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Chisago Lakes Schools
Chisago City, MN 55013
BOARD OF EDUCATION
Open Forum Meeting/
Monday, March 22, 2021
(April 22, 2021)
PRESENT: Mark Leigh, Lori Berg, Brenda Carlson, Danielle Strenke, Melissa Donovan, Jeff Lindeman, Supt. Dean Jennissen.
VISITORS: Eric Simmons, Jodi Davis, Robyn Vosberg-Torgerson, Pat Collins, John Douglas, Brenda Schell, Dave Ertl, Jodi Otte, Jason Riebe, Anne Nelson, John Whitacre, Sheila Wiehl, Sara Johnson, Sheryl Spray, Teresa Nelson, Ed Wakefield, Pauline Hinsch, Brian McNally, Mehan Phelps, Sarah Meisner, Jill Underhill, Jeremy Witkowski, Bridget Skallet, Ian Lexvold, Alicia DeNio, Carrie Brandt, Leah Sunquist, Jacquie Undem, Julie Frawley, Kellee Peterson, Peg Killeen, Chris Waddell, Kerry Zupko, Quinncy Zupko, Jeremy Peterson, Andrea Ryan.
1. The meeting was called to order and began with the Pledge of Alligence.
2. Motion by Berg, seconded by Carlson and upon roll call vote, those in favor of accepting the Open Forum agenda, Leigh, Berg, Carlson, Donovan, Lindeman and Strenke with none opposed, motion carried.
3. Chairman Leigh reminded all those in attendance and joining remotely that the meeting was set up as an open forum session not a Q & A session and each guest speaker with be allowed approximately 3 minutes to speak.
4. Athletic Director, Jodi Otte clarified the activities reductions – several were savings in FY 21 not for FY22. (FY=fiscal year);
5. Sheila Wiehl, teacher and leader for CLEM (Chisago Lakes Education MN – teachers union) spoke to perceived lack of transparency in the process, and vague information in reducitons;
6. Torre Heiland, district parent, concerned with teacher and activity cuts, asked for administration to take cuts;
7. Michelle Dietz, district employee for Kids Club, was laid off last year and now terminated due to budget cuts spoke to her concern about the process;
8. Pat Collins & John Whitacre, MS teachers spoke against cutting a science teacher;
9. Sheryl Spray & Jeremy Witkowski, district teachers would like priority on not decreasing class sizes, would like clarification on where th reduction fugure came from and consideration on salary increases for teachers;
10. Bob Barrett, community member, discussed that cuts don’t necessitate a fall levy – deficit won’t be that much, too much being spent in admin costs, work hard to get students back and drop out of SEE;
11. Brian McNally, teacher, concerned with this meeting having a virtual option along with ‘in person’ when classrooms will have more people, concerned with “2.5% average” salary increases in proposal;
12. Pauline Hinsch, science teacher, read a letter from several CLMS teachers to request that the .5 science teacher re retained
and the .5 tech integrationist position be cut.
13. Motion by Donovan, seconded by Berg and upon roll call vote, all those in favor of adjouring at 7:52 PM, Carlson, Donovan, Berg, Leigh, Lindeman, Strenke with none opposed. Motion carried.
Mark Leigh, Chair
Danielle Strenke, Clerk
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