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INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 100

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 100 WRENSHALL, MINNESOTA BOARD OF EDUCATION REGULAR MEETING DECEMBER 12, 2006 The Wrenshall Board of Education's regular meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 12, 2006 by Chairman Jacobson. ...

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL

DISTRICT NO. 100

WRENSHALL, MINNESOTA

BOARD OF EDUCATION

REGULAR MEETING

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DECEMBER 12, 2006

The Wrenshall Board of Education's regular meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 12, 2006 by Chairman Jacobson.

Board members in attendance were Dan Jacobson, Janaki Fisher-Merritt, Tina Zinter, Jay Belcastro, Al Tyson, and Matt Laveau. Also in attendance were Superintendent Shawn Northey, Principal Sue Frank, Business Manager, Lance Takkunen and Board Secretary Candy Christensen. Also in attendance were staff members, board member elect; Debbie Bryce and a community member.

Additions or corrections to the agenda: Add Hire Images Editor and Special Ed Bus Driver as items F and G respectively. Add Accept Letter of Resignation as item #16 advancing 17, 18, and 19 respectively.

MOTION by Zinter; seconded by Belcastro to approve the agenda with the above changes. Motion carried.

MOTION by Fisher-Merritt; seconded by Zinter to approve the Consent agenda.

  • Approve minutes of board meeting held November 21, 2006
  • Approve expenditures
  • Approve treasurers report
  • Approve membership into Northern Lights Cooperative
  • Approve wire transfers of $100,000 on November 15, 2006 and $80,000 on November 30, 2006
  • Approve hiring Amy Johnson as Images Editor
  • Approve hiring Bill Conley as Special Ed Bus Driver

Motion carried
Superintendent's report:

  • Explained the Impact Aid Survey that has been distributed to parents of the student body, stating that we are only a few students short of qualifying for the grant which would bring in approximately $2,000 for each qualifying student.
  • Will be reviewing the budget when board members elect are in office
  • Working with Carlton County Collaborative to retain Police Liaison, Truancy Officer, Elementary Councilor, and ECFE funding.

Principal's report:

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  • Elementary Christmas program will be held tomorrow and the High School Christmas Band Concert will be held next week.
  • Job Shadow Day will be held February 2, 2007
  • SSR: Each day, 10-15 minutes are set aside for every student to read during class
  • Teachers have requested that the board consider early release on December 22, 2006
  • Outside cameras are in place and working well
  • The marquee is being updated weekly

Community Ed Report

  • The new Images Editor, Amy Johnson did an excellent job on the December issue
  • Craft Sale in November went very well, generating $910.50 which will be used in part to purchase 4-6 new banquet tables. The Wrenshall Fire Department will also be purchasing 4-6 new banquet tables to be stored and used by the school.
  • On December 3, 2006 the Youth Advisory Council held a Christmas Tea at Garden Terrace with several community members in attendance.
  • The Youth Advisory Council is looking forward to their spring project of repainting the school bus garage in hopes that the district will donate the paint.
  • Elementary Basketball has had overwhelming participation with nearly half of the elementary students involved. It is planned that the K-3 group of players will perform during half-time of some of the JV basketball games.

There was no report given by the Athletic Director
There was discussion regarding the half-day of staff development in-service held on November 29, 2006 which proved to be very beneficial to the teaching staff and it was requested that future in-service days for this purpose be granted by the board.

MOTION by Laveau; seconded by Fisher-Merritt to approve change in School Board Meetings to take place the 3rd Monday of each month through the month of April with Committee of the Whole meetings being held the previous Wednesday. Motion carried.

MOTION by Tyson; seconded by Belcastro to accept with regret the resignation of Mary Grover as Community Ed Director effective March 2, 2007. Motion carried.

MOTION by Jacobson; seconded by Laveau to certify the school's Property Tax Levy as presented with a 1.8% increase. Motion carried.

MOTION by Jacobson; seconded by Fisher-Merritt to approve the 2006-2007 & 2007-2008 AFSME Local 545 contract. Motion carried.

Open forum: Staff member asked the board to consider an early release for staff and students on December 22, 2006, board will take under consideration.

Thank you to Tina Zinter and Al Tyson for their time of service on the school board.

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MOTION by Zinter; seconded by Tyson to adjourn meeting at 6:50 p.m. Motion carried.

(Minutes are subject to approval at the January 22, 2007 meeting.)

Dan Jacobson, Chair

Tina Zinter, Clerk

Published in the Pine Journal on March 7, 2007

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL

DISTRICT NO. 100

WRENSHALL, MINNESOTA

BOARD OF EDUCATION

REGULAR MEETING

JANUARY 22, 2007

The Wrenshall Board of Education's regular meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, January 22, 2007 by Superintendent Northey.

Superintendent Northey swore in the new board members: Dan Jacobson, and Debbie Bryce. Shane Kuhlmey will be sworn in at the February meeting.

