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INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 94 CLOQUET, MINNESOTA MARCH 12, 2018 Minutes

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 94CLOQUET, MINNESOTAMARCH 12, 2018 School Board Working Session: School Board Chair Ted Lammi called the school board working session to order at 5:30 p.m. Superintendent Scarbrough provided an overview on the bond...

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 94
CLOQUET, MINNESOTA
MARCH 12, 2018

School Board Working Session:

School Board Chair Ted Lammi called the school board working session to order at 5:30 p.m.

Superintendent Scarbrough provided an overview on the bond sale that will be presented during the regular meeting. We were happy to find out that interest rates on the bond sale came in much better than the presale report of 2.6%. The district received a 2.02% interest rate. This is going to give us approximately $18,000 more per year left in our Long-Term Facility Maintenance (LTFM) funding to spend on other projects. The $20,000 referenced had to do with the premium paid on the bonds and underwriter discounts which will be extra money that will be deposited into our account to use towards this project.

Additional items discussed included the potential CHS auditorium remodeling, storage building, projected deficit and budget reductions, and the old middle school auction.

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There being nothing further to discuss, Board Chair Ted Lammi adjourned the working session at 5:55 p.m.

Regular School Board Meeting:

The regular board meeting of the School Board of Independent School District No. 94 was called to order by Board Chair Ted Lammi, in the City of Cloquet, on March 12, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

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

APPROVAL OF BOARD AGENDA
RESOLVED by D. Buytaert to approve the March 12, 2018 school board agenda as amended. N. Sandman seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call. Amendment included moving action on the Business Office items to take place before the Open Forum.

APPROVAL OF MEETING MINUTES
RESOLVED by J. Crowley to approve the February 26, 2018 school board meeting minutes, as presented. D. Battaglia seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call.

BUSINESS OFFICE
RESOLVED by D. Battaglia to approve the Resolution Accepting TD Ameritrade as a Depositor for the District Go Referendum Building Bond Proceeds - REF Project and Debt Service Accounts, 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. Danielson to approve the Resolution Reauthorizing a Previously Authorized Board Approved Referendum Authority in the amount of $300, per adjusted pupil unit pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 126C.17, Subd. 9a., as presented. N. Sandman 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 N. Sandman to approve the Resolution Awarding the Sale, Determining the Forum and Details, Authorizing the Execution, Delivery and Registration, and Providing for the Payment of General Obligation Facilities Maintenance Bonds, Series 2018A, 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. Danielson to authorize school administration to present budget reduction recommendations of up to $390,000 at a future meeting, as presented. D. Buytaert 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 Mallery asked the school board if a salary had been determined for the new superintendent as he hadn't seen it in the minutes. Board Chair T. Lammi responded that the salary would be $140,000 for the first year and his signed contract has been received.

AFSCME paraprofessional Judy Nelson asked to address the school board. Board Chair T. Lammi responded that she had not signed up to address the board previous to the meeting beginning. He made an exception to the rule this time and allowed one representative from the union to speak for three (3) minutes, per District Policy #206. Ms. Nelson responded that she was not aware the rules have changed for addressing the school board and thanked him for the opportunity to address the board. Ms. Nelson went on to read a statement on behalf of the AFSCME Paraprofessional Unit regarding negotiations/mediation ongoing with the school district.

