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January 10, 2022 at 6:30 PM - Regular Business Meeting

1. Call to Order
Speaker(s):  Chairperson
2. Agenda Approval 
Speaker(s):  Chairperson
Description:  Corrections/Deletions/Additions/Items from Consent Agenda
3. Recognition of Visitors
Speaker(s):  Chairperson
Description:  Public Comment and Acknowledgement of Correspondence
4. Regular Business
Speaker(s):  Chairperson
4.A. Approval of Minutes, Monthly Meeting - December 13, 2021
Speaker(s):  Chairperson
4.A.1. Approval of Minutes, Truth in Taxation Public Hearing - December 13, 2021
Speaker(s):  Chairperson
4.A.2. Approval of Minutes, World's Best Workforce/Achievement and Integration Plan Public Hearing - December 13, 2021
Speaker(s):  Chairperson
4.B. Approval of Accounts Payable / Payroll / Transfers for December 2021
Speaker(s):  Chairperson
Attachments: (1)
Consent Agenda
January 10, 2022

~Any Board Member may request that any item be removed from this consent agenda
and moved to a regular agenda item~
  1. Appointments:
Darla King; Custodian effective December 14, 2021.
Allison Prica; Paraprofessional effective December 20, 2021.  
McKenzie Grossell; Paraprofessional (.56 FTE) effective January 3, 2022.
Brandon Baker; Community Education After School Assistant effective January 1, 2022.
  1. Resignations
Kerrion Cowans; Paraprofessional effective December 15, 2021.
Bill Plate; Assistant Softball Coach effective December 10, 2021.
Morgan Hart: Paraprofessional effective December 20, 2021.
Rebecca Baumgarner; Food Service effective December 31, 2021.
Ashley Evans; Human Resource Manager effective January 31, 2022.
  1. Terminations:
Rachel White; Paraprofessional effective January 5, 2022.
  1. Other:
Sherwin Obey; Anishinaabe Education Tutor contract revision.
Rachel Herring; Anishinaabe Education Tutor contract revision.
Natalie Bebeau; Academic Tutor contract revision.
Speaker(s):  Chairperson
5. Information Items
Speaker(s):  Chairperson
5.A. Introduction to the Link to Equity Project
Speaker(s):  Joe Akre and Delana Smith
Description:  The district will collaborate with the University of Minnesota.
5.B. Revised or New Policies for a First Reading
Speaker(s):  Jeff Pesta
Description:  The Minnesota Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) will begin enforcing the Federal OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for employee vaccination and testing effective January 10, 2022.  All employees without proof of completion of a COVID-19 vaccination series will be required to wear effective face coverings by that date.  MN OSHA will begin enforcing a weekly testing requirement for unvaccinated employees on February 9.  Unless the U.S. Supreme Court determines that the ETS is not enforceable by January 10, the Board of Education will need to immediately put a policy in place.
Attachments: (1)
5.C. Review of Safe Schools Plan
Speaker(s):  Jeff Pesta
Description:  Review current plan for discussion purposes only utilizing updated public health data.  
5.D. Elementary Principal's Report
Speaker(s):  Jennifer Stefan
5.E. High School Principal's Report
Speaker(s):  Joe Akre
5.F. Activities Program Report
Speaker(s):  Brent Schimek
5.G. Building and Grounds Department Report
Speaker(s):  Brent Schimek
5.H. Full Service Community Schools Program Report
Speaker(s):  Deanna Hron
5.I. Board Member or Committee Reports
Speaker(s):  Jeff Pesta
5.J. Superintendent's Report
Speaker(s):  Jeff Pesta
6. Action Items
Speaker(s):  Chairperson
6.A. Emergency Approval of Policy 491 - Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination or Testing and Face Coverings
Speaker(s):  Jeff Pesta
6.C. Proposed Revision of Health and Safety Resolution
Speaker(s):  Jeff Pesta
Description:  A Health and Safety Resolution was put into place on October 6, 2021 requiring face coverings for all indoor activities.  This was prior to the winter sports season.  Visitors have consistently not been voluntarily compliant.  This necessitates a choice between closing and ticketing winter sports events or transitioning to strongly recommending face coverings for visitors only.  The recommendation is based on the fact that local case rates are currently declining.  A more restrictive plan for after-school events may be necessary in the future due to changes in local public health data.
6.D. Recommendation for a Conditional Reinstatement of an Expelled Student
Speaker(s):  Joe Akre
Description:  On October 6, 2021 the Board passed a resolution to expel student DRX1-21-22 for a period of 12 months.  Principal Akre is recommending that the student be conditionally reinstated for the second semester of the school year.  The expulsion would remain in place for the full 12 months and the student would transition between home-based instruction provided by the district to on-campus instruction for as long as the conditions are met.
7. Future Meetings
Speaker(s):  Chairperson
February 14 - Regular Business Meeting @ Deer River High School Media Center, 6:00 p.m.
8. Adjournment
Speaker(s):  Chairperson

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