at Cloquet Area Alternative Education Programs (CAAEP) for the 2014-2015 school year. D. Danielson seconded the motion and the resolution was adopted by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

RESOLVED by J. Crowley to approve two additional days of pay for Robbi Mondati, CHS Assistant Principal, at her regular rate of pay, for filling in for Mr. Warren Peterson, CHS Principal. T. Lammi seconded the motion and the resolution was adopted by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

RESOLVED by D. Buytaert to approve the transportation contract with a parent, whose family is homeless, for the purposes of transporting her children to Cloquet Public Schools beginning March 31, 2014, until the end of the 2013-2014 school year. Reimbursement shall be paid at the rate of $.56/mile or $24.64/day. T. Lammi seconded the motion and the resolution was adopted by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

RESOLVED by T. Lammi to approve directing the superintendent and administration to consider the discontinuance of positions should enrollments in classes or programs deem it necessary. D. Danielson seconded the motion and the resolution was adopted by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

RESOLVED by D. Buytaert to approve the contract with Regional Resources to provide business management services to the Cloquet School District. Cost of the contract is $90,270.00, which reflects a one and one-half percent (1.5%) increase. The time period for this contract will be for one year July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015. The only other language change proposed, other than the contract dates, is to increase the maximum excess days from five (5) to fifteen (15) upon mutual consent of the superintendent. D. Battaglia seconded the motion and the resolution was adopted by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

RESOLVED by T. Lammi to approve the extension of two (2) student instructional days to include Monday, June 2 and Tuesday, June 3, with June 3 being an early dismissal day. This will reduce the teacher professional days by two (2). D. Battaglia seconded the motion and the resolution was adopted by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

RESOLVED by D. Danielson to approve the grant application submission with the University of Minnesota and FDL Ojibwe School ("Boost Check and Connect/Counseling Program). D. Buytaert seconded the motion and the resolution was adopted by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

RESOLVED by D. Buytaert to approve the partnership of a grant application between Cloquet Community Education and the Cloquet Public Library, through Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). The grant will support several adult computer classes to be held at various sites throughout the community. T. Lammi seconded the motion and the resolution was adopted by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

RESOLVED by D. Buytaert to approve the grant application and award for the Arrowhead Regional Arts Grant. T. Lammi seconded the motion and the resolution was adopted by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

RESOLVED by D. Battaglia to approve the grant application and award for the Perpich Arts Integration Grant. T. Lammi seconded the motion and the resolution was adopted by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

RESOLVED by D. Danielson to approve the grant application submission for the Snap Dragon Book Foundation for the Cloquet Middle School. J. Crowley seconded the motion and the resolution was adopted by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

AGENDA ADDENDUMS

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Congratulations to the Senior Level CHS Future Problem Solvers

2014 MN Academy of State Science Fair - CMS/CHS Participants

UPCOMING EVENTS

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business to discuss, Board Chair G. Huard adjourned the meeting at 7:05 p.m.

Clerk of the School Board

ATTEST:

Chair of the School Board

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