January 4, 2023 at 10:54 a.m.
Chisago Lakes Schools ISD #2144, 29678 Karmel Ave., Chisago City, MN 55013 - BOARD OF EDUCATION MINUTES: November 17, 2023
Members Present: Mark Leigh, Lori Berg, Danielle Strenke, Brenda Carlson, Jeff Lindeman, Supt. Dean Jennissen
Members Absent: Sarah Aadland
Visitors: Sarah Schmidt, Robyn Vosberg-Torgerson, Michelle Kleist, Eric Simmons, Jen Penzenstadler, Joshua Soderlund, Cory Spencer, Sara Johnson, Kendra Schmidt, McKenna Olson, Gina Pederson, Lugene Johnson
1. The November 17, 2022 meeting was called to order at 6:00 PM and began with the Pledge of Alliance.
2. Motion by Berg, seconded by Carlson to accept the agenda as presented with all in favor and none opposed, motion carried.
3. There were no Open Forum participants.
4. Motion by Lindeman, seconded by Carlson with all in favor to approve the items on the consent agenda with none opposed, motion carried.
5. Motion by Carlson, seconded by Berg to move forward with the application for the SHIP grant for supplies for the ‘Sensory Go Bags’ at Lakeside with all in favor and none opposed, motion carried.
6. Motion by Berg, seconded by Lindeman to approve the grant application for the sound system in the TF gymnasium with all in favor and none opposed, motion carried.
7. Motion by Lindeman, seconded by Carlson to approve the items on the Consent Agenda as presented; with all in favor and none opposed, motion carried;
Tanya Andersen, DO, effective October 28, 2022;
Hayley Tavarez, Lakeside para, effective October 28, 2022;
Madison Haugen, Kids Club, effective Oct. 31, 2022;
Jenny Tyrrell, effective November 18, 2022;
Michelle Kowalski, para at CLEC, effective November 11, 2022
Notice of Hire / Contracts
Leah Dickinson, PS SPED paraprofessional, sched B, step B, $15.07/hr;
John Downs, MS Spec ed Para – setting III, 6.5 hrs/day up to 172 days, Sched B, step C, $15.66;
Robert Ehlert, District Delivery Driver, 5.75 hrs/day. 261 days, Custodian Class 2 step 8, $21.65;
Nancy Eickhoff, MS Spec Ed paraprofessional, 6.2 hrs/day up to 170 days, sched B, step G, $18.00/hr;
Susan Engelbrecht, Spec Ed Acad paraprofessional, 6.0 hrs/day, sched A, step I, $16.63/hr;
Isabel Hindt, WCC, 70-100 days/year, $18.25/hr;
Jessica Hansen Com Ed Clerical at PS, 28.75 hrs/week, 210 days/yr, Sched C, step F, $19.14hr;
Anna Melstrom, ECFE Sibling car at PS .8 hrs/day up to 40 days, Sched A. step B, $12.85/hr;
Tara Nelson, Little Wildcats Preschool Para at TF, 20.75 hrs/wk up to 170 days, sched A, step D, $13.88/hr;
Tara Nelson, Kids Club Supv. LTS at Lakeside, 3 hrs/day, 10/10/22 through 12/22/22, Sched and step C, sub rate $14.81;
Stacy Pohlman, Asst Kids Club Supv at PS, 7.5 hrs/day, Sched A, step G, $15.60/hr;
LTS, Michelle Thoennes for Mickelle Pohlman (for Tara Haas), from 8/29/22 until further notice not to exceed the end of the 22-23 school year at .5 FTE, $21,752.48;
Nancy Carlin, change in hours, Behavior Tech Para at MS, 7.25 hrs/day. Sched & step B-L $21.55/hr;
Leyna Gifford, SPED para at Lakeside, $5.75/hr, 5.75 hrs/day up to 172 days;
Lainey Hallen, Kids Club HS Aide, 2.5 hrs/day, 180 days, $9.28/hr;
Kaylee Hansen, Kids Club HS Aide, 2.75 hrs/day, 180 days, $9.28/hr;
Anita Linnell, Spec Ed Behavior Processing Para, sched B at MS, 7.25 hrs/day, up to 172 days, $21.45/hr;
Heidi Scott, HS Asst. Custodian, 8hrs/day. 261 days. Class 3 Base Step 6 $21.20 + $.50 Boiler and .60 CPO license;
