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October 23, 2018

3/16/2018 1:56:00 PM
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The Chisago Lakes School Board met March 8 for a regular meeting.  Dani Strenke  and Lori Berg were absent.  

In communications, the board heard from Superintendant Dean Jennissen who introduced student athlete Josh Wenthe.  Wenthe was there with his wrestling coach Shawn Frederixon. Wenthe made it to the state wrestling tournament in St. Paul. Jennissen also told the board that coach Frederixon will act as President of the Minnesota Wrestling Association next year.

Next, the board heard a presentation from Jamie Borell, a representative from IPS Solar.  Borell explained that IPS Solar is partnered with WGL Energy who are both part of the Eichtens Solar Garden subscribersreceiving Xcel credits. Borell told the council they had four district buildings that are part of the solar garden.  

Borell explained bill credits to the board. The district receives a bill credit of 12.3 cents and pays 9.9 cents per kilowatt used.  Borell told them the savings on the last four months amounted to $19,259.  Borell outlined the savings in year one would be $52,000, in year 10, the yearly savings would be $150,000 and over the length of the 25 year contract, savings to the school would come to over $4 million.

Supt. Jennissen’s three-year contract was approved.  The agreement covers the school years 2017-2018 through end of June 2020.  Jennissen receives a wage of $145,000, $155,000 in the second school term and $165,000 for the third school year.

The board then heard a brief presentation from Lakes Area Police Officer Cory Spencer who serves as the School Resource Officer.  Spencer told the board he covers the high school and Officer Quimby covers the middle school and Lakeside.  Spencer highlighted the objectives they are working on including emergency management which includes prevention, real time incident response, psychology, and post incident planning.  

The council then moved to accept a donation from the Taylors Falls Foundation in the amount of $690 to be used for 4th and 5th grade Biz Town trips.

Next the board approved Chisago Lakes Community Education to write a grant to the East Central Regional Arts Council for $5,000 to help run a summer theater program. This will be a small arts grant project and the play will be in July and August. The board also approved Communty Education to apply for a grant to the East Central Regional Arts Council for $15,000.  The grant would be for after school youth art classes led by artists from the area. The classes will include pottery, painting, piano, voice, and many other artistic forms. The classes will run from September to December 2018. The board also approved a grant application for $3,000 for Art in Our Schools.  The grant would involve Jack Doepke teaching an after school class on movie making in the fall of 2018.

Sarah Schmidt, Director of Curriculum, gave an overview of graduation rates for Chisago Lakes.  Schmidt pointed out the current rate for Chisago Lakes graduation is 91.7 percent compared to the state average of 82.7 percent.

In new business, the board passed a resolution for sale of Series A bonds in the amount of $3,730,000 for facilities maintenance.  Ehlers and Associates’ Andrea Uhl told the board the school received an A+ rating again this year.  Uhl did note the school received a negative outlook because of lowered reserves. Uhl suggested the school work to replenish the reserves to bring the outlook to positive.

The board heard from Director of Communications Lori Nelson.  Nelson presented a version of a new Wildcat logo. Nelson explained how the front facing logo had too much detail to reproduce on uniforms.  The board aproved the use of the new logo.  

Nelson explained the meaning of the new mission statement  "Learning For All".  The mission statement ties into the existing motto Engage. Educate. Empower.  The board thanked Nelson and voiced their approval.

The board then officially approved the naming of the new elementary school on Karmel Avenue in Chisago City.  The recommendation was to keep the name Lakeside Elementary, which passed unanimously.

Valerie Peterson of Wold Architects spoke on the progress of the new Lakeside Elementary project.  She presented drawings and explained they would like to go out for bids on April 5.  The board approved the date for putting out bids for both Lakeside and the new Community Center, at the high school.

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