INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 94 CLOQUET, MINNESOTA FEBRUARY 13, 2017 MEETINGS
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 94CLOQUET, MINNESOTAFEBRUARY 13, 2017MEETINGS School Board Working Session Discussion - Cloquet Area Alternative Programs (CAAEP) Principal Connie Hyde provided an overview of CAAEP programming including CAAEP Educ...
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 94
FEBRUARY 13, 2017
School Board Working Session Discussion - Cloquet Area Alternative Programs (CAAEP) Principal Connie Hyde provided an overview of CAAEP programming including CAAEP Educational Options - Sr. High Alternative Educational Day Programming; After-School Credit Recovery via Edgenuity Online Program; Jr. High Alternative Educational Programming; Elementary Setting IV (grades K-5 maximum of 10 students). CAAEP Programming and Support: Restorative Practices in Conjunction with Boys Town Behavioral Skills; Northhomes Therapy and CTSS Services; Fond du Lac Human and Social Services - Therapy via the SLMs grant; Carlton County Family School Support Workers; and Cloquet School District American Indian Education Programming. CAAEP teacher Angela Garbett talked about the Restorative Practices and how it is assisting CAAEP students. Principal Hyde extended an invitation to the school board members to visit CAAEP any time to learn more about what is happening at CAAEP.
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The regular board meeting of the School Board of Independent School District No. 94 was called to order by Board Chair Duane Buytaert, in the City of Cloquet, on February 13, 2017 at 6:02 p.m.
Roll Call - the following members were present on roll call:
Ken Scarbrough, Superintendent
Candace Nelis, Business Manager
Regina Roemhildt, ED MN - Cloquet
Teresa Angell, AIE Director
Ruth Reeves, Community Education Director
Anja Maijala, Student School Board Representative
Jay Boder, Student School Board Representative (Absent)
Warren Peterson, Cloquet Senior High School
Steve Battaglia, Cloquet Senior High School
Robbi Mondati, Washington Elementary School
David Wangen, Churchill Elementary School
Tom Brenner, Cloquet Middle School
Connie Hyde, Cloquet Area Alternative Education Programs (CAAEP) (Absent)
Pledge of Allegiance.
APPROVAL OF BOARD AGENDA
Superintendent Ken Scarbrough stated that he would like the school board to move into a closed session for the purpose of discussing negotiations with the teachers' union.
RESOLVED by T. Lammi to approve the February 13, 2017 agenda, as presented with the addition of moving into a closed session following the regular meeting. D. Battaglia seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.
CELEBRATING OUR SCHOOL BOARD - February 20-24 is Recognition Week
A News Release and Proclamation was read by Superintendent Ken Scarbrough, recognizing our school board members in honor of Minnesota School Boards Recognition Week, February 20-24, 2017. Certificates of Appreciation were presented following the readings; thanking our school board members for the immense amount of time and efforts they have shown our school district, staff and families. We honor and thank our Cloquet School Board Members: Duane Buytaert, Board Chair; Dan Danielson, Board Clerk; Ted Lammi, Board Treasurer; Dave Battaglia; Jim Crowley; and Nate Sandman.
APPROVAL OF MEETING MINUTES
RESOLVED by D. Danielson to approve the January 23, 2017 meeting minutes, as presented. T. Lammi seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.
OPEN FORUM AND RECEPTION OF DELEGATIONS, PETITIONS, AND COMMUNICATIONS
Pat Gallagher and Greg Schendel from Kraus-Anderson presented quotes for the Churchill School Entry construction project.
RESOLVED by T. Lammi to approve the Entry Addition to Churchill Elementary School Contract Award Recommendations made by Kraus-Anderson Construction Company in the amount of $650,233.52, as presented (copy of which is on file in the Superintendent's Office). D. Battaglia seconded the voice motion and it was approved by unanimous voice vote of all members present on roll call.
Due to the Board Clerk having to leave, a motion was made by T. Lammi and seconded by J. Crowley to appoint Dave Battaglia as Acting Clerk for the remainder of the meeting. The motion was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.
Superintendent Scarbrough congratulated Anja Maijala, Student School Board Representative on reaching State competition for Nordic Skiing. Everyone wished her the best at the upcoming competition on Thursday. Board member Nate Sandman commented that several other students performed really well in activities that are not sponsored by the school district, even including state championships. He suggested the district look at ways for recognizing these individuals. Superintendent Scarbrough said a subcommittee could be formed to look into this.
Community member Rick Colsen asked if there was an update on what is going on with the old middle school. Superintendent Scarbrough responded that there was not a lot to report as this time. One meeting was held in which the district was looking at a couple parties that may be interested in repurposing the building, and from that he has received a letter of interest. He is working with legal counsel on any potential proposal, but indicated there will be interaction with the community that will need to occur at some point as well.
Reports were provided by building principals, the Community Education Director, the American Indian Education Director, Student School Board Representative Anja Maijala, and Education Minnesota - Cloquet Representative Regina Roemhildt.
