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home : public notices : legals-article August 20, 2017

8/10/2017 9:43:00 AM
BOARD OF EDUCATION Chisago Lakes Schools Independent School District #2144, Lindstrom, MN 55045 - Thursday, June 15, 2017 MINUTES

(August 10, 2017)

Members Present: Mark Leigh; Thomas Lawlor; Danielle Strenke; Lori Berg; Brenda Carlson; Jerry Vitalis; Joe Thimm, Superintendent and Heide Miller, Director of Business Services.

Members Absent: None

Visitors: Jodi Davis, Bob Meyer, Kathy Burrill, Lori Nelson, Greg Crowe, Jeff Norton, Steve Alm, Kathy Laqua

1. Motion by Lawlor, seconded by Berg and carried unanimously to call the meeting or order at 6:30 pm.  
 
2. Motion by Lawlor, seconded by Berg and carried unanimously to accept the revised agenda.
 
3. Motion by Vitalis, seconded by Berg and carried unanimously to approve the minutes of the May 18, 2017 regular school board meeting.
 
4. Motion by Vitalis, seconded by Berg and carried unanimously to approve the minutes as presented for the May 31, 2017 Special Board Meeting.
 
5. Motion by Lawlor, seconded by Strenke and carried unanimously to approve the accounts payable as stated:  No investment update, first set of computer payables dated 5/31/2017 for check numbers 12435 through 124727 in the amount of $482.169.21  A second set of computer payables dated 6/13/17 for check number 24730 through 124941 in the amount of $706,789.90.
 
6. Motion by Vitalis, seconded by Lawlor and carried unanimously to accept the donation of $352.47 for a MS Science class.
 
7. Motion by Vitalis, seconded by Lawlor and carried unanimously to accept the $3,000.00 grant from AgStar for the organics and hydroponics lab.
 
8. Motion by Vitalis, seconded by Lawlor and carried unanimously to accept the $1,000.00 grant from Affinity Plus Foundation Cultivator Program for student financial literacy.
 
9. Motion by Vitalis, seconded by Lawlor and carried unanimously to accept the SHIP grant for $1500.00 for Pickle ball equipment for Community Education.
 
10. There were 3320 students enrolled in Chisago Lakes ISD #2144 as of June 7, 2017
 
11. Heide Miller shared the minutes from the March 17, 2017 Hwy 8 Task Force meeting and the agenda for the June 19, 2017 meeting was shared.  Joe Thimm plans on attending the June 19 meeting.
 
12. There was no Old Business to discuss.
 
13. Greg Crowe from EHLERS presented the Pre Sale Report and Certification Documentation.  The documentation showed that interest rates are lower than what the tax increase was based on in the referendum materials prior to the vote.  The District is calling for the sale of the bonds to be held on July 13, 2017 with proceeds received on August 3, 2017.
 
14. Member Vitalis introduced the following resolution and moved its adoption:

RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR THE SALE OF GENERAL OBLIGATION SCHOOL BUILDING BONDS, SERIES 2017A; AND COVENANTING AND OBLIGATING THE DISTRICT TO BE BOUND BY AND TO USE THE PROVISIONS OF MINNESOTA STATUTES, SECTION 126C.55 TO GUARANTEE THE PAYMENT OF THE PRINCIPAL AND INTEREST ON THESE BONDS

BE IT RESOLVED by the School Board of Independent School District No. 2144 (Chisago Lakes), Minnesota, as follows:

1. Bond Authorization. The School Board has determined that it is necessary and expedient to issue $62,815,000 General Obligation School Building Bonds, Series 2017A.

2. Sale.  The District has retained Ehlers & Associates, Inc. (Ehlers) in Roseville, Minnesota, as its independent municipal advisor for the Bonds.  Ehlers is authorized to solicit proposals in accordance with Minnesota Statutes, Section 475.60, Subdivision 2(9).  If the issuance of the Bonds is approved, the School Board shall meet at the time and place specified in the Official Statement to receive and consider proposals for the purchase of the Bonds.

3. Official Statement; Negotiation of Sale.  Ehlers is authorized to prepare and distribute an Official Statement and to open, read and tabulate the proposals for presentation to the Board.

