UPSALA AREA SCHOOLS
Upsala, Minnesota 56384
Minutes of the regular meeting of the Upsala Area Schools, Independent School District No. 487, held on October 22, 2014. Present were Chairperson Peterson, along with board members Nelson, Pepin, Wensmann, Ripplinger and Krivanek. Also present were Superintendent Arndt, Dean of Students Capelle and Business Manager Harren.
Reporter with the Morrison County Record and a few visitors were also present.
The meeting was called to order at 7:30 PM by Chairperson Peterson.
Motion by Nelson, seconded by Ripplinger to approve the agenda. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Peterson, seconded by Nelson to approve the minutes of the September 24 regular board meeting. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Pepin, seconded by Krivanek to approve the bills and wire transfers in the amount of $183,489.25. Bills paid with check numbers 15872 to 15986. Motion carried unanimously.
Superintendent Arndt reported that the Audit has been completed and will be presented at the November regular meeting. Also a reminder of the November 12th special meeting to canvass the election.
Dean of Students Vern Capelles report:
The 2014 Assessment Results have been received.
The Teacher Development and Evaluation draft plan is ready for review.
Elementary Students participated in Fire Prevention Week.
Kindness Retreat was hosted in Upsala and sponsored by the Catholic Health Initiative in partnership with Morrison County Agencies.
Board members Nelson and Ripplinger reported on the Upsala/Swanville paired sports meeting that took place. Swanville has requested the possibility of pairing all girls sports beginning with the 15/16 school year. Discussion was held. Motion by Peterson, seconded by Pepin to have a public meeting on November 12th at 7:30 PM for discussion on the possibility of pairing all girls sports with Swanville beginning the 15/16 school year. Motion carried unanimously.
Discussion was also held on the second playoff football game being played in Upsala. The game time was set by the High School League to be played at 6:00 PM on the 25th of October. To change the time the opponent has to agree. Because of the 25th also being the ACT test date, the opponent said it would not work to have a 3:00 game and wanted to stay with the scheduled 6:00 PM game which needs to be played in Swanville because Upsala does not have lights.
Board Member Krivanek reported on the Participation in MSHSL Activities by Transgender Student Athletes meeting that he attended in Minneapolis. He will be attending a meeting again in December on this topic.
1st reading of the The Teacher Development and Evaluation Plan took place.
Motion by Krivanek, seconded by Pepin to approve Brittany Harren as an At-Will Paraprofessional as presented for the 2014-15 school year. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Peterson, seconded by Nelson to approve the resignation of Paul Pelzer as the Head Girls Basketball Coach. Paul was thanked for his years of service and a job well done. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Krivanek, seconded by Ripplinger to approve the list of fundraisers as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Ripplinger, seconded by Wensmann to approve the following coaches for the winter sports:
Varsity Boys Basketball Head Coach-Vern Capelle; JV Coach-Joey Fuchs; JH Coach-Jonathan Leither. Varsity Girls Basketball Head Coach-TBD; JV Coach-Mark Herbes; JH Coach-Amber Kalthoff.
Dance Team Coach-TBD.
Motion by Peterson to adjourn the meeting at 8:30 PM. Motion carried unanimously.
Karin Nelson, Clerk
PUBLISH: November 2, 2014 (302751)