January 22, 2009
The School Board of District 261 met in regular session on January 22, 2009 in the Media Center of the School. Vice-Chairman LaRue called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM with members Hoff, Johnson, LaRue, Nelson, Spangler, and Wing present. Absent: D. Rylander. Also present were Superintendent Allan Jensen, Principal Tom Otte, Renee Melby, Tom Gronwold, and Allan Huls.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Mr. Nelson moved to approve the amended agenda, seconded by Mrs. Wing. MCU.
An Oath of Office Ceremony was held for new elected member Peter Hoff.
Mr. Nelson made a motion to nominate Mr. LaRue as Chairman and moved to cast a unanimous ballot. Mrs. Wing seconded. MCU. Mr. Nelson made a motion to nominate Mrs. Wing as Vice Chair and moved to cast a unanimous ballot. Mr. LaRue seconded. MCU. Mrs. Wing made a motion to nominate Mr. Nelson as Clerk and moved to cast a unanimous ballot. Mr. Spangler seconded. MCU. Mr. Nelson made a motion to nominate Mr. Rylander as Treasurer and moved to cast a unanimous ballot. Mr. Johnson seconded. MCU. Mrs. Wing was appointed as Special Education representative. Mr. Spangler was appointed as MSHSL representative. Mr. Johnson was appointed as Legislative Liaison. Mr. LaRue, Mrs. Wing, and Mr. Hoff were appointed to the Negotiations Committee. Mr. Rylander, Mr. LaRue, and Mr. Nelson were appointed to the Finance Committee. Mrs. Wing, Mr. LaRue, and Mr. Johnson were appointed to the Planning Committee.
Mr. Nelson moved to approve the following consent agenda:
Mr. Nelson gave a report on Region I and MSBA Convention.
Mrs. Wing gave a report on Special Ed Coop, MSBA Convention, and Ashby Education Foundation. Mrs. Wing was appointed to continue as the Board Representative on the Ashby Education Foundation Committee.
Mr. LaRue gave a report on Governor Pawlenty’s State of the State Address and issues affecting Education.
Mr. Gronwold gave a report on High School Social Studies.
Mr. Huls gave a report on Instrumental Music and an update on the upcoming Music trip in March 2010.
Mr. Otte reported on the following:
Mr. Jensen reported on the following:
Propane needs for 2009-2010 were discussed. The Board directed Superintendent Jensen to purchase propane when the market is favorable.
The Woods mower was discussed.
Mr. Nelson introduced Resolution No. 9.04 directing the Administration to make recommendations for reduction in programs and positions and reasons therefore. Mr. Johnson seconded. Roll call vote: Spangler – yes; Nelson – yes; Johnson – yes; Wing – yes; Hoff – yes; LaRue – yes. MCU.
Mrs. Wing made a motion for the Official School Information as follows: Official Depository – First State Bank of Ashby, Official Newspaper – Ashby Dalton Post. Mr. Spangler seconded. MCU.
Mr. LaRue made a motion to set Board Compensation at $0. Mr. Johnson seconded. MCU.
Mr. Johnson made a motion to set the Official Meeting time and place as 3rd Monday of each month, 6:00 pm, Ashby School Media Center. Mr. Hoff seconded. MCU.
Mrs. Wing made a motion to set a new member orientation meeting for February 4, 2009, 7:00 pm in the Media Center and a meeting for the full board on February 11, 2009, 6:00 pm in the Media Center for Budget planning. Mr. Spangler seconded. MCU.
Mr. Nelson made a motion to adjourn at 9:50 pm. Mrs. Wing seconded. MCU.
Warren Nelson, Clerk