INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 477
FEBRUARY 18TH, MINUTES
Call to order and Pledge of Allegiance
The regular meeting of the School Board of District #477 was called to order by Chair Deb Ulm on the 18th day of February 2014, at 7:00 p.m. in the District Office Board Room. Roll Call: Members Present: Craig Johnson, Eric Minks, Jeremy Miller, Chuck Nagle, Deb Ulm, Howard Vaillancourt, and Chad Young. Members Absent: None. Others present: Superintendent Julia Espe, Director of Business Services Michelle Czech, Director of Human Resources Brenda Alexander. Citizen Comments: None.
Student Council Rep: Gabrielle Foede
Recognition of School Board Members: This is board appreciation week. Thank you for attending all the meetings, taking citizen phone calls, you do so many things behind the scenes, thank you for all you do for the district, you are appreciated.
Motion made by Howard Vaillancourt and seconded by Craig Young, to approve the agenda as presented. Motion passed unanimously.
DISCUSS and ACT on PREVIOUS BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Motion by Jeremy Miller, and seconded by Craig Johnson, to approve the February 6, 2014 Regular School Board meeting minutes, and the February 6, 2014 Closed meeting minutes. Motion passed unanimously.
Motion made by Howard Vaillancourt, and seconded by Craig Johnson, to approve the consent agenda items: Personnel, Bills, Wire Transfers, Gifts, Non Resident Agreements, and Fundraiser. Motion passed unanimously.
Brad Lundell Executive Director of Schools for Equity in Education (SEE), provided the board with an overview of SEE; SEE works to keep the property tax fair.
South Elementary – Strategic Growth and Change Framework
Principal Greg Finck provided the board with an overview the South Elementary Strategic Growth and Change Framework beginning with Standard Work items: PBIS, PLCs, Staff Development, Collaboration, NWEA, Due Process, ATPPS, Skyward, Shared Leadership (CORE), and guided reading. Next, Adaptive Work items: Daily S, Reciprocal Teaching, PALS, STEM, Lesson Study, RTI, FAST, iObservation/Marzano. Last, Learning Work items: Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI), Skyward (Advanced), Leveled Instruction, Leveled Books, and iPads (tech in classroom).
Instructional Technology Presentation (Technology Team)
Patrick Morrow presented a demonstration of a classroom project which showed the board how technology integrates into the classroom with a demonstration of a classroom project using technology on the web.
Susan Vanhooser, English Teacher at the High School, presented the board with information on how the notability software works for the High School students to receive feedback on assignments.
Nicole Trujillo, 6th Grade Teacher at Middle School, shared with the board how the chrome books have worked in her classroom, and at home using google docs. Nicole explained how that google docs allows her to view in real-time what her students are doing in their homework as they are working. She is also involved in developing a digital curriculum.
2015 Capital Plan Director of Business Services Michelle Czech explained the 2015 Capital Plan. The complete 2015 Capital Plan can be viewed in person at the Superintendents Office located in the District Office at 706 1st St, or on the District web sites home page at www.princeton.k12.mn.us in the School Board Meeting box, click on the Meeting Agenda Access link, then look for the February 18, 2013 meeting, or by filling out a request for data form. This form can be emailed, mailed to you, or picked up in person at the District Office. Request this form by contacting Bridget Sorensen at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 763-389-6184.
A motion was made by Jeremy Miller, and seconded by Eric Minks to approve the 2015 Capital Budget as presented. The following voted in favor of: Jeremy Miller, Howard Vaililancourt, Craig Johnson, Chad Young, Deb Ulm, and Eric Minks. The following voted against the same: Chuck Nagle. Motion passed 6:1.
Resolution Directing the Administration to Make Recommendations for Reductions in Programs and Positions.
WHEREAS, the financial condition of the School District may require the School Board to reduce expenditures for the 2014-2015 school year; and WHEREAS, the District anticipates annual changes and/or reductions in student enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year; and WHEREAS, a reduction in expenditures and/or decreases in student enrollment may require that teachers be non-renewed or placed on unrequested leave of absence without pay or fringe benefits as a result of the discontinuance of programs or positions; BE IT RESOLVED, by the School Board of Princeton School District 0477, as follows:
That the School Board hereby directs the Superintendent of Schools and Administration to consider the discontinuance of programs or positions as required to reduce expenditures and/or as a result of a reduction in enrollment, and to make recommendations to the School Board for the discontinuance of positions at a subsequent meeting of the School Board.
Motion made by Howard Vaillancourt, and seconded by Craig Johnson to approve the resolution directing the administration to make recommendation for reductions in programs and positions. Upon roll call the following voted in favor of: Eric Minks, Jeremy Miller, Howard Vaillancourt, Craig Johnson, Chad Young, Chuck Nagle, and Deb Ulm. Motion passed.
Mark Park – Agreement with the City
Motion by Craig Johnson, and seconded by Eric Minks to approve the agreement with the City. Motion passed unanimously.
Resolution for Bond Referendum Elections and Questions
Member Howard Vaillancourt, and seconded by member Craig Johnson for the adoption of the RESOLUTION RELATING TO THE ISSUANCE OF SCHOOL BUILDING BONDS AND CALLING AN ELECTION THEREON. On a roll call vote, the following voted in favor of: Craig Johnson, Jeremy Miller, Eric Minks, Deb Ulm, Howard Vaillancourt, and Chad Young, and the following voted abstain: Chuck Nagle, whereupon said resolution was declared duly passed and adopted. A second motion was made by Craig Johnson, and seconded by Howard Vaillancourt, to approve the Single Question Resolution on the borrowing of funds for these purposes shall be School District Ballot Question 1 on the school district ballot at the special election held to authorize said borrowing, and that the polling locations will remain the same: one in each township. Upon roll Call the following voted in favor of: Craig Johnson, Jeremy Miller, Eric Minks, Deb Ulm, Howard Vaillancourt, and Chad Young, and the following voted against: Chuck Nagle. Motion passed 6:1. FUTURE MEETINGS Business Expo March 8th from 9-2pm School Board Members assistance is needed. ADDITIONS TO AGENDA None
ADJOURN The meeting was adjourned at 9:11pm
Published in the
Princeton Union Eagle
March 20, 2014
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 477