Ind. School District No. 314 Regular School Board Meeting
Isanti, Pine, Chisago & Kanabec Counties
Monday, June 16, 2014 Braham, MN 55006
7:00 pm BAHS Community Room
The regular school board meeting was called to order by Chair Steve Eklund at 7:00 p.m. The Pledge of Allegiance was given.
Members present: Steven Eklund, Robert Hughes, Zane Braund, Angie Flowers, Allison Londgren, Mike
Thompson, and Supt. Gregory Winter.
Members absent: Anthony Cuda.
Motion by M. Thompson, second by R. Hughes to adopt the agenda with 2 adjustments which are: under agenda item #21, Joe Lakebergs employment recommendation will be tabled until the July board meeting; and, under agenda item #27, add the approval of the contract for Jeff Campbell, Head Custodian. Carried.
Motion by A. Londgren, second by Z. Braund to approve the minutes of the May 19th Regular school board meeting; approve the June bills, $200,185.65; and accept the June Treasurers report. The board also reviewed the end of year enrollment analysis. Carried.
Motion by M. Thompson, second by Z. Braund to adopt the resolution acknowledging June 2014 donations.
BE IT RESOLVED, by the School Board of Independent School District No. 314 that the School Board accepts with appreciation the following contributions and permits their use as designated by the donors.
There was nothing addressed under Open Forum.
There was no Student Council report.
Elementary Principal Jeff Eklund reviewed his written report which included: updates on new hires and posted positions. Jennifer Lundin and Lori Lemieux attended a gifted and talented symposium. The cost of this symposium was covered by a grant from the Hormel Foundation. He expressed a special thank you to the retiring staff members: Kathy Olson, Pam Eklund and Joan Burke for their many years of service to the students of Braham. They have touched the lives of hundreds of students and will be greatly missed. The retired staff members and students chosen for their Bomber PRIDE have left their handprints and names on the walls outside of the Elementary Media Center. The Elementary Faculty Handbook will be completely redone to more closely align with the High School Faculty Handbook and will be presented for acceptance at the July Board meeting.
Motion made by A. Londgren, second by R. Hughes to approve the changes to the Elementary Student Handbook as proposed by Principal Jeff Eklund. Carried.
Activities Director/Asst Principal Tim Malone reviewed his written report. My Fair Lady is the fall musical scheduled for 11/8, 14, 15 at 7 pm and 11/9 and 16 at 2 pm. Varsity schedules are nearly completed for the 2014-15 seasons. All available information has been submitted for the Community Calendar. Congratulations to Caitlin and Quinn Richmond who advanced to state competition in Golf this spring. Board Chair S. Eklund thanked Mr. Malone for his years here teaching and coaching and most recently as the Assistant Principal/Activities Director. Mr. Malone and his family will be missed.
Motion by A. Flowers, second by Z. Braund to approve the 2014-2015 Athletic Handbook changes. Carried
Motion by R. Hughes, second by M. Thompson, to approve the 2014-2015 Fine Arts Handbook changes. Carried
High School Principal Justin Sawyer reviewed his written report. Jenna Winter and Ariel Ramstad were the class speakers for graduation 2014 and did an excellent job. The end of the year and extended staff work days because of snow day make up went very well. Many teachers worked on curriculum and assessments and their website pages. Board Chair S. Eklund also thanked Mr. Sawyer for his time here in the district as the High School Principal and wished him well with his career change.
Motion by A. Londgren, second by A. Flowers to approve the 2014-2015 High School Student Handbook changes. Carried.
Motion by M. Thompson, second by A. Flowers to approve the High School Faculty Handbook changes. Carried.
The District Assessment Coordinator and Community Education Director had no reports this month.
Supt. Winter stated that the District Curriculum Committee met and discussed the Worlds Greatest WorkForce impact on curriculum and training for the 1:1 implementation. He attended the Isanti County Correction Advisory Board meeting. There was an excellent speaker, Charles King, who presented information on a mediation program. The discussion included the new anti-bullying legislation put in place. He updated the board on the summer projects. The High School bathrooms in the Commons area are well underway. Next week the fire door replacement, roofing, and emergency battery light system projects at the high school will begin. Supt Winter expressed his thanks to Mr. Sawyer and Mr. Malone. We hate to lose them. The impact both men have left in their leadership roles will be felt and seen for years to come.
Board members reported on individual meetings and activities attended including many baseball, softball, and basketball games, committee meetings, negotiations, graduation, staff recognition breakfast and the Braham Appreciation Days events and parade.
Motion by A. Flowers, second by A. Londgren to accept the resolution relating to the release of special education paraprofessional employee, Michelle Kamholz. The student she was working with has moved on. A roll call vote was taken and the resolution passed unanimously. A copy of said resolution will become part of the official minutes.
Motion by M. Thompson, second by A. Londgren to accept the resolution relating to the release of special education paraprofessional employee, Kelly Monson. The student she was working with has moved on. A roll call vote was taken and the resolution passed unanimously. A copy of said resolution will become part of the official minutes.
Motion by R. Hughes, second by M. Thompson to accept the letters of resignation from Loren Christenson, special education van driver since September 2005 and Justin Sawyer, High School Principal, since July 2011. Carried.
Motion by M. Thompson, second by A. Flowers to accept the resignation of Cassie Tomczak from her C Team Volleyball Coaching position. Carried.
