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Wednesday, October 29, 2014 FARMERS INDEPENDENT, Bagley, Minnesota -- Page 23 BAGLEY PUBLIC SCHOOLS Bagley, Minnesota 56621 MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING HELD OCTOBER 6, 2014: The regular meeting of the Board of Education, Independent School District #162 was held on Monday, October 6, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. in the High School Room 101. Members present: Dr. Paula Davis, Amy Fontaine, Adam Broden, Kathy Clark, Wendy Fultz, Tim Halberg and Superintendent Cairns. Members absent: Darin Halverson. The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Davis and opened with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. 1. A motion was made by Tim Halberg, seconded by Kathy Clark and carried, to approve the Minutes of the September 15 meeting as written. 2. A motion was made by Tim Halberg, seconded by Amy Fontaine and carried, to approve the MSBA association dues and policy services renewal for the 2014-2015 SY in the amount of $4,611. 3. A motion was made by Tim Halberg, seconded by Amy Fontaine and carried, authorize the Superintendent to negotiate for Gordon Construction to tear out the D-ring asphalt, re-grade the subsoil to 6" total rise, .052% slope and pour the entire D-ring area in concrete. Tim Halberg and Amy Fontaine will also be part of the negotiation team. 4. A motion was made by Adam Broden, seconded by Kathy Clark and carried, to accept the resignation of Shelly Sorensen as truancy tracker/ coordinator. 5. A motion was made by Tim Halberg, seconded by Adam Broden and carried, to accept the resignation of head softball coach Mike Larson. 6. A motion was made by Tim Halberg, seconded by Adam Broden and carried, to accept the resignation of school board member/clerk Darin Halverson. 7. Nominations were accepted for Clerk of the Board of Education. Amy Fontaine nominated Adam Broden. Nominations for Clerk of the Board of Education were closed. The Board cast a unanimous ballot naming Adam Broden Clerk of the Board of Education until December 31, 2014. 8. A motion was made by Tim Halberg, seconded by Kathy Clark and carried, to approve the draft 2014-2015 Staff Development Report with administration authorized to suggest changes before the October 15 submission date. 9. A motion was made by Adam Broden, seconded by Tim Halberg and carried, to authorize the tailgate party and free-will donation fundraiser at Friday night's football game. Friday night's game will be played at the new Athletic Complex. 10. Superintendent Cairns reviewed the September and October enrollment reports. The district has a slight increase from last year enrollment numbers. 11. Chairperson Davis announced that Adison Powell, Carleigh Hanevold, Emme Ekre, Sofa Waukaso, Maci Kaasa, Lillie Lee, Hayden Hood, Charlotte Carr, Akeelah Mickiel, Logan Paulson, Lily English, Treyton Broden, Kensey Olson, Mary Anderson, Tyler LaFontaine, Abigail Hagan, All Netland, Jaden Young, Cameron Broden, Cadence Wildman, Garrett Riewer, Rodney LaFontaine, Jaden Chesley, Audrey Soderstrom, Andrew Agnes, and Alec Norum were the Elementary School Student of the Month for the month of September. 12. Chairperson Davis announced that Riley Thoma, Hunter Stai and Jim Hvezda were the were selected as Athletes of the Week for the week of September 15, Cori Bonik and Holden Adams were selected as Athletes of the Week for the week of September 22 and Corey Sumrall, Amber Danielson and Jenika Moen were selected as Athletes of the Week for the week of September 29. 13. A motion was made by Kathy Clark, seconded by Adam Broden and carried, to approve Mrs. Rue as the Spain trip advisor and for the district to pay for her substitute teacher and lunches. The district will provide school bus transportation to Minneapolis and back twice at the school district's expense for the Spanish trip. Each student will pay $30 to the school district to offset the transportation costs. 14. The Minerva School Forest Reconveyance item is tabled. 15. The Twin Pines Golf Course Lease Agreement item is tabled. 16. A motion was made by Tim Halberg, seconded by Adam Broden and carried, to allow bus drivers may take the bus home before and after the route if the empty miles are equal to or less than from the bus garage. 17. A motion was made by Amy Fontaine, seconded by Wendy Fultz and carried, to authorize All State invoice payment in the amount of $61,708.85. 18. Superintendent Cairns apprised the Board on the World's Best Workforce Public Meeting. 19. Superintendent Cairns updated the Board on the construction projects. 20. A motion was made by Wendy Fultz, seconded by Adam Broden and carried, to accept the resignation of Jaime Paggen as a bus driver. 21. Superintendent Cairns requested that the Monday, November 3 meeting be held on Monday, November 10 due to school board election canvassing. 22. Superintendent Cairns informed the Board of options for the appointmentof the open board position. Further discussion will held at the November 10 meeting. 23. ITEMS FOR THE NEXT AGENDA: A. Project Update B. Project Invoices C. Staffing D. Minerva School Forest E. Twin Pine Golf Course Lease Agreement 24. A public hearing regarding Impact Aid/Indian Education Programs and the LIEC Parent Resolution will be held on Monday, October 20, 2014, at 6:00 p.m: at the Rice Lake Community Center. 25. The next regular meeting of the Board of Education will immediately follow the public hearing at the Rice Lake Community Center. 