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DEC. 2013 MINUTES Red Wing School

Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 11:20pm

Independent School District #256
Red Wing Public Schools
The Red Wing School Board held its second monthly meeting on Monday, December 2, 2013 at the Little Theatre at Red Wing High School. Prior to the regular Board meeting, several Board members toured the Well@Work school clinic at 4:30 PM. The Board members, Superintendent Karsten Anderson, Board Clerk/Director of Finance Brad Johnson, staff and public were present at the regular meeting. Chair Jones called the meeting to order at 5:30pm.
Superintendent Anderson requested item 3.6 be deleted. Motion by Anderson second by Ryan to approve the agenda, motion carried 7-0.
2. Communications:
2.1Recognitions. Superintendent Anderson reported that Listeners are needed at high schoo1. Board Member Anderson recognized Ovation. Counselor Mitch Paulson was highlighted in a St. Paul Pioneer Press article.
2.2Public Comment: none
2.3Athletic Team Selection: Activities Director Matt Schultz explained the team selection process relating to public comment at the prior meeting. Numbers are up in girls’ hockey and the process was clearly explained by the coach prior to tryouts.
2.4Reports/Committee Notes: Chair Jones mentioned that a legislative luncheon will be scheduled in January due to a later beginning of the session. Board Member Farrar mentioned the Community Education discussion on communication.
Background Information
4.1Board minutes for November 18, 2013
4.2Claims & Accounts for October 16, 2013-October 31, 2013
Fund 01 – General Funds $561,936.20
Fund 02 – Food Service 39,376.26
Fund 03 – Transportation 592.77
Fund 04 – Community Services22,403.17
Fund 05 – Capital Expenditures 65,803.05
Fund 06 – Building Construction 0.00
Fund 07 – Debt Service0.00
Fund 08 – Auxiliary26,996.14
Fund 09 – Trust Agency 4,608.76
Fund 21 – Student Activities 12,033.74
Fund 22 – Clinic47,938.57
Fund 45 – OPEB Trust Fund0.00
Fund 47 – OPEB Debt Service0.00
Fund 50 – Student Activities 518.65
Total $782,207.31
Payroll – October 31, 2013 $823,108.79
4.3New Hire: Elise Bergeson, Special Ed. Paraprofessional at RWHS, effective December 2, 2013 (due to a leave); Andrew Hardyman, Special Ed. Paraprofessional at RWHS, effective December 2, 2013 (due to a leave).
4.4Transfer: Becky Smythurst, Special Ed. Paraprofessional at RWHS, effective December 2, 2013 (due to a resignation).
4.5FMLA: Catherine Smith, Cook at RWHS, effective November 25, 2013 for 8 weeks; Tira Petersen, Special Ed. Paraprofessional at Burnside Elementary School, effective January 10, 2014 thru February 24, 2014; Chris Rodgers, Social Worker at RWHS, effective November 22, 2013 for approximately 3 weeks.
4.6Retirement: Rhonda Johnson, Baker at Sunnyside Elementary School, effective January 15, 2014; Jodie Hemmah, Cook at Burnside Elementary School, effective January 3, 2014.
4.7Resignation: Charles Schweich, Kid’s Junction Assistant Lead, effective November 18, 2013; Nickolis Werner, Title I Aide at Sunnyside Elementary School, effective December 10, 2013.
Chair Jones recognized the retirees’ service. Motion by Christensen, second by Farrar to approve the Consent Agenda, motion carried 7-0.
3.2Robotics Proposal: Brian Cashman presented a proposal for a Robotics activity at the High School. Board member Farrar thanked Mr. Cashman and others involved who have worked on this program. Board member Ryan reported that the last competition nationally had filled the Atlanta Dome. Motion by Farrar, second by Ryan to approve, motion carried 7-0.
3.3Truth-in-Taxation Hearing: Director Brad Johnson presented information on the proposed levy. The 2014 levy, which is part of 2014-15 budget, will drop 1.68% from 2013. No public attended to comment.
3.4GCED Facilities Plan: GCED Director Cherie Johnson and Business Manager Jackie Paradis presented information on the GCED facility plan. This organization is running out of space and has deferred maintenance needs of $6.8 million. Wastedo and Red Wing are the two sites under final consideration. Wastedo is more central but Red Wing had a majority of the students. Building will take 12 months. Action is not requested tonight.
3.5Closed Session Pursuant to M. S. 13D.05 Subd. 3(b): Motion by Christensen, second by Anderson to close the session, motion carried 7-0 and the session was closed at 6:40PM for an update by Attorney Morgan Godfrey. Motion by Christensen, second by Farrar to reopen the meeting, motion carried 7-0. The meeting reopened at 7:18PM.
3.6Closed Session to Discuss Labor Negotiations Strategy: deleted.
Chair Jones reported upcoming meetings on December 16, January 6, and January 21. Motion to adjourn by Anderson, second by Ryan, motion carried 7-0. Chair Jones adjourned the meeting at 7:18PM.
