December 21, 2006 at 6:38 a.m.
The meeting started with the Board officially recognizing Kora Amunrud, a fifth grader who won the Minnesota Kids Vote poster contest for grades 3-5.
In administrators’ reports, it was explained there were 22,385 books checked out from the media center already this year. There have been 7,007 accelerated reading tests administered with an average score of 86 percent.
Principal Svir spoke to the board about the students of Sunrise River School and their studies about fossil fuels and that they wrote letters to Governor Pawlenty, Representa- tive-elect Jeremy Kalin and Senator-elect Rick Olseen. Representative elect Kalin is scheduled to speak with students about the importance of fossil fuel studies.
Jeanne Leland, Community Education Director, then gave a brief explanation on how they are putting together a program that deals directly with helping families understand the difficulties of a soldier transitioning back into the community. Leland also spoke about starting a reading campaign that would involve local coffee houses.
Dr. Beckerleg of Special Ed spoke of the importance of understanding Autism. Beckerleg said that one in every 166 people have autism to some degree. There are around 1.5 million Americans living with Autism and 300,000 of those are children.
The School Board accepted retirements of several teachers. Mark Sandberg,Doniver Ahlm, Ward Gilkerson, Brian Richards, Bruce Anderson and Theodore Martin were among the retirees.
The Board unanimously approved to consider resolution regarding structural balance of the budget and approving the collective bargaining agreement with the NBSSA. They agreed to a 49 cent per hour average increase for support staff over the two year contract.
The Board also unanimously agreed to consider the certification of the 2006 payable 2007 levy. The levy increase is to be 8.8 percent.
The board approved the acceptance of Hoglund’s bid for three new busses. It also approved a change in capital funding of $88,000 for an additional bus to be purchased before April with the remaining busses to be purchased next year. The school board also recognized Transportation Director Bill Burton for his outstanding record with safety.
The School Board also voted unanimously to expel a student. Details were not given.
The school board agreed to send a letter to 916 vocation oriented school system stating that North Branch will not be participating in their extension program. The Board cited very low numbers of participants.