February 24 Regular

St. Francis, Minnesota
February 24, 2014
Dialogue Session 6:30 p.m.
Regular Meeting 7:00 p.m.
4115 Ambassador Blvd.
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.
Happening Around the District Adult Basic Education (ABE)
Ms. Panek, Coordinator of ABE, introduced staff members Ker Vang Lor, Cultural Consultant, who speaks, reads and writes in four languages, Becky Vevle, ABE Instructor, who works with adult students dedicated to achieving their GED, and Karla Guerrero from Monterey, Mexico, who was awarded her GED in November 2013.
Consideration of Visitors
Shanel Galea addressed the School Board regarding the civics class at St. Francis High School.
Amanda Jordan, Lydia Gonsales, and Anna Schulz addressed the School Board about the damage and condition of the inside of lockers at St. Francis Middle School.
Sergeant Rehling provided a brief update of the process to extend the liaison program.
David Lindberg, administrator on paid administrative leave, played the prepared text he pre-recorded on his phone.
Motion was made by Ms. Erkel to approve the revised agenda, second by Ms. Van Denburgh.
Motion carried 7-0.
Consent Agenda
Motion was made by to approve the revised Consent Agenda Ms. Van Denburgh, second by Ms. Jahnke.
A. THAT the minutes of February 10 be approved as presented.
B. THAT the Personnel Items be approved as presented.
C. THAT Disbursements are approved as presented.
D. THAT the Extended Trip Skills USA be approved as presented.
E. THAT the Extended Trip Student Council be approved as presented.
F. THAT the Out of State Travel Showchoir be approved as presented.
G. THAT Gift Acknowledgements be approved as presented.
Motion carried 7-0.
Student Report
Cassy Stierns provided the student report.
Superintendent Report and Communications
* Mr. Ferguson addressed the lunch issue regarding the report in the StarTribune.
Dialogue Session
Ms. Glover reported that a student from St. Francis Middle School talked about concerns with school lunches. Ms. Jahnke reported that senior student Shanel Galea suggested reasons to offer the civics class in the senior year.
School Board Member Reports
School Board members provided reports on the following: negotiations, the collaborative three plus cabinet sessions, the positive reasons of adding another police officer, work continues toward a resolution with the investigation of the administrators on paid leave, School Board member training, the lighting over the playground at St. Francis Elementary School, visit to Sandhill Center, suggestion boxes throughout the District, conferences and carnival at Lifelong Learning Center (LLC), mock interviews at the high school, Joint Standing committee meeting, City Council meeting, a walk through at Oak Land, met with booster clubs, and congratulations to previous graduate Maggie Ewen who placed in the top 10 at the 2014 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Administrative Report
Mr. Krause, transportation supervisor, was involved in monthly meetings regarding the proposed roundabouts on Bridge Street in St. Francis. Derek Schmidt, consultant for WSD & Associates, and Andrew Witter, assistant Anoka County engineer, presented a follow-up after the open house for the Transportation Improvement Project.
Administrative Positions Postings
The Coordinator of Technology position has been posted. The coordinator will report to the director of Curriculum and Instruction. The director of Curriculum and Instruction position has been posted.
Strategic Planning
Two companies are recommended as vendors to present to the School Board, Transformation System Leadership (TSL) and Big River Consulting.
Sandhill Center
Mr. Nelson reported that costs of maintaining the building as operational were $36,000.00 for 2012-2013, which includes part-time custodial salary. This amount does not include grounds, mowing or snow removal costs.
HR Department Assessment
Kraus Anderson put together an audit plan or assessment. This would be an extensive plan that could be costly. Kraus Anderson recommended two names for the District to contact for an assessment:
Mr. Roberts reported the two legal firms communicated that their investigations are near completion.
Old Business
Teacher Seniority List
Motion was made by Ms. Erkel, second Ms. Kelly
Motion carried 7-0.
Other Matters
Approval of Agreement Interim Superintendent
Motion was made by Ms. Van Denburgh, second by Ms. Glover.
Mr. Nelson provided background regarding the salary in the contract.
Motion carried 7-0.
Approval of Change in Calendar-Inclement Weather
Motion was made by Ms. Van Denburgh, second by Ms. Erkel.
Motion carried 7-0.
Recess was taken at 8:25 p.m.
Closed Session Negotiation Parameters
Closed Session: Motion by Ms. Van Denburgh, second by Ms. Erkel. Vote: 7-0 Time: 8:36 p.m.
Resume Open Meeting: Motion by Ms. Glover: I move that the open meeting be resumed, second by Ms. Jahnke. Vote: 7-0 Time: 9:45 p.m.
Board members discussed negotiation parameters for employee groups whose contracts expired June 30, 2013.
The regular meeting was adjourned at 9:45 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 UnionHerald
March 14, 2014

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