Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
The meeting was called to order by Chair Laabs at 6:30 p.m. with all members present. The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all in attendance. Motion by Peglow to approve the agenda as presented, seconded by Zipoy. MC After review, motion by Stenger, seconded by Helgeson to approve the listed bills in the amount of $143,614.77. MC Motion by Peglow, seconded by Helgeson to approve the consent agenda as presented. MC. The consent agenda included: Approve minutes of March 12, 2008 Regular Board meeting. Accept official resignation received from Karla Rick.
Approve reinvestment of five $96,000 CD's for one year maturing 3/13/09: Lydian Private Bank, FL, at 3.3 percent, Omni National Bank, NC, at 3.31 percent, Imperial Capital Bank, CA, at 3.35 percent, Business First Bank, LA, at 3.36 percent, and Heritage Bank, GA, at 3.4 percent. c. Approve reinvestment of one $96,000 CD for one year maturing 3/26/09, at Security Pacific Bank, CA, at 3.55 percent. The treasurer's and quarterly reports were reviewed and discussed. Motion by Helgeson, seconded by Dockery to accept the resignation for retirement submitted by Mary Bouchie, Early Childhood Special Education instructor. Congratulations go out to Ms. Bouchie and thank you for the years of service. Ms. Bouchie has been a wonderful teacher and will be greatly missed. MC
Mr. Tritabaugh reviewed the proposed reductions and reviewed the following resolution before action. Member Peglow introduced the following resolution and moved its adoption: RESOLUTION DISCONTINUING
AND REDUCING EDUCATIONAL
PROGRAMS AND POSITIONS WHEREAS, the School Board of Independent School District No. 739 adopted a resolution on January 23, 2008, directing the administration to make recommendations for reductions in programs and positions, and WHEREAS, said recommendations have been received and considered by the school board, BE IT RESOLVED, by the School Board of Independent School District No. 739, as follows: That the following programs and positions, or portions thereof, be discontinued or altered: 3.00 FTE Elementary paraprofessional; 1.00 FTE Secondary paraprofessional; 1.00 FTE Elementary Co-teaching position; .28 FTE Secondary English; .28 FTE Secondary Math; .28 FTE Secondary Science; .28 FTE Secondary Social Studies; .51 FTE Programs/Assessment Coordinator; .125 FTE District Office Secretary. The motion for the adoption of the foregoing resolution was duly seconded by Member Helgeson and upon vote being taken thereon, the following voted in favor thereof: Peglow, Dockery, Stenger, Helgeson, Zipoy, and Laabs And the following voted against: None Whereupon said resolution was declared duly passed and adopted. Mr. Tritabaugh then reviewed the resolution for termination, and the resolution for placement on unrequested leave. Those resolutions are as follows: Member Helgeson introduced the following resolution and moved its adoption: RESOLUTION RELATING TO
THE TERMINATION AND
NONRENEWAL OF THE
TEACHING CONTRACT OF Melissa Plakut Paul Sundin Kelly Sawatzke PROBATIONARY TEACHERS WHEREAS, the above stated teachers are probationary teachers in Independent School District No. 739. BE IT RESOLVED, by the School Board of Independent School District No. 739, that pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 122A.40, Subdivision 5, that the teaching contracts of the above stated probationary teachers in Independent School District No. 739 are hereby terminated at the close of the current 2007-2008 school year. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that written notice be given to said teacher regarding termination and non-renewal of her contract as provided by law, and that said notice shall be in substantially the following form: NOTICE OF TERMINATION
AND NON-RENEWAL You are hereby notified that at a regular meeting of the School Board of Independent School District No. 739 held on April 16, 2008, a resolution was adopted by a majority roll call vote to terminate your contract effective at the end of the current school year and not to renew your contract for the 2008-2009 school year. Said action of the board is taken pursuant to M.S. 122A.40, Subd. 5. You may officially request that the school board give its reasons for the non-renewal of your teaching contract. For your information, however, this action is taken because of the discontinuance of programs or positions to effectuate economies in the school district and reduce expenditures. Yours very truly, SCHOOL BOARD OF
DISTRICT NO. 739 Robin Dockery School Board clerk The motion for the adoption of the foregoing resolution was duly seconded by Peglow and upon vote being taken thereon, the following voted in favor thereof: Zipoy, Helgeson, Stenger, Dockery, Peglow, and Laabs. And the following voted against the same: None.
Whereupon said resolution was declared duly passed and adopted. Member Peglow introduced the following resolution and moved its adoption: RESOLUTION PROPOSING TO PLACE Tabitha Mortenson ON UNREQUESTED LEAVE OF ABSENCE BE IT RESOLVED by the School Board of Independent School District No. 739, as follows: That it is proposed that the above stated teacher of said school district, be placed on unrequested leave of absence without pay or fringe benefits, effective at the end of the 2007-2008 school year on June 30, 2008, pursuant to M.S. 122A.40, Subdivision 11. That said proposed placement on unrequested leave of absence is not the result of the implementation of an education district agreement. That written notice be given to said teacher regarding the proposed placement on unrequested leave of absence without pay or fringe benefits as provided by law and be in substantially the following form: NOTICE OF PROPOSED
LEAVE OF ABSENCE You are hereby notified that at the regular meeting of the School Board of Independent School District No. 739 held on April 16, 2008, consideration was given to your proposed placement on unrequested leave of absence without pay or fringe benefits, as a teacher of Independent School District No. 739, and a resolution was adopted by a majority vote of the Board, proposing your placement on unrequested leave of absence effective at the end of the 2007-2008 school year on June 30, 2008, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes 122A.40, Subdivision 11 upon the grounds described in said statute and which are specifically as follows:
Discontinuance of programs or positions to effectuate.
