The Regular Meeting of the School Board of Independent School District No. 2142, St. Louis County Schools, was held at the District Office on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, beginning at 5:10 p.m.
In attendance: B. Larson, C. Larson, Manick, Rantala, Swanson, Zupetz. Also: Sallee, Johnson, and Sopp. Absent: Glowaski. Pledge of Allegiance.
Motion/second/carried to approve the Agenda.
Superintendent Sallee presented his report. 1) Staff Development Day held yesterday at Cherry for all teachers; Kristi did a nice job putting together a comprehensive agenda. Kay held training for bus and van drivers. Early Childhood teachers met with DaNeil at the DO. 2) Attended MSBA Phase II Training with Dan last week, and Leadership Conference with 4 board members Thurs & Fri. Keynote speaker at conference emphasized need to connect with kids, using technology and tools available to do so, versus focusing on test scores. Tom and Shelly presented a break-out session regarding our bio-mass project. SB as a group, and Lynette individually, were recognized at the luncheon with awards. 3) Met yesterday with Mark Peterson from MDH regarding issues with Cherry well. Students and staff are in no danger, bottled water is being provided. Will scope the well to determine if it can be fixed or if we need to do something else. Health & Safety dollars or grant opportunities are available to assist with some of the cost. Tom and Shelly have put a lot of time into the well/water issue, MDH has been great to work with. 4) Enrollment figures distributed.
Kristi Berlin presented an update on Curriculum & Technology Integration and Assessments. NWEA is growth-model testing and necessary to receive Title funding.
Business Manager Kim Johnson presented Treasurers Reports for November and December 2014, and Summary Revenue/Expenditure Variance from Budget 13-14. Kim will bring a report to next SB Meeting re-capping financial side of the Cherry Expansion project.
Motion/second/carried to approve Consent Agenda items as presented, and recognize and thank donors for their generous support of our schools: January 5, 2015 Reorganizational and Regular SB Meeting Minutes; Bill List Dec 31, 2014-Jan 14, 2015; Donations - Cherry School $9310 Thirsty Moose Bar & Grill Inc., North Woods School - $1000 Minnesota Vikings Children's Fund, $700 Target Field Trip Grants Program, $145 Jon Hannine & Jessica Parker, $75 Fortune Bay Resort Casino; MSCU (HCC) Agreement for American History Course at NW; MSCU (VCC) Concurrent Enrollment Agreement for 2015-2016.
Motion/second/carried to approve American Indian Policies and Procedures for FY2015 as presented.
MDE Office of Indian Education Transmittal of Resolution and Parent Committee Roster, and 2014-2015 American Indian Advisory Board Resolution and Recommendations were provided to SB Members. The Resolution indicates the American Indian Parent Advisory Board does not concur that the district's educational programs meet American Indian students' needs. As a result, that Advisory Board has submitted four recommendations to the School Board. By Resolution, the School Board must respond to each recommendation made by the American Indian Parent Advisory Board. Will form a committee to put together the Resolution responding to the recommendations representative(s) from American Indian Parent Advisory Board, Lowana, Steve, and Kristi. The Resolution will be presented for adoption at the February 23, 2015 SB Meeting.
Indian Ed Director Lowana Greensky explained our district is unique, working with two different tribes / sovereign nations and another school. Recommend a joint meeting of the Indian Ed Advisory Board and the School Board.
Motion/second/carried to accept the ISD 2142 final audit report (Financial Statements and Supplementary Information) for FY2014.
Motion/second/carried to approve the purchase of Capital items for Tower-Soudan as presented, in the total amount of $5088.24.
Motion/second/carried to ratify the 2011-2013 Bus Drivers' Contract as presented.
Motion/second/carried to ratify the 2013-2015 Bus Drivers' Contract as presented.
Motion/second/carried to hire Cierra Meier as a Technology Assistant, 40 hours/week, 10 months/year, effective January 15, 2015 for the 2014-2015 school year.
Motion/second/carried to hire Rose Spehar as a Community Expert to teach swimming to 7th & 8th graders at Northeast Range School on Flex Wednesdays, pro bono.
Motion/second/carried to offer Kristen Kenjalo a 0.15 FTE probationary teaching contract, effective January 20, 2015 for the 2014-2015 school year, at her current Step/Lane, with terms and conditions of employment in accord with Master Agreement ISD 2142 and EdMNSLCT.
Meeting adjourned 6:10 p.m. Feb. 26 -1