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LANCASTER SCHOOL BOARD PROCEEDINGS

LANCASTER SCHOOL BOARD PROCEEDINGS

The Lancaster School Board met in special session on Friday, March 10, 2023, at 7:30 a.m. in the Superintendent’s Office. The following members were present: James Diamond, Lacey Lupien, Matt Nordin, Justin Peterson, and Brittany Swenson. Also present were Superintendent Nicole Thompson, Assistant Principal Drew Kjono, and Mendy Coffield. Visitors: Theresia Gillie, Tori Younggren, Lowell Younggren, and Eden Johnson. By phone: Kittson County Enterprise Anna Jauhola. Absent: Jim Scalese.
Chairperson Diamond called the meeting to order and took roll call.
On a motion by Peterson, second by Swenson and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, hires Tori Younggren as Varsity Girls’ Track Coach effective immediately.
Diamond adjourned the meeting at 7:30 a.m.
Visitor questions/comments were received from Theresia Gillie, Tori Younggren, Lowell Younggren, and Eden Johnson.
James Diamond, Chairperson Lacey Lupien, Clerk
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LANCASTER SCHOOL BOARD PROCEEDINGS

The Lancaster School Board met in regular session on Thursday, March 23, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. in the Superintendent’s Office. The following members were present: James Diamond, Lacey Lupien, Matt Nordin, Justin Peterson, Jim Scalese and Brittany Swenson. Also present were Superintendent Nicole Thompson, Assistant Principal Drew Kjono, 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. The agenda was presented.
On a motion by Nordin, second by Peterson, the agenda was approved as presented.
On a motion by Scalese, second by Nordin, the consent agenda was approved as presented.
Items included:
*The minutes of the February 23, 2023, regular meeting and the March 10, 2023, special meeting were approved.
*Electronic Funds Transfers (EFTs) in the amount of $126,620.67.
*Payroll EFTs in the amount of $127,585.76.
*Credit Card EFTs in the amount of $6,308.40.
*Monthly bills for the regular and the activity account in the amount of $57,914.71. Check numbers 42298-42350.
*The Budget Comparison and Treasurer’s reports were reviewed.
On a motion by Peterson, second by Scalese and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, accepts the Desire to Negotiate as requested by the Lancaster Education Association. The first meeting is set for April 26, 2023, at 6:30pm.
On a motion by Lupien, second by Peterson and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, accepts the bid from Medica / NWSC as health insurance provider for the 2023/24 and 2024/25 school years.
The following resolution was moved by: Diamond and seconded by: Scalese
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 Item Designated Purpose (if any)
Starion Bank $350 Calculators for high school math
Marshal and Lorna Hemmes $500 Donation for Mental Health in
memory of Emily Hellyer
Scott Sjostrand $500 Scholarship for a member of the
Class of 2023
The vote on adoption of the Resolution was as follows:
Aye: James Diamond, Lacey Lupien, Matt Nordin, Justin Peterson, Jim Scalese and Brittany Swenson. Nay: None Absent: None
Whereupon, said Resolution was declared duly adopted.
There are no employees up for Tenure this year.
On a motion by Peterson, second by Scalese and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, approves Galen Nordin’s part-time request for mornings only for his daily bus route effective for the 2023/24 school year.
The School Board approved opening up a part-time bus driver position for the fall. Advertising will begin immediately.
On a motion by Scalese, second by Nordin and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, approves transferring Catie Jerome to Varsity KCC Girls’ Track Coach.
On a motion by Swenson, second by Lupien and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, hires Andi Patenaude as Junior Varsity KCC Girls’ Track Coach.
On a motion by Peterson, second by Nordin and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, accepts the resignation of Drew Kjono at the close of his contract in June of 2023.
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 OCHS/CIHS Acceptable Use Policy. This policy will also be used for OCHS/CIHS this year, and for juniors and seniors in the future as they all transition to laptops in the next year to better prepare them for college. Grant funds will be used for these purchases.
On a motion by Peterson, second by Scalese and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, approves the Memorandum of Agreement for Online College in the High School (OCHS) through Distance Minnesota consortium colleges: Alexandria Technical and Community College, Northland Community and Technical College and the Northwest Technical College.
On a motion by Nordin, second by Swenson and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, approves the Memorandum of Agreement for College in the High School (CIHS) with the University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC).
On a motion by Nordin, second by Scalese and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, acknowledges the First Reading of Policy #516.5 Overdose Medication, as presented by Supt. Thompson.
On a motion by Lupien, second by Peterson and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, amends the 2022/23 school year calendar for Parent Teacher Conferences to be held on March 8th instead of March 9th.
On a motion by Peterson, second by Scalese and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, appoints Lacey Lupien to the LEFSA Lancaster Endowment Fund School Association.
Supt. Thompson has two contractors coming up this spring to look at the parking lot and bus zone. The hope is to get both paved this summer.
We also hope to have the front step project redone this summer.
Only one bid was received on the north entry project. No one bid on the back stairs project.
On a motion by Peterson, second by Scalese and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, accepts the bid from Folland Construction for $2,500 for the northwest entry door #2 repair.
Assistant Principal Kjono presented his report:
a. The Senior High Knowledge Bowl team lost in a tie-breaker at the Sectional Meet. They had a very good year. The Junior High Knowledge Bowl Team is also doing well and has been very successful this year. They have an all-day meet next week. Thank you to Mrs. Steen for her work with the Knowledge Bowl Teams.
b. Spring Sports and Activity Update: Baseball and Track practice has begun; golf will have a meeting next week. Unified Swim has their meet next Friday. There are three Community Ed courses being offered next week and one tonight. The Spring Concert is set for April 13th. Thank you to all the coaches, advisors and teachers for their work on all of these groups.
c. Evening of the Arts is set for April 24th. More details will be coming soon. Projects, plays, bake sales, music and much more!
d. Book Fair week is the week of May 1st. Mrs. Cosley has been organizing this.
e. Literacy Night will hopefully happen during Book Fair Week as well.
Superintendent Thompson presented her report:
a. Tele-Nurse Avel Care had provided charts on the number of students they had encountered this year, the level of care needed, as well as follow-up information. The year has been going well as both parties are learning how to work together.
b. We continue to wait to hear if Preschool will go full days this fall. Our applications are in and we will just await to hear what the legislature session brings.
c. The PTCO sponsored Elementary Mini Classes on March 3rd. There were fifteen presenters with a wide variety of offerings. The students (and presenters) really enjoyed the day. We are very thankful to our presenters for sharing their talents with us.
d. MCAs started on Monday; ACTs will be taken next Tuesday. We will do ACTs in-house this year. With just five students, the FCS room will work perfectly.
e. High School Class Registration for 2023/24 is complete. We will now begin reviewing the data to see what our numbers are for each class as well as ensuring our individual student needs are being met.
f. Special Education Teachers for 2023/24 will look the same as this year. Mrs. Cosley and Mrs. Winterland have felt the year has gone well. There will be some shifting of caseloads. There were no applicants again this year; this is just a formality we need to do until Mrs. Cosley receives her teaching degree. She should finish up this fall.
g. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 25, 2023, 7:00pm
h. We will ask the LEA to move the Negotiations meeting to Tuesday, April 25, 2023, at 6:30pm.
Diamond adjourned the meeting at 7:46 p.m.
James Diamond, Chairperson Lacey Lupien, Clerk
(April 12, 2022)
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