The Isanti County News http://isanticountynews.com The Isanti County News covers community news, sports, current events and provides advertising and information for the cities of Cambridge, Isanti, and Braham, Minnesota and their surrounding areas. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:07:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Gates John http://isanticountynews.com/2014/11/26/gates-john/ http://isanticountynews.com/2014/11/26/gates-john/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:07:29 +0000 http://isanticountynews.com/?p=117009 NOTICE OF INFORMAL PROBATE OF WILL AND APPOINTMENT OF PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE AND NOTICE TO CREDITORS.
STATE OF MINNESOTA
COUNTY OF ISANTI
DISTRICT COURT
TENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT
PROBATE DIVISION
Court File No. 30-PR-14-68.
In Re: Estate of John Warren Gates,
Decedent.
Notice is given that an application for informal probate of the Decedents will dated May 15, 2013 has been filed with the Registrar. The application has been granted.
Notice is also given that the Registrar has informally appointed Brian J. Gates and Aimee J. Wagner, whose addresses are 2677 40th Avenue, Osceola, WI 54020 and 15150 Scenic Heights Road, Eden Prairie, MN 55344 as personal representatives of the Estate of the Decedent.
Any heir, devisee or other interested person may be entitled to appointment as personal representative or may object to the appointment of the personal representative. Unless objections are filed with the Court (pursuant to Minn. Stat. 524.3-607) and the Court otherwise orders, the personal representative has full power to administer the Estate including, after 30 days from the date of issuance of letters, the power to sell, encumber, lease or distribute real estate.
Any objections to the probate of the will or appointment of the Personal Representative must be filed with this Court and will be heard by the Court after the filing of an appropriate petition and proper notice of hearing.
Notice is also given that (subject to Minn. Stat. 524.3-801) all creditors having claims against the Estate are required to present the claims to the personal representative or to the Court Administrator within four months after the date of this Notice or the claims will be barred.
Dated: November 14, 2014
By: /s/ Monica Tschumper
Registrar
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Ordinance No. http://isanticountynews.com/2014/11/26/ordinance-no-18/ http://isanticountynews.com/2014/11/26/ordinance-no-18/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:06:37 +0000 http://isanticountynews.com/?p=117007 CITY OF ISANTI
ORDINANCE NO. 589
AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE CODE FOR THE CITY OF ISANTI, CHAPTER 8 CITY COUNCIL, ARTICLE III, SECTION 8-18 COMMITTEES
THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF ISANTI DOES ORDAIN:
Chapter 8, Article III, Section 8-18 Committees is hereby amended to read and include the following:
A. Committees designated.
(1) Council members shall be appointed to the following committees shall be appointed by the Council at the first regular Council meeting in January of each year:
(h) Public Works Labor Management
Committee
(2) City and community boards
and committees:
(a) City of Isanti Economic Development
Authority
(b) City of Isanti Parks, Recreation and
Culture Board
(c) City of Isanti Planning Commission
(d) City of Isanti Community
Involvement
(e) Community Education
(f) C-I Arena Board
(g) Cable TV Liaison
(h) Isanti Area Chamber of Commerce
Liaison
(i) County EDA
(j) Fire District
(k) North TH 65 Corridor Coalition
(l) School Liaison
(m) Isanti County Liquor Committee
(n) ECRDC Transportation Advisory
Committee
(o) ICICLE
(p) C-I Bike Walk Trail Committee
C. Council members assigned to Committees shall attend scheduled meetings and in the case of absence, if an alternate is designated, shall inform the alternate of their inability to attend the meeting. Except for EDA, Park, Recreation and Culture Board and Planning Commission, Council members serving in voting positions on City and community boards and committees shall keep the Council apprised of all major policy and fiduciary matters requiring a vote prior to the Committee meeting that the vote must be taken. In the event that the Council has not been apprised of the matter to be voted on, or time does not allow review with the Council, the Council member shall abstain from voting.
EFFECTIVE DATE
This Ordinance takes effect upon its passage and publication in the official newspaper of the City of Isanti.
Adopted by the City Council this 18th day of November 2014.
Mayor George A. Wimmer
Attest: Donald C. Lorsung
City Administrator/City Clerk
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November 10 Special http://isanticountynews.com/2014/11/26/november-10-special-2/ http://isanticountynews.com/2014/11/26/november-10-special-2/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:06:15 +0000 http://isanticountynews.com/?p=117005 INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 911
Special School Board Meeting Minutes
Monday,
November 10, 2014
Education Center 7:00 p.m.