26. A motion was made by Tim Halberg to adjourn the meeting at 8:27 p.m. Paula Davis, Chairperson Board of Education Ind. S chool District # 162 Adam Broden, Clerk Board of Education Ind. School District # 162 O29c By Darlene Sawyer :The Rice Lake Community C~nter was the site of the Bagley School Board meeting on Monday, Oct. 20. The first part of the agenda was to review and discuss local Indian Education programming and go over the Indian Parent Committees' Annual Resolution. This included the review and discussion, of both policies 330 regarding Public Law 81-874 (Impact Aid) and Policy 331 Indian Policies and Procedures (IPP) of ISD 162 Ensuring Tribal and Parental Involvement in Educational Program Planning. The board must annually re- approve the two policies in order to qualify for Impact Aid and to adopt policy with Title IV Indian Education Parent Committee, Johnson O'Malley, and Local Indian Committee. Representing the Local Indian Committee were Janice Goodwin and SFTF teacher Penni Cairns. The board has revised, the school's bullying policy and Supt. Cairns reviewed the revised parts that were adopted for this year. He also reviewed a policy called "Equal Access of Students to Programs." This policy is for all students and was revised June 9, 2014. (All these policies can be read in their entirety in the elementary or high school offices.) Success For The Future teacher Penni Cairns reviewed the program plus other Title VII programs for Native American students. Paraprofessional Debbie Ronning was unable to attend this meeting. Mrs. Cairns reported that her program is the recipient of a grant of $69,452. The objective of this special grant is to raise the scores in reading, math, etc. for Native American students. The grant includes the cost of the Native American Recognition Banquet held each May. A questionnaire and needs assessment survey is given to the Native American students and their parents at the banquet. The results are presented at the fall meeting. The grant is funded by the Minnesota State Department of Education. According to Mrs. Cairns, the top five priorities for the L1EC programs are to reduce the number of Native American students that are behind in reading, language, and math; reduce the dropout rate among Native American students; increase alcohol and drug prevention awareness among the school age population; increase the daily attendance among Native American students; and provide cultural activities for students and the community to help develop curriculum and obtain materials specific to Native American culture, increasing culture awareness and self-esteem. These can be done through after-school tutoring, field trips, financial support for extra-curricular activities, transportation, and math and reading intervention. The top three most pressing problems Native American students said that they face are family/home problems, personal problems, and poor study habits. Both the parents and the students who took the survey felt that they have a positive relationship with at least one adult staff member. The SFTF grant is funded by the Minnesota Department of Education, and there are 60 schools eligible for this grant. Principal Lee Furuseth gave a grant summary of the Title 1 and Title 2 programs used in the elementary. His budget of $89,705 is down from $95,000 last year. Principal Furuseth gave a description of the programs available . in the elementary that relate to Title 1 and Title 2. The Bagley Elementary has implemented a school-wide program in 2014-15 as well the last few years. Bagley Elementary qualified for a school-wide program as a result of qualifying for greater than 50 percent free and reduced lunch (poverty index). He said, "Actually, our school has a 57 percent poverty index, and we need to serve underachievers." Other parts of the program include Professional Learning Communities, a new reading curriculum, READ 180/ System 44, and $17,554 for an Early .Childhood Initiative that requires a Title 1 matching grant. The school will receive that same amount again next year. Debbie Ronning's Title VII budget includes a grant of $56,256, and the objective is to improve academic scores in math, reading, language art- English and to increase school attendance rates in the high school. The resolution that needs to be adopted each year was tabled because Ronning was absent. The resolution will be adopted on Nov. 10 after the election. Supt. Cairns reminded the board that they must be in concurrence with federal guidelines so they need to meet the deadlines for all programs. There was some discussiion and Chairman Dr. Paula Davis asked, "Why couldn't we do what Bemidji is doing? They label many of their school signs Td Say..." ~.cross 1 "Want a lift?" 6 Cherry's center 9 Different 14 Miss Scarlett's sumame 15 Yoko 16 Portland's state 17 Healthy restaurant item 19 South American mountain range 20 iPod choice 21 Month after Mar. 23 Ambulance worker, for short 24 Once in a long while 27 Peeper 28 Forks over the cash 29 Part of the 27- Across 30 Wise bird 32 Use a doorknob 34 Zeus or Poseidon 35 Sad sound 37 Gold, silver or bronze 40 Find a place for 41 Writing utensil 42 Mischief maker 44 -cone 45 Sauce made with pine nuts 47 Greek wraps 49 Driving force 50 Head toppers 52 Flightless bird 53 Irish person, e.g ,$4 Fashion's Christian EMPLI IYMENT MISCELLANEOUS FARM EQUIPMENT MISCELLANEOUS 56 Place 58 Slithering creatures 60 Paintings and such 61 Butter amount 62 "The Heat " 63 Carta 65 Region of Virginia 70 The same 71 New Year's 24 29 34 40 45 25 27 48 m 52 54 60 83 70 73 55 66 n 12 13 38 39 68 69 72 One-named English10 Lay out at the 43 Chocolate dessert pop star beach 46 __ and feather 73 Does some 11 Kids' game 48 Up to now crooning 12 Foe 51 Hotel amenity, often 74 Actor Stephen 13 Takes a breather 53 It's north of the US 75 Pulls(on) 18 Whoever~ 54 Members of the Down 22 Animal in the house nobility 1 Syllables from 24 Put together, as a 55 Person from santa contraption Baghdad 25 Came up 57 Complete and total 2 " believe in yesterday" 26 Take the seat next 59 "That's impossible!" 