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INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 94 CLOQUET, MINNESOTA MAY 12, 2014 REGULAR MEETING

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INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 94

CLOQUET, MINNESOTA

MAY 12, 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 May 12, 2014 at 6:02 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

Robbi Mondati, CAAEP Principal/CHS Assistant Principal

Tom Brenner, CMS Principal

David Wangen, Churchill Elementary School Principal

Connie Hyde, Washington Elementary School Principal

Also Present:

Ken Scarbrough, Superintendent

Gerard Sordelet, LIEC President

Leanne Schmidt, Education Minnesota-Cloquet Representative

Ruth Reeves, Community Education Director

Absent: American Indian Education Director Tara Graves and Student School Board Representatives Leah Boedigheimer and Gabe Berg.

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

APPROVAL OF BOARD AGENDA

RESOLVED by J. Crowley to approve the May 12, 2014 School Board Agenda. T. Lammi 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 April 28, 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 Educational Foundation (CEF) Director Lorna Mangan provided an update on CEF's activities, funds obtained and distributed for the past school year. CEF has granted over $57,000 for student endeavors this past year and because they still have $10,000 available, they will complete another round of funding in June. During the Employees Annual Fund Drive over 143 staff participated and donated close to $13,000. She thanked the staff for their continuing support of Cloquet students. The Foundation's fund balance is currently over $1.5 million. Superintendent Scarbrough and the Board members thanked Mrs. Mangan for her continued work with the Foundation and thanked the Foundation for such strong support for our students and programs.

The District's insurance consultant Paul Pederson spoke with the Board regarding the District's insurance plans, costs, and current 12% increase for the second year of a two-year rate increase. Mr. Pederson has been meeting with staff during the District's open enrollment period of May 1 - May 30.

Parent of a middle school student, Kim Seacord, addressed the Board regarding a bullying issue involving her child. Principal Tom Brenner has been in contact with both sets of parents/students regarding the issue and they have a meeting scheduled to discuss this further to resolve the issues.

Building reports were provided by the principals, Community Education Director, the LIEC President, and Education Minnesota - Cloquet representative.

BILLS AND PAYROLL

RESOLVED by D. Danielson to approve the bills and payroll, as follows: General - $2,198,829.72; Food Service - $109,636.98; Transportation - $139,140.31; Community Service - $135,611.22; Capital Outlay - $64,862.15; Building Construction - $0; Debt Redemption Fund - $0; OPEB Irrevocable Trust - $58,183.98; and OPEB Debt Service - $0, for a total of $2,706,264.36. D. Battaglia seconded the motion and the resolution was adopted by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

BUDGET DISCUSSIONS

RESOLVED by D. Danielson to approve the Resolution Relating to the Termination and Non-Renewal of Teaching Contract, as follows: BE IT RESOLVED by the School Board of Independent School District No. 94, that pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 122A.40, Subdivision 5, that the following teaching contract and/or substitute teaching position and probationary/substitute teacher in Independent School District No. 94 is hereby terminated at the close of the current 2013-2014 school year: Candace Kramer, .41 FTE Music and Physical Education teacher at Churchill Elementary School. D. Buytaert seconded the motion and the resolution was adopted by unanimous voice vote of all members present on roll call. Voice Vote in favor: T. Lammi, D. Danielson, J. Crowley, D. Battaglia, D. Buytaert, and G. Huard.

RESOLVED by J. Crowley to approve the Resolution Relating to the Termination and Non-Renewal of Teaching Contract, as follows: BE IT RESOLVED by the School Board of Independent School District No. 94, that pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 122A.40, Subdivision 5, that the following teaching contract and/or substitute teaching position and probationary/substitute teacher in Independent School District No. 94 is hereby terminated at the close of the current 2013-2014 school year: Tiffany Quade, 1.0 FTE Art Teacher at Churchill Elementary School. D. Battaglia seconded the motion and the resolution was adopted by unanimous voice vote of all members present on roll call. Voice Vote in favor: T. Lammi, D. Danielson, J. Crowley, D. Battaglia, D. Buytaert, and G. Huard.