The Special School Board Meeting of the Cambridge-Isanti School District 911 was held on Monday, November 10, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Education Center in Room 121A and B with Board Chair, Tim Hitchings; members, 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; and Executive Administrative Assistant, Kimberly Cheney. Absent: Gary Hawkins.
Pledge of Allegiance was said by all.
Motion made by Darcy Winsor, seconded by Jenni Caulk to approve the revised agenda. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion made by Lynn Wedlund, seconded by Heidi Sprandel to adopt Resolution Canvassing Return of Votes of School District General Election. Roll call vote was taken: Darcy Winsor, yes; Lynn Wedlund, yes; Nate Reibel, yes; Tim Hitchings, yes; Heidi Sprandel, yes; Jenni Caulk, yes. Against: None. Absent: Gary Hawkins. Whereupon said resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.
Motion made by Tim Hitchings, seconded by Jenni Caulk to adopt Resolution Authorizing Issuance of Certificates of Election and Directing the School District Clerk to Perform Other Election Related Duties. Roll call vote was taken: Darcy Winsor, yes; Lynn Wedlund, yes; Nate Reibel, yes; Tim Hitchings, yes; Heidi Sprandel, yes; Jenni Caulk, yes. Against: None. Absent: Gary Hawkins. Whereupon said resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.
Motion made by Lynn Wedlund, seconded by Heidi Sprandel to approve the Girls Alpine Skiing Agreement with Chisago Lakes. CIHS had multiple meetings inviting students with interest to participate, and only one girl showed interest at this time. Family will cover all expenses. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion made by Jenni Caulk, seconded by Heidi Sprandel to adjourn at 7:12 p.m. Motion carried unanimously.
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October 30 Special http://isanticountynews.com/2014/11/26/october-30-special/ http://isanticountynews.com/2014/11/26/october-30-special/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:06:11 +0000 http://isanticountynews.com/?p=117003 INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 911
Special School Board Minutes
Thursday,
October 30, 2014
Education Center 6:00 p.m.
The Special School Board Meeting at Cambridge-Isanti School District 911 was held on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 6:09 p.m. 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; and Superintendent, Dr. Ray Queener.
The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all.
Motion made by Gary Hawkins, seconded by Darcy Winsor to approve the agenda. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion made by Lynn Wedlund, seconded by Heidi Sprandel to move to closed meeting pursuant to Minn. Stat 13D.05 Subd 2(a)(3), to discuss educational data related to the potential discipline of a student. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion made by Jenni Caulk, seconded by Heidi Sprandel to adjourn to open meeting. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion made by Gary Hawkins, seconded by Nate Reibel to adopt the Resolution in response to matters discussed in closed meeting. Roll call vote was taken: Darcy Winsor, yes; Gary Hawkins, yes; Jenni Caulk, yes; Nate Reibel, yes; Tim Hitchings, yes; Heidi Sprandel, yes; and Lynn Wedlund, yes. Voting against: none. Resolution declared duly passed and adopted.
Discussion was held on how to handle future expulsion hearings:
– Does the Board want a committee of three or the whole School Board involved in the hearing?
– Just one person could represent the School Board alone, but that would be very difficult for one, so an executive committee could be formed.
– The Policy Committee would handle expulsions and the appropriate negotiations committee would handle grievance issues going forward.
Motion made by Lynn Wedlund, seconded by Heidi Sprandel to adopt the Resolution Approving Cooperative Sponsorship Agreement with Chisago Lakes for Girls Alpine Skiing. Roll call vote was taken: Darcy Winsor, yes; Gary Hawkins, yes; Jenni Caulk, yes; Nate Reibel, yes; Tim Hitchings, yes; Heidi Sprandel, yes; and Lynn Wedlund, yes. Voting against: none. Resolution declared duly passed and adopted.
Motion made by Jenni Caulk, seconded by Heidi Sprandel to adjourn at 6:50 p.m. Motion carried unanimously.
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October 23 http://isanticountynews.com/2014/11/26/october-23/ http://isanticountynews.com/2014/11/26/october-23/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:06:06 +0000 http://isanticountynews.com/?p=117001 INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 911
School Board Meeting Minutes
Thursday,
October 23, 2014
Education Center 7:00 p.m.
The Regular School Board Meeting of the Cambridge-Isanti School District 911 was held on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. 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; Director of Administrative Services and Human Resources, Brenda Albrecht; Director of Community Education, Dave Maurer; Technology Coordinator, Ray Sperl; Communications Coordinator, Shawna Carpentier; Student Representative, Joe Lind and Executive Administrative Assistant, Kimberly Cheney. All members present for the conduct of valid business.
Pledge of allegiance was said by all.
