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September 27, 2021 at 5:30 PM - Regular Board Meeting

Agenda
1. CALL TO ORDER
Bohnsack, Habben, Hentges, Hesse, Schurman, and Wesenberg. 
Student Members: Anna Hennen, Greta Wesenberg, Jasmine Sieben
Presenter:  Wesenberg, Board Chair
Attachments: (2)
2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
The School Board Chair will lead the school board and attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Presenter:  Wesenberg, Board Chair
Attachments: (1)
3. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Board action to approve the agenda for the meeting is expected.
Presenter:  Wesenberg, Board Chair
4. COMMENTS AND REQUESTS FROM VISITORS
The agenda is open to visitors of the meeting to offer comments to and/or requests of the school board. The comments and requests should follow the adopted district guidelines which are printed and available at the meeting.  As a general rule, items introduced in the opportunity for comments and requests do not receive action from the School Board, but are taken under advisement or consideration for future action.
Presenter:  Wesenberg, Board Chair
5. CONSENT ITEMS
Action is requested on the following items of the consent agenda. Consent agenda items are typically adopted without discussion of the individual items because they are routine or ordinary in action.  Any consent agenda item may be removed for further discussion and deliberation by any member of the board.
Presenter:  Wesenberg, Board Chair
5.A. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
The minutes from the Regular board meeting and work session held on September 13, 2021
Recommend approval of the minutes from the meetings.
Attachments: (2)
5.B. APPROVAL OF BILLS
Treasurer Bohnsack will have been at the school site to review bills, ask questions, and confirm information prior to the meeting.
Recommendation is to approve the bill payment of $5,049,945.50 subject to any adjustments or direction offered by the Treasurer.
Attachments: (1)
5.C. TREASURER REPORT
Treasurer Bohnsack will have reviewed financial information for the board. This information is included in the Treasurer's Report.
Attachments: (1)
5.D. RETIREMENTS-RESIGNATIONS
Recommend approval of the following resignations and/or retirements.
5.D.1. Resignation-Facilities and Grounds-ROCORI Secondary-Head Custodian: Brian Terhaar effective October 1, 2021
5.E. EMPLOYMENT
Recommend approval of the assignment as outlined.
5.E.1. Cold Spring Elementary-Paraprofessional: Christine Olson
Attachments: (1)
5.E.2. ROCORI Secondary-Paraprofessional: Tara Granger
Attachments: (2)
5.E.3. Food Service Department-John Clark Elementary-Breakfast time monitor and Cook's Helper: Chelsey Winter
Attachments: (2)
5.E.4. ROCORI Spartan Online-Social Studies and Electives teacher: Nate Guetter increased from FTE 0.44 to a FTE 0.80
Attachments: (1)
5.E.5. District Education Facility-Childcare Assistant: Geraldine Marchinares
Attachments: (1)
5.F. MEDICAL LEAVE OF ABSENCE REQUEST
Recommendation: Approve the absence as presented.
5.F.1. Cold Spring Elementary-1st grade teacher: Valerie Fraley requesting leave from January 24th, 2022 through March 18, 2022. An anticipated return date of March 21, 2022. 
5.F.2. District Education Facility-Special Education teacher: Amber Mayers requesting leave from February 22, 2022 through May 13, 2022. An anticipated return date of May 16, 2022.
5.G. ADVISORS/COACHES FOR NEW PROGRAMS AT RMS/RHS
Recommendation: Approve the new hires for the activities department
5.H. LANE CHANGES
The Master Agreement with our teaching staff allows our teachers to request a lane change in September, December and March of each school year. A report of the requested lane changes is included in your documents for approval. Once approved, the change becomes part of their pay the following month.
Recommendation: Approve the lane changes as presented. 
Attachments: (1)
5.I. RETIREMENT-REHIREMENT CONTRACT
Recommendation: Approve the increase to the retire-rehire contract
5.I.1. ROCORI Spartan Online-English teacher: Pam Teal increased from FTE 0.25 to a FTE 0.50
Attachments: (1)
5.I.2. ROCORI Spartan Online-Math teacher: Marlys Pennertz increased FTE 0.25 to FTE 0.50
Attachments: (1)
6. ACTION  ITEMS
Action items receive individual attention because of the nature of the issues, the need to discuss or review the information prior to taking action, or the specific kind of action required for the item.
