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WRENSHALL INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT, NO. 100

WRENSHALL INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT, NO. 100 BOARD OF EDUCATION REGULAR MEETING TUESDAY - NOVEMBER 20, 2007 Chairman Jacobson called the Wrenshall Board of Education's regular meeting to order at 6:03 p.m. on Tuesday, November 20, 2007. Board m...

WRENSHALL INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT, NO. 100

BOARD OF EDUCATION

REGULAR MEETING

TUESDAY - NOVEMBER 20, 2007

Chairman Jacobson called the Wrenshall Board of Education's regular meeting to order at 6:03 p.m. on Tuesday, November 20, 2007.

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

Additions or corrections to the agenda: Strike item 10, Athletic Director's report.

MOTION by Belcastro; seconded by Bryce to approve the Agenda with change. Motion carried.

Update of interest earned, revenue report and activity fund report.

MOTION by Fisher-Merritt; seconded by Bryce to approve the consent agenda.

  • Expenditures
  • Treasurers Report
  • Wire Transfers

Motion carried.
Superintendent's report:

  • Attended Legislative Committee Meeting
  • Attended Superintendent Meeting in Proctor
  • Discussed policy changes pertaining to school law
  • Discussed Tech Prep changes
  • Insurance Council
  • Discussed a bi-monthly newsletter for parents through the students
  • Fundraising updates
  • There have been problems with the cooler in the kitchen resulting in having to dispose of food items.
  • Discussed conferences, Phases I-IV for all board members.
  • Discussed MSBA Conference in January

Principal's report:

  • We will be attending the Christmas City of the North Parade
  • We have filed our Career and Tech Education plan with the state.
  • Attended 4 meetings, including 1 principal meeting, 2 special ed meetings and 1 meeting in Mt. Iron.
  • Detentions are not being served resulting in Saturday school being scheduled
  • Class sizes for grades 5 and 6 may have to be capped before the next semester
  • Discussed French vs. Spanish
  • Athletic Banquet is scheduled for the 19th.
  • Girl's Basketball started last week with the first game scheduled for next week
  • Boy's Basketball will start up next week with the first game scheduled for December.

Community Ed report:

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  • The craft sale yielded 18 vendors with complaints about the temperature of the building.
  • Karate class currently has 14 participants
  • Attended the MCA National Conference
  • Discussed Pool and Lifeguard training

Mr. Peterson, senior class advisor, distributed handouts pertaining to the senior class trip including information and cost. There are 23 students and the advisors scheduled to attend. Requested approval at the December meeting.
Mrs. Wallace presented information regarding the Blood Drive scheduled for January 4th. Indicating that the Student Council will take it over and hopefully it will be community wide.

Discussion regarding the possibility of a trophy case being installed by the preschool classroom with our shop class doing it as a class project. It will be paid for by the Booster Club.

MOTION by Fisher-Merritt; seconded by Bryce to proceed with design of trophy case and present at later meeting. Motion carried

MOTION by Jacobson; seconded by Fisher-Merritt to approve the 2008 graduation ceremony be held on June 6, 2008. Motion carried.

Discussion pertaining to future plans and goals to reach with passage of referendum included program requests, reopening of the pool, budgeting and programming.

Open forum:

Discussion pertaining to the re-opening of the pool including the necessary renovations and maintenance, heating, life guards, senior citizen programs and summer swimming programs. Suggestion to offer swimming lessons to generate income and check into available grants.

Discussion pertaining to the promotion of the school to generate more students. Suggestions included:

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  • Proceeding before semester break
  • Continue advertising via the movie theater (currently inactive)
  • Media issues with yes vs. no issues
  • Letter to the Editor to correct opinions

MOTION by Belcastro; seconded by Fisher-Merritt to adjourn meeting at 7:45 p.m. Motion carried.
(Minutes are subject to approval at the December 18, 2007 meeting.)

Dan Jacobson, Chair

Debbie Bryce, Clerk

Published in the Pine Journal on February 14, 2008

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