CARLTON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT 93 SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES JANUARY 20, 2015 The Board of Education of Independent School District 93, Carlton, Minnesota, met in regular session on Tuesday, January 20, 2015. Emerson called the meeting to ...

JANUARY 20, 2015

The Board of Education of Independent School District 93, Carlton, Minnesota, met in regular session on Tuesday, January 20, 2015. Emerson called the meeting to order at 7:07 p.m. Members present: Bennett, Emerson, Gay, Gibson, Hagenah, and Karp with Superintendent Haapala and Business Manager Eiffler.

Billie Waugh, Carlton Fifth Grade Teacher gave a report on the Shipboard study of Lake Superior she participated in as part of a collaboration with Michele Gutch, a UMD grad student working with EPA along with the Lake Superior Aquarium. Gutch presented information from the study on invasive species research to the 5th grade class which included food chains, human impact standards, and scientific processes. An observation microscope was demonstrated and used by the class. This project will bring future class activities and potential for more staff involvement.

Karp made motion to approve the Meeting Agenda. Gibson seconded and the motion passed 6-0.

Reports were presented by Student Advocate Emily Matlack, High School Principal Craig Kotsmith, Elementary Principal Jen Larva, and Community Education Director Daisy Rose. Business Manager Renee Eiffler reviewed expenditures on a revised budget and reported Finance Committee discussion items. A draft of an amended budget was presented and a call for information for a five year plan was issued.


Superintendent Haapala reported that enrollment for the current school year is higher than 2013-2014 student counts before he addressed the Strategic Planning and Consolidation Study Report. A joint board meeting with Wrenshall is scheduled for January 26, 2015, to hear current Baird Study results. Community input meetings planned for January 29, 2015, will field questions, and other data dissemination. The intent of said meetings are for the Communities to guide the boards in action for the future. A public survey on both school websites will be open in February for additional comments.

A subcommittee has been formed to address the World's Best Workforce initiative and do research on other districts' learning management systems to bring a recommendation back to our teachers/staff.

Hagenah made motion to approve the district bills as presented and order them paid: December payroll for a total of $328,848.18 and wires summative at $120,216.51, and January finance checks in the amount $469,258.88. Gibson supported and the motion passed unanimously.

Motion by Hagenah with support by Karp to approve the Consent Agenda:
Approve the Minutes of the December 15, 2014, Truth in Taxation Meeting.
Approve the Minutes of the January 7, 2015, Special Meeting.
Approve the hire of Tracy Renne as full-time Paraprofessional beginning January 5, 2015.
Approve the transfer of Kim Demenge from a part-time Paraprofessional in the School Readiness Program to a 36.5-hour Paraprofessional position at Carlton High School beginning January 20, 2015.
Approve the hire of Joni Oveson as the part-time Early Childhood Special Education Aide in the Bridges and Transitions programs beginning January 5, 2015, pending a successful background check.
Accept the resignation of Jane Kavanaugh as Bull Dog Options Coordinator effective January 9, 2015. Haapala gave recognition to Kavanaugh for her service to the district.
Recommend the hire of Aimee Casey as Latchkey Coordinator at $15.00 for approximately 20 hours per week.
Accept the resignation of Jane Kavanaugh as Gifted and Talented Program Coordinator effective January 14, 2015.
Approve 2014 World's Best Workforce Plan report.
Approve 2014-2015 World's Best Workforce Plan.
Approve the 2015 Non-Certified Seniority List.
Approve the hire of AnnaMarie Wills as a highly qualified ECSE paraprofessional working in the preschool program for 4.75 hrs on Monday and Friday, and 4.25 hrs on Wednesdays, to start on Monday, January 26, 2015.

Hagenah offered the following resolution and moved its adoption:
WHEREAS, the financial condition of the school district dictates that the school board must reduce expenditures immediately, and
WHEREAS, there has been a reduction in student enrollment, and,
WHEREAS, this reduction in expenditure and/or decrease in student enrollment must include discontinuance of positions and discontinuance of curtailment of programs, and
WHEREAS, a determination must be made as to which teachers' contracts must be terminated and not renewed and which teachers may be place on unrequested leave of absence without pay or fringe benefits in effecting discontinuance of positions.
BE IT RESOLVED, by the School Board of Independent School District 93, as follows:
That the School Board hereby directs the Superintendent of Schools and administration to consider the discontinuance of programs or positions to effectuate economies in the school district and reduce expenditures and, as a result of a reduction in enrollment, make recommendations to the school board for the discontinuance of programs, curtailment of programs, discontinuance of positions or curtailment of positions.
The motion for the adoption of the foregoing resolution was duly supported by Gay.
Whereupon on the following vote: Bennett-yea, Emerson-yea, Gay-yea, Gibson-yea, Hagenah-yea, Karp-yea, said resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.

Motion to approve the Minutes of the December 15, 2014, Regular Meeting was made by Gibson and seconded by Hagenah. Motion passed 6-0.

Future meetings: Committee of the Whole joint meeting with Wrenshall on January 26, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. at Wrenshall. Committee of the Whole community input meeting on January 29, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Carlton High School small gym. Committee of the Whole work session on February 9, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. Finance Committee meeting, February 17, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. and the Regular Board Meeting on February 17, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. A Committee of the Whole Strategic Planning Retreat is scheduled for March 9, 2015, to begin at 6:00 p.m.

There being no further business, Hagenah made motion to adjourn with support by Bennett. The meeting closed at 8:07 p.m.

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