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ISD#152 School Board

School Board Organizational Meeting

When: January 4, 2021

Where: Operations Center Board Room 600

Agenda

 
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT 152 
School Board Meeting
Operations Center Board Room 600
1313 30th Street South
Moorhead, Minnesota

January 4, 2021
6:00 PM

MISSION STATEMENT: To develop the maximum potential of every learner to thrive in a changing world.

ATTENDANCE:
Cassidy Bjorklund, Chair
Melissa Burgard, Vice-chair
Kara Gloe, Clerk
Scott Steffes, Director
Rachel Stone, Director
Matt Valan, Director
Keith Vogt, Treasurer
Brandon M. Lunak, Superintendent

AGENDA

1. CALL TO ORDER 

A. Call to Order and Roll Call
 
B. Pledge of Allegiance

C. Preview of Agenda - Dr. Brandon M. Lunak, Superintendent

D. Approval of Meeting Agenda

Moved by:
Seconded by:
Comments:

E. We Are Proud

We Are Proud of Kari Yates who received the 2020 Human Rights award from the Moorhead Human Rights Commission to recognize significant contributions to human rights in our community in the educational category. Yates, who serves as Elementary Learning and Accountability Supervisor works closely with the New American community both professionally and personally and volunteers with food distribution and weekend language classes.

 

We are proud of Trey Feeney for being named Minnesota Football Player of the Year. Feeney is the first Spud and third player from all of Northern Minnesota to receive the award. Feeney completed 138 of 203 passes for 1,973 yards with 36 touchdowns and one interception to lead the Spuds to an unbeaten season and a No.1-ranking in Class 5A.

 

We are proud of Brady Walthall for being a first-team selection of the 2020 Minnesota Associated Press all-state football team. Walthall caught 55 passes for 799 yards and 14 touchdowns helping the Spuds average 44.7 points and nearly 300 passing yards per game.

 

We are proud of the 2019-20 Moorhead High School Spud Football team for being named the "mythical" 5A state champions by the Associated Press, after a 7-0 season where they won every game by double digits. Team Members include: Jacqui Fitzpatrick, Thomas Myers, Trey Feeney, Jaden Griffin, David Lindell, Jamal Dixon, Saif Allawi, Evan Werness, Tanner Kainz, Blake  Walthall, Brady  Walthall, Dawson Gerads, Mekhi Elmore, Jack Teiken, Gavin Quade, Jager Johnson, Maxwell Delbrune, George Nyanforh, Michael Haugo, Alonn Salman, Clayton Hagenbeck, Kenny Bohney, Jack Tompkins, Caden Berg, Austin Braun, Haiden Gnoinsky, Lamar Taylay, Caden Damm, Karson Wendt, Keanan Wendt, Mahmoud Younis, Giulio Angotti, Austin Altepeter, Kasyn Storbakken, Arzheen Shahin, Jackson Gotta, Rafe Rasmussen, Victor Urrabazo, Haakon Peterson, Gunnar Peterson, Ben Hrdlicka, Micah Jackson, Connor Heinsch, Cooper Sorby, Landon McDougall, Cadyn Brown, Aiden Hayes, Jayce Fritel, Zane Linn, Christian Larson, Carter Brooks, Jack Newcomb, Zion Dyer, Keeton Miosek, Max Soeth, Parker Buckner, Jackson Young, Austin Schultz, Micah Cozad, Cristian Vega, Alex Wolf, Jaydon Coley, Zane Linn, Elinneus Davis, Ryland Braton, Robert Richards, Logan Hilber, Kole Burns, Ashtan Larry, Abel Karfear, Max Stenehjem, Miles Giddings, Jake Thielke, Evan Weickert, Jaykob Guest, Alex Verbout, Ellie Feeney, Joshua Baxton, Jayden Larson, Hunter Welle.?

 

Student Managers are Riley Swenson, Grace Davis, Gartaye Zuo and Katelyn Kanuch.?

