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May 17, 2021

4/29/2021 11:01:00 AM
CHISAGO LAKES SCHOOLS Independent School District #2144, Chisago City, MN 55013 - BOARD OF EDUCATION Telecommunication Special Meeting MINUTES: Thursday, April 5, 2021

(April 29, 2021)

PRESENT: Mark Leigh, Lori Berg, Brenda Carlson, Danielle Strenke, Melissa Donovan, Jeff Lindeman, Supt. Dean Jennissen.

REMOTE: Jodi Davis.

ABSENT: None.

VISITORS:  Andy Wilhelmy, Dave Ertl, Jodi Otte, Sara Johnson, Sheila Wiehl, Sheryl Spray, Jason Riebe, Brenda Schell, Ralph Fairchild, Eric Simmons, Robyn Vosberg-Torgerson, Darci Peckman-Krueger, Michelle Kleist, Ed Wakefield, Scott Frischmon, Jacob Kraut Kremer, Ian Lexvold, Alicia DeNio, Jill Underhill, Kerry Zupko, Sarah Meissner, Ryan Dewey, Ellie Frischmon, Ryan Rangitsch, Jodi Otte, Carrie Hoffman, John Douglas, Jim Gillach, Laura Cierzan, Marilyn Anderson, Ralph Fairchild.

1. The special budget/open forum meeting was called to order at 6:00 pm and began with the Pledge of Allegiance.

2. Motion by Berg, seconded by Carlson and upon roll call vote, those in favor of accepting the agenda, Berg, Carlson, Donovan, Leigh, Lindeman and Strenke with none opposed, motion carried.

3. There were several Open Forum participants; Ed Wakefield, Scott Frischmon, Ryan Dewey, Scott Leffler and Jacob Kraut Kremer all spoke to the planned IT cuts; Jennifer Mickelson, community parent spoke to concerns about class size and offered to volunteer her services in marketing to get kids/parents back in the district. Ryan Rangitsch, community parent spoke to saving teacher positions and having community help instead of hiring to help pass a levy.

4. Motion by Carlson, seconded by Donovan and upon roll call vote, those in favor of the Principal Reduction in Force Resolution, Berg, Carlson, Donovan, Leigh, Lindeman and Strenke with none opposed, Resolution duly passed and adopted.

REDUCTION IN FORCE RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, Independent School District No. 2144, Chisago Lakes (“District”) and Principals Association with ISD #2144 (Association) are parties to an agreement governing the negotiated terms and conditions of employment for all principal positions employed by the District; and

WHEREAS, the School Board has determined that it must eliminate or reduce positions covered by the agreement, and thereby reduce the District’s workforce, because of budget constraints;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the District’s School Board as follows:

1. Effective July 31, 2021, the School Board eliminates the following positions:   Associate Principal Position at the High School – 215 days, 8 hours per day.

2. The District’s Director of Human Resources, or a designee, must notify the affected employees that their positions have been eliminated and that they have been placed on layoff status.  A copy of the notice must be provided to the Association.   

3. This position will move back to the previous position as a High School Dean in the CLEM collective bargaining unit and serve as a Dean at the high school. 
   
5. Motion by Berg, seconded by Donovan and upon roll call vote, those in favor of the Long Term Substitute Teacher Non Renewal Resolution, Berg, Carlson, Donovan, Leigh, Lindeman and Strenke with none opposed, resolution passed and was declared duly adopted.

WHEREAS, Deb Montayne, Talia Rainer, Lynette Pego, Jean Fairchild, Alyssa Bjelland, Nora Boyle, Kathryn Pearson, Taylor Neil, Shelly Sprain, Alexander VanDyke and Bayley Thauwald are long term substitute teachers in Independent School District #2144.

BE IT RESOLVED, by the School Board of Independent School District #2144 that pursuant to Minnesota Statute §122A.40, subdivision 5, that the teaching contract of; Deb Montayne, Talia Rainer, Lynette Pego, Jean Fairchild, Alyssa Bjelland, Nora Boyle, Kathryn Pearson, Taylor Neil, Shelly Sprain, Alexander VanDyke and Bayley Thauwald, as long term substitute teachers in Independent School District #2144, are hereby terminated at the close of the current 2020-2021 school year and are not renewed for the 2021-2022 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 his/her contract as proved by law.

6. Motion by Donovan, seconded by Carlson and upon roll call vote those in favor of the Reduction in Force Resolution regarding Support Staff, Berg, Carlson, Donovan, Leigh, Lindeman and Strenke with none opposed, resolution passed and was declared duly adopted.

