School District 834
Independent School District No. 834 Stillwater Area Public Schools
Stillwater City Hall, 216 North Fourth Street, Stillwater
May 8, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. Meeting Minutes
I. Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 6:32 p.m. by Board Chair Lehmann.
II. Roll Call Present: Tom Lehmann, Chair; Kathy Buchholz, Vice Chair; George Hoeppner, Clerk; Amy Burback, Director; Natasha Fleischman, Director; Mike Ptacek, Director and Superintendent Dr. Corey Lunn. Student Members: Paige Hietpas and Nick Alm Absent: Natalie Fedie, Treasurer
III. Pledge of Allegiance was led by Student Member Nick Alm.
IV. District Mission was read by board member Mike Ptacek and the School Board Goals were read by member Amy Burback.
V. Approval of the Agenda
The agenda was accepted.
Motion by Mike Ptacek; Second by George Hoeppner; Vote: 6 ayes, 0 nays, Motion carried.
VI. Introductory Items
Academics: AP testing is taking place over the next two weeks.
Activities: Prom was held at the Myth Nightclub in Maplewood and it was awesome. The Best of Broadway is being performed this coming weekend. NHS is hosting their spring coffee house on May 16.
Arts: Many spring concerts are taking place. Check the website for details.
Athletics: Spring sports have had a challenging schedule due to the spring weather
Elementary. The Lake Elmo third graders got the opportunity to meet a police man and his dog.
Superintendent Lunn recognized the Pony Express staff and Rachel Steil, their adviser for their accomplishments at the National Conference. The newspaper received 8th place in the nation.
Superintendent Lunn congratulated the accomplishments of the FFA students who won several categories in their recent competition.
VII. Open Forum There were 3 speakers
1. Josiah Hill, 1124 Macey Way, Stillwater spoke of the potential when making decisions.
2. Sara LeTourneau, 1205 Settlers Ave, Stillwater, spoke of the care and concern of the newly formed citizens group.
3. Mary Harycki, 2004 Hazel Court, Stillwater, spoke in favor of a fair contract settlement.
VIII. Consent Agenda
A. Minutes of April 24, 2014 Board Meeting
B. Bills Payable April 16-29, 2014
C. Human Resources Personnel Report
D. 2014 Pavement Rehabilitation SAHS Bid awarded to Minnesota Roadways, 4370 Valley Ind. Blvd. So., Shakopee, MN for $132,272.00.
E. Field Trip: For 1 advisor and 3 students, for Skills Transition Students representing MN at the National Skills Competition in Kansas City, MO on June 23-28, 2014
Motion by Natasha Fleischman; Second by: George Hoeppner; Vote: 6 ayes, 0 nays, Motion carried.
A. Bridge to Excellence Update: Flexible Schedules
Dr. Laager, executive director of curriculum and secondary education, provided information on piloted schedules that have increased learning opportunities for students.
B. MN Student Survey
Ms. Larson, coordinator of learning supports, reviewed aspects of the 2013 MN student survey and explained the supports for student that we have in place to help students who may be struggling socially, emotionally or physically.
C. ALC Partnership Update
Ms. Lansfeldt, executive director of learning services and elementary education, provided an update on the potential partnership with Northeast Metro 916 for oversight of our Area Learning Center.
X. Action Items
A. Teacher Evaluation System
Dr. Laager, executive director of curriculum and secondary education requested approval of the newly developed and piloted teacher evaluation system. The plan was developed in partnership with district administrators, the school board and the SCEA under the directive of a 2011 state law requiring districts to develop an evaluation program for its teachers or adopt the states plan.
Motion by: George Hoeppner; Second by: Mike Ptacek; Vote: 6 ayes, 0 nays, Motion carried.
B. 2013-2015 Master Contract for Cafeteria Employees
Ms. Moen, director of administrative services, requested approval of the tentative agreement with the cafeteria employees. The settlement with this group provides salary improvements that bring midpoints of salary schedules to 92% of average of our comparisons in year two.
Motion by: Nike Ptacek; Second by: Amy Burback; Vote: 6 ayes, 0 nays, Motion carried.
C. 2013-2015 Master Contract for Custodial Employees
Ms. Moen, director of administrative services, requested approval of the ratified agreement with the custodial employees. The settlement with this group provides salary improvements that bring midpoints of salary schedules to 92% of average of our comparisons in year two.
Motion by: George Hoeppner; Second by: Kathy Buchholz; Vote: 6 ayes, 0 nays, Motion carried.
D. Interim Superintendent
Board Chair Lehmann provided an update on the search and interview process for an interim superintendent. Mr. Lehmann requested approval to enter into contract negotiations with Mr. Nelson.
Motion by: George Hoeppner; Second by: Natasha Fleischman; Vote: 6 ayes, 0 nays, Motion carried.
XI. School Board Updates
1. Tom Lehmann provided an update on the learning session which included a review of the district restricting process model draft, a marketing update and information about site based programs.
2. Tom Lehmann attended the Partnership Plan award dinner.
3. Amy Burback attended the choir concert at Trinity.
4. Amy Burback provided an update on the long range facilities planning committee work.
5. George Hoeppner reported the policy working group has a draft of the Results Policy and they would like to share it at an upcoming learning session to get input from the rest of the board.
6. Mike Ptacek announced that NE Metro 916 welcomes Fridley as their newest member.
7. Mike Ptacek reported he and Kathy Buchholz attend the Parents United Leadership Summit on April 28.
8. Natasha Fleischman reported that a team of high school students and advisor Todd Kapsner are travelling to Brainerd International Raceway for the Supermileage Competition.
9. Kathy Buchholz attended the choir concert at Trinity.
10. Kathy Buchholz has been proctoring AP testing at the high school.
The meeting adjourned at 8:36 p.m.
Motion by: Natasha Fleischman; Second by, George Hoeppner; Vote: 6 ayes, 0 nays, Motion carried.
6/4/14, Stillwater Gazette, May 8 Reg Min, 230684
School District 834