4. Minnesota School District Credit Enhancement Program.  (a) The District hereby covenants and obligates itself to notify the Commissioner of Education of a potential default in the payment of principal and interest on the Bonds and to use the provisions of Minnesota Statutes, Section 126C.55 to guarantee payment of the principal and interest on the Bonds when due.  The District further covenants to deposit with the Registrar or any successor paying agent three (3) days prior to the date on which a payment is due an amount sufficient to make that payment or to notify the Commissioner of Education that it will be unable to make all or a portion of that payment.  The Registrar for the Bonds is authorized and directed to notify the Commissioner of Education if it becomes aware of a potential default in the payment of principal or interest on the Bonds or if, on the day two (2) business days prior to the date a payment is due on the Bonds, there are insufficient funds to make that payment on deposit with the Registrar.  The District understands that as a result of its covenant to be bound by the provision of Minnesota Statutes, Section 126C.55, the provisions of that section shall be binding as long as any Bonds of this issue remain outstanding.

(b) The District further covenants to comply with all procedures now and hereafter established by the Departments of Management and Budget and Education of the State of Minnesota pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Section 126C.55, subdivision 2(c) and otherwise to take such actions as necessary to comply with that section.  The chair, clerk, superintendent or business manager is authorized to execute any applicable Minnesota Department of Education forms.

The motion for adoption of the foregoing resolution was duly seconded by Member Lawlor, and upon vote being taken thereon, the following voted in favor thereof: Leigh, Berg, Carlson, Strenke, Lawlor, Vitalis.

and the following voted against the same: none

whereupon the resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.

15. Motion by Vitalis, seconded by Berg and carried unanimously to approve the Comprehensive Brochure for Chisago Lakes ISD #2144 as presented by Lori Nelson, Director of Communications.
 
16. Motion by Vitalis, seconded by Carlson and carried unanimously to approve the MOU regarding Q-Comp (Alternative Teacher Professional Pay System) between Chisago Lakes Education Minnesota and Chisago Lakes ISD #2144 effective July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.
 
17. Motion by Vitalis, seconded by Berg and carried unanimously to approve Upper Lakes Foods as the Prime Vendor for the Chisago lakes ISD #2144 food service program for 2017-2018.
 
18. Motion by Vitalis, seconded by Lawlor and carried unanimously to approve the increase in breakfast and lunch prices for 2017-2018 school year as follows:  Breakfast from $1.50 to $1.65, Elementary lunch from $2.35 to $2.40, MS/HS lunch from $2.55 to $2.65, Adult lunch from $3.65 to $4.00 and Adult Breakfast from $2.00 to $2.20.
 
19. Motion by Vitalis, seconded by Lawlor and carried unanimously to call for milk bids for the 2017-2018 school year to be opened at 10:00 am on open milk bids received on July 24, 2017.
 
20. Motion by Vitalis, seconded by Carlson and carried unanimously to approve and sign the SOC (Superintendent Operating Committee) agreement in order to enter into a new agreement with SCRED the fiscal host.
 
21. Motion by Vitalis, seconded by Berg and carried unanimously to accept and approve the changes to the 2017-2018 calendar.  The change was moving the April 2nd staff development day to March 29th.
 
22. Motion by Vitalis, seconded by Berg and carried unanimously to approve the date of July 12, 2017 as the School Board retreat.
 
23. Motion by Berg, seconded by Vitalis and carried unanimously to set and approve the dates for the Superintendent semi-finalist candidate interviews; July 18th and 20th starting at 12:00 noon and going until 4:45 pm, Final interviews will be conducted on July 27, 2017 starting at 9:00 am.

24. Motion by Lawlor, seconded by Berg and carried unanimously to accept the list of the graduating class of 2017.
 
25. Motion by Vitalis, seconded by Lawlor and carried unanimously to approve the FY 18 Environmental/Occupational Health & Safety contract with Resource as presented.
 
26. Motion by Vitalis, seconded by Berg and carried unanimously to appoint Sarah Schmidt as the LEA (Local Education Agency) representative for Chisago Lakes Schools for the 2017-2018 school year.
 
27. Motion by Vitalis, seconded by Berg and carried unanimously to appoint Heide Miller as the Homeless Liaison Representative for the 217-2018 school year.

28. Motion by Vitalis, seconded by Berg and carried unanimously to appoint Heide Miller as the HIPAA Privacy Officer for the 2017-2018 school year.
 
29. Motion by Vitalis, seconded by Carlson and carried unanimously to authorize Heide Miller, Director of Business Services to accept the insurance renewal for property and liability insurance and worker’s compensation for the July 1, 2017 renewal with the Board giving final approval at the July meeting.
 