WHEREAS, Independent School District No. 2144, Chisago Lakes (“District”) and Service Employees International Union, Local 284 (“Union”) are parties to a collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”) governing the negotiated terms and conditions of employment for all secretarial staff, clerical staff, and paraprofessionals employed by the District; and

WHEREAS, the School Board has determined that it must eliminate or reduce positions covered by the CBA, and thereby reduce the District’s workforce, because of budget constraints;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the District’s School Board as follows:

(1) Effective June 9, 2021, the School Board eliminates the following positions:  
Special Ed Para/Braillist at Primary School – 8 hours per day up to 172 days per year, Schedule B
High School Principal Secretary – 8 hours per day up to 248 days per year, Schedule C
Parking Lot Attendant at High School– 7.5 hours per day up to 172 days per year, Schedule A
Lunch Room Para at Lakeside – 3 hours per day up to 172 days per year, Schedule A
Lunch Room Para at Lakeside – 3 hours per day up to 172 days per year, Schedule A
Special Education Para at Lakeside – 5.75 hours per day up to 172 days, Schedule A
Special Education Para at Lakeside – 5.75 hours per day up to 172 days per year, Schedule A
All COVID health Aid Positions – District Wide – up to 8 hours per day, these were one-year positions
Check and Connect Coordinator – 5.75 hour per day, up to 172 days per year, Schedule A
Special Ed Due Process Secretary position will be consolidated with the Special Education Due Process Clerk position, creating only one position, 8 hours per day, up to 218 days per year Schedule C

(2) Pursuant to Article XIII of the CBA, the District’s Director of Human Resources, or a designee, must notify the affected employees that their positions have been eliminated and that they have been placed on layoff status.  A copy of the notice must be provided to the Union.  

(3) After affording the affected employees any vacancy and bumping rights that are established in Article XIII of the CBA, the Director of Human Resources, or a designee, must identify the employees who will be laid off.  The School Board will approve the final layoff of those individuals, by consent agenda, at a future meeting.  

7. Motion by Donovan, seconded by Carlson and upon roll call vote, those in favor of the Reduction in Force Resolution pertaining to Community Education, Berg, Carlson, Donovan, Leigh, Lindstrom and Strenke with none opposed, resolution passed and was duly adopted.

REDUCTION IN FORCE RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, the School Board has determined that it must eliminate or reduce positions and thereby reduce the District’s workforce, because of budget constraints;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the below position will be eliminated effective immediately by the District’s School Board as follows:

Community Education Coordinator – Kids Club

Community Education Coordinator – Youth and Adult Coordinator

Education Marketing/Special Event Coordinator

(these three positions are being consolidated into one position that will be posted later once job description can be established as well as criteria for the position)

8. Motion by Berg, seconded by Strenke and upon roll call vote those in favor of the Resolution relating to Non-Renewing Probationary Teaching Contracts, Berg, Carlson, Donovan, Leigh, Lindeman and Strenke with none opposed, Resolution passed and is duly adopted.

RESOLUTION NON-RENEWING PROBATIONARY TEACHING CONTRACTS

WHEREAS, Minnesota Statutes section 122A.40, subdivision 5, states that the first three consecutive years of a teacher’s first teaching experience in Minnesota in a single district is deemed to be a probationary period of employment, and that the probationary period in each district in which the teacher is thereafter employed is one year; and

WHEREAS, Minnesota Statutes section 122A.40, subdivision 5, further states that any annual contract with a probationary teacher may or may not be renewed as the school board shall see fit, provided that the board gives the teacher written notice of the nonrenewal before July 1;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the School Board of Independent School District No. 2144 as follows:

1. Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes section 122A.40, subdivision 5, the School Board hereby declines to renew the annual teaching contract of the following probationary teacher(s) effective at the end of this school year:                                       
Adaira Hagemeister
Nichole Engbloom
Caitlin King
Emily Durenberger
Jacob Johnson
Marin Melloy
Zachary Figueroa

2. As a result of this Resolution, the District’s employment relationship with the above-named probationary teacher(s) will terminate effective June 30th, 2021.  

3. The School Board has reviewed and hereby approves the written notice of nonrenewal for each affected teachers.  The notice to each affected teachers states the reasons for the non-renewal.  The School Board Chair is directed to sign the written notice(s) on behalf of the School Board.  The reasons for non-renewal are classified as private personnel data under the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, unless the non-renewal represents the final disposition of disciplinary action.

4. The Superintendent, or a designee, is directed to serve the affected teacher(s) with a copy of this Resolution and the approved written notice for that teacher before July 1.  If possible, the notice(s) should be hand-delivered.

9. Motion by Berg, seconded by Donovan and upon roll call vote, those in favor of adjourning the meeting at 8:37 PM, Berg, Carlson, Donavan, Leigh, Lindeman and Strenke with none opposed, motion carried.

Mark Leigh, Chair
Danielle Strenke, Clerk




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