 

The team is coached by Kevin Feeney, Spencer Stowers, Eric Stenehjem, Paul Cragg, Eric Paul, Justin Behm, Alex Moses, David Kanuch, Nick Eldred, Brandon Yoney, Matt Anderson, Gerad Fugleberg, Adam Schuler.

 

F. Matters Presented by Citizens/Other communications (Non-Agenda Items)
(Citizens who wish to address a non-agenda item have the opportunity to speak by raising their hand and being recognized by the School Board chair. Speakers must state their name and will be limited to three minutes. Speakers must complete the sign-up form, which outlines the public input process and submit it to the School Board secretary.)
 
2. ORGANIZATION OF THE SCHOOL BOARD
A. Election of Officers
 
Suggested Resolution: Move to nominate the following slate of officers for the one-year term (2021) on the Moorhead School Board, and cast a unanimous ballot by acclamation:
Chairperson -
Vice-Chair -
Clerk -
Treasurer -
 
Moved by:
Seconded by:
Comments:
 
B. Set Meeting Dates, Time, and Location
 
Suggested Resolution: Move to set, beginning August 2021, the meetings of the School Board for 6 p.m. in the MAPS Operation Center Board Room 600 on the second and fourth Monday of each month with the exception of May 9, 2022, at 5:30 p.m., December (one meeting), and July (one meeting).
 
Moved by:
Seconded by:
Comments:
 
C. School Board Compensation
 
Suggested Resolution: Move to set the School board member compensation rate at $_______ per month beginning in FY22.
 
Moved by:
Seconded by:
Comments:
 
D. Committee Appointments
 
Suggested Resolution: Move to approve the committee appointments as determined.
 
Moved by:
Seconded by:
Comments:
 
E. Official Depositories
 
Suggested Resolution: Move to designate the school district official depositories as presented.
 
Moved by:
Seconded by:
Comments:
 
F. Legal Services
 
Suggested Resolution: Move to approve obtaining legal services on a time and material basis.
 
Moved by:
Seconded by:
Comments:
 
G. Designate Official Newspaper
 
Suggested Resolution: Move to designate The Extra as the school district's official newspaper for the 2021-2022 school year.
 
Moved by:
Seconded by:
Comments:

3. CONSENT AGENDA   

All items on the Consent Agenda are considered to be routine, and have been made available to the School Board at least two (2) days prior to the meeting; the items will be enacted by one resolution. There will be no separate discussion of these items unless a School Board member so requests, in which event that item will be removed from this agenda and considered under separate resolution. To the extent possible, School Board member inquiries on consent agenda items are to be made directly to the district administration prior to the time of the meeting.

A. SUPERINTENDENT - Dr. Brandon M. Lunak

(1) December 14, 2020, Regular Meeting Minutes and December 14, 2020, Special Meeting Minutes 
 
B. LEARNING AND ACCOUNTABILITY - Dr. Jeremy Larson
 
C. HUMAN RESOURCES AND OPERATIONS - Kristin Dehmer
(1) Medical leave
(2) Leave of Absence
(3) Change in Contract
(4) Resignations
(5) New Employees
(6) Resolution Directing Administration to Make Recommendations for Reduction in Programs and Positions and Reasons Therefore
(7) Affiliation Agreement with Minnesota State University Moorhead, Social Work
 
D. LEARNER SUPPORT SERVICES - Duane Borgeson
(1) Clay County Agreement: Transporting Students in Foster Care
 
E. COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND PUBLIC RELATIONS - Brenda Richman

Suggested Resolution: Move to approve the Consent Agenda as presented.

