www.herald-journal.com
Enterprise Dispatch Legal Notices
New public notices published in the issue of Jan. 13, 2014
UNOFFICIAL SCHOOL BOARD MINUTES
I.S.D. #466, BOARD OF EDUCATION
7:00 PM BOARD MEETING, JANUARY 6, 2014 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 Monday, January 6, 2014.
Tormanen called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM.
The following members were present: Clemen, Tormanen, Linder, Bender, 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 Bender, seconded by McConkey to accept the agenda as printed. Motion carried unanimously.
Bjork asked for nominations for Board Chair. McConkey nominated Bjork. Bjork closed nominations and cast a unanimous ballot. Motion carried unanimously.
Board Chair Bjork asked for nominations for Vice-Chair. Bender nominated Tormanen. Tormanen nominated McConkey. After brief discussion Bender withdrew her nomination. Chairman Bjork closed nominations and cast a unanimous ballot for McConkey. Motion carried unanimously.
Chairman Bjork asked for nominations for Clerk. Linder nominated Bender. Chairman Bjork closed nominations and cast a unanimous ballot. Motion carried unanimously.
Chairman Bjork asked for nominations for Treasurer. Linder nominated Tormanen. Chairman Bjork closed nominations and cast a unanimous ballot. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Bender, seconded by McConkey, 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 McConkey, to designate the official depositories of school district funds as listed: Kensington Bank 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: Kensington Bank, First National Bank of Cokato, Minnesota School District Liquid Asset Fund Plus, PMA Financial Network, Inc (MN Trust), US Bank, and Kensington Bank and First National Bank of Cokato for the Scholarship Funds. Kensington Bank 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: Kensington Bank, First National Bank of Cokato, Minnesota School District Liquid Asset Fund Plus, PMA Financial Network, Inc (MN Trust), US Bank, and Kensington Bank and First National Bank of Cokato for the Scholarship Funds. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Linder, seconded by Clemen, designating the Enterprise/Dispatch as the official newspaper. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by McConkey, seconded by Tormanen, setting the board per diem rates at $50.00 per meeting and $100.00 for an all-day meeting (over 4 hours) for all board members. There was some discussion regarding the rate of reimbursement and the board agreed to revisit the topic. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Bender, seconded by McConkey, approving the following committee assignments: 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 Richard Tormanen, 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- Rebecca Clemen, Middle School-Irene Bender, High School-Kevin Bjork, Area Learning Center- Tracy McConkey, Community Education/ECFE –Mark Linder, 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, DCRISC – Kevin Bjork, Trail Association – Irene Bender, District Crisis Team – Mark Linder and Irene Bender. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Linder, seconded by Clemen, authorizing Business Manager Tina Palmer, Bookkeeper Rebecca Zirk, Superintendent Jeff Powers and Principal Dean Jennissen be authorized to sign contingency and student activity accounts, account drafts, and that Principals Sandi Arndt, Brian Franklin and Debbie Morris and Administrative Secretaries Margaret Pokornowski, Kim Johnson, and Marlyce Erickson be authorized to sign contingency account and student activity account drafts for their buildings. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion by Clemen, seconded by McConkey, 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.
Member Tormanen 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: Bender, McConkey, Linder, Clemen, Tormanen, Bjork and the following voted against: None whereupon said resolution was declared passed and adopted.
Member McConkey 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 there has been a reduction in student enrollment, and,
WHEREAS, this reduction in expenditure and decrease in student enrollment 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, as a result of a reduction in enrollment, 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, McConkey, Linder, Clemen, Tormanen, Bjork and the following voted against same: None.
Whereupon said resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.
Motion by Bender, seconded by Clemen, to continue the Russell A. Johnson Courtesy and Respect Award and increase the annual scholarship from $300.00 to $600.00. Motion carried unanimously.
Being no further business the meeting adjourned at 7:36 PM.
Irene Bender, 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. 13, 2014.