Mahnomen ISD #432

School Board Minutes December 14, 2015

     December 14, 2015


CALL TO ORDER at 6:05 pm by Jim DeVries in the High School Media Center.

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

Staff and visitors in attendance: Deb Neisen, Doug Ryant, Adelle DeVries, Ronda Estey, Crystal Blue, Shellie Bueng, Lynda Wadena, Tricia McNamee, Justine Haugo, Tiana Roy, Autumn Person, Becky Obowa, Kaitlyn Obowa, Jessica Bjerk, Paul Specht and Mahnomen Pioneer Representative, Sue Kraft.  



MOTION BY VanDenEinde to approve the agenda with additions.  SECONDED BY Hanson. VOTE-u/c

VISITORS/PRESENTERS IN ATTENDANCE SPEAKING AT THIS MEETING-Autumn Person and Tiana Roy on starting a Native American Youth Council, Jessica Bjerk and Becky Obowa requesting a No Nit head lice policy. 



MOTION BY McArthur to approve the November 9, 2015 Regular Meeting Minutes as presented as well as monthly financial claims for December 14, 2015 totaling $193,653.63 with check numbers 71131-71228 and Payable totaling $5,816.99 with check numbers 71111-71121 and December 14, 2015 Add Bills totaling $45,891.27 with check numbers 71229-71254 whereby the December total amount of bills paid is $245,361.89.   SECONDED BY Ose.  VOTE-u/c

COMMUNICATIONS-Thank you to Ed. Minnesota Mahnomen and Foster, Jacobs & Johnson for the Holiday treats.   



Student Representatives-Magazine sales, Christmas Party and Maplelag to plan SnoDaze and Prom.  Federal Funds-ESEA passed both Senate & House, awaits President’s signature; ALC-report submitted; School Building & Grounds-November 13, 2015 Honeywell meeting report and FFJ Solutions tentative dates for listening sessions January 21 & 22.; Meet & Confer-November 19, 2015 meeting report; Region 1-Minutes October 22, 2015 and Joint Powers Board election ballots; BRIC-Minutes November 24, 2015; MSBA-Annual Conference January 13-15, 2016, MSBA-Annual Conference January 13-15, 2016 and Jim DeVries was selected for the All State School Board (1 of 7 recipients) and also the President’s Award for over 300 hours of MSBA training; MREA-Fall Conference November 15-17, 2015 report and Board election ballot; Safety Committee-December 3, 2015 meeting report.

ADMINISTRATION REPORTS-Elementary Principal Report-What’s Happened, Student of the Month and What’s Going to Happen; High School Principal Report-Highlights from the Last Month and Up and Coming Events.  Superintendent- Enrollment is down from last month, Federal – ESEA has been reauthorized and signed into law no longer No Child Left Behind now Every Child Succeeds.



Review of Current Year Budget, Proposed Levy, and calling for Public Comments from the Gallery.


Certification of the 2015 Payable 2016 Levy.

MOTION BY VanDenEinde to approve the certification of the 2015 Payable 2016 Levy in the total amount of $684,366.85.  SECONDED BY Hanson.  VOTE-u/c

Setting Date, Time and Location for the 2016 Organizational and January Regular Board Meetings.

MOTION BY Hanson to set the 2016 organizational meeting for January 11, 2016 at 6:00 PM in the High School Media Center.  Also, the January, 2016 regular monthly board meeting will set as January 11, 2016 at 6:00 PM in the High School Media Center.  SECONDED BY McArthur. 


Native American Youth Council

MOTION BY McArthur to recognize the Native American Youth Council as a student organization at Mahnomen High School.  SECONDED BY Buck.  VOTE-u/c

Resolution directing the Administration to make Recommendations for Reductions in Programs and Positions and Reasons therefore.

MEMBER VanDenEinde to  introduced the following resolution and moved its adoption

            WHEREAS, the financial condition of the state of Minnesota and the school district dictates that the school board must reduce expenditures immediately, and

            WHEREAS, there has been a reduction in student enrollment, and,

            WHEREAS, this reduction in expenditure and decrease in student enrollment must include discontinuance of positions and discontinuance or curtailment of programs, and

            WHEREAS, a determination must be made as to which teachers' contracts must be terminated and not renewed and which teachers may be placed on unrequested leave of absence without pay or fringe benefits in effecting discontinuance of positions,

            BE IT RESOLVED, by the School Board of Independent School District No. 432, as follows:

            That the School Board hereby directs the Superintendent of Schools and administration to consider the discontinuance of programs or positions to effectuate economies in the school district and reduce expenditures and, as a result of a reduction in enrollment, make recommendations to the school board for the discontinuance of programs, curtailment of programs, discontinuance of positions or curtailment of positions.

            The motion for the adoption of the foregoing resolution was duly SECONDED BY

Member Ose and upon vote being taken thereon, the following VOTED in favor thereof:  DeVries, McArthur, Ose, Buck, Hanson and VanDenEinde. 

and the following voted against the same:  None

whereupon said resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.

Extended Field Trip Request

MOTION BY Hanson to approve the extended field trip request from the Wrestling Program to attend the Cass Lake and Grand Rapids Tournaments during the 2015-16 season.  SECONDED BY Buck.               VOTE-u/c

MOTION BY Ose to approve the extended field trip request from the High School Band/Choir to attend the Chanhassen Musical April 2-4, 2016.  SECONDED BY Buck.  VOTE-u/c

MOTION BY VanDenEinde to approve the extended field trip request from the Auto Mechanics Club to attend the High Mileage Competition in Brainerd, MN in May 17-18, 2016.  SECONDED BY Hanson.  VOTE-u/c

MOTION BY McArthur to approve the extended field trip request from the Native American Youth Council to attend the LEAD Leadership Conference in Washington DC, January 28-31, 2016.  SECONDED BY Ose.  VOTE-u/c


Teacher Lane Changes

MOTION BY Ose to approve the lane change request of Margaret McMullen for a move from the MA+15 to the MA+30 lane.  SECONDED BY Hanson.  VOTE-u/c

Resignations & Retirements

MOTION BY McArthur to approve the verbal resignation of Para-professional Shiann Lampton effective December 10, 2015.  SECONDED BY Buck.  VOTE-u/c


MOTION BY McArthur to hire Melinda Fairbanks as paraprofessional assigned to special education for the 2015-2016 school year.  SECONDED BY Hanson.  VOTE-u/c

Closed Meeting

MOTION BY DeVries stating the meeting will be closed for the Annual Evaluation of the Superintendent of Schools.  Seconded by McArthur.  VOTE-u/c

Announcement by the Chair that the meeting will be closed at this time; 8:03 p.m.

RECESSED until 8:21

Open Meeting

MOTION BY Buck to open the meeting to the public.  Seconded by Hanson.  VOTE-u/c

Announcement by the Chair that the meeting has been reopened:  8:52 p.m.  Evaluation Process


Findings on Annual Superintendent Evaluation.   Superintendent Bisek’s goals were accomplished and distinguished rating on Leadership and Finance.



MOTION BY Ose to adjourn the meeting at 8:53 p.m.   SECONDED BY Buck.  VOTE-u/c

RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED:                                                APPROVED BY:

____________________________                                        ______________________________

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


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