The Lancaster School Board met in regular session on Monday, April 22, at 8:00 p.m. in the district office. The following members were present: Diamond, Homstad, Langerud, Lupien, Nordin and Peterson. Also present were Supt. Shannon Hunstad, Teacher Rep. Kristi Steen, Activities Director Jim Scalese, and Mendy Coffield.
Chairperson Diamond called the meeting to order and took roll call. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by those in attendance.
The agenda was approved on a motion by Peterson, second by Langerud. UC.
On a motion by Nordin, second by Homstad, the consent agenda was approved as presented. UC. Items included:
• The minutes of the March 27, 2019, regular meeting were approved.
• Electronic Funds Transfers (EFTs) in the amount of $91,486.88. Payroll EFTs in the amount of $99,027.75, and monthly bills in the amount of $60,480.69. Check numbers 39939-39980.
• The Budget Comparison and Treasurer’s reports were reviewed.
• The current revenue totals by fund were reviewed.
On a motion by Diamond, second by Homstad and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, authorizes the Superintendent to file applications for the ESSA programs for the 2019/20 school year.
Discussion was held on the Great Lakes Gas Judgement which resulted in a $7 million decrease in their tax valuation. This will impact Lancaster School by a reduction of $10,562 in tax revenue.
The Lancaster School Teacher Negotiators have met with both PEIP and also the NWSC regarding their bids for the district health insurance.
On a motion by Nordin, second by Langerud and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, confirms renewal of the Northwest Service Cooperative School Pool Health Insurance Program for Lancaster School for the 2019/20 and 2020/21 school years.
On a motion by Homstad, second by Peterson and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, hires Vada Gatheridge as an Elementary Teacher for the 2019/20 school year.
On a motion by Langerud, second by Peterson and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, hires Sean OLeary as the Assistant Custodian beginning May 20, 2019, pending a successful reference check.
The NWRIC has agreed to hire a School Social Worker for the area. Lancaster, Tri-County, and Grygla have all expressed a need for this service. Lancaster has requested 2-2.5 days per week.
The resignations of Heather Anderson and Lydell Anderson as Concessions Advisors were tabled until May of 2019 as a termination date is needed.
On a motion by Peterson, second by Lupien and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, accepts the resignation of Lexi Peterson as Summer Rec. Assistant effective immediately.
Discussion was held on proposed policy changes and also the Minnesota Student Survey for grades 8, 9, and 10 which will be held in May. We will include Violence Prevention training in our back to school SafeSchools Staff Training per Policy 525. We will add a Responsible Use Policy acknowledgement for the Staff per Policy 524.
On a motion by Nordin, second by Langerud and carried: Be it Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, approves the final reading of Policies: #504 Student Dress & Appearance, #506 Student Discipline, #509 Enrollment of Nonresident Students, #525 Violence Prevention, #530 Immunization Requirements as presented.
On a motion by Peterson, second by Nordin and carried: Be it Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, approves the first reading of Policies: #505 Dist. Of Non-School Sponsored Materials, #510 School Activities, #511 Student Fundraising, #520 Student Surveys, #524ȌF Internet Acceptable as presented.
On a motion by Langerud, second by Homstad and carried: Be it Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, approves the first reading of the 2019/20 Student Handbook including the new Appendixes.
The Sports Cooperative Advisory Board met on April 10th. Great discussions took place. Kittson Central Committee Members hope to change their Category I violations to be the same as Lancaster’s policy. Participation numbers and baseball concessions were also discussed. It is hoped in the future that Lancaster could split the Baseball concessions with Kittson Central.
Supt. Hunstad presented the Administrative Report:
1. High School 2019/20 Registration will take place the week of April 29th for grades 6-11.
2. Graduation: Ceremony participants will be Jason Langerud and Justin Peterson.
3. The Wellness Policy Committee met earlier in the evening. Things are on track and are going well.
4. Field Trips: The 6th grade went to St. Paul last week and had a great trip. The Seniors depart on Friday. We will have Law Enforcement here for both the luggage check and also the loading of the bus.
5. MCA Testing results are in. Reading is up! Science is down; Supt. Hunstad has visited with Mrs. Reese and made some recommendations for changes. One factor is this is the first year of the new curriculum. Math testing begins this week.
6. High School Mini Classes were held last week. It went really good with lots of great offerings.
7. April 25th is a busy day: Viktor the Viking, Health Fair, Displays, Speech, BBQ Meal, and Concert!
8. MSBA School Board Self Evaluation information was discussed. Supt. Hunstad will go through and find out more details.
9. MSBA Supt. Evaluation Workshop information was also discussed. There are no workshops scheduled at this time.
10. Student Survey parent letter will be mailed out soon. The surveys will be conducted in May.
11. There were four Innovation projects turned in this year. The DLT will be scoring the projects soon. Great ideas from Jamie, Lisa, Tiffany and Leah, and Becky!
12. The greenhouse project is complete! The planting can begin!
The next regular board meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 15th at 8:00 pm.
Diamond adjourned the meeting at 9:15 p.m.
James Diamond, Chairperson Lacey Lupien, Clerk
(May 8, 2019)