UPSALA AREA SCHOOLS
Upsala, Minnesota 56384
Minutes of the regular meeting of the Upsala Area Schools, Independent School District No. 487, held on March 26, 2014. Present were Chairperson Peterson, along with board members Nelson, Pepin, Wensmann, Ripplinger and Krivanek. Also present were Superintendent Arndt and Dean of Students Capelle and Business Manager Harren.
Visitors-John Holthaus, Rudy Allebach, Tom Justin, Trevor Soltis and John Ainali.
The meeting was called to order at 7:30 PM by Chairperson Peterson.
Motion by Wensmann, seconded by Nelson to approve the agenda. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Krivanek, seconded by Ripplinger to approve the minutes of the February 26th regular meeting. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Pepin, seconded by Peterson to approve the bills and wires in the amount of $814,883.26. Bills paid with check number 15281 to 15360. Motion carried unanimously.
Tom Justin, an officer with the St. Cloud Police Department, addressed the board on his position of how the Sheriffs office could work together and help out in the school. Discussion was held.
John Holthaus with Primary Benefits and Rudy Allebach with HR Simplified gave a presentation on Individual Policy Model Design Defined Contributions. Discussion was held.
Dean of Students Vern Capelles report:
March Students of the Month for High School is Isaiah Pundsack and Junior High is Stefani Pohlmann.
Subject Area Students of the Month were recognized.
The Senior Band is taking their spring trip from 3/26-4/1.
The Upsala Robotics Team will be competing at the State Robotics Competition 3/27-3/29. The team received donations from Standard Iron and Minnesota Power to offset some of the expenses of the competition.
The Spanish students will be taking their trip from 4/14-4/23.
Tentative ITV/CLC/CIS courses have been determined and a skeleton schedule has been built. Waiting for confirmation on these courses before proceeding with the schedule for 2014-15. Registration to begin in the near future.
FFA hosted the Regional FFA competition. Mrs. Schleper and our FFA students did a fantastic job organizing and conducting the competition.
College and Career Readiness-Students will have access to resources to help develop an academic plan to prepare for post-secondary education or careers.
Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments will begin in April.
The Junior and Senior language arts classes will be taking a field trip to see the movie Divergent on April 1st.
Social Studies Curriculum review. Plan to make recommendations in April.
Isaiah Pundsack and Parker Peterson have been nominated and will be attending the NJPA Student Recognition Banquet with Mrs. Schleper.
Thank you to Standard Iron for the $1000 donation to the Upsala Robotics Team to help off-set the competition expenses. A special thanks to Ron Kobylinski who works at Standard Iron who helped make this donation a reality. Also Thank you to Minnesota Power who donated $500 to the Upsala Robotics Team. The donations helped pay for some of the expenses of the competition and both donations were very much appreciated.
Matt Ripplinger gave the Upsala/Swanville paired sports committee report. He reported that for the 14-15 football season 3 of the games will be played in Swanville and 1 in Upsala. The first playoff game will be in Swanville and the second game in Upsala. There was discussion about possible future pairings. Discussion was held on having a cooperative sponsorship with Swanville for girls basketball. Superintendent Arndt will talk with Swanville and report back at the next meeting. They reported that JH baseball numbers are down, but track numbers are up and requested another track coach.
Motion by Peterson, seconded by Ripplinger to authorize the administration to drop Health Partners as a Group Health Insurance Plan. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Krivanek, seconded by Nelson to approve the following spring coaches: Brady Burggraff as Assistant Baseball, Amanda Wuebkers as JH Softball and John Fuchs and Matt Swanson as Volunteer Assistant Coaches for Baseball. A junior high track coach is approved and will be named. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Krivanek, seconded by Nelson to approve the non-certified staff policies as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Pepin, seconded by Wensmann to approve the following donations: Upsala Lions Club-$300 for the Geography Bee; $500 for Post Prom; $100 for BBB All Star Game; $500 for Band trip; $2500 for Kindergarten Readiness. $1000 donation from Standard Iron to the Robotics Team, and $500 from Minnesota Power for the Robotics Team. Many thanks to the Lions Club, Standard Iron and Ron Kobylinski, and Minnesota Power. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Peterson, seconded by Nelson to approve the severance pay as requested by Mary Frie. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Peterson to adjourn the meeting at 10:15 PM.
Karin Nelson, Clerk
PUBLISH: April 20, 2014 (205499)