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UNOFFICIAL SCHOOL BOARD MINUTESI.S.D. #466, BOARD OF EDUCATION7:00 PM REGULAR BOARD MEETING, DECEMBER 29, 2009 DASSEL-COKATO BOARD ROOM
In partnership with our communities, Dassel-Cokato Public Schools will provide all learners opportunities designed to maximize their potential and promote lifelong learning.
Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, a regular meeting of the Board of Education of Independent School District No. 466 (Dassel-Cokato, Minnesota) was duly held in the Dassel-Cokato Board Room, Cokato, Minnesota, on Tuesday, December 29, 2009.
Board Chairman Kevin Dahlman called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.
The following members were present: Dahlman, Tormanen, Bender, Linder, McConkey and Bjork. The following were absent: none. Members of the administration and public were also present.
The meeting began with the pledge of allegiance.
Motion by Tormanen, seconded by Linder, accepting the agenda as printed. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Bjork, seconded by Bender, approving payment of bills as presented including payroll, hand payables and contingency totaling $867,098.57. Motion carried unanimously. (A complete list of bills is available from the District Office for review.)
Communications/Open Forum: None
Curriculum Advisory Committee (CAC) Report: None
Technology Report: None
MAWSECO Report: Chairman Dahlman reported on the 12-15-09 meeting which included: teacher settlement, meeting with principals, and child count from 12-1-09.
Community Education Report: None
Business Manager’s Report: Business Manager Palmer reported expenditures are in line with budget through the end of the sixth month of the fiscal year. Business Manager Palmer also informed the board that enrollment after the final fall MARSS submission for FY10 is at 2,325.
Superintendent’s Report: Superintendent Powers reported on: Race to the Top and snow removal.
Student Representative’s Report: None
Motion by Linder, seconded by Tormanen approving all consent items, which included approval of the minutes from November 19, 2009 Regular Board Meeting and December 14, 2009 Special Board Meeting. Wire transfers made on November 17 for $1,800,000, November 24 for $150,000, November 30 for $620,000, and December 15 for $760,000. I would recommend approval of wire
transfers.
Personnel Items: Request Approval of 12 weeks FMLA leave for Holly Niedzielski beginning approximately February 14, 2010 to May 14, 2010 then unpaid Child Care Leave from May 17 – June 9, 2010, Request Approval for Unpaid Medical Leave of Absence for Aimee Gabrielson beginning November 18, 2009 to May 31, 2010, Approve Resignation of Erin Tormanen as the Girls Head Swimming Coach, Approve Resignation of Kelly Johnson as junior high volleyball coach, Approve Resignation of Nicole Koistinen as MS Special Education Paraeducator effective 12/23/2009, Approve Resignation of Judy Jacques as Cokato Elem Kitchen Assistant effective 12/23/2009, Approve Assignment of Eric Johnson as Volunteer Assistant 7th grade boys basketball coach, Approve Assignment of Pat Salonek as a Volunteer Wrestling Coach, Approve Employment of Alvin Arens as Vehicle Maintenance Assistant, Approve Assignment of Paul and Pam Beckermann as co-district webmasters for 2009-10 year, Approve Assignment of Rick Loge as Boys Diving Coach, Approve Employment of Kristen Lee as MS Special Education Paraeducator effective 1/4/2010, Approval of lane change for Kathy Lundeen from MA+15 to MA+30 effective 1/1/2010, Approval of lane change for Melissa Rudebusch from BA to BA+15 effective 1/1/2010, Approval of lane change for Brice Berggren from BA to BA+15 effective 1/1/2010, Approval of lane change for Rachel Franklin from BA to BA+15 effective 1/1/2010, Request Approval of Proposed Program from Kathy Lundeen to work toward the MA+45 lane, Approve Acceptance of Donations: $450 from Meeker Cooperative Electric Trust to Dassel-Cokato High School, $650 from Meeker Cooperative Electric Trust to Dassel-Cokato Middle School, $16,755.08 from the Estate of Robert A. Krech to Dassel-Cokato Elementaries, $19,255.08 from the Estate of Robert A. Krech to Dassel-Cokato High School. Motion carried unanimously.
The board agreed to hold a strategic planning retreat with administration on 2-13-09.
Motion by Bender, seconded by McConkey approving the ratification of the following 2009-11 contracts: Community Education Program Coordinator, Community Education Youth Program Coordinator, Activities Secretary, Facilities Secretary, Paraeducators’ Association, Type III Drivers and Bus Drivers. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Linder, seconded by Bender approving roofing projects for the summer of 2010 including a 5 year lease to cover the cost of the project. Motion carried unanimously.
