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April 15, 2021 at 7:00 PM - Regular School Board Meeting

Minutes
1. Call to Order and Roll Call
Discussion:  Called to order at 7:00 PM.
2. The Pledge of Allegiance
Discussion:  President Ling led the Pledge of Allegiance.
3. Audience Participation
Discussion:  There was no audience participation. 
4. Resolution:  Approval of Minutes
Action(s):
Moved that the written minutes be approved as recorded. This motion, made by Jessica Shaw-Nolff and seconded by Denise Petoskey, Passed.
  • Kathy Reed: Absent
  • Mark Ashley: Yea
  • Mary Ling: Yea
  • Denise Petoskey: Yea
  • Jessica Shaw-Nolff: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Discussion:  The minutes were recommended for approval
5. Resolution: Approval of Warrants
Action(s):
Moved that the warrants paid, as submitted by the administration, be approved in the amount of $2,833,475.10. This motion, made by Jessica Shaw-Nolff and seconded by Mark Ashley, Passed.
  • Kathy Reed: Absent
  • Mark Ashley: Yea
  • Mary Ling: Yea
  • Denise Petoskey: Yea
  • Jessica Shaw-Nolff: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Discussion:  Mr. Parker recommended the Board's approval.
6. Resolution:  Award Stage Bid
Action(s):
Moved to accept the bid of $24,324.99 from StageDrop, LLC for the purchase of a waterproof stage. This motion, made by Mark Ashley and seconded by Denise Petoskey, Passed.
  • Kathy Reed: Absent
  • Mark Ashley: Yea
  • Mary Ling: Yea
  • Denise Petoskey: Yea
  • Jessica Shaw-Nolff: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Discussion:  Questions were fielded from the Board and the resolution was recommended for approval.
7. Resolution:  Sale of 1457 Atkins Road House
Action(s):
Moved to award the bid of $185,000 to Tyler and Taylor Kruzel for the purchase of 1457 Atkins Rd. This motion, made by Denise Petoskey and seconded by Jessica Shaw-Nolff, Passed.
  • Kathy Reed: Absent
  • Mark Ashley: Yea
  • Mary Ling: Yea
  • Denise Petoskey: Yea
  • Jessica Shaw-Nolff: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Discussion:  Questions were fielded from the Board and the resolution was recommended for approval with the additional wording added as requested.
8. Resolution:  Food Service Management Renewal
Action(s):
Moved to accept the Chartwells School Dining contract renewal of $0.0659 per meal and $6,586.27 per month for school food service management in fiscal year 2021-2022. This motion, made by Jessica Shaw-Nolff and seconded by Mark Ashley, Passed.
  • Kathy Reed: Absent
  • Mark Ashley: Yea
  • Mary Ling: Yea
  • Denise Petoskey: Yea
  • Jessica Shaw-Nolff: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Discussion:  Questions were fielded from the Board and the resolution was recommended for approval.
9. Resolution:  Approve Board Goals
Action(s):
Moved to approve the board goals as presented. This motion, made by Mark Ashley and seconded by Denise Petoskey, Passed.
  • Kathy Reed: Absent
  • Mark Ashley: Yea
  • Mary Ling: Yea
  • Denise Petoskey: Yea
  • Jessica Shaw-Nolff: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Discussion:  Discussion took place and the resolution was recommended for approval.
10. Resolution:  Extend Superintendent Contract
Action(s):
Moved to accept Superintendent Parker's evaluation rating as presented and extend his contract for an additional year through June 30, 2024. This motion, made by Denise Petoskey and seconded by Jessica Shaw-Nolff, Passed.
  • Kathy Reed: Absent
  • Mark Ashley: Yea
  • Mary Ling: Yea
  • Denise Petoskey: Yea
  • Jessica Shaw-Nolff: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Discussion:  Discussion took place and the resolution was recommended for approval.
11. Resolution:  Schoology Learning Management System
Action(s):
Moved to purchase Schoology in the amount of $23,890. This motion, made by Mark Ashley and seconded by Denise Petoskey, Passed.
  • Kathy Reed: Absent
  • Mark Ashley: Yea
  • Mary Ling: Yea
  • Denise Petoskey: Yea
  • Jessica Shaw-Nolff: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Discussion:  Mrs. Akins presented a PowerPoint on the Schoology Learning Management System. Questions were fielded from the Board and the resolution was recommended for approval.
12. Resolution:  Extended Learning Plan Reconfirmation
Action(s):
Moved to reconfirm the Extended Learning Plan as presented. This motion, made by Jessica Shaw-Nolff and seconded by Denise Petoskey, Passed.
  • Kathy Reed: Absent
  • Mark Ashley: Yea
  • Mary Ling: Yea
  • Denise Petoskey: Yea
  • Jessica Shaw-Nolff: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Discussion:  Mrs. Akins presented the Extended Learning Plan to the Board.  There were no comments from the public.  The Extended Learning Plan was recommended for approval.
