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ISD#152 School Board

School Board Work Session

When: July 18, 2022

Where: Operations Center Board Room 600


School Board Work Session
Operations Center Board Room 600
1313 30th Avenue South
Moorhead, Minnesota
July 18, 2022
4:00 PM

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

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



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

F. Public Forum

The Public Forum will be open up to thirty (30) minutes for public comment on an agenda item at the School Board Work Session. Individuals who wish to speak during the Public Forum have submitted a written request by 1:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting. The School Board Chair will call speakers to the microphone and will recognize one speaker at a time. Only those individuals who have been recognized by the School Board Chair will be allowed to speak during the Public Forum period. Each speaker is permitted to speak for up to three (3) minutes total. The Public Forum will not be recorded or live streamed.


A. Multi-Tiered System of Supports Report: Duane Borgeson

B. K-4 Literacy Evaluation Review: Dr. Jeremy Larson

C. 2022-2023 Teaching & Learning goals and Staff Development Plan: Dr. Jeremy Larson

D. Minnesota Student Data Privacy Law: Dan Markert



Suggested Resolution: Move to approve the adjournment of July 18, 2022, School Board Work Session at ____ p.m.






July 18, 2022


CALL TO ORDER: The Work Session of the School Board of Moorhead Area Public School #152 was called to order by Chair Burgard on Monday, July 18, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. in the MAPS Operation Center Board Room 600. Members in attendance were Cassidy Bjorklund, Melissa Burgard, Kara Gloe (joined at 5:30 p.m.), Scott Steffes, Rachel Stone (joined at 4:05 p.m.), and Keith Vogt. Administrators present Brandon Lunak, Jeremy Larson, Kristin Dehmer, Duane Borgeson, and Dan Markert.


The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.


Preview of Agenda - Dr. Lunak recommended approval as presented.


Approval of Agenda

ACTION: Steffes moved, seconded by Bjorklund to approve the Agenda as presented. Motion Carried. Result 4-­0-­0 Roll Call vote: Bjorklund – yea, Burgard – yea, Steffes – yea, and Vogt – yea.


Public Forum: No requests to address the School Board were submitted.




A. Multi-Tiered System of Supports Report: Duane Borgenson, executive director of special services, introduced Kim Gibbons and Dan Knewitz. Gibbons and Knewitz presented and reviewed the U of M Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) framework and Mental Health Services for Moorhead Area Public Schools with the School Board.


Areas of discussion were: the MTSS Implementation, findings and recommendations in the areas of MTSS and School Mental Health, review areas and process, implementation of supports, Professional Development, and the next steps in prioritization and action.


Board discussion followed regarding the cost of implementation, evaluation checkpoints, and professional development time.


Lunak left the meeting at 4:12 p.m. and returned at 4:14 p.m.


B. K-4 Literacy Evaluation Review: Dr. Jeremy Larson introduced Courtney Seiler, supervisor of teaching and learning for elementary education. Seiler comprehensively reviewed the district’s 2021-2022 K-4 literacy program. Seiler detailed the evaluation framework, evaluation teams, and current scores in the areas of goals/objectives/priorities; assessment, instructional practices/materials; instructional time; differentiated instruction and grouping; administration/organization/communication, and professional development.


Seiler presented the new literacy framework for 2022-2023 as a result of the 2021-2022 findings. Areas of support discussed were professional development, tier II interventions, embedding content-based literacy, and the continual review of progress.

Board discussion followed regarding PLCs, MTSS support for Tier I, and identified areas of needed support.


C. 2022-2023 Teaching and Learning goals and Staff Development Plan: Dr. Larson, assistant superintendent of teaching and learning, reviewed with the School Board the department goals and the district’s strategic plan for 2022-2024.  The strategic plan areas discussed were the student achievement goals, World’s Best Workforce, and the instructional framework. Larson also provided the 2022-2023 staff development strategic plan that includes the five (5) areas of activities.

Board discussion followed regarding Late starts PLCs versus early out and flex time.


D. Minnesota Student Data Privacy Law: Dan Markert, executive director of technology, discussed the new Minnesota Student Data Privacy Law with the board. Markert’s presentation included: the intent of the MN student data privacy law, the new district requirements and responsibility, school communications, the process for identifying and inventorying technology solutions used for curriculum, assessment, and testing, and a review of the technology vendor contracts to ensure privacy practices are in place. The district is awaiting further MDE guidance on the new student data privacy law.


Member Gloe joined the meeting at 5:30 p.m.


Board discussion followed regarding multi-factor authentication. Verification of parents requesting technology information.


3. Superintendent Update: Break between sessions and board meeting to start at 6 p.m.


4. Adjournment: Bjorklund moved, second by Stone, to approve the adjournment of July 18, 2022, School Board Work Session at 5:35 p.m. Motion carried. Result 6-­0-­0 Roll Call vote: Bjorklund – yea, Burgard – yea, Gloe – yea, Steffes – yea, Stone – yea, and Vogt – yea.