Lancaster School Board minutes November 20, 2019

LANCASTER SCHOOL
BOARD PROCEEDINGS
The Lancaster School Board met in regular session on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, at 7:00 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. Nicole Thompson, Kittson County Enterprise Anna Jauhola, and Mendy Coffield.
Chairperson Diamond called the meeting to order and took roll call. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by those in attendance.
On a motion by Nordin, second by Peterson, the agenda was approved as presented. UC.
On a motion by Homstad, second by Langerud, the consent agenda was approved as presented.  UC. Items included:
•    The minutes of the October 16, 2019, regular meeting were approved.
•    Electronic Funds Transfers (EFTs) in the amount of $88,823.14. Payroll EFTs in the amount of $105,706.82, and monthly bills in the amount of $597,875.34. Check numbers 40297-40352.
•    The Budget Comparison and Treasurer’s reports were reviewed.
•    The Student Activity Fund disbursements were reviewed, check numbers 689-706.
•    The current revenue totals by fund were reviewed.
On a motion by Diamond, second by Nordin, and carried:  WHEREAS, Minnesota Statute 123B.02, Subd. 6 provides: “The board may receive, for the benefit of the district, bequests, donations, or gifts for any proper purpose and apply the same to the purpose designated. In that behalf, the board may act as trustee of any trust created for the benefit of the district, or for the benefit of the district, or for the benefit of pupils thereof, including trusts created to provide pupils of the district with advanced education after completion of high school, in the advancement of education.”; and WHEREAS, Minnesota Statutes 465.03 provides: “Any city, county, school district or town may accept a grant or devise of real or personal property to maintain such property for the benefit of its citizens in accordance with the terms prescribed by the donor. Nothing herein shall authorize such acceptance or use for religious or sectarian purposes. Every such acceptance shall be by resolution of the governing body adopted by a two-thirds majority of its members, expressing such terms in full.”; and
WHEREAS, every such acceptance shall be by resolution of the governing body adopted by a two-thirds majority of its members, expressing such terms in full;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the School Board of Lancaster Public School, ISD 356, gratefully accepts the following donations as identified below:
Donor: Johnson Oil Company; Item: $300.00; Designated Purpose (if any): Treadmill
The vote on adoption of the Resolution was as follows:
Aye: Diamond, Homstad, Langerud, Lupien, Nordin and Peterson.
Nay: None.
Absent: None.
Whereupon, said Resolution was declared duly adopted.
Discussion was held on the proposed Teacher Negotiations contract.
On a motion by Peterson, second by Lupien, and carried:  Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, approves the 2019/20 and 2020/21 Teacher Master Agreement and Contract as presented by the Board Negotiators.
On a motion by Nordin, second by Langerud, and carried:  Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, adjusts the Seniority List as presented by Supt. Hunstad.
On a motion by Nordin, second by Homstad, and carried:  Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, accepts the resignation of Sean OLeary as Assistant Custodian effective November 15, 2019.
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 Kelli Amb, as Lego League Advisor, effective immediately.
On a motion by Diamond, second by Langerud, and carried:  Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, hires Tyson Twamley, as Lego League Advisor, effective immediately.
On a motion by Homstad, second by Nordin, and carried:  Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, hires Mark Bernstrom, as KCC Junior High Girls’ Basketball Coach, effective November 11, 2019.
On a motion by Peterson, second by Nordin, and carried:  Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, hires Macy Westerberg, as Paraprofessional effective November 1, 2019.
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: Final Reading: Policies #601 School District Curriculum and Instructional Goals, #603 Curriculum Development, #613 Graduation Requirements, #615 Testing Accommodations, Modifications, and Exemptions for IEPs, Section 504 Plans, and LEP Students, as presented by Supt. Hunstad.
On a motion by Nordin, second by Peterson, and carried:  Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, approves the first reading of Policies: #703 Annual Audit, #720 Vending Machines, #721 Uniform Grant Guidance Policy Regarding Federal Revenue Sources, #802 Disposition of Obsolete Equipment and Material, #806-F Assistance in drafting a Crisis  Management Plan, #904 Distribution of Materials on School District Property by Nonschool Persons, as presented by Supt. Hunstad.
On a motion by Langerud, second by Nordin, and carried:  Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, approves the Custodian Designations, Officer and Advisor List for the Student Activity Funds for the 2019/20 school year.
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 Student Activity Fundraisers for the 2019/20 school year, and also reviews the Fundraisers completed to date.
On a motion by Diamond, second by Nordin, and carried:  Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, approves the Student Activity Fund balances as of October 31, 2019.
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 2019/20 Field Trip Log as presented.
Supt. Hunstad presented the Administrative Report:
1.    The Community Ed. Annual Report was reviewed.
2.    Board members were invited to sign-up for the Region 1 Board.
3.    Supt. Hunstad noted that the Graphic Design class is now producing a new online digital monthly newsletter. We are hoping to print a few copies each month and leave uptown for people to read.
4.    Supt. Hunstad, Nicole Thompson, and Kristi Steen all attended the MREA Conference in Brainerd. All three intend to use some of what they learned here at Lancaster School (podcasts, Mission Monday, building relationships, showing kindness). The speaker was very good.
5.    A Staff Outing is planned for December 6th.
6.    At the District Leadership Team’s last meeting, they discussed “Saving the Steps” and wanted the School Board’s opinion. Estimates will be gathered and further discussion will be held at a later meeting.
7.    The Strategic Plan will be revisited in January. The December Board meeting will be consumed with budget, truth in taxation, and levy.
8.    A new treadmill has been purchased for the weightroom. Mr. Kujava has sent out donation letters and received $800 so far. The DLT will be also be putting some money towards the purchase through the Innovation Grant. Whatever remains may need to come out of the PE budget.
Peterson inquired again about the windows on the south side of the building that are broken. Discussion was held. We will look into some estimates and some possible fixes.
Lupien inquired about the weight room weights and if there was any talk about upgrading them. Discussion was held; maybe some of them could be powder coated?
The next regular board meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 18, 2019, at 7:00 pm. The annual Truth in Taxation hearing will be held at this meeting.
Diamond adjourned the meeting at 8:16 p.m.
James Diamond, Chairperson
Lacey Lupien, Clerk
(December 4, 2019)
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