Motion made by Jenni Caulk, seconded by Darcy Winsor to approve the agenda with revised Personnel Action. Motion carried unanimously.
Communications/Recognition/Donations Dr. Ray Queener shared with the Board the Target Corporation Donation for Take Charge of Education as follows: IMS – $786.39; MNC – $130.93; IPS – $1,495.33; IIS $1081.38. Superintendent Queener will send a thank you for supporting our schools.
School Board Showcase IMS/MNC Principal, Randy Pauly and Dean of Students John Droubie handed out a PowerPoint and shared with the Board 3 initiatives their building is implementing. They shared in detail the progress and success of each initiative.
1.) MNC Chromebook: 6th grade has been using the Chromebooks since school started. Along with an increase in student engagement, students have learned to collaborate with each other and help each other learn. This online opportunity has opened the possibility of implementing Chromebooks throughout the district. The possibility of taking your Chromebook home is being considered. The district is developing a plan for this process so students will be able to access their Chromebook outside of school time.
2.) IMS/MNC WEB: Coordinators, Ryan Kolbeck, Adam Gau and Bret Lemm shared with the Board the Success of the WEB Where Everyone Belongs program. Student Leaders, Samantha Titus, Madi Borer and Isaac Jarvela spoke about the excitement as 8th grade leaders that this program has created. The students shared how through training, orientation and reflection the WEB program has given them the chance to develop a relationship with the new 6th grade students. The orientation was brought to an end with fun activities to unite the students and leaders for the 2014-2015 school year.
3.) IMS/MNC Period 5 POWER HOUR: POWER HOUR has given the students a choice in choosing an elective class or to complete classroom assignments if necessary and the opportunity to build relationships between students and staff that extend beyond the academic area. Principal Pauly shared a video from a student who expressed how she enjoyed POWER HOUR. Dean of Students, Mr. Droubie explained the process of developing the courses and the electives offered during this time. Students seem to be excited about this option and they are looking forward to seeing the impact it has made on their learning to see if POWER HOUR will be a permanent enrichment opportunity for students in the future.
Director of Teaching and Learning, Tim Truebenbach reviewed with the Board the MMR (Multiple Measurement Rating) results from the 2013-2014 MCAs. In doing so he reminded them the test is based on enrollment as of October 1, 2013 and that this is 1 test, taken 1 time throughout the school year. He shared a PowerPoint and explained the 4 parts a district is measured on:
1) Proficiency K-12
2) Growth K-12
3) Achievement Gap K-12
4) Graduation 9-12
Mr. Truebenbach also shared our results per building and the MMR trend from 2013 to 2014. Even with improvement in some areas, our goal is to always being growing and achieving the next level, said Mr. Truebenbach. Anne Johnson, the new Assessment Coordinator is leading Data Retreats for teachers to dissect the data and determine growth strategies and changes needed to increase test scores. Academic Coaches are being approached from teachers wanting to improve/change their instruction to better accommodate the students in the classroom. Since principal and teacher evaluations are part of this process, after the data is digested and broken down, Teaching and Learning will be bring the results and a plan of implementation back to the Board.
Board Committees/Administration Reports were as follows:
– Student School Board member Joe Lind stated fall sports are closing and winter sports are getting started. There is also a school musical Back to the 80s that will be held November 13 15. All are invited.
– Community Education CEAC will be holding their monthly meeting on Monday, October 27, 2014. ECFE is celebrating 40 years of Early Childhood this week in the state of Minnesota. The Adult Enrichment Center (AEC) had their open house this evening from 4 7 p.m. A quote from an instructor, I stopped by the AEC and man is it sweet! Vicki Ostrom, ABE Coordinator, is working on free adult classes with Pine Tech such as Robotics, Technical Math and Maintenance Awareness. Pine Tech will provide IT equipment if needed. AWelding program open house is scheduled with Anoka Technical College and CIHS at CIHS on Thursday, November 13, 2014.
– Legislative Information Robyn Vosberg-Torgerson attended the SEE meeting in Isanti. Four things were touched on: 1) Increase the basic formula to provide all districts with flexibility to meet unfunded mandates; 2) Adjust the categorical formulas to provide greater assistance to school districts; and develop comprehensive funding reform creating an adequate and equitable system of funding; 3) Continue to make voter-approved referendum more affordable in low property wealth districts by increasing and indexing equalization aid; 4) Enact the recommendations of the Facilities Funding Working Group.
– Oak Land Cooperative Jenni Caulk shared they have approved the contract with the Chemical Health Specialist. Rebecca Fuller is in the process of her evaluation. Oak Land ALC is using District 911 as a guideline for their policies as District 911 is the host of their district.
