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INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 94 CLOQUET, MINNESOTA JULY 10, 2017 MEETINGS

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 94CLOQUET, MINNESOTAJULY 10, 2017 MEETINGS School Board Working Session School Board Chair Duane Buytaert called the school board working session to order at 5:37 p.m. AirFiber, Inc. representatives Steve Goldschmi...

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 94
CLOQUET, MINNESOTA
JULY 10, 2017 MEETINGS

School Board Working Session
School Board Chair Duane Buytaert called the school board working session to order at 5:37 p.m.

AirFiber, Inc. representatives Steve Goldschmidt and Sam Napp were present to answer questions as it relates to the AirFiber, Inc. proposed lease with the school district. They would like to put up three towers on top of three schools with a lease rate of $200/month for each tower. Board members asked many questions and a resolution will be presented for consideration in the regular meeting.

An update on the construction progress was provided. Business manager Candace Nelis indicated that we have over $4 million in construction bills that were being reviewed this afternoon, indicating she was hesitate to approve them without collaboration and input from others. She asked if the Board would be okay with having the Board Treasurer come in and review and approve them within the next several days. Normally bills are not released until the Board reviews them. Board members indicated they would be okay with this process.

The Paraprofessional Bumping process will take place on Thursday, August 10th beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the high school. It is expected that there will be a lot of movement this year with most of the changing occurring internally. There is a possibility that we will have some open positions remaining to be filled after the bumping day. They will be brought to the Board for approval before being posted. With 90 paraprofessionals currently, the goal is to drop paraprofessional support as students get older, reassess and not commit to bringing in a lot of new positions, but have current paras support more students. Para need is identified in IEPs so there are times when this cannot be avoided.

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There being nothing further to discuss, the working session was adjourned by Board Chair Duane Buytaert at 6:06 p.m.

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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 July 10, 2017 at 6:19 p.m.

Roll Call - the following members were present on roll call:
Duane Buytaert
Dan Danielson
Dave Battaglia
Jim Crowley
Ted Lammi (Absent)
Nate Sandman
Also present:
Ken Scarbrough, Superintendent
Candace Nelis, Business Manager
EMC Representative (Absent)
Teresa Angell, AIE Director (Absent)
Ruth Reeves, Community Education Director
Principals Present:
Warren Peterson, Cloquet Senior High School (Absent)
Steve Battaglia, Cloquet Senior High School (Absent)
David Wangen, Churchill Elementary School
Robbi Mondati, Washington Elementary School
Tom Brenner, Cloquet Middle School
Tom Lenarz, Cloquet Middle School
Connie Hyde, Cloquet Area Alternative Education Programs (CAAEP) (Absent)

Pledge of Allegiance.

APPROVAL OF BOARD AGENDA
RESOLVED by J. Crowley to approve the July 10, 2017 school board agenda as presented, with the following additions/amendments:
1. Consent Agenda - remove Molly Pearson from the extra-services coaching contracts list.
2. Authorize the superintendent to enter into contracts with Northand Engineering and the City of Cloquet.
3. Approval of construction bills.
D. Battaglia seconded the motion to approve the July 10, 2017 school board agenda, as presented and amended above. The resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

APPROVAL OF MEETING MINUTES
RESOLVED by D. Battaglia to approve the Monday, June 26, 2017 school board meeting minutes, as presented. N. Sandman 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
Building and Department reports were provided.

Community member James Mallory addressed the Board questioning the hire of the Football Coach, as he is also the new Assistant Principal at the middle school; wondering if this is taking on more than one can handle in his new position. He also asked about the plans for addressing the projected $1.5 million deficit.

