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New public notices published in the issue of Jan. 24, 2011
MEETING NOTICECOKATO TOWNSHIP
The Cokato Township Board will have the Board of Audit and Budget Preparation meeting at 7:00 PM on Monday; January 31, 2011 at the Cokato Township Hall. The agenda for this annual meeting will also be set at this time.
Brad Morris,
Cokato Township Clerk
Published in the Enterprise Dispatch Jan. 24, 2011.

UNOFFICIAL SCHOOL BOARD MINUTES I.S.D. #466, BOARD OF EDUCATION 7:00 PM REGULAR BOARD MEETING, DECEMBER 23, 2010 DASSEL-COKATO BOARD ROOM
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, December 23, 2010.
Board Chairman Kevin Dahlman called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.
The following members were present: Dahlman, Tormanen, Bender, McConkey, Linder 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 Linder, seconded by Tormanen, accepting the agenda as printed. Motion carried unanimously.
Ross Halonen received the November Russell A. Johnson Courtesy and Respect Award, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gregg Halonen of Cokato.
Motion by Tormanen, seconded by McConkey, approving payment of bills as presented including payroll, hand payables and contingency totaling $1,744,772.79. 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: None
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 presented to the board an investment portfolio report showing the status of investments as of 12/23/2010. Business Manager Palmer also updated the board on the final MARSS submission for fall. The student count is currently at 2,272 ADM compared to budgeted enrollment of 2,260.
Superintendent’s Report: Superintendent Powers briefly addressed snow removal
Student Representative Benda reported on: High School Events and Activities
DCRISC - None
Board Member Bender reported on a Food to School Workshop
Motion by Bjork, seconded by Linder approving all consent items, which included approval of the minutes from the November 30, 2010 Regular Board Meeting and the December 13, 2010 Special Board Meeting. Wire transfers made on November 24th for $135,000, November 30th for $610,000, December 10th for $90,000 and December 15th for $620,000. Personnel Items Approved: Employment of Lori Crowe as a Special Needs Para at Dassel Elementary effective 12/6/2010, Employment of Janel Sherk as a Special Needs Para at Early Childhood Center effective 12/13/2010, Employment of Bev Moye as a kindergarten Para at Cokato Elementary effective 2/1/2011, Assignment of Rick Loge as Boys Diving Coach and Resignation of Joshua Roeser effective 12-22-10. Acceptance of Donations:
From Cokato Motor Sales and Chevrolet $500 donated to Cokato Elementary Physical Education Department, From the PTA $200 donated to the ECFE/Preschool Literacy Program, From Dave Aho $65.15 donated to the High School Welding II projects, From Lindberg Excavating $471.35 to the High School Welding II projects. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Tormanen, seconded by Bender approving changes to Policy 556 Health Program. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Linder, seconded by Bender approving the 2009-10 Audit. Auditor Paul Harvego presented the audit results for fiscal year 2010. The results were very positive with no negative findings. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Linder, seconded by Tormanen certifying the 2010 payable 2011 levy. The payable 2011 levy is $2,708,762.92, which would be the maximum levy limitation. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by McConkey, seconded by Bjork approving the 2011-12 calendar. Motion carried unanimously.
Chairman Dahlman closed the meeting at 8:02 to discuss a student expulsion. He reopened the meeting at 8:08.
Board Member McConkey introduced the following resolution and moved its adoption:
RESOLUTION RELATING TO THE PROPOSED EXPULSION/EXCLUSION OF THE STUDENT IDENTIFIED IN THE ATTACHMENTS HERETO (HEREINAFTER REFERRED TO AS THE “STUDENT”)
WHEREAS, the Student is a full-time student of the School District; and
WHEREAS, the Student was placed on suspension and proposed for expulsion/exclusion pursuant to the Pupil Fair Dismissal Act, Minnesota Statutes Sections 121A.40–121A.56; and
WHEREAS, the Student and parents were properly served with written notice of the School District’s intent to initiate expulsion/exclusion proceedings; and
WHEREAS, pursuant to the Pupil Fair Dismissal Act, said notice contained a statement of the facts, witnesses and a description of their testimony, described alternative educational services, stated the date, time and place of hearing, and advised them of their rights, including their right to waive the hearing in writing if they wished to acquiesce to the expulsion/exclusion proposed by the School District; and
WHEREAS, this notice was also accompanied by a copy of the Pupil Fair Dismissal Act, Minnesota Statutes Sections 121A.40–121A.56; and
WHEREAS, the Student and parent elected to waive the scheduled hearing with the understanding that by such waiver, a term of expulsion/exclusion beginning on December 2, 2010 and lasting twelve months would be submitted for action to the School Board of Independent School District No. 466.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the School Board of Independent School District No. 466 as follows:
1. The School Board of Independent School District No. 466 hereby accepts the Waiver of Hearing executed by the Student and the Student’s parent, a copy of which is attached hereto as “Exhibit A” and incorporated herein by reference.
2. Having reviewed the record relating to this matter, the School Board hereby finds that the School District has fully complied with the Pupil Fair Dismissal Act.
3. Having reviewed the record relating to this matter, the School Board hereby finds that the Student engaged in conduct that constituted willful violation of reasonable School Board regulations, willful conduct that significantly disrupts the rights of others to an education, or the ability of school personnel to perform their duties or school-sponsored extracurricular activities, and willful conduct that endangers the pupil or other pupils or surrounding persons, including School District employees, or property of the school. Due to the nature of the conduct engaged in by the Student, a term of suspension and expulsion/exclusion as proposed by the School District is reasonable and appropriate.
