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UNOFFICIAL SCHOOL BOARD MINUTES
I.S.D. #466, BOARD OF EDUCATION
7:00 PM REGULAR BOARD MEETING, AUGUST 22, 2013 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 Thursday, August 22, 2013.
Chairman Bjork called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.
The following members were present: Tormanen, McConkey, Linder, Bjork, Bender and Clemen. 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 Bender, accepting the agenda as printed. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Tormanen, seconded by Clemen, approving payment of bills as presented including payroll, hand payables and contingency totaling $890,818.00. 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 twelfth month of the fiscal year and reviewed the investment report with the board. Business Manager Palmer reported after the third MARSS submission for 2012-13, ADM is at 2,236. The budget is based on 2,232 ADM.
Superintendent’s Report: Superintendent Powers reported on: New teacher orientation, workshop week, and readiness for the new school year.
DCRISC – None
SEE – None
Motion by Linder, seconded by McConkey, approving all consent items, which included approval of the minutes from the July 25, 2013 Regular Board Meeting. Approval of Wire transfers made July 30th for $50,000, August 9th for $185,000, and August 15th for $280,000. Personnel Items: Approval of the Fall 2013 List of Community Education Instructors, Assignment of Dion Koltes as Head Boys
Basketball Coach,Assignment of Phil Niemela and Tony Dehler as 7th and 8th grade football coaches , Assignment of Beth Flick as Assistant Volleyball Coach,Assignment of Wade Powers as Assistant Varsity Football Coach, Employment of Marvel Erickson as Dassel Elem Special Needs Paraeducator, Employment of Zachary Grewe as High School Special Needs Paraeducator, Employment of Erin Levinski as a Middle School Sign Language interpreter, Employment of Anne Kivisto as a Dassel Elementary Special Needs Paraeducator, Employment of Steven Rahkola as a MS Special Needs Paraeducator, Employment of Nancy Moy as a MS Special Needs Paraeducator, Employment of Bailee Hedtke as a MS Special Needs Paraeducator, Employment of Alicia Shields as a MS Special Needs Paraeducator, Employment of Andie Whitcomb as a MS Special Needs Paraeducator, Employment of Wendy Johnson as a Dassel Elementary 1st Grade Teacher, Employment of Ronald Schultz as a Dassel Elementary 1st Grade Teacher, Employment of William Berning as a Middle School Special Needs Teacher, Employment of Malinda Rannow as a Cokato Elem Special Needs Paraeducator, Employment of Kendra Konsor as an Early Childhood Special Needs Paraeducator, Employment of James “Jim” Martinson as the meal/mail/lift bus driver, Re-Assignment of Sarah Polzin to Early Childhood and Family Education and Preschool Program Paraeducator effective 8/6/2013, Re-Assignment of Tiffani Zinchini as a Cokato Elementary Special Needs Paraeducator , Approval of a lane change for Ryan Tool from MA+15 to MA+30, Approval of a lane change for Jacob Stang BA+30 to MA, Approval of a lane change for Laura Bussler from BA+30 to MA, Approval of a lane change for Heidi Little from MA+15 to MA+30, Approval of a lane change for Holly Niedzielski from BA+30 to BA+45, Request Approval of an extension of FMLA for Kelly Johnson from 3 weeks to 5 weeks covering 8/26/2013 through 9/30/2013, Approval of increased Assignment for Carmen Tschida from .5 FTE to .6 FTE, Approval of increased Assignment for Heidi Sickmann from .5 FTE to .8 FTE, Approval of increased Assignment for Megan Hagberg from .90 FTE to .95 FTE, Assignment of JoLee Marquette as the Cokato Elementary School Patrol Advisor, Request Approval of up to 12 weeks FMLA for Laura Lynk, Dassel Elementary Teacher beginning approximately 11/1/2013. Acceptance of Donations: From an anonymous donor – 5 pairs of cleats for the baseball program. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Bender, seconded by Clemen, approving policies # 515, 532, 532, 604, 620, 707, 709, 711, 712, 802. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Tormanen, seconded by Linder, appointing Mari Pieti and Kelly Westling to the CAC beginning September 2013. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Linder, seconded by McConkey, ratifying the July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2015 Principals Association Contract. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Clemen, seconded by McConkey, increasing the cost of an adult lunch to $3.35 and an adult breakfast to $1.60. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Linder, seconded by McConkey, accepting the vocational house low bid of $24,673.49 from Litchfield Building Center. Motion carried unanimously.
