INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 911
School Board Meeting Minutes
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Education Center 7:00 p.m.
Regular School Board Meeting with Cambridge-Isanti School District on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. was held at the Education Center in Room 121A and B with Board Chair Tim Hitchings; members, Gary Hawkins, Nate Reibel, Lynn Wedlund, Darcy Winsor, Heidi Sprandel and Jenni Caulk; Superintendent, Dr. Ray Queener, Director of Finance and Operations, Robyn Vosberg-Torgerson, Director of Teaching and Learning, Tim Truebenbach; Student Representative Mitchell Ziebarth and Executive Administrative Assistant Kimberly Cheney. All members present for conduct of valid business.
Pledge of allegiance was said by all.
Motion made by Lynn Wedlund, seconded by Gary Hawkins to approve the revised agenda. Motion carried unanimously.
Superintendent Dr. Ray Queener shared with the Board the following donations:
– $2,000 from Academic Club at CIHS for the Inspired to the Top Banquet. Donor was anonymous.
– $800 from Bruce Danielson for Theatre Stage Production.
Dr. Queener will send out letters of thanks for their generosity.
Athletics and Activities Director, Mark Solberg presented the showcase to the School Board. He shared 2013-2014 highlights and the great successes in the District.
– Twenty Six out of 34 Students were honored by the coaches association
– District 911 had 24 All State Athletes recognized this year
-Justine Larson and Max Knowlton received the Academics, Arts and Athletics Award for 2013-2014
– Six students were named as Mississippi 8 Conference Football Players of the Year
– Six students already signed a College Athletic Scholarship with a Community College or University
– Adapted Bowling event was a huge success with all students cheering on the bowling team. Vicki Koukol stated she was proud and happy to be a Bluejacket.
– There were 8 Tournament Team Championships
– Coach Todd Smrekar was newly voted in as Vice President of MN Coaches Association
– Five Coaches of the Year named by their peers: Kent Viesselman, Jeff Kurowski, Wendy Rooney and Katie Adams.
– The MN State High School League did a Listening to Students Survey with 3,500 students statewide. Very impressive results.
Board Committees/Administration Reports were as follows:
– Student School Board member, Mitchell Ziebarth reported at CIHS they had 2014 Graduation and was a great event. Band/Choir has taken their school trip and they were a great success.
– Community Education is offering Safety Camps now with 122 children participating. School Board member Jenni Caulk has been a chaperone at this event and it has been exciting to see all the young students learning about safety.
– Legislative Information None
– Oak Land Cooperative meets Wednesday, June 25, 2014
– School Board Member Report None
– Board Committee in the Finance and Operations Department met on Monday, June 9. They discussed the preliminary budget.
– Finance & Operations shared a document about updates with Food Service, Transportation, Technology, Buildings & Grounds and Finance.
– Teaching and Learning distributed a document on the following updates: Title I, Curriculum, Technology and Teaching and Learning Department and around the district. Tim emphasized the field days held at different buildings and joy of watching the students who participated.
Superintendent Dr. Queener shared with the School Board a legislative update from Ewald Consulting. A few captions were:
– ELL Services extended from 5 years to 6.
– Non Q-Comp districts will receive $302 times the number of full-time equivalent teachers employed on October 1 of the previous year.
– Kindergarten students will receive full funded breakfast. Reduced lunch will now be FREE and at no charge to the student.
– School Readiness increased appropriation by $1.8 million in 2015 and $4 million in 2016-2017.
The Tech Academy was held on Wednesday Thursday, June 18-19. Fifty five individuals applied and everyone who applied participated. They started academy off in Eden Prairie and participated in an EdCamp where the participants build their own agenda. Then next day on to IIS for more hands on training. Thanks to Ray Sperl and the Technology Team for organizing and making the academy a huge success.
Ray visited every building the last day of school along with Tim Truebenbach. It was fun to see all the excitement and camaraderie at each building. CIS/CPS highlight was they had all the staff from the two buildings line up on the sidewalks and wave to all the students as their busses left for the summer. The students all waved back thanking their teachers for a great year. After the event, staff had ice cream sundaes and enjoyed each other before the day was over and year ended.
There was an Administrative Team meeting on June 16, 2014 at the Education Center. They reflected on the following:
– Mindset Book and the growth in District 911
– Set the stage for Strategic Planning and moving forward on our 5 year implementation. Some of the changes noticed in the district this year are:
– Positive Attitude
– Respectful words by staff and students
– DILT, BILT Teacher Evaluations
Tim Truebenbach shared with the Board, the 2014-2015 school calendar. The cover was designed by Shawna Carpentier displaying the 4 Es Excite, Engage, Empower and Energize.
School Board Chair Tim Hitchings shared with the Board, Superintendent Dr. Ray Queeners Evaluation Summary. With a rating of 1 as unacceptable performance and a 5 as outstanding performance, Dr. Queeners average was a 4.8. The Board feels Dr. Queener is doing an excellent job in performing his duties as District 911 Superintendent. With this rating the School Board awarded Dr. Queener his performance incentive for the 2013-2014 school year. Dr. Queener was thanked by the Board and is looking forward to another successful year in 2014-2015.
Robyn Vosberg-Torgerson gave a brief report on the Radon Detection Results within District 911. It was asked if the new Adult Enrichment Center will be tested for Radon. Robyn will look into this and see what the future plans are for this to be done.
