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March 8, 2021 at 6:00 PM - Regular School Board Meeting of ISD 857

Agenda
Call Meeting to Order

(Board Chair Statement: This meeting of the Lewiston-Altura School Board is being held with the Board members face to face and the public able to see and hear the meeting via a ZOOM link.  This approach during the peacetime state of emergency and pandemic declaration allows staff, and members of the public with health concerns related to COVID-19 to participate in or observe the board meeting as provided under Minnesota Statutes 13D.021.) 
Speaker(s):  Board Chair
Agenda Item Type:  Procedural Item
Pledge of Allegiance.
Speaker(s):  Board Chair
Agenda Item Type:  Procedural Item
Attendance

Brummer
Koverman
Maki
Meisch
Meyer
Pringle
Sommer
Speaker(s):  Board Chair
Agenda Item Type:  Procedural Item
Adopt the March 8, 2021 Meeting Agenda
Speaker(s):  Board Chair
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Open Forum

Guideline: Three minutes per speaker; 15 minutes maximum.  Complaints about personnel or individuals are prohibited. No Board action is taken during the Open Forum. This is the only time during the Board meeting that audience participation is allowed unless scheduled prior. 
Speaker(s):  Board Chair
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
L-A High School Student Report
Speaker(s):  Student Board Representative
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Good Things Happening

1) Thank you to Winona County Public Health for the excellent communication and collaboration to enable our school staff members to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. They have been extremely diligent and committed to this incredibly important challenge.  Approximately 70% of the  L-A staff members  have chosen to receive the vaccine and all of them have received at least one shot, and many have received a second. Winona County Public Health staff have also been meeting weekly with county school administrators and school nurses for much needed and timely information about the pandemic. 

2) Congratulations to the five new inductees into the L-A National Honor Society Chapter: Joelle Hammann, Halle Elmury, Thomas Menk, Elliana Nelson, Lilly Schell. Thank you also to National Honor Society Advisor Laura Noll. 

3)  Congratulations to the High School Knowledge Bowl team who placed 3rd  in the Regionals on March 3rd!  The team members are CJ Lee, David Medin, Cruz Porras, Jace Ruzek and Coach Emily Zink. 

4) Congratulations to a  group of 5th graders who participated in a Southeast Minnesota SumDog Math Contest February 12-18, 2021. The group placed 2nd overall and was the daily winner on Wednesday, February 17th. Individually, Alaina Barkeim was the 1st place winner overall, answering 932/1000 math questions correctly. Damian Gossen 2nd, Haily Larson 3rd, Alyssa Hansen 4th, Teagan Hartman 12th, Sydnee Melbostad 13th, Megan Kreidermacher 14th, and Grayson Speltz 32nd. Five teams participated in this contest with 58 total students.

5) Thank you to Industrial Technology Teacher Joel Ellinhuysen for applying for and receiving a $1000.00 Tools for Schools grant to purchase tools for future projects.  The grants funds were provided by Dependable Solutions, Inc., River Bank, The Board Store/Home Improvements, Inc. and Brenengen Auto.  

6) Congratulations to Katie Ketchum for being one of 36 students in Minnesota to receive the ExCEL award. 

7) Congratulations to the the LA-RP Dance team who placed 4th in the Section in the Jazz category with the top 3 places advancing to state. 
Speaker(s):  Board Chair
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Consent Agenda

A. Board Meeting Minutes: February 8, 2021
B. Financial Reports
a. Board Bills
b. Student Activity Report
c. Treasury Report
d. Miscellaneous Payments
e. February 2021 Wire Payments

C.  Accept resignation of Paul Fox from Food Service program effective June 7, 2021. 

D.  Approve hire of Linda Lehnertz as short term Food Service staff February 22 - June 4, 2021 for up to 3 hours per day at the rate of $10.75 per hour.

E.  Accept resignation of Zach Vix as a paraprofessional effective February 15 2021.

F.  Approve termination of 2020-21 Julie Scuiderio's Leave of Absence and her return as a paraprofessional effective February 16, 2021 at the rate of $12.91 per hour. 

G, HIre Mike Posey to be a full time evening custodian at the rate of $15.00/hour after completion of a successful background check.

H. Accept resignation of Amy Behrend, ECFE Parent Educator, effective June 4, 2021. 

I.  With appreciation and gratitude, accept Scott Bunkowski's retirement effective June 7, 2021.  Mr. Bunkowski's first day of service in the Lewiston - Altura School District was September 1, 1988.

J.  Accept $1000 Tools for School grant awarded to Joel Ellinhuysen to purchase tools for our Industrial Technology program.
 
 
Speaker(s):  Board Chair
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Summary of Superintendent Evaluation Closed Session (February 8, 2021)
Speaker(s):  Board Chair
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
2020-2021 Amended Budget with Total Expenditures of $10,906,578.00 and Total Revenues of $10,530,275.00.
Speaker(s):  Board Chair
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Resolution Directing the Administration to Make Recommendations
Regarding the Reduction and/or Discontinuance of Programs and Positions and Reasons Therefore

(BOARD MEMBER NAME) introduced the following resolution and moved its adoption:

WHEREAS, the financial limitations of the District dictate that the School Board must reduce expenditures and there has been a reduction in overall student enrollment, 

WHEREAS, this reduction in expenditures and this decrease in student enrollment may necessitate the discontinuance or reduction of programs and/or the discontinuance or reduction of positions, and

WHEREAS, a determination must be made as to whether programs or positions must be reduced and/or discontinued,
 
BE IT RESOLVED, by the School Board of Independent District No. 857 as follows:

That the School Board hereby directs the Superintendent and Administration to consider the discontinuance and/or reduction of programs to effectuate economies in the District as a result of a reduction in enrollment and make recommendations to the School Board for the discontinuance of programs, reduction of programs, discontinuance of positions, or the reduction of positions.


VOTING RECORD
The motion for the adoption of the preceding resolution was duly seconded by (BOARD MEMBER NAME) and upon vote being taken thereon,
the following voted in favor thereof,
       
       
the following voted against the same:
       
       
whereupon said resolution was declared duly passed and adopted on March 8, 2021.
 
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Agreement for MN School Board Association (MSBA) for 2021-22 Strategic Planning Services
Speaker(s):  Board Chair
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Policy 419 Tobacco-Free Environment on 2nd Reading
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Policy 202 School Board Officers on 2nd Reading
 
Speaker(s):  Board Chair
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Attachments: (1)
The School District's checks for payment of bills, payroll and other expenses for district business will be signed by the School Board Chair, the School Board Treasurer and the School Board Clerk. 
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Learning Model Transition to High School Face to Face Instruction- Discussion
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Modify the 2020-2021 school year calendar to make March 18th a 7-12 Transition Planning Day (no school for students in grades 7-12) and March 19th a Districtwide Transition Planning Day (no school for students in PK-12). 
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
2021-2022 School Year Calendar
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Discussion regarding possible Community Tree Project
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
PK-6 Principal's Report
Speaker(s):  Principal Dave Riebel
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Attachments: (1)
7-12 Principal's Report
Speaker(s):  Principal Dr. Cory Hanson
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Superintendent's Report
Speaker(s):  Superintendent Carman
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Board Committee Reports
Speaker(s):  Superintendent Carman
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Upcoming Meeting Schedule
-Special Meeting: March 22, 2021 6:00pm  (in person- HS Library) Interview Construction Management Firms for the purpose of facility assessment

Regular Board Meetings- 6:00pm
-April 12
-May 10
-June 14

Committee Meetings
District Staff Development - March 7, 7:00am
Policy Review Committee - March 23, 7:00am
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Adjourn.
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
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