Board members in attendance were, Dan Jacobson, Jay Belcastro, Matt Laveau, Janaki Fisher-Merritt and Debbie Bryce. Also in attendance were Superintendent Shawn Northey, Principal Sue Frank, Business Manager Lance Takkunen, and Board Secretary Candy Christensen and staff members.

Former Chairman Jacobson called for nominations for Board Chairperson. Dan Jacobson was nominated by Belcastro.

MOTION by Belcastro; seconded by Fisher-Merritt to appoint Dan Jacobson as Chairperson. Motion carried.

Chairperson Jacobson called for nominations for Board Vice-Chairperson. Janaki Fisher-Merritt was nominated by Jacobson.

MOTION by Jacobson; seconded by Belcastro to appoint Janaki Fisher-Merritt as Vice-Chairperson. Motion carried.

Chairperson Jacobson called for nominations for Board Clerk. Debbie Bryce was nominated by Jacobson.

MOTION by Jacobson seconded by Laveau to appoint Debbie Bryce as Clerk. Motion carried.

Chairperson Jacobson called for nominations for Board Treasurer. Jay Belcastro was nominated by Fisher-Merritt.

MOTION by Fisher-Merritt seconded by Jacobson to appoint Jay Belcastro as Treasurer. Motion carried.

Additions or corrections to the agenda: Strick items 14 and 15, add item 20 Capping Open Enrollment, in grades 5 and 8.

MOTION by Fisher-Merritt; seconded by Jacobson to approve the agenda with the above changes and additions. Motion carried.

MOTION by Fisher-Merritt; seconded by Belcastro to approve the Consent agenda.

  • Approve minutes of board meeting held December 12, 2006
  • Approve expenditures
  • Approve treasurers report
  • Approve wire transfers of $110,000 on December 11, 2006, $90,000 on December 15, 2006, and $60,000 on December 28, 2006.
  • Motion carried

Superintendent's report:

  • The new gym lights have been installed. Minnesota Power will reimburse 45% of the cost with a rebate. The balance of the cost will be recaptured in electric savings over the next 2 years.
  • One of our busses was involved in a minor traffic accident.
  • Attended a Leadership Conference with board member Fisher-Merritt.
  • Will be attending a City Council board meeting this Wednesday to discuss the increase in the districts water and sewer bill.
  • Power Lunch sponsored by Community Ed has started with several volunteers.
  • Negotiation team should look at the rate of pay for the districts sub bus drivers.

Principal's report:

  • Attended two interviews for a replacement for Jim Kneeland, the districts Family School Support Worker.
  • Attended the Principals convention in Grand Rapids
  • Attended meeting in Mt. Iron-Buhl regarding MAP testing
  • Second semester started today
  • The Blood Drive, sponsored by Shirley Wallace was well received with 34 persons donating.
  • On February 2, 2007 we will have a Job Shadow Day
  • Fine Arts will present their One Act Play on Wednesday evening in the school gymnasium and on Saturday will be going to Grand Marais for competition.
  • Homecoming week is February 12-16, 2007 with coronation immediately following the boy's basketball game on Friday evening, February 16, 2007.
  • The state writing testing will take place on Wednesday for 10th graders.

MOTION by Jacobson; seconded by Belcastro to not increase the School Board's salary. This will remain at $500.00 per year Motion carried.
MOTION by Laveau; seconded by Fisher-Merritt not to increase reimbursements rates for 2007. Current rates are as follows:

Mileage Federal rate

Breakfast Up to $6.00 with receipt

Lunch Up to $8.50 with receipt

Dinner Up to $16.00 with receipt

Motion carried.

MOTION by Jacobson; seconded by Laveau to approve the 2007 committee appointments as follows:

Negotiations:

Team 1-Jacobson, Fisher-Merritt & Laveau

Team 2-Belcastro, Bryce & Kuhlmey

MSHSL: Kuhlmey

Safety: Jacobson

Special Education: Kuhlmey

Tech Prep: Belcastro

Community Education: Bryce

Systems Accountability: Bryce

Technology: Laveau

Legislative Liaison: Fisher-Merritt

Budget: Jacobson & Fisher-Merritt

Operating Capital: Jacobson & Kuhlmey

Meet and Confer: Laveau & Fisher-Merritt

Staff Development: Belcastro

Motion carried.

Discussion with handouts explained by Business Manager Takkunen pertaining to the 2006-2007 Budget update. A committee will be formed to plan for the next referendum.

Discussion pertaining to a committee being formed to make recommendations regarding capping open enrollment in certain situations.

Open Forum: Audience asked if there was a dollar amount as to what cuts need to be made this spring. No amount is available at this time.

MOTION by Fisher-Merritt; seconded by Laveau to adjourned meeting at 8:15 p.m. Motion carried.

(Minutes are subject to approval at the February 19, 2007 meeting.)

Dan Jacobson, Chair

Tina Zinter, Clerk

Published in the Pine Journal on March 7, 2007

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