ORGANIZATIONAL SCHOOL BOARD MEETING:

JANUARY 22, 2013

The organizational meeting of the Board of Education of Independent School District #297 was held at 7:35 p.m. on Thursday, January 22, 2013 in the Media Center.

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

Board members absent: Christian Myrah

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

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

Chair Aaron Solum administered the Oath of Office to new Board Member Stephanie Jaster.

Chair Solum called for nominations for Board Chair.

Motion by Eric Bjerke, 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 Eric Bjerke, 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 Michelle Borreson to nominate Eric Bjerke as Clerk/Treasurer. There being no further nominations, Eric Bjerke is elected Clerk/Treasurer by unanimous vote.

Motion by Michelle Borreson, seconded by Shannon Schuttemeier and carried unanimously to establish the Regular School Board meeting schedule for 2013 with meetings on the Third Monday of each month, with the exception of the February School Board Meeting to be held on February 25, 2013; meeting time to remain at 7:00 p.m.

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

Motion by Michelle Borreson, seconded by Shannon Schuttemeier and carried unanimously to approve the minutes of the Regular School Board Meeting held on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. in the Media Center.

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

General Fund (1) $ 71,236.96

Payroll -

Direct Deposit $ 105,107.95

Payroll - Checks $ 4,811.91

Payroll Liabilities - Direct Deposit $ 96,246.04

Payroll Liabilities - Checks $ 5,339.83

Food Service (2) $ 8,928.60

Community Service (4) $ 842.74

$ 292,514.03





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 Michelle Borreson and upon vote being taken thereon, the following voted in favor thereof: Schuttemeier, Jaster, Solum, Bjerke and Borreson and the following members voted against the same: none; whereupon said resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.

PERSONNEL

Motion by Michelle Borreson, seconded by Shannon Schuttemeier and carried unanimously to hire Brent Messner as Head of Maintenance.

Motion by Eric Bjerke, seconded by Stephanie Jaster and carried unanimously to hire Darla Nerstad as a Long-Term Early Childhood Special Education Para Substitute.

PROGRAM

Motion by Aaron Solum, seconded by Eric Bjerke and carried unanimously to leave the Music Trip to Florida as an every four-year trip.

BUILDING/GROUNDS/EQUIPMENT: (None)

GENERAL

Motion by Michelle Borreson, seconded by Shannon Schuttemeier and carried unanimously to approve the Form B/C Application to the Minnesota State High School League Foundation.

BOARD MEETING DATES

Regular School Board Meeting on Monday Evening, February 27, 2013, at 7:00 p.m., Room 101

Motion by Michelle Borreson, seconded by Shannon Schuttemeier and carried unanimously to adjourn at 9:03 p.m.

Eric Bjerke, Clerk/Treasurer

Independent School District #297