Public Notice November 18, 2015

Board Members Present: Shelley McAlpine, Shelly Liljequist, Arnie Michalicek, Ben Elsenpeter, Joe Mavencamp and Richard Thomas
Board Members Absent: Joe Paumen
Others Present: Mark Redemske, Kris Harlan, David Hansen, Kristi Anderson, Tanya Malwitz, John Donohue, Michelle Wang and Katie Friedman.
1. Meeting called to order at 7:02 p.m.
2. Pledge of Allegiance
3. “District #881 is Proud of”
A. Devin Deringer and Sommer Carlson for qualifying for the MSHSL State Cross Country Meet
B. Dave Schroeder for being selected as the Region 5A Activities Director of the Year by his peers
C. Cole and Eli Hance for donating their time and equipment to aerate the athletic fields
4. Recognition of visitors: Molly Thompson, Ryan Schmidt, Tiffany Grube, Derek Sage, Mary Swift, Ryan Highberg and Rhonda Carlson
5. M/S McApline/Mavencamp – Approve the agenda for the regular school board meeting held on Monday, November 9, 2015. Motion carries 6-0.
6. M/S Mavencamp/Liljequist- Approve the consent agenda for the regular school board meeting held on Monday, November 9, 2015. Motion carries 6-0.
7. Open Forum- none
8. Unfinished Business
A. Food service update by Mary Swift of A’viands. Feedback from students is positive, the food service department is participating in the Farm to School program with apples being delivered from Carlson Orchards. Ryan Highberg introduced himself and our interim director is Derek Sage.
B. M/S McAlpine/Elsenpeter – Motion to accept the annual financial audit as prepared by Schlenner, Wenner & Co. Molly Thompson and Ryan Schmidt presented the financial statements to the board, with an explanation on the new GASB 68/71 accounting standards implemented this year. The district received an unmodified (clean) opinion. Motion carries 6-0.
C. Community Education update by Community Education Director Tiffany Grube. Tiffany presented to the board the reasoning behind the policy requiring attendance for 3- and 4-year-olds to attend the preschool and learning readiness programming while attending Kidville.
D. M/S McAlpine/Mavencamp – Motion to approve Dougherty and Associates’ recommendation to accept Aspire as the 403(b) investment platform. Motion Carries 6-0
E. Updated information on the 2015-2016 budget. Redemske provided the board with an anticipated fund balance at the end of the FY16 fiscal year. This new projection takes into account projected settlements with the remaining bargaining units settling at the same percentages as the Teachers’ Union.
F. October 30 enrollment numbers are slightly up from our original budget.
G. Progress report on the evaluations of probationary licensed staff. Evaluations are on schedule.
H. M/S Elsenpeter/Thomas – Motion to approve the remainder of the 2015-2016 winter coaching positions with the addition of John Hertwig (40%) and Mitch Wurm (60%) sharing the Assistant/9th grade coaching position and Ben Elsenpeter as a volunteer gymnastics spotting coach. Motion Carries 6-0
9. New Business
A. M/S McAlpine/Liljequist – Motion to approve the resolution canvassing returns of votes of Independent School District #881’s November 3, 2015 special election. Roll Call: McAlpine-yes, Liljequist-yes, Michalicek-yes, Elsenpeter-yes, Mavencamp-yes and Thomas-yes Motion carries 6-0.
B. M/S McApline/Mavencamp – Annual meeting and report on our World’s Best Workforce Plan and motion to approve revisions to the WBWF Plan and report. Motion carries 6-0.
C. M/S McAlpine/Thomas – Motion to approve the teachers’ tentative seniority list. Motion carries 6-0.
D. M/S Elsenpeter/McAlpine – Motion to adopt a resolution supporting our District’s application to the Minnesota State High School League Foundation. Roll Call: McAlpine-yes, Liljequist-yes, Michalicek-yes, Elsenpeter-yes, Mavencamp-yes and Thomas-yes Motion Carries 6-0
10. Representative Reports
A. District Leadership Team: Thomas reported the DLT team explained the QComp operations, ideas for promoting the district were discussed and the English department staff will be attending the National Convention in Minneapolis.
B. Meeker and Wright Special Education Cooperative: Thomas reported getting a tour of the new facilities in Howard Lake and the targeted move in date is around Thanksgiving. Negotiations have begun and he asked for clarification of our Third Party Billing Revenue.
C. Minnesota High School League: Redemske reported on the conference team changes.
D. Safe Schools Committee: Redemske reported that the county is seeing an increase in K-2 students who are being physically aggressive towards staff and the inability for the SRO officers to charge the students under the age of ten.
E. Schools for Equity in Education: Redemske reported that this year’s legislative platform will concentrate on Tax relief, funding, early learning programs and the teachers shortage.
F. Wright Technical Center: Michalicek reported the audit was accepted, WTC is in the process of hiring a special education teacher and the CEO class is looking for community sponsors for the program.
G. Elementary School: Harlan reported that the promotion committee is preparing a pamphlet to add to the community’s welcome packet. Conferences in October were well-attended, but percentages were down from prior years. The 4th – 6th graders will be attending the Veterans’ Day Program and staff will be participating in a Jeans for Troops fundraiser that day. The PIE fundraiser starts this week, the Celebration Schools Application is submitted and the Backpack Buddies program is up and running with twenty families participating.
H. High School: Hansen reported 1st quarter ended with much academic success, Irish Pride celebrations will be taking place at the end of the week with team building activities and lunch with the 9th – 12th grade nominees. The fall play will be held the week and the fall band concert, National Honor Society Banquet and Donkey Basketball taking place next week.
11. Committee Reports
A. Building and Grounds Committee: Redemske report that the custodial staff has begun install LED bulbs in the 24/7 lighting fixtures. The city is adding a float alarm to the sewer where the backups have been taking place and Bernatello’s is adding grease traps to minimize the backups. The committee approved the cost of re-piping the condensate pumps for the use of the smaller boiler in both buildings
12. Set Meeting Dates
13. Other Business
A. Thank-You Notes
B. Upcoming Meetings:
1. Re-licensure Committee Meeting at 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 in the Elementary Media Center
2. Licensed Staff Committee Negotiations with the Principals at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, November 16, 2015 in the Board Room
3. District Leadership Team Meeting at 7:15 a.m. on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 in the Board Room
4. Confidential Staff Committee Negotiations with the Confidential Staff at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 19, 2015 in the Board Room
5. MAWSECO Board Meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 23, 2015 in Howard Lake
6. Wright Tech Center Board Meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 in Buffalo
7. Safe Schools Meeting at 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 in the Board Room
8. Schools for Equity in Education Regional Meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 11, 2015 in Minneapolis
9. Regular School Board Meeting in October at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 14, 2015 in the Board Room
C. Miscellaneous Information:
1. Chamber of Commerce Meeting at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 2, 2015
2. Safety Committee Meeting at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, December 4, 2015 in the Board Room
14. M/S Thomas/Mavencamp – Motion at 9:16 to close the meeting for evaluation of the superintendent. Motion carries 5-0, McAlpine –absent
Meeting reopened at 9:31 p.m.
15. M/S Liljequist/Thomas – Motion to adjourn at 9:33 p.m. Motion carries 5-0, adjourn.
Respectfully submitted,
Kristi Anderson
Shelley McAlpine