Perry Aadland, 9th Gr Girls Basketball coach for 2022-23, IV-10, $4,325.00;
Courtney Baugher, Girls Hockey JV for 2022-23, III-0, $4,449.00;
Carolee Blegan, Dance Team Asst Coach for 2022-23, IV-2, $4,085.00;
Bill Emeott, JV/Varsity Girls Hockey Volunteer for 2022-23;
Bridget Hoolihan, MS Play Asst for 2022-23, VII-8, $2,914.00;
Molly Gavett, Coordinator at CLEC, August 1, 2022 through July 31, 2103, $76,654.54 for 213 days:
Ian Lexvold, MS Play Director for 2022-23, schedule C VII-4, $2,834.00;
Robin Lind, All school Play Choreographer 2022-23, $1,200.00;
Cory Lushanko, Hockey/Boys Head Coach for 2022-23, I-2, $5,668.00;
Brianna McClaskie, Swimming/Boys Asst for 2022-23, .75 of III-10, $3,636.75;
Jeremy Neuman, 9th grade Boys Basketball Coach for 2022-23. C-IV-0, $4,025.00;
Mark Vitelli, Asst Girls Hockey Coach for 2022-23. III-1 C-75%, $3,366.75;
Selah Brooks-Powell, MS Vocal for 2022-23, IX-1, $1,927.00;
Brett Kjos, Gymnastics Head Coach for 2022-23. I-10, $6,308.00;
Erin Sandell, One Act Play Advisor for 2022-23, VI-3, $3,253.00;
Tyler Stettler, Basketball/Girls 7/8 MS for 2022-23, VI-7, $3,353.00;
Bryce Thompson, Hockey/Boys JV Coach for 2022-23, III-3, $4,569.00;
Craig Walker, Basketball/Boys JV for 2022-23, III-10, $4,849.00;
Lindsey Wilson, Math League Advisor for 2022-23, VII-10, $2,954.00;
Amanda Levielle, Goalie Coach Girls Hockey 2022-23, 25% III-0, $1,112.25;
Brian McNally, Football Asst Coach for 2022-23, III-10, $4,849.00;
8. Member Berg introduced the following Resolution:
RESOLUTION CANVASSING THE
RETURNS OF VOTES FOR SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS OF SCHOOL DISTRICT #2144, AS FOLLOWS:
BE IT RESOLVED by the School Board of Independent School District #2144, as follows:
1. It is hereby found, determined and declared that the Board Member election of the voters of this district held on November 8, 2022 was in all respects duly and legally called and held.
2. As certified by the county Auditors, a total of 19590 (included write-ins) voters of the district voted at said election of three school board member vacancies for terms of 4 years each for the Chisago Lakes School Board caused by expiration of term on January 2, 2023, as follows:
3. Candidate Cory Spencer having received the highest number of votes (4,234) is elected to a four year term beginning January 2, 2023.
Candidate Josh Soderlund having received the second highest number of votes (4,071) is elected to a four year term beginning January 2, 2023.
Candidate Jen Penzenstadler having received the third highest number of votes (3,887) is elected to a four year term beginning January 2, 2021.
4. The school district is hereby directed to provide a copy of this Resolution to the County Auditor of each County in which the school district is located in whole or in part.
The motion for the adoption of the foregoing resolution was duly seconded by Member Lindeman. Upon roll call vote, the following voted in favor: Mark Leigh, Lori Berg, Brenda Carlson, Danielle Strenke and Jeff Lindeman with Sarah Aadland absent; and the following voted against: none; whereupon said resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.
CERTIFICATION OF MINUTES RELATING TO SPECIAL ELECTION
Issuer: Independent School District No. 2144 (Chisago Lakes Schools), Minnesota Governing Body: School Board
Kind, date, time and place of meeting: A regular meeting held on November 17, 2022, at 6:00 p.m., at the District office.