Brad Johnson
Board Clerk
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Independent School District #256
Red Wing Public Schools
The Red Wing School Board held its second monthly meeting on Monday, December 16, 2013 at Little Theatre, Red Wing High School. The Board members, Superintendent Karsten Anderson, Board Clerk/Director of Finance Brad Johnson, staff and public were present. Chair Jones called the meeting to order at 5:30pm. Board Member Baldwin arrived shortly after the meeting began.
Motion by Christensen, second by Farrar to approve the agenda, motion carried 6-0.
2. Communications: A student Council representative updated the Board on upcoming events, such as dress-up days and the recent candycane sales for the Hope Coalition.
2.1Recognitions. The packet includes a letter from the City of Red Wing commending Jodi Bergeson for World Water Days. Nicole Schammel was an athelete of week semi-finalist.
2.2Public Comment: none
2.3Booster Club Presentation: Katie Hardyman, Booster club President, presented background and update information to the Board. This group began in 1969. She mentioned recent activities, including Booster night promoting attendance. The Club spent about $25,000 a year and more this year and raises money 4 different ways.
2.4Activities Department Update: Activities Director Matt Schultz reported on several items, including the progress of the change in conference affiliation, the resolution of the gymnastics facility for 2013-14, and the progress of re-establishing Middle School Sports.
2.5Activities Account Balance Update: Finance Director Johnson reported fund balances of various activity accounts.
2.6Tower View update: Coordinator Brian Cashman updated the Board on Towerview goals and background and graduation rates.
2.7Tower View Program of Studies: Mr. Cashman reported only a few minor changes in the program of studies.
2.8 Red Wing High School Update: Principal Borgen updated the Board on response intervention, leadership training, and the addition of a third counselor. Board Member Christensen commended the building’s new grading system.
2.9Red Wing High School Programs of Studies: Principal Borgen explained the timeline of development and some highpoints. Superintendent Anderson questioned credit for some items such as office aides.
2.10Reports/Committee Notes: Various committee activities were covered. The MSBA delegate assembly was held December 7. Board Member Farrar reported on the PAC.
Background Information
4.1Board minutes for December 2, 2013
4.2Claims & Accounts for November 1, 2013-November 15, 2013
Fund 01 – General Funds$923,610.96
Fund 02 – Food Service28,850.53
Fund 03 – Transportation 199,679.07
Fund 04 – Community Services20,618.77
Fund 05 – Capital Expenditures 7,109.52
Fund 06 – Building Construction 0.00
Fund 07 – Debt Service0.00
Fund 08 – Auxiliary23,810.96
Fund 09 – Trust Agency 6,516.04
Fund 21 – Student Activities 2,752.72
Fund 22 – Clinic0.00
Fund 45 – OPEB Trust Fund0.00
Fund 47 – OPEB Debt Service0.00
Fund 50 – Student Activities731.83
Total $1,213,680.40
Payroll – November 15, 2013 $757,677.54
4.3New Hire: Kaitlyn Speedling, Temporary Special Ed. Paraprofessional at RWHS, effective December 9, 2013 (new position); Lisa Banks, Attendance Secretary at RWHS, effective December 4, 2013 (due to a transfer).
4.4Reassignment: Robin Dahling, Cook at Burnside Elementary School, effective January 6, 2014 (due to a retirement); Christine Shafer, Baker at Sunnyside Elementary School, effective January 13, 2014 (due to a retirement).
Motion by Kramp, second by Anderson to approve the Consent Agenda, motion carried 7-0.
3.2Approval of Levy: Finance Director Brad Johnson presented the recommended 2014 tax levy of $8,222,990.87, a 1.68% decrease from 2013. Motion by Christensen, second by Farrar to approve the levy, motion carried 7-0.
3.3Superintendent Contract: This contract covers two items for 2013-14 that remained open to negotiate: a 2% salary increase to $142,871 and health insurance contributions to be the same as 2012-13. Motion by Kramp, second by Ryan to approve, motion carried 7-0.
3.4Overnight Trip Request: Burnside Principal Beckner appeared with staff in support of the Eagle Bluff trip. Motion by Ryan, second by Anderson to approve the trip, motion carried 7-0.
3.5Closed Session Pursuant to MS 13D.05 Subd. 3(b), Motion by Christensen, second by Ryan to close the meeting, the motion carried 7-0. The meeting was closed at 7:32pm.
3.6Closed Session to Discuss Labor Negotiations Strategy: Motion by Christensen, second by Farrar to close the meeting, motion carried 6-0. The meeting was closed at 8:10PM. Motion by Ryan, second by Anderson to reopen the meeting, motion carried 7-0. The meeting reopened at 8:37PM.
Upcoming meetings were announced. Motion by Anderson, second by Ryan to adjourn, motion carried 7-0. Chair Jones adjourned at 8:37PM.
Brad Johnson
Board Clerk
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