LANCASTER SCHOOL BOARD PROCEEDINGS April 1, 21 & 26, 2021

LANCASTER SCHOOL BOARD PROCEEDINGS
The Lancaster School Board met in an emergency session on Thursday, April 1, 2021, at 4:00 p.m. in the math room. The following members were present: Diamond, Homstad, Langerud, Lupien, Nordin and Peterson. Also present were Dean Nicole Thompson and Mendy Coffield.
Discussion was held regarding the Assistant Principal position and the applicants that applied.
The next board meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, beginning at 8:00pm (DST) in the math room.
Diamond adjourned the meeting at 5:27 p.m.
James Diamond, Chairperson Lacey Lupien, Clerk
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LANCASTER SCHOOL BOARD PROCEEDINGS
The Lancaster School Board met in special session on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at 5:00p.m. in the math room. The following members were present: Diamond, Homstad, Langerud, Lupien, Nordin and Peterson. Also present were Supt. Shannon Hunstad, Dean Nicole Thompson and Mendy Coffield.
Discussion was held on the health insurance bids that were received from NWSC/BCBS (current), BCBS, and PEIP. Discussion was also held on health insurance possibilities for the remaining non-certified employees, who currently not offered insurance.
Diamond adjourned the meeting at 5:30 p.m.
James Diamond, Chairperson Lacey Lupien, Clerk
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LANCASTER SCHOOL BOARD PROCEEDINGS
The Lancaster School Board met in regular session on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. in the math room. The following members were present: Diamond, Homstad, Langerud, Lupien, and Peterson. Also present were Supt. Shannon Hunstad, Dean Nicole Thompson, Teacher Rep. Leah Muir, School Nurse Jeanna Kujava, Cory Waling, and Mendy Coffield. Joining via zoom: Kittson County Enterprise reporter Anna Jauhola.
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 Peterson, second by Langerud, the agenda was approved as presented.
Chairperson Diamond moved Nurse Jeanna Kujava’s Health and Wellness portion to the beginning of the agenda. Kujava reviewed the proposed update to the student handbook. Kujava also wanted to ensure the Board and Community realized the services that she is offering to our school.
On a motion by Homstad, second by Lupien, the consent agenda was approved as presented. Items included:
• The minutes of the March 17, 2021, regular meeting minutes were approved.
• Electronic Funds Transfers (EFTs) in the amount of $98,378.14.
• Payroll EFTs in the amount of $114,404.67
• Credit Card EFTs in the amount of $2,008.22.
• Monthly bills for the regular and the activity account in the amount of $65,225.62. Check numbers 41127-41168.
· • The Budget Comparison and Treasurer’s reports were reviewed.
On a motion by Diamond, second by Nordin, 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 2021/22 school year.
Discussion was held on the health insurance bids that were received.
On a motion by Langerud, second by Nordin, and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, tables the HITA bid decision.
A special meeting was set for Monday, April 26, 2021, at 6:00pm to discuss the health insurance bids.
The following resolution was moved by: Lupien and seconded by: Peterson:
RESOLUTION ACCEPTING
DONATIONS
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: Jesse & Denise Strege;
Item: $420.00;
Designated Purpose (if any)
The vote on adoption of the Resolution was as follows:
Aye: Diamond, Homstad, Langerud, Lupien, and Peterson
Nay: None
Absent: None
Whereupon, said Resolution was declared duly adopted.
On a motion by Langerud, second by Homstad, and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, accepts the high bids of Shirley Burns for $510 and Joe Wilebski for $405. Each will receive one embroidery machine, thread, hoops and miscellaneous embroidery items.
On a motion by Peterson, second by Nordin, and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, authorizes doubling of the daily per diem for the seniors for their Senior Class Trip. This change is due to COVID-19 and has been approved by the Auditors for this situation.
On a motion by Nordin, second by Lupien, and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, authorizes the transfer of $1,200 – $1,500 per senior to a Scholarship Account for college and/or course completion/training reimbursement, or as a donation to an approved local charity. These funds must be claimed by June 30, 2022.
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 Agreement for Consulting Services from Hildi, Inc. for the 2021-2023 school years.
Supt. Homstad noted that there are no teachers up for tenure this year. He did, also note, that Becky Johnson will be up for Tenure once her courses are complete.
On a motion by Langerud, second by Lupien, and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, accepts the Notice of Desire to Negotiate from the Lancaster Education Association for the 2021-2023 school years.
On a motion by Nordin, second by Peterson, and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, hires Drew Kjono as the Assistant Principal effective for the 2021/22 school year.
On a motion by Diamond, second by Lupien, and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, hires Autumn Schindele as an Elementary Teacher effective for the 2021/22 school year. BA7
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 a Special Education Teacher effective for the 2021/22 school year. BA0
On a motion by Nordin, second by Langerud, and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, custom hires Gloria Cedergren as the Census Coordinator effective for the 2021/22 school year.