4. The School Board of School District No. 466 hereby orders that the expulsion/exclusion of the Student be imposed pursuant to the Pupil Fair Dismissal Act, Minnesota Statutes Sections 121A.40–121A.56. Said expulsion/exclusion shall be imposed immediately for a term of twelve months from December 2, 2010 and further in accordance with the written notice provided to the Student, a copy of which is attached hereto as “Exhibit B” and incorporated herein by reference.
5. The Superintendent of the School District is hereby authorized to reduce the length of the Pupil’s expulsion/exclusion from school, if determined by him to appropriate, without further action by the School Board.
5. The Clerk of the School Board is directed to provide written notice of expulsion/exclusion to the Student and parents in substantially the form as provided in attached “Exhibit C.”
6. It is further ordered that pursuant to a proper request, the School District shall provide copies of this Resolution. However, any release of said Resolution shall not include the exhibits or attachments hereto as the School Board hereby finds that such materials constitute private data on individuals pursuant to the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, Minnesota Statutes Section 13.32, and the Family Educational Privacy Rights Act, 20 U.S.C. § 1232g. The Superintendent is specifically directed to maintain the private data classification of these materials in accordance with all applicable state and federal law, including the provisions of Minnesota Statutes Chapter 13 and 20 U.S.C. § 1232g.
The motion for the adoption of the foregoing resolution was duly seconded by Board Member Tormanen and, upon vote being taken thereon, the following voted in favor thereof: Dahlman, Bender, Tormanen, McConkey, Linder, Bjork and the following voted against the same: None
whereupon said resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.
January 3, 2011 was set for the reorganizational meeting.
Chairman Dahlman reported that the results of Superintendent Powers’s evaluation were very satisfactory.
Chairman Dahlman was recognized by the board for his 23+ years of service with this being his last board meeting.
Being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:34 PM.
Kevin Bjork, Clerk
Published in the Enterprise Dispatch Jan. 24, 2011.

UNOFFICIAL SCHOOL BOARD MINUTES I.S.D. #466, BOARD OF EDUCATION 7:00 PM BOARD MEETING, JANUARY 3, 2011 DASSEL-COKATO BOARD ROOM
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 Monday, January 3, 2011.
Vice Chairman Tormanen called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.
The following members were present: Clemen, Tormanen, Linder, Bender and Bjork. The following were absent: none. McConkey joined the meeting via a SKYPE connection that provided both audio and video. Members of the administration and public were also present.
The meeting began with the pledge of allegiance.
Superintendent Powers administered the oath of office to newly elected members Clemen, Tormanen, and Bjork.
Motion by Bjork, seconded by Linder to accept the agenda as printed. Motion carried unanimously.
Vice Chairman Tormanen asked for nominations for Board Chair. Vice Chair Tormanen nominated Board Member Bjork. Motion by Linder, seconded by Clemen to close nominations and to cast a unanimous ballot. Motion carried unanimously.
Board Chairman Bjork asked for nominations for Vice-Chair. Board Member Bender nominated Board Member Tormanen. Motion by Linder, seconded by Bender to close nominations and cast a unanimous ballot. Motion carried unanimously.
Board Chairman Bjork asked for nominations for Clerk. Vice Chair Tormanen nominated Board Member Bender. Motion by Linder, seconded by Tormanen to close nominations and cast a unanimous ballot. Motion carried unanimously.
Board Chairman Bjork asked for nominations for Treasurer. Board Chair Bjork nominated Board Member Linder. Board Member Linder declined the nomination. Vice Chair Tormanen nominated Board Member McConkey. Motion by Bender, seconded by Clemen, to close nominations and cast a unanimous ballot. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Bender, seconded by Linder 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 Tormanen, seconded by Linder 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 Bender, seconded by Clemen designating the Enterprise/Dispatch as the official newspaper. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Linder, seconded by Bender 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 – Rebecca Clemen and Tracy McConkey, Meeker and Wright Special Education Cooperative (MAWSECO) Joint Powers Board-Richard Tormanen, Curriculum Advisory Committee-Mark Linder and Kevin Bjork, Minnesota School Boards Association (MSBA) Legislative Liaison-Mark Linder, Technology Committee-Richard Tormanen and Kevin Bjork, Certified Personnel Committee –Mark Linder, Kevin Bjork and Richard Tormanen, Classified Personnel Committee-Tracy McConkey, Irene Bender and Rebecca Clemen, Drug and Alcohol Committee – Rebecca Clemen, Schools for Equity in Education-Richard Tormanen and Irene Bender, Building Liaisons Dassel Elementary-Richard Tormanen, Cokato Elementary- Tracy McConkey, Middle School-Mark Linder, High School-Kevin Bjork, Area Learning Center-Irene Bender, Community Education/ECFE –Rebecca Clemen, The Edward H. Otto Partner in Public Education Award Committee Irene Bender, Kevin Bjork and Tracy McConkey, District Wellness Committee – Richard Tormanen and Irene Bender. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Linder, seconded by Bender authorizing Business Manager Tina Palmer, Bookkeeper Michelle Schnitzler, Superintendent Jeff Powers and Principal Dean Jennissen to sign contingency and student activity accounts, account drafts, and that Principals Lorene Force, Gary Johnson and Debbie Morris 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 Linder, seconded by Tormanen 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 the upcoming MSBA conference arrangements.
Board Member McConkey 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 Linder and upon vote being taken thereon, the following moved in favor thereof: Bjork, Tormanen, McConkey, Clemen, 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 Clemen and upon vote being taken thereon, the following vote in favor thereof: Bender, Tormanen, Bjork, Linder, Clemen, McConkey and the following voted against same: none
Whereupon said resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.
Motion by Bender, seconded by Tormanen 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.
Being no further business the meeting adjourned at 7:36 PM.
Irene Bender, Clerk
Published in the Enterprise Dispatch Jan. 24, 2011.