WRENSHALL INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 100 SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES SEPTEMBER 16, 2013
WRENSHALL INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 100
SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES
SEPTEMBER 16, 2013
The Wrenshall Board of Education, Independent School District No. 100, Wrenshall, Minnesota held their regular Board meeting on Monday, September 16, 2013, at 6:00 p.m.
Chairperson Troy Powers called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.
Members present: Matthew Laveau, Troy Powers, Janaki Fisher-Merritt, Renae House and Superintendent Kimberly Belcastro.
Additions or corrections to the agenda: Remove item 17, add 6b, add 12b, add 12c, add 14b.
MOTION by Fisher-Merritt second by Laveau to approve the agenda with changes. Motion carried unanimously.
MOTION BY Fisher-Merritt second by Laveau to appoint new board members Tony Sheda and Michelle Blanchard. Motion carried unanimously. Swearing in of new members took place.
MOTION by Fisher-Merritt second by Sheda to nominate Renae House as Clerk. Motion carried unanimously.
MOTION by Laveau second by House to approve the Consent Agenda items as follows: Motion carried unanimously.
-Approve minutes of previous meetings.
-Approve wire transfers.
-Approve current cash flow report.
-Approve Expense/Revenue Summary.
Superintendent Belcastro recognized the following:
-Joel Swanson for his years of service in the boys' basketball program.
-Jeff Menze for his years of service with the District.
-Thanking John Ratzer and Doreen Laveau for the help they have given during the transition period while hiring a new Operations Director.
Business Manager's Report:
-Connie Skarbakka reported that auditors will be in this week she has been preparing for their visit.
Community Education Director's Report:
-K-3 soccer program to take place July-August practice and games against each other. Looking for parent volunteers to coach.
-Current early childhood enrollment: 17 in Little Wrens, 9 in Hatchlings, 7 Little Wrens attend Latchkey during the day.
-The District was approved for a $25,000 early childhood education grant to move ahead and expand with ECFE and Latchkey.
-Review of Master Schedule History 10 will be split between D. North and L. Wargin.
-Review of Student Enrollment Summary Report current enrollment is 330 K-12 plus 17 in early childhood 4-year program.
-It has been a good start to the year with positive behaviors shown by students.
-New security system is going well. Number one reason for security system is the safety of our kids.
Technology update from Ben Fisher-Merritt. Domain has been added. Implemented a Wi-Fi for staff working on design of network to allow for student/public Wi-Fi. Almost all staff have received new machines with Windows 7. Students 6-12 will have their own logins and ID's. Looking into purchasing new SMART boards. Updating Library card catalog, moving to an online system.
Hunter Pauly reported to board on his proposed Eagle Scout project to create a long jump/triple jump pit for the track team. Asking board for permission to build on the school property. Board has asked for more specifics to be presented at the next board meeting.
Transportation concern about bus/van pick up at daycare on Parkwood Drive. District is currently transporting children at the location with the school van. Different options were discussed to accommodate area daycares.
MOTION by Powers second by House to accept the resignation, with thanks, of Jeff Menze, Operations Director of Buildings, Grounds and Vehicle Fleet. Motion carried unanimously.
MOTION by Fisher-Merritt second by Powers to approve Education Minnesota - Wrenshall MDE Approved Q Comp Plan. Motion carried unanimously.
MOTION by Laveau second by House to approve half day teacher's in-service on November 1, 2013. Motion carried unanimously.
MOTION by House second by Laveau to set Truth and Taxation for Monday, December 16, 2013 at 6:01 p.m. Motion carried unanimously.
MOTION by Fisher-Merritt second by Powers to certify the preliminary 2013-2014 levy. Motion carried unanimously.
Discussion of the summary of the Asbestos Operations and Maintenance Plan prepared by Dick Tracy of Safety Services of NE MN, LLC.
MOTION by Laveau second by House to accept, with thanks, a $150.00 donation from Ms. Shirley Wallace, Dog Agility Association to be put towards the Wrenshall Public Schools Scholarship Fund for graduating seniors. Motion carried unanimously.
MOTION by House second by Blanchard to approve 2013-2014 Membership Renewal with the Northern Lights Special Education Cooperative. Motion carried unanimously.
MOTION by Powers second by Sheda to create a Certified Special Education paraprofessional position per PARA Contract. Motion carried unanimously.
MOTION by Laveau second by Blanchard to create a Title One Lead Teacher Position for $1,800 for the 2013-2014 school year. Motion carried unanimously. A memorandum of understanding will be created once the position has been filled.
MOTION by Powers second by Fisher Merritt to accept resignation, with thanks for many years of service, of Joel Swanson, Head Boy's Basketball Coach. Motion carried unanimously.
-Parent questioning why 7th graders aren't allowed to go to dances; stating that they have always been allowed to go without problems and that it will hurt fundraising. It was discussed and decided to continue to allow 7th and 8th graders to attend dances.
-Parent asking about students not allowed to go down certain hallways. It was discussed that students are not allowed to go in the Maintenance areas for their own safety.
-Parent asking why the handbook isn't available yet. It was discussed that handbooks are no longer given out other than to new students. The handbook is ready to be put on the website and will be available online or by request.
-Concern brought up about the cut to Elementary Phy-Ed stating the importance of physical activity for that age and the health benefits. It was explained that more Math instruction was added and one Phy-Ed teacher had recent surgery and unable to instruct.
-Community member asked that each board member remember to uphold values as stated in School Board Member Oath of Office.
-Board Member Fisher-Merritt reminded audience that Open Forum is a time meant for the board to listen to community member's concerns and comments but is not meant to be a time for board discussion or action.
MOTION by Fisher-Merritt second by Laveau to adjourn at 8:22 p.m. Motion carried unanimously.