Minutes February

A Regular Meeting of the Governing Board of Mid-State Education District was held Wednesday, February 12, 2014, beginning at 4:00 PM at MSED Clover Glen Lane, Little Falls, MN.
Board members present: Dale Lenz, Patty Stangl, Sharon Ballou, Jeff Opelia, Ray Gove and Bill Krivanek. Superintendents present: Gene Harthan, Jon Ellerbusch, George Weber, and John Varner. Others present were: MSED Director Suzanne Busacker, Accountant DeAnn Peterson, and Accountant Support Lori Thieschafer. Staff/Guest speakers present were Cec Krystosek and Brenda Fedor.
1. The meeting was called to order at 4:00 p.m. by Board Chair Lois Metcalf followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.
2. On motion by Dale Lenz, seconded by Jeff Opelia, the minutes for January 8, 2014 were approved. Motion carried.
3. The agenda was approved as presented.
4. On motion by Jeff Opelia, seconded by Bill Krivanek, the Mid-State Bills for January in the amount of $54,454.30 (check numbers 44,619-44,678 and wires (18) in the amount of $67,824.73, and reimbursements (21) in the amount of $3,164.65 were approved. Motion carried.
5. Staff/ Guests Speakers
Cec Krystosek and Brenda Fedor will present information regarding their positions within MSED.
6. Governing Board Action Items
A. On motion by Sharon Stangl, seconded by Dale Lenz, the ESY Dates for 2014 were approved as follows,
Mid-State North: July 7- July 23 M-T-W
MCLC: July 7- July 23 M-T-W
Success: July 7- July 30 M-T-W
Royalton: July 7- July 30 M-T-W
Pierz: TBD
Swanville/Upsala: TBD
These will align with the individual school district. Motion carried.
B. Member Jeff Opelia introduced the following resolution and moved its adoption:
*WHEREAS, the financial condition of the education district dictates that the governing board must reduce expenditures immediately, and
WHEREAS, this reduction in expenditure must include discontinuance of positions and discontinuance or curtailment of programs, and
WHEREAS, a determination must be made as to which teachers contracts must be terminated and not renewed and which teachers may be placed on unrequested leave of absence without pay or fringe benefits in effecting discontinuance of positions,
BE IT RESOLVED, by the Governing Board of Education District No. 6979, as follows:
That the Governing Board hereby directs the Director of Special Education and administration to consider the discontinuance of programs or positions (to effectuate economies in the school district and reduce expenditures*) and, (as a result of a reduction in enrollment**), make recommendations to the school board for the discontinuance of programs, curtailment of programs, discontinuance of positions or curtailment of positions.
The motion for the adoption of the foregoing resolution was duly seconded by Member Dale Lenz and upon vote being taken thereon, the following voted in favor thereof:
Dale Lenz
Bill Krivanek
Sharon Ballou
Ray Gove
Jeff Opelia
Patty Stangl
And the following voted against the same:
Where upon said resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.Motion carried.
C. On motion by Dale Lenz, seconded by Bill Krivanek, the calendar changes due to Snow days for MCLC and STEPS were approved. Motion carried.
7. Technology
8. Personnel Items
A. On motion by Bill Krivanek, seconded by Jeff Opelia, to approve Seniority Lists for FY 14
1) Certified
2) Probationary
3) Non-Certified
The lists have been posted since November. Motion carried.
On motion by Dale Lenz, seconded by Jeff Opelia, Personnel Items B, C, D, & E were approved. Motion carried.
B. Approve the Postings for the following positions for the school year 2014-15
1. Speech Clinician
2. Occupational Therapist
C. Approve the Hiring of a One-to-One Para for MCLC
The interviewing committee recommends Sara Hennen for the position, at Paraprofessional Step 0 for $13.45 per hour.
D. Approve Posting for 2013-14 ESY Teaching Positions
Mid-State North Teacher Position
Mid-State North Social Worker
2 MCLC Teacher Positions
Success Teacher
STEPS Transition Teacher
Royalton ECSE Teacher
Royalton ECSE SLP
Pierz ECSE Teacher
Swanville/ Upsala ECSE ESY Teacher
These positions will be posted internally, if not filled they will then be posted externally.
E. Approve Posting for 2013-14 ESY Paraprofessional Positions
Mid-State North-2 Paraprofessionals
MCLC-4 Paraprofessionals, 1 Mental Health Practitioner
Success-2 Paraprofessional Position, 1 Health Assistant
STEPS -1 Job Coach
9. On motion by Jeff Opelia, seconded by Patty Stangl, the Second Read of Policy Revisions and New Policies were approved.
Policy Numbers: 202, 203.2, 203.5, 205, 206, 208, 210, 212, 305, 402, 403, 408, 417, 418, 418A, 419, 421, 422, 424, 449.6, 449.7, 449.8, 501, 502, 504, 505, 506, 507, 508, 510, 511, 512, 513, 515, 515A, 516, 517, 518, 519, 520, 521, 523, 525, 528, 529, 529A, 530, 530A, 531, 532 and 533.
New Policies: 711 and 712. Motion carried.
10. Discussion (Non-action) Items
A. Extended Medical Leave
Michelle Young – 2 weeks beyond original dates
B. Health and Safety Review of Facilities
C. Continued Policy Review
11. Informational Items
12. Cash Flow Report for period ending December 31, 2013
13. On motion by Dale Lenz, seconded by Sharon Ballou, to adjourn meeting at 4:15PM.
14. Next Governing Board Meeting: Wednesday, March 12, 2014. Next Executive Board Meeting: Tuesday, March 11, 2014, Mid-State Education District Clover Glen Lane, Little Falls, MN.
Jeff Opelia
Mid-State Governing Board
Vice Chairperson

PUBLISH: March 23, 2014 (193416)

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