– School Board Member Report Lynn Wedlund shared the Blue Harbor store at CIHS is open and ran by students from the CIHS Monogramming Enterprise FACS class. She displayed a few monogrammed items and explained that the students earn Bertz Bucks, have to clock in and out when in class, there is an outstanding employee selected and there are 6 different job rotations throughout the class. As part of the class it is possible to apply for a $500 scholarship as a senior. Two scholarships have been given so far through our Dollars for Scholars program.
– Board Committee Tim Hitchings spoke on the Long Range Facility Committee meeting that was held on October 15. There are plans for the Bus Garage project, the Education Center project and CPS Parking Lot project (over holiday vacation in December) in action.
– Finance & Operations shared a document with the following updates:
– Transportation A new mechanic has been hired. Finalized drawings are being looked at for bus garage remodel.
– Food Service Breakfast promotion has been a huge focus this year. CIHS student computer entry process has been changed. A la carte sales are down 27% but meal participation has increased in all buildings.
– Finance Auditors have been here again this week wrapping up the 2013-2014 school year. Servers and scanners have been purchased for the start of electronic storage for accounts payable and personnel files. Nikki Johnson has been hired as our new Finance Manager (new title from accountant) and will be starting November 3rd. We received a report from the U of M on our College in Schools Classes 49 students participated, $96,949.00 saved offering these classes and keeping these students in our schools.
– Technology Phones are in every classroom and office. There are 350 access points now installed and operational. We are starting the process of evaluating a new email system and district website system.
– Buildings & Grounds OVM projects will be at completion by the end of the week. There was a lockdown drill at CIS. Jenni Caulk shared that her badge worked great during the lockdown and the OVM system is working as planned. We are looking into next summers projects already to have things ready to get started at the end of the 2014-2015 school year. A traffic study is being done on CPIS. There will be a public meeting on Monday, October 27, 2014. 90 letters were sent out to individuals inviting them to attend. Our goal is to reach out and invite to try and engage more parents and community members input in this project. They will have a plan by early December.
– Communications Our first District Newsletter will be published at the end of October and coming out monthly. Shawna has started our District Office Spotlight and staff is enjoying reading about their colleagues. A communications calendar has been developed and is in place. The first Communication Advisory Committee meeting is set for November 11, 2014. If you would like all the committee dates, please contact Shawna for this information.
– Teaching and Learning distributed a document on the following updates:
– Assessments NWEA Fall testing is complete; Anne Johnson has been leading data retreats to analyze results and create a process to move forward to increase student achievement. An Administrative Data Retreat was held on October 21, 2014. In November we will be administering the Grade 8 Explore test and the Grade 10 Plan test. This is now part of the new state testing requirements.
– Technology The Innovative Grant materials have been ordered and given out. Buildings affected by this are CPS, IPS, IIS, and CMS. Teachers are excited about this opportunity.
– 6-12 Curriculum Electronic curriculum mapping/tracking is being explored for the entire district. ELA Team met to update ELA initiatives. Still continuing to problem-solve software issues with student upload so ELA at CIHS can start using their online curriculum. Our middle schools will be accessing e-books through the Media Centers starting 2nd Trimester.
– Principal Evaluation This is the 2nd year of our evaluation plan. So far we have established individual Deliberate Practice growth goals. We did a data retreat at our last principal update on the MMR information. A group of principals and instructional coaches attend the Leadership Academy at Resource Training and Solutions.
– Around the District Anne Johnson and Barb Bengtson are leading our Data Driven Decision Data Retreats.
– Administrative Services and Human Resources shared the following updates:
– Effective October 1, we made the transition from Preferred One to Health Partners. We are still getting the process from AHR to MidAmerica transferred, and hope to have that completed shortly.
– We recently started a Superintendent Meet and Greet for Dr. Queener to meet and welcome our new employees as they are hired. Each new employee will be invited to come to our meet and greet held on Mondays and introduce themselves to the Superintendent.
– The Laser Fiche process of electronic filing will begin in the near future. More to come on this process.
Superintendent Dr. Queener shared with the School Board the following:
– Mid-American Association of School Superintendents consists of 343 schools in Minnesota. Dr. Queener was 1 of 3 chosen to join the seven delegates representing Minnesota at the MAASS Conference in Chicago. The conference included sessions on 1) state of the superintendent position; 2) social emotional leadership; 3) architecture and leadership; 4) state reports; and 5) legislative leadership. Dr. Queener is honored to have been selected from his peers to represent Minnesota.
