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LANCASTER SCHOOL BOARD PROCEEDINGS Oct. 17, 2023

LANCASTER SCHOOL BOARD PROCEEDINGS

The Lancaster School Board met in regular session on Tuesday, October 17, 2023, at 6:30 p.m. in the Supt. 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, Dean of Students/Activities Director Mark Bernstrom, Teacher Rep. Michael Peterson, Kittson County Enterprise reporter 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 Peterson, second by Swenson the agenda was approved as presented.
On a motion by Nordin, second by Peterson, the consent agenda was approved as presented. Items included:
• The minutes of the September 20, 2023, regular meeting was approved.
• Electronic Funds Transfers (EFTs) in the amount of $143,995.73.
• Payroll EFTs in the amount of $119,480.80.
• Credit Card EFTs in the amount of $7,884.43.
• Monthly bills for the regular and the activity account in the amount of $187,621.70.
Check numbers 42679-42743.
• The Budget Comparison and Treasurer’s reports were reviewed.
• The activity expense increase from September was for football and boys’ basketball supplies.
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 for snow removal of the parking lots and the van and bus garage areas from Donald Burton. Bids were received from Jackson Klein and Donald Burton. Abstained: Lupien.
The following resolution was moved by: Lupien 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)
Fred Wilebski $26,150 Front step project and LEFSA fees
Lois Boroski $5,000 Use as we wish
KIDSon Cares $1,000 Sam Eaton suicide prevention speaker donation $500 Library donation
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.
On a motion by Nordin, second by Swenson and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, hires Tracy Klegstad as Long-Term Substitute for grade 2 beginning in January 2024.
On a motion by Scalese, second by Peterson and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, hires Jacob Maier as KCC Boys’ Basketball Junior High Coach effective November 20, 2023.
On a motion by Nordin, second by Scalese and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, approves the Seniority List for 23/24 as presented by Supt. Thompson.
Discussion was held on the first reading of Policy #504 in regards to hats and hoodies.
On a motion by Peterson, second by Swenson and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, acknowledges the first reading of the Policy #504 Student Dress and Appearance.
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 Single Reading of Policies: #406 Public and Private Personnel Data, #413 Harassment and Violence, #427 Workload Limits for Certain Special Education Teachers, #604 Instructional Curriculum, #616 School District System Accountability as presented by Supt. Thompson
On a motion by Scalese, second by Peterson and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, approves the Extra-Curricular Assignments for the 23/24 school year for Lancaster School and Kittson County Central as presented by Dean/AD Bernstrom.
On a motion by Nordin, second by Swenson and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, agrees to comply with all sections of the Assurance of Compliance with state and federal law including Mandated Reporting training which has been completed by all staff.
Bernstrom presented the Dean of Students/Activities Director Report:
• All Juniors and Seniors who have been at LHS over the years are on track to graduate. There are a few transfer in students whose credits are still being reviewed, and records still being collected.
• Fall Sports Playoffs begin next week. Volleyball should take 1st place; football should finish in 3rd or 4th.
• There are four Double Headers scheduled for girls’ and boys’ basketball this winter. The schedule was shared for hockey and basketball.
Thompson presented the Superintendent Report:
• The Concurrent Enrollment application was presented for 23/24.
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 23/24 Concurrent Enrollment as presented by Supt. Thompson.
• The Memorandum of Agreement from UMC for the CIHS was presented for 23/24.
On a motion by Diamond, second by Scalese and carried: Be It Resolved, that the Board of Education of Independent School District 356, approves the Memorandum of Agreement for UMC as presented by Supt. Thompson.
• The Board agreed to vote “Yes” for the Nominees on the MSBA Insurance Trust Proxy.
• The MSBA Conference is set for January 11&12; hotel rooms will be reserved as soon as it opens up.
• The next meeting is set for Tuesday, November 28th at 7:00pm.
• The Tentative date for the next Teacher Negotiations meeting will be Tuesday, November 21st at 6:30pm. Coffield will confirm.
Diamond adjourned the meeting at 7:03 p.m.
James Diamond, Chairperson Lacey Lupien, Clerk
(November 1, 2023)
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