Moved by:
Seconded by:
Comments:
 
4. SUPERINTENDENT CONTRACT FOR 2021-2024: Cassidy Bjorklund
 
Suggested Resolution: Move to approve the three-year contract of Dr. Brandon Lunal to serve as Superintendent of the Moorhead Area Public Schools beginning July 1, 2021, with costs as follows:
 
Year                Cost             Percentage Increase
2021-2022    $9606.76            3.51%
2022-2023   $8,081.50            2.86%
2023-2024   $8,081.50            2.76%
TOTAL:          $25,772.76          9.16%   
 
Moved by:
Seconded by:
Comments:
 
5. SECOND READING OF POLICIES: Dr. Brandon Lunak
 
Suggested Resolution: Move to approve policies: 102 State and Federal Law Prohibiting Discrimination, 221 School Board Development, Adoption, and Implementation of Policies, 232 Health Insurance Committee, 233 Policy Review Committee, 236 Activities Advisory Committee, 239 Parent Organizational/Booster Clubs, 301 School District Administration, 303 Records Retention, 401 Equal Employment Opportunity Statement, 402 Grievance Procedures for Equal Opportunity as presented.
 
Moved by:
Seconded by:
Comments:
 
6. COMMITTEE REPORTS
 
7. OTHER PERTINENT ITEMS TO COME BEFORE THE BOARD
 
8. ADJOURNMENT 

Minutes

ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING

SCHOOL BOARD

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT 152

MAPS OPERATIONS CENTER

January 4, 2021

 

 CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL: Chair Bjorklund called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m., requested board member roll call, and led everyone in attendance with the Pledge of Allegiance.

Members present remotely: Kara Gloe, Rachel Stone, and Keith Vogt

Members present Cassidy Bjorklund, Melissa Burgard, and Matt Valan.

Members Missing: Scott Steffes

 

PREVIEW OF AGENDA: Superintendent Lunak recommended approval of the agenda as revised. Revised Agenda Item: New Employees/ Consent Agenda.

 

APPROVAL OF AGENDA: Burgard moved, seconded by Vogt, to approve the agenda as revised.

Motion carried 6-0.
Roll Call vote: Bjorklund-yay, Burgard-yay, Valan-yay, Gloe -yay, Stone-yay, and Vogt-yay.

 

 WE ARE PROUD: This is the time during the meeting to recognize outstanding achievements of students, staff, and community members.

We are proud of Kari Yates who received the 2020 Human Rights award from the Moorhead Human Rights Commission to recognize significant contributions to human rights in our community in the educational category. Yates, who serves as Elementary Learning and Accountability Supervisor works closely with the New American community both professionally and personally and volunteers with food distribution and weekend language classes.

 

We are proud of Trey Feeney for being named Minnesota Football Player of the Year. Feeney is the first Spud and third player from all of Northern Minnesota to receive the award. Feeney

completed 138 of 203 passes for 1,973 yards with 36 touchdowns and one interception to lead the Spuds to an unbeaten season and a No.1-ranking in Class 5A.

 

We are proud of Brady Walthall for being a first-team selection of the 2020 Minnesota Associated Press all-state football team. Walthall caught 55 passes for 799 yards and 14 touchdowns helping the Spuds average 44.7 points and nearly 300 passing yards per game.

 

We are proud of the 2019-20 Moorhead High School Spud Football team for being named the "mythical" 5A state champions by the Associated Press, after a 7-0 season where they won every game by double digits.

 

Team Members include: Jacqui Fitzpatrick, Thomas Myers, Trey Feeney, Jaden Griffin, David Lindell, Jamal Dixon, Saif Allawi, Evan Werness, Tanner Kainz, Blake  Walthall, Brady  Walthall, Dawson Gerads, Mekhi Elmore, Jack Teiken, Gavin Quade, Jager Johnson, Maxwell Delbrune, George Nyanforh, Michael Haugo, Alonn Salman, Clayton Hagenbeck, Kenny Bohney, Jack Tompkins, Caden Berg, Austin Braun, Haiden Gnoinsky, Lamar Taylay, Caden Damm, Karson Wendt, Keanan Wendt, Mahmoud Younis, Giulio Angotti, Austin Altepeter, Kasyn Storbakken, Arzheen Shahin, Jackson Gotta, Rafe Rasmussen, Victor Urrabazo, Haakon Peterson, Gunnar Peterson, Ben Hrdlicka, Micah Jackson, Connor Heinsch, Cooper Sorby, Landon McDougall, Cadyn Brown, Aiden Hayes, Jayce Fritel, Zane Linn, Christian Larson, Carter Brooks, Jack Newcomb, Zion Dyer, Keeton Miosek, Max Soeth, Parker Buckner, Jackson Young, Austin Schultz, Micah Cozad, Cristian Vega, Alex Wolf, Jaydon Coley, Zane Linn, Elinneus Davis, Ryland Braton, Robert Richards, Logan Hilber, Kole Burns, Ashtan Larry, Abel Karfear, Max Stenehjem, Miles Giddings, Jake Thielke, Evan Weickert, Jaykob Guest, Alex Verbout, Ellie Feeney, Joshua Baxton, Jayden Larson, Hunter Welle.