Members present: Leigh, Carlson, Berg, Strenke, Lindeman
Members absent: Aadland
Documents attached: Minutes, State Abstract
Minutes of said meeting (including):
RESOLUTION RELATING TO CANVASSING RETURNS OF SPECIAL ELECTION
I, the undersigned, being the duly qualified and acting recording officer of the public corporation referred to in the title of this certificate, certify that the documents attached hereto, as described above have been carefully compared with the original records of said corporation in my legal custody, from which they have been transcribed; that said documents are a correct an complete transcript of the minutes of a meeting of the governing body of said corporation, and approved by the governing body at said meeting; and that said meeting was duly held by the governing body at the time and place and was attended throughout by the members indicated above, pursuant to call and notice of such meeting given as required by law.
WITNESS by hand officially as such recording officer on November 17, 2022.
School District Clerk / Danielle Strenke
The Clerk presented affidavits showing filing, mailing, publishing and posting of notice, in accordance with the resolution adopted July 21, 2022, of the special election held November 8, 2022, to vote on the questions of revoking the existing referendum authorization and approving a new referendum revenue authorization of the School District and authorizing the issuance of general obligation school building bonds. The Clerk also presented the Official returns and summary Statements of Judges. The affidavits and the Official Returns summary Statements of Judges are duly examined, approved and ordered place on file in the office of the Clerk.
Member Lindeman introduced the following resolution and moved its adoption, which motion was seconded by Member Berg.
BE IT RESOLVED by the School Board of Independent School District No. 2144 (Chisago Lakes), Minnesota that the special election held in and for School District on November 8, 2022, was in all respects duly and legally called and held, the returns thereof have been duly canvassed, and votes cast at the special election for and against the questions submitted to the electors were as follows:
School District Question 1
Revoking Existing Referendum Revenue Authorization:
Approving New Authorization
Shall the revocation of the existing referendum authorization and the approval of the new authorization proposed by the board in Independent School District No. 2144 (Chisago Lakes), Minnesota be approved?
BY VOTING “YES” ON THIS BALLOT QUESTION, YOU ARE VOTING FOR A PROPERTY TAX INCREASE
Votes Yes: 3.048
Votes No: 7,387
Spoiled, defective of blank ballots ___.
The ballot question, having (not) received the approval of a majority of the votes cast, is hereby declared (not) to be carried.
School District Question 2
Approval of School Building Bonds
YES Shall the board of Independence School district No. 2144 (Chisago Lakes), Minnesota
xxxx NO be authorized to issue general obligation school building bonds in the amount
Not to exceed $19,910.00 for acquisition and betterment of school sites and facilities
Including, but not limited to, safety and security projects at the Middle School and
Other buildings. Taylors Falls, Elementary restroom remodeling and roof
Replacement projects. Chisago Lakes Primary School classroom additions and
Renovations, pick up/drop off and parking lot improvements, roof replacement
Projects and deferred capital maintenance projects at district sites?
BY VOTING “YES” ON THIS BALLOT QUESTION, YOU ARE VOTING FOR A PROPERTY TAX INCREASE
Votes Yes: 3.598
Votes No: 6,786
Spoiled, defective of blank ballots ___.
The ballot question, having (not) received the approval of a majority of the votes cast, is hereby declared (not) to have carried.
Pursuant to Minnesota Statues, Section 126C.17, Subdivision 9(e) and Section 205A.07, Subdivision 3a, the Clerk is hereby instructed to notify the Commissioner of Education of the results of the special election and to provide the certified vote totals for the ballot question in written form within 15 days after the results have been certified by the Board.
Upon vote being taken thereon, the following voted in favor thereof:
And the following voted against the same:
Whereupon the resolution was declared duly passed and adopted and was signed by the Chairperson and attested by the Clerk.
Mark Leigh, Chair
Clerk, Danielle Strenke
10. Motion by Carlson, seconded by Lindeman to approve the report as presented for the Worlds Best Workforce by Sarah Schmidt, Director of Teaching and Learning, all in favor with none opposed, motion carried.
11.The Update for the Strategic Plan and the District Goals was presented to the full board.
12.Motion by Berg, seconded by Carlson to approve the Gifted and Talented Handbook with a few minor updates, all in favor with none opposed, motion carried.
