September 17

ST. CROIX RIVER EDUCATION DISTRICT GOVERNING BOARD MEETING
Unapproved Minutes
7:00 PM Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
The Governing Board of the St. Croix River Education District met on September 17th, 2013. In attendance were Board members Julie Domogalla, East Central; Mary Ellen Von Rueden, Hinckley/Finlayson; Randy Westby, North Branch; and Robert Shuey, Pine City. Others present: Kim Gibbons, Executive Director, SCRED. Absent: Scott Tryon, Rush City.
The meeting was called to order at 7:02 pm by Kim Gibbons. Kim Gibbons took over as Chair until new officers were elected.
Motion by R. Shuey to approve the agenda as proposed and seconded by M. Von Rueden. Carried unanimously.
The minutes from the May 14th, 2013 meeting were unanimously approved on motion by J. Domogalla and seconded by M. Von Rueden. Carried unanimously.
This was the organizational meeting of the Board for 2013-2014. The Board needed to elect a Chair, Vice Chair, and Clerk. Motion by J. Domogalla to elect Scott Tryon as Chair and seconded by M. Von Rueden. Carried unanimously. Motion by J. Domogalla to elect Mary Ellen Von Rueden as Vice Chair and seconded by R. Shuey. Carried unanimously. Motion by M. Von Rueden to elect Julie Domogalla as Clerk and seconded by D. Strenke. Carried unanimously.
Motion by R. Shuey to keep East Central Minnesota Post-Review as the official newspaper for the 2013-2014 year and seconded by D. Strenke. Carried unanimously.
Motion by J. Domogalla to recommend approval of official depositories per the Rush City District designation – Minnesota School Liquid Asset Funds, Unity Bank East-Rush City, PMA LaSalle, PMA Trust Fund, Northwoods Bank of Rush City – and seconded by R. Shuey. Carried unanimously.
The Board reviewed the SCRED bills paid since the May 14th, 2013 meeting, which had previously been authorized by the administration and Rush City Board.
Action Items: Personnel
i. The SCRED Executive Director recommends the SOC approve the employment of Kaitlin OShea, school psychologist in HF/EC, at a salary of $45,843 for 206 days. This is a replacement position.
ii. The SCRED Executive Director recommends the SOC approve the employment of Deborah Meissner, school nurse in Rush City, at a salary of $35,102 for 182 days. This is a replacement position.
iii. The SCRED Executive Director recommends the SOC approve the employment of Sara Hillgartner, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher, at a salary of $39,450 for 186 days. This is a replacement position.
iv. The SCRED Executive Director recommends increasing Emily Griffiths, ABE Clerical, days from 1248 annual hours to 1664 annual hours to prepare for and manage GED testing center requirements and conduct more outreac activities for ABE.
v. The SCRED Executive Director recommends accepting the resignation of Colleen Sponberg, ABE teacher effective June 30th, 2013.
vi. The SCRED Executive Director recommends reducing hours for Carol Grund, Evaluation Coordinator for MRC, from 951 hours annually to 500 hours per request of the MN Education Corps.
vii. The SCRED Executive Director recommends reassigning Nicole Woodward to the position of Unique Learners Manager serving the North Branch Area and Rush City School Districts. An administrative contract is enclosed for approval ($75,000 for 220 days).
viii. The SCRED Executive Director recommends accepting the resignation of Kerry Bollman, Instructional Services Coordinator effective August 9th, 2013. Kerry Bollman, ATE.
ix. The SCRED Executive Director recommends the SOC approve the resignation of Paula Hoffert, School Psychologist in North Branch, effective June 30th, 2013.
x. The SCRED Executive Director recommends the SOC approve the resignation of Katherine Kauls, School Social Worker for North Branch, effective June 30th, 2013.
xi. The SCRED Executive Director recommends the SOC approve the employment of Kelly Demers, School Psychologist in North Branch, at a salary of $50,511 for 206 days. This is a replacement position.
xii. The SCRED Executive Director recommends the SOC approve the resignation of Robyn Smith, SCRED Social Behavior Collaborative Planner effective June 30th, 2013.
xiii. The SCRED Executive Director recommends the SOC approve the resignation of Sam Sabaka, School Psychologist in Chisago Lakes, effective June 30th, 2013.
xiv. The SCRED Executive Director recommends the SOC approve the employment of Holly Grams, Social Behavior Collaborative Planner, at a salary of $50,511 for 206 days. This is a replacement position.
xv. The SCRED Executive Director recommends the SOC approve the employment of Tiffany Richards, School Psychologist in North Branch, at a salary of $48,550 for 206 days. This is a replacement position.
xvi. The SCRED Executive Director recommends the SOC approve the employment of Bethany Almos, School Social Worker in North Branch, at a salary of $39,374 for 182 days. This is a replacement position.
xvii. The SCRED Executive Director recommends the SOC approve the employment of Lauren Jackley, School Psychologist in Chisago Lakes, at a salary of $45,306 for 206 days. This is a replacement position.
