APRIL 10 REG

School District 834
(Official Publication)
Independent School District No. 834 Stillwater Area Public Schools
Stillwater City Hall, 216 North Fourth Street, Stillwater
April 10, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. Meeting Minutes
I. Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 6:37 p.m. by Board Chair Lehmann.
II. Roll Call Present: Tom Lehmann, Chair; Kathy Buchholz, Vice Chair; George Hoeppner, Clerk; Natalie Fedie, Treasurer; Natasha Fleischman, Director; Mike Ptacek, Director and Superintendent Dr. Corey Lunn. Student Member: Paige Hietpas. Absent: Amy Burback, Director
III. Pledge of Allegiance was led by Student Member Paige Hietpas.
IV. District Mission was read by board member Natalie Fedie and the School Board Goals were read by member George Hoeppner.
V. Approval of the Agenda
The agenda was accepted.
Motion by Mike Ptacek; Second by: Natalie Fedie; Vote: 6 ayes, 0 nays, Motion carried.
VI. Introductory Items
Student Report
Arts: The band and orchestra received superior ratings in the 5AA large group contest. The junior high orchestras performed at Orchestra Hall and all four received superior with distinction ratings.
Athletics: Spring sports are underway.
Academics: The decades project was assigned and students are busy preparing for their presentations. The research paper project from English class has also been assigned.
Activities: The NHS Coffee House auditions are being held. The Student Council will hold elections in two weeks. The Student Council is holding a Pennies for Patients fundraiser. The NHS is hosting a new member induction.
Superintendent Report
Dr. Lunn reported on the outstanding achievements of the orchestra and band students. He also recognized the students participating the state science competition.
VII. Open Forum There were 5 speakers
1. Abigail spoke on keeping class size small.
2. Amy Volkman, 5487 Oakgreen Place, spoke in favor of keeping class size small.
3. Sarah LeTourneau, 1205 Settlers Ave, spoke in favor of keeping class size small to keep the trust with the community.
4. Tanya Gerald, 1270 McDougal Green, spoke in favor of keeping class size small.
5. Janet Charpentier, 1210 Legend Blvd., expressed disappointment in the direction the district is headed.
VIII. Consent Agenda
A. Minutes of March 27 board meeting
B. Bills Payable March 19 through April 1, 2014
C. Human Resources Personnel Report
D. 2014-2015 Employee Benefits Insurance Renewal Rates
Motion by Natalie Fedie; Second by: Kathy Buchholz; Vote: 5 ayes, 0 nays, 1 recused (Hoeppner) Motion carried.
IX. Reports
A. Bridge To Excellence: Learning Supports
Ms. Lansfeldt, executive director, and Ms. Larson, coordinator of district learning supports, presented information on the systems that support learning through strengthening the social, emotional, academic and physical well-being of our students.
B. Release of Paraprofessionals
Ms. Moen, director of administrative services, explained the annual staffing process as it relates to releasing 64 paraprofessionals from the district.
C. Release of One Year and Probationary Teachers
Ms. Moen, director of administrative services, explained the annual staffing process as it relates to releasing 57 teachers from the district.
D. Whitson Fund Update
Board chair Lehmann provided an update on the return of investment of the Whitson fund. The fund currently sits in the district general fund and designated to help support the early childhood family center. The district has a received a court order to move the fund to the St. Croix Valley Foundation where a higher yield is expected. The fund is still designated for and will be used to help support the early childhood family center.
A motion by Kathy Buchholz was made to amend the agenda to move reports items B and C to action items. A second was made by Natalie Fedie. Vote: 6 ayes, 0 nays, Motion carried.
X. Action Items
B. Release of Paraprofessionals
Ms. Moen, director of administrative services, requested approval to release 64 paraprofessionals as part of the annual staffing process.
Motion by: Natasha Fleischman; Second by: Natalie Fedie; Vote: 6 ayes, 0 nays, Motion carried.
C. Release of One Year Only and Probationary Teachers
Ms. Moen, director of administrative services, requested approval to release 57 teachers from the district as part of the annual staffing process and budget adjustments.
Motion by: George Hoeppner; Second by: Natalie Fedie; Vote: 5 ayes, 1 (Ptacek) nays, Motion carried.
A. Board Governance Process Policies
Board Member Ptacek presented the recommended changes to the Board Governance Process policies and requested approval of the changes.
BGP 1.0 – No changes recommended.
BGP 2.0 No changes recommended.
BGP 3.0 Section 6.10 strike directions given and replace with decisions made.
Motion by: Kathy Buchholz; Second by: George Hoeppner; Vote: 6 ayes, 0 nays, Motion carried.
BGP 4.0 Section 3; add 3.4 Educational Publications
Motion by: Kathy Buchholz; Second by: Natalie Fedie; Vote: 6 ayes, 0 nays, Motion carried.
BGP 5.0 No changes recommended.
BGP 6.0 No changes recommended.
BGP 7.0 Strike section 4.5 through 4.5.1
Motion by: Kathy Buchholz; Second by: George Hoeppner; Vote: 6 ayes, 0 nays, Motion carried.
BGP 8.0 Move 7.1.2 from clerk duties to 8.1.4 treasurer duties
Motion by: Kathy Buchholz; Second by: Natalie Fedie; Vote: 6 ayes, 0 nays, Motion carried.
BGP 9.0 No changes recommended.
BGP10.0 No changes recommended.
BGP 11.0 – No changes recommended.
BGP 12.0 No changes recommended.
XI. School Board Updates
1. Tom Lehmann reported on the learning session which consisted of a report by Hazel Reinhart on the district enrollment projections. Tom Lehmann also reported that the personnel working group met with Tom Nelson who has expressed interest in the interim superintendent position. Mr. Lehmann invited Mr. Nelson to the April 24 learning session to meet with the board.
2. Natasha Fleischman reported on the ALC budget adjustment committee meetings that have taken place.
3. George Hoeppner reported that he and Tom Lehmann participated in the strategic planning session for the Stillwater Public Library.
4. Mike Ptacek reported that he will forward the 916 Talking Points to fellow board members noting that two more districts may be joining 916.
XII. Adjournment
The meeting adjourned at 8:07 p.m.
Motion by: Natasha Fleischman; Second by: George Hoeppner; Vote: 6 ayes, 0 nays, Motion carried.
Respectfully submitted, George Hoeppner, Clerk
4/30/14, Stillwater Gazette, April 10 Reg Min, 213309

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