MARCH 23, 2017

The Regular School Board Meeting of Cambridge-Isanti Schools was held on Thursday, March 23, 2017 – 7:00 p.m. at the Education Services Center in Community Room 121A and B with Board Chair, Tim Hitchings; members, Gary Hawkins, Lynn Wedlund, Heidi Sprandel, Jenni Caulk, Carri Levitski and Nate Reibel; and Ex Officio, Superintendent, Dr. Ray Queener.

Pledge of Allegiance was said.

Motion made by Gary Hawkins, seconded by Jenni Caulk to approve meeting agenda. Motion carried unanimously.

Communications/Recognition: None at this time.

School Board Showcase: Principal Brenda Damiani shared with the board the different fine arts programs at CIHS. Before the meeting was called to order, five students and the CIHS band director, Justin Kennedy played their saxophones for the school board and audience. As the showcase continued, the jazz choir consisting of 12 students under the direction of Frank Wells, sang two acapella songs. Following the music, a visual art show took place. CIHS teachers, James Sullivan, Jessica Miller and Andrea Bertz had 12 of their students display and share their art of drawing, ceramics, photography, quilting and sculpture imaginary animals. A talented group of students are participating in the fine arts program at Cambridge-Isanti Schools.

Board Committees/Administration Reports were as follows:

– Student Board Member Andrew Pauly shared with the board the Academic Letter Ceremony will be Monday, March 27th in the PAC; the 3-Act Play Lady Pirates of the Caribbean, will be April 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th; the Robotics Fair is Saturday, March 25th at CIHS; spring sports have begun.

– Board Standing Committees was shared in agenda.

– Board Representative Committees was shared in agenda.

– Legislative Dr. Queener shared the SEE meeting will be Friday, April 21st; MASA Day at the Capitol will be on March 29th. Region VI Superintendents will be attending and meeting with local legislators on education.

– School Board Member Good News Riverside Academy Students are excited about getting an official student I.D.; a full time sped teacher and social worker now at this location; student commented she only attends to see Cindy and Rana; a junior was all-conference in diving and participated at state competition; two students had great success in basketball; another student joins those graduating as enough credits have been achieved. Cambridge Intermediate School Bluebird Day is March 31st; inflatable earth is March 30th; Connexus Energy coming March 24th for 3rd graders; MCA testing starts in April. Cambridge Middle School and Isanti Middle School/Minnesota Center Both schools are using the Marzano techniques in their buildings which is creating community and collaboration between them. Community Education SACS-Senior Activity Center held a fundraiser directed by retired teacher Mr. Bruce Danielson. The Grad Band and retired employees participated to make this event a huge success. Cambridge Primary School Conferences were held with 96% -K, 96%-1, and 93%-2 of participation; the following events took place: soup lunch for staff, Dr. Seuss Green Eggs and Ham breakfast March 3rd, Cambridge Movie Day March 9th, Ordway field trip March 22nd, roller-skating for physical education March 23rd, and Power Night is coming April 27th.

Administrative Reports were as follows:

– Updates were shared on Administrative Services and Human Resources, Finance and Operations, Community Education, Communications, Teaching and Learning and Superintendents Report. Director of Teaching and Learning, Greg Winter, shared with the board on April 19th and 20th, CIHS seniors will be on a 2 hours late schedule due to grades 10th and 11th MCA testing. Ninth grade will be doing educational activities those days. Dr. Queener shared with the board that St. Francis is interested in purchasing the Bridge Street location, formerly Oak Land St. Francis. The law office of Kennedy and Graven will represent both parties. Once the Waiver of Potential Conflict is signed, an offer can be submitted. There is an appraisal presently being completed for the Oak Land East building. Superintendent Julia Espe from Princeton is working with a realtor on this project to avoid conflict of interest as Cambridge-Isanti Schools may be interested in purchasing the building.

Administrative Services and HR Director, Julia Lines, explained to the board the changes on the following policies:

– Policy #202 School Board Officers It was asked if superintend is the correct word to be used for

duties of the superintendent. The Policy Review Committee will look into this at their next meeting.