13. Annual Resolution to Establish Combined Polling Place (to the counties by 12/31/22)
COMBINED POLLING PLACES FOR MULTIPLE PRECINCTS AND DESIGNATING HOURS DURING WHICH THE POLLING PLACES WILL REMAIN OPEN FOR VOTING FOR SCHOOL DISTRICT ELECTIONS NOT HELD ON THE DAY OF A STATEWIDE ELECTION
Member Berg introduced the attached resolution, seconded by Lindeman and upon roll call vote, Members Carlson, Berg, Leigh, Strenke, and Lindeman voted in favor of said resolution with none the following voted against same; whereupon the said resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.
BE IT RESOLVED by the School Board of Independent School District No.2144, State of Minnesota, as follows:
1. Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Section 205A.11, the precincts and polling places for school district elections are those precincts or parts of precincts located within the boundaries of the school district which have been established by the cities or towns located in whole or in part within the school district. The board hereby confirms those precincts and polling places so established by those municipalities.
2. Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Section 205A.11, the board may establish a combined polling place for several precincts for school district elections not held on the day of a statewide election. Each combined polling place must be a polling place that has been designated by a county or municipality. The following combined polling places are established to serve the precincts specified for all school district special and general elections not held on the same day as a statewide election:
(Set forth each combined polling place explaining which precincts are being served)
Polling Place #1
East Central Library/Chisago Br.
11754 302nd St.
Chisago City, MN 55013
Precinct No. 2
Chisago Lake Township/North
Chisago Lake Township/South
Polling Place #2
Lindstrom Community Center
13290 Newlander Ave.
Lindstrom, MN 55045
Precinct No. 3
Taylors Falls City
Polling Place #3
Taylors Falls City Hall
637 First St.
Taylors Falls, MN 55084
Note: See Section 2.3.2 of the Election Manual regarding changing polling places in the case of an emergency or if the polling place is no longer available.
*3. Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Section 205A.09, the polling places will remain open for voting for school district elections not held on the same day as a statewide election between the hours of 7:00 o'clock a.m. and 8:00 o'clock p.m.
Note: See Section 3.6 of the Election Manual regarding certain restrictions on voting hours.
4. The clerk is directed to file a certified copy of this resolution with the county auditors of each of the counties in which the school district is located, in whole or in part, within thirty (30) days after its adoption.
5. As required by Minnesota Statutes, Section 204B.16, Subdivision 1a, the clerk is hereby authorized and directed to give written notice of new polling place locations to each affected household with at least one registered voter in the school district whose school district polling place location has been changed. The notice must be a non-forwardable notice mailed at least twenty-five (25) days before the date of the first election to which it will apply. A notice that is returned as undeliverable must be forwarded immediately to the appropriate county auditor, who shall change the registrant’s status to “challenged” in the statewide registration system.
(If a combined polling place is changed, the change must be adopted at least ninety (90) days prior to the first election where it will be used unless that polling place has become unavailable for use.
Note: A resolution similar to this model resolution must be adopted by December 31 of each year, and the combined polling places specified shall be the combined polling places for the following calendar year.
14. Motion by Lindeman, seconded by Strenke to approve the MOA for the increase to the insurance contribution for 2022-23 for SEIU Local 284 participants with all in favor and none opposed, motion carried.
15. Motion by Lindeman, seconded by Berg to approve the MOA for the HS Counselors regarding additional pay for 2 of them since the third one is out on a leave of absence, all in favor with none opposed, motion carried.
16. Motion by Carlson, seconded by Strenke to approve the Change Order #12 in the amount of $37,942.80, all in favor with none opposed, motion carried.
17. Motion by Carlson, seconded by Strenke to approve the Change Order #13 for Joist Bridging Clarification, all in favor with none opposed, motion carried.
18. Motion by Berg, seconded by Lindeman to adjourn the regular board meeting at 7:39 PM and move into a closed session to discuss negotiations strategies.
19. Members Lindeman and Strenke updated the full board on the negotiations with Local 284.
20. Motion by Berg, seconded by Strenke to adjourn the closed session with all in favor and none opposed, motion carried.
Mark Leigh, Chair
Clerk, Danielle Strenke