School District 834
(Official Publication)
Independent School District No. 834 Stillwater Area Public Schools
Stillwater City Hall, 216 North Fourth Street, Stillwater
May 22, 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; Natalie Fedie, Treasurer; Amy Burback, Director; Natasha Fleischman, Director; Mike Ptacek, Director and Superintendent Dr. Corey Lunn. Student Members: Paige Hietpas and Nick Alm
III. Pledge of Allegiance was led by Student Member Paige Hietpas.
IV. District Mission was read by board member Natasha Fleischman and the School Board Goals were read by member Natalie Fedie.
V. Approval of the Agenda
The agenda was accepted.
Motion by Mike Ptacek to move agenda item VIII. G. to action item X.B.; Second by Kathy Buchholz; Vote: 7 ayes, 0 nays, Motion carried.
VI. Introductory Items
Student Report
Academics: Scholarships totaling over $175,000 were awarded to over 100 students at the ceremony on Monday evening. No senior pranks are being planned. Seniors are filled with a lot of emotions as the end of the year draws near.
Activities: NHS Coffee House raised over $2,400 for the Children First organization
Arts: POPS Concert is tonight
Athletics: An update on spring sports was provided
Nick and Paige introduced the new student board members who will be joining the meetings in September.
Tom Lehmann presented Nick and Paige with a Certificate of Recognition for serving as student board members during the 2013-2014 school year.
Superintendent Report
Superintendent Lunn recognized Lillyan Pan, Honors Mentor Scholar, and Principal Ochocki, Capitol Division Middle School Principal of the Year. He welcomed Annette Sallman, director of community education, and Robert Bach, high school principal. Both administrators will begin on July 1. Karen Latterell and Denise Cote thanked the school board for supporting leveled reader materials for our schools.
VII. Open Forum There were 7 speakers
1. Sue Keller, 12890 Hwy 95, Stillwater, spoke against high class size.
2. Bevin OBrien, 1018 Myrtle Street W, Stillwater, urged the board for a fair settlement to the teachers contract
3. Mary Ellen Kasak-Saxler 9859 Perkins Avenue, Stillwater, urged the board for a fair and timely settlement to the teachers contract.
4. Josiah Hill, 1124 Macey Way, Stillwater, asked the board to examine their priorities when making decisions
5. Fred Anderson, 9098 Fairy Falls Road, Stillwater, asked the board to focus on financial stability, class size, leadership and community engagement.
6. Carl Blondin, 617 Sunrise Ave, Stillwater, spoke of the outstanding school district that Stillwater is.
7. Jerry Serfling, 2388 Hidden Valley Ln, Stillwater, urged the board to invest in its educators.
VIII. Consent Agenda
A. Minutes of May 8 Board Meeting
B. Minutes of May 15 Special Board Meeting
C. Accept Gifts and Donations April 2014
D. Bills Payable April 30 through May 13, 2014
E. Treasurers Report April 2014
F. Human Resources Personnel Report
Motion by Amy Burback; Second by: Natasha Fleischman; Vote: 7 ayes, 0 nays, Motion carried.
IX. Reports
A. Bridge to Excellence Report: GATE Project
Ms. Lansfeldt, director of learning services and elementary education, introduced Grace and Eleanor two students in Mr. Sireks Gifted and Talented Education class. The students presented a project on global learning that they developed during their independent study time.
B. S. R. 120 Discipline Policy
Mr. Gillach, assistant principal of Oak-Land Junior High, presented the annual review of the student discipline policy. The discipline policy committee is recommending a few slight changes to the policy. Approval of the policy will be requested at the June 12 board business meeting.
C. Legislative Update
Ms. Hoheisel, director of finance, presented an overview of the changes from the 2014 legislative affecting education.
D. Food Service Pricing
Mr. Bloom, director of operations, presented information requesting an increase in school lunch of ten cents and a five cent increase in milk prices. Approval of the increase in food service pricing will be requested at the June 12 board business meeting.
E. 2014-2015 Preliminary Budget
Ms. Hoheisel, director of finance, presented the preliminary budget for the 2014-2015 school year. The School Board is required by law to adopt a preliminary budget by June 30, 2014.
X. Action Items
A. New State Aid and Class Size Adjustments
Ms. Hoheisel, director of finance, introduced a resolution to the school board that would commit the $25 per pupil increase from the legislature; a total of $233,781to class size reduction.
Motion by: Kathy Buchholz to add $20,000 from the dollars allocated by the legislature for teacher evaluation to the $233,781, rounding the total to $255,000, and commit it to class size reduction for the 2014-2015 school year; Second by: Amy Burback; Vote: 6 ayes, 1 (Hoeppner) nays, Motion carried.
B. Interim Superintendent Contract
Board Chair Lehmann introduced the contract and stated that the salary for the superintendent for the 2014-2015 school year would be $165,000 with $30,000 placed into a premium only-post employment Health Care Reimbursement Plan.
Motion by: Mike Ptacek; Second by: Amy Burback; Vote: 7 ayes, 0 nays, Motion carried.
XI. School Board Updates
1. Tom Lehmann provided an update on the learning session which included information of a property and liability insurance pool and results of the study on special education staffing performed by District Management Council.
2. George Hoeppner distributed the notes from a recent EMID meeting
3. Mike Ptacek distributed the Talking Points from a recent 916 meeting
XII. Adjournment
The meeting adjourned to closed session at 9:23 p.m.
Motion by: Natasha Fleischman; Second by, George Hoeppner; Vote: 7 ayes, 0 nays, Motion carried.
The meeting adjourned to open meeting at 11:41 p.m.
Motion by: Natasha Fleischman; Second by, George Hoeppner; Vote: 7 ayes, 0 nays, Motion carried.
The meeting adjourned at 11:41 p.m.
Motion by: Natasha Fleischman; Second by, George Hoeppner; Vote: 7 ayes, 0 nays, Motion carried.
7/18/14, Stillwater Gazette, May 22 Reg Min, 251546

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