NORTH STAR PUBLIC SCHOOL REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MAY 20, 2020
The School Board of North Star Public School District #10 met in regular session on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 in person and via Zoom in North Star Room 101.
PRESENT: Michelle Gibbens, Bob Kennedy, John Peters (all in person); Vickie Jacksen, Jeana Jorde, and Jay Nicholas (all via Zoom); Administration: Jeff Hagler, Vicki Held, Nancy Reiser, Cathy Johnson; ABSENT: Chris Doehler; VISITORS: Jennifer Heisler, Cando, ND; Jesse Vote, North Star staff (via Zoom).
Board President Jacksen called the meeting to order at 8:05 p.m. No changes to the agenda.
MOTION made by Bob Kennedy, seconded by Michelle Gibbens, to approve the minutes of the April 15, 2020 regular meeting. MOTION CARRIED (all present voting aye).
MOTION made by John Peters, seconded by Jay Nicholas, to approve the May bills presented for payment. MOTION CARRIED (all present voting aye).
Reviewed April 2020 monthly financial reports.
Principals’ and Activities Director Reports: Elementary Principal’s report by Mrs. Held: Enrollment 189; attendance 97.02%; letter of resignation from Carlyss Kurtti (elementary music/counselor) – opening is currently advertised on Job Service and NDJobs.
MOTION made by John Peters, seconded by Bob Kennedy, to accept the resignation of Carlyss Kurtti effective at the end of the current school year. MOTION CARRIED on a roll call vote: Gibbens-yes, Jorde-yes, Kennedy-yes, Nicholas-yes, Peters-yes, Jacksen-yes (Doehler absent).
ECE grant application for FY2020/21 in the amount of $14,000 submitted to ND Dept of Commerce; 2020/21 Elementary Parent-Student Handbook with new FY and principal name changes and suggested edits for next year (sick child attendance guidelines, distance learning information); FY21 elementary teacher assignments (changes: two 2nd grade classrooms – Bethany Voss moving from 4th to 2nd grade for the additional classroom; Torie McTaggart moving from 4th to 3rd grade; Cassie Tohm moving from 3rd to 4th grade); student awards (attendance/Presidential Education/ND State Art).
High School Principal’s report by Mrs. Reiser: Enrollment 116, attendance 95%; FY21 HS handbook w/changes to calendar, elementary principal name, vision statement, library hours, meal prices. Continuing work on FY21 class schedule; graduation time/date still t/b/d; virtual senior banquet attended by 16 of 17 graduates. Quote from Book Systems for library automation/digitalization. Activities Director report by Mr. Hagler: June 8th is target date to begin open gym/summer weight room use (staterecommended guidelines t/b followed). Cando summer baseball program has requested permission to use NS baseball field; provided practice guidelines. Discussion re: coaches’ payments for fall sports if season(s) are not allowed and VB coaches staffing/pay recommendations (C-Squad coach @ $2100 only when # of participants warrant).
Superintendent’s Report by Mr. Hagler: Letter of resignation/retirement from Connie Nelson (librarian); discussed filling librarian position vs. utilizing paras for elementary library activities (w/pay increases for additional duties if necessary): decision to discontinue job listing, to hire Nancy Reiser and Hannah Alto to digitalize library over the summer (with additional help as needed), and to conduct fall professional development sessions re: new library operation.
MOTION made by Jeana Jorde, seconded by Jay Nicholas, to accept the resignation of Connie Nelson, effective at the end of the current school year. MOTION CARRIED on a roll call vote: Gibbens-yes, Jorde-yes, Kennedy-yes, Nicholas-yes, Peters-yes, Jacksen-yes (Doehler absent).
Presented retirement letters from Mary Timms and Carol Falde (kitchen staff) – will be reviewing staffing and advertising for kitchen staff.
Long Term Planning meeting w/b held on June 15th at 8 p.m. ESSER grant award for $65,272 will be used primarily for technology purchases to achieve 1:1 device availability; other possible spend categories include student internet connection fees, supplies, professional development and transportation cost; spending deadline is 2022. Recommendation to increase all school lunch program prices by $0.10/meal – new prices t/b included in parent-student handbooks (Breakfast K-12: $2.10, Adults: $2.45; Lunch K-6: $2.80, 7-12: $3.10, Adult $3.85).
MOTION made by Jeana Jorde, seconded by Jay Nicholas, to approve a FY2021 price increase of $0.10 per meal for all school lunch program meals. MOTION CARRIED on a roll call vote: Gibbens-yes, Jorde-yes, Kennedy-yes, Nicholas-yes, Peters-yes, Jacksen-yes (Doehler absent).