xviii. The SCRED Executive Director recommends the SOC approve the employment of Adam Lekwa, Instructional Services Coordinator, at a salary of $56,088 for 225 days. This is a replacement position.
xix. The SCRED Executive Director recommends the SOC approve the employment of Brandie Christenson, School Nurse in North Branch, at a salary of $53,424 for 190 days. This is a replacement position.
xx. The SCRED Executive Director recommends the SOC approve the employment of Robert Benner, EC Family Support Resource Provider, at a salary of $27,649 for 182 days. This is a new position funded by the Chisago County Childrens Collaborative.
xxi. The SCRED Executive Director recommends the SOC approve increasing Julie Hawkinsons (ABE Teacher) hours to 1110 for FY14 from 910 for FY 13 due to Colleen Sponbergs retirement.
xxii. The SCRED Executive Director recommends the SOC approve increasing Valorie Arrowsmiths (ELL Teacher) hours to 1010 for FY14 from 990 hours for FY 13.
xxiii. The SCRED Executive Director recommends the SOC approve decreasing Wendy Pickars (Physical Therapist) days to 44 days from 76 days in FY 14.
xxiv. The SCRED Executive Director recommends the SOC approve increasing Sue Witthuhns (Physcial Therapist) days to 202 from 114 days in FY14.
xxv. The SCRED Executive Director recommends approving out of state travel to Boystown, NE for Holly Grams to receive training on the Boystown Model.
Motion by R. Shuey to approve the Personnel items as presented and seconded by R. Westby. Carried unanimously.
Contracts:
i. The SCRED Executive Director recommends the approval of the contracts with the MN Education Corps for the 2013-14 school year for Karen Wolner, Kerry Bollman and Melissa Chinn.
Motion by J. Domogalla to approve the Contracts as presented and seconded by R. Shuey. Carried unanimously.
Policies and Procedures
i. The SCRED Executive Director recommends the SOC approve Special Education Guideline #21: Record Retention. This is a new guideline.
ii. The SCRED Executive Director recommends deleting the following Special Education Guidelines: ADHD #2 and Three Year Reassessment #5. Information included in these guidelines are included in the SCRED TSES.
iii. The SCRED Executive Director recommends deleting Administrative Procedure #20 ECSE Transportation as there are no longer any shared ECSE programs.
iv. The SCRED Executive Director recommends the SOC approve a revision to Administrative Procedure #10: Delayed Starts, School Closing, and Early Dismissal.
v. The SCRED Executive Director recommends deleting Administrative Procedure #12 due to the statewide tuition billing system. SCRED no longer bills for shared services.
vi. The SCRED Executive Director recommends that the SOC approve the TSES (skinny) for submission to MDE.
vii. The SCRED Executive Director recommends approving changes to Administrative Procedure #9 (Purchasing of Equipment).
viii. Minor correction from May agenda. Bottom line figures not affected.
ix. The SCRED Executive Director recommends that the SOC approve the Early Childhood Family Support Resource Provider service description.
x. The SCRED Executive Director recommends that the SOC approve a revision to Special Education Guideline #16: Transition to Kindergarten and other inter-building moves.
xi. A copy of the SCRED Annual Report is enclosed for your approval.
xii. Annual Review of SCRED Agreement
xiii. Fiscal Host Administrative Fee: AP #22
xiv. A revised Administrative Procedure (#5) is enclosed for your approval.
Motion by R. Shuey to approve the Policies and Procedures as presented and seconded by D. Strenke. Carried unanimously.
Discussion Items:
Dr. Kim Gibbons recommended that the Governing Board adopt a consent agenda for future meetings. Any item can be removed from the consent agenda for discussion. Motion by J. Domogalla to approve Consent Agenda and seconded by R. Shuey. Carried unanimously.
Directors Report:
2013-14 Goals: The Directors goals were reviewed and discussed. Items included teacher evaluation, local assessments, business manager communication, and use of technology.
Fiscal Monitoring 2013-14: SCRED Districts are scheduled for a fiscal monitoring this year.
Teacher Evaluation: Gibbons is working with a SCRED workgroup to devise a teacher evaluation system for SCRED Staff that aligns with statute.
Maintenance of Effort: SCRED maintained effort as a cooperative.
Grants: SCRED is applying for a $20 million dollar Race to the Top Grant on behalf of SCRED districts. If funded, the grant will fund instructional coaches, reading and math professional development for teachers, parent academies in each district, scholarships for electronic devices for parents/students with internet access, and mental health services in the schools. The grant is due October 3rd. Each school board president and union president must sign the grant. It was also required to submit the grant to the Commissioner of Education and each Mayor for review and comment.
There being no further business, motion by R. Westby, second by R. Shuey to adjourn. Carried unanimously. Meeting adjourned at 8:16 p.m.
Respectfully Submitted,
Julie Domogalla,
Governing Board Clerk
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