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August 6, 2020 at 7:30 AM - Special School Board Meeting

1. Call to Order at 7:30 am
Description:  The Greenbush Middle River School Board is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
2. Roll Call
Description:  School Board:    Shane Kilen, Carrie Jo Howard, Joseph Melby, Kurt Stenberg,
                           Brandon Kuznia, Laurie Stromsodt and Allison Harder

Administration:   Superintendent Larry Guggisberg, Principal Sharon Schultz
3. Listening Session
Description:  All speakers are asked to complete the Listening Session Sign-in Form including as much detail as possible and including a printed / written copy of your presentation if one is available. This is an opportunity for the Board to listen, the Board will not engage in dialogue. As a general rule, the Board will not comment on or respond to any comments made by speakers. Please do not include names of Greenbush Middle River employees or representatives, their title, or location in your remarks for your own legal protection and the legal rights of staff.

Each speaker will have five (5) minutes to speak: speakers may not roll their time to another speaker. Speakers will be timed and are asked to complete their comments in this time frame. Board members may ask questions if needed.  Please begin your presentation by stating your name and topic only.
In the spirit of fairness to all participants, we request that you respect the format above. Thank you for taking the time today to attend this meeting and share your concerns and suggestions.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, members of the public may wish to email Board communication(s) to <>
4. Approval of Agenda
Roll Call Vote
Description:  A motion was made by  ____________________, seconded by ____________________ to approve the agenda of the Special School Board Meeting as presented/amended.
5. Employment of Special Education Teacher
Roll Call Vote
During the June 2020 regular meeting(Agenda item 10.4.b) there was discussion and Board action related to Special Education Teacher re-assignments effective with the 2020-2021 school year.  The Board directive was to continue to seek a Spec. Ed. teacher. (as indicated in the approved school board meeting minutes).  
Special Education Teacher re-assignments effective with the 2020-2021 school year

GMR School Administration is recommending re-assignment of Special Education Teachers effective with the 2020-2021 school year.  A licensed Special Education Teacher resigned at the end of the 2019-2020 school year and the District has not received any licensed teacher applications.  The District’s enrollment has declined over a period of 10+ years.  GMR Administration believes the special education caseload can be served with the two (2) licensed Special Education teachers currently in place. 

A motion was made by Shane Kilen and seconded by Laurie Stromsodt to reassign Mr. Dave Stanelle and Mrs. Trish Waage’s caseload effective with the 2020-2021 school year, continuing to seek a qualified applicant before the onset of the school year.

Roll Call Vote:  Kilen - Yes, Kuznia - Yes, Howard - Yes, Stenberg - Yes, Melby - Yes, Stromsodt - Yes, Harder - Yes

Motion by Board member ________________ and seconded by _______________ to approve employment of Mrs. Karis Musker as a Special Education teacher (and who is eligible as a special Education Teacher from the MN Professional Educators Licensing & Standards Board).
6. Board Discussion & Resolution towards Operating Referendum during the November 3, 2020 General Election.
Description:  As far back as the December 2019 school board meeting, the financial condition of the GMR School District has been included as an Agenda item within the District's School Board Meetings.  Included in that is the estimated school budget(s), budget reductions and consideration of an operating referendum.  Also included in the above is the fact that MN School Districts have an increasing reliance on operating referenda.

Board Discussion.  Board Decision towards acting one of four (4) options for a Resolution towards an Operating Referendum during the November 3, 2020 General Election.
Option 1: Revoke ($506.05) and Replace ($1406.05) subject to inflation
Option 2: Revoke ($506.05) and Replace ($1406.05)
Option 3: Revoke ($506.05) and Replace ($1306.05) subject to inflation
Option 4: Revoke ($506.05) and Replace ($1306.05)
see attached
7. Report on State of Minnesota Back-to-School directives within COVID-19 pandemic
Description:  Report on presentation(s) to Ad Hoc Back-to-School Committee meeting held on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 @ 7:00 pm.
see attached
Attachments: (2)
8. Adjournment
Description:  Motion by__________________        Second by ____________________ to ADJOURN

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