Member Bender introduced the following resolution and moved its adoption:
RESOLUTION RELATING TO INCREASING
THE GENERAL EDUCATION REVENUE OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT
AND CALLING AN ELECTION THEREON
BE IT RESOLVED by the School Board of Independent School District No. 466, State of Minnesota, as follows:
1. (a) Prior to June 30, 2013, the Board adopted a resolution declaring its intent to hold a Referendum Revenue Authorization election in 2013 pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Section 126C.17.
(b) The Board hereby determines and declares that it is necessary and expedient for the school district to increase its general education revenue by $438 per adjusted pupil unit. As provided by law, the ballot question must abbreviate the term “per adjusted pupil unit” as “per pupil.” A portion of this proposed referendum revenue authorization would replace the school district’s prior authorization of $271.92 per adjusted pupil unit which is scheduled to expire after taxes payable in 2013. The additional revenue will be used to finance school operations and the property tax portion thereof will require an estimated referendum tax rate of approximately 0.066205% of the referendum market value of the school district for taxes payable in 2014, the first year it is to be levied. The proposed referendum revenue authorization would increase each year by the rate of inflation and be applicable for ten (10) years unless otherwise revoked or reduced as provided by law. For this purpose, the rate of inflation shall be the annual inflationary increase calculated under Minnesota Statutes, Section 126C.17, Subdivision 2, paragraph (b). The question on the approval of this referendum revenue authorization shall be School District Ballot Question 1 on the school district ballot at the special election held to approve said authorization.
2. The ballot question or questions shall be submitted to the qualified voters of the school district at a special election, which is hereby called and directed to be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2013, between the hours of 7:00 o’clock a.m. and 8:00 o’clock p.m.
3. Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Section 205A.11, the school district combined polling places and the precincts served by those polling places, as previously established and designated by school board resolution for school district elections not held on the day of a statewide election, are hereby designated for this special election.
4. The clerk is hereby authorized and directed to cause written notice of said special election to be provided to the county auditor of each county in which the school district is located, in whole or in part, and to the Commissioner of Education, at least seventy-four (74) days before the date of said election. The notice shall specify the date of said special election and the title and language for each ballot question to be voted on at said special election.
The clerk is hereby authorized and directed to cause notice of said special election to be posted at the administrative offices of the school district at least ten (10) days before the date of said special election.
The clerk is hereby authorized and directed to cause a sample ballot to be posted at the administrative offices of the school district at least four (4) days before the date of said special election and to cause two sample ballots to be posted in each combined polling place on election day. The sample ballot shall not be printed on the same color paper as the official ballot.
The clerk is hereby authorized and directed to cause notice of said special election to be published in the official newspaper of the school district, for two (2) consecutive weeks with the last publication being at least one (1) week before the date of the election.
The notice of election so posted and published shall state the question to be submitted to the voters as set forth in the form of ballot below, and shall include information concerning each established precinct and polling place.
The clerk is hereby authorized and directed to cause the rules and instructions for use of the optical scan voting system to be posted in each combined polling place on election day.
The clerk is hereby authorized and directed to cause a notice of the election to be mailed by first class mail to each taxpayer in the school district at least fifteen (15) but no more than thirty (30) days prior to the date of the special election. The notice shall contain the required projections and the required statement specified in Minnesota Statutes, Section 126C.17, subdivision 9, paragraph (b). The clerk is also directed to cause a copy of this notice to be submitted to the Commissioner of Education and to the county auditor of each county in which the school district is located in whole or in part at least fifteen (15) days prior to the day of the election.
The clerk is authorized and directed to acquire and distribute such election materials and to take such other actions as may be necessary for the proper conduct of this special election and generally to cooperate with election authorities conducting other elections on that date.
5. The clerk is further authorized and directed to cooperate with the proper election officials to cause ballots to be prepared for use at said election in substantially the following form, with such changes in form and instructions as may be necessary to accommodate the use of an optical scan voting system:
SPECIAL ELECTION BALLOT
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 466
(DASSEL-COKATO)
NOVEMBER 5, 2013
INSTRUCTIONS TO VOTERS
To vote, completely fill in the oval(s) next to your choice(s) like this:
To vote for a question, fill in the oval next to the word “YES” on that question.
To vote against a question, fill in the oval next to the word “NO” on that question.
SCHOOL DISTRICT BALLOT QUESTION 1
APPROVAL OF SCHOOL DISTRICT
REFERENDUM REVENUE AUTHORIZATION
The board of Independent School District No. 466 (Dassel-Cokato) has proposed to increase its general education revenue by $438 per pupil. A portion of this proposed referendum revenue authorization would replace the school district’s prior authorization which is scheduled to expire after taxes payable in 2013. The proposed referendum revenue authorization would increase each year by the rate of inflation and be applicable for ten years, beginning with taxes payable in 2014, unless otherwise revoked or reduced as provided by law.
