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Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 11:20pm

Independent School District #256
Red Wing Public Schools
The Red Wing School Board held its first monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at Twin Bluff Middle School IMC. 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 4:00 pm. Board members Kramp, Anderson, and Farrar were absent at the beginning.
Motion by Ryan to approve the agenda as submitted, second by Christensen, motion carried, 4-0.
2. Communications:
2.1Recognitions. None
2.2Public Comment: none
2.3Reports/Committee: Operations committee will meet on October 14, and the policy committee is meeting on the 600 series. There is still a need for bus drivers and cook substitutes. A letter to the editor was submitted regarding concerns over 9/11 commemoration. Principal Patti Roberts served on a panel for poverty discussion. Director Joe Jezierski is working on a proposal for an educational researcher on programming. Board Member Ryan asked if the school can be involved in the diversity fair. Director Brad Johnson reported on Towerview lease negotiations and the preliminary levy.
Background Information
4.1Board minutes for September 16, 2013
4.2Claims & Accounts for August 16, 2013-August 30, 2013
Fund 01 – General Funds$437,974.63
Fund 02 – Food Service36,871.29
Fund 03 – Transportation 78.30
Fund 04 – Community Services 17,296.58
Fund 05 – Capital Expenditures 11,077.23
Fund 06 – Building Construction 0.00
Fund 07 – Debt Service0.00
Fund 08 – Auxiliary2,242.72
Fund 09 – Trust Agency 12,164.50
Fund 21 – Student Activities 3,028.74
Fund 22 – Clinic 384.50
Fund 45 – OPEB Trust Fund0.00
Fund 47 – OPEB Debt Service218,980.00
Fund 50 – Student Activities0.00
Total $740,098.49
Payroll – August 30, 2013 $705,083.59
4.3New Hire: Rebecca Smythurst, Attendance Secretary at RWHS, effective September 23, 2013 (due to a resignation); Cyd Mark, Ed. Assistant at Burnside Elementary School, effective September 25, 2013 (due to a reassignment); Ida Lewis, Title I Ed. Assistant at Sunnyside Elementary School, effective September 23, 2013 (due to a resignation); Leah Heilman, Social Studies Teacher at RWHS, effective September 23, 2013 (due to a resignation); Sarah Sutton, Ed. Assistant at Sunnyside Elementary School, effective September 23, 2013 (due to a retirement).
4.4Transfer: Mary (Tricia) Miller, Class B Media/Technology Para I at Twin Bluff Middle School, effective September 10, 2013 (due to a retirement); Kathy Gustafson, Level I Cook at RWHS, effective September 23, 2013 (due to a resignation).
4.6Resignation: Jennifer Carlson, Math Teacher at RWHS, effective September 26, 2013.
4.7Board Approval of hiring board member, Steve Anderson, for the Prairie Island Concession Stand per MN Statute 123B.195
4.8Sabbatical Leave: Joanie Heineman, English Teacher at RWHS, effective January 24, 2014 thru June 5, 2014 or March 31, 2014 through June 5, 2014 pending finding a qualified long term substitute.
Motion by Christensen, second by Ryan to approve the consent agenda, motion carried 5-0.
3.2Annual Report on Curriculum, Instruction and Student Achievement: Director Joe Jezierski summarized the Annual Report for the Board. The report includes AP score history, ACT scores, and MCA scores. He explained newer assessments help begin assessment in K and Grade 1. Board Member Ryan commented that getting assessments in earlier grades brings better results. Board Member Christensen commented that simplifying the data helps. Motion by Christensen, second by Baldwin to approve the report, motion carried 5-0.
3.3Graduation Testing Requirements: Director Jezierski explained that the standard test or a college prep test can be taken to meet graduation requirements. Motion by Ryan, second by Christensen to approve the requirements, motion carried 5-0.
3.4Support Personnel Grievance: After a short description of the grievance and presentation of a redacted version, Board member Christensen moved denial, second by Baldwin, motion carried 4-0 (Board Member Ryan abstained as due to travel he had been unable to read the unredacted document; Members Christensen, Farrar, Jones, and Baldwin voted aye).
3.5Fire Alarm System: Finance Director Johnson presented a proposal to replace the fire alarm system at the High School due to State Fire Marshal inspection and orders. The winning bid was presented for $142,495 from Electronic Communications Systems, Inc. Motion by Farrar, second by Ryan to approve, motion carried 5-0.
3.6Long-Range Facilities Planning Discussion: Director Johnson provided a history of facility and referendum decisions for past Boards. Kraus-Anderson staff, John Huenink, presented information on proposed schedule and steps in long-range facility planning.
Chair Jones announced upcoming meetings on October 21, November 4, and November 18. Motion by Ryan, second by Farrar to adjourn, motion carried 4-0 (Board member Christensen left shortly before adjournment). Chair Jones adjourned the meeting at 5:33PM.
Brad Johnson
Board Clerk
11/16
Independent School District #256
Red Wing Public Schools
The Red Wing School Board held a special meeting on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at the Community Ed Conference Room at Red Wing High School. Board members, Board Clerk/Director of Finance Brad Johnson, staff and public were present. Chair Jones called the meeting to order at 7:00 am. Board Member Anderson was absent.
The meeting had one agenda item, to consider an amendment to the Facility Use Policy to clarify language governing certificates of liability by renters of school district facilities. Attorney Tim Palmatier had drafted a modification that was reviewed by staff and adjusted to fit all renters and spaces. Motion by Kramp, second by Christensen to approve the amendment, motion carried 6-0.
Motion by Christensen, second by Farrar to adjourn, motion carried 6-0. Chair Jones adjourned the meeting at 7:10am.