– Policy #213 School Board Committees

– Policy #525 Violence Prevention

These policies will come up for approval at next school board meeting.

School Resource Officer (SRO) Jesse Peck updated the board on whats happening with SRO work at Cambridge-Isanti Schools. Discussion was held on the video Chasing the Dragon which was shown at a community event held at the PAC. The video can be watched on You Tube if board members want to watch. Some have seen it and agree that it could be shown to students grades 6-12. All school board members were encouraged to watch and express their thoughts and ideas to see if this should be brought into the curriculum. A mock car crash will be held at CIHS on April 28th with local law enforcement. Having three counselors and a full-time mental health and drug counselor at CIHS has made a huge difference. A survey is being held for administrators to see if the SRO program can be bettered. It is uncertain if this will be shared with the school board or staff.

Motion made by Jenni Caulk, seconded by Nate Reibel to approve consent agenda. Motion carried unanimously.

Heidi Sprandel met with Director of Finance and Operations, Kris Crocker on March 14th, to discuss Cambridge-Isanti Schools financials and everything looks good. This report includes treasurers report, payment registers, and employee reimbursement reports. Motion made by Lynn Wedlund, seconded by Carri Levitski to approve the treasurers report subject to audit. Motion carried unanimously.

Director of Finance and Operations, Kris Crocker read the resolution on gifts and donations and shared with the board the list of donors, nature of gift and amount of donation (list is in board agenda). Motion made by Gary Hawkins, seconded by Jenni Caulk to adopt the Resolution on Gifts and Donations to accept gifts, grants or devise of real or personal property. Roll call vote was taken: Lynn Wedlund, yes; Gary Hawkins, yes; Jenni Caulk, yes; Tim Hitchings, yes; Heidi Sprandel, yes; Carri Levitski, yes; and Nate Reibel, yes. Against: None. Whereupon said resolution is declared duly passed and adopted.

Director of Finance and Operations, Kris Crocker shared recommended assumptions and priorities for the 2017-2018 school year. Question was asked if health insurance premiums could really be assumed at the proposed increase of only 5%. Ms. Crocker explained that since we have moved to self-funded health, after the first year, the district is already at the target fund balance desired to achieve in three years. This makes the 5% increase a good estimate. Motion made by Lynn Wedlund, seconded by Heidi Sprandel to approve the FY 2017-2018 Preliminary Budget Assumptions and Priorities. Motion carried unanimously.

Director of Finance and Operations, Kris Crocker presented a recommendation to approve the budget for buses and school vans. Ms. Crocker explained that the proposed budget provides a replacement schedule of 7-8 years with buses. Vans are replaced or rotated from student service according to the manufactured date and on a 12 year basis. After 12 years the vans stay within the district but can no longer transport students. Motion made by Jenni Caulk, seconded by Carri Levitski to approve the FY 2017-2018 School Bus and Van Budget. Motion carried unanimously.

Motion made by Nate Reibel, seconded by Carri Levitski to approve Policy #407 Employee Right to Know Exposure to Hazardous Substances. Motion carried unanimously.

Motion made by Lynn Wedlund, seconded by Gary Hawkins to approve Policy #413 Harassment and Violence. Motion carried unanimously.

Motion made by Jenni Caulk, seconded by Heidi Sprandel to approve Policy #423 Employee/Student Relationships. Motion carried unanimously.

Motion made by Gary Hawkins, seconded by Lynn Wedlund to approve Policy #730 Food Service Management. Motion carried unanimously.

Motion made by Jenni Caulk, seconded by Heidi Sprandel to approve the Settlement Agreement and Release of all Claims with Kyle Johnson. Motion carried unanimously.

Motion made by Jenni Caulk, seconded by Heidi Sprandel to adjourn meeting at 8:07 p.m. Motion carried unanimously.

School Board Clerk

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Isanti County News

April 26, 2017


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