RESOLVED by T. Lammi to approve the Resolution Relating to the Termination and Non-Renewal of Teaching Contract, as follows: BE IT RESOLVED by the School Board of Independent School District No. 94, that pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 122A.40, Subdivision 5, that the following teaching contract and/or substitute teaching position and probationary/substitute teacher in Independent School District No. 94 is hereby terminated at the close of the current 2013-2014 school year: Emily Hallgren, .5 FTE Title One Teacher at Churchill Elementary School. D. Buytaert seconded the motion and the resolution was adopted by unanimous voice vote of all members present on roll call. Voice Vote in favor: T. Lammi, D. Danielson, J. Crowley, D. Battaglia, D. Buytaert, and G. Huard.

RESOLVED by D. Battaglia to approve the Resolution Relating to the Termination and Non-Renewal of Teaching Contract, as follows: BE IT RESOLVED by the School Board of Independent School District No. 94, that pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 122A.40, Subdivision 5, that the following teaching contract and/or substitute teaching position and probationary/substitute teacher in Independent School District No. 94 is hereby terminated at the close of the current 2013-2014 school year: Threse Kill, 1.0 FTE EBD Teacher at Cloquet Middle School. J. Crowley seconded the motion and the resolution was adopted by unanimous voice vote of all members present on roll call. Voice Vote in favor: T. Lammi, D. Danielson, J. Crowley, D. Battaglia, D. Buytaert, and G. Huard.

CONSENT ITEMS

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

1. Accept the letter of retirement from Sharon (Kitch) Ginn, Food Service Assistant at Cloquet Middle School, effective June 3, 2014. We thank Sharon for her four years of service to the District and wish her well in her future retirement endeavors.

2. Accept the letter of retirement from Kristin Gerard, 1.0 FTE Work-Based Learning Coordinator, effective July 15, 2014. We thank Kristin for her 12 years of service to the District and wish her well in her future retirement endeavors.

3. Accept the letter of resignation from Lori Daikawa, Program Aide for Li'l Thunder Learning Center, effective May 30, 2014.

4. Approve the following employment recommendations:

NAME; POSITION; SALARY; EFFECTIVE DATE

Tiffany Quade; .471 FTE Art Specialist; $20,297.94; Churchill Elementary; August 22, 2014

Andrew Mettner; 6th Period Stipend; $4,000.00; Middle School; 9/4/14 - 5/29/15

Aaron Young; 6th Period Stipend; $4,000.00; Middle School; 9/4/14 - 5/29/15

Sue Thomason; EDHS Staff; $500.00; CAAEP; 6/9 - 7/31/14

Rod Syck; EDHS Teacher - Up to 60 Hrs.; $29.37/Hour; CAAEP; 6/9 - 7/31/14

Jeanette Olson; EDHS Teacher - Up to 60 Hrs.; $29.37/Hour; CAAEP; 6/9 - 7/31/14

Steve Polkowski; .2 FTE Credit Recovery Teacher (To be combined with current .8 FTE Social Studies for a total 1.0 FTE); $45,467.00; High School; August 25, 2014

Brianna Erickson; .2 FTE Spanish Teacher (To be combined with current .8 FTE Spanish for a total 1.0 FTE); $37,592.00; High School; August 22, 2014

Tom Lenarz; Activities Director; $9,589.00 (Plus 10 summer days and up to 10 comp days, if needed); District-wide; 7/1/14 - 6/30/15

Bret Gunderson; Industrial Tech Summer Maint.; $23.08/Hour - 30 Hrs.; High School; 6/9 - 8/22, 104

Richard Rhoades; Industrial Tech Summer Maint.; $23.08/Hour - 8 Hrs.; High School; 6/9 - 8/22/14

Shannon Sams; Extra Counselor Duties; $1,859.90 - 5 Days; High School; 8/1/14 - 6/30/15