Agenda items for the January 7, 2010 – Reorganization and Special Board Meeting will tentatively include: a presentation from the DC Arts Association, Mentorship team, and FFA.
Being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:56 PM.
Kevin Bjork, Clerk
This document is available in the following formats upon request: Braille, Large Print, Audio Cassette Tape, and Computer Disk. Please call (320-286-4100) for more information or to request a copy.
Published in the Enterprise Dispatch Jan. 25, 2010.

UNOFFICIAL SCHOOL BOARD MINUTESI.S.D. #466, BOARD OF EDUCATION7:00 PM BOARD MEETING, JANUARY 7, 2010 DASSEL-COKATO BOARD ROOM
“The mission of the Dassel-Cokato Schools is to provide programs of educational excellence to students of all ages.”
Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, a regular meeting of the Board of Education of Independent School District No. 466 (Dassel-Cokato, Minnesota) was duly held in the Dassel-Cokato Board Room, Cokato, Minnesota, on Thursday, January 7, 2010.
Board Chairman Dahlman called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.
The following members were present: Dahlman, McConkey, Tormanen, Linder, Bender and Bjork. The following were absent: none. Members of the administration and public were also present.
The meeting began with the pledge of allegiance.
Motion by Bender, seconded by Tormanen to accept the agenda as printed. Motion carried unanimously.
Board Chairman Dahlman asked for nominations for Board Chair. Board Member Linder nominated Board Member Dahlman. Motion by McConkey, seconded by Linder to close nominations and to cast a unanimous ballot. Motion carried unanimously.
Board Chairman Dahlman asked for nominations for Vice-Chair. Board Member Dahlman nominated Board Member Tormanen. Motion by Bjork, seconded by Bender to close nominations and cast a unanimous ballot. Motion carried unanimously.
Board Chairman Dahlman asked for nominations for Clerk. Board Member Tormanen nominated Board Member Bjork. Motion by Linder, seconded by Bender to close nominations and cast a unanimous ballot. Motion carried unanimously.
Board Chairman Dahlman asked for nominations for Treasurer. Board Member Linder nominated Board Member McConkey. Motion by Tormanen, seconded by Bjork to close nominations and cast a unanimous ballot. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by McConkey, seconded by Tormanen setting the fourth Thursday of each month as the date for the regular board meeting at 7:00 PM and the second Monday of each month at 7:00 PM as the date for special board meetings, if necessary. The usual meeting place will be the Dassel-Cokato Board Room. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Bender, seconded by Bjork to designate the official depositories of school district funds as listed: State Bank of Cokato as depository for District funds, the Middle School Student Activity Fund, the Cokato Elementary Contingency fund and the Dassel Elementary Contingency fund, First National Bank of Cokato as depository for petty cash/contingency fund and the High School Activity fund; Minnesota School District Liquid Asset Fund Plus for the Dental Plan Fund. Depositories for investment funds should be: State Bank of Cokato, First National Bank of Cokato, Minnesota School District Liquid Asset Fund Plus, PMA Financial Network, Inc (MN
Trust), Wells-Fargo, US Bank, Farmers State Bank of Darwin-Dassel, and State Bank of Cokato and First National Bank of Cokato for the Scholarship Funds. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Tormanen, seconded by McConkey designating the Enterprise/Dispatch as the official newspaper. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Linder, seconded by Tormanen setting the board per diem rates at $50.00 per meeting and $100.00 for an all day meeting for all board members. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Linder, seconded by Bjork to designate board representation on committees as follows: Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) Section 2AA- Tracy McConkey, Staff Development – Irene Bender, Community Education/ECFE – Richard Tormanen and Tracy McConkey, Meeker and Wright Special Education Cooperative (MAWSECO) Joint Powers Board-Kevin Dahlman, Curriculum Advisory Committee-Mark Linder and Kevin Bjork, Minnesota School Boards Association (MSBA) Legislative Liaison-Kevin Bjork, Technology Committee-Richard Tormanen and Kevin Bjork, Certified Personnel Committee –Mark Linder, Kevin Dahlman and Richard Tormanen, Classified Personnel Committee-Tracy McConkey, Irene Bender and Kevin Bjork, Schools for Equity in Education-Richard Tormanen and Irene Bender, Building Liaisons Dassel Elementary-Richard Tormanen, Cokato Elementary- Tracy McConkey, Middle School-Kevin Bjork, High School-Mark Linder, Area Learning Center-Irene Bender, Community Education/ECFE – Kevin Dahlman, The Edward H. Otto Partner in Public Education Award Committee Irene Bender, Kevin Bjork and Mark Linder, District Wellness Committee – Richard Tormanen and Irene Bender. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Linder, seconded by McConkey authorizing Business Manager Tina Palmer, Bookkeeper Pam Nyman, Superintendent Jeff Powers and Principal Dean Jennissen to sign contingency and student activity accounts, account drafts, and that Principals Lorene Force, Gary Johnson and Rob Nudell and Administrative Secretaries Margaret Pokornowski, Cindy Swanson, and Marlyce Erickson to sign contingency account and student activity account drafts for their buildings. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Tormanen, seconded by Bender authorizing the Superintendent and Business Manager to invest available District funds according to District Policy 705 and that electronic fund transfers be authorized. Motion carried unanimously.
