INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 99 ESKO, MINNESOTA MARCH 18, 2014 REGULAR MEETING
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 99
The Esko Board of Education, Independent School District No. 99, Esko, Minnesota, held their regular board meeting on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the board conference room.
Members present: Julian Bertogliat, Rick Liljegren, Scott Powers, Jeff Salo, and Superintendent Aaron Fischer. Members absent: Lynn McComber, Margaret Sunnarborg.
Call the Meeting to Order
Chairperson Rick Liljegren called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m.
Approval of Agenda
Moved by Scott Powers, second by Julian Bertogliat to approve the agenda as amended. Motion carried by unanimous vote.
Approval of Consent Agenda ItemsMoved by Julian Bertogliat, second by Jeff Salo to approve the Consent Agenda items (item 3.d.i. removed from consent agenda and moved to agenda item 4):Approve the minutes of the February 10, 2014 school board meeting.Approve the checks as follows:Date Check #s Total1/16/14 76515-76570 $142,355.481/21/14 76571-76605 $39,134.131/23/14 76606-76640 $32,733.401/30/14 76641-76664 $17,892.712/7/14 76665-76667 $1,349.002/12/14 76668-76739 $70,118.092/14/14 Void 76206 ($110.36)2/18/14 76740-76829 $124,539.622/25/14 76830-76858 $46,526.522/27/14 76859-76885 $23,938.233/4/14* 76886-76912 $22,733.233/5/14* 76913-76914 $6,545.813/7/14* 76915-76952 $18,621.983/10/14* 76953-76954 $2,112.003/12/14* 76955 $2,891.003/12/14* Void 76590 ($50.00)3/13/14* 76956-76980 $36,073.103/17/14* 76981-77004 $53,359.45*=PENDING TREAS. APPROVALApproval of Treasurer’s Report – January 2014.Date 1/15/14Payroll Type RegularChecks #102124-102125 &102127-102165 for $170,243.39Direct Deposits $162,714.68Electronic Payments $82,501.25Grand Total $415,459.32
Date 1/15/14Payroll Type RegularChecks # 102016 for VOIDDirect Deposits -Electronic Payments -Grand Total -
Date 1/31/14Payroll Type RegularChecks # 102166-102189 for$94,990.11Direct Deposits $158,564.16Electronic Payments $80,313.05Grand Total $333,867.32
Electronic Transfer Report January 2014Date 1/10/14Acct Transferred FromMSDLAF Gen’l Acct DailyAcct Transferred Into MN Dept ofRev (sales tax payment)Amount $673.00
Date 1/15/14Acct Transferred FromAssociated Bank (bond $)Acct Transferred Into MSDLAF Gen’lAcct DailyAmount $278,568.29
Date 1/29/14Acct Transferred From MSDLAFMAX AcctAcct Transferred Into Wells Fargo(Nland Trust OPEB Bonds)Amount $75,662.50
Date 1/29/14Acct Transferred From MSDLAFMAX AcctAcct Transferred Into Wells Fargo(Nland Trust for GO Bonds)Amount $79,620.00
Accept donation received from Maurices, Inc. in the amount of $650 to be used for enrichment programs.Motion carried by unanimous vote.
Fundraising RequestDiscussion was heard regarding a fundraising request from the Esko Little League Baseball/Softball Association.Moved by Jeff Salo, second by Julian Bertogliat to table the fundraising request from Esko Little League for consideration at a future meeting. Motion carried by unanimous vote.
Discussion: School DaysDiscussion was heard regarding weather days and possible additional make up days this school year. This subject will be revisited as needed.
One-Act Play DirectorsMoved by Jeff Salo, second by Scott Powers to approve Brenda Lilly and Adam Kemptar as co-directors for the 2013/2014 one-act play. Motion carried by unanimous vote.
Approve 2013/2014 Spring CoachingMoved by Julian Bertogliat, second by Jeff Salo to approve the 2013/2014 Spring coaching as presented 3/18/2014 (copy of list on file in the office of the superintendent). Motion carried by unanimous vote.
Approve the 2013/2014 Certified Seniority ListMoved by Jeff Salo, second by Scott Powers to approve the 2013/2014 certified seniority list as presented (copy of list on file in the office of the superintendent). Motion carried by unanimous vote.
Discussion: PERA Phased Retirement Option ProgramDiscussion was heard regarding the Public Employees Retirement Association Phased Retirement Option Program.Moved by Julian Bertogliat, second by Jeff Salo to table action to participate in this program pending additional information. Motion carried by unanimous vote.
Request from Kathy Hammarlund – Phased Retirement Option ProgramA request has been received from Transportation Director Kathy Hammarlund to enroll in the PERA Phased Retirement Option Program. Moved by Julian Bertogliat, second by Jeff Salo to table this motion until further information is gathered regarding the parameters of the program. Motion carried by unanimous vote.