Summer school programs update: Drivers Ed classes will be held in house beginning June 1st; behind the wheel sessions will be conducted later in June; appropriate health and safety guidelines will be followed; Title I summer reading program will be held in-house June 1-21, with limited group sizes. Fall 2021 reopening plan: Microsoft Teams platform will be used consistently for all distance learning; other ideas have been/will continue to be discussed.
Board policy review: Content changes and/or wording changes/choices were reviewed for ten (10) existing recommended policies.
MOTION was made by Bob Kennedy, seconded by Jeana Jorde, to rescind North Star School District #10 Board Policies: • ABBA NORTH DAKOTA’S COMPREHENSIVE MODEL SCHOOL POLICY FOR TOBACCO USE adopted 03/21/18 • ABCB SPORTSMANSHIP adopted 12/16/09 • ACCA SEXUAL OFFENDERS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY amended 05/18/11 • BCAC MINUTES adopted 12/16/09 • BCBA PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AT BOARD MEETINGS adopted 12/16/09 • BCAD EXECUTIVE SESSIONS adopted 12/16/09 • FGBD STUDENT HANDBOOKS adopted 12/16/09 • FGCA SEARCHES OF LOCKERS amended 10/13/10 • FGCB SEARCHES OF STUDENTS & STUDENTS’ PERSONAL PROPERTY amended 10/13/10 • FGCC STUDENT INTERROGATIONS amended 5/18/11, to adopt North Star School District #10 Board Policies as proposed by NSDSBA Policy Services, with North Star specified wording as discussed and noted in attached documents: • ABBA NORTH DAKOTA’S COMPREHENSIVE MODEL SCHOOL POLICY FOR TOBACCO USE • ABCB SPORTSMANSHIP • ACCA SEXUAL OFFENDERS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY • BCAC MINUTES • BCBA PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AT BOARD MEETINGS • BCAD EXECUTIVE SESSIONS • FGBD STUDENT HANDBOOKS • FGCA SEARCHES OF LOCKERS • FGCB SEARCHES OF STUDENTS & STUDENT’S PERSONAL PROPERTY • FGCC STUDENT INTERVIEWS, INTERROGATIONS, AND CUSTODY BY SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS AND OUTSIDE AUTHORITIES and to waive the second reading in accordance with North Star Board Policy BDA.
MOTION CARRIED on a roll call vote: Gibbens-yes, Jorde-yes, Kennedy-yes, Nicholas-yes, Peters-yes, Jacksen-yes (Doehler absent).
The following exhibits will be deleted: BCAD-E1 Notice of Executive Session, DDAA-E3 Designation Notice of FMLA, and DEAF-E Employee Safety Orientation, and exhibit KAB-E North Star School-Parent Compact will be added.
Old Business: Reviewed FY21 ancillary staff pay schedule with minimum 3% rate increase. Discussed “extra” monthly payment structured as HRA for ancillary staff not currently covered by NS group health plan. More information about this option will be obtained and reviewed by the negotiating committee prior to the June meeting.
Proposed FY21 administration salary changes per negotiating committee: superintendent increase from $93,000 to $95,000, HS principal increase from $72,000 to $77,000; other benefits to remain the same as FY20.
MOTION by Michelle Gibbens, seconded by Jeana Jorde, to approve administration salaries for FY21 at $95,000 for Jeff Hagler and $77,000 for Nancy Reiser. MOTION CARRIED on a roll call vote: Gibbens-yes, Jorde-yes, Kennedy-yes, Nicholas-yes, Peters-yes, Jacksen-yes (Doehler absent).
School board election update: 300+ absentee ballot requests have been received. ND Department of Commerce Energy Conservation Program has awarded North Star a $7,925 matching grant to retrofit the gym with LED lights. Received bid from Hendrickson Electric for $15,850 to remove and replace 30 halide lights in the gymnasium with LED lights. Disposal of the old lights and cages for the new ones are not included in the bid.
MOTION by Jeana Jorde, seconded by Jay Nicholas, to accept the $15,850 bid from Hendrickson Electric for the gym light retrofit project. MOTION CARRIED on a roll call vote: Gibbens-yes, Jorde-yes, Kennedy-yes, Nicholas-yes, Peters-yes, Jacksen-yes (Doehler absent).
New Business: NSPSD Foundation Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament fundraiser is scheduled for June 27, 2020; one opening for summer cleaning help t/b advertised in newspaper; request to use school lunchroom for bridal shower on June 13th.
Next meeting set for Wednesday, June 15, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. with Long Term Planning meeting at 8:00 p.m.
Meeting adjourned at 9:40 p.m.