YES
Shall the increase in the revenue proposed by the board of
Independent School District No. 466 be approved?
NO
BY VOTING “YES” ON THIS BALLOT QUESTION, YOU
ARE VOTING FOR A PROPERTY TAX INCREASE.
Optical scan ballots must be printed in black ink on white material, except that marks to be read by the automatic tabulating equipment may be printed in another color ink. The name of the precinct and machine-readable identification must be printed on each ballot. Voting instructions must be printed at the top of the ballot on each side that includes ballot information. The instructions must include an illustration of the proper mark to be used to indicate a vote. Lines for initials of at least two election judges must be printed on one side of the ballot so that the judges’ initials are visible when the ballots are enclosed in a secrecy sleeve.
6. If the school district will be contracting to print the ballots for this special election, the clerk is hereby authorized and directed to prepare instructions to the printer for layout of the ballot. Before a contract exceeding $1,000 is awarded for printing ballots, the printer, at the request of the election official, shall furnish, in accordance with Minnesota Statutes, Section 204D.04, a sufficient bond, letter of credit, or certified check acceptable to the clerk in an amount not less than $1,000 conditioned on printing the ballots in conformity with the Minnesota election law and the instructions delivered. The clerk shall set the amount of the bond, letter of credit, or certified check in an amount equal to the value of the purchase.
7. The clerk is hereby authorized and directed to provide for testing of the optical scan voting system within fourteen (14) days prior to the election date. The clerk shall cause notice of the time and place of the test to be given at least two (2) days in advance of publication once in the official newspaper, by posting a notice, and by notifying the county or legislative district chair of each major political party.
8. The clerk is hereby authorized and directed to cause notice of the location of the counting center or the place where the ballots will be counted to be published in the official newspaper at least once during the week preceding the week of the election and in the newspaper of widest circulation once on the day preceding the election, or once the week preceding the election if the newspaper is a weekly.
9. As required by Minnesota Statutes, Section 203B.121, the Board hereby establishes a ballot board to process, accept and reject absentee ballots at school district elections not held in conjunction with the state primary or state general election or that are conducted by a municipality on behalf of the school district and generally to carry out the duties of a ballot board as provided by Minnesota Statutes, Section 203B.121 and other applicable laws. The ballot board must consist of a sufficient number of election judges trained in the handling of absentee ballots. The ballot board may include deputy county auditors and deputy city clerks who have received training in the processing and counting of absentee ballots. The clerk or the clerk’s designee is hereby authorized and directed to appoint the members of the ballot board. The clerk or the clerk’s designee shall establish, maintain and update a roster of members appointed to and currently serving on the ballot board and shall report to the Board from time to time as to its status. Each member of the ballot board shall be paid reasonable
compensation for services rendered during an election at the same rate as other election judges; provided, however, if a staff member is already being compensated for regular duties, additional compensation shall not be paid for ballot board duties performed during that staff member’s duty day.
10. The clerk is hereby authorized and directed to begin assembling names of trained election judges to serve at the combined polling places during the November 5, 2013 special election. The election judges shall act as clerks of election, count the ballots cast, and submit the results to the school board for canvass in the manner provided for other school district elections. The election must be canvassed between the third and the tenth day following the election.
The motion for the adoption of the foregoing resolution was duly seconded by Clemen and upon vote being taken thereon the following voted in favor thereof: Bender, Tormanen, Bjork, McConkey, Linder, Clemen and the following voted against the same: None
whereupon said resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.
Motion by Tormanen, seconded by McConkey, approving Transportation roster of drivers for the 2013-14 school year. Motion carried unanimously.
Being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:55 PM.
Irene Bender, Clerk
Published in the Enterprise Dispatch Sept. 2, 2013.
UNOFFICIAL SCHOOL BOARD MINUTES
I.S.D. #466, BOARD OF EDUCATION
7:00 PM REGULAR BOARD MEETING, JULY 25, 2013 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 Thursday, July 25, 2013.
Chairman Bjork called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.
The following members were present: Tormanen, McConkey, Linder (left at 8:39), Bjork, Bender and Clemen. The following were absent: none. Members of the administration and public were also present.
The meeting began with the pledge of allegiance.
Motion by McConkey, seconded by Clemen, accepting the agenda as printed. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Tormanen, seconded by Bender, approving payment of bills as presented including payroll, hand payables and contingency totaling $852,696.09. 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: Vice Chair Tormanen reported on the 7/23 meeting which included: coordinator and physical therapists contracts.
