Upsala, Minnesota 56384
Minutes of the regular meeting of the Upsala Area Schools, Independent School District No. 487, held on November 27, 2013. Present were board members Ripplinger, Pepin, Krivanek, Wensmann, and Nelson. Also present were Superintendent Arndt, Dean of Students Capelle and Business Manager Harren.
The meeting was called to order at 7:30 PM by Vice Chairperson Wensmann.
Motion by Nelson, seconded by Krivanek to approve the agenda. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Ripplinger, seconded by Krivanek to approve the minutes of the October 23 regular board meeting. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Pepin, seconded by Wensmann to approve the bills and wire transfers in the amount of $182,269.14. Bills paid with check numbers 14923 to 15010. Motion carried unanimously.
Chairman Peterson arrived at 7:35 PM.
Wanda Erickson, along with Michael Lange and Tiff Loscheider made a presentation on the 53rd Annual Upsala Elementary Book Fair. $3,448.23 of books was purchased. The Sixth Grade earned 25% or $862.05 to be used to go to Duluth. The Cora Eckstrom Elementary Media Center also earned 10% or $344.82. Scholastic is a great company to work with. They gave $100 in books to use in promoting the fair and they have a great rewards program. Thank you to the parents for helping at the cashiers table, setting up the fair and buying books. Thank you to the following businesses and people for their generous donations: Central Minnesota Credit Union, Elmdale Creamery, Lange Oil, Little Falls Eye Care Center, Nelson Insurance, Pine Country Bank, Ripplinger Plumbing, Sytek Communications, Voss Builders, My Salon, Upsala Lions. Also thank you to Sherry Soltis for counting the money and Rita Herbes and Leon Fuchs for watching for all the deliveries.
Jessica Hovland and Renee Scholz gave a presentation on the math department.
Auditors Jon Archer and Mary Backlund with Schlenner, Wenner and Co. presented the 2013 Audit.
Motion by Peterson, seconded by Pepin to approve the 2013 Audit as presented by Schlenner, Wenner and Co. Motion carried unanimously.
Dean of Students Capelles report:
Senior High November Student of the Month is Josiah Lojovich, and Junior High is Zach Bruder.
Subject Area Students of the Month were recognized.
November Football Athlete of the Month was Shawn Pohlmann.
Congratulations to the USA Football Team!! Section Champs and First State Tournament Appearance in program history.
WooHoo Wednesday! Teachers conducted various activities in classes today to celebrate student success. Celebrating success has been one of our staff goals this year.
Early out In-Service schedule shared.
The Social Studies work group met to review Social Studies Curriculum. The goal is to implement a new curriculum in 2014-15 as part of our curriculum review cycle.
The Title I and II grants have received final approval and are active. The Title I funding is $41,148.23 and the Title II funding is $18,537.52
Superintendent Arndts report:
December School Board meeting will be December 18 with Truth-in-Taxation at 7:00 PM and board meeting at 7:30 PM.
Congratulations to Dean Peterson for 20 years of service as a School Board member. He will be recognized at the MSBA Conference.
Lighting in the small gym was discussed. Will revisit at a later date.
Motion by Krivanek, seconded by Nelson to approve the Asbestos Project Design, on-site monitoring and project management proposal. The specification rate of $1,550, on site monitoring and management of between $4,000-$5,000. The Asbestos Control and Consulting Team for the removal and disposal of asbestos tile in the amount of $9,350 and the replacement tile quote from Hennen Floor Covering, Inc. in the amount of $5,607. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Wensmann, seconded by Pepin to approve the following donations: $2,500 from Upsala Lions for Scholarships, $100 from Upsala Lions to the Book Fair, $100 from Lange Oil 1%, $920 from Upsala Lions for visiting author Mary Casanova. Many thanks to the donors! Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Krivanek, seconded by Ripplinger to approve the following donations for football transportation: $50 from each-Paul and Kathys Supermarket, Upsala Motors, Edward-Jones (Long Prairie), Stearns Bank, Nelson Insurance Agency, Anonymous donor. Darren and Tammy Lange (Lange Oil) sub sandwiches for the team. Many thanks to all these donors. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Peterson, seconded by Nelson to approve the amendment to Upsala Schools 125 Flexible Benefits Plan as recommended by Educators Benefit Consultants, LLC. Board Member Krivanek opposed, motion carried.
Motion by Nelson, seconded by Pepin to approve Caitlyn Heinen, Chantelle Frie, and Shelly Brenhaug as the volunteer Dance Team coaches. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Peterson, seconded by Pepin to adjourn the meeting at 9:35 PM. Motion carried unanimously.
Karin Nelson, Clerk

PUBLISH: December 15, 2013 (150145)

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