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October 7, 2020 at 6:00 PM - Independent School District 507 Regular School Board Meeting

Agenda
1. CALL TO ORDER
Agenda Item Type:  Procedural Item
2. ROLL CALL
Agenda Item Type:  Procedural Item
3. VISITOR COMMENTS
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
4. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
5. REPORTS AND PRESENTATIONS
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
5.a. Superintendent's Report
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Description: 
E.1. Superintendent’s Report
 
  1. Full in-person learning will begin for students in grades K-6 on Monday, October 5th.  The resolution approved by the school board on August 5th, authorizes the superintendent, after consultation with the safe learning advisory council and notification to the school board, to select and implement a different learning model.
The safe learning committee includes Todd Toulouse (admin/parent), Scot Osborne and Adam Erickson (board members/parents), Lisa Fischer (NEA rep), and Isabella Havemeier (student).  The committee reviewed the COVID case data for Nicollet County and for our local zip code.  The change to full in-person learning for grades K-6 is contingent upon COVID case data that is updated every Thursday. 
 
  1. MN DOT will be installing two "school" signs east and west of the 3rd and Pine intersection.
 
  1. The town bus stop at 5th and Elm Street has been eliminated.  The two students who were riding the bus in the afternoon will walk two blocks to the nearest stop.  There are no riders on the morning stop.  The daycare at the location no longer has any riders.  The stop could resume in the future if there are enough students to utilize it.
 
  1. An orientation for new school board candidates will be conducted on October 13th.  A second orientation session will be scheduled in November for the new board members elected to office. 
 
  1. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has extended the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) through December 31, 2020.  As a result, breakfast and lunch will be provided to Nicollet Public School students at no cost through the end of this year or until the federal funds are depleted.  The program will begin in Nicollet October 1st.  Thanks to our kitchen staff for making this opportunity possible.  Thanks to Mr. Toulouse for coordinating the breakfast schedules.
 
  1. Consent Agenda.  I recommend approving the consent agenda.
 
  1. Three school board members will be elected to office on November 3rd.  The election results must be canvassed within seven days.  I recommend a special school board meeting on November 12th at 6:00 p.m. to canvass the election results.

Please contact me with any questions or concerns.
 
5.b. Principal's Report
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Description: 
Master Schedule Meeting:
The last master schedule meeting took place on Tues., Sept. 22 after school. I will update the conversations.

Technology Meeting:
The last technology meeting took place on Monday, Oct. 7. I will update the
conversations.

Homecoming Week:
The student council is in the process of getting ready for Homecoming. More info. will be coming from student council

Transition Back to Full In-Person:
I will update how the first week or so has gone with having all of the K-6 students on campus.
 
5.c. School Nurse COVID-19 Update
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
5.d. Activities Director Report
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Description: 
  1.  Fall sports are back!   

    1. On Monday September 21st the MSHSL board of directors voted to bring back the fall sports seasons starting on Monday September 28th.   The football season will be shortened to 6 regular season contests and a full section tournament.  The final day for section football games is November 28th.   Volleyball is shortened to 14 matches with no tournaments.  After the conclusion of the regular season, there will be a 2 week section tournament.  Post season play will wrap up on December 12th.  Neither sport will have a state tournament.  

    2. The cross country season has been a success with our usual number of students doubling to 12 this year.   Through collaboration with other schools, our new runners will be able to compete in their entire schedule while participating in their regular fall sports as well.  The cross country coaches from LCWM have been extremely complementary towards the Nicollet students who have joined the team this year.  I was also extremely impressed to see most of the volleyball team at the meet that MVL hosted several weeks ago. 

  2. Sports outlook for the rest of the school year

    1. On October 1st the MSHSL board of directors met to discuss what the winter sports seasons will look like.   Boy’s basketball will begin on 11-23-20, wrestling on 11-30-20, and girl’s basketball on 12-7-20.  Dates and seasons will be flexible depending on when our fall sports conclude.  

    2. The MSHSL has been hosting weekly meetings with ADs from around the state where we are updated about changes and thought processes that go into decisions that are made. 

  3. Spectators

    1. One of the impacts of COVID is that fans are not currently allowed for indoor events (volleyball) and are limited to 250 for outdoor events (football).  Knowing  that this may happen, I have researched multiple different streaming options.  For the time being we will be using Facebook live to stream our games.  The video quality is not as good as several other options but the cost is right!  

  4. Cheerleading

    1. Interest has been shown in creating a cheerleading team at Nicollet this fall.   Cheerleading is a MSHSL sponsored activity and would allow an official squad of upto 25 plus a mascot and coach to attend outdoor events and show their support for other students.  Guidelines have been established by the MSHSL and will be followed.   Jill Martens has volunteered to be our coach for this year. 

  5. MSHSL membership fees increase

    1. Another financial strain that has been added this season is the financial restructure that the MSHSL has undergone.   Even before COVID hit, the MSHSL was planning to update their financial model.  The old model was heavily reliant on state tournament revenue.  Under the new model school entry fees changed for individual activities increased from $120 to $160 per activity.  An additional $1 fee was added for each student in the high school.  But now with the probable cancelation of all state tournaments, 2 additional payments of $2500 have been added based on the enrollment of the school.  Nicollet’s enrollment is 108.  The cut off for the next level down was 102.  We just missed out!   At my weekly MSHSL meetings, the idea of offering credits towards future payments or even returning payments has been brought up.  No decision has been finalized about this yet.   I’m hoping for more information in the next month.

Attachments: (1)
5.e. Student Representative's Report
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
5.f. Board Committees' Reports
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
6. CONSENT AGENDA
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
6.a. Approval of Minutes
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
6.b. Approval of Bills in the amount of $361,253.66
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
6.c. Approval of Personnel Items
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Attachments: (1)
6.d. Accept Donations
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Description:  MS 123B.02, Subd. 6 permits the school board to accept donations or gifts for the benefit of the district.  The Superintendent recommends approving the donations received.
Attachments: (1)
6.e. Designate Business Manager As Authorized Representative For ProGrowth Bank and Minnesota School District Liquid Asset Fund
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Description:  The superintendent recommends adding Lindsey Heine, Business Manager as an authorized representative for the Rademacher and general accounts at Pro Growth Bank and the Minnesota School District Liquid Asset Fund.
6.f. Set Special School Board Meeting For November 12 at 6:00 p.m. to Canvass The Election Results
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Description: 
Three school board members will be elected to office on November 3rd.  The election results must be canvassed within seven days.  I recommend a special school board meeting on November 12th at 6:00 p.m. to canvass the election results.
7. ADJOURNMENT
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
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