August 26

August 26, 2013
Regular Meeting – 7:00 p.m.
Central Services Center Community Room
4115 Ambassador Blvd.
The regular meeting was called to order by chairperson Amy Kelly at 7:00 p.m. with the following members present: Directors David Anderson, Suzanne Erkel, Janet Glover, Harry Grams, David Roberts, Marsha van Denburgh, and Superintendent Ed Saxton.
Happening Around the District – FCCLA/Fashion club – Ms. Widell
Ms. Widell, St. Francis High school (SFHS) teacher, introduced SFHS senior Adrianna Trevino-Gartner who attended the National Leadership Conference. Adrianna reported about the Family Career Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) organization.
Consideration of visitors
Ryan Fiereck urged the Board to invest in students by support of the Board approved referendum authority.
Maureen Ness reported being against the school Board passing a referendum without going to the voters.
Mark Peterson communicated that the Board take this opportunity and support approval of the referendum authority.
Motion was made by Mr. Anderson and second by Mr. Grams.
Motion carried, 7-0.
Consent Agenda
Motion was made to approve the revised consent Agenda by Janet Glover and second by
Suzanne Erkel. Ms. Kelly requested item B be considered separately
A. THAT the minutes of August 12 be approved as presented.
C. THAT Disbursements are approved as presented.
D. THAT the Police school Resource officer contract be approved as presented.
E. THAT Gift Acknowledgements be approved as presented.
Motion carried 7-0.
Motion was made by Mr. Anderson and second by Ms. Glover.
B. THAT the Personnel items be approved as presented.
Discussion included: timing regarding hiring of interim high school principal Richard Toso, why the School Board was not notified, and the SMC involvement with the interview. Ms. van Denburgh inquired if Mr. Neubauer should be included in Personnel Items as interim director of curriculum, followed with a motion to add Mr. Neubauer according to Mr. Saxtons wording, second by Mr. Anderson.
Motion carried, 7-0.
Superintendent Report and communications
-Mr. Saxton distributed school calendars. Board members are invited to the welcome Back on August 28.
-Open houses are this week.
-All principals are to be evaluated this year.
-Special Education at the high school may be reshaped; the superintendent has met with Mr. Finn.
Dialogue session
One person addressed the Admission Possible Americorps mentoring program. In Columbia Heights, teachers are going into homes to build relationships. A second person expressed displeasure at levy voted on by School Board as opposed to public.
School Board Member Reports
School Board members provided reports and comments on the following: negotiation sessions, ECSU meeting, first SFHS football game, Maggie Ewens sendoff to Pan-Am Junior championships, Advisory Council meeting at Early childhood, support of a local team in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk, phone calIs about the levy situation with most being supportive, and participation on curriculum director and high school principal interviews.
Other Matters
Resolution Converting voter Approved Referendum Authority to a Board Approved Referendum Authority and Authorizing a New Board Approved Referendum Authority Motion was made by Ms. Glover second by Mr. Grams. Discussion followed. Motion carried. 5-2, nays being Ms. Erkel and Ms. van Denburgh.
The regular meeting was adjourned at 8:15 p.m.
David L. Anderson, School Board Clerk (complete resolutions and additional dialogue are on file in the legal minutes at Central Services Center and posted on the District website.)
Published in the
Anoka County Union
September 13, 2013

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