Legal Notices: September 10, 2014

 

REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2014
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL 
DISTRICT #881
MAPLE LAKE, MN
MINUTES
Board Members Present:  Ben Elsenpeter, Shelley McAlpine, Arnie Michalicek, Joe Paumen, Richard Thomas and Shelly Liljequist. Not Present: Ed Trager
Others Present:  Mark Redemske, Dave Hansen, Kris Harlan, Maureen Donohue and Gabe Licht
1.  Meeting called to order at 7:03 p.m.
2. Pledge of Allegiance
3. “DISTRICT #881 IS PROUD OF”   
A. Laura Deslauriers, Ann Stuefen, Greg Helmbrecht for being selected as our Educational Support Staff Recognition honorees
B. Brad Neutz for receiving a grant from MASMS
C. Thanks to Gabe Licht for being a friend of education and Maple Lake Public Schools
4. Recognition of visitors:  Colleen Carlson
5. M/S  McAlpine/Thomas -  Approve the Agenda for the regular school board meeting held on Monday, September 8, 2014.  Motion carries 6-0.
6. M/S  Paumen/Thomas -  Approve the Consent Agenda for the regular school board meeting held on Monday, September 8, 2014.  Motion carries 6-0.        
7. Unfinished Business
A. The opening week enrollment was 879.6 students. 
B. M/S Elsenpeter/Paumen  - Motion to approve Policy 203.2 - Order of the Regular School Board Meeting.  Motion carries 6-0.
C. M/S McAlpine/Liljequist -  Motion to approve a resolution relating to the Election of School Board Members and Calling the School District General Election. Roll call vote:  Liljequist-yes, Elsenpeter-yes, McAlpine-yes, Michalicek-yes, Paumen-yes, Thomas-yes. Motion carries 6-0.
8. New Business
A. First reading of the following policies:  Policy 417 - Chemical Use and Abuse; Policy 532 - Use of Peace Officers and Crisis Teams to Remove Students with IEPs; Policy 603 - Curriculum Development; Policy 617 - School District Ensurance of Standards; Policy 624 - Online Learning Options 
B. Harlan and Hansen reported on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment results. Hansen reported on the 5 year history of reading, math and science assessments.  High school reading, math and science scores are close to state average. Harlan reported that reading scores in grades 3,4 ,6 were above state averages and grade 5 was slightly below. Math and science scores were above. Harlan pointed to changes from MCAII to MCA III and changes in test vendors resulted in some skewing and test results across the state.  Harlan referenced a letter from MDE Commissioner Cassellius stating the district was on track for the goal of reducing the achievement gap.  Hansen said they were making the move from paper/pencil tests to online testing this year.  Redemske stated that they were generally pleased with scores and looking at opportunities for improvement.
 C. M/S   McAlpine/Paumen - Motion to approve the 2014 (payable 2015) Tax Levy for the maximum levy.  Motion carries  6-0.        
D. M/S  Thomas/Liljequist - Motion to approve a $50 increase for mentors and the coordinator of our mentor/mentee program for new teachers. Currently pays $350 for mentors and $450 for coordinator annually. Motion carries 6-0.
E. M/S Elsenpeter/McAlpine - Motion to approve working with Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc. for financial business such as bonding, refinancing, etc.  Motion carries 6-0.
F. Board members were encouraged to complete the annual superintendent evaluation and submit it to Paumen who will tally the results.
G. M/S Paumen/Thomas -   Motion to accept donations to Maple Lake Secondary School for $1,058.84 and Maple Lake Elementary School for $2,358.02 from Target. Motion carries 6-0.
H. A copy of the student activity fund ledger was presented for board review in accordance with Policy 713 – Student Activity Accounting.
9. Representative Reports
A. District Leadership Team - DLT Chair Coleen Carlson reported discussion included mentor/mentee raise, data mining, welcoming new teachers to Q Comp and outlined PLC attendance requirements.
B. Meeker and Wright Special Education Cooperative - Michalicek attended in place of Thomas.  Facility changes was a main topic of discussion.
C. Minnesota High School League - Paumen said there were plans to create a 100 year MSHL book. Each school will receive a copy.
D. Safe Schools Committee - Redemske reported the last meeting was a county-wide meeting. Harlan is taking part in the mental health summit that addresses needs of elementary students mental health issues.  
E. Schools for Equity in Education – Liljequist reported the next meeting 9/26/14.
F. Wright Technical Center - Michalicek reported that they are up 130 students from last year and the ALC has a waiting list.
G. Elementary School - Harlan reported the elementary has chosen the theme of “Celebrate Greatness”.  The staff is looking at test data.  Instruments will be on display for fifth grade band students. Proctor training for switching to web-based testing is being planned. They are considering NWEA math testing for primary grades to help spot trends.  A mobile science lab will be here from October 27-30 that will have different labs for different grade levels and may help students meet engineering standards. The Backpack Buddies program currently has 19 participants and they expect more. Harlan said they are looking for a small freezer to help with the program and she has written a letter to Menard’s in hope of a donation. Our schools will be participating in We Day.
K. High School - Hansen reported the year is off to a smooth start and schedule changes were complete.  Learning Targets are being reviewed during the late start. Test data is being reviewed. We Day speakers will be here on September 17. The PBIS Committee is developing district-wide Irish Pride to help build comradery between buildings. 67 staff have signed up for a picnic this Friday. Homecoming is September 26.  Planning is underway for an outside dance.
10. Committee Reports
A. Building and Grounds Committee - Redemske reported that batting cages are being built at Irish Diamonds.
11. Set Meeting Dates
12. Other Business
A. Thank-You Notes
B. Upcoming Meetings:
1. MAWSECO Board Meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 in Howard Lake
2. Schools for Equity in Education meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, September 26, 2014 in Minneapolis
3. Wright Tech Center Board Meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 in Buffalo
4. Regular School Board Meeting in October at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 in the Board Room
5. Safe Schools Meeting at 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 in the Board Room
C. Miscellaneous Information:
1. Strategic planning session for the Maple Lake Library at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at The V by HH
2. Financial Audit from Tuesday, September 16 through Thursday September 18, 2014
3. Educational Support Staff Recognition Event Wednesday, September 24, 2014 in St. Cloud
4. Chamber of Commerce Meeting at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 1, 2014
13. Adjourned - Michalicek adjourned at 8:07 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Maureen Donohue
Shelley McAlpine
 
 

 

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