May 17, 2010
The School Board of District 261 met in regular session on May 17, 2010 in the Media Center of the School. Chairman LaRue called the meeting to order at 6:00 PM with members Hoff, Johnson, LaRue, Nelson, Rylander, Spangler, and Wing present. Also present were Superintendent Allan Jensen, Principal Tom Otte, Renee Melby, and Jeanne Miller.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Wing moved to approve the amended agenda, seconded by Spangler. MCU.
Rylander moved to approve the following consent agenda:
Mrs. Wing reported on Fergus Falls Special Ed Coop.
Mr. Nelson gave a summary of the MSBA Journal article entitled “What Will It Take to Get Off The Funding Cliff” and a report on Region 1.
Mr. LaRue inquired about the possibility of pairing in football next year. Information will be gathered for the next meeting.
Camille Schultz joined the meeting at 6:20 pm.
Mr. Otte reported on the following:
Chris Schaefer from Design Tree Engineering Inc. joined the meeting and presented the drawings for the Off-Peak Electric Boiler Project. There is a cost share competitive grant through the MN Department of Energy that this project would qualify for. Mr. Jensen has negotiated with Design Tree a fee structure to write the grant application. Johnson made a motion to move forward with the bid process for the Electric Boiler Project with bid opening on June 15th at 2:00 pm. Nelson seconded. MCU.
Mr. Jensen reported on the following:
Ms. Schultz reported on Elementary and High School Art.
Mrs. Miller reported on Special Education.
Johnson made a motion to purchase a Hustler lawn mower upon satisfactory completion of a demo. Nelson seconded. MCU.
Nelson introduced Resolution No. 10.10 relating to the termination and nonrenewal of the teaching contract of Angie Baker, a probationary teacher. Rylander seconded. Roll call vote: Rylander – yes, Spangler – yes, Johnson – yes, Wing – yes, Hoff – yes, Nelson – yes, LaRue – yes. MCU.
Johnson made a motion to accept the resignation of Aaron Rasmussen as part-time custodian. Wing seconded. MCU.
Nelson made a motion to approve the Elementary/Middle School Teacher contract for Chad Koep. Wing seconded. MCU.
The meeting went into closed session at 9:23 pm for evaluation of probationary staff Katie Jo Johnson, Angie Baker, Dustin Steenblock, Tanya Nelson, and to discuss a student issue.
Chairman LaRue moved back to open session at 9:49 pm.
Nelson made a motion to adjourn, Wing seconded. MCU. Meeting adjourned at 9:50 pm.
Warren Nelson, Clerk
Closed portion of May 17, 2010 School Board Meeting
Meeting closed at 9:23 pm.
Mr. Jensen began recording and announced the time and purpose of the closed session: Probationary staff evaluation, and a student issue.
Probationary staff: Ms. Katie Jo Johnson has resigned, Mrs. Angie Baker has been non-renewed, Mr. Steenblock no reservations on performance, Ms. Nelson no reservations on performance and has raised expectations in the English Department. Ms. Nelson was hired for a 2 year probationary period.
Mr. Otte discussed a student’s continuing open enrollment status.
Returned to open meeting status at 9:49 pm.