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CONSIDER APPROVAL OF CLAIMS, FUND 11 CHECKS, HAND CHECKS AND WIRE TRANSFERS
RESOLVED by D. Buytaert to approve the Claims - July 10, 2017; Fund 11 Checks - May 2017; Hand Checks - June 2017; Wire Transfer of $3,741,824.98 on June 28, 2017; Wire Transfer of $525,000.00 on June 29, 2017, as presented: General - $2,398,648.61; Food Service - $78,893.46; Transportation - $184,422.63; Community Service - $181,856.22; Capital Outlay - $58,275.11; Building Construction - $3,923,455.65; Debt Redemption Fund - $1,088,109.38; OPEB Irrevocable Trust - $0; OPEB Debt Service - $69,683.13, for a total of $7,983,344.19.
D. Danielson seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

CONSENT ITEMS
RESOLVED by D. Battaglia to approve the Consent Items, as presented:
1. Letters of Resignation:
Stephanie Youngman, 6.5 Hours/Day American Indian Education Tutor at Cloquet Area Alternative Education Programs (CAAEP), effective June 26, 2017.
Shelly (Wickstrom) Johnson, 5 Hours/Day Secretary/Receptionist at Central Administration Office, effective July 21, 2017.
2. Recommendation of Employment: (Teaching salaries are based on the 2016-2017 Teachers' Salary Schedule)
NAME; POSITION; SALARY; EFFECTIVE
Dara Topping; 1.0 FTE ADSIS Specialist at Cloquet Middle School; $43,813.00; August 24, 2017
Michael Hallgren; 1.0 FTE Special Education EBD Teacher at Cloquet Middle School; $43,813.00; August 24, 2017
Jolene Aho; 1.0 FTE 4th Grade Teacher at Churchill Elementary School; $43,564.00; August 25, 2017
Linnea Barto; .5 FTE ADSIS Specialist at Churchill Elementary School; $21,766.00; August 25, 2017
Rylee Erickson; .2 FTE Increase - English Teacher at CAAEP (Position is being increased to a .6 FTE); $24,903.78; August 25, 2017
Elizabeth Waldorf; 1.0 FTE 4th Grade Teacher at Washington Elementary School; $43,813.00; August 24, 2017

Leah Lee; 1.0 FTE Special Education EBD Teacher at CAAEP (Pending approval of a Community Expert Waiver from MDE); $38,864.00; August 24, 2017
Rod Syck; CAAEP 2017 Summer School Teacher - Extra 25 Hours; $31.44/Hour; 7/1/17 - 8/30/17
Sue Thomason; CAAEP 2017 Summer School Coordinator - Extra 25 Hours; $31.44/Hour; 7/1/17 - 8/30/17
Jodi Lorenz; Special Education Van Driver; $16.00/Hour; 7/2017 - 9/1/17
3. Extra-Services Contracts for Coaches for 2017-18 Fall Season.
4. Permission to Post Positions:
6.5 Hours/Day American Indian Education Program Academic Tutor at CAAEP.
4 Hours/Day Secretary/Receptionist at Central Administration Office. This position is also being reduced by one (1) hour/day in light of the budget deficit for the 2017-18 school year.
J. Crowley seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

STAFFING ADJUSTMENTS
There was nothing to present at this time.

OLD BUSINESS
RESOLVED by D. Buytaert to approve the AirFiber, Inc. Roof Top Lease Agreement, as presented. D. Battaglia seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT
Superintendent Ken Scarbrough informed board members that we may have $4 million or more of construction bills to be reviewed and processed prior to the next scheduled board meeting. He would like to ask the treasurer or another school board member to review them and provide approval prior to the business manager processing them. Board members indicated their approval with this process.

The Food Bank would like to use one of our parking lots to deliver food; Superintendent Scarbrough will work with them to try to work something out. Board member Nate Sandman asked if there was any progress with CAAEP working with the Food Bank. Superintendent Scarbrough indicated that Mrs. Hyde is still working on this possible collaboration.

SCHOOL BOARD COMMITTEE REPORT
The Student Enrollment Report as of July 6, 2017 was presented and reviewed along with information on the new enrollments for fall 2017. Administration is working on a system to track our running enrollment as close as possible over the summer months. Grade 5 is currently closed due to reaching the cap.

