School Board – INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 314

REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

MONDAY,

MARCH 20, 2017 7:00 PM

BAHS COMMUNITY ROOM

BRAHAM, MN 55006

ISANTI, PINE, CHISAGO & KANABEC COUNTIES

The regular school board meeting was called to order by Chair Steven Eklund at 7:00 p.m. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Members present: S. Eklund, M. Thompson, T. Cuda, A. Londgren, A. Flowers, R. Wyganowski, J. Paitl and Supt. Gagner.

Motion by M. Thompson, second by A. Flowers to adopt the agenda. Carried.

Motion by J. Paitl, second by R. Wyganowski to approve the minutes of the February 22nd Working and Special and the February 27th Regular School Board meeting, approve the March bills $193,625.04; and, accept the March Treasurers report. The board approved the hirings of: Jodi Splittstoser as full-time cleaner/sweeper. Her start date is 3/27/17. She will be placed on Step 1 of the cleaner/sweeper pay scale. Kelly Monson as an EC Special Ed para for 3.25 hours per day on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Her start date in this position is 3/16/17. She will be paid at Step 3. Joe Rajkowski as the junior high track & field coach. His start date is 3/13/17. He will be paid at Lane 4 Step 9 of the C schedule. Chris Grote as the junior high softball coach. Start date 3-27-17. He will be paid on Lane 4 Step 9 of the C schedule. Andrew Shaws start date was corrected to 2/16/17.

Open Forum – Coach A. Leniz expressed concern about the safety of players if there is only one varsity baseball coach. District nurse J. Bendickson shared her concerns about the proposed cut of the attendance/special ed secretary and her assistance in the elementary health room.

Motion by R. Wyganowski, second by T. Cuda to acknowledge the March 2017 donations for the purposes requested: for students hats and mittens valued at $100 from Leroy & Darlene Gilman; for bowling program $1,170 from Grandy Lions and $150 from Braham Moose Lodge; for FFA Greenhouse $100 from Karen Lyons; and, for boys basketball $1,000 from Gordon & Alice Stone. Carried

Roxanne Kirby, PreK & K, PLC leader, shared that they have been working on aligning curriculum between PreK & K, discussing transition plans for PK students to kindergarten, reviewing student data and working with PK students to become familiar with FAST testing. They also schedule S.M.A.R.T. room activities linking movement to academics.

Jeff Eklund, Elem Principal, reviewed his written report. Kindergarten round-up was well attended with 40 families registering their student. Thank you to Eric Jones, Brea Schminski and Karen Leniz for their involvement with Dr. Seusss birthday celebration, Nickie Nelson and Dana Hendren for all their work for I Love to READ Month and all the staff involved with Kindergarten round-up. Congratulations to Amie Shockman as the March T.E.A.M. award winner.

Shawn Kuhnke, Principal/AD, reviewed his written report. Final touches are being put on the schedule for the 2017-18 school year. April 6th is the goal to get students started in the process. Spring sports are up and running. Braham will have a JV track meeting 4/21, Varsity track meeting on 4/24 and host the GRC conference meet for junior high and JV on 5/19. Knowledge Bowl competed in sub-regionals on 3/14/17. The speech team has subsections on 3/31/17. All MSHSL activities will be classified as 1A for 2017-18 and the 2018-19 school years.

The board reviewed the Community Ed report. Zumba, Yoga, Quick Chess classes were well attended. Eighteen students are attending the youth drivers ed classes. ECFE big truck day is Saturday, April 8th from 9 a.m. to noon in the high school parking lot. Pre-school registration starts on April 10th.

Supt. Gagner reviewed his written report. He attended the Isanti County Corrections Advisory board, ECMECC Operating Committee, SEE Regional meeting, Grandy Lions, Braham Chamber, and RRSEC Executive Council Board meetings. The ACT will be given to all juniors on April 19th and that date will also kick off the start of MCAs. He encouraged all to contact their legislators asking them to increase debt service equalization and the basic formula.

Supt. Gagner congratulated the following staff, students and community members for their accomplishments as Braham HONORS recipients. They are: Emily Lindquist, Andrew Olson, the Braham Bus Company, Maxine Hallin, Dixie Randall, Gary Skarsten, Sarah Golly, Judy Hegstrom, MaryKay Bodeen, Ryan Kedrowski, Bryan Johnson, Shawn Kuhnke, the Braham football program, the Braham boys basketball program, Jeff Eklund, the JAZZ Band, Mrs. Bergrens 6th grade class, Korey Sybrant, Josh Faulkner, Cody Carlson, Alec Downing, TJ Husnick, Hunter Richmond, Matt Rydlund, Brandon Wyganowski, Hunter Giffrow, Alex Kurvers, Colton Schusted, Taite Shores, Grant Wilsey, Zach Zierden, Josh Zimpel, Ryan Roslin, Ryan Wyganowski, Matt Yerke and Luke Bendickson.

