Nov 11

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 15
SCHOOL BOARD MINUTES ST. FRANCIS, MINNESOTA NOVEMBER 11, 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.
Happenings Around the District
Interim St. Francis High School Principal Rick Toso introduced the Madrigal Singers, led by instructor Lukas Warren. A large group of students performed a song from their upcoming show.
Site Report
Nancy Wallace, Early Childhood Family Education and Preschool Place 15 Program Supervisor, and Kristine Vogtlin, Early Childhood Special Education Program Supervisor, presented information about the Lifelong Learning Center and its programs for young children.
Agenda
Motion was made by Ms. Erkel and second by Mr. Grams.
Motion carried, 7-0.
Consent Agenda
Motion was made to approve the revised Consent Agenda by Mr. Anderson and second by Mr. Roberts.
A. THAT the minutes of October 28 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 and Natasha Taylor provided the student report.
Superintendent Report and Communications
* Mr. Saxton spoke about the heroin issue that has been in the news.
* There have been problems with the video streaming of meetings. Options are: continue with the current, problematic Kaltura server, use Google+ for live streaming and YouTube archiving, use Google but do not livestream, or get professional equipment with multiple cameras for at least $30,000. The board preferred option two, using Google+.
* The School Board is interested in changing the districts student information system because of limitations by the current system (TIES). Mr. Saxton will gather information including at least two alternatives such as Infinite Campus and Skyward.
* FPAC meets November 19 and in December and January.
* Bleacher improvements at the high school are being addressed, but the project may not be completed by spring.
* MSBA is holding a workshop in January.
* Mr. Saxton would like to schedule 30-minute meetings with each board member.
School Board Member Reports
School Board member provided reports on the following: meeting at Cedar Creek Community School, involvement with negotiations, superintendent evaluation, congratulations to newly elected board members, the Veterans breakfast held at the Legion, insurance committee meetings, thanking voters for being re-elected, Senior Day at the high school, the high school play, CCCS PTO meeting, and SFCDA planning meetings.
Administrative Reports
2014-2015 Budget Calendar
Associate Director of Business Services Scott Nelson presented a timeline template for budget development. The district is already ahead of last year.
2012-2013 Preliminary Unaudited General Fund Fund Balances
Mr. Nelson presented information about the new assignments for fund balances: assigned (district discretion), reserved (state required), unapproved (available), which total $2,176,143. Some Fiscal Year 2012 funds are from excess special education funds.
2014-15 Estimated Student Count
Director of Human Resources Dave Lindberg showed a video illustrating the complexities of student forecasting and how enrollment data is collected and projected. Enrollment for 2014-15 is expected to decline due to declining birthrates statewide and in Anoka County. Open enrollment forms were reviewed.
Other Matters
Resolution Canvassing Returns of General Election
Motion was made by Ms. Glover second by Mr. Anderson.
Motion carried 7-0.
Resolution Authorizing Certificates of Election
Motion by Ms. Van Denburgh and second by Mr. Roberts.
Motion carried 7-0.
The regular meeting was adjourned at 9:51 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
December 6, 2013
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