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November School Board Minutes

Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 11:20pm

Independent School District #256
Red Wing Public Schools
The Red Wing School Board held its first monthly meeting on Monday, November 4, 2013 at Red Wing City Council Chambers. 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 Members Baldwin and Ryan were absent.
Motion by Kramp, second by Anderson to approve the agenda, motion carried 5-0.
2. Communications:
2.1Recognitions. Superintendent Anderson recognized 15 Towerview students for their ceramic project. Sunnyside had Dot Day. Jasmine Armstrong qualified for State in cross country. Board Member Farrar recognized the Peter Yarrow concert.
2.2Public Comment: none
2.3Reports/Committee Notes: Superintendent Anderson reported on committee activities. The Winger Whirl will occur November 9. Several activities including University of Minnesota concert choir, Ovation singing the national anthem at the Gophers hockey game, and a singing group from UW Eau Claire were mentioned. Board Member Kramp reported on the GCED facility discussion.
3.1Consent Agenda: Background Information
4.1Board minutes for October 21, 2013
4.2Claims & Accounts for September 16, 2013-September 30, 2013
Fund 01 – General Funds$1,048,779.05
Fund 02 – Food Service
4,841.32
Fund 03 – Transportation
32,278.14
Fund 04 – Community Services28,026.68
Fund 05 – Capital Expenditures33,902.48
Fund 06 – Building Construction0.00
Fund 07 – Debt Service
0.00
Fund 08 – Auxiliary
12,617.90
Fund 09 – Trust Agency 2,751.28
Fund 21 – Student Activities1,552.15
Fund 22 – Clinic
1,400.08
Fund 45 – OPEB Trust Fund200.00
Fund 47 – OPEB Debt Service0.00
Fund 50 – Student Activities195.03
Total
$1,166,544.11
Payroll – September 30, 2013$760,639.45
4.3New Hire: Colleen Napper, Special Ed. Para at Sunnyside Elementary School, effective October 28, 2013 (new position).
4.4FMLA: Renea Bialek, Special Ed. Para at Twin Bluff Middle School, effective November 21, 2013 thru November 27, 2013.
4.5Resignation: Lynette Nadeau, Special Ed. Para at RWHS, effective October 28, 2013.
Motion by Farrar second by Anderson to approve the Consent Agenda, motion carried 5-0.
3.2Sale of Property: Finance Director Brad Johnson explained the terms accepted for a sale of the 442 Homestead Lane property to the Environmental Learning Center. The packet included the proposed purchase agreement, contract for deed, and right of first refusal with property descriptions. Board members mentioned the good relationship between the groups. The price is $40,000, half at closing and half within a year. The group is being allowed to clean the property prior to closing. Motion by Anderson, second by Christensen to approve the sale as described and authorize appropriate District staff/Board members to close the sale, motion carried 5-0.
3.3Health Insurance Renewal: Finance Director Johnson presented the results of the health insurance RFP process. Health Partners won with an overall 5% reduction in premiums. The LMC reviewed the information and recommended this selection, as did our consultants, ABG. Motion by Anderson, second by Christensen to approve the insurance renewal, motion carried, 5-0.
3.4Board Training: The Board went into workshop setting at about 5:50PM.
Chair Jones listed upcoming meetings on November 18, December 2, and December 16 and the Winger Whirl on the 9th. Motion by Christensen, second by Farrar to adjourn the meeting, motion carried 5-0. Chair Jones adjourned at 8:32PM.
Brad Johnson
Board Clerk
Independent School District #256
Red Wing Public Schools
The Red Wing School Board held its second monthly meeting on Monday, November 18, 2013 at Red Wing City Council Chambers. 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.
Motion by Kramp, second by Christensen to approve the agenda, motion carried, 7-0.
2. Communications:
2.1Recognitions. A Student Council member gave a student report, mentioning upcoming activities such as Teacher babysitting night and sales for the Hope Coalition. Board Member Christensen reported that the Winger Whirl was highly successful and raised over $80,000. Other recent activities including the concert choir performance and FFA food drive were mentioned.
2.2Public Comment: A parent and two students expressed concerns that the students were cut from girls hockey after years of competing so that 7th graders could be on varsity. Superintendent Anderson will speak with Activities Director Matt Schultz.
