Lancaster School Board Proceedings May 15, 2019

LANCASTER SCHOOL
BOARD PROCEEDINGS
The Lancaster School Board met in regular session on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 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. Cory Waling, 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 with two additions on a motion by Nordin, second by Homstad. UC.
Mr. Waling gave a presentation on the Class Trip. It went very well. He reviewed of the results of his surveys with the students. The Board thanked Mr. Waling for the trip!
On a motion by Peterson, second by Langerud, the consent agenda was approved as presented.  UC. Items included:
• The minutes of the April 22, 2019, regular meeting were approved.
• Electronic Funds Transfers (EFTs) in the amount of $101,924.46.  Payroll EFTs in the amount of $101,150.89, and monthly bills in the amount of $62,723.54. Check numbers 39981-40019.
• The Budget Comparison and Treasurer’s reports were reviewed.
• The current revenue totals by fund were reviewed.
On a motion by Diamond, second by Peterson and carried:  Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, grants the Business Manager permission to make year-end transfers and pay accounts payables as of June 30, 2019.
The Preschool schedule will go back to what it was last year. The three-year olds will all be together in one group.
Two applicants were interviewed at the NWRIC for the shared School Social Worker position. MCC, Tri-County, and Lancaster will share this person who will be employed by the NWRIC. Molly Janicke was offered and accepted the position. Final details on days will be worked out this summer. We are planning for 2-2.5 days at Lancaster.
The Personnel Team met with the Teacher Negotiations Team prior to the board meeting. This was their second meeting. The teacher’s brought back their responses from the board’s first proposal. Another meeting will not be held until the audit is finalized.
On a motion by Homstad, second by Nordin and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, approves the FMLA Request of Samantha Alme on or around September 6, 2019, for six weeks.
On a motion by Peterson, second by Lupien and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, hires Jared Olson as Summer Rec. Assistant beginning June 3, 2019.
On a motion by Nordin, second by Langerud and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, accepts the resignation of Sheila Billings as Yearbook Advisor at the end of the 2018/19 school year.
On a motion by Peterson, second by Homstad and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, approves the following students: Suzanne Blanco, Samuel Gates, Cora Kujava, Oscar Martinez, Maggie Rice, Travis Rich, Emily Schmiedeberg, Andi Strege, Macy Twamley, Gabe Vagle, Jaynyee Wallbank, and Judah Westerberg, upon successful completion of their coursework, be granted a high school diploma.
The Content Team will meet next Tuesday to decide on the language arts curriculum for next year. They have narrowed it down to Journeys or Wonders for K-6. Mrs. Steen and Mr. Hunstad have not decided what 10-12 will go with yet.
Policies were reviewed. Policy #506 will be posted on the website and also on the bulletin board in the building.
The Student Survey was given to grades 8, 9 and 11 on Monday, May 13th.
On a motion by Nordin, second by Lupien and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, acknowledges the final reading of Policies: #505 Dist. Of Non-School Sponsored Materials, #510  School Activities, #511 Student Fundraising, #520 Student Surveys, #524 & #524F Internet Acceptable  as presented as presented.
The Student Handbook was discussed with the two changes since the first reading last month (Category I third violation and Category II activities). Also added during the meeting to the Category I Activities was clarification on the approval of treatment programs in both the first and third violations.
On a motion by Langerud, second by Peterson and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, approves the final reading of the 2019/20 Student Handbook.
The Fair Board contacted Jim Scalese about the concession stand at the Fair Grounds. We have committed to this, and will work together with various groups to accomplish this.
On a motion by Diamond, second by Langerud and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, reviews the Student Activity Account Fund balances as presented.
On a motion by Homstad, second by Nordin and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, reviews the fundraising reports for the school district as required by the State of Minnesota. Tabled to June: Concessions and Yearbook.
On a motion by Nordin, second by Langerud and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, reviews the field trip log as presented.
On a motion by Peterson, second by Langerud and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, approves the MSHSL renewal and certifies they have reviewed the required MSHSL video for the 2019/20 school year. The complete resolution is on file in the district office.
Supt. Hunstad presented the Administrative Report:
1. High School registration for 2019/20 is complete. Supt. Hunstad has a few students left to review their schedules with who are currently on the Physics Trip.
2. The elementary staff requested to try Morning Recess for K-6. It has been working well. We will probably continue this fall.
3. The MCA Testing results are in. All scores are up. There were some deficiencies discovered, and they have been addressed with those Teachers.
4. Supt. Hunstad shared the MSBA Board Self Evaluation course details with the Board Members.
5. Information on the MSBA Webinars that are available free of charge was shared with the Board.
6. Becky Johnson’s Drone Project was the Innovation project winner.  She plans to incorporate the drones into her Graphic Design class this fall.
7. The 6th Graders enjoyed their St. Paul trip very much. A thank you was reviewed by the members.
8. Debbie Groves is out right now due to some medical issues. We are waiting to hear from her on what the rest of the month looks like. Sean begins on Monday.
9. Finish Strong is the theme right now!  Just like when running a race, don’t slow down until you pass the finish line.
The next regular board meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 19th at 8:00 pm.
Diamond adjourned the meeting at 9:20 p.m.
James Diamond, Chairperson            Lacey Lupien, Clerk
(May 29, 2019)

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