Superintendent Powers reviewed details for the upcoming board / administration strategic planning retreat which will be held at the Koinonia Retreat Center from 8:00 – 12:30 on February 13, 2010 with facilitation from Bruce Miles.
Superintendent Powers reviewed the upcoming MSBA conference arrangements.
Board Member Linder introduced the following resolution and moved its adoption:
RESOLUTION RELATING TO AUTHORIZATION AND USE OF FACSIMILE SIGNATURES BY SCHOOL DISTRICT OFFICERS AND PROVIDING FOR SURETY BOND FOR PROTECTION THEREOF,
BE IT RESOLVED by the School Board of Independent School District #466, as follows:
1. Pursuant to MN Stat. 47.41, the school board and the chairperson, clerk and treasurer thereof hereby authorize the school district depository banks to honor checks, drafts, warrants, warrant-checks and other orders on public funds bearing facsimile signatures of any of said officers and to charge the same to the account upon which drawn as fully as though those instruments bore the manually written signatures of any of said officers.
2. Pursuant to MN Stat. 47.42, the school board of said district approves the use of such facsimile signatures and hereby determines to insure the school district with an insurance company authorized to do business within the state in the amount of $100,000 in the form of a surety bond or otherwise against the loss of any public funds which may be withdrawn upon unauthorized use of such facsimile signatures and an officer of said school district shall not be personally liable for loss resulting from the use of any facsimile signature unless said loss occurs by reason of that officer’s wrongful act.
3. The clerk is hereby authorized and directed to furnish the school district depository with a copy of this resolution, and the school district officers and said depository are hereby authorized and directed to make the necessary arrangements for the use of facsimile signatures hereafter.
The motion for adoption of the foregoing resolution was duly seconded by member Bender and upon vote being taken thereon, the following moved in favor thereof: Bjork, Tormanen, McConkey, Dahlman, Bender, Linder and the following voted against: none whereupon said resolution was declared passed and adopted.
Board Member Tormanen introduced the following resolution and moved its adoption:
RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE
ADMINISTRATION TO MAKE
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR REDUCTIONS IN PROGRAMS AND
POSITIONS AND REASONS THEREFOR.
WHEREAS, the financial condition of the school district dictates that the school board must reduce expenditures immediately, and
WHEREAS, this reduction in expenditure must include discontinuance of positions and discontinuance or curtailment of programs, and
WHEREAS, a determination must be made as to which teachers’ contracts must be terminated and not renewed and which teachers may be placed on unrequested leave of absence without pay or fringe benefits in effecting discontinuance of positions,
BE IT RESOLVED, by the School Board of Independent School District #466, as follows:
That the School Board hereby directs the Superintendent of Schools and administration to consider the discontinuance of programs or positions to effectuate economies in the school district and reduce expenditures and make recommendations to the school board for the discontinuance of programs, curtailment of programs, discontinuance of positions or curtailment of positions.
The motion for the adoption of the foregoing resolution was duly seconded by Member Bjork and upon vote being taken thereon, the following vote in favor thereof: Bender, Tormanen, Bjork, Linder, Dahlman, McConkey and the following voted against same: none
Whereupon said resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.
Motion by Bjork, seconded by McConkey to continue the Russell A. Johnson Courtesy and Respect Award. Monthly awards are presented and a $300.00 annual award presented to a senior chosen from those students who have won the monthly award. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Bender to include discussion of a new school logo on the January 28, 2010 regular agenda. Motion died for lack of a second.
Three students who participated in the fall 2009 National FFA Convention shared their experiences with the board.
Being no further business the meeting adjourned at 8:03 PM.
Kevin Bjork, Clerk
This document is available in the following formats upon request: Braille, Large Print, Audio Cassette Tape, and Computer Disk. Please call (320-286-4100) for more information or to request a copy.
Published in the Enterprise Dispatch Jan. 25, 2010.