Sartell-St. Stephen school board minutes May 18

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REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

SARTELL-ST. STEPHEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO 748

MAY 18, 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, 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 Marushin to APPROVE THE AGENDA AS PRESENTED. On a roll call vote, the following voted in favor: Raden, Kramer, Nies, Marushin, Byrd and Snoberger. The following voted against: none. Motion carried 6-0.

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

a.    Minutes of the regular school board meeting held on April 20, 2020

       Minutes of the special meeting/work session held on May 6, 2020

       Minutes of the special meeting held on May 11, 2020

 

b. Checks in the amount of $1,544,823.12 as presented:

       General Fund                                                       1,291,676.55

       Food Service Fund                                                   75,031.40

       Transportation Fund                                               30,713.34

       Community Service Fund                                       41,540.99

       Capital Expenditure Fund                                    105,860.84

       Check numbers 178402 – 178561

 

ACHs in the amount of $709.57 as presented:

      General Fund                                                                479.39

      Food Service Fund                                                       230.18

      ACH numbers 192000204-192000207

 

Receipts in the amount of $4,259,227.55 as presented:

      General Fund                                                      4,154,530.98

      Food Service Fund                                                  54,785.72

      Transportation Fund                                              24,677.61

       Community Service Fund                                     15,343.33

       Building Fund                                                           1,582.23

       Internal Service Fund                                            8,307.68

       Receipts 47599 – 47656

 

Wire transfers in the amount of $366,211.14 as presented:

            General Fund                                                            23,329.12

            Food Service Fund                                                      3,021.73

            Transportation Fund                                                        99.37

            Community Service Fund                                               374.48

            Capital Expenditure Fund                                          33,572.50

            Building Fund                                                           26,048.48

            Internal Service Fund                                              279,765.46

            Wire transfers 201900817-201900900

 

Building Fund Checks in the amount of $1,912,422.16 as presented:

          Building Fund                                                       1,912,422.16

          Check numbers 600967 to 600993

 

c. Accept the following donations:

Aaron Gillam, Food Service, $1,000, donation to Food Service Department; Pinecone Central Park Association, ISD #748, $100, #BeTheLight donation; Pine Meadow Elementary PTO, Pine Meadow Elementary, $733.50, donation for fourth-grade books; SSEF, Sartell Middle School, $109.80, Student Powered Conference bus costs.

d. Accept the resignation of Bart Appleton, DSC, Human Resources director, 7/1/20; Emily Donnay, SHS, FCS teacher, end of the school year; Sharon Emslander, District, Food Service sub, end of the school year; Julie Peabody, SMS, cashier, May 21, 2020; Julie Peabody, Transportation, bus monitor, May 21, 2020; Nancy Sutherland, PME, media aid, April 17, 2020; Joey Vanek, SHS, FCS teacher, end of school year. Accept the retirement of John Ross, SMS, associate activities director, 8/9/20; Helen Wilfehrt, SMS health/physical education teacher, end of school year.

e. Approve student teacher agreement with Luther College.

Student Representative Report:

  • No report.

Construction Manager Report on Building Process:

  • Construction Manager Lee Gruen reported both projects are going very well. The old High School is now in the punch list phase of the project. The feature wall is the only project incomplete at this time. Schwiebert participated in a walk-through and noted the building looks great and the rooms have been cleaned. The Riverview Intermediate renovation footings and foundation work will begin tomorrow with steel work beginning on June 1. The pool area has been filled in with touchup work being done in the upcoming weeks. The pool area has an anticipated completion date of the end of July.

Superintendent Report: Jeff Schwiebert, superintendent

  • Schwiebert reported with only one-and-a-half weeks of school remaining distance learning has been going well. High School students will have the ability to finish classes on Friday, May 22; Middle School and Elementary students finishing on Wednesday May 27. Thanks to all of our staff and the Department of Education for the dedication and work during the pandemic. Districts received guidance from the state on May 12 covering summer school which allows for some in-school learning and distance learning. This may be a trial of how the 2020-2021 school year could be structured. The state also released guidance in the areas of Community Education and athletics allowing some to start if they maintain fewer than 10 participants, more information will be coming tomorrow. Kidstop will still operate in the buildings under the current parameters provided by the state. Lastly the policy committee had a brief discussion on the District’s Vision/Mission Statement with Schwiebert leaving a message with Gail Gilman from MSBA inquiring on the services MSBA can provide in the planning process.