Community Education Report: None
Business Manager’s Report: Business Manager Palmer reported expenditures are in line with budget through the end of the twelfth month of the fiscal year and reviewed the investment report with the board. Business Manager Palmer reported after the second MARSS submission for 2012-13, ADM is at 2,223. The budget is based on 2,232 ADM.
Superintendent’s Report: Superintendent Powers gave a hiring update.
DCRISC – Chair Bjork reported on the last DCRISC meeting.
SEE – None
Motion by Linder, seconded by McConkey, approving all consent items, which included approval of the minutes from the June 27, 2013 Regular Board Meeting. Approval of Wire transfers made on June
27th for $150,000, June 28th for $300,000, July 2nd for $246,000, July 15th for $450,000 and July 16th for $390,000. Personnel Items: Resignation of Luke Karlgaard as a Dassel Elementary 1st Grade Instructor effective 6/30/2013, Resignation of Christine Karlgaard as a Cokato Elementary Special Education Instructor effective 6/30/2013, Resignation of Patty McCain as an ECSE/Preschool Paraeducator effective 6/30/2013, Resignation of Kari Anderson as a Middle School Special Needs Paraeducator effective 6/30/2013, Resignation of Nicole Carlen as a High School Special Needs Paraeducator effective 6/28/2013, Resignation of Sean Cady as the CDL Handicap Van Driver effective 6/30/2013, Assignment of June Pawelk as the HS/MS Night Lead Custodian effective 7/1/2013, Employment of Patty McCain as the full time evening shift MS/HS Custodian effective 7/1/2013, Employment of Amy Thostenson as a Dassel Elementary Title I/Supervision Paraeducator effective 9/3/2013, Employment of Sue Cron as the Dassel Elementary Health Assistant effective 9/3/2013, Employment of Nicole Carlen as the Transportation Coordinator effective 7/1/2013, Employment of Tiffani Zinchini as the Mail/Lunch Delivery Driver effective 8/2013, Employment of Curt Sanborn as a CDL Regular Route Driver effective 8/2013, Request Approval of up to 12 weeks FMLA for Ross Anderson as Cokato Elementary Custodian beginning 7/31/2013, Approval of the 2013 List of Fall Coaching Assignments, Resignation of Jennifer Robinson as a Middle School Sign Language Interpreter, Re-Assignment of Amy Martinson to LD Special Education Instructor at Cokato Elementary for the 2013-2014 school year. Acceptance of Donations: From MN State High School League – $920 to be used for first aid & CPR training for coaches and advisors (Applied for by Perry Thinesen) Motion carried unanimously.
Mike Hoheisel from Northland Securities joined the board in a discussion regarding the upcoming Operating Levy Vote. He explained the implications of the 2013 legislative session on the district. Business Manager Palmer explained the long term impact of various levy amounts on the district budget. The board agreed to pass a resolution in August taking effect in 2014-15 requesting $438.00 / pupil for 10 years with an inflationary clause. The board also decided not to opt out of the location equity index revenue.
Motion by Bender, seconded by Tormanen, approving policies #205, #405, #406, #407, #413, #414, #417, #418, #419, #422, #425, #509. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Tormanen, seconded by Bender appointing Kathy Nyquist to the CAC beginning September 2013. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Clemen seconded by McConkey ratifying July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2015 contracts for the Business Manager and the Community Education / Activities Director. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Bender, seconded by Clemen ratifying the following memberships, cooperatives, or joint power agreements: MSBA, Community Education, CMERDC, Resource Training and Solutions, SEE, Wright County Conference, MAWSECO. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by McConkey, seconded by Clemen approving food service bids with US Foodservice as the prime food vendor, Agropur Inc. as the milk and juice vendor and Pan O’Gold for bakery. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by McConkey, seconded by Bender approving the following food service items:
1. Continued participation in the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program, the Federal Special Milk Program, the Minnesota Kindergarten Milk Program and the Breakfast Program.
2. Increase the cost of lunch by $0.05 resulting in a cost for elementary students of $1.75, for middle school and high school students of $1.80.
3. Maintain the cost for an adult lunch at $3.25.
4. Maintain the current cost of $0.40 for reduced price lunch.
5. Maintain the current cost of milk at $0.35.
6. Maintain the current cost of breakfast for students at $1.00.
7. Maintain the cost for an adult breakfast at $1.55.
8. Continue to have the district cover the cost for milk and juice break for Kindergarten and grades 1-4.
Motion carried unanimously.
Superintendent Powers presented policies # 515, 532, 532, 604, 620, 707, 709, 711, 712, 802 to the board for a first reading.
The board canceled the August 12, 2013 Special Board Meeting.
Being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:55 PM.
Irene Bender, Clerk
Published in the Enterprise Dispatch Sept. 2, 2013.