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

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REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

SARTELL-ST. STEPHEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO 748

JULY 20, 2020

DISTRICT SERVICE CENTER BOARD ROOM VIA TELECONFERENCE

The regular school board meeting of Independent School District 748 was called to order at 5:19 p.m. by Chair Jeremy Snoberger. Members present via teleconference: Snoberger, chair; 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 Nies and seconded by Kramer to APPROVE THE AGENDA AS PRESENTED.  On a roll-call vote, the following voted in favor: Byrd, Kramer, Raden, Nies, Marushin and Snoberger.  The following voted against: none. Motion carried 6-0.

A motion was made by Byrd and seconded by Marushin to APPROVE CONSENT ITEMS A.4.a – A.4.d AS PRESENTED BELOW.  On a roll call vote, the following voted in favor: Byrd, Kramer, Raden, Nies, Marushin and Snoberger.  The following voted against: none.  Motion carried 6-0.

A.4.a.   Minutes of the regular school board meeting held on June 15, 2020

              Minutes of the board listening-session meeting held on June 24, 2020

              Minutes of the closed-work session held on July 8, 2020

 

A.4.b    Checks in the amount of $1,871,333.37 as presented:

              General Fund                                                1,612,286.42

              Food Service Fund                                             41,777.05

              Transportation Fund                                         29,948.11

              Community Service Fund                                20,787.10

              Capital Expenditure Fund                             164,224.24

              Internal Service Fund                                         2,310.45

               Check numbers 178830 – 179033

 

             ACHs in the amount of $334.30 as presented:

             Food Service Fund                                                  334.30

             ACH numbers 202000001-202000002

 

           Receipts in the amount of $5,229,943.10 as presented:

            General Fund                                                3,162,865.18

            Food Service Fund                                           132,684.75

            Community Service Fund                               154,332.14

            Building Fund                                                        1,144.64

            Debt Service Fund                                        1,762,294.90

            Activity Accounts                                                  8,331.81

            Internal Service Fund                                         8,289.68

            Receipts 47720 – 47803

 

           Wire transfers in the amount of $3,500,249.46 as presented:

            General Fund                                                    451,244.37

            Food Service Fund                                                1,854.83

            Transportation Fund                                                 75.58

            Community Service Fund                                   2,567.50

            Capital Expenditure Fund                              846,633.49

            Building Fund                                                       12,097.41

            Debt Service Fund                                         1,843,630.00

            Internal Service Fund                                       342,146.28

            Wire transfers 201900972-201901039 & 202000001-202000031

 

            Building Fund Checks in the amount of $1,245,146.59 as presented:

            Building Fund                                                 1,245,146.59

            Check numbers 601023 to 601056

 

A.4.c     Accept the following donations:

Oak Ridge Elementary PTO, ISD #748, $7,500, PMP playground equipment; Pine Meadow PTO Elementary, ISD #748, $7,500, PMP playground equipment; Pine Meadow PTO Elementary, ISD #748, $1,206.36, classroom supplies; Pine Meadow PTO Elementary, ISD #748, $74, classroom supplies; Pine Meadow PTO Elementary, ISD #748, $538, classroom supplies; Pine Meadow PTO Elementary, ISD #748, $130, classroom supplies; Pine Meadow PTO Elementary, ISD #748, $105.20, classroom supplies; Pine Meadow PTO Elementary, ISD #748, $516.20, classroom supplies; Pine Meadow PTO Elementary, ISD #748, $749.75, classroom supplies; Pine Meadow PTO Elementary, ISD #748, $121.11, classroom supplies; Pine Meadow PTO Elementary, ISD #748, $105.20, classroom supplies; Pine Meadow PTO Elementary, ISD #748, $7,380.20, projectors; Pine Meadow PTO Elementary, ISD #748, $392, classroom supplies; Pine Meadow PTO Elementary, ISD #748, $653.20, food service accounts; Manufacturing Fund of Central MInnesota, Sabre Manufacturing-SHS, $6,000, advancement of Sabre manufacturing.

 

A.4.d    Accept the resignation of Renee Zieglmeier, SMS, para, 7/13/20.

Construction Manager Report on Building Process:

  • Project Engineer Eric Johnson reported on the renovations project at Riverview Intermediate School. Demolition work in the pier, STEAM rooms and media rooms are nearing completion.  Some masonry work, light flooring and painting still need to be completed. The flooring in the pier will take a considerable amount of time to complete. Bathroom tile has been upgraded and complete along with fixtures being hung. The gymnastics area exterior has been enclosed with the gymnastics pit still progressing. Overall the project is going well.

 

Superintendent Report: Jeff Schwiebert, superintendent

  • Schwiebert reported on the passing of Bill Galarneault and reflected on the more than 40 years of direct impact he had on the entire district including being a driving force in the founding of the district, serving as business manager and serving as a member of the school board until 2009. Brenda Steve was recently recognized as Principal of the Year by the State Student Council Association. The association also postponed the state convention the High School was set to host last. Now the high school will have the opportunity to host in 2020-2021. Director of Business Services Joe Prom will present a finance report monthly to the board starting in August. MSBA is in process of releasing a policy that would suspend certain policies due to the pandemic and emergency orders. Lastly, the administrative team is working on COVID planning for all three scenarios for returning to school. Each principal will meet with their staff starting tomorrow to discuss how each scenario would work. The return to school plans, in conjunction with the governor’s pending orders, will then be presented to the board at the work session on Aug. 5. A letter, along with a survey, will be sent out to parents to gauge how many parents will or will not send their children back in scenario one.

