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INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 94 CLOQUET, MINNESOTA JUNE 12, 2017 MEETINGS

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 94CLOQUET, MINNESOTAJUNE 12, 2017 MEETINGS School Board Working Session School Board Chair Duane Buytaert called the school board working session to order at 5:30 p.m. Items discussed included a Memorandum of Under...

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 94
CLOQUET, MINNESOTA
JUNE 12, 2017 MEETINGS

School Board Working Session
School Board Chair Duane Buytaert called the school board working session to order at 5:30 p.m. Items discussed included a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) the Principals' union is submitting; an adjustment to open enrollment caps; a revision of the contract with Kraus Anderson; Northern Lights Academy Assistant Director hire recommendation; and summer school transportation contract. Greg Schendel with Kraus Anderson provided a construction progress update on projects district-wide. Construction work is on schedule and the academic wing of the new middle school will be turned over to the district mid-July. Mr. Schendel also presented information regarding the proposed increase to their contract. Additional information on this can be found in the handout provided in the Board packet. There being nothing further to discuss, the working session was adjourned by Board Chair Duane Buytaert at 6:02 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 June 12, 2017 at 6:13 p.m.

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

Pledge of Allegiance.

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APPROVAL OF BOARD AGENDA
RESOLVED by D. Danielson to approve the June 12, 2017 school board agenda, with the changes made. D. Battaglia seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call. Changes to the agenda included pulling Consent Item #2(o) - recommendation to hire a Choir teacher at CHS (pulled due to not having a recommendation at this time); and moving #16 under New Business to the Open Forum portion of the meeting.

APPROVAL OF MEETING MINUTES
RESOLVED by T. Lammi to approve the Monday, May 22, 2017 school board minutes, as presented. J. Crowley 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
Kraus Anderson Contract Adjustment
RESOLVED by T. Lammi to approve the Contract Adjustment for Kraus Anderson in the amount of $150,000, as presented. D. Buytaert seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

Presentation regarding K-12 Spanish by Robert Sobczak and Lucas Tomhave
Mr. Sobczak and Mr. Tomhave presented information on the benefits of implanting Spanish K-12 at Cloquet Schools. They understand there are a lot of logistics and planning that would need to go into such an implementation, but just want to present it as a spark for future discussion and consideration. The Board thanked them for their presentation.

Building and Department reports were provided.

CONSIDER APPROVAL OF CLAIMS, HAND CHECKS, FUND 11 CHECKS, TREASURER'S REPORT, INVESTMENT'S REPORT AND WIRE TRANFERS
RESOLVED by D. Battaglia to approve the Claims - June 12, 2017; Fund 11 Checks - April 2017; AP Hand Checks - May 2017; Treasurer's Report - April 2017; Investment's Report - April 2017; Wire Transfers - $2,809,053.59 on May 30, 2016 and $120,000.00 on May 1, 2017; Food Service Report - April 2017. Also: General - $2,109,966.22; Food Service - $107,240.67; Transportation - $162,643.60; Community Service - $154,684.64; Capital Outlay - $9,952.96; Building Construction - $2,815,271.30; OPEB Irrevocable Trust - $57,613.37; and OPEB Debt Service - $0, for a total of $5,417,372.76. D. Buytaert seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

CONSENT ITEMS
RESOLVED by J. Crowley to approve the consent items, as presented:
1. Letters of Retirement/Resignation:
Resignation of Jamie Robbins, Program Assistant/Office Assistant for Kids Corner SACC Program, effective June 15, 2017.
Resignation of Katelyn E. Miller, Program Aide Assistant at Li'l Lumberjacks Learning Center, effective July 7, 2017.
2. Recommendation of Employment: (Teaching salaries are based on the 2016-2017 Teachers' Salary Schedule)
NAME; POSITION; SALARY; EFFECTIVE
Amanda Hexum; 1.0 FTE Life Science Teacher at Cloquet Senior High School; $54,518.00; 8/24/17
Denise Risberg; Extra Hours - 16.5 In-Service Days and 30 Minutes on Early Dismissal Wednesday's; $19.77/Hour; 9/6/17
Sue Thomason; EDHS Coordinator for summer 2017; $17.86/Hour; 6/12/2017-8/28/17
Rhonda Moynan; Increase hours from 1.25 Hours/Day to 1.5 Hours/Day for CHS Breakfast Program (Total of 5 Hours/Day with her other Assignment as Food Service/Cook Helper); $15.31/Hour; 9/6/17
Jill Brenner; .5 FTE ADSIS Specialist at Washington Elementary ; $31,340.00; 8/25/17
Lisa South; Sixth Period Stipend - Spanish II; $4,437.00; 2017-2018
Levi Rossing; Program Aide for Kids Corner SACC Program; $10.03/Hour; 6/5/17
Fleta Carol; Grant Writing Services for Cloquet Community Education; $50.00/Hour; 5/1/17 - 6/1/18
Rachel Holte; .438 FTE Music Teacher at Washington Elementary; $19,130.45; 8/25/17
3. 2017 Extended School Year (ESY) Program Staff (per the attached memo).
4. Summer 2017 Technology Maintenance Hours (per the attached memo).
5. Additional Birth to 2 Staff for 2017 ESY Summer School (per the attached memo).
6. Community Education Classroom Instruction Hires (per the attached memo).
7. 2017 Summer School Staff at Cloquet Senior High School (per the attached memo).
8. Permission to Post Positions:
1.0 FTE Long-Term Substitute School Counselor (approximately October 10, 2017 - December 18, 2017) at Washington Elementary School.
1.0 FTE 4th Grade Teacher at Washington Elementary School.
Two (2) 6.5 Hours/Day American Indian Education (AIE) Program Academic Tutors. One will fill the vacancy at the CHS and the other is a new position at Cloquet Middle School with 7th & 8th graders.
Early Childhood Parent Educator with ECFE Program - 15 to 20 Hours/Week.
Early Childhood Parent Educator with ECFE Program - 15 to 20 Hours/Week.
T. Lammi seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

STAFFING ADJUSTMENTS
There are none at this time.

