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January 13, 2020 at 6:00 PM - Regular School Board Meeting

Agenda
1. CALL TO ORDER 
2. ROLL CALL
2.a.         Tony Colarich          __________                 Tom Omerza             _________
        Heidi Mann              __________                 James Pointer            _________
        Ray Marsnik            __________                 Rochelle Sjoberg       _________
3. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
4. ELECTION OF OFFICERS
4.a. Elect Chairperson
4.b. Elect Clerk
4.c. Elect Treasurer
5. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
5.a. Moved by ______________, seconded by ____________, to approve the agenda as presented/amended. Motion carried/failed.
6. OPEN FORUM*
7. CORRESPONDENCE/INFORMATIONAL ITEMS
7.a. Student Council Representative 
7.b. FY 2019 Audit presentation by Walker, Giroux & Hahne.
8. CONSENT AGENDA
8.a. Program
8.a.1. Designate the second Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. as the day and time of the regular school board meeting.
8.a.2. Designate the fourth Monday of each month from 6:00-7:00 p.m. as the day and time for the monthly study session.
8.a.3. Recommend the Ely Echo as the official district newspaper for 2020. This was the only quote received.
8.a.4. Designate Boundary Waters Bank, U.S. Bank,  Minnesota School Liquid Asset Fund and PMA Financial Network as district financial institutions.
8.a.5. Designate Klun Law Firm as district legal counsel for 2020 and the superintendent and school board chairperson as individuals authorized to contact legal counsel ($99/hour-2016; $110/hour-2017; $110/hour-2018; $120/hour-2019; $120/hour-2020).
8.a.6. Designate Spencer Aune, Finance Manager; and Connie Ojala, Assistant Financial Payroll and Benefits Coordinator, as district staff to conduct electronic fund transfers.
8.a.7. Consider/establish school board compensation levels for 2020: (Current rate of inflation is 2.1%) Rates for 2020 with 2.1% increase would be as follows: $193 per month plus life insurance ($30,000) for directors and $248 per month plus life insurance ($30,000) for the board chairperson and an additional $55 per board member for monthly study session when board member is in attendance.  
8.a.8. Approve 2020 IRS standard mileage rates for reimbursement for school district travel during 2020 (57.5 cents per mile).
8.a.9. Adopt Resolution Directing the Administration to Make Recommendations for Reductions in Programs and Position and Reasons Therefor
8.a.10. Approve 2020 RAMS Membership Dues in the amount of $1,250.00.
8.a.11. Approve the minutes of the regular meeting of December 9, 2019.
8.a.12. Approve the minutes of the study session of December 16, 2019
8.a.13. Approve December 2019 disbursements and wire transfers in the amount of $232,281.05 and receipts in the amount of $596,973.94.
8.a.14. Approve December 2019 Financial Reports
8.a.15. Approve gifts and donations
8.b. Personnel
8.b.1. Hire Evan Omerza for the paraprofessional position (6.5 hrs./days, 5 days/week, student contact days) effective January 2, 2020, per the current master agreement between ISD No. 696 and AFSCME Local No. 295 and school board policy.
8.b.2. Hire Ruthann Griffin for the 1.0 FTE long term substitute elementary teacher position starting approximately January 31, 2020 through March 27, 2020, under terms and conditions of the current master agreement between ISD No. 696 and the Ely Education Association and school board policy. 
8.b.3. Approve Duane Lossing as a volunteer hockey coach for the 2019-2020 season as recommended by Tom Coombe, Athletic Director, and per school board policy.
8.b.4. Accept resignation from Shania Braaten from the paraprofessional position effective at the end of the work day on Thursday, January 9, 2020.
8.c. Policy: None
9. OLD BUSINESS
9.a. Project update
10. NEW BUSINESS
10.a. Moved by ______________, seconded by ____________, to approve the FY 2019 Audit as presented. Motion carried/failed.
10.b. Moved by ______________, seconded by ____________, to approve committing $500,000 from the unassigned fund balance to the committed 21st Century Learning Facility Improvement Project fund balance. Motion carried/failed.
10.c. Board member committee assignments for 2020.
11. REPORTS
11.a. Athletic Director - Tom Coombe
11.b. Director of Facilities Report - Tim Leeson 
11.c. K-5 Principal's Report - Anne Oelke 
11.d. 6-12 Principal's Report - Megan Anderson 
11.e. Superintendent's Report - Erik Erie
12. CLOSED SESSION
12.a. Moved by ______________, seconded by ____________, to go into a closed meeting to discuss with Counsel settlement proposals for open and docketed court cases relative to Krista Moyer et al vs. ISD 696, per MN Statute 13.D. Motion carried/failed.
13. SETTLEMENT
13.a. Moved by ______________, seconded by ____________, for Board Chair and Superintendent to accept and execute proposed settlement agreements for all open and docketed cases relative to Krista Moyer et al vs. ISD 696. Motion carried/failed.
14. BOARD MEMBERS COMMENTS AND CONCERNS
15. ADJOURN
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