On a motion by Homstad, second by Peterson, and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, approves the part-time contract for Anne Dalbey as Technology Director for the 2021/22 school year.
On a motion by Nordin, second by Langerud, and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, hires Michael Peterson as KCC JH Baseball Coach for the 2021 spring sports season. Abstaining: Peterson.
On a motion by Langerud, second by Nordin, and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, hires Alex Strege as KCC Boys’ Golf Co-Coach for the 2021 sports season.
On a motion by Diamond, second by Peterson, and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, hires Blair Younggren as KCC Boys’ Golf Co-Coach for the 2021 sports season.
On a motion by Lupien, second by Nordin, and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, approves Becky Johnson’s FMLA Request for the fall of 2021, estimated dates September 10 – December 6, 2021.
On a motion by Langerud, second by Peterson, and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, hires Kim Clark as a Long-Term Teacher Substitute for the fall of 2021 to cover Becky Johnson’s leave.
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 Sick Leave donations from Mendy Coffield, Jaime Peterson, Laura Reese, Hannah Rynning, and Nicole Thompson to Vada Gatheridge.
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 Alana Scalese as Concessions Advisor effective the end of the 2020/21 school year.
On a motion by Nordin, second by Lupien, and carried: Be it Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, approves the first reading of the 2021/22 Student Handbook
Supt. Hunstad presented the Administrative Report:
a. High School 2020/21 Registration is underway. Mrs. Thompson has been working with students on their schedules. Some changes are yet to be made to the schedule.
b. The High School Spring Concert is tomorrow night at 7:00pm. The elementary is set for next Thursday. Due to the weather, both will more than likely be held inside. Sign-ups have been shared with parents for this week.
c. Langerud and Peterson volunteered to be the Board Representatives at the Graduation Ceremony on May 28th at 5:00pm. Langerud inquired if all seniors would graduate and be able to participate in the ceremony. Hunstad noted that there would be one that will not qualify for graduation due to being three credits short. Based on the Student Handbook, this student does not meet the state requirement. Hunstad has met with the student and family regarding this. Hunstad also told the student and family that he would return to certify and present the diploma if the student completed these credits this spring and summer. The Graduation seating layout was also reviewed.
d. The Senior Class Trip will take place May 1st through the 9th. Cory Waling and Sandie Nelson will be the chaperones. They will head west, like last year, but will slow the trip down and take in more events along the way. Waling noted the Seniors are getting excited for their trip and to do something “normal” again. C&M in Hallock is donating two vehicles for the trip.
e. MCA testing is underway; reading scores are averaging under maintaining. The Juniors took the ACT and have their results back
f. The Parking Lot/Bus Zone Plan was presented to the City this past week. They did not have any concerns with the project besides snow removal. Hunstad recommending piling the snow in a few areas and then hiring someone to haul it away. The City is not interested in snow removal. Homstad inquired if there were stoppers on the north side of the west gym.

g. The District Leadership Team awarded two Innovation projects this year. K-3 Teachers presented a Guided Reading Library for their rooms; Sandie Nelson presented cameras for a Photography class she will be offering in the fall
A special meeting was set for Monday, April 26, 2021, at 6:00pm to discuss the health insurance bids.
The next regular board meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. (DST).
Diamond adjourned the meeting at 9:15 p.m.
James Diamond, Chairperson Lacey Lupien, Clerk
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LANCASTER SCHOOL BOARD PROCEEDINGS
The Lancaster School Board met in special session on Monday, April 26, 2021, at 6:00p.m. in the math room. The following members were present: Homstad, Langerud, Lupien, Nordin and Peterson. Also present were Supt. Shannon Hunstad, Dean Nicole Thompson and Mendy Coffield. Diamond joined via the telephone.
Diamond called the meeting to order and requested Nordin continue the meeting. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Detailed discussion was again held on the health insurance bids that were received from NWSC/BCBS (current), BCBS, and PEIP. Alternate plan were also received from the NWSC/BCBS that mirrored the BCBS options more equally.
Supt. Hunstad had contacted Steven Sjostrand who agreed to be the Agent whether we choose the NWSC/BCBS or BCBS plans. The NWSC has agreed to pay the annual fee for this if we stay with them. The NWSC also has offered to reduce the 5.9% premium increase to 2.5% regardless of which plans, from them, we choose. Year two of the NWSC plans would not be BCBS; they have signed a new contract with Medica. Medica’s fixed costs were much less than BCBS.
Discussion was held on setting a single policy limit, health insurance benefits for 9-month non-certified employees, and aggregate benefits. A call was placed to Dan Weir, NWSC Consultant, regarding the number of plans that can be offered, aggregate benefits and details on the plans.
On a motion by Peterson, second by Diamond, and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District, accepts the NWSC/BCBS bid alternate plan 1, and original plans 2 and 3. Diamond seconded the motion. UC.
Nordin adjourned the meeting at 7:07 p.m.
Matt Nordin, Vice Chairperson
Lacey Lupien, Clerk
(May 12, 2021)
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