School Board

PROCEEDINGS OF THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
ISO #482 – LITTLE FALLS, MN
March 17, 2014
The School Board of Independent School District #482 held a Business Meeting on Monday, March 17, 2014, 5:00 p.m., at the Morrison County Government Center.
Members present were: Cathy Adamek, Sharon Ballou, Jay Spillum, Mike LeMieur, Brad Laager and Mark Gerbi. Others present were: Stephen Jones, Superintendent; Aaron Sinclair, Human Resource Director; and Nancy Henderson, Business Manager.
The Business Meeting was called to order by Chairperson Sharon Ballou, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.
Motion to approve the agenda by Brad Laager, seconded by Mike LeMieur. Motion carried 6-0.
Presentations
-2015 Band Tour – Jonathan Laflamme
-Activities – Jay DeCann
-Principals Report – Tim Bjorge
There were no public comments.
Motion by Jay Spillum, seconded by Brad Laager, that the Board of Education remove Item 6.1.5 (Leave of Absence request by Kenora Goodrich) from the consent agenda and move it to Item 7.1. Motion carried 6-0.
Motion to approve the remainder of the consent agenda by Mike LeMieur, seconded by Cathy Adamek, as follows:
Personnel
Employment
Jackie DeVine, Middle School Assistant Track Coach
Alex Farber, Middle School Assistant Track Coach
Laurie Larsen, 9th Grade Softball Coach
Emily Wright, Assistant Varsity Track Coach
Resignations
Kent Gomez, Co-Head Gymnastics Coach, is resigning from his position
Shelly LeBlanc, Co-Head Gymnastics Coach, is resigning from her position
Jay Robinson, Head Middle School Custodian/District Electrician, is resigning from his position effective December 15, 2014
Nathan Swenson, Middle School Principal, is resigning from his position effective June 30, 2014
Todd Toulouse, Junior Varsity Girls Basketball Coach, is resigning from his position
Retirements
Jill Diebel, Language Arts Teacher at the Community High School, is retiring from her position effective May 30, 2014
Diane Gohl, PCA/Education Paraprofessional at Lindbergh Elementary, is retiring from her position effective May 29,2014
Lora McChesney, PCA/Education Paraprofessional at the Community Middle School, is retiring from her position effective May 29, 2014
Return from Leave of Absence
Kristin Lochner, PCA/Education Paraprofessional, is returning from leave of absence effective March 17, 2014
The minutes of the February 18, 2014, Board of Education meeting were approved.
The ISO #482 bills for January, 2014, were approved.
Motion carried 6-0.
There was no Resolution for Acceptance of Gifts for this meeting.
Discussion was held on the leave request by Kenora Goodrich, Language Arts Teacher at the Community Middle School. Following discussion, a motion was made by Jay Spillum, seconded by Mike LeMieur, that the Board of Education deny the one year discretionary leave of absence request by Kenora Goodrich. It was stated that this is a vote on the job, not the person involved. Motion carried 6-0.
Board Member Reports were presented.
Superintendents Report
-On April 9, NJPA will hold their Representative Assembly; Board Members Ballou and Spillum will represent the Board
-Interviews begin next week – working on the Middle School Principal process – Middle School staff members will be involved
-Attended the Worlds Best Workforce meeting last week with Mr. Sinclair and Ms. Grams
-Drug Free Communities Grant will be submitted tomorrow
-Friday is the three-quarter mark of the school year
-Budget work continues – will bring the capital in April – May will look at the FY15 budget
-Attended Fishing with the Kids, Special Olympics, the Mark Wood Mentorship Program; this variety of programs means a great deal to the school
Old or Unfinished Business
Motion by Jay Spillum, seconded by Mike LeMieur, that the Board of Education approve the 2014-15 school calendar. Motion carried 6-0.
New Business
Motion by Jay Spillum, seconded by Mike LeMieur, that the Board of Education approve the financing/lease agreement for Project REAL Phase II. Motion carried 6-0.
Motion by Brad Laager, seconded by Cathy Adamek, that the Board of Education approve the internal posting of Technology Coach positions for Project REAL Phase II. Motion carried 6-0.
Motion by Cathy Adamek, seconded by Jay Spillum, that the Board of Education approve the Blue Cross Blue Shield renewal rates for 2014-15 and language that is necessary for the Affordable Care Act and statute, as presented. Motion carried 6-0.
Motion by Jay Spillum, seconded by Cathy Adamek, that the Board of Education approve the Management Agreement Educational Access Channel 12, City of Little Falls and Little Falls Community Schools, ISD #482.
Motion carried 6-0.
Member Cathy Adamek introduced the following resolution and moved its adoption:
RESOLUTION RELATING TO THE TERMINATION
AND NONRENEWAL OF THE TEACHING CONTRACTS
OF AMY BRISSON AND MELISSA NOTSCH
PROBATIONARY TEACHERS.
WHEREAS, Amy Brisson and Melissa Notsch are probationary teachers in Independent School District No.482.
BE IT RESOLVED, by the School Board of Independent School District No. 482, that pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 122A.4O, Subdivision 5, that the teaching contracts of Amy Brisson and Melissa Notsch, probationary teachers in Independent School District No. 482, are hereby terminated at the close of the current
2013 – 2014 school year.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that written notice be sent to said teachers regarding termination and nonrenewal of his/her contract as provided by law, and that said notice shall be in substantially the following form:
NOTICE OF TERMINATION
AND NON-RENEWAL
Mr./Ms. __________ _
Dear Mr./Ms. ______________ _
You are hereby notified that at a meeting of the School Board of Independent School District No. held on , 20_, a resolution was adopted by a majority roll call vote to terminate your contract effective at the end of the current school year and not to renew your contract for the 20_ – _ school year. Said action of the board is taken pursuant to
M.S. 122A.40, Subd. 5.
You may officially request that the school board give its reasons for the non-renewal of your teaching contract.
Yours very truly,
SCHOOL BOARD OF
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO.
Clerk of the School Board
The motion for the adoption of the foregoing resolution was duly seconded by Member Sharon Ballou and upon roll call vote being taken thereon, the following voted in favor thereof: Jay Spillum, Mark Gerbi, Brad Laager, Mike LeMieur, Cathy Adamek, and Sharon Ballou
and the following voted against the same: None
whereupon said resolution was declared duly passed and adopted. Motion carried 6-0.
Superintendent Jones presented the MN Reading Corps mid-year update.
Motion to adjourn the meeting by Brad Laager, seconded by Jay Spillum. Motion carried 6-0.
The Business Meeting was adjourned by Chairperson Sharon Ballou at 6:25 p.m.
Sharon Ballou, Chairperson
Cathy Adamek, Clerk/Treasurer

PUBLISH: April 27, 2014 (211557)

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