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NEW BUSINESS
RESOLVED by D. Danielson to approve the leave of absence request of Leah Lee, 6.5 hours/day Special Education Setting IV Elementary Paraprofessional at Cloquet Area Alternative Education Programs (CAAEP), as presented. The leave of absence would be for the 2017-2018 school year pending approval of the Community Expert Waiver from the Minnesota Department of Education as a 1.0 FTE Special Education EBD teacher at CAAEP. J. Crowley seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

SCHOOL BOARD ADOPTED SCHOOLS FOR THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR -
No changes were made to the list at this time. This was tabled until all members could be present.

RESOLVED by D. Danielson to approve the School Board "Committee" List for the 2017-2018 school year, as presented. D. Buytaert seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

RESOLVED by N. Sandman to authorize Business Manager Candace Nelis and District Accountant Debbie Reed to make electronic fund transfers on behalf of the Cloquet School District during the time period July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018. J. Crowley seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

RESOLVED by D. Buytaert to name US Bank Cloquet; Woodlands Bank; Members Cooperative Credit Union; Associated Bank Corp.; Wells Fargo Bank, Frandsen Bank; MN Trust and the Minnesota School District Liquid Asset Fund Plus as depositories for funds belonging to Independent School District No. 94 and that all banks be required to furnish a corporate surety bond or acceptable collateral to cover the amount of school district deposits. N. Sandman seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

RESOLVED by D. Danielson to authorize the utilization of the services of the firms of Rupp, Anderson, Squires & Waldspurger P.A. and Rudy, Gassert, Yetka & Pritchett P.A. and authorization for the superintendent and business manager to utilize services of other legal firms as deemed necessary during the time period July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018. D. Battaglia seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

RESOLVED by D. Buytaert to grant Superintendent Ken Scarbrough and Business Manager Candace Nelis the authority to approve contracts including, but not limited to, the following: dances, vending machines, plays and royalties, games and officials, class rings, lyceum programs, yearbooks, rental of facilities, diplomas, graduation announcements, and fundraising projects, as necessary for the 2017-2018 school year. J. Crowley seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

RESOLVED by D. Buytaert that the Clerk of Independent School District No. 94 be authorized to draw and sign orders upon the Treasurer, to be counter-signed by the Chairperson for payments of salaries, utility bills, and other bills that offer a discount for early payment as they become due for the time period July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018. D. Battaglia seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

RESOLVED by N. Sandman to designate the Pine Journal, 122 Avenue C, Cloquet, MN, to be official newspaper of Independent School District No. 94 for the fiscal year 2017-2018, per the cost of $11.00 per column inch, as presented. J. Crowley seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

RESOLVED by D. Danielson to approve the Lead District Custodian (LDC) position be continued for the 2017-2018 school year, and the position be filled by Keith Marti. The LDC shall be paid an hourly rate of $4.30/hour in addition to whatever hourly wage he would earn as a head custodian under the 2015-2017 Custodial Employees Agreement, as presented. J. Crowley seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

RESOLVED by D. Danielson that the School Board of Independent School District No. 94 hereby approves the Memorandum of Understanding - Unit Accretion Transition Agreement with AFSCME Local Union 545 - Paraprofessionals' Unit and ISD #94, as presented. D. Battaglia seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

AGENDA ADDENDUMS
RESOLVED by D. Battaglia to allow the superintendent to enter into a contract for the inspection of our ponds at the new middle school site, as presented. N. Sandman seconded the motion and it was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

N Sandman made a motion to authorize the superintendent to enter into a contract with the City of Cloquet that the District would take care of the ponds, as presented. D. Buytaert seconded the motion and it was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

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UPCOMING EVENTS/MEETINGS
July 25, 2017 - POC Meeting at 4:00 p.m., KA Trailer, CMS Construction site.

ADJOURNMENT
There being no further business to discuss, Board Chair D. Buytaert adjourned the meeting at 7:03 p.m.

Clerk of the School Board
ATTEST:
Chair of the School Board

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