6.A. AUDIT REPORT
The auditing firm engaged by the ROCORI School District has conducted the annual financial audit of the district. BergenKDV is expected to be present to guide the School Board in the review of the financial audit.
The audit report is presented at this meeting for formal acceptance.
Recommendation: Accept the audit as presented.
Presenter:  BergenKDV
Attachments: (2)
6.B. APPROVE PRELIMINARY LEVY
The levy implementation process is conducted in two stages--initial certification and final certifications of the tax assessment applied within the School District. In order to prepare and finalize the levy authorization, initial action is required in September to set the tax levy within the district.
Recommendation: Approve the initial levy authority, with final amounts to be in December.
Attachments: (1)
6.C. DISTRICT EDUCATION FACILITY-PARAPROFESSIONAL (Bilingual)
To support the level of EL need in our preschool classrooms and provide language support to our Spanish speaking ECFE/ABE program.
Recommendation: Approve the new position as presented.
Attachments: (1)
6.D. HEALTH AND SAFETY MEASURES FOR 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR
Recommendation: Approve the plan for the 21-22 school year
Presenter:  Brad Kelvington
Attachments: (1)
6.E. PARAPROFESSIONAL MASTER AGREEMENT
The paraprofessional group, SEIU Local 284.The redlined agreement is included in the documents. This is a second and final reading. The paraprofessionals have ratified their agreement.
Recommendation: Approve the contract as presented.
Presenter:  Brad Kelvington
Description: 

 
Attachments: (1)
7. DISCUSSION ITEMS
Discussion items receive individual attention because of the nature of the issues and the need for introductory or other discussion in order to review the information prior to taking action.  This is also the agenda location for items which simply need school board review, but no formal action on the item is required.  Discussion items will typically return to the agenda at a future point for more specific action.
7.A. EQUITY INCLUSIVE ACTION UPDATE
  1. Independent investigation specifically addressing allegations of racism and discrimination.
  2. Expanded the scope of our equity committee to conduct a needs assessment and provide recommendations back to the full school board.
  3. Suspended the ROCORI PROUD award until a full review is completed. 
  4. Conduct listening sessions facilitated by a third party. 
  5. Review equity of resources in extracurricular and co-curricular activities.  
  6. Retain additional legal counsel with expertise in human and civil rights
Presenter:  Chair Wesenberg
7.B. ANNUAL POLICY REVIEW
The following policies are required to be reviewed annually by the school board.This is their first reading. There have been no major changes since their last approval 07-2020.
7.B.1. 6-5: Family Leave Policy
Attachments: (1)
7.B.2. 7-3: Bullying Prevention Policy
Attachments: (1)
7.B.3. 8-9: Equal Educational Opportunity
Attachments: (1)
7.B.4. 9-4: Discipline
Attachments: (1)
7.B.5. 9-21: Mandated Reporting of Child Neglect or Physical or Sexual Abuse
Attachments: (1)
7.B.6. 9-22: Mandated Reporting of Maltreatment of Vulnerable Adults
8. ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS
8.A. SUPERINTENDENT REPORT
The Superintendent will make his report about ROCORI Public Schools.
Presenter:  Brad Kelvington
8.A.1. Enrollment Update
Attachments: (1)
8.A.2. Budget Comparison report August 2021
The business office provides an update of district expenditures and revenues through the Budget Comparison report. The report is intended to provide a financial picture of the district in a couple ways. One is to compare current year expenditures to the previous year. The second is to simply give a report on the current financial status. In addition to the report, special items of note are highlighted in the explanations offered. This report does not require formal action but is provided as an informational item.
Presenter:  Beth Bertram
Attachments: (1)
8.B. BOARD COMMITTEE AND REPRESENTATIVE REPORTS
Board members will report on activities within their portfolio of committee and representative assignments.
Presenter:  Board Members
Description:  Board members will report on activities within their portfolio of committee and representative assignments.
Attachments: (2)
9. UPCOMING EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
A calendar of upcoming issues of concern to the school board is included as part of the agenda.
Attachments: (1)
10. ADJOURN
Presenter:  Wesenberg, Board Chair
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