Enrollment Report:

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

School Board Committee Report:

  • Treasurer Marushin reported on the policy committee meeting held on April 22, highlighting the committee’s recommendations to remove policies 105 and 106 due to their redundancies.

A motion was made by Marushin and seconded by Nies to APPROVE #1-45:

New Employees/Changes:

Elizabeth Crandall, Grounds, seasonal grounds, $12.50/hour, new position, 5/18/2020; Jill Engelkes, SMS, LTS, $191.45/day, replacing Montana Peters, 4/20/2020; Jacob Ferguson, SMS, grade 6, science, $53,665, MA, Step B, replacing Gary Rosin, 8/26/2020; Susan Fibranz, DSC, Food Service secretary, $19.61, RIII, Step 1, 8 hours/day, 222 days/year, replacing Marlyce Plante, 7/1/2020; Carrie Gapinski, ORE, social worker, $64,487, MA10, Step J, correction in wage, 8/26/2020; Julie Gohman, SHS, family and consumer science, $63,691, MA30, Step D, replacing Emily Donnay,  8/26/2020; Kristy Gosch, SHS, administrative assistant, $21.70/hour, RIV, Step 1, 8 hours/day, 222 days/year, replacing Amie Hentges, 7/1/2020; Gretchen Grunzke, SMS, theater, $49,985, BA30, Step A, replacing Rick Cicharz, 8/26/2020; Mark Henrich, ORE, physical education, $60,806, MA, Step I, new position, 8/26/2020; Riley Johnson, RIS, grade 5, $42,002, BA, Step A, replacing Brittany Olson, 8/26/2020; Bahaa Kadhem, SMS, AM lead custodian, $20.40/hour, RIV, Step 2, new position, 7/1/2020; Ashley Kelly,  PMP, grade 1, $59,388, MA10, Step E, replacing Peggy Fogarty, 8/26/2020; Brian Larson, SMS, PM lead custodian, $24.76, RIV, Step 6, new position, 7/1/2020; Belinda Levandowski, RIS, media paraprofessional, $21.87/hour, RIV, Step 6, 180 days/year, new position, 8/31/2020; Mike Maurer, SMS, grade 6 social studies, $81,535, MS30, Step R, transfer, 8/31/2020; Hannah McKeag, SHS, head girls swimming, $5,460, BA, Step A ($42,002), replacing Viki Sabart, 8/17/2020; Sara Michaelson, SHS, assistant principal, $105,000, replacing Sascha Hansen, 7/1/2020; Monica Mills, PMP, media paraprofessional, $21.87/hour, RIV, Step 6, 7.5 hours/day, 180 days/year, new position, 8/31/2020; Hollie Neitzke, SMS, PM ala carte cashier, $19.09/hour, RI, Step 5, 2 hours/day, replacing Andrea Keske-Sovich, 9/8/2020; Cheryl Nies, ORE, cook, $23.56/hour, RIV, Step 4, correction in wage, 8/1/2020; Joyce O’Hara, ORE, media paraprofessional, $21.87/hour, RIV, Step 6, 7.5 hours/day, 180 days/year, new position, 8/31/2020; Macrae Perry, Grounds, seasonal grounds, $12.50/hour, new position, 5/18/2020; Charity Pesta, RIS, receptionist, $19.95/hour, RII, Step 2, 8 hours/day, 202 days/year, new position, 8/15/2020; Brittney Schoephoerster, RIS, assistant principal, $102,000, new position, 7/1/2020; Kayla Thompson, PMP, grade 2, $44,044,BA, Step C, replacing Brennan Rath, 8/26/2020; Rachel Westrup, PMP, grade 2, $57,980, MA20, Step A, new position, 8/26/2020; Katie Young, SMS, grade 6, language arts, $59,787, MA, Step H, transfer, 8/31/2020; Krista Ziemer, SMS, reading interventionist,  $81,535, MA30, Step R, replacing Katie Young, 8/31/2020.

New Employees – Pending Licensure:

Alyssa Eggersgluss, ORE, music, $42,002, BA, Step A, replacing Stacy Mancini, 8/26/2020; Riley Johnson, RIS, grade 5, $42,002, BA, Step A, replacing Brittany Olson, 8/26/2020; Hannah McKeag, SMS, grade 8 Science, $42,002, BA, Step A, replacing Mark Krippner, 8/26/2020; Serena Nebel, SMS, special education, $42,002, BA, Step A, replacing Krista Ziemer, 8/26/2020; Jared Saue, SHS, language arts, $42,002, BA, Step A, new position, 8/26/2020; Brittney Witt, SMS, Art, $33,601, BA, Step A ($42,002), .8 FTE, new position, 8/26/2020.

