January 27

St. Francis, Minnesota
January 27, 2014
The regular meeting was called to order by Chair David Roberts at 7:00 p.m. with the following members present: Directors Suzanne Erkel, Janet Glover, Barbara Jahnke, Amy Kelly, Betsy Roed, Marsha Van Denburgh, and Interim Superintendent Troy Ferguson.
Consideration of Visitors
East Bethel and Cedar Creek Community Schools teacher Ryan Fiereck spoke on behalf of Education Minnesota St. Francis Local 1977 to show support in returning to the negotiation table.
C J Mulder, former community and American Indian Parent committee member, addressed the School Board regarding previous issues with the District and the committee.
Motion was made by Ms. Van Denburgh to approve the revised agenda, second by Ms. Erkel. Motion was made by Ms. Van Denburgh to add to the agenda an appointment of responsible authority for the District, second Ms. Erkel. Appointment of responsible authority was added to the agenda under Other Matters item B. Motion carried 7-0.
Motion was made by Ms. Kelly to approve the revised agenda, second by Ms. Jahnke.
Motion carried 7-0.
Consent Agenda
Motion was made by Ms. Jahnke to approve the revised Consent Agenda, second by Ms. Erkel.
A. THAT the minutes of January 13, January 20, and January 21, 2014 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.
Student Report
Mr. Roberts read the student report submitted via email from Cassy Stierns.
Superintendent Report and Communications
* Mr. Ferguson reported that he is impressed with the willingness and desire of cabinet members to share their talents and the offers from staff around the District as we work through the next few months.
* Attended fundraiser for Kessler Soucie held January 25, which was well attended.
* Cabinet members are looking at a strategic plan for the District.
* On January 28, cabinet members, Mr. Roberts and representatives from negotiating teams will meet.
* Will be working with teachers for teacher evaluation procedure.
* School closing background information was reviewed.
Dialogue Session
Ms. Erkel reported that one person expressed concern that everything continues to move forward in the District.
School Board Member Reports
School Board members provided reports on the following: negotiation parameter meeting January 20, special meeting January 21, FPAC on January 22, Phase II training, Minnesota School Boards Association (MSBA) Leadership Conference, a brochure which provided information about a community forum drug and alcohol prevention program, visit to St. Francis Elementary School classrooms, a seminar on the Affordable Care Act, Safety Committee meeting, and a community forum regarding drug awareness that will be held January 28 in Lino Lakes.
Mr. Roberts read a statement regarding the employment status of Mr. Saxton and Mr. Lindberg who are on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.
Other Matters
Review of Three Investigation Firms
Ms. Erkel did not receive a response from the firm she contacted. Ms. Jahnke reported about MN Vest Investigations. Mr. Roberts contacted Mary Rice with Fafinski, Mark & Johnson, P.A. (FMJ) who could start immediately at $200 per hour. The three firms were recommendations from District legal counsel. Discussion followed.
Consensus was to hire the firm of FMJ with a resolution to follow. Timeline is important.
A recess was taken at 7:46 p.m. and reconvened at 7:52 p.m.
Motion was made by Ms. Erkel, second by Ms. Jahnke.
Discussion followed.
Motion carried 7-0.
Responsible Authority
Motion was made by Ms. Van Denburgh, second by Ms. Erkel.
BE IT RESOLVED by the School Board of Independent School District No. 15 that Troy Ferguson be appointed as the Responsible Authority for the District as recommended by Cabinet.
Motion carried. 7-0
A recess was taken at 7:57 p.m.
Closed Session
Negotiation Parameters
Those in attendance: Directors Suzanne Erkel, Janet Glover, Barbara Jahnke, Amy Kelly, David Roberts, Betsy Roed, Marsha Van Denburgh, Interim Superintendent Troy Ferguson.
Others in attendance were: Associate Director of Business Services Scott Nelson, Director of Special Services Tim Finn, Interim Director of Curriculum Paul Neubauer, and Assistant Director of Technology Corey Tramm.
Closed Session: Motion by Ms. Kelly, second by Ms. Glover. Vote: 7-0 Time: 8:12 p.m.
Resume Open Meeting: Motion by Ms. Erkel: I move that the open meeting be resumed, second by Ms. Roed. Vote: 7-0 Time: 9:37 p.m.
Board members discussed negotiation parameters for employee groups whose contracts expired June 30, 2013.
The regular meeting was adjourned at 9:37 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 Herald
February 14, 2014

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