– Superintendent Dr. Queener attended the Leadership Academy at Resource Training and Solutions on October 15 learning how to continue to implement the Marzano teaching and learning framework. This framework is at the core of our principal and teacher evaluation system. Some of our principals attended along with instructional coaches, Teaching and Learning Director, Tim Truebenbach and Superintendent Dr. Queener.
– Ray attended the MASA Region VI meeting on October 22 in St. Cloud. Topics discussed were: 1) safe and supportive schools act; 2) worlds best workforce; 3) MSHSL transgender policy being considered; and 4) planning for our future meeting topics.
– Our Strategic Planning Teams goal was to bring an implementation plan to the Board at this School Board meeting, however, due to the amount of action plans (59), the target has moved to the November 20th School Board meeting.
Robyn Vosberg-Torgerson shared with the Board the enrollment updates from the following: 1) Fiscal Year 2014 June total enrollment of 5044; 2) Fiscal Year 2015 Projected Enrollment 4989; and Fiscal Year 2015 October 1, 2014 enrollment 4950. PSEO students are included in this number with 49 students full time and 29 students part time.
Motion made by Gary Hawkins, seconded by Jenni Caulk to approve consent agenda with separate action to approve Revised Personnel Action. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion made by Jenni Caulk, seconded by Nate Reibel to approve revised Personnel Action. Motion carried with Lynn Wedlund abstaining.
Motion made by Lynn Wedlund, seconded by Darcy Winsor to approve the Treasurers Report subject to audit. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion made by Gary Hawkins, seconded by Heidi Sprandel to approve the District 911 School Board Organizational Policies with Policy #202, C., Clerk, 2. to read as follows:
C. Clerk
2. Within three days after an election has been canvassed, the clerk shall notify all persons elected of their election by letter or email subject to recount or if election is contested.
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion made by Lynn Wedlund, seconded by Nate Reibel to set Monday, November 10, 2014, 7 p.m. for a Special School Board Meeting to Canvas Return Votes for School District General Election and to Authorize Issuance of Certificates of Election. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion made by Heidi Sprandel, seconded by Darcy Winsor to approve a Board Study Session Retreat Continuation for Monday, November 10, 2014 immediately following the 7 p.m. Special School Board Meeting. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion made by Gary Hawkins, seconded by Jenni Caulk to approve the Costa Rica trip for CIHS biology students teacher Tricia Hennen. Some of their fundraising efforts for this trip are coffee/tea sales and bagging groceries at Cub Foods. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion made by Lynn Wedlund, seconded by Heidi Sprandel to adopt Resolution of School Board Supporting Form A Application to Minnesota State High School League Foundation. Roll call vote was taken: Darcy Winsor, yes; Lynn Wedlund, yes; Nate Reibel, yes; Gary Hawkins, yes; Tim Hitchings, yes; Heidi Sprandel, yes; Jenni Caulk, yes. Abstained: None. Whereupon said resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.
Motion made by Jenni Caulk, seconded by Darcy Winsor to adopt Resolution Relating to the Proposed Expulsion of the Student Identified in the Attachments Thereto (Herein After Referred to as the Student). Roll call vote was taken: Darcy Winsor, yes; Lynn Wedlund, yes; Nate Reibel, yes; Gary Hawkins, yes; Tim Hitchings, yes; Heidi Sprandel, yes; Jenni Caulk, yes. Against: None. Whereupon said resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.
Motion made by Nate Reibel, seconded by Tim Hitchings to adopt Resolution Relating to the Proposed Expulsion of the Student Identified in the Attachments Thereto (Herein After Referred to as the Student). Roll call vote was taken: Darcy Winsor, yes; Lynn Wedlund, yes; Nate Reibel, yes; Gary Hawkins, yes; Tim Hitchings, yes; Heidi Sprandel, yes. Against: None. Abstained: Jenni Caulk. Whereupon said resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.
Motion made by Gary Hawkins, seconded by Tim Hitchings to Set Special School Board Meeting time and date of Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. to make formal recommendation for action on Expulsion Hearing. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion made by Jenni Caulk, seconded by Heidi Sprandel to adjourn at 8:50 p.m. Motion carried unanimously.
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November 10 Special http://isanticountynews.com/2014/11/26/november-10-special/ http://isanticountynews.com/2014/11/26/november-10-special/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:06:03 +0000 http://isanticountynews.com/?p=116999 INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 911
School Board Retreat Continuance
Monday,
November 10, 2014
Immediately After Special Meeting
The School Board Retreat of the Cambridge-Isanti School District 911 was held on Monday, November 10, 2014 immediately after the Special School Board Meeting at the Education Center in Room 121A and B with Board Chair, Tim Hitchings; members, 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, and Tim Truebenbach. Absent: Gary Hawkins.