30. Motion by Vitalis, seconded by Berg and carried unanimously to approve the changes to the Primary School and Taylors Falls Elementary Student Handbook for the 2017-2018 school year.
 
31. Motion by Vitalis, seconded by Berg and carried unanimously to approve the Service Agreement between TRIO Wolf Creek Distance Learning Charter School #4095 and Chisago Lakes ISD #2144 for the period of June 30, 2017 through June 30, 2022.
 
32. Motion by Berg, seconded by Carlson and carried unanimously to approve the budgets as presented by Heide Miller as follows:

General Fund Budget as follows:  FY17 Revised Revenues: 33,562,725: FY17 Revised Expenditures 33,684,173; FY18 Revised Revenues; 34,533,979 and FY 18 Preliminary Expenditures; 34,513,555.

Transportation Fund as follows:  FY 17 Revised Revenues: 2,147,823:  FY 17 Revised Expenditures 2,052,000; FY 18 Revised Revenues: 2,202,729; FY 18 Revised Preliminary Expenditures 2,155,000.

Capital Outlay Fund as follows:  FY 17 Revised Revenues: 1,881,978; FY 17 Revised Expenditures 1,697,568;  FY 18 Revised Revenues; 2,310,115 and FY 18 Revised Preliminary Expenditures 1,767,571.

Food Service Fund as follows:  FY 17 Revised Revenues: 1,619,405; FY 17 Revised Expenditures 1,593,106; FY 18 Revised Revenues; 1,667,987; and FY 18 Preliminary Expenditures 1,640,899.

Community Education Fund as follows:  FY 17 Revised Revenues:  1,740,250; FY 17 Revised Expenditures 1,638,914; FY 18 Revised Revenues; 1,800,736 and FY 18 Preliminary Expenditures 1,715,956.

Debt Service Fund as follows:  FY 17 Revised Revenues; 3,025,130; FY 17 Revised Expenditures 3,027,300; FY 18 Revised Revenues; 3,037,078 and FY 18 Preliminary Expenditures 3,043,300.
 
33. Motion by Vitalis, seconded by Carlson carried unanimously to approve the Miscellaneous Wage Sheet as presented by Bob Meyer.
 
34. Member Vitalis introduced the following Resolution relating to the termination and non-renewal of the teaching contract of a long term substitute teacher,

WHEREAS, Diane Spychalla is a long term substitute teacher in Independent School District No. 2144,

BE IT RESOLVED, by the School board of Independent School District No. 2144 that pursuant to Minnesota Statute §122A.40, subdivision 5, that the teaching contract of Diane Spychalla, a long term substitute teacher in Independent School District No. 2144, is hereby terminated at the close of the current 2016-2017 school year and is not renewed for the 2017-2018 school year.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that written notice to be sent to the teacher has been reviewed and approved by the Board and that it be signed by the Board Chair and served upon the teacher notifying said teacher of termination and non-renewal of her contract as proved by law.

The motion for the adoption of the foregoing resolution was duly seconded by Lawlor and upon vote being taken thereon, the following voted in favor thereof: Leigh, Carlson, Strenke, Vitalis, Berg and Lawlor and no members voting against the same.   Whereupon said resolution was declared duly adopted.

35. Motion by Vitalis, seconded by Lawlor and carried unanimously to approve the resignation agreement with Cindy Johnson as presented.
 
36. Motion by Vitalis, seconded by Berg and carried unanimously to accept and approve the resignations as presented:
 
Paula Koran, media paraprofessional at TF resigned effective June 7, 2017;

Elizabeth Sandberg, paraprofessional at ECFE resigned effective June 7, 2017;

Alex Thomsen, special education teacher at TF resigned at the conclusion of the 2016-17 school year;

Theresa Slattengren, paraprofessional at TF resigned effective June 7, 2017;
 
37. Motion by Vitalis, seconded by Lawlor and approved unanimously to accept the Leave of Absence request for Hannah Unruh commencing July 19, 2017 through approximately December 4, 2017.
 
