INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 99 ESKO, MINNESOTA, JULY 24, 2012 REGULAR MEETING
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 99
JULY 24, 2012
The Esko Board of Education, Independent School District No. 99, Esko, Minnesota, held their regular Board meeting on Tuesday, July 24, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. in the board conference room.
Members present: Julian Bertogliat, Scott Powers, Rick Liljegren, Margaret Sunnarborg. Superintendent Fischer. Absent: Lynn McComber, Jeff Salo. Scott Powers appointed Clerk Pro Tem.
Call the Meeting to Order
Chairperson Julian Bertogliat called the meeting to order at 7:03 p.m.
Approval of Agenda
Moved by Rick Liljegren, second by Scott Powers to approve the agenda as amended and remove item 5. Motion carried by unanimous vote.
Approval of Consent Agenda Items
Moved by Rick Liljegren, second by Jeff Salo to approve the Consent Agenda items as follows:
Approve the minutes of the June 12, 2012 regular school board meeting.
Approve the minutes of the June 19, 2012 work session and special board meeting.
Approve the checks as follows:
Check #s 73351-73355
Check #s 73356-73427
Check #s 73428-73471
Check #s 73472-73483
Check #s 73484-73497
Check #s 73498-73519
Check #s 73520-73521
Date VOID 7/24/12*
Check #s 73136
Date VOID 7/24/12*
Check #s 73195
Date VOID 7/24/12*
Check #s 73453
*= pending Treasurer's review
Treasurer's Report - June 2012 prior to end of year adjustments
Payroll Type Regular
Direct Deposits $191,656.93
Electronic Payments $88,127.35
Grand Total $394,517.18
Payroll Type Regular
Direct Deposits $164,486.10
Electronic Payments $74,008.89
Grand Total $328,117.51
Motion carried by unanimous vote.
Accept Letter of Resignation from Bus Driver Dean Krych
Moved by Scott Powers, second by Rick Liljegren to accept a letter of resignation by retirement from bus driver Dean Krych effective June 6, 2012, with thanks for his service to the District. Motion carried by unanimous vote.
Approval of Reduction in Paraprofessional Hours
Moved by Rick Liljegren, second by Scott Powers to approve a reduction in overall daily paraprofessional hours from 117 to 105 for 2012/13. This will result in the elimination of one paraprofessional position and the layoff of Carri Kaldahl. Motion carried by unanimous vote.
Review of FY 2012 Cooperative Pairing/Sharing Statement from Cloquet Public Schools
Supt. Fischer reviewed with the Board the FY 2012 Cooperative Pairing/Sharing Statement from Cloquet Public Schools.
Approve the 2012/13 Activities Handbook for 2012/13
Discussion was heard regarding the updated 2012/13 Activities Handbook. Moved by Rick Liljegren, second by Scott Powers to approve the 2012/13 Activities Handbook as discussed. Motion carried by unanimous vote.
Discussion: Referendum Decisions Relating to Operations and Facilities
Supt. Fischer presented cost estimates from Larson Engineering regarding various building and field projects, along with various tax implications on varying levels of referendums. Discussion was also heard regarding possible collaboration with various local groups. The Board discussed various options. Members of the public that were in attendance were also asked for their comments.
Approval to Proceed with the Development, Design, and Implementation of a Facilities Improvement Project Consisting of Work Associated with Building a Football/Soccer Field, Track, and Related Areas
Moved by Scott Powers, second by Margaret Sunnarborg to direct administration to proceed with the development, design, and implementation of a facilities improvement project consisting of work associated with building a football/soccer field, track, and related areas. The Board directs administration and related parties to submit Review & Comment to the Minnesota Department of Education for the project as discussed for an amount up to $2.8 million. Motion carried by unanimous vote.
Authorize Administration to Call For Quotes - Bread & Milk Products
Moved by Scott Powers, second by Rick Liljegren to authorize administration to call for quotes for purchase and delivery of bread and milk products for the 2012/13 school year. Motion carried by unanimous vote.
Set Food Service Pricing for 2012/13
Moved by Rick Liljegren, second by Scott Powers to set the food service meal pricing for 2012/13 as follows: Elementary Lunch - $1.90, Secondary Lunch - $2.00, Reduced Price Lunch - $.40, Adult Lunch - $3.15, Ala Carte - per item cost, Student Breakfast - $1.00, Adult Breakfast - $1.55, Milk $.30. Motion carried by unanimous vote.
Authorize Administration to Call for Quotes - #1 and #2 Diesel Fuel, Gasoline, and Snowplowing
Moved by Rick Liljegren, second by Scott Powers to authorize administration to call for quotes on #1 and #2 diesel fuel, gasoline, and snowplowing for 2012/13. Motion carried by unanimous vote.
Approve Fall Coaching Assignments
Moved by Scott Powers, second by Rick Liljegren to approve the FY13 fall coaching assignments as presented (copy on file in the office of the superintendent). Motion carried by unanimous vote.
Set Ticket/Pass Prices
Moved by Scott Powers, second by Rick Liljegren to set ticket/pass prices for FY13 as presented. Pricing is listed on the school website and available at the school. Motion carried by unanimous vote.
Discussion: Security Cameras
Discussion was heard regarding security cameras at the school and at the bus garage. The Board directed administration to explore security camera updates/improvements to meet District needs.
Board Committee Reports
Margaret Sunnarborg - Certified negotiations meetings, community meeting.
Rick Liljegren - Certified negotiations meetings, community meeting, Esko Ed Foundation meeting.
Julian Bertogliat - Certified negotiations meetings, work sessions.
Scott Powers - Non-certified negotiations with AFSCME, work sessions.
Superintendent's Report - Superintendent Aaron Fischer
Supt. Fischer presented a need for an educational operating levy. He is recommending an amount of $341/student as identified through the community group. This learning levy would impact as follows:
$341 per student - Learning Levy
Reduce class sizes to 22, 24, 26 and 30 as the targets
Reduce ticket prices
Reduce senior pass costs
Provide Industrial Technology classes that have been reduced
Invest in electronic curriculums and technology necessary for 21st century
A Community planning session was set for Monday, July 30, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at the school.
The District has identified over $90,000 in flood damage to both equipment and building structures. Applications have been made to FEMA for assistance.
" Football and soccer will be played this year with an adjusted schedule. Soccer will be played at the same time as last year. There is a portable scoreboard that may be used. Portable power sources are being explored to power the existing scoreboard.
Football games will be hosted at 4:00 p.m. on Fridays. There is concern regarding the last game due to the loss of daylight later in the season. Portable lighting is being explored as well as other possible solutions.
Modifications to the lower level games had to be made and there will be more "away" games.
The possibility of working the B & B Market to use their wagon is being explored for concessions if needed.
Different options for announcing at games are being checked into.
Congratulations and Commendations
Janet Halonen - The District received the School Finance Award from the MN Dept of Education for the fifth consecutive year.
There will be a community planning session on July 30, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at the school.
Mr. Peterson and other parents of the Esko Hockey Association were in attendance to discuss the flood damage to their building. They are working with authorities to discover all the damage and options available to deal with the situation. The Association would like to meet with school officials to discuss future options.
There being no further business, moved by Scott Powers, second by Rick Liljegren to adjourn at 9:32 p.m. Motioned carried by unanimous vote.
Clerk Pro Tem