April, 2017 School Board Meeting Minutes

Strategic Planning Session April 10, 2017 (Board approved 5-8-2017)

A strategic planning session was held at 4:00 p.m. in Rm. 104 of the Memorial
Building. Ralph Brauer was the facilitator. The following were present: Jason Kelley,
Heidi Mann, Julie Hignell, Ray Marsnik, Kathy Udovich, Scott Kellerman, James Pointer,
Tom Omerza, Jeff Sundell, Megan Anderson, Tom Coombe, Penny Jankowski, Kevin
Abrahamson, Anne Oelke, Tim Leeson, Molly Olson, Ruth Lah.
On the agenda: 1. Goals
The next session will be held on Monday, May 8, 2017, at 4 p.m. in the
Memorial Media Center.
Meeting adjourned at 5:52 p.m.

Submitted by Penny Jankowski,
Superintendent’s Assistant

School Board Meeting Minutes April 10, 2017 (Board approved 5-8-2017)

1.0 The regular meeting of the School Board of Independent School District No. 696 was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Chairman Marsnik.
2.0 On roll call the following directors were present: Kellerman, Mann, Marsnik, Omerza, and Pointer. Absent: Sjoberg. Also present: Kevin Abrahamson, Superintendent; Keith Vandervort, Ely Timberjay; and Tom Coombe, Ely Echo
3.0 Pledge of Allegiance
4.0 Approval of Agenda:
4.1 Moved by Kellerman, seconded by Pointer, to approve the agenda as amended. Motion carried. (5-0) 12.1.1 Approve March 2017 disbursements and wire transfers in the amount of $262,075.49 and receipts in the amount of $895,657.82
5.0 Open Forum: None at this meeting
6.0 Approval of Past Meeting Minutes:
6. 1. Moved by Pointer, seconded by Mann, to approve the minutes of
the March 13, 2017, Strategic Planning Session as presented. Motion carried. (5-0)
6. 2. Moved by Mann, seconded by Omerza, to approve the minutes of
the March 13, 2017, regular school board meeting. Motion carried. (5-0)
6. 3. Moved by Kellerman, seconded by Omerza, to approve the minutes
of the March 27, 2017, School Board Study session as presented. Motion carried. (5-0)
6. 4. Moved by Mann, seconded by Omerza, to approve the minutes
of the March 27, 2017, Special Meeting at presented. Motion carried. (5-0)
7.0 The following correspondence/informational items were presented:
7.1 Student Council Representative: None present.
7.2 Notice of Desire to Negotiate from AFSCME Local No. 295
8.0 K-5 Principal’s Report – Anne Oelke
9.0 6-12 Principal’s Report – Megan Anderson
10.0 Old Business:
10.1 None at this meeting.
11.0 New Business:
11.1 Discussed costs to fund Nordic skiing, girls’ track and boys’ track.
11.2 Moved by Kellerman, seconded by Omerza, to support the city of Ely’s Broadband grant application. Motion carried.
12.0 Consent Agenda:
12.1 Moved by Mann, seconded by Omerza, to approve the following
Program Consent Agenda:
12.1.1 Approved March 2017 disbursements and wire transfers in the amount of $262,075.49 and receipts in the amount of $895,657.82
12.1.2 Approved March 2017 financial reports as presented: Total monthly receipts: $895,925.24; total monthly payroll: $262,768.00; total fringe benefits: $236,116.81; invoices: $417,640.97; total monthly expenditures: $916,525.78; total revenue over expenditures: $(20,600.54).
12.1.3 Approved the following donations and gifts: 1. $100.00 from Kevin and Jessica Dunn for the playground fund; 2. $350.00 from the Kiwanis Club of Ely for Bo DeRemee’s class physics trip to Valley Fair; 3. 3-$20.00 gift cards from Legacy Toys for book reading competition at Washington Elementary; 4. $530.59 worth of books from PTO from Scholastic Book Fair to be used for the library; 5. $691.91 worth of books from John Burrough’s Association to be used for the Library; 6. $75.00 from the Ladies of Kaleva to be used for the playground fund; 7. $500.00 from Lake Country Power Electric Trust to be used for the playground fund.
12.1.4 Approved request to authorize Tom Coombe, Athletic Director, to contact the Eveleth-Gilbert School District to initiate the process of entering into a cooperative agreement for girls’ hockey at no cost to Ely school.
Motion carried. (Vote 5-0)
12.2 Moved by Pointer, seconded by Mann, to approve the Personnel Consent Agenda as follows:
12. 2. 1. Hired Katie Townsend for the part-time Early Childhood Family
Education Classroom Assistant position approximately 12-15 hrs. per week; Monday and Tuesdays for the weeks of ECFE class; $9.50/hr. per school board policy effective March 13, 2017.
12. 2. 2. Approved the following as volunteer assistant coaches as recommended by Tom Coombe, Athletic Director; Megan Anderson, Memorial Principal, and their head coaches and as per school board policy: Baseball-Chad Davis and softball-Adrianna Wittrup.
12. 2. 3. Accepted retirement/resignation of Susan Ferguson from the elementary teaching position effective at the end of the 2016- 2017 school year.
Motion carried. (Vote: 5-0)
12.3 Policy Consent Agenda:
12. 3. 1. Reviewed (1st review) revised policy 533 Wellness
12. 3. 2. Moved by Pointer, seconded by Omerza, to adopt revised policy 802 Disposition of Obsolete Equipment and Material. Motion carried. (5-0)
13.0 Superintendent’s Report-Kevin Abrahamson:
13.1 HITA update
13.2 Update on review of online payment options; RevTrak and Payschools and online application system Applitrack.
13.3 Discussed Strategic Planning Goals; some have been reached. Purchased new cafeteria tables; working on restoration of Washington building
14.0 Board Members Comments and Concerns:
14.1 Director Pointer – Asked when lines will be painted in the parking lots. They are scheduled.
14.2 Chairman Marsnik – What happened to visitors parking space sign?
15.0 Moved by Pointer, seconded by Omerza, to adjourn at 6:58 p.m.

Scott C. Kellerman, Clerk

School Board Study Session April 24, 2017 (Board approved 5-8-2017)

1.0 The study session of the School Board of Independent School District No. 696 was called to order by Chairman Marsnik at 6:00 p.m. in the school board meeting room.
2.0 On roll call the following directors were present: Mann, Marsnik, Omerza, Pointer, Sjoberg. Absent: Kellerman. Also present: Keith Vandervoort, Ely Timberjay and Tom Coombe, Ely Echo
3.0 Jeff Sundell, representative of the Ely Regional Community Complex, presented three possible schemes for the complex to be built on school campus.
4.0 Superintendent Abrahamson gave an update on the restoration of the Washington building regarding the area where the JFK building was attached.
5.0 Superintendent Abrahamson gave an update on the status of the HITA bidding process.
6.0 Moved by Pointer, seconded by Sjoberg, to adjourn at 7:03 p.m. Motion carried. (5-0)

Scott C. Kellerman, Clerk

Ely Echo 5/13/2017