Meeting started at 7:21 p.m.
The Board developed and discussed seven Board goals for 2014-15:
1. Explore increased opportunities for engaging the community in the board meeting process.
2. Complete policy review according to review schedule.
3. Develop long-range plans including fiscal, facilities, and demographics in alignment with implementation of strategic plan.
4. Increase information distribution to and discussion amongst the full board, through increased use of Standing and Representative Committees.
5. Learn more about student achievement data & implications of programs/initiatives.
6. Learn more about Human Resources functions & implications for efficiency and effectiveness.
7. Evaluate programs through Cost Benefit Analysis or program evaluation.
The proposed goals will be considered for formal approval at the November 20 School Board meeting.
The Board also discussed how to better keep the entire Board informed related to meetings of the Board Committees. It was suggested that minutes from each Board Committee meeting be shared in the regular monthly Board Meeting.
The Board Self Evaluation document was discussed and modified from the proposed draft with the following changes:
Statement #2 was changed to read:
2) I have read and understand the Boards policies, procedures and employee contracts Statement #6 was changed to read:
6) I have reviewed the data privacy and open meeting laws
This Board Self Evaluation document will be considered for formal approval as revised at the November 20 School Board meeting.
Meeting was adjourned at 8:26 p.m.
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October 20 http://isanticountynews.com/2014/11/26/october-20/ http://isanticountynews.com/2014/11/26/october-20/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:05:59 +0000 http://isanticountynews.com/?p=116997 Ind. School District No. 314 Regular School Board Meeting
Monday, October 20, 2014
7:00 pm BAHS Community Room
Isanti, Pine, Chisago & Kanabec Counties
Braham, MN 55006
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: S. Eklund, R. Hughes, Z. Braund, T. Cuda, A. Londgren, M. Thompson, and Supt. Gregory Winter.
Members absent: A. Flowers
Motion by T. Cuda, second by R. Hughes to adopt the agenda as printed. Carried
Motion by M. Thompson, second by A. Londgren to approve the minutes of the September 15th Regular and the October 9, 2014 Working School Board meetings; approve the October bills of $285,628.01; accept the October Treasurers report and, review the enrollment analysis. Carried.
Motion by R. Hughes, second by A. Londgren, to adopt the resolution acknowledging October 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. Carried.

Chair Eklund expressed appreciation to the many volunteers to assisted this year with Vision and Hearing Screening for grades 1,3,5,7, and 10 and Early Childhood. The volunteers were: Kristin Madigan, Megan Bajor, Theresa Barman, Tanya Jacobs, Catherine MacKenzie, Joyce Norlander, Shannon Olson, Brittney Tyler, Charity Wittmer, Angie Beckman, Carrie Davis, Sue Riesing, Dawn Fiedler, and Becky Hesselroth.
There was nothing addressed under Open Forum.
Auditors Mike and Greg Burkhardt , Burkhardt and Burkhardt Accountants reviewed the Final FY 2014 Audit with the board. Mr. Burkhardt commended District Business Manager Judy Patzoldt and Payroll Clerk Marie Sward for their great job and dedication. Supt Winter recommended approval of the report.
Motion by R. Hughes, second by M. Thompson to accept the Final FY 2014 School District Audit. Carried.
Student Council Member Natalie Bacon reviewed their written report. They will continue to sell Bomber apparel and accessories and do recycling and announcements. A group of Student Council members loaded a semi for Tusen Tack. Four members attended a valuable Region Student Council Leadership Workshop. Chair Eklund expressed his appreciation to Student Council.
Elementary Principal Jeff Eklund reviewed his written report. Thank you to the Braham Fire Dept for spending time with the elementary students and going over fire safety. The Fire Dept states fire calls have gone down since they started doing this. Thank you to Tracy Fix for bringing Kindness in Chalk to Braham. Parents, friends and students were given an opportunity to express encouragement to others by writing something in chalk on the sidewalks as part of National Bullying Awareness month. The new wash stations and key card access are in at the elementary. BEPO provided a t-shirt for all kindergarten and new elementary students as part of Bomber PRIDE for October. Rachels Challenge will have presentations for elementary students on October 28th. Principal Eklund attended a MAASFEP conference to review Title 1 policy.
Activities Director Shawn Kuhnke reviewed his written report. The fall production of Annie will be at 7 pm on 11/8, 14 and 15 and at 2 pm on 11/9 and 16. Cross County will be at playoffs in Milaca on 10VB and FBVB and FB are both #1 seed in Sections. Winter sports kick off with JH GBB on 10/27; C/JV/V BBB on 11/10; C/JV/V GBB on 11/17; Wrestling 11/17 and JH BBB on 1/5/2015. There are 24 students in the FFA Chapter; 13 in JAZZ band; and, 20 in Echelon. Braham VB Invitational went well on 10/4. Fifteen applications have been submitted for the EXCEL award.