David Bergan; Extra Counselor Duties; $1,426.10 - 5 Days; High School; 8/1/14 - 6/30/15

Cameron Lindner; Industrial Tech Summer Maint.; $23.08/Hour - 15 Hrs.; Middle School; 6/9 - 8/28/14

Robbi Mondati; Mentorship Coordinator; $3,163.60; District-wide; 8/1/14 - 6/4/15

5. Approve the Community Education Staff List for Spring-Summer 2014, as presented.

6. Approve the internal transfer of Theresa Parenteau from 1.0 FTE Kindergarten to 1.0 FTE 2nd Grade Teacher at Washington Elementary School, effective with the 2014-2015 school year.

7. Approve the High School Extra-Services Contracts for the 2014-2015 School Year (9/3/14 - 5/30/15):

Ashley Towner; Senior Class Advisor; $2,204.00

Brenda Bender; Senior Class Advisor; $2,204.00

Robin Anderson; Junior Class Advisor; $1,928.00

Steve Polkowski; Student Council; $1,920.00

Bret Baker (75%); National Honor Society; $1,440.00

Robin Anderson (25%); National Honor Society; $480.00

Danielle Wheeler; Math Team Advisor; $1,326.00

Bret Baker; Mock Trial Advisor; $1,755.00

Robin Anderson; Instructional Computer Coordinator; $2,390.00

Steve Polkowski; Yearbook Advisor; $4,690.00

8. Approve the High School Extra-Services Contracts for the 2014-2015 School Year (9/3/14 - 5/30/15) (Continued):

Anthony Jirschele; Pep Band; $3,865.00

Chad Felton; Vocal Music Advisor; $1,657.00

9. Approve the 2014 Summer Technology Maintenance Hours (July 1, 2014 - August 29, 2014:

Technology Coordinators/Teacher Staff:

Work on set up and configuration of new and existing iPad, and training of MDM solution and implementation.

Name; Location; 2014 Hours; (July 1-31, 2014); (August 1- 31, 2014)

Kim Peddle; Washington; 16 Hours; $23.08/Hour; $23.43/Hour

Diane Mueller; Middle School; 16 Hours; $23.08/Hour; $23.43/Hour

Rick Sievert; Churchill; 16 Hours; $23.08/Hour; $23.43/Hour

TOTAL HOURS: 48 Hours

Technology Aides/Lab Managers:

Maintenance of existing labs and setup of classroom computers, set up of SmartBoard equipment/phones, lab movements, set up of existing computers in buildings and work on set up and configuration of new and existing iPad. Training of MEM solution and implementation. Lab movement from the high school to the middle school, set up of existing computers in the building in addition to building maintenance of existing lab and computer equipment and set up of SmartBoard equipment and phones.

Name; Location; 2014 Hours; (July 1 - August 31, 2014)

Justin Dinger; Washington; 46 Hours; $16.63/Hour*

Chris O'Hara; Churchill; 46 Hours; $16.63/Hour*

Sue Thomason; Garfield; 31 Hours; $16.63/Hour*

Joan Hakala; Middle School; 56 Hours; $16.63/Hour*

Robin Anderson; High School; 56 Hours; $15.89/Hour*

TOTAL HOURS: 235 Hours * Para Rates - FY '13 Rates (In negotiations)

10. Approve the following position postings:

2.5 Hours/Day Food Service Assistant at the Cloquet Middle School

Program Aide for Li'l Thunder Learning Center

1.0 FTE 2nd Grade Teacher at Washington Elementary School

1.0 FTE EBD Teacher at a new Setting IV Elementary Program - to be filled if/when the program reaches 14 students

11. Approve the request of Sue Hagberg, FCS Teacher at Cloquet Senior High School to remain in the Part-Time Teacher Program with TRA 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.

OLD BUSINESS

There was no old business to discuss at this time.

SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT

CAAEP Principal Interviews - Superintendent Scarbrough informed the Board that the screening process of the nine (9) applications received has been completed. Based upon the ranking he recommended that five candidates be interviewed for the CAAEP Principal position. The Board concurred. After a brief discussion, it was determined the best day to hold the interviews would be Saturday, June 7, 2014, with the day's schedule yet to be determined.

Facilities Sub-Committee Meeting - After hearing from the representative from Springsted regarding the facilities survey study, it appears the community is willing to support a bond referendum between $40 and $50 million. The facilities consultants will be meeting with the Board during a working session on Tuesday, May 27th beginning at 3:00 p.m. to talk about plans moving forward. Superintendent Scarbrough asked if the Board's facilities sub-committee would like to meet prior to the May 27th working session to review additional areas of the plan: traffic control and parking, more definition for the Garfield building, possible community collaboration, i.e. with the Police Department, timelines and how the project would move forward, etc. The Board members thought this was a good idea and a meeting will be scheduled. Board members Jim Crowley, Dave Battaglia, and Gary Huard currently serve on the Facilities Sub-committee.

District Insurance Consultant Bids - Superintendent Scarbrough talked with the Board about whether or not the district should put the insurance consultant position out on bid again. A local consultant has asked if the district would be putting this service out to bid as they would like to provide a bid to the district. After a brief discussion, the Board decided to put the services for a district insurance consultant out on bid again this year. A recommendation is to have the service begin September 1, 2014 and continue until September 1, 2017, so as to provide consistency with these services. A formal bid process will be presented at the July meeting for Board action. The current service will end on August 31, 2014.

Staffing Meeting with School Board Sub-Committee - Superintendent Scarbrough reported that we continue to have proposals regarding staffing needs at our schools. There are some administrative needs he would like to discuss as well. He asked that another meeting with the Board's Budget/Staffing sub-committee be held. A date was scheduled for Wednesday, May 28th at 4:00 p.m. in Superintendent Scarbrough's office. Board members Dave Battaglia, Dan Danielson, and Ted Lammi currently serve on the Budget/Staffing Sub-committee.

Custodial Hours - Superintendent Scarbrough informed the Board that the administration is in the process of researching the summer custodial hours from the past several years. Forms have been put together to track summer projects and he is working with the Buildings and Grounds Director to compile a list of projects that are expected to be completed this summer. This information will be presented at the next school board meeting on May 27th.

SCHOOL BOARD COMMITTEE REPORTS

The Student Enrollment Report as of May 7, 2014 was presented for review.

District Health, Safety & Crisis Committee Meeting Summary of April 15, 2014 was reviewed.

NEW BUSINESS

RESOLVED by D. Battaglia to approve to approve the Revised District Policy #533 - District Wellness Policy, waiving the normal three readings, as presented. D. Danielson 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 Northern Lights Special Education Cooperative (NLSEC) Cooperative Agreement/Membership Renewal for the 2014-2015 School Year, as presented. 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 the grant application for Youth Literacy at the Cloquet Middle School. 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 inter-agency agreements between Cloquet School District and Lakes and Pines Head Start Program for the Program Year 2014-2015. 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 recommendation for Community Education Pay Scale 2013-2014 and 2014-2015, as presented. 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 the stipend for extra work due to damage of a classroom at the Cloquet Middle School, and which is part of the overall insurance claim. T. Lammi seconded the motion and the resolution was adopted by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

AGENDA ADDENDUMS

RESOLVED by D. Battaglia to approve the authorization of FY '15 expenditures up to 80% of the 2013-2014 budget. T. Lammi seconded the motion and the resolution was adopted by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

School Board Working Session, Re: Facilities

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 3:00 p.m., Garfield School Board Room

World's Best Workforce Public Meeting

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 6:00 p.m., Garfield School Board Room

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business to discuss, Board Chair G. Huard adjourned the meeting at 7:16 p.m.

Clerk of the School Board

ATTEST:

Chair of the School Board

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