WRENSHALL INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT, NO. 100 BOARD OF EDUCATION REGULAR MEETING MONDAY - OCTOBER 15, 2012
WRENSHALL INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT, NO. 100
BOARD OF EDUCATION
MONDAY - OCTOBER 15, 2012
The Wrenshall Board of Education's regular meeting was called to order at 6:01 p.m. on Monday, October 16, 2012 by Chair Powers.
Board members in attendance were Troy Powers, Deb Bryce, Matt Laveau, Shane Kuhlmey, Renae House and Janaki Fisher-Merritt. Also in attendance were Superintendent Belcastro, Business Manager Connie Skarbakka and Board Secretary Candy Christensen along with staff and community members. Principal Frank was absent.
Additions or corrections to the agenda: replace items #22 & #23 as indicated.
MOTION by Powers; seconded by Laveau to approve the Agenda with changes. Motion carried.
MOTION by Fisher-Merritt; seconded by Bryce to approve the consent. Motion carried.
Matt Mayer, from KDV, provided a Powerpoint presentation of their 2011/2012 Audit findings.
Our Dance Team's coach, Kate Cadotte has resigned due to family issues.
Superintendent Belcastro would like to recognize and thank Doreen Laveau in the Transportation Department for all her hard work in getting the transportation department on track with the new changes. Also, Superintendent Belcastro would like to recognize Andrea Ruth for the $500 grant she applied for and received from CenturyLink. The grant will be used to purchase supplies for the 1st grade classroom.
Business Manager's report:
-Working on the Actuarial Study with Superintendent Belcastro and Van Iwaarden Associates.
-Next week will begin working on the 2012/2013 final budget.
-In the process of updating school policies.
-In January will start working on the 2013/2014 budget with staff member input.
Community Ed Director's report:
-Fall Fest had a great turnout. Pictures will be in the Images along with a list of sponsors.
-The pool opens December 1st. Regular pool activities will start on Monday, December 3rd.
-CE classes for November include: AARP Refresher, Photography, 2 Business classes and Snowmobile Safety.
-It's time to start coordinating swimming lessons and Power Lunch.
Planning for the next Father Daughter Ball will begin in December.
In the past month, I started overseeing the Northland Foundation's Youth in Philanthropy group from Wrenshall. This is the first year that Wrenshall has ever had a group. I chose two 8th graders to participate in this (Bridgett O'Brien and TJ Gamradt). Their role is to attend meetings with kids from other schools and read grant requests and vote on which to accept. They will carry through with this program until they are seniors.
-Presented the board members with information and registration forms for the 92nd Annual Leadership Conference sponsored by the MSBA. The Conference is scheduled for January 17th - 18th, 2013 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
MOTION by Powers; seconded by Kuhlmey to table any action regarding the Job Description for Operations Director of Buildings, Grounds and Vehicle Fleet to allow the board more time for review. It will be on the November Agenda. Motion carried.
MOTION by Powers; seconded by Bryce to accept the job description as presented for Lead Bus Driver Position. Motion carried. Laveau abstained.
MOTION by Laveau; seconded by Fisher-Merritt to hire Rich Wiitala as Bus Driver, replacing Karen Siltanen. Motion carried.
Directive given by the Board to Superintendent Belcastro to review and update policy and procedures for interviewing and hiring staff.
MOTION by Kuhlmey; seconded by House to approve hiring Jennie Westin as a Long Term Substitute 6th Grade Teacher at 1.0 FTE, per Teacher's Master Agreement. Motion carried.
MOTION by Bryce; seconded by Kuhlmey to accept the resignation of Jamie Savre. Motion carried.
MOTION by Powers; seconded by Laveau to accept the Minnesota Power donation of $1,100 for the Playground Fund. Motion carried.
Discussion regarding payment to Jr. High Coaches will be continued after the November Referendum results. If an action is made to pay the Jr. High Coaches, the pay will be retroactive to the beginning of the 2012/2013 school year.
MOTION by Bryce; seconded by Powers to create an Assistant Cook position. Motion carried.
MOTION by Kuhlmey; seconded by Fisher-Merritt to deny the Leave of Absence request of Kim Demenge based on contract language. Motion carried.
MOTION by Laveau; seconded by Powers to accept the MDE Assurance of Compliance form. Motion carried.
-Parents of 6th grade students are concerned about possible issues that may arise with the split 6th grade class.
-Discussion regarding the budget for the Gifted and Talented 6th grade students.
-Michelle Keller expressed the need for volunteer 'Door Knockers' needed for the Operating Referendum in November.
-Volunteer Group update.
-There is a Meet & Confer scheduled for the 24th.
Board Members discussion regarding the Operating Referendum:
-All information regarding the Operating Referendum must be posted and published by October 18th.
MOTION by Bryce; seconded by House to adjourn meeting at 7:56 pm. Motion carried.
(Minutes are subject to approval at the November 19, 2012 meeting.)
Troy Powers, Chair
Deb Bryce, Clerk