January 13

St. Francis, Minnesota
January 13, 2014
Dialogue Session 6:30 p.m.
Organizational Meeting – 7:00 p.m.
4115 Ambassador Blvd.
The regular meeting was called to order by Acting Chairperson Amy Kelly at 7:00 p.m. with the following members present: Directors Suzanne Erkel, Janet Glover, Barbara Jahnke, David Roberts, Betsy Roed, Marsha Van Denburgh, and Superintendent Ed Saxton.
Oath of Office
Mr. Saxton administered the Oath of Office to Barbara Jahnke, David Roberts, Betsy Roed, and Marsha Van Denburgh.
Happenings Around the District St. Francis Middle School Ms. Fennell, Creativity Festival
7th grade science teacher Ms. Fennell and six students shared experiences from workshops attended at the Creativity Festival.
MMKR Report on Audited Financial Statements for 2012-2013
Partner Aaron Nielsen with Malloy, Montague, Karnowski, Radosevich & Co., P.A. presented the audit report.
Consideration of Visitors
St. Francis High School language arts teacher Mr. Stoffel, East Bethel Community School teacher Ms. Olsen, and St. Francis Middle School teacher and Union President Ms. Parson welcomed new and existing School Board members and acknowledged them for their support in working collaboratively.
Ms. Lindberg spoke on behalf of her husband Mr. Dave Lindberg. She urged the School Board to give him the due process and respect he deserves.
Motion was made by Mr. Roberts to approve the revised agenda, second by Ms. Van Denburgh.
Motion carried 7-0.
School Board Organization
Election of Officers
Acting Chairperson Kelly called for nominations for School Board Chair. Ms. Glover nominated Ms. Kelly. Ms. Erkel nominated Mr. Roberts. Mr. Roberts is elected School Board Chair.
Nominations were opened for School Board Vice Chair. Ms. Erkel nominated Ms. Van Denburgh. Ms. Kelly nominated Ms. Glover. Ms. Van Denburgh is elected Vice Chair.
Nominations were opened for School Board Clerk. Ms. Van Denburgh nominated Ms. Jahnke. Ms. Jahnke is elected School Board Clerk.
Nominations were opened for School Board Treasurer. Ms. Van Denburgh nominated Ms. Erkel. Ms. Erkel is elected Treasurer.
Motion to appoint the Superintendents Administrative Assistant as Assistant Clerk was made by Ms. Van Denburgh, second by Ms. Kelly. Motion carried 7-0.
Organizational Issues
School Board Directors Compensation
Motion was made by Ms. Kelly, second by Ms. Van Denburgh.
Discussion included raising the salary, only one increase in the past ten years, comparables to other districts, and raise salaries by $100 per year.
Motion was made by Ms. Kelly to raise directors salaries to $4,252.00 and the chair to $4,860.00 per year, second by Ms. Van Denburgh. Motion failed 3-4.
Motion was made to retain the current salaries by Ms. Van Denburgh, second by Ms. Glover.
School Board Meeting Dates
BE IT RESOLVED that the School Board of Independent School District No. 15 adopt the 2014 School Board Meeting Schedule.
Motion carried 7-0.
Committee Assignments
Motion was made by Ms. Erkel, second by Ms. VanDenburgh.
Motion carried 7-0.
Consent Agenda
Motion was made by Ms. Erkel to approve the revised Consent Agenda, second by Ms. Van Denburgh.
A. THAT the minutes of December 9, December 16, and December 23, 2013 be approved as presented.
B. THAT the Personnel Items be approved as presented.
C. THAT Disbursements are approved as presented.
D. THAT the 2012-2013 Audited Financial Statements be approved as presented.
E. THAT Gift Acknowledgements be approved as presented.
Motion carried 7-0.
Student Report
Cassy Stierns provided the student report.
Superintendent Report and Communications
* Mr. Saxton reminded those that have registered for the Minnesota School Boards Association (MSBA) Leadership Conference that the dates are January 16 and 17.
Dialogue Session
Ms. Van Denburgh reported that one individual expressed concern regarding the stalling of negotiations. Two employees from St. Francis High School reported about the new sound system is in the Performing Arts Center.
School Board Member Reports
School Board members provided reports on the following: closed sessions, Phase II training, MSBA Leadership Conference, a parent called regarding a bus which was over capacity and that a new route was added, not all School Board emails have been forwarded automatically, request to see any written information from the attorney, welcome to the new and renewing School Board members, the new sound system in the PAC, and the TIES conference.
Other Matters
General Obligation Crossover Refunding Bonds Series 2014A
Motion was made by Ms. Erkel, second by Ms. Glover. (Resolution on file in the Business Services Office)
Motion carried 7-0.
A recess was taken at 8:06 p.m.
Closed Session Negotiation Parameters
Closed Session: Motion by Ms. Kelly, second by Ms. Erkel. Vote: 7-0 Time: 8:22 p.m.
Resume Open Meeting: Motion by Ms. Kelly: I move that the open meeting be resumed, second by Ms. Van Denburgh. Vote: 7-0 Time: 9:51 p.m.
Board members discussed negotiation parameters for employee groups whose contracts expired June 30, 2013.
The regular meeting was adjourned at 9:52 p.m.
Barbara Jahnke,
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
January 31, 2014

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