High School Principal Matt Lattimore reviewed his written report. Congratulations to Charity Allen for receiving the LEEA award. There will be a Rachels Challenge presentation on October 29th for high school students. Up to 60 students can receive further training as Friends of Rachel. The 5th Annual Veterans Day program is November 11th at 8:15 a.m. at the high school. All are invited to attend.
Allison Marcus, DAC Coordinator had a presentation explaining some of the Multiple Measurements Rating (MMR) information from MDE. Braham is at 100% proficiency as set by MDE. We have put in several interventions such as Math and Reading Corps, Professional Learning Communities, weekly grade checks, data checkpoints, Response to Intervention (RTI) and Bomber Booster. Other interventions are being considered for implementation. There is room for growth in other areas. Principal Eklund complimented Ms. Marcus on her explanation and presentation of this information.
Community Ed Director Cheryl Arnold reviewed her written report. Pathways I and II funding has been granted to our students which could mean up to $40,000 in scholarships and additional funding for preschool students. There is a waiting list for ECFE classes. CE and EC Advisory Council will meet monthly beginning in November to set new goals and get new ideas. They are still looking for donations and volunteers for the Community Halloween party.
Supt. Winter reviewed his written report. At the RRSEC Executive Committee they discussed possible changes to MN state statutes that could affect Special Education case loads. Chair Eklund was re-elected as ECMECC Governance Board Chair. At the MASA meeting Supt Winter attended a Collaboration Through Technology session. At the District Curriculum Committee 1/2 day meeting agenda items discussed included the Status of 1:1 and Use of eBooks. Both initiatives are going well, but more support and time is needed to fine tune the curriculum. The upcoming elections were part of the discussion at the SEE Regional meeting and the possible impact to school funding and policies.
Board members reported on individual meetings and activities attended which included the working board meeting, VB tournament, VB and FB games and the chili feed. M. Thompson attended the RRSEC Governance Board meeting and stated that the Rum River North building project is on hold as they discuss the building site options. Chair Eklund stated that the ECMECC financial standing is good. ECMECC currently offers 36 sections, 23 courses and have 550 students attending. Chair Eklund congratulated the CC, VB and FB for a great season.
Motion by A. Londgren, second by T. Cuda to approve the employment of:
Michael Faurie as a long term substitute for Phy Ed/ Health and DAPE for Britne Engelkings leave. His start date will be based on Mrs. Engelkings delivery date.
Melissa Banks as a long term sub as a HS Special Education Paraprofessional. Ms. Banks will be paid at Step 1 of the Para portion of the Sec/Para contract. Her start date is October 20, 2014. Carried
Motion by M. Thompson, second by R. Hughes to approve the lane advancement for Lori Auers, Kindergarten Teacher, from MA+45 to MA+60. Ms. Auers 2014-2015 salary will be based on MA+60, Step 11. Carried
Motion by R. Hughes, second by T. Cuda to approve the long-term leave of absence request for Heidi Nordby, HS Special Ed Paraprofessional. Her last day of work before the leave was October 15, 2014. Carried
Motion by A. Londgren, second by M. Thompson to approve Britne Engelkings Family Medical Leave request. Her start date was September 18, 2014. Her total absence would be 12 weeks. Carried
Motion by T. Cuda, second by R. Hughes to approve the medical leave request for Lynette Simmons, HS Special Ed Para. Ms. Simmons leave began on October 1, 2014.