Alec Downing reviewed the Student Council report. The mentor program is on-going for students in 7th and 8th grade. Pennies for Patients raised $1,767.66. The food drive was very successful

School board members attended various events including the community ed advisory meeting, wrestling, basketball and JO volleyball events, the Safe Routes to School planning grant meeting, budget meeting, Empty Bowls, Community Ed Advisory, and SEE Regional and Executive meetings. V Chair M. Thompson shared the new plaque that was sent from the MN Twins commemorating the $10,000 grant to Braham for the baseball fields.

Motion by A. Londgren, second by J. Paitl to approve the MOU with BEA pertaining to PLC Facilitators for 2017-2018. A copy of said resolution shall be part of the official minutes. Carried

Motion by R. Wyganowski, second by M. Thompson to approve the 2% Staff Development funds waiver. Carried.

Motion by A. Flowers, second by T. Cuda to accept the retirement letter and approve the retirement agreement with Beth Bergren, 6th grade teacher. Board members Eklund, Thompson, Cuda, Londgren, Flowers, and Wyganowski voted yes, board member Paitl voted no. Carried with six yes votes and one no vote.

Board member J. Paitl requested to remove the reduction of the attendance/special ed secretary from the following resolution. His request was granted.

Motion by M. Thompson, second by T. Cuda to adopt the Resolution Discontinuing and Reducing Education Programs and Positions with the removal of the attendance/special ed secretary from the list to be voted on separately. The resolution carried unanimously. A copy of said resolution shall be part of the official minutes.

Motion by M. Thompson, second by A. Londgren to adopt a Resolution Discontinuing and Reducing the attendance/special ed secretary position. Discussion: Wyganowski stated we need to look at the solution for offering the services of the second person in the elementary office. Board members Eklund, Thompson, Cuda, Londgren, Flowers and Wyganowski voted yes to adopt the resolution, member Paitl voted no. The resolution carried six to one. A copy of said resolution shall be part of the official minutes.

Motion by A. Londgren, second by J. Paitl to adopt the resolution proposing to place Amber Hoffman on a .5 FTE unrequested leave of absence. The resolution carried unanimously. A copy of said resolution shall be part of the official minutes.

Motion by J. Paitl, second by R. Wyganowski to adopt the resolution proposing to place Ursula Scheele on a .5 FTE unrequested leave of absence. The resolution carried unanimously. A copy of said resolution shall be part of the official minutes.

Motion by M. Thompson, second by T. Cuda to adopt the resolution proposing to place Rebecca Swanson on a .5 FTE unrequested leave of absence. The resolution carried unanimously. A copy of said resolution shall be part of the official minutes.

Motion by J. Paitl, second by T. Cuda to adopt the resolution relating to the termination and nonrenewal of the teaching contract of April White, a probationary teacher. The resolution carried unanimously. A copy of said resolution shall be part of the official minutes.

Motion by A. Londgren, second by A. Flowers to adopt the resolution relating to the termination and nonrenewal of the teaching contract of Brady Yrjo, a probationary teacher. The resolution carried unanimously. A copy of said resolution shall be part of the official minutes.

Motion by A. Londgren, second by T. Cuda to adopt the resolution relating to the release of the Attendance/Special Education Secretary, Michelle Becker, effective the end of the 2016-2017 school year. Members S. Eklund, M. Thompson, T. Cuda, A. Londgren, A. Flowers, R. Wyganowski voted yes.

Member J. Paitl voted no. The resolution carried six to one. A copy of said resolution shall be part of the official minutes.

Motion by M. Thompson, second by T. Cuda to increase the hours for the media center secretaries at the elementary and high school from 6.5 to 7 hours per day effective the 2017-18 school year. Carried

Board members R. Wyganowski, J. Paitl, and S. Eklund volunteered to hand out diplomas at the 2017 Graduation Ceremony on Friday, May 26, 2017.

Motion by R. Wyganowski, second by A. Flowers to adopt policy #404 – Background checks. Carried

Motion by R. Wyganowski, second by J. Paitl to adopt the following policies that were up for cycle review: #204 – School Board Meeting Minutes Policy; #205 – Open Meetings and Closed Meetings; #210 – Conflict of Interest – School Board Members; and, #612.1 – Development of Parental Involvement Policies for Title I Programs. Carried.

Chair Eklund reminded all present of the Regular School Board meeting to be held on Monday, April 24th, at 7:00 p.m. in B100 – Community Room.

Motion by M. Thompson, second by A. Flowers to adjourn the meeting. Chair Eklund adjourned the meeting at 7:45 p.m.

Attest: Allison Londgren, Clerk

Attest: Steven Eklund, Chair

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Isanti County News

May 3, 2017

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