August 21

August 21, 2014
The Regular School Board Meeting was called to order by Chairperson Folkema at 7:00 p.m. in Room 201 at the Rush City High School.
Roll Call
Board Members present: Scott Tryon, Stefanie Folkema, Brenda Nessel, Scott Anderson, Matt Perreault, Teri Umbreit. Board Members absent: None. Others in attendance: Vern Koepp, Superintendent; Brent Stavig, High School Principal; Melody Tenhoff, Elementary Principal; a representative from the ECM Post Review and other interested persons.
Approval of Regular School Board Meeting Agenda
Motion #08314 by Tryon seconded by Anderson approving the Regular Board Meeting agenda as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
Approval of Consent Agenda Items
Motion #08414 by Anderson seconded by Nessel approving the following Consent Agenda Items:
Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of July 17, 2014.
Bills, obligations, and invoices totaling $866,629.76 for Rush City, and $553,669.12 for SCRED Rush City
Marilyn Fessenden, Bus Driver-resignation effective July 21, 2014
David Engstrom, Paraprofessional-resignation effective August 7, 2014
Cynthia Martin, Paraprofessional-resignation effective August 11, 2014
Kristina Monson, Early Childhood Teacher-resignation effective August 12, 2014
Deborah Carlson, Paraprofessional-FMLA leave request 8/25/14 through 12/31/14
Employ Ashley Fitcher, Spanish Teacher beginning with 2014-15 school year
Employ Jeff Titus, Bus Driver beginning 2014-15 school year
Employ Stuart Schmidt, Bus Driver beginning 2014-15 school year
Employ Kimberly Funes, Custodian beginning Sept. 2, 2014 (9 months 4 days/week)
Employ Sara Sieling, PreSchool Teacher beginning with 2014-15 school year
Employ Michele Kirby, Phy Ed/Health/DAPE Teacher beginning with 2014-15 school year
Employ Bennett Montzka, HS Vocal Music Teacher beginning with 2014-15 school year
Employ Shannon Karnick, Paraprofessional beginning with 2014-15 school year
Deborah Carlson, Paraprofessional-FMLA leave request 8/25/14-12/31/14
Stuart Harder, Behavior Analyst/Autism Consultant-resignation effective Jan. 2, 2015
Employ Amber Stumne, School Nurse beginning Oct. 13, 2014
Amanda Brown, ABE Teacher- increase days from 132 to 145
Motion carried unanimously.
Consideration of Item(s) Removed From Consent Agenda
Recognition/Policy Review
Superintendent Koepp presented Board Member Umbreit with a certificate of training honoring Umbreit for completing the MSBA Leadership Development Program, Phase 1, Phase 2, and Phase 3 orientation workshops. Board members congratulated Umbreit on this achievement.
In a first reading the Board discussed the following policies: Policy #613 Graduation Requirements, Policy #614 School District Testing Plan and Procedure, Policy #616 School District System Accountability, and Policy #618 Assessment of Student Achievement.
After a second reading and final Board review of proposed changes Motion #08514 by Nessel seconded by Anderson approving the following policies: Policy #514 Bullying Prohibition Policy, Policy #516 Student Medication, and Policy #521 Student Disability Nondiscrimination. Motion carried unanimously.
Financial Information
Investments: Superintendent Koepp reported that the district has $741,000 invested as of July 31, 2014.
Swimming Pool Trust Fund: Koepp reviewed the Swimming Pool Trust Fund, noting that the fund balance was $513,330 as of June 30, 2014.
Positive Points
Elementary Principal Tenhoff shared the following positive points:
The building is looking sharp! All of the major summer maintenance is done and everything will be ready for our Open House at the end of the month.
New Teacher Orientation is tomorrow morning. It is always invigorating to welcome in the eager faces.
Many teachers have already put in numerous hours in their classroom, getting ready for the new year. They too, bring a level of excitement back to the building!
Summer School went very well this year. I thank Julie Thom, Kirsten Bjork, Kelly Gunderson, Laura Nelson, Dawn Johnson, Cynthia Martin, Mary Kurvers, and Robert DeGroote for taking time out of their summer to teach.
High School Principal Stavig shared the following positive points:
Maintenance Activity Custodians have done a nice job cleaning. Mr. Telanders rain gardens are blooming and full of life. Concrete outside main entrance has been repaired. Windows have been replaced sills will be done next week.
Staffing All teachers are hired. One para position still open.
Fall Sports Football team has been practicing. Cross-country running all around town. Volleyball, midnight madness, two practices a day, had a scrimmage today. All looking great and competitions start next week.
Tech Equipment New lathe in the metal shop, moved and setup by Plastech. Thank you to Marv, Will, Dennis and Dan. A new bender and engines were also installed.
District Strategic Planning Process
Superintendent Koepp summarized the purpose and timeline for the strategic planning process.
Because organizational goals drive important decisions, the school board agreed to engage our school community in a strategic planning process this fall. It has been about 7 years since the school board participated in a strategic planning process and set academic goals. The school board is working with Bruce Miles, a strategic planning consultant, to gather information, identify themes, and set priorities for the next 4-6 years.
The board plans to use surveys and meetings to gather input from community members, employees, and students. With the help of Bruce Miles, the school board and administration will summarize the information, identify priorities and goals, and report back to our community. The strategic planning process will be enhanced by widespread participation in the surveys and/or meetings. The board encourages participation in both surveys and meetings.
Teachers, support staff, and possibly principals will facilitate meetings. Training for meeting facilitators will occur September 22 and meetings with staff and community will occur soon there after. Surveys can be completed as hard copies or electronically. The process should be complete in 8 to 10 weeks.
Levy Hearing Date
Superintendent Koepp noted that the public hearing regarding taxes payable in 2015 will be part of the regular school board meeting on December 18, 2014 beginning at 7:00 pm.
Old Business
There were no topics for consideration.
New Business
Academic Eligibility Procedure
High School Principal Stavig reviewed a new Academic Eligibility Procedure, which includes weekly grade reports to monitor progress of students. If a student has a failing grade in the same course for two consecutive grade checks that student becomes ineligible to participate in extracurricular activities. Students may remain eligible by attending at least one directed study session every school day until they are passing the course. Whereupon Motion #08614 by Umbreit seconded by Nessel approving the Academic Eligibility Procedure as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
High School and Elementary School Handbooks
Elementary Principal Tenhoff summarized recommended changes to the Elementary School Staff Handbook and Elementary School Parent and Student Handbook for 2014-15. High School Principal summarized recommended changes to the High School Staff Handbook and Student/Parent Handbook for 2014-15. Whereupon Motion #08714 by Nessel seconded by Perreault approving these handbooks with minor changes noted during the discussion. Motion carried unanimously.
Regular Board Mtg.
Room 201, High School
9/18/14 7:00 p.m.
Strategic Planning Training
High School Media Center
9/22/14 6:00 p.m.
Motion #08814 by Tryon seconded by Perreault adjourning the Regular Board meeting at 8:28 p.m. Motion carried unanimously.
Respectfully submitted,
Brenda Nessel, Clerk
Published in the
ECM Post Review
August 27, 2014

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