MEETING OF INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT #2137 - January 22, 2014

A duly posted regular meeting of the Board of Education, Independent School District No. 2137 was held in the Kingsland District Conference Room on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.

Board Chair Doug Plaehn called the meeting to order. Present: Kristin Beck, Gwen Howard, Troy Asher, Deb Larson, and Doug Plaehn. Absent: Steve Tart.

Beck moved to approve the following consent items: the board agenda, the minutes from the December 16 and January 8 meetings, the January bills, the first reading of Policies 414, 415, 416, 417 and the second reading of Policies 425, 410, 412, 413. Larson seconded. Motion carried unanimously. Beck moved to pass the first reading of policy 527.5. Asher seconded. Motion carried 3-2.

Thank you's were given to Land O'Lakes Volunteers and the $2,000 grant, MAELC Food Chemistry for the $18,551 grant, and BP Amoco for $2,150 softball donation. Deb Amunrud was recognized for 14.5 years of service in the district and her retirement. Paraprofessionals were recognized for Paraprofessional Appreciation week held recently.

Spotlight on Education presentations were presented by Josh Hogberg, Laurie Frey, Elliot Grandall PLC group as well as KES Kindergarten by Kelsey Frank and Denise Erichsen. Board member Troy Asher reported on the Finance and Facility committee, Larson reported on the Curriculum/Personnel committee, and Beck reported on the Policy & PR committee. Principals Chris Priebe and James Hecimovich submitted written reports, as well as Building & Grounds Director Scott Stockdale. Business Manager Todd Lechtenberg gave a report on school finances, and Superintendent McDonald gave his report to the board as well.

Old Business

Beck moved to hire Linda Wangsness as Art Club advisor. Howard seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Beck moved to accept the Level III recommendation from the Curriculum & Personnel committee. Asher seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

New Business

Larson moved to accept the retirement of Deb Amunrud as Elementary paraprofessional. Beck seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Beck moved to accept the resignation of Erik Bicknese as B-squad baseball coach. Asher seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Beck moved to approve the resignation of Kathy Miller effective February 1st. Larson seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Beck moved to approve the resignation of Josh Hogberg as musical director. Larson seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Larson moved to approve the resignation of Jim Hubka as head track and field coach. Beck seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Beck moved to approve the lane change application of Stacey Hogberg. Asher seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Beck moved to approve the hire of John Fenske as Regular Route Bus Driver. Larson seconded. Motion failed unanimously until further information can be studied.

Howard moved to approve the hire of Andrew Brouwer as head football coach. Beck seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Beck moved to approve the ire of Kyle Weinmann as KMS Interventionist. Howard seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Howard moved to approve the hire of Janelle Mosher-Rowe as KES paraprofessional. Asher seconded. Larson abstained. Motion carried unanimously.

Beck moved to approve the hire of Jasper Hamersma as KMS paraprofessional. Howard seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Beck moved to approve that the last student day will be adjusted to May 30th and the last teacher day will be adjusted to June 2nd due to school closures on January 6th and 7th. Additional school day closures will be addressed by school policy and adopted 2013-14 school calendar. Aye: Beck, Larson, Asher, Plaehn. Nay: Howard. Motion carried 4-1.

Beck moved to approve the maternity leave of Stacey Hogberg. Howard seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Larson moved to approve the maternity leave of Erin Cady. Beck seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Asher moved to call a board study session on the facility plan discussion for Wednesday, January 29th at 5:30 p.m. Beck seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Committee Meeting dates are as posted:

Policy/PR - January 30 - 6:00 p.m.

Finance/Facility - February 3 - 6:00 p.m.

Curriculum/Personnel - February 10 - 5:00 p.m.

Beck moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:00 p.m. Larson seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

The next regular meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the District Office Conference Room.

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