Mahnomen ISD #432

School Board Minutes October 12th, 2015

October 12, 2015


CALL TO ORDER at 6:00 pm by Jim DeVries in the High School Media Center.

ROLL CALL Board Members Present:  Jim DeVries,Jon McArthur, Nicole Ose, Melissa Buck and Judy Hanson.  Absent:  David VanDenEinde.  Staff participating at the table were: Superintendent Jeff Bisek, High School Principal Brian Michaelson, Elementary Principal Jake Melby and District Secretary Delane Schaumburg.

Staff and visitors in attendance: Debra Neisen, Lori Handyside, Margaret McMullen, Steve McMullen, Kristin Johnson, Amy Houdek, Linda Long, Becky Evenson, Doug Ryant, Shannon Johnson, Jenna Stodgell, Alicia Schoenborn, Cassie Lefstad, Jackie Haugo, Sandy Haddeland, Mary Torgerson, Lynda Wadena, Daniel Lefstad, Jennifer Jurina,  Justine Haugo, Tricia McNamee, Jon Roscoe, Miller McDonald and Mahnomen Pioneer Representative, Sue Kraft. 



MOTION BY McArthur to approve the agenda as presented.  SECONDED BY Ose. VOTE-u/c

VISITORS/PRESENTERS IN ATTENDANCE SPEAKING AT THIS MEETING-Jon Roscoe, Miller McDonald-Audit Report, Sue Kraft-Flag etiquette information, Linda Long, Daniel Lefstad and Jennifer Jurina-request for 3rd section of Kindergarten, Sandy Haddeland-ALC safety concerns.



MOTION BY Hanson to approve the September 14, 2015 Regular Meeting Minutes as presented as well as monthly financial claims for October 12, 2015 totaling $203,347.76 with check numbers 70838-70921 and Payable totaling $354,201.72 with check numbers 70835-70837 and October 12, 2015 Add Bills totaling $29,348.46 with check numbers 70932-70959 whereby the October total amount of bills paid is $586,897.94 and also approve this action to recognize and accept the donations as follows; White Earth Tribal Council - $500.00– PBIS Rewards & Intervention Program.  SECONDED BY Buck.    VOTE-u/c

COMMUNICATIONS-MDE-information and Closed Hearing



Student Representatives-Homecoming a success, Magazine Sales, Adopt-a-Highway, Blood Drive and Donation to American Cancer Society; Federal Funds-NAFIS Fall Conference Report; ALC-Report Submitted; Region 1-Minutes August 27, 2015; BRIC-Minutes September 15, 2015; MSBA-MSBA Fall Regional Meeting Report – Jon McArthur received Leadership Award and Insurance Trust Meeting Notice and Proxy form; MREA-Fall Regional Meeting Report; Safety Committee-October 8, 2015 Meeting Minutes.


ADMINISTRATION REPORTS-Elementary Principal Report-What’s Happened, Student of the Month, What’s Going to Happen, Attendance and Discipline; High School Principal Report-Highlights from the Last Month, Up and Coming Events, PBIS-reward students, Football game is Saturday, October 17, 2015.  Superintendent- Enrollment, College in the High School Courses, Teachers Retirement Account and Principals at meeting next month so not at school board meeting. 



Kindergarten Sections

MOTION BY Ose to add a third Kindergarten Section. SECONDED BY Buck.    Discussion

MOTION BY Ose to AMEND original motion to add on basis of finding a qualified candidate.  SECONDED BY Buck.     VOTE:  Yes-McArthur, Ose, Buck and Hanson.  NO:  DeVries.  Motion carries. 

VOTE ON AMENDED MOTION:   To Add a Third Kindergarten Section on basis of Finding a Qualified Candidate.  VOTE:  Yes-McArthur, Ose, Buck and Hanson.  NO:  DeVries.   AMENDED MOTION Carries. 