Motion by R. Hughes, second by M. Thompson to approve the C Schedule employment change for Kendell Proell from JV Track and Field to the 7th grade Baseball coach starting spring 2015. Mr. Proell will be placed on Lane 4, Step 2 as per the C Schedule Contract. Carried
Motion by A. Londgren, second by T. Cuda to approve the C Schedule employment recommendations of: Joe Lakeberg, as the Head Track and Field Coach starting spring 2015. Mr. Lakeberg will be placed on Lane 10, Step 4. Amber Hoffman, as the Knowledge Bowl Coach starting winter 2014. Ms. Hoffman will be placed on Lane 2, Step 1. Brea Durovec, as the JV Track Coach starting spring 2015. Ms. Durovec will be placed on Lane 8, Step 1. Katy Ederer, as the JH Track and Field Coach starting spring 2015. Ms. Ederer will be placed on Lane 4, Step 1. Carried
Motion by R. Hughes, second by T. Cuda to ratify the Community Education Directors contract for 2013-2015. Carried
Motion by A. Londgren, second by T. Cuda to approve the Instructional Staff and Support Personnel Seniority Lists as presented for consideration. Carried
Motion by R. Hughes, second by A. Londgren to accept the low bid submitted by Held for Winter Storage and Snowplowing for the snowplowing and snow removal for the 2014-2015 and the 2015-2016 winter seasons. Carried
Motion by A. Londgren, second by M. Thompson to approve the fundraiser requests from the following groups:

The following six policies were presented for the second reading for consideration of adoption to be added to the District Policy Manual: #413 – Harassment and Violence; #414 – Mandated reporting of Child Neglect or Physical or Sexual Abuse; # 415 – Mandated reporting of Maltreatment of vulnerable adults; #506 – Student Discipline; #524- Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy; and, #712 – Video Surveillance Other Than on Buses. Action will be taken at the November Regular School Board meeting.
A Working Board meeting will be set after the requested information has been submitted by WOLD Architects.
Chair Eklund reminded all present that the Regular November school board meeting is set for Monday, November 17th, 7:00 p.m., BAHS Community Room.
Motion by A. Londgren, second by M. Thompson to adjourn the meeting at 8:32 p.m.
Zane Braund, Clerk
Attest:
Steve Eklund, Chair
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Resolution declaring petition http://isanticountynews.com/2014/11/26/resolution-declaring-petition/ http://isanticountynews.com/2014/11/26/resolution-declaring-petition/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:05:51 +0000 http://isanticountynews.com/?p=116995 ISANTI TOWNSHIP
RESOLUTION DECLARING ADEQUACY OF PETITION AND ORDER PREPARATION OF REPORT
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF ISANTI, MINNESOTA
1. A certain petition requesting the improvement of 320th Lane NE within the plat of Ridge Creek First Addition, filed with the Town on October 14, 2014, is hereby declared to be signed by the required percentage of owners of property affected thereby. This declaration is made in conformity to Minnesota Statutes 429.035.
2. The petition for the proposed improvement is hereby referred to Greg Anderson, Road Maintenance Supervisor and that person is instructed to report to the Board with the convenient speed advising the Board in a preliminary way as to whether the proposed improvement is necessary, cost effective, and feasible; whether it should best be made as proposed or in connection with some other improvement; the estimated costs of the improvement as recommended; and a description of the methodology used to calculate individual assessments for affected parcels.
Adopted by the Board this 18th day of November, 2014.
Scott Walburg, Chairman
Dean Boettcher, Town Clerk
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Oppurtinity to Serve Park http://isanticountynews.com/2014/11/26/oppurtinity-to-serve-park/ http://isanticountynews.com/2014/11/26/oppurtinity-to-serve-park/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:05:47 +0000 http://isanticountynews.com/?p=116993 CITY OF ISANTI
OPPORTUNITY TO
SERVE ON THE
PARK, RECREATION, AND CULTURE BOARD
The City of Isanti is seeking an interested person to fill one seat on the Park, Recreation, & Culture Board; said term is for a period of three years from January 2014 to December 2017. The Park, Recreation, & Culture Board meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m.
If you are interested in serving the community, an application and Conflict of Interest form must be submitted and received by 4:30 p.m., December 17, 2014 to the Human Resources/Deputy City Clerk at the City of Isanti, 110 1st Avenue NW, P.O. Box 428, Isanti, MN 55040. Application packets can be picked up at City Hall 763-444-5512 or www.cityofisanti.us
Karissa Henning
Human Resources/Deputy City Clerk
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Seeking Student serve http://isanticountynews.com/2014/11/26/seeking-student-serve/ http://isanticountynews.com/2014/11/26/seeking-student-serve/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:05:42 +0000 http://isanticountynews.com/?p=116991 CITY OF ISANTI
STUDENT OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE ON THE
PARK, RECREATION, & CULTURE BOARD
The City of Isanti is seeking an interested student to fill an expiring term to serve on the Park, Recreation, & Culture Board; said term is for a period of one year, from January 2015 to December 2015. The Park, Recreation, & Culture Board meets the fourth Tuesday each month at 6:00 p.m.
If you are interested in serving the community, an application, letter of intention and two letters of recommendation must be submitted and received by 4:30 p.m., December 17, 2014 to the Human Resources/Deputy City Clerk at the City of Isanti, 110 1st Avenue NW, P.O. Box 428, Isanti, MN 55040. Application packets can be picked up at City Hall 763-444-5512 or www.cityofisanti.us Karissa Henning
Human Resources/Deputy City Clerk
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