38. Motion by Vitalis, seconded by Lawlor and carried unanimously to approve the certified contracts as presented:
 
Laura Albertson, Secondary Instructor for the 2017-18 school year, BA+0, Step G, $43,845.00;

Rebecca Anderson, Elementary Instructor for the 2017-18 school year, BA+30, Step D, $42,737.00;

Maria Benson, Elementary Instructor for the 2017-18 school year, BA+0, Step B, $38,444.00;

Courtney Bergeron, Elementary Instructor for 2017-18 school year, BA+0, Step E, $41,626.00;

Bridget Budig, Secondary Instructor for the 2017-18 school year, MA+0, Step J, $52,708.00;

Charlie Cook, Secondary Instructor for the 2017-18 school year, MA+0, Step B, $42,737.00;

Julie Frawley, Secondary Instructor for the 2017-18 school year, MA+30, Step O, $74,032.20;

Kelsey Grue, Elementary Instructor for the 2017-18 school year, BA+0, Step D, $40,522.00;

Kelsey Hannack, Elementary Instructor for the 2017-18 school year, BA+0, Step D, $40,522.00;

Abby Husfeldt, Secondary Instructor for the 2017-18 school year, MA+0, Step B, $42,737.00;

Julie Ives, Secondary Instructor for the 2017-18 school year, BA+60, Step C, $43,845.00;

Brianna Kaminski, Elementary Instructor for the 2017-18 school year, BA+15, Step C, $40,522.00;

Meghan Phelps, Elementary Instructor for the 2017-18 school year, MS+0, Step I, $51,235.00;

Alyssa Prosser, Elementary Instructor for the 2017-18 school year, BA+0, Step A, $37,407.00;

Amanda Wichman, Elementary Instructor for the 2017-18 school year, BA+0, Step B, $38,444.00;

Michelle Wille, Secondary Instructor for the 2017-18 school year, MA+15, Step L, $57,514.00;
 
39. Motion by Vitalis, seconded by Berg and carried unanimously to approve the non-certified and custodial contracts as presented:
 
Mesa LaValley, special ed para at the Middle School commencing 9/5/17, $12.53 per hour, 5.75 hrs/day up to 170 days, A-D;

Syrece Lepper, Special Ed Soc. Behav Level III paraprofessional at the Middle School commencing 9/5/17, $14.76 per hour, 6.5 hrs/day up to 170 days, B-D;

Laura Olson, special ed para at SOAR - CLEC commencing 9/5/17, $16.96 per hour, 7hr/day up to 170 days, B-H;

Nathaniel Plattner, Lead Custodian at the Primary School commencing 6/12/17, $22.56 per hour (22.41 + .15), Sched A, Step 10 + BL1, 8hrs/day up to 248 days;

Jeannette Sonnentag, Special Ed Soc. Behav.Level III Para at the Middle School, change in schedule & position as of 9/5/17, $17.45 (16.40 + 1.05), B-G + L1, 6.5 hrs/day up to 170 days;

40. Motion by Vitalis, seconded by Berg and carried unanimously to approve the contract for Matt Mitchell, Director of the Performing Arts Center and assistant to the District Aquatics Manager for 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 as presented.
 
41. Motion by Vitalis, seconded by Carlson and carried unanimously to approve the agreement for Kathy Burrill, Director of Food Services for 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years as presented.
 
42. Motion by Vitalis, seconded by Berg and carried unanimously to approve the contract for Kassaundra Lee, American Sign Language Interpreter for 2017-2018 as presented.
 
43. Motion by Vitalis, seconded by Berg and carried unanimously to approve the contract for Joan Duffy, American Sign Language Interpreter for 2017-2018 as presented.
 
44. Motion by Vitalis, seconded by Lawlor and carried unanimously to approve the contract for Autumn Cizinsky, American Sign Language Interpreter for 2017-2018 as presented.  
 
45. Motion by Berg, seconded by Carlson and carried unanimously to approve the contract for Moly Gavett as Coordinator at the CLEC as presented.
 
46. Motion by Vitalis, seconded by Berg and carried unanimously to approve the activity contracts as presented:
 
Tina Cronin, Trapshooting Advisor for 2016-2017, $841.50; 50% IX-0;

Jeff Lindeman, Trapshooting Advisor for 2016-2017, $861.50; 50% IX-2.
 
47. Motion by Berg, seconded by Vitalis and upon roll call vote with Member Carlson abstaining, the following members voted in favor with none opposed to approve the activity contract for Brenda Carlson as stated.
 
48. Referendum update was shared by Joe Thimm and Heide Miller with dates of the upcoming meetings.  Tours will take place on June 22, 2017 to various sites.  Core Planning Group meetings will be July 10th, July 17th, August 3rd and August 10th.  Project Oversight Committee meeting is scheduled for June 28th.
 
49. Motion by Berg, seconded by Lawlor and carried to adjourn the meeting at 8:20 pm.

Danielle Strenke, Clerk
Mark Leigh, Chair



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