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Regular Board Meeting
Independent School District 564 – Board of Education
June 13, 2022
6:00 p.m.
DSC Board Room
A Regular Meeting of Independent School District #564 Board of Education was held on Monday, June 13, 2022, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the DSC Board Room. The following board members were present: Misty Hempel, Chris Melbye, Mike Spears, Wayne Nomeland, and Craig Mattson. Absent: Michelle Westerman and Ryan Walseth.
Staff members present were: Donita Stepan, Tanya Monson-Ek, Melissa Bushy, Mary Fran Twistol, and Scott Brekke.
Also present were: Marlene Anderson, Dave Hill, Robert Fay, and Jillian Neibaur.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Vice Chair Misty Hempel called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Chris Melbye confirmed that a quorum was present.
A motion was made by Mike Spears and seconded by Craig Mattson to approve the June 13, 2022 agenda as presented. Motion carried.
A motion was made by Wayne Nomeland and seconded by Mike Spears to approve the minutes of the May 23, 2022 Regular Board Meeting as presented. Motion carried.
A motion was made by Craig Mattson and seconded by Chris Melbye to approve the minutes of the May 26, 2022 Special Board Meeting as presented. Motion carried.
A motion was made by Mike Spears and seconded by Chris Melbye to approve the bills as submitted and on file in the School District Business Office. Motion carried.
Public Comment:
Superintendent’s Report: Kim Moske has been assigned by School Management Services to be our payroll person.
Beginning on June 13 through August 19, we will be serving summer meals (free lunch) to kids, 18 and under, at the following locations: Northrop Park, Lions Park, Challenger Elementary School, Franklin Middle School, and the NwALC. There are, however, a few changes. Due to COVID-19 restrictions being lifted, there will be no pick-up option or delivery this year. Lunch must be eaten on-site at each location. If a meal is taken off-site we cannot claim the meal.
Committee Reports: Chris Melbye gave a report from the May 26 and June 1 Negotiations Committee meetings.
Chris Melbye gave a report from the June 7 Finance Committee meeting.
Recognitions:
A. Recognize the donation from Black River Lutheran Church to the Prowler Pantry totaling $500.
B. Recognize the donation from Piyush, Mamta, and Aarav Patel to the 6th grade trip totaling $500.
C. The Spring of 2022 marked the return of Franklin Middle School’s Kids in the Community, a day centered around our students experiencing the value of making a difference, while giving back to our community. The FMS 7th and 8th grade students performed service projects throughout the community and registered over 560 volunteer hours! Thank you to the following businesses that partnered with the Volunteer Program, to enable our students to experience the valuable life skill of volunteering and community service: Discovery Place, Franklin Middle School grounds, Greenleaf Assisted Living, The Humane Society, Oakland Park Nursing Home, Pennington County Fair Board, The Pioneer Village, TRF Care Center, Valley Home, Wheatland Estates, and Challenger Elementary.
D. To provide funds for Challenger classrooms to help our students and staff, your parent group (PTSP) created a Prowler Shop. The Prowler Shop sold snacks, pop-its, and fidgets to kiddos and staff. With the success of the Prowler Shop, the parent group is able to give $9,000 to Challenger Classrooms. Each grade level will be given $1,500 to put towards additional classroom supplies, books or technology.
E. In recognition and thanks to the FMS volunteer 6th grade trip parent committee who volunteered numerous hours and raised over $37,000 to cover costs associated with the trip.
F. Congratulations to the Section Doubles Champions Dylan Hahn and Jack Onkka, and also to Section Doubles Runner Up team of Rhett Janisch and JJ Cornelius as both have advanced to the State Tournament. Great year and good luck at State.
Presentations:
A. Robert Fay presented on Robotics at CES & FMS.
Real World Authentic Opportunities:
Voice and Choice:
Equitable Experiences:
A. A motion was made by Mike Spears and seconded by Wayne Nomeland to approve the contract for services with Pediatric Partners to provide Occupational Therapy services for the 2022-23 school year.
Safety (Strategic Direction D):
Staff Growth:
A. A motion was made by Craig Mattson and seconded by Mike Spears to approve the Consent Agenda as presented, and as appropriate, per negotiated contract, salary and benefits and an acceptable background check. Motion carried.
Personnel:
1. Accept the resignation of Kylee Little, Special Education Paraprofessional, effective June 3, 2022.
2. Accept the resignation of Abbie Dahl, Elementary Teacher, effective June 6, 2022.
3. Accept the resignation of Paige Beach, Special Education Paraprofessional, effective June 7, 2022.
4. Approve the assignment of Jason Schuster, Dean of Students, FMS, effective July 1, 2022.
5. Approve the assignment of Kathryn Hahn, Dean of Students, LHS, effective July 1, 2022.
6. Approve the assignment of Chris Dillman, Prowler Broadcasting Specialist, effective May 2, 2022.
7. Approve the assignment of Kristi Numedahl, Math Intervention Teacher, CES, for the 2022-23 school year.
8. Approve the assignment of Natasha Olsonawski, School to Work Coordinator, LHS, effective August 30, 2022.
9. Approve the employment of Sommar Kemnitz, Administrative Support – Athletics & Activities, effective June 13, 2022.
10. Approve the employment of Elisha Molitor, Cleaner, effective June 8, 2022.
B. A motion was made by Wayne Nomeland and seconded by Chris Melbye to approve the contract, as negotiated, with Paula Henry, as Interim Superintendent of Schools, effective July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023. Motion carried.