CONSIDER APPROVAL OF CLAIMS, FUND 11 CHECKS, HAND CHECKS, WIRE TRANSFERS
RESOLVED by D. Danielson to approve the Claims - March 12, 2018; Fund 11 Checks - January 2018; Hand Checks - February 2018; Wire Transfers of $250,000 on February 23, 2018, $343,706.18 on February 23, 2018, $1,700,000 on February 27, 2018, and $260,000 on February 27, 2018, as presented. General - $2,623,560.63; Food Service $59,670.64; Transportation - $162,981.25; Community Service - $168,667.31; Capital Outlay - $4,62.42; Building Construction - $21,252.59; Debt Redemption Fund - $1,047,575.00; OPEB Irrevocable Trust - $92,264.05; and OPEB Debt Service - $0, for a total of $4,180,633.89. J. Crowley 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 Retirement:
a. Jeanette Olson, 1.0 FTE Social Studies teacher at CAAEP, effective June 6, 2018.
b. Mary Cook, 1.0 FTE 4th Grade teacher at Washington Elementary School, effective June 5, 2018.
c. Pam Schimenek, Full-Time 10-Month Secretary/Receptionist at CHS, effective June 15, 2018.
d. Theresa Blais, Community Education Secretary/Receptionist, effective May 31, 2018.
e. Susan Kolodge, 6.5 Hours/Day DCD MM Special Education Paraprofessional at CHS, effective May 31, 2018.
f. Melanie Leno, 6.75 Hours/Day Special Education EBD At-Risk Paraprofessional at CHS, effective May 31, 2018.
2. Letters of Resignation:
a. Samantha Nielsen, .8 FTE Art teacher at CAAEP, effective June 5, 2018.
b. Michelle DeBolt, 6.5 Hours/Day AIE Academic Tutor at CAAEP, effective February 27, 2018.
c. McKenzie Franke, Program Aide at Kids Corner SACC Program, effective March 15, 2018.
d. Ernest Goldberg, Districtwide On-Call Cleaner, effective March 6, 2018.
e. Stephanie Harney, 6.5 Hours/Day Special Education DCD SP Paraprofessional at Churchill Elementary School, effective April 3, 2018.
f. John Holmes, 5 Hours/Day Part-Time Cleaner at Washington Elementary School, effective March 23, 2018.
3. Recommendation of Employment:
NAME; POSITION; SALARY; EFFECTIVE
Ernest Goldberg; 4 Hours/Day PT Cleaner at Churchill School; $14.72/Hour; March 5, 2018
Sara Lahti; 6.5 Hours/Day AIE Academic Tutor at CAAEP; $16.18/Hour; March 5, 2018
McKenzie Franke; 15 to 20 Hours/Week Program Assistant at Kids Corner SACC Program; $15.25/Hour; March 16, 2018
Pamela Ermatinger; Dance Coach for Community Education; TBD-Fee per Student; May 1, 2018
Debra Peterson; DI Coach - CMS; $480.00; 12/1/17 - 5/31/18
Debra Peterson; DI Coordinator/3 Teams @ $240.00/Team; $720.00; 12/1/17 - 5/31/18
Natalie Swanson ; DI Coach - CMS ; 480.00 ; 12/1/17 - 5/31/18
Bill Bauer; DI Coach - CMS; $480.00; 12/1/17 - 5/31/18
Sarah Ellena; Nursing Services - Summer Work (10 Days @ $280.65/Daily rate of pay); $2,806.5; 7/1/18 - 6/30/19
4. Permission to Post Positions:
a. 5 Hours/Day (M-F) Consistent Support ECSE Paraprofessional at Washington Elementary School.
b. 4 Hours/Day (8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; M-F) Consistent Support Paraprofessional at Washington Elementary School.
c. Districtwide On-Call Cleaner for up to 30 hours/week.
d. 6.5 Hours/Day Special Education DCD SP Paraprofessional at Churchill Elementary School.
e. 5 Hours/Day Part-Time Cleaner at Washington Elementary School.
D. Buytaert seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous yea vote of all members present on roll call. Superintendent Scarbrough and the school board thanked the retirees for their years of service to the students and Cloquet School District.

STAFFING ADJUSTMENTS
There was nothing to report.

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OLD BUSINESS
There was nothing to report.

SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT
Update on Old CMS Auction - no report has been received from Do-Bid yet. The auction went well and there are very few pieces of equipment/furniture left. A thank you to the custodial crew for their set-up, assistance during the pick-up phase, and for cleaning up after the auction. They did a tremendous job. Superintendent Scarbrough will contact area school districts to let them know if they would like any of the equipment/furniture that is left they are welcome to it vs. it being transported to be disposed. Administration will also check into the rules regarding giving equipment to private schools. The school board expressed their approval of this plan.

SCHOOL BOARD COMMITTEE REPORT
The Student Enrollment Report as of March 7, 2018 was reviewed.

The February 20, 2018 District Health, Safety & Crisis meeting summary was available for review.

NEW BUSINESS
RESOLVED by D. Buytaert to approve the leave of absence request of Greg Oakes, 1.0 FTE School Counselor at Churchill Elementary School for the time period March 1, 2018 - June 5, 2018, as presented. D. Danielson 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 revised District Policy # 425 - Use of Handheld Communication Devices; waiving the normal three readings, as presented. J. Crowley seconded the motion and the resolution was approved by unanimous vote of all members present on roll call. The monthly stipend will increase by $5.00, effective July 1, 2018. Community member Richard Colsen asked to make a comment. Board Chair T. Lammi replied that he was out of order but would allow his comment if kept extremely brief. Mr. Colsen asked how the district would handle the personal information vs. school information on a staff member's cell phone, i.e. who owns the phone, who is responsible for it if it is lost, etc. Superintendent Scarbrough replied that this was recently discussed amongst his administrative team. He will be sending out a memo to staff that school email will be used for school business only and that extra passcodes should be used for protection on cell phones, etc. There is a seminar coming up being hosted by Arrowhead Regional Computing Consortium (ARCC) that addresses cyber security, etc. Several staff members will be attending this seminar.

RESOLVED by T. Lammi to approve the Purchase of Service Agreement to provide nursing services to Northern Lights Academy for the time period August 23, 2017 - June 15, 208. Rate of pay will be $53.02/hour, plus mileage, 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
There were no addendums.

FOR YOUR INFORMATION
Congratulations to Washington Elementary School Principal Robbi Mondati on her recent Minnesota Elementary School Principals' Association Professional Leadership Award.

UPCOMING EVENTS/MEETINGS
There was nothing to add currently.

ADJOURNMENT
There being no further business to discuss, Board Chair T. Lammi adjourned the meeting at 7:01 p.m.

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

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