Brad Johnson
Board Clerk
11/16
Independent School District #256
Red Wing Public Schools
The Red Wing School Board held its second monthly meeting on Monday, October 21, 2013 at 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 5:30 pm.
Motion by Anderson, second by Christensen to approve the agenda, motion carried 7-0.
2. Communications:
2.1Recognitions. Chair Jones commented on the article in the local paper about the Minnesota Opera working with schools.
2.2Public Comment: Ms. Lin Nelson spoke regarding school suspensions and discipline for 14 students involved in using liquid chalk and “decorating” the building prior to homecoming. She felt it was intended to be removable and demonstrated school spirit; instead, the students were banned from homecoming activities.
2.3September 11th Commemoration: Superintendent Anderson explained that students requested commemoration of 9/11 be held, and arrangements are being made for next year.
2.4Homecoming Dress-Up Days: On Monday of homecoming week, a number of students dressed appropriately in a patriotic manner. One student was asked to remove a shirt and bandana, no one was disciplined for expressing pride in this country.
2.5Damage to School Property: Superintendent Anderson explained that custodians cleaned up most of the liquid chalk before students arrived, but some doors will need repainting. The District has concerns about damage, and the High School administration investigated and took appropriate action. Due to the MEA break, he has not completed his review.
2.6United Way Presentation: Ms. Maureen Nelson presented information on United Way. Its education goals involves preparing every child for kindergarten. $73,750 was awarded to Red Wing Schools for educational purposes. She gave a summary of various programs, including combating child hunger, collecting supplies for needy students, and working to increase awareness of available programs such as free and reduced lunch.
2.7Colvill Family Center Update: Min Martin-Oakes, Colvill principal, presented information on programs at their site. The largest program is the 3-5 years old day care with 118 students served. Early childhood special ed serves 69. School readiness is another major program, and WIC, though run by Goodhue County, is in that building. Head Start serves 31 children. Colvill hired two more teachers this year. Board members asked several question about programs and intervention protocol. Colvill has 31 staff currently.
2.8OPEB Update: Director Brad Johnson reported on the status of the OPEB liability and trust, based on the Wells Fargo quarterly update. The fund has earned nearly $1.9 investment income since its 2009 inception, and has paid nearly $3.1 million in retiree health benefits that would have been paid from the General Fund previously.
2.9Reports/Committee: Chair Jones reported that the MSBA January conference registration is beginning. The Red Wing Public School Foundaiton will have its fundraising event on November 9 at the Sheldon. The MSBA delegate assembly will be on November 16 in Rochester. Board Member Farrar thanked the elementary PAC for fundraising $20-$25,000 and will direct $22,000 towards technology purchases. Director Brad Johnson reported that Rink Management Services has been contacted regarding an ice arena operations study. Board Member Anderson questioned the handling and decision process regarding unpaid leave. Board Member Kramp mentioned the LMC will meet on the 23rd to hear the bids for health insurance.
Background Information
4.1Board minutes for October 1, 2013
4.2Claims & Accounts for September 1, 2013-September 15, 2013
Fund 01 – General Funds$456,433.25
Fund 02 – Food Service5,900.67
Fund 03 – Transportation 3,976.61
Fund 04 – Community Services 30,292.41
Fund 05 – Capital Expenditures 11,785.56
Fund 06 – Building Construction 0.00
Fund 07 – Debt Service0.00
Fund 08 – Auxiliary8,004.30
Fund 09 – Trust Agency 274.17
Fund 21 – Student Activities 969.21
Fund 22 – Clinic 0.00
Fund 45 – OPEB Trust Fund0.00
Fund 47 – OPEB Debt Service0.00
Fund 50 – Student Activities3,417.91
Total $521,054.09
Payroll – September 13, 2013 $736,627.34
4.3New Hire: Lanette Heisler, Level I Cook at Twin Bluff Middle School, effective October 14, 2013 (due to a transfer); Taronda Howard, Assistant Secretary at Community Ed., effective October 4, 2013 (due to a resignation).
4.4FMLA: Megan Latch, Guidance Counselor at Twin Bluff Middle School, effective December 9, 2013 thru March 4, 2014; Elizabeth Kittelson, Social Worker at Sunnyside Elementary School, effective March 31, 2014 thru June 3, 2014.
4.5Resignation: LynnAnn Diercks, Special Ed. Para at Twin Bluff Middle School, effective October 25, 2013.
4.6Retirement: Neal Newman, 6th Grade Teacher at Twin Bluff Middle School, effective January 17, 2014.
4.7Change in Terms and Conditions / Memorandum of Agreement: Change in Terms and Conditions for District Directors; MOA with Principals regarding MSRS contributions; MOA with Cooks regarding MSRS contributions
Motion by Kramp, second by Farrar to approve the Consent Agenda, motion carried, 7-0.
3.2Board Member Employment: Board Member Anderson requires Board approval to take a position with concessions that falls within the income requirements of the Conflict of Interest policy. Though on last week’s Consent Agenda, all Board members have to be present per policy so the action is revisited this week. Motion by Ryan, second by Farrar to approve the employment, motion carried 6-0: Anderson abstained.
3.3Closed Session Pursuant to MS 13D.05 Subd. 3(b): Motion by Christensen, second by Ryan to close the meeting, motion carried 7-0. The meeting was closed at 7:02PM and Attorney Morgan Godfrey presented information to the Board. Motion by Anderson, second by Christensen to reopen the meeting, motion carried 6-0 (Board Member Kramp left just prior to the end of closed session). The meeting reopened at 7:50PM.
Chair Jones announced upcoming Board meetings: November 4, November 18, December 2 (also Truth-in-Taxation) and December 16. Motion by Anderson, second by Christensen to adjourn, motion carried 6-0. Chair Jones adjourned the meeting at 7:50PM.
Brad Johnson
Board Clerk
11/16