INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT 152
MAPS OPERATIONS CENTER
December 14, 2020
CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL: Chair Bjorklund called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m., requested board member roll call, and led everyone in attendance with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Members present: Cassidy Bjorklund, Scoot Steffes, and Melissa Burgard
Members present remotely: Kara Gloe, Keith Vogt, and Rachel Stone ( joined at 3: 03 p.m.)
Member Absent: Matt Valan
PREVIEW OF AGENDA: Superintendent Lunak recommended approval of the agenda as presented.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA: Steffes moved, seconded by Burgard, to approve the agenda as presented.
Motion carried 6-0.
Roll Call vote: Bjorklund - yay, Burgard - yay, Gloe - yay, Stone - yay, Steffes - yay, Vogt - yay
MATTERS PRESENTED BY CITIZENS/OTHER COMMUNICATIONS: (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.) None
2020-2025 MOORHEAD AREA PUBLIC SCHOOLS STRATEGIC PLAN: Gail Gilman presented to the board the 2020-2025 Moorhead Area Public School Strategic Plan. The 2020-2025 MAPS Strategic Plan is a comprehensive, long-term plan which defines the district’s beliefs, mission, vision, goals, and objectives to support and improve teaching, student learning, and achievement for all student groups. The plan is the board’s visionary roadmap for governing while focusing on student achievement.
Gilman guided the School Board and Strategic Planning Committee, made up of community members, through a six-month planning process to assess the current status of the School district and to develop a strategic plan for the district’s future. The strategic planning process included surveys, listening sessions, developing foundational items (Beliefs, Mission, Vision), and identifying future goals and objectives which have become the foundation of the school district’s strategic plan.
Gilman reviewed the final Moorhead Area Schools Strategic Plan; the focus areas, goals, and objectives, the Strategic Governance Framework, and Board Governance Model.
Board Discussion followed: the board thanked all community members who served on the Strategic Planning Committee and for the administration to send a copy to all committee members the finished plan and to post the MAPS Plan-on-a-Page on the district website.
Steffes moved, seconded by Vogt to approve the 2020-2025 Moorhead Area Public Schools Strategic Plan as presented.
Motion carried 6-0.
Roll Call Vote: Steffes-yay, Vogt-yay, Bjorklund-yay, Burgard-yay, Gloe-yay, and Stone-yay.
MSBA SCHOOL BOARD SELF-EVALUATION: Gail Gilman of MSBA reviewed the School Board Self-Evaluation (SBSE) results with the School Board. The SBSE results reflect the collective responses of the board team (board members and superintendent). The results built a profile of the board’s work in the five standards ( conduct and Ethics, Vision, Structure, Accountability, Advocacy, and Communication) of board practice to support student achievement.
Gilman also assisted in identifying board team goals, the Board’s role in working with the Superintendent in setting Superintendent Goals, and discussed the alignment of district goals from the Strategic Plan with the board and Superintendent Goals. The SBSE will be done on an annual basis.
Board discussion followed regarding annual assessment, goal setting, using Strategic Plan for visionary work, and opportunity to advocate communication with feedback from the community.
FISCAL YEAR 2020 AUDIT OF INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 152: Courtney Richman of Eide Bailly LLP presented the district’s audit report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020. Highlights of the audit were the District received a “clean” audit opinion based on audit work, on whether the financial statements were prepared in accordance with GAAP, free from material misstatement, and fairly presented. Audit of Federal Funds the district received an unmodified opinion on compliance for the major federal awards programs report. Richman reviewed the cash and investments over the past ten years, the General Fund; budget to actual in revenues, expenditures, and the end of year fund balance. Also discussed were General Fund Revenues by source, and object, Changes in Fund Balances, Fund Balance Categories; Nonspendable, Restricted, Committed, Assigned, and Unassigned Fund Balances. Other fund balances discussed were the Community Service Fund, Food Service Fund, and the Debt Service Fund.
Board discussion followed. The board thanked the business department staff and Eide Bailly LLP for their work.
Steffes moved, seconded by Burgard to accept the fiscal year 2020 school district audit report as presented by Eide Bailly LLP.
Motion carried 6-0.
Roll Call Vote: Steffes-yay, Burgard-yay, Bjorklund-yay, Gloe-yay, Stone-yay, Vogt-yay.
ADJOURNMENT: Chair Bjorklund adjourned the meeting at 4:36 p.m.
School Board Clerk