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January 4, 2021 at 6:00 PM - Organizational Meeting of ISD 857 School Board

Agenda
Call Meeting to Order.
Speaker(s):  Board Chair
Agenda Item Type:  Procedural Item
Quorum Call. 
Speaker(s):  Board Chair
Agenda Item Type:  Procedural Item
Ceremonial Oath of Office: Jenny Koverman, Brein Maki, Dave Pringle, Sarah Sommer

Acting Board ChairIt is an honor that you were elected to guide the education of our community’s children.  As you recite the oath of office, you assume a tremendous responsibility as a director of our school district with the duties empowered by the Minnesota Legislature.  This power puts you and the other members of our school board in the position of being both morally and legally responsible for equitable, quality education of every student in the district.

In carrying out this responsibility, you will be asked to fulfill the roles of vision, structure, accountability, and advocacy.  In providing vision, the board, with extensive participation of the community, envisions the community’s educational future and then formulates the goals, defines the outcomes and sets the course for the public schools.

To achieve the vision, the board establishes a structure and creates an environment designed to ensure all students the opportunity to attain their maximum potential through a sound organizational framework.

Because as a board we must be accountable to the community, we must ensure a continuous assessment of student achievement and all conditions affecting the education of our children.

As board members, we serve as education’s key advocate on behalf of students and our community schools to advance the vision for our schools.

Furthermore, we must strive to work together with the superintendent and staff to lead the district toward fulfilling the vision we have created, fostering excellence for every student in the areas of academic skills and knowledge, citizenship and personal development.

Having signed the Acceptance of Office and Oath of Office, I hereby publicly affirm my commitment to the Oath of Office: 

1 affirm that I will support the Constitution of the United States and of this state, and that I will discharge faithfully the duties of the office of school board member of Independent School District No.857 to the best of my judgment and ability.

 
Speaker(s):  Board Chair
Agenda Item Type:  Procedural Item
Approve Meeting Agenda.
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Elect Board Chairperson.
Speaker(s):  Board Chair
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Elect Vice Chairperson.
Speaker(s):  Board Chair
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Elect Clerk.
Speaker(s):  Board Chair
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Elect Treasurer
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Set dates, times and locations for 2021 Regular Board Meetings as second Monday of each month at 6:00pm.  Meetings will be held remotely for duration of Governor's COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency Order.  After the Emergency Order expires, meetings will be held  in the High School Library, with the exceptions of the September meeting will be at the Lewiston Elementary School and the October meeting will be held at the Altura Intermediate School.  
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Designate Superintendent Gwen Carman as the Identified Official with Authority to authorize user access to State of Education secure websites for ISD 857. 
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Designate the Superintendent as the Chief Financial Officer of the School District with authorization to pay bills in advance. 
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Designate Minnwest Bank of Lewiston, The Peoples State Bank in Altura, Merchants Bank in Winona and the Minnesota School District Liquid Asset Fund as official depositories for school district funds. 
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Authorize Superintendent, Business Manager and Assistant Finance Clerk to make Official District Electronic Transfers. 
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Designate Kennedy and Graven, Chartered as the official school district law firm and provide the Superintendent and Board Chair the authorization to contact legal counsel on matters relevant to the school district. 
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Designate The St. Charles Press & Lewiston Journal as the official publication of the school district. 
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Set compensation for School Board Directors and Board Chairperson per regular, special and appointed committee meetings and MSBA Trainings (currently $65.00 per meeting for Directors, $80.00 for Board Chair). 
Speaker(s):  Board Chair
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Designate a Board Representative to the MN State High School League. 
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Board Chair Appoints Committee Members (2020 Assignments Below)
A. Negotiations 
      Certified Negotiations:  Bronk, Brummer, Meyer  

      Principals & Superintendent:  Maki, Meisch, Sommer  
      Support Staff Negotiations:  Brummer, Koverman, Meisch   
      Bus Drivers: Brummer, Koverman, Meisch  
B.   Activities Steering/MSHSL:   Bronk, Maki & Sommer  
C.   Meet & Confer:  Bronk, Brummer, Meisch  
D.   District Staff Development/Continuing Education:  Koverman, Maki  
E.   Hiawatha Valley Education District:  Koverman  
F.   Community Education & Early Childhood Advisory: Bronk, Sommer  
G.   Budget Committee:  Bronk, Meisch, Meyer  
H.   Policy Review:  Brummer, Meyer, Sommer  
I.    Health & Safety/Employee Wellness:  Meisch, Sommer  
J.    Systems Accountability:  Koverman 
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Review Upcoming Meeting Schedule
   Monday, January 11th - 6:00pm (Regular Board Meeting)
   Monday, February 8th- 6:00pm  (Regular Board Meeting)
   Monday, February 22 - 6:00pm (Interview construction firms for facilities assessment process)
   Monday, March 8 - 6:00pm (Regular Board Meeting)
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Motion to Adjourn.
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
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