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INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 99 ESKO, MINNESOTA AUGUST 25, 2014 REGULAR MEETING

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 99 ESKO, MINNESOTA AUGUST 25, 2014 REGULAR MEETING The Esko Board of Education, Independent School District No. 99, Esko, Minnesota, held their regular Board meeting on Monday, August 25, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. in the ...

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 99
ESKO, MINNESOTA
AUGUST 25, 2014
REGULAR MEETING

The Esko Board of Education, Independent School District No. 99, Esko, Minnesota, held their regular Board meeting on Monday, August 25, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. in the board conference room.

Members present: Julian Bertogliat, Rick Liljegren, Lynn McComber, Scott Phillip Powers, Jeff Salo, Margaret Sunnarborg, and Superintendent Fischer. Absent: None.

Call the Meeting to Order
Chairperson Rick Liljegren called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.

Approval of Agenda
Moved by Julian Bertogliat, second by Jeff Salo to approve the agenda as amended. Motion carried by unanimous vote.

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Approval of Consent Agenda Items
Moved by Jeff Salo, second by Scott Powers to approve the Consent Agenda items as follows:
Approve the minutes of the August 18, 2014 school board meeting.
Approve the checks as follows:
Date Check #s Total
7/15/14 77563-77591 $149,886.65
7/16/14 77592-77599 $108,603.89
7/17/14 77600-77611 $14,376.07
7/25/14 77612-77637 $59,628.74
7/29/14 77638-77646 $120,205.03
7/30/14 77647-77649 $33,651.60
8/4/14 77650-77698 $61,946.87
8/12/14 77699-77736 $32,261.53
8/14/14 77736-77741 $127,517.45
Approve fundraiser requests:
Post Grad Party - B&B Wagon in May.
Post Grad Party - Donation jar.
Post Grad Party - Donation letters.
Post Grad Party - Gift certificate/card sale.
Donations received:
School supplies from St. Matthew's Vacation Bible School.
Motion carried by unanimous vote.

Summary of Superintendent's Evaluation
The School Board feels that Supt. Aaron Fischer is doing a good job and thanks him for his good service to the District.

Update: Digital Engagement Progress
Tonight is the first night to get the iPads distributed to students. The required apps were loaded onto the devices. There were many staff and student volunteers helping with the process.

Presentation: Community Education
Community Education Director Christina Walther was present to discuss the Cool Kids program. Cool Kids is open from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. We have had to cap the numbers the last couple of years to maintain the staff-to-student ratio. The Board does not wish to take clients away from existing daycare providers. Ms. Walther also updated the Board on some of the upcoming classes being offered through Community Education.

Approve the Milk Vendor for 2014/2015
Moved by Jeff Salo, second by Scott Powers to approve Kemp's as the milk vendor for 2014/2015 per the quote as presented. Motion carried by unanimous vote.

Approve the Bread Vendor for 2014/2015
Moved by Jeff Salo, second by Julian Bertogliat to approve Pan-O-Gold Baking Company as bread vendor for 2014/2015 per the quote as presented. Motion carried by unanimous vote.

Approve the Transportation Fuel Vendor for 2014/2015
Moved by Rick Liljegren, second by Jeff Salo to approve Como Oil & Propane as the transportation fuel vendor for 2014/2015 per the quote as presented. Motion carried by unanimous vote.

Second Reading/Approval of Policy
A second reading was heard of Policy 503 Attendance and discussion heard.
Moved by Jeff Salo, second by Margaret Sunnarborg to approve the Policy 503 - Attendance with the changes to be made. Motion carried by unanimous vote.

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Approve the Hire of Staci Wisted
Moved by Lynn McComber, second by Margaret Sunnarborg to approve the hire of Staci Wisted for the position of Cool Kids Program Assistant for 2014/2015. Motion carried by unanimous vote.

Approve the Hire of Megan Fredericksen
Moved by Lynn McComber, second by Scott Powers to approve the hire of Megan Fredericksen to the position of ECFE teacher for 2014/2015 and for the position of After School Supervisor/Tutor at the corresponding rates in each Working Agreement. Motion carried by unanimous vote.

Set the Date for Truth In Taxation Hearing Date
The date for the annual Truth in Taxation hearing was set for Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the Board Conference room.

Approve Resolution to Support the Vision, Mission, and Governance of the Northeast Area School Consortium for 2014/2015
Moved by Julian Bertogliat, second by Scott Powers to approve a resolution to support the vision, mission and governance of the Northeast Area School Consortium for 2014/2015. Copy of resolution on file in the office of the superintendent. Motion carried by unanimous vote.

Approve Resolution Relating to the Adoption of the 2014 Carlton County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan
Moved by Scott Powers, second by Jeff Salo to approve a resolution relating to the adoption of the 2014 Carlton County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan. Copy of resolution on file in the office of the superintendent. Motion carried by unanimous vote.

Accept Letter of Resignation from Julia Martin
Moved by Jeff Salo, second by Lynn McComber to accept a letter of resignation from Julia Martin as Early Childhood Special Education teacher effective January 1, 2015 or when the position is filled and to approval to post the resulting vacancy. Motion carried by unanimous vote.

Reports
Principal's Reports:
Elementary - Brian Harker
Today was orientation day for new staff. The handbook and district goals were reviewed.
Tomorrow is the first day for all teachers.
The first rollout of student iPads was held tonight.
High School - Greg Hexum
The ACT test is now mandatory in Minnesota. It has been added to the existing required tests until something is removed by the Minnesota Department of Education. Minnesota leads the nation in ACT scores and Esko's scores are higher than the state average. Esko has a large percentage of students taking the test now.
Enrollment in the high school was projected to go down this year due to a large class graduating last year and less students entering 7th grade, although we enrollment numbers are still lower than last year, we have gained six new students this summer.
Board Committee Reports:
Scott Powers - Helped with iPad handout this evening.
Superintendent's Report:
A consulting company has been hired to look at the sewer problems at the north fields site.
The tar is unacceptable at the new site.
There was a waterline flowback experienced at the school last night after the rain storm.
The message board needs a cable run to it. Larson Engineering is aware of it.

Adjournment
There being no further business, moved by Scott Powers, second by Jeff Salo to adjourn at 9:08 p.m. Motioned carried by unanimous vote.

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Jeff Salo
Clerk

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