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OLD BUSINESS
2017-2018 Bread & Milk Bids - copies were provided. Board Chair D. Buytaert asked that comparisons from last year's bids and this year's bids be provided for better clarification and to satisfy questions at a future meeting.

Memorandum of Understanding with Cloquet Principals' Association - T. Lammi made a motion to approve the MOU as presented. D. Danielson seconded the motion. Discussion followed regarding the wording of the MOU and the flexibility it provides the school board in determining on what step to place a new incoming principal/assistant principal. Board member T. Lammi made a motion to amend his original motion to strike out the words (to the district) in the MOU. Discussion continued and Board Member T. Lammi withdrew his original motion and the motion to amend the MOU. Board member D. Danielson made a motion to approve the resolution as presented. D. Battaglia seconded the motion and it was approved by a four to one (4:1) yea vote of all members present on roll call. Board members D. Buytaert, D. Danielson, D. Battaglia and T. Lammi voted yea. Board member J. Crowley voted nay.

Request to place T. Lenarz, Middle School Assistant Principal on a different step on the salary scheduled - Board members discussed how a recommendation should be presented to the school board. All hiring recommendations are presented to the school board for consideration and they considered this to fall under that scenario as well. Board member J. Crowley expressed concerns regarding granting a higher step on the salary schedule due to the budget deficit the district is facing. After further discussion it was determined that the Board negotiating team of D. Buytaert, D. Danielson and J. Crowley would meet with the administration and come back with a recommendation to the full Board at a future meeting.

SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT
Superintendent Scarbrough reported that he was contacted by JT Haines with the AFSCME Union, indicating they would like to begin negotiations with the Paraprofessionals Unit early August. Two dates of August 4th and 11th were suggested. It was determined that August 4th would not work and this would be discussed at the next meeting when board member Nate Sandman is present.

SCHOOL BOARD COMMITTEE REPORT
The Student Enrollment Report as of May 26, 2017 was reviewed.

NEW BUSINESS
RESOLVED by D. Battaglia to approve the Agreement between Cloquet Public Schools and Lakes and Pines Head Start Program for Program Year 2017-2018, 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 D. Buytaert to accept the $5,500.00 Grant from Northland Foundation for the RAI Age to Age College Intern Program 2017, 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 approve the application for a 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant in the amount of $450,000 over a three-year period ($150k per year), as presented. D. Battaglia seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

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RESOLVED by T. Lammi to approve and ratify the July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2019 Teachers' Master Agreement, as presented. D. Battaglia 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 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 Community Education Pay Scale as presented. D. Buytaert seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call. A 2% increase was applied to the first year and a 1.75% increase was applied to the second year pay scales.

RESOLVED by D. Battaglia to approve the Classification and Wage Scale for Non-Licensed Personnel - Non-Union for July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2019, with a 2% being applied to year one and 1.75% being applied to year two. J. Crowley seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

RESOLVED by D. Battaglia to approve the Lease for Northern Lights Academy for the time period August 1, 2017 - July 31, 2019, 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. Danielson to approve the Revised Lease between ISD #94 and Zion Lutheran Church for the time period September 1, 2017 - August 31, 2018, as presented. D. Battaglia seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

RESOLVED by D. Battaglia to approve the employment of Barbara Mackey to fill the Northern Lights Academy (NLA) Assistant Director position, 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. Battaglia to approve the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between ISD #94 and AFSCME Local Union 545 for Reasonable Accommodations for Health Conditions, 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 approve the recommendation to increase Open Enrollment limits, as presented. D. Danielson seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

Recommendation to Delay Implementation of School Resource Officer - Superintendent Scarbrough presented a resolution to delay the implementation of a School Resource Officer (SRO) with the City of Cloquet indefinitely due to budgetary reasons. Board discussion followed. After a lengthy discussion the Board decided that it would be prudent to move forward with having an SRO onsite next school year as they felt it was a very important position in this day and age. The cost will be approximately $65,000 for this position. The SRO would not be a disciplinary position. Superintendent Scarbrough will contact City of Cloquet representatives to move forward on the process to fill this position. The resolution was not approved for lack of support.

RESOLVED by D. Danielson to approve the Summer School Transportation Contract with Ms. April Williams, commencing July 11, 2017 and ending at the conclusion of the 2017 Special Education Summer School programming, as presented. D. Battaglia seconded the motion and it was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

RESOLVED by D. Danielson to approve the Minnesota Rural Education Association (MREA) Membership Renewal for 2017-2018, 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 approve the Just Kids Dental Memorandum of Understanding for 2017-2018 School Year Dental Services, as provided. D. Battaglia seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

AGENDA ADDENDUMS
There was nothing added at this time.

FOR YOUR INFORMATION
Summer 2017 School Board Meetings
Cloquet Public Schools Summer 2017 Office Hours

UPCOMING EVENTS/MEETINGS
June 20, 2017 - POC Committee 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 7:55 p.m.

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

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