Acknowledge Receipt and Review of the FY-15 Fiscal Audit

MOTION BY McArthur to acknowledge receipt and review of the 2014-15 Financial Audit as presented earlier in this meeting by Jon Roscoe, Miller McDonald auditing firm.  SECONDED BY Ose.               VOTE-u/c

Calendar Change

MOTION BY Hanson to approve the modification of the 2015-16 Calendar to move the date of the April 15th In-Service day to April 11th.  SECONDED BY Buck.  VOTE-u/c

Petty Cash Limit

MOTION BY McArthur to set the Petty Cash balance limit at $4,000 with two signatures required and to authorize Supt. Jeff Bisek, Principal Brian Michaelson, Admin. Assist. Delane Schaumburg, and Business Manager, Mary Torgerson as account signatures.  SECONDED BY Hanson.  VOTE-u/c

Career Advisor Agreement

MOTION BY Buck to approve the Career Advising Program agreement with Rural Minnesota CEP for the 2015-16 school year at a fee of $2,222.17.  SECONDED BY Hanson.  VOTE-u/c



MOTION BY McArthur to hire Crystal Blue as Paraprofessional for the 2015-16 school year.


Naming of Winter Coaches

MOTION BY Hanson to name the winter coaching assignments for School Year 2015-16 as presented:  Head Girls Basketball-Todd Johnson, Assistant-Derick Aus, 8th Grade-Kyle Larson, 7th Grade-Lisa Larson.  Head Boys Basketball-John Clark, Jr., Assistant-John (Bomber) Clark, 8th Grade-Ed Snetsinger, 7th Grade-Kyle Larson:  Head Wrestling-Jon Short, Assistant-Ben Bruce, Assistant-Casey Berntson: Head Danceline-Alicia Schoenborn, Assistant Dance-TBA.  SECONDED BY Ose.  VOTE-u/c

Action to Close Meeting- Student Discipline

MOTION BY DeVries STATING:  “The next item on the agenda is the proposed expulsion of student enrolled in Independent School District No. 432.  In order to consider the proposed expulsion, the School Board must review and discuss private educational data on the students.  The open Meeting Law states that any portion of a meeting must be closed if educational data are discussed.   Accordingly, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes Section 13D.05, subdivision 2(a)(3), I hereby move that this meeting be closed, as required by law, for the purpose of considering the proposed student expulsions.”   SECONDED BY McArthur.  VOTE-u/c

Announcement by the Chair that the meeting will be closed at this time:  8:10

Review of the Finding of Fact and Recommendation from the Hearing Officer


Action to Reopen Meeting-

MOTION BY Buck, WHEREAS, the School Board has reviewed the Hearing Officer’s Finding, Conclusions and Recommendations in Closed Session as required by Law,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED to open the meeting to the public session.  SECONDED BY Ose.              VOTE-u/c

Announcement by the Chair that the meeting has been reopened:  8:34. 

Action as Result of Closed Meeting-


Member Buck introduced the following Resolution and moved its adoption:


WHEREAS, written notice of the proposed expulsion of Student #2015-16-A1 was served upon the student and the student’s guardian in compliance with the Pupil Fair Dismissal Act, Minnesota Statutes section 121A.47, subdivision 2, and the stated factual basis for expulsion was that the student possessed a weapon on school property;

WHEREAS, a hearing on the proposed expulsion was held on October 6, 2015, before an Independent Hearing Officer; and

WHEREAS, the Hearing Officer has made Findings of Fact, Conclusions and a Recommendation; and

WHEREAS, the School Board has reviewed the Hearing Officer’s Findings of Fact, Conclusions and Recommendation; and

WHEREAS, under the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, the Findings of Fact, Conclusions, and Recommendation of the Hearing Officer and the name of the student proposed for expulsion are private data;


1.         The School Board hereby adopts the Hearing Officer’s Proposed Findings of Fact, Conclusions, and Recommendation regarding the proposed expulsion of the student.

2.         The student is hereby expelled from Independent School District No. 432, Mahnomen for a period of 12 months commencing on October 13, 2015. Said student will not be permitted to be on School District property or to attend activities sponsored by the School District, whether they occur on School District property or at another site, without permission from the School District Administration.  The Superintendent, or his designee, is directed to mail a copy of this Resolution to the student and parent.

 3.        The Superintendent, or his designee, is directed to notify the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Education of this expulsion within 30 calendar days, pursuant to the requirements of Minn. Stat. § 121A.53

Member McArthur seconded the foregoing Resolution and upon a vote being taken thereon, the following voted in favor thereof:  Ose, Buck, McArthur, Devries

and the following voted against the same:   None

and the following abstained: Hanson

Whereupon such Resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.



MOTION BY Buck to adjourn the meeting at 8:36 p.m.   SECONDED BY Ose.  VOTE-u/c


RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED:                                     APPROVED BY:

____________________________                                        ______________________________

Judy Hanson, Clerk                                                                 Presiding Officer on date of approval Public School District #432              


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