Approve Infrastructure UpdateMoved by Jeff Salo, second by Scott Powers to approve updating the infrastructure for FY14 in an amount not to exceed $200,000. Individual items over $10,000 will be brought back before the Board for individual approval.Motion carried by unanimous vote
Approve Wipfli LLP to Perform Annual Year-end AuditMoved by Julian Bertogliat, second by Jeff Salo to approve Wipfli LLP to perform annual year-end audit per Letter of Engagement (copy of letter on file in the office of the superintendent). Motion carried by unanimous vote.
Approve Membership in the LSAS Districts for Lobbyist ServicesDiscussion was heard regarding the lobbyist services. Moved by Jeff Salo, second by Scott Powers to approve FY 2014 membership in the LSAS District lobbyist services. Motion carried by unanimous vote.
Approve Subscription with Canvass Learning Management SystemMoved by Julian Bertogliat, second by Jeff Salo to approve subscribing to the Canvass Learning Management System for 2014/2015. Motion carried by unanimous vote.
Approval of ResolutionMoved by Jeff Salo, second by Julian Bertogliat to approve a resolution Directing Administration to Make Recommendations for Reductions in Programs and Positions and Reasons Therefore. Motion carried by unanimous vote.
Approval of 2014/2015 Capital ProjectsMoved by Julian Bertogliat, second by Jeff Salo to approve the capital projects for 2014/2015 as presented (copy of list on file in the office of the superintendent). Motion carried by unanimous votes.
District GoalsSuperintendent Fischer went over the District Goals that were identified during the recent goal-planning sessions and updated the Board about progress and steps being taken to meet these goals.
All Day/Every Day KindergartenDiscussion and recommendations were heard regarding kindergarten options for 2014/2015. Moved by Julian Bertogliat, second by Jeff Salo to approve the offering of All Day/Every Day Kindergarten for fiscal year 2014/2015. Motion carried by unanimous vote.
Second Reading/Approval of PoliciesThere was a second reading of the following policies:406 Public and Private Personnel Data414 Mandated Reporting of Child Neglect or Physical or Sexual Abuse509 Enrollment of Nonresident Students515 Protection and Privacy of Pupil Records521 Student Disability Nondiscrimination532 Use of Peace Officers and Crisis Teams to Remove Students with IEPs from School GroundsMoved by Jeff Salo, second by Scott Powers to approve the above policies as presented. Motion carried by unanimous vote.
Administrative ReportsPrincipals’ Reports:Elementary – Principal Brian Harker reported that this week is the end of the 3rd READ month and the activities throughout the month were a success. He also reported that the recent early-release day was a great chance for teachers to review and plan using curriculum mapping, etc. Kindergarten Roundup will be held on April 1, 2014.
High School – Principal Greg Hexum reported that high school spring conference night will be held right after spring break. All seniors currently enrolled are on track to graduate at this point. Next year’s registration has been completed and the process of building next year’s schedule has begun. Standardized testing will be held in April and May.
Board Committee Reports:Jeff Salo – Facilities committee meeting, board work session.Julian Bertogliat – Technology committee meeting, board work session.Scott Powers – Facilities committee meeting, board work session.Rick Liljegren – Technology committee meeting, board work session, Esko Educational Foundation meeting.
Superintendent’s Report:Supt. Aaron Fischer reported that the elevator in the school is in need of major repair or possible replacement per state inspector. An enrollment update was provided to the Board. An update regarding the new building at the north field was provided to the Board. He also brought the Board up to speed regarding Apple computer training. Mr. Fischer provided details regarding amounts of snow on the roof and structural engineer recommendation to remove large drifts. He also reported about the recent Minnesota Association of School Administrators conference that he attended.
Congratulations and CommendationsEsko Girls Basketball – for qualifying for the state basketball tournament and their performance there.Esko High School Math Team on their 7th place finish at the state math meet.Joyce Bergstedt and her volunteers on their successful Imagine It Day, mock interview exercise.Esko 8th-grader Karl Habig on his qualification for the State Geography Bee.Senior Alex DeRocher for his qualifying and performance at the MSHSL state alpine ski competition.Seniors Kory Deadrick, Marc Peterson, and Casey Staniger on making the MSHSL State Basketball All-Tournament Team.Senior Kory Deadrick for being named to the AP Minnesota All-State Basketball Team.Senior Marc Peterson for being named a Minnesota top-8 student in the MSHSL academics, arts, and athletics competition.The Esko Boys Basketball team for being named the Old Dutch Foods statewide Team of the Week.Special recognition to the Esko Boys Basketball Team on their MSHSL State AA Championship.Thank you to Esko resident and parent, Michelle Kuklinski of Adolphson Real Estate for her donation of nearly $2,500 to the students of Esko High School to defer their travel and ticket costs to the boys’ and girls’ state basketball tournaments. She’s donated ten dollars per point scored to Esko students during the basketball state playoff runs.
Open ForumSue Northey provided some clarification regarding the Esko Little League Baseball/Softball Association fundraiser request.
AdjournmentThere being no further business, moved by Julian Bertogliat, second by Jeff Salo to adjourn at 8:35 p.m.Motioned carried by unanimous vote.
Jeff Salo, Clerk