Economies of the school district and reduce expenditures. Under the provisions of the law, you are entitled to a hearing before the school board provided that you make a request in writing within fourteen days after receipt of this notice. If no hearing is requested within such period, it shall be deemed acquiescence by you to the school board's proposed action. Yours very truly, SCHOOL BOARD OF INDEPENDENT
SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 739 Robin Dockery School Board clerk That each and all of the foregoing grounds of said notice are within the grounds for unrequested leave placement as set forth in M.S. 122A.40, Subdivision 11 and are hereby adopted as fully as though separately set forth and resolved herein. The motion for the adoption of the foregoing resolution was duly seconded by Member Dockery, and upon vote being taken thereon, the following voted in favor thereof: Peglow, Dockery, Stenger, Helgeson, Zipoy, and Laabs. And the following voted against the same: none
Whereupon said resolution was declared duly passed and adopted. Motion by Dockery, seconded by Zipoy to accept the low bid for Food Service Contract received from Taher, Inc. Superintendent Tritabaugh explained the reason for the need for requesting proposals for the food service contract, and that there were three contractors present at the mandatory pre-bid meeting. However, only one proposal was submitted, this being from Taher. MC Motion by Peglow, seconded by Helgeson to approve the contract with Laura Connor, Licensed Speech/Language Clinician, for 15 hours per week beginning April 8, 2008 through May 22, 2008. Mr. Clark explained that this contract was put together to fulfill the required articulation needs of students due to the current vacancy. Ms. Connor recently moved to Minnesota from the state of Maine where she was a private contractor and wishes to remain in that status. Mr. Tritabaugh thanked Mr. Clark for all of the time and effort he put into locating an individual in a fairly short period of time. He also explained that in the process had located several candidates for filling the position for next fall. MC Celebration and Success of Students and Staff included: 7th grader Tyler Dockery advancing to State in Speech competition. Four seniors, Ryan Johnson, Ashley Schiefelbein, Courtney Colwill, and Sam Scheeler, will be recognized by Resource Training and Solutions as Students of Excellence. Paulette Hauge had received the Literacy Award from the Central Minnesota Reading Council earlier this year. Ms. Hauge has now received the State Literacy Award. She will be attending an award ceremony on May 15 to accept the award. On April 15, because of testing for grades 7 - 11, the seniors were allowed to come in two hours late. The students were paired up and given garbage bags and sent out to cover the high school grounds, picking up litter for ½ hour. Member Zipoy commented on the fact that he is hearing much more about successes due to the new e-mail communication link that had been set up - thank you! Mr. Clark reported on being in the middle of MCA testing this week. The second round of NWEA testing has been completed as well. A penny drive was held at the elementary to benefit Shawn Laudenbach and family. Several students were "pied" and a couple parents enjoyed being able to pie their child. A number of field trips are planned for the upcoming final weeks of school. The Elementary School of Excellence Celebration is scheduled for May 6. There will be an elementary concert on May 12 in conjunction with Minnesota's 150th birthday. Mr. Widvey reported on also being busy with MCA testing. Spring sports are all well underway, not without cancellations due to weather. The participation numbers in all of the activities, especially in track and field are up considerably. May 5th will be the orientation for the 6th grade students. May 3rd is prom at 4 p.m. here at the high school. And, thank you to Amy Notch for working with the students in putting together a number of baskets for the Tyler Baker fundraiser to be held on April 19. Mr. Widvey again congratulated Tyler Dockery on her success this Speech season. And, the countdown is here with only six weeks remaining in the school year. Mr. Tritabaugh reported on April Students of the Month: Carlos Puente, Ian Johnson, Mitchell Jansky, Jared Bisila, Abby Straley, Josh Zabinski, and Alexis Rose. The media assistants have brought forth a request to change category within the non-licensed schedule. Board members received a copy of this request and are asked to communicate with negotiations representatives Peglow and Stenger prior to the May board meeting to share their views on the request. This item will then be brought for action at the May board meeting. Mr. Tritabaugh shared the report of tax capacity rates as provided by Stearns County. Upcoming meetings are SEE on 4/18, non-licensed negotiations at 3:30 on 4/21, Elementary School of Excellence Celebration on 5/6, and the regular May board meeting at 6:30 on 5/14. Committee reports included Benton-Stearns - Laabs, Negotiations - Stenger and Peglow, Budget Committee - Dockery and Helgeson, Curriculum Advisory - Zipoy, and Stearns County Family Services Collaborative - Laabs. There were no communications, however discussion was held regarding the current elementary all-school fundraiser activity. Mr. Clark stated that he put together the fundraiser because of the need for playground repair that needs to be completed this summer, and the current budget does not have funds available. Graduation and the program format was also briefly discussed. Motion by Peglow, seconded by Stenger to adjourn at
8:25 p.m. MC. Robin Dockery, clerk Published in the Tri-County News Thursday, May 22, 2008.