CONSIDER APPROVAL OF CLAIMS
RESOLVED by T. Lammi to approve the Claims - February 9, 2017, Hand Checks - January 2017, Fund 11 Checks - December 2016, Treasurer's Report - December 2016, Investment's Report - December 2016, Treasurer's Report - January 2017, Investment's Report - January 2017, and Wire Transfers of $3,575,000.00 on January 12, 2017, $1,335,000.00 on January 27, 2017, and $3,113,695.42 on January 27, 2017 (Construction Draw), as presented (copies on file in the Superintendent's Office): General - $2,258,402.54; Food Service - $113,990.41; Transportation - $222,160.23; Community Service - $129,643.96; Capital Outlay - $166,322.39; Building Construction - $3,042,004.55; Debt Redemption Fund - $0; OPEB Irrevocable Trust - $62,819.65; OPEB Debt Service - $0, for a total of $5,995,343.73. N. Sandman seconded the motion and it was approved by unanimous voice vote of all members present on roll call.
Board member T. Lammi made a motion to table the posting for a .8 FTE Spanish/.2 FTE ESL teacher at Cloquet Senior High School for a month, pending development of an alternative plan for our world's language program, to be brought back to the board on March 13th for further discussion. D. Buytaert seconded the motion and the motion was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.
RESOLVED by T. Lammi to approve the consent items, but pulling the posting for .8 FTE Spanish/.2 FTE ESL at CHS, as stated above, from the consent items resolution. D. Buytaert seconded the motion and it was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call. Superintendent Scarbrough recognized two retirees, Nancy McConachie, Physical Education teacher at Cloquet Middle School for her 22 years of service and Tom McFarlane, Physical Education teacher at Cloquet Senior High School for his 30 years of service; thanking them for their years of service to the district and students and wishing them well in their retirement endeavors.
Staffing Adjustments - Superintendent Scarbrough addressed the board members about scheduling a Staffing Subcommittee meeting to meet with the elementary and middle school principals. Board members J. Crowley, D. Battaglia and N. Sandman currently reside on this committee. A meeting date of February 24th at 7:30 a.m. was confirmed.
There was nothing to report at this time.
SCHOOL BOARD COMMITTEE REPORT
The Student Enrollment Report as of February 8, 2017, was reviewed. Enrollment remains steady.
Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) - Superintendent Scarbrough provided the school board with an update regarding a proposed JPA, which is an agreement that can be made amongst school districts that create a separate legal entity that would qualify for recognition as a school district and receive school funding. The school districts within the Northern Lights Special Education Cooperative have been meeting to discuss forming such an entity to provide additional special education services for low incidence special education programs such as a Setting IV and ASD. Forming a JPA would provide the school districts with financial benefits. Even though districts would be billed for costs above the state aid received, those costs would not be counted against the special education funding cap set by the state. Any expense over the funding cap receives no special education funding and comes 100% from a school district's general fund. Also, districts working together in a JPA arrangement find more efficiencies working together and being able to place more students in a particular program.
The January 12, 2017 District Health, Safety & Crisis Committee meeting summary was provided for review.
The January 26, 2017 District Wellness Policy Committee meeting summary was provided for review.
RESOLVED by J. Crowley to approve the 2017 All-Night Graduation Party request for use of facilities, custodial services, and insurance coverage for the evening, postage, and secretarial services, as presented. T. Lammi seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.
RESOLVED by T. Lammi to accept the "Notice of Desire to Negotiate" received from Education Minnesota - Cloquet (EMC), with the first meeting date to be scheduled at a later time. N. Sandman seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.
RESOLVED by D. Buytaert to approve the Cloquet Special Education Contract for Service #33 for mentoring of Special Education Director, Dena Hagen between Linda Forsberg and Cloquet ISD #94 for the 2016-2017 school year. The contract reflects mentoring services during the 2016-2017 school year at an hourly rate of $50.00/hour for 40 hours minimum and up to 80 hours. The total contract cost is estimated for $4,000.00. T. Lammi seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.
RESOLVED by J. Crowley to authorize the administration to change banking services to U.S. Bank, as recommended by Business Manager Candace Nelis. T. Lammi seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.
RESOLVED by D. Battaglia to authorize Cloquet Community Education to apply and post for two (2) summer interns through the Northland Foundation's Age to Age program, as presented. T. Lammi seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.
RESOLVED by D. Buytaert to approve the Resolution Directing the Administration to Make Recommendations for Reductions in Programs and Positions and Reasons Therefore, as presented. T. Lammi seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
Churchill Health and Wellness Newsletter, January 2017
Tuesday, February 21, 2017, POC Meeting at 4:00 p.m., KA Trailer at CMS Construction Site
Wednesday, February 22, 2017, JOM/LIEC Meetings - JOM @ 5:00 p.m./LIEC @ 6:00 p.m., FDL Tribal Center
ADJOURNMENT OF REGULAR MEETING
There being no further business to discuss, Board Chair Duane Buytaert adjourned the regular meeting at 7:40 p.m., stating that the school board would be moving into a Closed Session for the purpose of discussing upcoming negotiations with Education Minnesota - Cloquet (EMC).
RECONVENE REGULAR MEETING AND REPORT ON CLOSED SESSION
The regular meeting was called back to order by Board Chair Duane Buytaert at 8:20 p.m.
Superintendent Scarbrough reported that the school board and administration discussed strategies and several proposals for moving forward with negotiations with Education Minnesota - Cloquet (EMC); also, that the administration would work with legal counsel to analyze the contract and for drafting language.
ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING
There being no further business to discuss, Board Chair Duane Buytaert adjourned the regular meeting at 8:22 p.m.
Clerk of the School Board
Chair of the School Board