ORGANIZATIONAL SCHOOL BOARD MEETING:

JANUARY 14, 2014

The organizational meeting of the Board of Education of Independent School District #297 was held at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 14, 2014 in the Media Center.

Board members present: Aaron Solum, Shannon Schuttemeier, Michelle Borreson, Stephanie Jaster, Christian Myrah and Eric Bjerke

Board members absent: None

School employees present: Rachel Udstuen, Nancy Gulbranson and Tanya Elton

Motion by Stephanie Jaster, seconded by Shannon Schuttemeier and carried unanimously to approve the agenda as presented and revised.

Chair Solum called for nominations for Board Chair.

Motion by Shannon Schuttemeier, seconded by Michelle Borreson to nominate Aaron Solum as Board Chair. There being no further nominations, Aaron Solum is elected Board Chair by unanimous vote.

Board Chair Solum called for nominations for Vice Chair.

Motion by Michelle Borreson, seconded by Stephanie Jaster to nominate Shannon Schuttemeier as Vice Chair. There being no further nominations, Shannon Schuttemeier is elected Board Vice Chair by unanimous vote.

Board Chair Solum called for nominations for Clerk/Treasurer.

Motion by Shannon Schuttemeier, seconded by Christian Myrah to nominate Michelle Borreson as Clerk/ Treasurer. There being no further nominations, Michelle Borreson is elected Clerk/ Treasurer by unanimous vote.

Motion by Christian Myrah, seconded by Stephanie Jaster and carried unanimously to establish the Regular School Board meeting schedule for 2014 with meetings on the Third Monday of each month, with the exception of the February School Board Meeting to be held on February 24, 2014, meeting time to remain at 7:00 p.m.

Motion by Shannon Schuttemeier, seconded by Stephanie Jaster and carried unanimously to designate Pat Maloney from the law firm Ratwik, Roszak & Maloney, P.A. as the school attorney for the district.

Motion by Shannon Schuttemeier, seconded by Michelle Borreson and carried unanimously to delegate authority for electronic fund transfers for the District to Tanya Elton, District Accountant.

Motion by Shannon Schuttemeier, seconded by Stephanie Jaster and carried unanimously to keep the same Board Committee assignments for 2014 as in 2013.

Motion by Shannon Schuttemeier, seconded by Christian Myrah and carried unanimously to approve the minutes of the Regular School Board Meeting held on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. in the Media Center.

Motion by Stephanie Jaster, seconded by Shannon Schuttemeier and carried unanimously to approve the bills for January as follows:



General Fund (1) $ 78,471.20

Payroll - Direct Deposit $ 117,004.98

Payroll - Checks $ 3,977.57

Payroll Liabilities - Direct Deposit $ 100,211.14

Payroll Liabilities - Checks $ 6,469.01

Food Service (2) $ 9,492.11

Community Service (4) $ 407.74

$ 316,033.75





Seventh-grade student, Alex Folz, son of Kristy and Paul Folz, was recognized by the School Board. Alex competed in and won the NFL National Punt, Pass & Kick Competition for Age 12 & 13 year old boys in Denver Colorado during the AFC Championship game. Winners were recognized on field and on national television during the 3rd quarter break of the football game. The Spring Grove Community is very proud of Alex's accomplishment.

FISCAL

Board Member Shannon Schuttemeier introduced the following resolution and moved its adoption:

RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE ADMINISTRATION TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR REDUCTIONS IN PROGRAMS AND POSITIONS AND REASONS THEREFORE

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 No.297 as follows:

That the School Board hereby directs the Superintendent of Schools and the administration to consider the discontinuance of programs or positions and, as a result of a budget shortfall, to make recommendations to the Board of Education for the discontinuance of programs, curtailment of programs, discontinuance of positions or curtailment of positions

The motion for adoption of the foregoing resolution was duly seconded by Board Member Stephanie Jaster and upon vote being taken thereon, the following voted in favor thereof: Jaster, Solum, Schuttemeier, Borreson, Bjerke and Myrah and the following members voted against the same: none; whereupon said resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.

Motion by Michelle Borreson, seconded by Shannon Schuttemeier and carried unanimously to transfer the balance in the dormant Student Loan Fund of $5,108.52 to the Dollars for Scholars organization.

PERSONNEL

Motion by Shannon Schuttemeier, seconded by Christian Myrah and carried unanimously to hire Laura Vatland for the long-term substitute position beginning in late April, contingent upon Mrs. Bjerke taking maternity leave.

PROGRAM- (None)

BUILDING/GROUNDS/EQUIP- (None)

GENERAL

Board Member Shannon Schuttemeier introduced the following resolution and moved its adoption:

RESOLUTION OF SCHOOL BOARD SUPPORTING FORM B/C APPLICATION TO MINNESOTA STATE HIGH SCHOOL LEAGUE FOUNDATION

WHEREAS, the Minnesota State High School League Foundation was formed to provide support for Minnesota's high school youth to participate in athletics and fine arts;

WHEREAS, the District 297 School Board recognizes the value of students participation in extracurricular activities; and

WHEREAS, the MSHSL Foundation is offering grants and funding to assist school districts to providing seminars/training opportunities or support for specific school functions for students/faculty members/officials and others who are involved in athletic and fine arts programs.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Spring Grove School Board supports the District's application to the Minnesota State High School League Foundation for a FORM B/C grant.

The motion for adoption of the foregoing resolution was duly seconded by Board Member Stephanie Jaster and upon vote being taken thereon, the following voted in favor thereof: Jaster, Myrah, Schuttemeier, Solum, Borreson, and Bjerke and the following members voted against the same: none; whereupon said resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.

Motion by Michelle Borreson, seconded by Eric Bjerke and carried unanimously to approve the First Reading of the MSBA/MASA Model Policy Revisions for the 2013 Legislative Session.

Motion by Michelle Borreson, seconded by Christian Myrah and carried unanimously to enter into closed session at 6:17 p.m. for the purpose of discussing labor negotiation strategy (M.S. 13D.03).

Motion by Michelle Borreson, seconded by Shannon Schuttemeier and carried unanimously to come out of closed session at 7:24 p.m.

BOARD MEETING DATES

Regular School Board Meeting on Monday Evening, February 24, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. in the Media Center.

Motion by Stephanie Jaster, seconded by Eric Bjerke and carried unanimously to adjourn at 7:25 p.m.

Michelle Borreson, Clerk/Treasurer

Independent School District #297

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