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November 11, 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 PRESENTATION
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
5.a. Superintendent's Report
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Description:  E1.  Superintendent’s Report
  1. Grades K-6 will began the hybrid learning model on learning on Thursday, November 12th.  We expect the hybrid learning model to continue through the remainder of the calendar year.  Grades 7-12 will continue with the hybrid model.
The COVID-19 cases in Nicollet County have more than doubled since we began the school year and continue to increase  The number of cases in our 56074 zip code have tripled and continued to increase.
  1. Standard & Poor’s recently assigned an A+ underlying rating to the Nicollet School bonds along with a AAA rating based on the MN School District Credit Enhancement Program.  This is an outstanding credit rating and contributed to the low interest rate for the bond sale.
  1. Save the dates!  The MSBA Leadership Conference is Thursday, January 14, and Friday, January 15, 2021.  It is currently scheduled at the Minneapolis Convention Center.  This is always an excellent professional development opportunity for school board members.
  1. Congratulations to the school board candidates recently elected to the board.  I will be conducting an orientation during the weeks ahead.  Furthermore, the new board members will be registering for the MSBA Phase I and II sessions. 
  1. There is a special school board meeting tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. (November 12) to canvass the election.




 
5.b. Principal's Report
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Description: 

Financial Aid/Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Meeting

On the evening of Wednesday, October 7 the finance director, Jayne Dinse, from South Central College gave a presentation on FAFSA in the theater. The families who attended expressed how happy and informational the meeting was. I want to thank Mr. Cotton for setting this up. He is in the works already for setting it up next Fall. Unfortunately, Jayne is retiring after this school year and she has been a big help in the last few years.


Math Curriculum

We are in the process of evaluating curriculums. We will need to purchase a new curriculum for sure at the K-5 or 6 levels (depends on the program). We are also looking at higher-level math curriculums as well, but the pressing need is for Elem. because our current program is discontinued after this school year.

 

Master Schedule/Courses/College in the Schools

I received some great news regarding when staff members need to have the proper courses and degrees required to teach College in the Schools (CIS) courses. Fond du Lac, with who we partner for CIS courses, sent out an email regarding the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) change. The following is what was sent:

Due to the COVID pandemic, the HLC has extended the date for faculty credentialing to September 1, 2023. With situations that seem to change from day to day, hopefully, this extension relieves some pressure on instructors working towards credentialing. 

 

Flexibility/Understanding/Models/Schedules

Each change that the district makes, we take into consideration many factors. When we make changes such as to the recent Cohort Day, changes are meant to be positive changes. We will constantly be looking for ways to positively change the system. They can be minor changes or major, such as when Cohorts are on campus. I truly appreciate the continued support. We are still in this together and need to continue to be flexible and understanding.

 

Praise/Thank You/Teamwork

I want to thank and give praise to our staff for their flexibility, understanding, and "holding the rope." There is so many thank you’s to go around. When the tough got going and we had to shift models, a tremendous amount of people stepped up. This year has truly been a year where people have had to step up, and have done just that. What has been taking place is another example of people understanding the situation and pulling together for the greater good of our school community.

5.c. Student Representative's Report
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
5.d. Board Committees' Reports
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6. CONSENT AGENDA
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Description:  The superintendent recommends approving the consent agenda.
6.a. Approval of Minutes
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
6.b. Approval of Bills in the amount of $570,185.42
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
6.c. Approval of Personnel Items
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
6.d. Approve Fundraiser
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Description: 
The NFHS video system for high school sports has reduced their price to $2,500 (from $10,000.)  The system includes two cameras that track the action on the court.  Spectators can purchase a monthly pass for $11 or an annual pass for $70.  
The superintendent recommends approving the fundraiser.
Attachments: (1)
6.e. Approve Adult Basic/Literacy Education Consortium Agreement
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Description: 
The Nicollet School District is a member of the Adult Basic/Literacy Education Consortium.  This is the Area Adult Learning Cooperative operated through the Le Sueur-Henderson Community Education Department.  The Cooperative provides ABE services, GED prep classes, and literacy tutoring for educationally disadvantaged adults.  Federal and state grants cover the program expense.
The superintendent recommends approving the Adult Basic Literacy Education Consortium Agreement for the 2020-21 school year.
7. Amend Overnight Trip for Music Department
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Description: 
The school board approved an overnight trip for the music department in the spring of 2019.  The trip to Memphis and Nashville is scheduled for the end of March, 2021 during spring break.  It is unlikely that the pandemic will have subsided enough by then for the trip to occur.  The trip must be cancelled in early December to obtain a refund of the deposit.

I recommend rescheduling the trip for March of 2022.  Mrs. Metzger would then plan a trip to the Twin Cities this spring for seniors.  Possibilities for the trip include Paisley Park, Chanhassen Dinner Theater, Riverboat Cruise, or the Walker Art Center.  After expenses, the seniors could be refunded the money they have contributed toward the Memphis/Nashville trip.  Money raised by fundraising would be returned to the music program.  Additional information, provided by Mrs. Metzger, is attached.
 
Attachments: (1)
8. Approve the Sale of the District’s General Obligation Facilities Maintenance Bonds, Series 2020A (Capital Appreciation Bonds) and Approve the Sale of General Obligation Bonds, Series 2020B.
 
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Description: 
The District’s bonds for the upcoming facilities maintenance project were brought to market for pricing on Tuesday, November 10th.  Pricing of the bonds locks in the borrowing rate.  The bond purchase agreement was signed by the superintendent and board chair for initial approval of the financings prior to the school board taking formal action.  

I recommend approving the following resolutions:
  • Relating to General Obligation Facilities Maintenance Bonds, Series 2020A (Capital Appreciation Bonds) in an amount not to exceed $2,900,000.
  • Relating to General Obligation Bonds, Series 2020B in an amount not to exceed $1,235,000.
9. ADJOURNMENT
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
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