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Student Managers are Riley Swenson, Grace Davis, Gartaye Zuo, and Katelyn Kanuch.

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The team is coached by Kevin Feeney, Spencer Stowers, Eric Stenehjem, Paul Cragg, Eric Paul, Justin Behm, Alex Moses, David Kanuch, Nick Eldred, Brandon Yoney, Matt Anderson, Gerad Fugleberg, Adam Schuler.

 

MATTER PRESENTED BY CITIZENS/ OTHER COMMUNICATIONS: (Non-Agenda Items) (Citizens who wish to address a non-agenda item have the opportunity to speak by raising their hand and being recognized by the School Board chair. Speakers must state their name and will be limited to three minutes. Speakers must complete the sign-up form, which outlines the public input process, and

submit it to the School Board secretary.)

 

Chair Bjorklund and the school board recognized public comments from Mark Demers, Nicole Carlson, Rachel Alderson, Sara Fairfield, Rob Erickson, and Janelle Kistner. The issue to be addressed: the Return to Learn Plan for the Class of 2021. Since the Updated Return to Learn Plans for grades pre-K-12 had been announced, the comments are no longer relevant and were not read at the public meeting. No other public comments were submitted to the board.

 

Burgard thanked those that have submitted Requests to Address the Board during the public comment. Burgard said there are strict board protocols/guidelines the board follows in regards to dialog or action

taken at the meeting on concerns presented by citizens. It was assured that citizen’s concerns are heard.

 

2. ORGANIZATION OF THE SCHOOL BOARD

A.    ELECTION OF OFFICERS

Burgard suggested to the board to continue with the same slate of officers for the 2021-2022 school year. Chair Bjorklund, Vice-Chair Burgard, Clerk Gloe, and Treasurer Vogt. Board discussion followed. Chair Bjorklund asked for further nominations for the officer positions. None were provided and closed nominations.

 

Gloe moved, seconded by Burgard to nominate the following slate of officers for the 2021-2022 school year; Chair Bjorklund, Vice-Chair Burgard, Clerk Gloe, and Treasurer Vogt. Chair Bjorklund declared the current slate of officers elected by acclamation and directed the clerk to record in the minutes. 

Motion carried 6-0.

Roll Call vote: Bjorklund-yay, Burgard-yay, Gloe-yay, Stone-yay, Valan-yay, Vogt-yay

 

B.    SET MEETING DATES, TIME, AND LOCATION: Valan moved, seconded Burgard to set, beginning in August 2021, the meetings of the School Board at 6 p.m. in the MAPS Operations Board Room 600 on the second and fourth Monday of each month except for May 9, 2022, at 5:30 p.m., July (one meeting) and December (one meeting). 

Motion carried 6-0.

Roll Call Vote: Bjorklund-yay, Burgard-yay, Gloe-yay, Stone-yay, Valan-yay, Vogt-yay.

 

C.    SCHOOL BOARD COMPENSATION

Board reviewed the previous compensation resolution from the July 2020 Board Meeting to increase $20-$25 per year, capped at $1000/mo. Board discussion followed.

Vogt moved, seconded by Burgard to set the School Board member compensation rate at $960 per month beginning in FY22.

 

Motion carried 6-0.

Roll call vote:  Bjorklund-yay, Burgard-yay, Gloe-yay, Stone-yay, Valan-yay, Vogt-yay.

