October 14

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 15
SCHOOL BOARD MINUTES
ST. FRANCIS, MINNESOTA OCTOBER 14, 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 Kindergarten Teachers Observed Changes Ms. Priebe
Ms. Priebe summarized information received from first grade teachers about the positive changes seen this year with students that attended all day every day kindergartners noting the following: less of reading gap, skills are stronger than in previous years, and more awareness of letters and sounds.
Site Report St. Francis Elementary School Ms. Kohnen and Mr. Kruger
Principal Kohnen presented the site report which included Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) results from last year, and Mr. Kruger, Dean of Students, shared the positive behavior program that began this year. This is the second year St. Francis Elementary School is considered a Reward School.
Consideration of Visitors
Community member Michelle Anderson spoke on behalf of the St. Francis Community for Drug Awareness (SFCDA) group. The group wants to bring awareness and promote prevention of drug abuse.
Agenda
Motion was made by Ms. Glover and second by Mr. Anderson.
Motion carried, 7-0.
Consent Agenda
Motion was made to approve the revised Consent Agenda by Mr. Grams and second by Mr. Roberts.
A. THAT the minutes of September 23 be approved as presented.
B. THAT the Personnel Items be approved as presented.
C. THAT Disbursements are approved as presented.
D. THAT Gift Acknowledgements be approved as presented.
Motion carried, 7-0.
Reports
Student Report
Cassy Stierns provided the student report.
Superintendent Report and Communications
*Mr. Saxton recognized Micki Knode, Educational Assistant, for 35 years of service to the District.
*The Infinite Campus contract, a student information system, has been removed from the agenda.
*Met with Mr. Neubauer and Ms. Worden regarding teacher evaluation and process.
*Along with Mr. Finn met with Ms. Williams and Ms. Bayer regarding delivery of instruction and continuing to work with technology.
*Attended MASA Fall Conference.
*Alternative options for a new sign at the middle school are being considered.
School Board Member Reports
School Board members provided reports and comments on the following: negotiations, East Bethel Community School (EBCS) site management committee (SMC) meeting, requested that the District reconsider offering art and specials in elementary grades, Ms. Wallace 25 years of service reception, insurance committee meeting, St. Francis City Council meeting, the St. Francis Middle School (SFMS) and the SMC meeting, the multi cultural diversity meeting, a meeting at the high school with principals to discuss drug awareness, attended Indian Education kick-off event, complaints about the school meals, St. Francis Elementary School (SFES) SMC meeting, attended Cassie Schmolls 5th grade classroom, update about road construction plans featuring two roundabouts on Bridge Street for the 2015 project, homecoming game, attended The Courier 20 year open house, Cedar Creek Community School bullying and harassment forms are available online, Carnival is March 29, Family Reading night, and attended diversity training through employer which included a video of SFMS.
Administrative Reports
ACT Report
Mr. Neubauer reported on American College Testing (ACT). ACT college readiness benchmarks will assist in knowing the path of students as early as eighth grade. ACT.org can be reviewed for this information.
Old Business
Annual Report Curriculum, Instruction and Student Achievement 2012-13
Motion was made by Ms. Glover and second by Mr. Anderson.
Motion carried 7-0.
Other Matters
Resolution of School Board Supporting Form A Application to Minnesota State High School League Foundation
Motion was made by Mr. Grams and second by Ms. Glover.
Motion carried 6-1, nay being Ms. Van Denburgh.
The regular meeting was adjourned at 9:12 p.m.
/s/ 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
November 1, 2013
48220

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