LANCASTER SCHOOL BOARD PROCEEDINGS
The Lancaster School Board met in regular session on Tuesday, December 11, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. in the school district office. The following members were present: Hanson, Jerome, Nelson, Sjostrand, and B. Weleski. Also present were Supt. Homstad, AD Evan Hanson, Teacher Rep. Laura Reese and Mendy Coffield. Absent: J. Weleski.
Chairperson Sjostrand called the meeting to order. The agenda was approved with one addition. Motion by B. Weleski, second by Jerome. UC.
On a motion by Hanson, second by Jerome the minutes of the November 13, 2012, regular school board meeting were approved as presented. UC.
On a motion by Sjostrand, second by B. Weleski, Electronic Funds Transfers (EFTs) were approved in the amount of $71,721.68, and bills were approved for payment as presented in the amount of $79,206.40. Check numbers 36013-36073. UC.
The Budget and Treasurer’s reports were reviewed.
Supt. Homstad presented the Administrative Report:
1. Resignation – Supt. Homstad announced his resignation, effective June 30, 2013. Discussion was held on advertising, future needs and the application process.
2. The January board meeting will be held Wednesday, January 9th at 7:00pm.
3. MSBA Leadership Conference.
4. MDE is going to begin paying back some of the shift. December 15th will be the first payment.
On a motion by Hanson, second by B. Weleski, and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, certifies the taxes payable in 2013 as follows:
Community Service $11,522.75
On a motion by Hanson, second by B. Weleski, and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, adopts the final budget for the 2012/13 school year as follows:
General $2,392,211 $2,279,447
Food Service 119,250 119,250
Community Education 36,104 36,104
Total Budget: $2,547,565 $2,434,801
On a motion by B. Weleski, second by Jerome, and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, approves the use of the current signature plate until the new Officer’s signatures are ready for use.
On a motion by Hanson, second by Nelson, and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, certifies that all bus drivers and Type III drivers have successfully completed their annual trainings and are certified to drive bus for Lancaster School for 2012/13 school year.
On a motion by Hanson second by B. Weleski:
WHEREAS, the financial condition of the school district dictates that the school board must reduce expenditures immediately, and
WHEREAS, there has been a reduction in student enrollment, and,
WHEREAS, this reduction in expenditure and decrease in student enrollment must include discontinuance of positions and discontinuance or curtailment of programs, and
WHEREAS, a determination must be made as to which teachers’ contracts must be terminated and not renewed and which teachers may be placed on unrequested leave without pay or fringe benefits in effecting discontinuance of positions,
Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, as follows:
That the School board hereby directs the Superintendent of Schools and administration to consider the discontinuance of programs or positions, to effectuate economies in the school district and reduce expenditures, and, as a result of a reduction in enrollment, make recommendations to the school board for the discontinuance of programs, curtailment of programs, and discontinuance of positions or curtailment of positions.
The following voted in favor of: Hanson, B. Weleski, Jerome, Nelson, Sjostrand
The following voted against the same: None
Whereupon said resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.
On a motion by B. Weleski, second by Jerome, and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, approves the FMLA Leave Request from Nicole Thompson effective December 6, 2012. Return date: to be determined.
Board Chair Sjostrand was thanked for her 22 years of service. Absent board member J. Weleski was also thanked for her 8 years of service.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:54 pm on a motion by Hanson, second by B. Weleski. UC.
The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 9, 2013, at 7:00 pm.
Julie Sjostrand, Chairperson
Jan Weleski, Clerk
(Dec. 26, 2012)