 

Equity Audit Presentation:

  • Executive Director of Equity Alliance Minnesota Sebastian Witherspoon presented the process of an equity audit.

 

Activities and COVID-19 Report:

  • Activities Director Ryan Hauge reported on summer activities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

School Board Committee Report:

  • No reports.

 

A motion was made by Nies and seconded by Marushin to APPROVE #1-15 DENY #16:

 

New Employees/Changes:

Aaron Athas, SMS/SHS, ITS, $56,725, MA, Step E, new position, 8/26/2020; Daniel Bauer, RIS, custodian, $17.61/hour, RIII, S1, 8 hours/day, 260 days/year, replacing Meghan Hennagir, 7/20/2020; Gretchen Grunzke, SMS, fall play director, $1,890 (4.5 percent), BA, A ($42,002), replacing Rick Cicharz, 8/17/2020; Breanna Heichert, SMS, junior high girls’ tennis, $1,890 (4.5 percent), BA, A ($42,002), replacing Joy Bemboom, 8/31/2020; Ryan Hiltner, SHS, PAC manager, $6,090 (14.5 percent), BA, A ($42,002), new position, 9/1/2020; Amanda Holstrom, SMS/District, ITS, $61,424, MA10, Step G, new position, 8/31/2020; Mitchell Keeler, SHS, ninth-grade football, $4,410 (10.5 percent), BA, A ($42,002), replacing Luke Rude, 9/17/2020; Eric Koplitz, SHS, assistant boys soccer, $4,184 (9.5 percent), BA, C ($44,045), replacing Jacob Hemmesch, 9/17/2020; Sarah Lauer, SMS, seventh-grade math, $43,024, BA, Step B, replacing Christian Pekarek, 8/26/2020; Rachel Miller, SMS, PAC manager, $3,990 (9.5 percent), BA, A ($42,002), new position, 9/1/2020; Russell Tiernan, SHS, AM lead custodian, $18.96/hour, RIV, Step 1, 8 hours/day, 260 day/year, replacing Brian Larson, 7/22/2020; Kimberly Zipp, SHS, counseling secretary, $21.40/hour, RV, Step 1, 8 hours/day, 202 days/year, replacing Stacy Clitty, 7/13/2020.

New Employees – Pending Licensure:

Jacob Hennigs, ORE, Music, $10,500.50, BA, Step A, .25 FTE, new position, 8/26/2020; Steven Prigge, SHS, Family and Consumer Science, $44,044, BA, Step C, replacing Joey Vanek, 8/26/2020.

Leaves of Absence:

Madison Rosenow, PMP, para, LOA, 10/1/20-1/4/21; Rochelle Dyer, SMS, teacher, LOA, 20-21 school year.

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

A motion was made by Marushin and seconded by Byrd TO RENEW RESOURCE TRAINING AND SOLUTIONS MEMBERSHIP FOR 2020-2021.

Following discussion on the motion Marushin offered an amendment to the original motion which was seconded by Nies TO NOT RENEW RESOURCE TRAINING AND SOLUTIONS MEMBERSHIP FOR 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR.

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

A motion was made by Kramer and seconded by Marushin TO APPROVE RESOLUTION RELATING TO THE ELECTION OF SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS AND CALLING THE SCHOOL DISTRICT GENERAL ELECTION. 

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

A motion was made by Raden and seconded by Byrd TO APPROVE DISTRICT EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK REVISIONS AND COACHES/ADVISORS HANDBOOKS AS PRESENTED.

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

A motion was made by Marushin and seconded by Nies TO APPROVE PINE MEADOW PRIMARY, OAK RIDGE EARLY LEARNING CENTER, RIVERVIEW INTERMEDIATE, SARTELL MIDDLE SCHOOL, SARTELL HIGH SCHOOL AND ACTIVITIES STUDENT HANDBOOKS AS PRESENTED.

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

A motion was made by Raden and seconded by Marushin TO APPROVE SUPERINTENDENT, JEFF SCHWIEBERT’S ANNUAL APPRAISAL. 

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

A motion was made by Nies and seconded by Byrd TO APPROVE SUPERINTENDENT CONTRACT FOR 2020-2022 WITH JEFF SCHWIEBERT. 

On a roll-call vote, the following voted in favor: Byrd, Kramer, Raden, 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 KEMP’S BID FOR MILK/DAIRY PRODUCTS FOR THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR.

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

Schedule Work Session and Committee Meetings:

  • Special Meeting/Work Session – Wednesday, Aug. 5 – District Service Center @ 5:30 p.m. 
  • Future Board Meeting – Monday, August. 17 – District Service Center @ 5 p.m.

Committee sssignments were reviewed.

A motion to ADJOURN THE MEETING AT 6:51 p.m. was made by Nies and seconded by Raden. On a roll-call vote, the following voted in favor: Byrd, Kramer, Raden, Nies, Marushin and Snoberger. The following voted against: none. Motion carried 6-0.

/s/ Amanda Byrd, clerk

Publish: Aug. 21, 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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