Motion made by Gary Hawkins, seconded by Darcy Winsor to approve consent agenda including Bills & Wire Transfers, Revised Personnel Action and Resignation Agreement with the May 22 Board Minutes separated. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion made by Jenni Caulk, seconded by Lynn Wedlund to approve May 22, 2014 School Board Minutes with an amended change of Chris Caulk listed as Cambridge City Council Representative. Motion carried unanimously.
Shawna Carpentier, newly hired Communications Coordinator was introduced to the School Board. She thanked the Board and shared in her excitement about this new opportunity and is looking forward to the addition of Communications/Marketing within District 911.
Brenda Albrecht, newly hired Administrative Services and Human Resources Director was introduced to the School Board. Brenda thanked the Board for welcoming her and is looking forward to starting in her position on July 14, 2014.
Motion made by Tim Hitchings, seconded by Darcy Winsor to approve Treasurers Report subject to audit. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion made by Nate Reibel, seconded by Gary Hawkins to approve Policy #903 Visitors to School District, Buildings and Sites. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion made by Lynn Wedlund, seconded by Darcy Winsor to approve the IIS/SFAS and Coaches and Advisors Handbook changes with bullying policy reviewed. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion made by Jenni Caulk, seconded by Heidi Sprandel to approve the Lease Agreement for 3 Copiers at the Education Center. Lease would begin on July 1, 2014 and is a 5 year lease. Motion carried unanimously.
Robyn Vosberg-Torgerson, Director of Finance and Operations and Kris Crocker, District Accountant , gave a detailed PowerPoint on the proposed 2014-2015 preliminary budget. Robyn handed out a document showing the 2014-2015 Expenditure and Revenue Budget Summaries of all funds. Motion made by Lynn Wedlund, seconded by Jenni Caulk to approve the proposed preliminary budget for 2014-2015. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion made by Darcy Winsor, seconded by Heidi Sprandel to approve the contract to hire Charity Allen as Chemical Dependency counselor between Isanti Co. Family Services and the School Districts of Cambridge-Isanti Public Schools and Braham Area Schools. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion made by Jenni Caulk, seconded by Gary Hawkins to approve recommended Dairy Bids are awarded to Hastings Coop Creamery for the 2014-2015 school year. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion made by Gary Hawkins, seconded by Nate Reibel to approve the Isanti Primary School 2014 Boiler and Heating System Upgrades bid is awarded to R. J. Mechanical, Inc. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion made by Lynn Wedlund, seconded by Heidi Sprandel to approve the Letter of Agreement with Education Minnesota Cambridge-Isanti for Head Coach of Robotics at Cambridge-Isanti High School for the period of July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2015. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion made by Heidi Sprandel, seconded by Jenni Caulk to approve the Revised Letter of Agreement with Education Minnesota Cambridge-Isanti for signing incentive for Speech Language Pathologist or other Special Ed Positions for District 911. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion made by Gary Hawkins, seconded by Nate Reibel to approve the following probationary teachers is recommended for tenure: Bret Lemm, IMS/MNC Phy Ed, Rebecca Strand, MNC Science/Elem Ed, Steve Leuer, MNC Math/Elm Ed. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion made by Lynn Wedlund, seconded by Tim Hitchings, to approve the reduction of Instruction Assistant hours as follows: Crystal Hedblum, CMS Special Ed, 5.75 hours day; Jessica Anderson, CMS Special Ed, 4.5 hours day; Ashley Dassow, CMS Media, 7 hours week; Jill Wiek, CMS Media, 28 hours week; Carol Snell, ALC ISS, 5 hours day. Motion carried unanimously.
Patti Heminover from Springsted explained in detail the Resolution Stating the Intention of the School Board to Enter into a Lease-Purchase Financing, to Issue Taxable Certificates of Participation, Series 2014B. Motion made by Lynn Wedlund, seconded by Gary Hawkins to approve the Parameters Resolution. Roll call vote taken: Darcy Winsor, yes; Lynn Wedlund, yes; Nate Reibel, yes; Gary Hawkins, yes; Tim Hitchings, yes; Heidi Sprandel, yes; Jenni Caulk, yes. Opposed: None. Whereupon said resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.
Motion made by Gary Hawkins, seconded by Heidi Sprandel to approve membership to SEE (Schools for Equity in Education). Motion carried unanimously.
Motion made by Tim Hitchings, seconded by Darcy Winsor to approve the Resolution Appointing a Hearing Officer Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes Section 122A.40. The hearing officer being appointed is James P. Reynolds. Roll call vote taken: Darcy Winsor, yes; Lynn Wedlund, yes; Nate Reibel, yes; Gary Hawkins, yes; Tim Hitchings, yes; Heidi Sprandel, yes; Jenni Caulk, yes. Opposed: None. Whereupon said resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.
Motion made by Nate Reibel, seconded by Darcy Winsor to approve the Resolution Establishing Dates for Filing Affidavits of Candidacy for Tuesday, November 4, 2014 School Board election. Roll call vote taken: Darcy Winsor, yes; Lynn Wedlund, yes; Nate Reibel, yes; Gary Hawkins, yes; Tim Hitchings, yes; Heidi Sprandel, yes; Jenni Caulk, yes. Opposed: None. Whereupon said resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.
Motion made by Lynn Wedlund, seconded by Heidi Sprandel to approve the Final 2014-2015 traditional and year round school calendars. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion was made for adjournment by Jenni Caulk, seconded by Heidi Sprandel. Motion carried unanimously and meeting was adjourned at 8:50 p.m.
School Board Clerk
Published in the
Isanti County News
July 30, 2014
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 911