2.3Presentation of the Audit: Mr. Doug Blanshan of Clifton LarsonAllen presented a summary of the 2012-13 audit to the Board. The audit is clean with no findings or material weakness. I explained the process used in estimating data and areas tested.
2.4Sunnyside Elementary School Update: Principal Patti Roberts explained work in the elementary school for students struggling with relationship issues. Dot Day is one activity used. This is the second year of responsive classroom at Sunnyside. Class sizes are currently 21-23. She mentioned the various community partnerships involved at Sunnyside. Board Member Farrar commented on amazing changes at Sunnyside over the last 4 years.
2.5Adult Basic Education Update: ABE Director Teresa Luther-Dolan and Community Education Director Dawn Wettern presented a summary of Adult Education Activities. The staff includes six licensed teachers and one who collects data. The program, under Hiawatha Valley, covers six districts and logged 8,337 contact hours last year. Most students are 16-44 years old, and one-quarter are not employed. Retention of learning is a major goal. This year, a pre-welding and welding course were established with Southeast Technical College and all students earned the welding certificate.
2.3Reports/Committee Notes: Chair Jones mentioned that she receives different informational publications that will be left in the District office. The January leadership conference is upcoming. Board Member Farrar and Chair Jones attended the school finance referendum workshop. She commented on the MSBA legislative resolutions. Board Member Kramp reported that the Finance Committee met regarding the audit, and also discussed the renewal of the Towerview lease. Board Member Christensen reported on the Middle School PAC, and Board Member Anderson reported on the Operations discussion on transportation. He thanked Joette Hall with Youth Outreach for her service.
Background Information
4.1Board minutes for November 4, 2013
4.2Claims & Accounts for October 1, 2013-October 15, 2013
Fund 01 – General Funds
$981,741.07
Fund 02 – Food Service
40,738.38
Fund 03 – Transportation
207,982.02
Fund 04 – Community Services8,415.84
Fund 05 – Capital Expenditures23,668.43
Fund 06 – Building Construction0.00
Fund 07 – Debt Service
0.00
Fund 08 – Auxiliary
5,442.76
Fund 09 – Trust Agency 3,900.34
Fund 21 – Student Activities1,665.89
Fund 22 – Clinic
20,899.17
Fund 45 – OPEB Trust Fund10,559.24
Fund 47 – OPEB Debt Service0.00
Fund 50 – Student Activities8,022.96
Total
$1,333,036.10
Payroll – October 15, 2013 $775,019.67
4.3New Hire: Natalie Littfin, Special Ed. Para at Twin Bluff Middle School, effective November 25, 2013; Tyne Grefe, Long-Term Sub for Language Arts at RWHS, effective January 16, 2014 thru June 6, 2014.
4.4Reduction in Hours: Juana Pastor, Ed. Assistant at Colvill Family Center, effective November 11, 2013.
4.5FMLA: Sheila Beckner, Principal at Burnside Elementary School, effective November 11, 2013 thru December 20, 2013; Tamie Guenther, Baker at Sunnyside Elementary School, effective November 22, 2013 thru January 3, 2014.
4.6Unpaid Medical Leave: Merri Claridge, Special Ed. Para at RWHS, effective November 11, 2013 thru June 6, 2014; Ann Frost, Ed. Assistant at RWHS, effective November 4, 2013 thru June 5, 2014.
4.7Retirement: Rosanna Martinson, Secretary at Community Education, effective March 14, 2014.
Chair Jones requested correction of a date from October 9 to November 9 on the minutes. Rosanna Martinson’s 28 years with the District were recognized. Motion by Kramp, second by Farrar to approve the Consent Agenda, motion carried 7-0.
3.2Approval of the Audit: Motion by Kramp, second by Ryan to accept the audit as presented, motion carried 7-0.
3.3School Facility Task Force: Chair Jones explained that the District is working with several consultants and looking to get community input. Those interested may contact the superintendent and she asked for Board suggestions. A resolution to proceed with the Task Force was presented and moved by Christensen, second by Anderson, and approved by roll call: voting aye: Ryan, Anderson, Kramp, Baldwin, Farrar, Christensen, Jones. Voting Nay: none.
Meetings will be December 2 in the Little Theatre, with Truth-in-Taxation at 6PM, December 16 at City Council Chambers. Motion by Anderson, second by Ryan to adjourn, motion carried 7-0. Chair Jones adjourned at 7:23pm.
Brad Johnson
Board Clerk
Dec. 7


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