Sartell-St. Stephen school board minutes – April 20, 2020

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REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

SARTELL-ST. STEPHEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO 748

APRIL 20, 2020

DISTRICT SERVICE CENTER BOARD ROOM VIA TELECONFERENCE

The regular school board meeting of Independent School District 748 was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by Chair Jeremy Snoberger. Members present via teleconference: Snoberger; Jason Nies, vice chair; Amanda Byrd, clerk; Patrick Marushin, treasurer; Lesa Kramer, director; Pamela Raden, director and Jeff Schwiebert, superintendent. Members absent: none.

A motion was made by Marushin and seconded by Raden to APPROVE THE AGENDA AS PRESENTED. On a roll call vote, the following voted in favor: Kramer, Raden, Byrd, Nies, Marushin and Snoberger. The following voted against: none. Motion carried 6-0.

A motion was made by Kramer and seconded by Byrd to APPROVE CONSENT ITEMS A-D AS PRESENTED BELOW. On a roll call vote, the following voted in favor: Kramer, Raden, Nies, Byrd, Marushin and Snoberger.  The following voted against: none. Motion carried 6-0.

a. Minutes of the regular school board meeting held on March 23, 2020

Minutes of the special meeting / work session held on April 1, 2020

b. Checks in the amount of $1,859,945.94 as presented:

            General Fund                                                       1,286,678.67

           Food Service Fund                                                    92,191.80

           Transportation Fund                                             128,254.06

          Community Service Fund                                       33,033.32

          Capital Expenditure Fund                                     319,170.84

          Internal Service Fund                                                    617.25

          Check numbers 178162 – 178401

 

ACHs in the amount of $6.680.73 as presented:

          General Fund                                                              6,425.41

          Food Service Fund                                                          53.50

         Community Service Fund                                            201.82

         ACH numbers 192000184-192000203

 

Receipts in the amount of $4,630,690.48 as presented:

            General Fund                                                 4,325,592.64

            Food Service Fund                                          194,605.28

            Transportation Fund                                        13,074.34

            Community Service Fund                                16,971.82

            Capital Expenditure Fund                               70,432.31

            Building Fund                                                      1,129.40

            Scholarship Trust                                                  500.00

            Internal Service Fund                                        8,384.69

            Receipts 47472 – 47598

 

Wire transfers in the amount of $603,887.89 as presented:

            General Fund                                                  41,406.47

            Food Service Fund                                           8,591.82

            Transportation Fund                                         250.58

            Community Service Fund                                 301.28

            Capital Expenditure Fund                           41,682.11

            Building Fund                                                        40.51

            Internal Service Fund                                  511,615.12

            Wire transfers 201900694-201900816

 

Building Fund Checks in the amount of $1,080,040.34 as presented:

          Building Fund                                         1,080,040.34

          Check numbers 600937 to 600966

 

c. Accept the following donations:

Country Financial, Pine Meadow Elementary, $100, donation to kindergarten; EPIC, Community Education, four cases of water, 500 granola bars, donation for spring break student lunches; Erberts and Gerberts, Community Education, 50 bagged meals, donation for spring break student lunches; House of Pizza, Community Education, 1,305 bagged lunches, donation for spring break student lunches; Laraway Financial Advisors Inc., Community Education, $600, donation for spring break student lunches; Lesa L Kramer, Community Education, $200, donation for spring break student lunches; Lisa Koll, Community Education, $20, donation for spring break student lunches; Oak Ridge Elementary PTO, Community Education, 30 cases of water, donation for spring break student lunches; Upper Deck, Community Education, $188 worth of meal supplies, donation for spring break student lunches; Rachel Mareck, Community Education, $100, donation for spring break student lunches.

d. Accept the resignation of Andrea Keske-Sovich, SMS, ala carte PM, end of school year. Accept the retirement of Millie Stang, DSC, payroll, 6/30/20.

Student Representative Report:  Courtney Snoberger, student representative

  • Snoberger reported on happenings around the district. All buildings are currently transitioning to distance learning with teachers and students adapting to the situation and getting into their same patterns.  Staff and students are working on different ways to stay in contact as elementary students are submitting their projects to their teachers and high school students are participating in daily Sabre Strong challenges along with sharing photos of what they are doing during the isolation with the yearbook staff for a special section reserved in this year’s yearbook. Overall students are grateful for the staff adapting and working with them during distance learning.

Construction Manager Report on Building Process:

  • Construction Manager Lee Gruen reported his staff has had a smooth transition to working from home. The project at the old High School is on the downhill slope and everything is looking great. The remainder of the flooring is due in next week and the cleaners are starting to clean throughout the building.  The renovation project at Riverview Intermediate has been reviewed and approved by the state building department so the building permit was submitted today. The project will be underway Monday and the timeline will be updated pending the Governor’s guidance for the state and schools. The project remains on track, with the bleachers being the only item currently affected as that company has been shut down due to stay-at-home orders.

Superintendent Report:  Jeff Schwiebert, Superintendent

  • Schwiebert reported on the current state of distance learning. Principals Brenda Steve, Laura Arndt, Sara Nelson and Jason Mielke were invited to give school-specific updates sharing survey results. The Governor will be deciding this week how schools will provide education for the rest of the school year. Extra-curricular activities are currently classified as active and not cancelled by the MSHSL. The current procedure for daily attendance and grading in relation to traditional letter grades or pass/fail was presented. Director of Business Services Joe Prom was invited to give an update of food service meals and transportation packet delivery. The Kidstop-run child-care program for essential workers at Pine Meadow continues to run well with numbers decreasing slightly.