 

Vogt suggested the Board Chair received additional compensation per month in addition to the monthly compensation. Board discussion followed. Chair Bjorklund said she would not accept any additional compensation in addition to the monthly stipend.

 

D.    COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS

Burgard moved, seconded by Gloe to approve the committee appointments as is.

Motion carried 6-0.

Roll call vote:  Bjorklund-yay, Burgard-yay, Gloe-yay, Stone-yay, Valan-yay, Vogt-yay.

 

E.    OFFICIAL DEPOSITORIES

Burgard moved, seconded by Valan to designate the school district official depositories as presented.

Motion carried 6-0.

Roll call vote:  Bjorklund-yay, Burgard-yay, Gloe-yay, Stone-yay, Valan-yay, Vogt-yay.

 

F.     LEGAL SERVICES

Burgard moved, seconded by Vogt to approve obtaining legal services on a time and material basis.

Motion carried 6-0.

Roll call vote:  Bjorklund-yay, Burgard-yay, Gloe-yay, Stone-yay, Valan-yay, Vogt-yay.

 

G.    DESIGNATED OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER

Gloe moved, seconded by Burgard to designate The Extra as the school district’s official newspaper for the 2021-2022 school year.

Motion carried 6-0.

Roll call vote:  Bjorklund-yay, Burgard-yay, Gloe-yay, Stone-yay, Valan-yay, Vogt-yay.

 

3. CONSENT AGENDA

Burgard moved, seconded by Vogt to approve the Consent Agenda as follows: Minutes, Family Medical Leave, Leave of Absence, Change in Contract, Resignations, New Employees, Resolution directing Administration to Make Recommendations for Reduction in Programs and Positions and Reasons Therefore.

Motion carried 6-0.

Roll Call vote: Bjorklund-yay, Burgard-yay, Gloe-yay, Stone-yay, Valan-yay, and Vogt-yay.

 

4. SUPERINTENDENT CONTRACT FOR 2021-2024: Chair Bjorklund noted a successful contract negotiation had been reached with Dr. Lunak. 

Valan moved, seconded by Vogt to approve the three-year contract of Dr. Brandon Lunak to serve as Superintendent of the Moorhead Area Public Schools beginning July 1, 2021, with the cost as follows:

Year                 Cost                            Percentage Increase
2021-2022       $9,606.76                    3.51%
2022-2023       $8,081.50                    2.86%

2023-2024       $8,081.50                    2.76%

TOTAL:         $25,772.76                  9.16%

 

Motion carried 6-0.

Roll Call vote: Bjorklund-yay, Burgard-yay, Gloe-yay, Stone-yay, Valan-yay, and Vogt-yay.

Valan and Burgard thanked Dr. Lunak for his leadership and hard work during this difficult year.

 

5. SECOND READING OF POLICIES: Dr. Brandon Lunak and the board completed the second reading of policy: 102 State and Federal Law Prohibiting Discrimination, 221 School Board Development, Adoption, and Implementation of Policies, 232 Health Insurance Committee, 233 Policy Review Committee, 236 Activities Advisory Committee, 239 Parent Organization/Booster Clubs, 301 School District Administration, 303 Records Retention, 401 Equal Employment Opportunity Statement, 402 Grievance Procedures for Equal Opportunity for your review. No changes have been made since the first reading on December 14, 2020.

 

Motion carried 6-0

Roll Call vote: Bjorklund-yay, Burgard-yay, Gloe-yay, Stone-yay, Valan-yay, and Vogt-yay.

 

6. COMMITTEE REPORTS: Brief reports were heard on Citizen Finance Committee, Activities Committee, and Insurance Committee.

 

7. OTHER PERTINENT ITEMS TO COME BEFORE THE BOARD: Chair Bjorklund reminded us as we bring our children back into the classroom that we are not out of the woods yet with COVID. Continue to keep masks on, wash hands frequently, and social distance. MSBA School Board Leadership Conference begins next week. Information will be sent out to the board members.

 

8. ADJOURNMENT: Chair Bjorklund adjourned the meeting at 6:53 p.m.