REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
JULY 20, 2017
The Regular School Board Meeting of Cambridge-Isanti Schools was held on Thursday, July 20th, 2017 – 7:00 p.m. at the Education Services Center in Community Room 121A and B with Board Chair, Tim Hitchings; members, Nate Reibel, Carri Levitski, Heidi Sprandel, Jenni Caulk, Gary Hawkins and Lynn Wedlund; and Ex Officio, Superintendent, Dr. Ray Queener.
Pledge of Allegiance was said.
Motion made by Gary Hawkins, seconded by Carri Levitski to approve meeting agenda. Motion carried unanimously.
Communications/Recognition: None at this time
School Board Showcase: Rebecca Fuller, Director/Principal of Riverside Academy shared with the board highlights in relation to the first year of Riverside Academy. Ms. Fuller stated that RAs vision, To provide Quality Education to all students by meeting the Individual Needs identified to complete their educational goals models The Bluejacket Way and contributes to the students display of the 5 character traits that Cambridge-Isanti Schools exemplifies. She shared statistics of the students and how everyone attending falls within 11 incentive guidelines set by the state which are located on the RA website. There are approximately 7 districts that attend RA at different times throughout the year. Two programs are offered high school grades 10-12 and junior high grades 6-9. Top qualifiers for enrollment to come to RA are mental health issues, pregnancy or a parent, physical or sexual abuse, students behind in credits, and truancy which are reasons a student may consider RA as an alternative to the general education setting. Intervention programs are offered year round at RA where students 16 and older can pursue independent study or credit recovery. In addition, Targeted Services (grades K-8) are offered for elementary. Future goals with the students are to use PBIS, participate in Ramp-up to Readiness, Z-Space and increase Academic Relevance (CIHS Peer Observations). Ms. Fuller spoke on the success of the students for the 2016-2017 school year. Congratulations to Riverside Academy with 38 students graduating. Dr. Queener thanked Ms. Fuller for her great efforts and leadership with the transition of dissolving Oak Land Cooperative and moving into Riverside Academy.
Board Committees/Administration Reports were as follows:
– Student Board Member – None at this time.
– Board Standing Committees shared in agenda. Also, two negotiation sessions were held with EMCI.
– Board Representative Committees None at this time.
– Legislative None at this time.
– School Board Member Good News None at this time.
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.
– Dr. Queener introduced the new Director of Teaching and Learning, Shelley Schwab. Ms. Schwab thanked the board for the opportunity to work at Cambridge-Isanti Schools. She expressed the warm welcome she received and commended the district for the website, structures in the district and the implemented strategic plan as it clarified the foundation that Cambridge-Isanti Schools is built on and where we are going in the future. Ms. Schwab shared with the board the events of her first few days and gave an update of where Teaching and Learning is focusing this summer.
Director of Administrative Services and HR, Julia Lines, explained to the board the changes on the following policies:
– Policy #425 Mandated Reporting of Maltreatment of Vulnerable Adults
– Policy #522 Student Sex Nondiscrimination
– Policy #533 Local Wellness Policy
These policies will come up for approval at next school board meeting.
Motion made by Lynn Wedlund, seconded by Jenni Caulk to approve consent agenda. Motion carried unanimously.
Heidi Sprandel met with Director of Finance and Operations, Kris Crocker, on July 18th, to discuss Cambridge-Isanti Schools financials and everything looks good. This report includes treasurers report, payment registers, and employee reimbursement reports. Motion made by Gary Hawkins, seconded by Jenni Caulk 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 Tim Hitchings, seconded by Nate Reibel to adopt the Resolution on Gifts and Donations to accept gifts, grants or devise of real or personal property. Roll call vote was taken: Nate Reibel, yes; Carri Levitski, yes; Heidi Sprandel, yes;
Tim Hitchings, yes; Gary Hawkins, yes; Jenni Caulk, yes. Against: None. Whereupon said resolution is declared duly passed and adopted with Lynn Wedlund abstaining.
Director of Finance and Operations, Kris Crocker, shared with the board the revenue, expenditures and Statement of Assurances for the Long Term Facility 10 Year Plan. Motion made by Carri Levitski, seconded by Heidi Sprandel to approve the Long Term Facility Maintenance 10 Year Plan. Motion carried unanimously.
Director of Finance and Operations, Kris Crocker, shared with the board the City of Isanti is requesting a Proposed Property Tax Abatement for Isanti Hotel Partnership and/or its Assigns with Cambridge-Isanti Schools participating in the abatement. Discussion was held and questions asked concerning spending dollars on this abatement. Dr. Queener reassured the board there is no tax implication for local taxpayers and the increase for this abatement is $0.00 to the taxpayer with the possibility of even saving $1. This abatement will have no effect on students, no financial effect on the districts fund balance, and no change in the amount of revenue received from the state.
Motion made by Gary Hawkins, seconded by Carri Levitski to adopt the Resolution Approving the Proposed Property Tax Abatement to Assist in Financing a Hotel by Isanti Hotel Partners, LLC and/or its Assigns in the City of Isanti, Minnesota. Roll call vote was taken: Nate Reibel, yes; Carri Levitski, yes; Heidi Sprandel, yes; Tim Hitchings, yes; Gary Hawkins, yes; Jenni Caulk, no; and Lynn Wedlund, no. Whereupon said resolution is declared duly passed and adopted, 5 votes to 2.
Motion made by Jenni Caulk, seconded by Nate Reibel to approve the 2017-2018 employment between C-I Schools and Lynn Wedlund. Motion carried with Lynn Wedlund abstaining.
Motion made by Carri Levitski, seconded by Heidi Sprandel to approve the 2017-2018 employment between C-I Schools and Gary Hawkins. Motion carried with Gary Hawkins abstaining.
Motion made by Lynn Wedlund, seconded by Gary Hawkins to approve the 2017-2018 MSBA Membership of $10,364.00. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion made by Nate Reibel, seconded by Carri Levitski to approve the 2016-2017 Memorandum of Understanding for Superintendent, Dr. Ray Queener. MOU referenced 10 PTO day payout and continued insurance at existing rate until such time as parties come to a new agreement. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion made by Gary Hawkins, seconded by Heidi Sprandel to approve the 2017-2018 Employee Handbook Changes. Ms. Lines spoke on the two topics added of TimeClock Plus and Social Media along with updated changes to policies. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion made by Lynn Wedlund, seconded by Heidi Sprandel to approve Policy #410 Family and Medical Leave Policy. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion made by Heidi Sprandel, seconded by Nate Reibel to approve Policy #414 Mandated Reporting of Child Neglect or Physical or Sexual Abuse. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion made by Jenni Caulk, seconded by Carri Levitski to Move to Closed Session. Motion carried unanimously.
Meeting dismissed at 8:22 with 7 minute break.
Closed session resumed at 8:29 p.m.
Motion made by Jenni Caulk, seconded by Carri Levitski to Adjourn to Open Meeting at 9:02 p.m. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion made by Jenni Caulk, seconded by Heidi Sprandel to adjourn meeting at 9:02 p.m. Motion carried unanimously.
School Board Clerk
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Isanti County News
September 6, 2017