Enrollment Report:

  • Superintendent Schwiebert reported on the current enrollment numbers for each school.

School Board Committee Reports:

  • Chair Snoberger reported on potential lease of space to the Benton-Stearns Education District at the District Service Center, highlighting the benefits to both districts.
  • Director Raden reported the recent Communications and Technology committee meeting she attended.

A motion was made by Nies and seconded by Marushin to APPROVE #1-15:

New Employees/Changes:

Cris Drais, PME, grade 1, $54,462, BA20, Step H, transfer, 8/31/2020; Dan Eekhoff, SHS, LTS, $191.45/day, replacing Emily Stoebe, 4/20/2020; Amie Hentges, SHS, activities secretary, $29.83/hour, RV, S6, 222 days/year, 8 hours/day, replacing Ronell Uran, 7/1/2020; Mark Krippner, SHS, science, $70,829, MA30, Step K, new position, 8/31/2020; Greg Henning, SHS, head cross country, $6,124 (13 percent), BA, Step F ($47,106), replacing Jeff Kellerman, 8/17/2020; Rebecca Monahan, PME, grade 1, $76,061, MA30, Step N, transfer, 8/31/2020; Courtney Murray, SHS, technology education, $43,024, BA, Step B, replacing Warren Christie, 8/26/2020; Cheryl Nies, ORE, cook, $24.76/hour, RIV, S6, 6.25 hours/day, new position, 8/26/2020; Brittany Olson, PME, grade 2, $58,371, MA10, Step D, transfer, 8/31/2020; Rachel Petty, ORE, kindergarten, $42,002, BA, Step A, replacing Rebecca Monahan, 8/26/2020; Brennan Rath, RIS, ITS, $65,061, MA, Step M, transfer, 8/31/2020; Amy Schaefer, SMS, SPED, $59,787, MA, Step H, replacing Pat Cicharz, 8/26/2020; Lisa Thielen, SMS, EBD SPED-Level III, $60,806, MA, Step I, new position, 8/26/2020.

New Employees – Pending Licensure:

Ilsa Stone, ORE, kindergarten, $42,002, BA, Step A, replacing Cris Drais, 8/26/2020; Waverly Moline, ORE, kindergarten, $42,002, BA, Step A, replacing Shannan Kral, 8/26/2020.

Leaves of Absence:

None.

On a roll-call vote, the following voted in favor: Kramer, Nies, Byrd, Marushin, Raden and Snoberger. The following voted against: none. Motion carried 6-0.

A motion was made by Kramer and seconded by Nies TO APPROVE AWARDING CONTRACTS TO LOW RESPONSIBLE BIDS FOR RIVERVIEW INTERMEDIATE RENOVATION AS RECOMMENDED BELOW:  

Contract 10:               Aluminum Entrances / Glazing         Structural Glass Products                    $71,800

Contract 12:               Tiling                                                       Tim’s Construction Group                   $45,138

Contract 13:               Floor Coverings                                    Commercial Flooring Services             $54,136

Contract 15:               Acoustical Ceiling                                St. Cloud Acoustics                               $119,650

Contract 17:               Accessories – Material                        Construction Supply                               $7,007

Contract 18:               Signage                                                  Building Material Supply                      $5,450

Contract 21:               Window Shades                                   Multiple Concepts Interior                   $3,145

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Bid Clarification Notes:

The following contracts did not receive bids and will be awarded at a later date:

Contract 16:               Painting

On a roll-call vote, the following voted in favor: Kramer, Nies, Byrd, Marushin, Raden and Snoberger. The following voted against: none. Motion carried 6-0.

A motion was made by Marushin and seconded by Raden to MOVE THE LOCATION OF THE MAY 18, 2020 REGULAR BOARD MEETING FROM SARTELL HIGH SCHOOL -WATAB ROOM 101-102 TO THE DISTRICT SERVICE CENTER VIA TELECONFERENCE. On a roll-call vote, the following voted in favor: Kramer, Nies, Byrd, Marushin, Byrd and Snoberger. The following voted against: none. Motion carried 6-0.

Schedule Work Session and Committee Meetings:

  • Board Work Session – Wednesday, May 6 – District Services Center @ 6:30 p.m.
  • Future Board Meeting – Monday, May 18 – District Services Center @ 6:30 p.m.

Committee Assignments were reviewed.

A motion to ADJOURN THE MEETING AT 8:24 p.m. was made by Nies and seconded by Marushin. On a roll call vote, the following voted in favor: Kramer, Nies, Byrd, Marushin, Raden and Snoberger. The following voted against: none. Motion carried 6-0.

/s/ Amanda Byrd, clerk

Publish: May 29, 2020

Author: Janelle Von Pinnon

Von Pinnon has been publishing the St. Joseph Newsleader since 1989, the Sartell-St. Stephen Newsleader since 1995 and the Sauk Rapids-Rice Newsleader since 2015. She graduated from Minnesota State University-Moorhead with degrees in mass communications (with an emphasis on print journalism) and biology. She lives in southeast St. Cloud with her husband and two children.

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