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(Published in the Echo Journal, October 27, 2021, 1t.

(Published in the Echo Journal, October 27, 2021, 1t.)
BOARD OF EDUCATIONSEPTEMBER 20, 2021
PINE RIVER-BACKUS PUBLIC SCHOOLS REGULAR MEETING
A meeting of the Board of Education was held in the High School Media Center at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, September 20, 2021 with Chair Cunningham presiding.
Members present: Leslie Bouchonville, Chris Cunningham, Roger D. Hoplin, David Sheley, Ryan Trumble and Superintendent Jonathan Clark. Katy Botz and Wanda Carlson were absent.
The floor was opened for comments from the public on agenda items.
Fiscal Year 2021 Audit Report. Mary Reedy from CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP presented the fiscal year 2021 audit report. Approval of the final report will be requested at the October 18, 2021 regular board meeting.
Motion by Bouchonville, second by Trumble, to approve the agenda. All voted aye and the motion carried.
Motion by Hoplin, second by Bouchonville, to approve the minutes of the August 16, 2021 regular board meeting. All voted aye and the motion carried.
Administrative team, director and enrollment reports were heard.
Consent Calendar - Motion by Trumble, second by Sheley, to approve the Consent Calendar, which consisted of the following items:
•Approve bills presented (checks 69490-69652 totaling $376,034.29); approve the investment report; approve the treasurer's report; approve the report on electronic fund transfers and other banking transactions; adopt a resolution accepting monetary awards and donations; and
•Approve the hiring of Leah Freeman as Junior High Volleyball Coach for the 2021 season;
•Approve the hiring of Mike Shetka as Robotics Coach for the 2021 fall season;
•Approve the hiring of Andrew Rudlang as Robotics Coach for the 2021 fall season;
•Approve the hiring of Ariana Schendel as Long Term Substitute Elementary Teacher from approximately October 18, 2021 to December 22, 2021;
•Approve the hiring of Gabrielle Schmidt as Behavior Management Specialist effective September 1, 2021;
•Approve the hiring of Lisa Spizzo as Cook for 5.5 hours per day effective September 1, 2021;
•Approve the hiring of Tammy Moon as Paraprofessional for 6.5 hours per day effective September 20, 2021;
•Accept the resignation of Tracy Smith, Paraprofessional, effective August 16, 2021;
•Accept the resignation of Kim Hellen, Paraprofessional, effective September 24, 2021 and authorize posting for replacement;
•Approve Tracy DeGrote as full time Route Bus Driver effective beginning of the 2021-22 school year;
•Approve Lloyd Oney as full time Route Bus Driver effective beginning of the 2021-22 school year;
•Approve a leave of absence for Alexis Anderson, Elementary Teacher, from approximately March 11, 2022 to the end of the 2021-2022 school year and authorize posting for a long term substitute;
•Approve the 2021-2023 Classified Employee Personnel Policies;
•Approve the 2021-2023 At Will Employee Letter of Assignment with the ALC Director;
•Approve the 2021-2023 At Will Employee Letters of Assignment with the Bus Drivers;
•Approve the 2021-2023 At Will Employee Letter of Assignment with the Business Manager;
•Approve the 2021-2023 At Will Employee Letter of Assignment with the Community Education Director/Communications Coordinator;
•Approve the 2021-2023 At Will Employee Letter of Assignment with the Director of Buildings and Grounds;
•Approve the 2021-2023 At Will Employee Letter of Assignment with the Food Service Director;
•Approve the 2021-2023 At Will Employee Letters of Assignment with the Food Service employees;
•Approve the 2021-2023 At Will Employee Letter of Assignment with the Human Resource Director;
•Approve the 2021-2023 At Will Employee Letter of Assignment with the High Reliability Schools Coordinator;
•Approve the 2021-2023 At Will Employee Letter of Assignment with the Mechanic;
•Approve the 2021-2023 At Will Employee Letter of Assignment with the Nurse;
•Approve the 2021-2023 At Will Employee Letter of Assignment with the Technology Coordinator;
•Approve the 2021-2023 At Will Employee Letters of Assignment with the Technology Specialists;
•Approve the 2021-2023 At Will Employee Letter of Assignment with the Transportation Director;
•Approve the 2021-2023 At Will Employee Letters of Assignment with the Van Drivers; and
•Approve the 2021-2023 At Will Employee Letters of Assignment with the Youth and Family Service Workers
All voted aye and the motion carried. Discussion items:
•2021 Pay 2022 Levy. Jolene Bengtson, Business Manager, presented preliminary levy figures. The truth in taxation meeting and certification of the final levy will take place at the December 20, 2021 regular board meeting which will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the High School Media Center.
•COVID Mitigation Plan. Jonathan Clark, Superintendent, presented a four tier COVID 19 Mitigation Plan that will be used to guide the District in decision making as COVID 19 numbers fluctuate.
•High School 2021-2022 Student Handbook. The final copy of the student handbook was discussed. Changes were made to the food service and cell phone usage sections. No changes will be made to the hat/headdress procedure from the previous handbook. Cunningham requested that the board look into a district policy regarding cell phones.
•Sixth grade participation in junior high activities. Clark presented the activities department guidelines regarding sixth grade participation in junior high activities. The guidelines will allow sixth grade students to participate in certain athletic and activity programs at the junior high level as long as they also participate in the corresponding community education program, if one exists.
Motion by Sheley, second by Trumble, to approve the 2021-2022 High School Student Handbook. All voted aye and the motion carried.
Motion by Bouchonville, second by Hoplin, to approve a Master Agreement for 2021-2023 with Pine River-Backus Education Minnesota. All voted aye and the motion carried.
Motion by Bouchonville, second by Trumble, to certify the 2021 Pay 2022 Levy at the maximum amount. All voted aye and the motion carried.
Open forum - The meeting was opened for comments from the public.
Cunningham adjourned the meeting at 6:56 p.m.
Wanda Carlson, Clerk
Recorded by Cindy Felthous