Members of the Board of Education, East Central ISD #2580, met in session on Tuesday, February 16, 2010, in the Community/Board Room #413. The Chair called the meeting to order at 6:31 pm and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Present: Members Kester, Jensen, Ecklund, Domogalla, Melhus, Thomsen and Jansen, Absent: Fogt; Supt. Peura; Secretary Fahey; Business Manager Renee Eiffler; Tim Franklin of the Pine County Courier; Teacher Nancy Klar; Technology Director Joe Chryst.
Motion by Mr. Ecklund, second by Ms. Melhus to accept the agenda. Motion unanimously carried.
There were no comments from the floor.
Written reports are on file from Community Education Director Toni Groe, CLC Teacher Jan Kurhajetz and Food Service Kathy Smith, Teacher on Assignment Stefanie Youngberg.
Business Manager, Renee Eiffler presented the financial report.
Supt. Peura stated that enrollment has been staying strong and is up to 798, which is excellent. Mr. Peura would like to investigate prices of purchasing a 70-80 horse tracked skid steer to use for snow removal. The purpose is for East Central to do our own snow removal and save money. Mr. Peura stated that Wednesday, February 24, 2010 for the ½ day a group will be presenting Direct Instruction to the East Central staff. Peura encouraged the School Board to consider Board/Superintendent training. The course will take two training sessions and cost $3100.00. Peura stated the school will do a test run of implementing a breakfast program for every student K-5. This would be covered by a breakfast grant that Mr. Peura is pursuing. Mr. Peura let the board know that there are some areas of the building that aren’t running efficiently, therefore asked to hire Trane to take care of these issues.
Technology Director Joe Chryst presented information regarding purchase of a technology upgrade with an Erate discount.
Motion by Mr. Jansen, second by Mr. Ecklund to approve the 1st reading of the 2010-2011 District Calendar. Motion unanimously carried.
Motion by Mr. Ecklund, second by Mr. Jansen to approve the final reading of the 2009-2010 seniority lists. Motion unanimously carried.
Motion by Ms. Melhus, second by Mr. Ecklund to approve the East Central School District Mission Statement. Motion unanimously carried.
Motion by Mr. Thomsen, second by Ms. Kester to approve the resignation of Varsity Volleyball Coach, Denice Miller with many thanks for her dedication and hard work. Motion unanimously carried.
Motion by Mr. Ecklund, second by Ms. Domogalla to approve the resignation of paraprofessional, Gerry Smith with many thanks for his hard work and dedication. Motion unanimously carried.
Motion by Mr. Thomsen, second by Mr. Ecklund to approve the 2009-2010 extra curricular agreements: Eric Ganske-baseball, Nate Froehling-baseball, Bill Gaede-baseball, Josh Spiess-baseball, Scott Henn-softball, Brenda Price-softball, Jennifer Hendrickx-softball, Barry Shelton-softball, Bill Groskreutz-track, Anne Shelton-track, Kathy Ebnet-Spring play, Rod Erickson-golf, Dane Quigley-golf. Based on track participants there may be another coach needed. Motion unanimously carried.
Motion by Mr. Thomsen, second by Ms. Domogalla to approve going into closed session. Motion unanimously carried.
Closed session at 7:23 to discuss an arbitration update and the preliminary consideration of allegations/evaluation of an employee under board authority.
Motion by Mr. Jansen, second by Mr. Ecklund to come out of closed session at 8:22 pm. Motion unanimously carried.
Motion by Mr. Ecklund, second by Ms. Domogalla to discuss One Day Bond language. Motion unanimously carried.
Motion by Mr. Jansen, second by Ms. Melhus to approve administration to negotiate retirement options for employees. Motion unanimously carried.
There will be a work session on Monday, March 1, 2010 at 6:30 pm in the Community Board Room. The Superintendent Evaluation Committee will meet on February 23, 2010 at 6pm. The next regular scheduled board meeting is on March 15, 2010 at 6:30 pm in the Community Board Room.
Ms. Kester adjourned the meeting at 8:37 pm.
Bill Jansen, Clerk