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February 16, 2021 at 6:30 PM - Regular Board Meeting

Agenda
1. CALL TO ORDER/PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Description:  The February 16, 2021 regular meeting of the Menahga Public School board called to order by Chair Haverinen  at                           with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Board members present:   Andrea Haverinen, Julia Kicker, Katie Howard and Cherie Peterson.  Others present: Board appointee Helen Lehto, ES Principal Jeannie Mayer, MS Principal Ann Wothe, HS Principal Mark Frank, Superintendent Kevin Wellen and Business Manager Kyle Bergem.
2. ADOPTING THE AGENDA
Description:  Motion by                                 to adopt the agenda as amended/presented

    
Seconded by                          vote
3. SCHOOL BOARD RECOGNITION
Description:  MSBA School Board Recognition Week is February 22-26, 2021
 
4. STUDENT/STAFF SHARE
4.1. Student/Staff Share
Attachments: (2)
5. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION, VISITORS, COMMUNICATION
5.1. Public Participation, Visitors
5.1.1. EM Menahga Statement
5.2. Communications
Description:  Mr Wellen will share a letter from Tim Hendrickson declining his school board appointment.



 
6. REQUEST TO REMOVE TOPIC(S) FROM CONSENT AGENDA
Description:  If needed:
                        Motion by                           to remove the following from the consent agenda:


                        Seconded by                     vote
7. CONSENT AGENDA
Description:  Motion by                           to approve the following consent items:

1.  Jan 19 regular meeting and Jan 25 special meeting minutes, and Feb 1    work session notes;
2.  Activity fund and monthly claims in the amount of $ 1,248,117.59;
3.  Notice of Assignments for Randy Thompson, JH Baseball Coach, step 5; Cody Pulju, Head Softball Coach, step 1; Lindsay Hendrickson, HS Softball Coach, step 2;
4.
 
 
Seconded by                     vote
8. REPORTS
8.1. Principals, AD, Superintendent
Attachments: (2)
8.2. Delegates/Liaisons/Committees
Description:  Board Delegates and Liaisons for 2021 (These assignments will be revisited after board vacancies have been filled.)
Crisis Management:  Julia Kicker
Freshwater Ed Dist: Katie Howard
MSHSL: Katie Howard
MSBA:  Andrea Haverinen
Sourcewell:  Julia Kicker
Wadena County Collaborative:  Katie Howard
Community Education Rep:  Cherie Peterson
WBWF: Cherie Peterson and Julia Kicker
Pairing and Sharing:  Andrea Haverinen and Katie Howard
Building Advisory:  TBD
Negotiations:
          Licensed:  TBD
          Paraprofessionals:  TBD
          Principals:  Andrea Haverinen and Julia Kicker
9. OTHER PERSONNEL
9.1. FMLA REQUESTS
Description:  Motion by                            to approve the FMLA request from Anna Hillukka,

Seconded by


Motion by                            to approve the 6-week FMLA request from MaryJo Brockpahler, beginning March 1 through April 9, 2021.

Seconded by
9.2. RESIGNATION
Description:  Motion by                              to accept the letter of resignation from Zach Kaiser, middle school teacher, effective at the end of the 2020-2021 school year, and thank him for his 5 years of dedicated service to the students of our district.

Seconded by

 
10. RESOLUTION ACCEPTING DONATIONS
Description: 
The following resolution was introduced by ___________________________                                     

        RESOLUTION ACCEPTING DONATIONS
    WHEREAS, MS 123B.02, Subd. 6 provides:  "The board may receive, for the benefit of the district, bequests, donations, or gifts for any proper purpose and apply the same to the purpose designated.  In that behalf, the board may act as trustee of any trust created for the benefit of the district, or for the benefit of pupils thereof, including trusts created to provide pupils of the district with advanced education after completion of high school, in the advancement of education."; and
   WHEREAS, MS 465.03 provides: "Any city, county, school district or town may accept a grant or devise of real or personal property and maintain such property for the benefit of its citizens in accordance with the terms prescribed by the donor.  Nothing herein shall authorize such acceptance or use for religious or sectarian purposes.  Every such acceptance shall be by resolution of the governing body adopted by a two-thirds majority of its members, expressing such terms in full."; and
   WHEREAS, every such acceptance shall be by resolution of the governing body adopted by a two-thirds majority of its members, expressing such terms in full; 
   THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the School Board of Menahga Public School Dist 821 gratefully accept the following donations as identified below:
  
                to Robotics $250 from Thomas Hass/PR Avionics; $150 from    Joseph Cass; $100 from Citizens National Bank; $50 from anonymous; $250 from Edward Jones;
                to Bingo for Books $500 from Menahga Gateway Lions
 
Resolution seconded by  _________________________
The vote on adoption of the Resolution was as follows:
   voting aye:
   voting nay:
   absent:
   Whereupon, said resolution was declared duly adopted.
 
11. ACCEPTANCE OF GRANTS
Description:  Motion by                          to accept, with gratitude, the following grants;     
           Wadena Co CARES grant in the amount of $74,166.25;
           Wadena Co Child Prevention grant in the amount of $239.35;
           Carl Perkins Ag grant in the amount of $1199.17;
   
Seconded by                    vote

 
12. POST BOARD POSITION
Description:  Chair Haverinen set                                      as deadline for candidates to submit a letter of interest for school board vacancy.


 
13. BUILDING ALIGNMENT
Description:  Motion by                                to realign the district to a two building configuration and direct the administrative team to come with a proposal of how that would look.

Seconded by
14. BUDGET DISCUSSION
Description: 
 
15. EARLY RETIREMENT INCENTIVE
Description:  Motion by                              to approve the early retirement incentive offer, as presented.

Seconded by
 
Attachments: (1)
16. CALL FOR SPECIAL BOARD MEETING
Description:  Chair Haverinen called a special meeting to be held: (Feb 24 or later)
(day)
(date)
(time)
(place)
(purpose)
17. OTHER
Description:  If needed:
Motion by

Seconded by

 
18. ADJOURN
Description:  Motion by                                to adjourn the  February 16, 2021 regular meeting of the Menahga Public School board at

Seconded by                         vote
19. Upcoming Meetings
Description:  Feb 16, 5:00 pm, Principal's Negotiations, Superintendent's Office
Feb 16, 6:30 pm, HS/MS Media Center, Regular Board Mtg
Feb 26, 8:00 am, Principal's Negotiation Committee, Mediation, Superintendent's Office
March 15, 6:30 pm, HS/MS Media Center, Regular Board Mtg
Apr 19, 6:30 pm, HS/MS Media Center, Regular Board Mtg
 
 
 
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