13. Discussion: Summer School Programming Update
Discussion:  Mrs. Akins, Director of Teaching and Learning presented on summer school programing and fielded questions from the Board.
14. Discussion: COVID Funding Update
Discussion:  Mr. Wheeler, Director of Finance gave an update on COVID funding and fielded questions from the Board.  The Board thanked the staff for their resiliency during this unprecedented year.
15. Resolution:  Staff Recognition
Action(s):
Moved to reward all instructional, non-instructional, EDUstaff, Chartwells, Alcona and Johnson Busing employees with a one-time $1,000 stipend for their commitment and support of our students in the 2020-2021 school year. This motion, made by Mark Ashley and seconded by Jessica Shaw-Nolff, Passed.
  • Kathy Reed: Absent
  • Mark Ashley: Yea
  • Mary Ling: Yea
  • Denise Petoskey: Yea
  • Jessica Shaw-Nolff: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Discussion:  The resolution was recommended for approval. 
16. Discussion:  High School Renovation Project
Discussion:  Mr. Parker updated the Board on the high school renovation project.  Due to supply chain issues with materials, all bids were returned unopened.  The bid will go out again in the fall. 
17. Presentation: Sinking Fund Update
Discussion:  Mr. Wheeler discussed planned Sinking Fund projects and fielded questions from the Board.  Trustee Ashley thanked the community for their support of the schools.
18. Educational Reports
Discussion:  Elementary:
  • NWEA testing window is open
  • M-Step testing window is open
  • Staff and students have been working hard
  • Working on end of year plans to recognize the students for their flexibility with all the new requirements
  • Fifth grade transition
  • Kindergarten Round Up 
    • Part 1:  All principals and kindergarten teachers will be in attendance for a district wide Zoom Round Up on April 27, 2021
    • Part 2:  Students will come, in small groups, to complete screenings, dates / times coming soon
  • Getting ready for summer school
Middle School
  • Track has started 
    • 150 students are participating
    • First home meet is Monday at the Stadium
  • Full Value Seminar elective class
    • 214 students go through this class
    • This class was previously named Adventure Education
    • Thank you to the teachers that teach this class
    • The students have been able to participate while following the COVID guidelines
  • PSAT was taken this week
  • M-Step and NWEA will start on Monday
  • Testing is planned to avoid testing fatigue
  • Fifth Grade transition letter was sent to parents today
  • Next Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 7:00PM - Hot Topics - Cyber Security
High School
  • High school testing finished today
  • Students did great
  • Quarantined students will be able to take the SAT during the make up days
  • 302 different students (30%) are signed up to take an Advanced Placement test,
  • Received two emails today celebrating our students
    • The State of Michigan CTE Department selected Amanda Feeley to receive the Michigan 2021 Breaking Traditions Excellence Award
    • The Michigan Council of Teachers of English selected three students' writings to be published in the Michigan Youth Arts Festival Creative Writing Book
  • Tentative plans to celebrate our seniors
    • May 11 Senior Scholarship Night - gymnasium, seniors only
    • May 22 Prom(ish) event - stadium, exclusive to seniors
    • May 26 Decision Day and underclassmen awards - stadium
    • June 6 Graduation ceremony at 6:00, parade at 7:00
    • June 6 Senior All Night Party

 
19. Board of Education Reports
Discussion:  Trustee Petoskey 
  • Attended Indian Education meeting on April 8, 2021, glad to see the program starting back up
Trustee Shaw-Nolff 
  • Also attended the Indian Education meeting, learned a lot about Title VI
Trustee Ling
  • PEF Scholarship deadline was today
  • The start up costs for the PHS coffee business was funded by a PEF mini grant
    • TV 9&10 will air a program on May 11 about the coffee business
20. Superintendent’s Report
Discussion: 
  • Still concerned about COVID transmission rate
  • We do not see spread among students in classrooms
  • Schools and classrooms are safe for students
  • The health department supports the decision to stay open 
  • Provided high quality education this year
  • 13 cases at the high school, 113 students are quarantined
  • Rapid testing for sports - 5 positive cases out of 800 tests given
  • Numbers are monitored daily
  • Vaccines are available 
    • Can schedule on the health department website, nwhealth.org
    • Anyone 16 and over is eligible
  • Our staff is amazing
  • Thank you to the athletic department and our nurse for the work they are doing to get athletes tested
  • Spring sports have started
  • Band is preparing for a concert on May 19, 2021 in Northmen Stadium
  • The band will perform on May 31, 2021 in Pennsylvania Park
  • Thank you to staff for keeping all the opportunities available for the students
21. Audience Participation
Discussion:  There was no audience participation.
22. Adjournment
Action(s):
Moved to adjourn the meeting. This motion, made by Mark Ashley and seconded by Denise Petoskey, Passed.
  • Kathy Reed: Absent
  • Mark Ashley: Yea
  • Mary Ling: Yea
  • Denise Petoskey: Yea
  • Jessica Shaw-Nolff: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Discussion:  The meeting adjourned at 9:00PM.
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