C. A motion was made by Mike Spears and seconded by Craig Mattson to accept the retirement of Tracy Pueringer, after 17 years as Bus Driver, effective June 30, 2022. Motion carried.
D. A motion was made by Chris Melbye and seconded by Craig Mattson to approve the wage schedule for non-unit staff for 2022-2025. Motion carried.
E. A motion was made by Wayne Nomeland and seconded by Craig Mattson to approve the Labor Agreement with Minnesota School Employees Association (Bus Drivers & Transportation Assistants) effective July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2024. Motion carried.
F. A motion was made by Craig Mattson and seconded by Mike Spears to approve the employment of the following 2022 Summer Positions: Motion carried.
1. Special Education:
a. One (1) Special Education Paraprofessional up to 27 hours – Tawnya Stroot
2. Prowler Pride Camp
a. One (1) Behavior Intervention Teacher CES – up to 48 hours – Daniel Christensen
b. One (1) Behavior Intervention Teacher FMS – up to 24 hours – Jaclyn Kuznia
3. ALC (1 session June 13, 2022 – August 4, 2022)
a. One (1) Math Teacher – Up to 168 hours – Angela Hoglo
4. Targeted Services – CES (2 sessions/June 13, 2022 – June 30, 2022 and August 1, 2022 – August 11, 2022)
a. Up to ten (10) Gr. 1-5 Teachers – Up to 100 hours each – Malena Hanson
5. Camp Invention CES (July 11-15, 2022)
a. Up to three (3) Paraprofessionals – Katy Haugen Effective June 13 – August 15, 2022. Serving site assigned as needed.
b. Up to three (3) Lead Cook at 7 hrs/day – Maria Gonzalez, Shelly Olson, and Tara Lynch
c. Up to eight (8) Kitchen helpers at 5 hrs/day – Melissa Fawcett, Sarah Larson, Becky Smith, Amber Schulz, Diane Rud, Kristen Wiggs, and Melissa Maslowski
Strong Fiscal Management:
A. A motion was made by Mike Spears and seconded by Chris Melbye to approve the 2021-22 Final Budget as presented. Motion carried.
B. A motion was made by Chris Melbye and seconded by Mike Spears to approve the 2022-23 Original Budget as presented. Motion carried.
C. A motion was made by Mike Spears and seconded by Craig Mattson to approve the Resolution for Committing Fund Balance. Upon a roll call vote, the following voted in favor of: Spears, Hempel, Mattson, Melbye, and Nomeland. Absent: Walseth and Westerman. Motion carried.
D. A motion was made by Chris Melbye and seconded by Mike Spears to approve renewing our workers compensation insurance coverage with SFM Mutual Insurance Company through Thune Insurance Network for a period from July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023, at an estimated premium of $101,681. Motion carried.
E. A motion was made by Wayne Nomeland and seconded by Craig Mattson to approve the following designations for the Student Activity Account at Northern State Bank: Motion carried.
Authorized signers: School Board Chair, School Board Treasurer, School Board Clerk (currently Ryan Walseth, Chris Melbye and Michelle Westerman, names may change during the Organizational Meeting in January of each year).
Authorized to make inquiries or changes to the account: Tanya Monson-Ek or Christy Sorenson.
Authorized to make inquiries and make deposits: Mary Holthusen, Molly Dahlin, and Sommar Kemnitz.
F. A motion was made by Chris Melbye and seconded by Mike Spears to approve the Resolution to designate the IOwA to be the interim Superintendent, Dr. Paula Henry. Upon a roll call vote, the following voted in favor of: Nomeland, Melbye, Mattson, Hempel, and Spears. Absent: Walseth and Westerman. Motion carried.
G. A motion was made by Mike Spears and seconded by Chris Melbye to approve the Resolution to accept the donations received for the benefit of the district as designated. Upon a roll call vote, the following voted in favor of: Spears, Melbye, Hempel, Nomeland, and Mattson. Absent: Walseth and Westerman. Motion carried.

Donor
Item
Designated Purpose
(if any)
Black River Lutheran Church
$500
Prowler Pantry
Piyush, Mamta, & Aarav Patel
$500
6th grade trip

Policies:
Other:
Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 6:34 p.m.
/s/ Ryan Walseth, Chair
/s/ Michelle Westerman, Clerk