3 Tablet to the driver 61 Buddies 4 Cara and Dunne 27 Christmas worker 62 Thought 28 Not post- 64 Old horse 5 __ passages 6 Game on 31 Piece of chicken 66 "got it!" horseback 33 Baseball game 67 Perfect score 7 Celeb chef callers 68 Antlered animal Garten 35 Catch sight of 69 Hi- screen 8 Tomorrow's 36 Like some yesterday handshakes 9 Actor Shadf 38 Viewpoint 39 Plunders in both Ojibwe and English." This was a matter that could be studied. The second part of the agenda included the regularly scheduled meeting of the school board. After the Indian Parent Committee meeting was adjourned, the regular school board meeting began. Supt. Cairns told the board that the resolution of the asphalt problem.at the new track should be resolved by next Tuesday night (Oct. 28). There has been a cut-back of requirements with Johnson Controls as to the retro-fitted regional controls on equipment. The cost of the retro- fitted controls will be around $60,000. Principal Furuseth spoke about starting a Retired Senior Volunteers Program for senior citizens over 55 years of age. These volunteers will be used in the literacy program in the elementary. The volunteers will have to pass a criminal By Jana Albers DNR forest health specialist Bur oak blight is a native fungal disease that becomes very noticeable on leaves and twigs in late August and September. This outbreak is related to the cool, wet and prolonged spring weather similar to the weather in the upper Midwest over the past few years. This disease can sneak up on you. A healthy-looking bur oak in July may suddenly be full of infected and dying leaves in August or September. First you'll see wedge-shaped brown areas on the ends of leaves. As the disease progresses, those leaves turn brown, die and then shrivel. Most of the infected leaves will remain attached to the twigs for several months; some will remain on the tree all winter. A healthy bur oak will shed all its leaves in the fall. a positive program. Supt. Cairns suggested to the board that he recommends a resolution to deed the Minerva School Forest to the state. The forest has been the school's responsibility to use; however, it has not been used since 1989. The board approved the resolution. Staffing was the last item on the agenda and included the board approving the hiring of Amy Lee as a paraprofessional and to hire Anna Smith as a paraprofessional. Bus driver Ron Knable requested a personal leave from Oct. 30 through the end of the school year. He has been driving bus for 21 years. The bus driver contract does not have a leave of absence clause in its contract. Chairman Davis said, "This could open a can of worms.....We don't have any wording in their contract about leaves of absence." There was more discussion and the vote was a unanimous "No." Mr. Knable had submitted a letter of resignation in case the board denied the leave. The letter was read and the board accepted Knable's resignation. There were two meetings of the board set for the near future. The first one was an expulsion hearing to on Monday, Oct. 27. The second meeting is the regularly scheduled board meeting on Monday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Room 101. All district patrons are welcome to attend. To determine if a tree has background check before they bur oak blight, look for dark are brought into the system. It's brown, dead and crispy leaves on the lower stem and lower branches this fall, winter and next spring. They look quite dead, but wait for buds to open next spring before cutting down the tree or removing branches, as most bur oaks will not suffer negative consequences from these annual infections. Only a tiny proportion of infected tress will lose vigor over a period of years, be attacked by secondary insects and die. Some trees will be seriously affected while adjacent trees appear healthy. This is likely due to the variation in the resistance of individual bur oaks to this m m 3 1 $3 1 O9 ON "1 V S,k /Pd 93 3 N m 3 A I 3 A d q 3 V N I disease. The "oliviformis" variety of bur oaks can be seriously infected. This bur oak variety grew on oak savannas before European settlement and produces small diameter acorns that are olive-shaped. Other varieties of bur oak that grow in dense or bottomland forests are less seriously affected. Their acorns are rounder, fatter and larger thap their cousin's olive- shaped acorns. Since this disease is weather related and only seriously affects a small proportion of bur oaks, you do not need to control it in the forest. In contrast, high-value bur oaks can be treated by fungicide injection in the spring. Because , the fungus overwinters on the tree, removing fallen leaves is not an effective management tool. Any infected bur oak that does not leaf out next year is likely suffering from an infestation of two-lined chestnut borers. These trees should be cut down and either burned or hauled to a tree disposal site in your county before April 1. Do not use these oaks for commercial firewood. Firewood from oaks that died last year can contain living two-lined chestnut borers that will emerge in the next spring and infest red, white and bur oaks growing nearby. 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