Leaves of Absence:

Kari Barten, SHS, SAIL/math, LOA, 8/31/20-9/25/20; Tracy Christian, PME, para, LOA, 5/8/20-end of school year; Robert Graham, SHS, cleaner, LOA, 5/4/20-end of school year; April Greeley, SMS, math, LOA, 8/31/20-10/11/20; Kaylee Johnson, DSC, lead childcare attendant, LOA, 5/8/20-end of school year; Kristin Kloskin, PME, para, LOA, 5/7/20-end of school year; Alex Kampa, SHS, special education, LOA, 9/22/20-11/3/20; Ed Krafnick, SMS, para, LOA, 5/9/20-end of school year; David Olson, RIS, teacher, LOA, 8/31/20-6/2/23; Julie Schnettler, SMS, para, LOA, 5/11/20-end of school year; Renee Zieglmeier, SMS, para, LOA, 5/9/20-end of school year.

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

A motion was made by Kramer and seconded by Raden TO APPROVE THE 2020-2021 DISTRICT 748 LITERACY PLAN READING WELL BY THIRD GRADE.  

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

A motion was made by Nies and seconded by Byrd TO APPROVE LEASE AGREEMENT WITH BENTON-STEARNS EDUCATION DISTRICT. 

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

A motion was made by Nies and seconded by Marushin TO APPROVE AUTHORIZING THE DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS SERVICES TO ENTER INTO A FOUR-YEAR LEASE AGREEMENT WITH APPLE, INC; THE LEASE WILL NOT BE GREATER THAN $2,442,931. 

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

A motion was made by Marushin and seconded by Kramer TO APPROVE REMOVAL OF POLICY 105 – SCHOOL DISTRICT GOALS AND SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT GOALS AND POLICY 106 – SCHOOL DISTRICT DECISION-MAKING PROCESS. 

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

A motion was made by Raden and seconded by Byrd TO APPROVE 2020-2021 RESOLUTION FOR MEMBERSHIP IN THE MINNESOTA STATE HIGH SCHOOL LEAGUE. 

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

A motion was made by Raden and seconded by Marushin TO APPROVE 2020-2021 ACADEMIC CALENDAR HOLIDAYS FOR INDIVIDUALLY CONTRACTED EMPLOYEES AND SUPERINTENDENT. 

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

A motion was made by Nies and seconded by Byrd TO APPROVE INDIVIDUAL CONTRACTS FOR ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT OF LEARNING SERVICES; ASSESSMENT COORDINATOR/EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT; COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST; DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGY; NETWORK ADMINISTRATOR; SERVER ADMINISTRATOR; LEVEL 2 TECHNICIAN; LEVEL 1 TECHNICIANS; DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS SERVICES; CONTROLLER; BUSINESS SERVICES SPECIALIST; TRANSPORTATION SUPERVISOR; DIRECTOR OF FOOD SERVICE; ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF FOOD SERVICE; HUMAN RESOURCES ASSISTANT; DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY EDUCATION; COMMUNITY EDUCATION ADULT PROGRAM COORDINATOR; COMMUNITY EDUCATION YOUTH PROGRAM COORDINATOR; ASSOCIATE ACTIVITIES DIRECTOR; SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETER. 

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

A motion was made by Raden and seconded by Kramer TO APPROVE SENIOR CLASS OF 2020 GRADUATION PLANS AS PRESENTED.

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

Schedule Work Session and Committee Meetings:

  • Board Work Session – Wednesday, June 3 – District Services Center via Teleconference @ 6:30 p.m.
  • Future Board Meeting – Monday, June 15 – District Services Center via Teleconference @ 6:30 p.m.
  • Closed Meeting from May 6, 2020 – Superintendent Appraisal Process/System

Official Review of Policies:

The Board had the official review of policies: 101, 101.1, 103, 722, 801, 807, 901, 902, 903, 904, 905 and 907.

The Board had the official first reading of revisions to policies 102, 625, 802 and 805.

Committee Assignments were reviewed.

A motion to ADJOURN THE MEETING AT 7:49 p.m. was made by Nies and seconded by Raden. On a roll call vote, the following voted in favor: Raden, Kramer, Nies, Marushin, Byrd and Snoberger. The following voted against: none. Motion carried 6-0.

/s/ Amanda Byrd, clerk

Publish: June 26, 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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