Motion by A. Londgren, second by A. Flowers to approve the employment recommendations as follows:
Tracy Fix from .7 FTE Technology Teacher and .3 District Assessment Coordinator to 6th grade classroom teacher. Mrs. Fix was hired at BA+45, Step 10 of the Teachers Contract for 2014-2015.
Katie Thies was hired as the 1 FTE K-12 Musical teacher starting fall 2014. Ms. Thies was hired at BA, Step 2 of the Teachers Contract for 2014-2015.
Shawnda Jibben was hired as a 1 FTE Elementary Special Education Teacher. Ms. Jibben will continue at BA, Step 2 of the Teachers Contract starting fall 2014.
Tiffany Flogel was hired as a 1 FTE High School Business Education Teacher. Ms. Flogel will start at BA, Step 1 of the Teachers Contract starting fall 2014.
Allison Marcus was hired as the high school counselor. Ms. Marcus will start at MA, Step 1 of the Teachers Contract starting fall 2014.
Shawn Kuhke from 5th grade classroom teacher to Assistant Principal/Activities Director. Mr. Kuhnkes new position will begin July 1, 2014. Carried.
Joseph Lakebergs hiring was tabled until the July 2014 Regular School Board meeting.
Motion by R. Hughes, second by M. Thompson, to move Stephanie Hamilton to the 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. cleaner/sweeper position from the 3 to 11 p.m. position. Ms. Hamilton will continue at Step 1 and will no longer be paid the shift differential. Carried.
Motion by A. Londgren, second by A. Flowers to approve the following lane advancement requests effective fall 2014: Tracy Fix from the BA+45, Step 10 to the MA, Step 10 lane; Brooke Hohn from BA+30, Step 10 to the MA, Step 10 lane; and, Karen Leniz from BA+60, Step 10 to the MA, Step 11. Carried.
Motion by M. Thompson, second by Z. Braund to increase the high school Food Service worker hours by 15 minutes per day for the Head Cook, Asst Head Cook, Ala Carte/Salad Bar/Helper, Helper/Server and the Tues/Thurs Ala Carte Helper/Server beginning fall 2014. Carried.
Motion by R. Hughes, second by A. Londgren to decrease the hours of the Elementary Helper/Clerk by 15 minutes per day effective fall 2014. Carried.
Motion by A. Flowers, second by A. Londgren to increase the adult breakfast price to $1.75 and adult lunch meal price to $3.50 per meal. Carried.
Motion by A.Londgren, second by A. Flowers to approve the Title One 2013-2015 Contract Agreement. Carried.
Motion by R. Hughes, second by Z. Braund to approve the 2013-2015 Food Service Contract Agreement. Carried.
Motion by Z. Braund, second by M. Thompson to approve the following individual contracts: Judy Patzoldt, Business Manager; Marie Sward, Payroll/MARSS Clerk; Donna Bryant, Food Service Director; and, Jeff Campbell, Head Custodian. Carried.
Motion by A. Flowers, second by A. Londgren to approve the continuation of the Collaborative Contract in partnership with Isanti County and Cambridge-Isanti School District for Charity Allen as the Chemical Dependency Counselor. Carried.
Motion by A. Flowers, second by R. Hughes to approve the second revision of the FY 2014 Budget.
BRAHAM ISD# 314: FY14 REVISED 2 BUDGET
Motion by A. Londgren, second by Z. Braund to approve the Final FY 2014-2015 Budget.
Motion by R. Hughes, second by M. Thompson to accept the bid received from the Braham Bus Company of $459,850 per school year to provide the districts bus/transportation services, based on providing 11 daily bus routes, for the 2014-2015 and the 2015-2016 school years. All additional bus/transportation services to be billed separately. Carried.
Motion by M. Thompson, second by A. Flowers to adopt the following:
WHEREAS, Braham, District #314, seeks professional assistance for the purpose of obtaining legislative information affecting schools and for legislative representation regarding legislative matters of interest to Braham; BE IT THEREFORE resolved that the Braham District #314 joins the Schools for Equity in Education (SEE) effective July 1, 2014 for the 2014-2015 membership year and authorizes payment for the membership in the amount of $2,129.38. Carried.
Motion by Z. Braund, second by A. Flowers to renew the districts membership in Central MN Educational Research and Development Council (CMERDC) for the 2014-2015 school year; $1,134. Carried.
The board held its first reading of #514 Bullying Prohibition Policy as written by MSBA for consideration of adoption to be added to the District Policy Manual. Supt Winter stated the biggest issue in his opinion is the new law passed by the legislature gives the school jurisdiction over bullying issues even if these occur outside of the school.
The following policies are being presented for the second reading and discussion for consideration of adoption to be added to the District Policy Manual: #406 – Public and Private Personnel Data; #502 – Search of Student Lockers, Desks, Personal Possessions, and Students Persons; #522 – Student Sex NonDiscrimination; #531 – The Pledge of Allegiance; and, #705 – Investments.
Motion by R. Hughes, second by A. Londgren to set a special school board meeting for Thursday, July 17, 7 p.m., in B100, for the purpose of conducting the Superintendent of schools semi-annual performance review. Carried. The school board will review district wide goals as well.
Chair Eklund reminded all present that the Regular July school board meeting is set for Monday, July 21, 2014 at 7:00 pm, BAHS Community Room.
Motion by M.Thompson, second by A. Londgren to adjourn at 7:43 p.m. Carried
Zane Braund, Clerk
Steve Eklund, Chair
Published in the Isanti County News July 30, 2014 255831