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ISD#152 School Board

School Board Work Session

When: August 8, 2022

Where: Operations Center Boardroom 600

Agenda

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT 152 
School Board Work Session
Operations Center Board Room 600
1313 30th Avenue South
Moorhead, Minnesota
August 8, 2022
6:00 PM

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

ATTENDANCE:
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

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

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.

2. 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) Approval of  July 18, 2022, School Board Work Session and July 18, 2022, School Board Regular Meeting

B. BUSINESS AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES  - Kristin Dehmer
(1) Part-Time and Substitute Pay Schedule
(2) Resignations
(3) New Employees

CONSENT AGENDA RESOLUTION

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

 

3. DISCUSSION ITEMS

 

A. TNT Fitness Update: Duane Borgeson

 

B. Moorhead Area Public Schools District Showcase: Dr. Jeremy Larson

 

C. Enrollment and Staffing Update: Kristin Dehmer

 

4. OPERATIONAL ITEMS

 

A. Transportation Route Analysis: Steve Moore

 

Suggested Resolution: Move to approve the Hybrid Option for the 2022-2023 school year.

 

5. SUPERINTENDENT UPDATES

 

6. ADJOURNMENT

 

Suggested Resolution: Move to approve the adjournment of the August 8 School Board Work Session at ____p.m.

Minutes

WORK SESSION

SCHOOL BOARD

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT 152

MAPS OPERATIONS CENTER

08 August 2022

 

CALL TO ORDER: The Work Session of the School Board of Moorhead Area Public Schools #152 was called to order by Chair Burgard on Monday, August 8, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. in the MAPS Operation Center Board Room 600. Members in attendance were Melissa Burgard, Kara Gloe, Scott Steffes, Matt Valan, and Keith Vogt. Administrators present Brandon Lunak, Kristin Dehmer, Duane Borgeson, Brenda Richman, Steve Moore, and Dan Markert.

 

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

 

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

 

Approval of Agenda

ACTION: Gloe moved, seconded by Steffes to approve the Agenda as presented. Motion Carried. Result 5-0-0. Roll Call vote: Burgard – yea, Gloe – yea, Steffes – yea, Valan – yea, and Vogt – yea.

 

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

 

CONSENT AGENDA - The following items were enacted under one resolution: July 18, 2022, Work Session Minutes, July 18, 2022, Regular Meeting Minutes, Part-time and Substitute Pay Schedule, Resignations, and New Employees.

 

ACTION: Valan moved, seconded by Gloe to approve the Consent Agenda as presented. Motion Carried. Result 5-0-0. Roll Call vote: Burgard – yea, Gloe – yea, Steffes – yea, Valan – yea, and Vogt – yea.

 

DISCUSSION ITEMS

 

TNT Fitness Update: Kim Pladson, TNT executive director, presented information on the ABLE in School program. The ABLE system will include curriculum, training, and work experience for education staff, employers, and students. TNT in collaboration with Moorhead Area Schools will begin this program in the 2022-2023 school year.

 

Board discussion followed and requested TNT for updates as the program is introduced.

           

Moorhead Area Public Schools District Showcase: Dave Lawrence provided an overview of the first District Showcase event on Thursday, August 18, 2022, from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Moorhead High School Career Academy. The MAPS District Showcase is a community event that will showcase school offerings and community partnerships for MAPS students and families by providing families access to district resources, administration, individual schools, and the many opportunities available within the district. Transportation from three (3) park locations and dinner will be provided to attendees and their families.

 

Board discussion followed thanking organizers.

 

Enrollment and Staffing Update: Kristin Dehmer, assistant superintendent of business and administrative services, presented an enrollment update to the School Board for the 2022-2023 school year. Dehmer reported the current enrollment as of August 5, 2022, K-6 current staffing levels, challenges, and concerns as the administration prepares for the 2022-2023 school year.

 

Board discussion followed district enrollment growth, and staffing challenges.

 

OPERATIONAL ITEMS:

 

Transportation Route Analysis: Steve Moore, executive director of operations and emergency management, presented to the School Board the 2022-2023 preliminary bus route analysis, the current route analysis, and options required due to the shortfall of bus drivers. Moore briefed the Board on (4) four options with each option having advantages and disadvantages as well as the impact on drivers, students, staff, and parents.

 

In order to minimize the impact and distribute the burden across the board to our community, the administration’s recommendation to the Board was a Hybrid Option that condenses route to match the current number of drivers, assign a few routes with 70+ students, combine rural MHS routes, combine private school with public school students, and expand the parental responsibility zone to a state maximum of two (2) miles for 5-12 grade students. K-4 grade would still have the one (1) mile radius.

 

Board discussion followed with board member's concerns regarding hazardous crossings for 5-12, changing designated hazardous crossings within policy, rural students' long bus times, early pick-up times, congestion of student pick-up and drop-off areas, length of the hybrid option, and priorities to return to the one (1) mile radius across the board for all students.

 

ACTION: Valan moved, seconded by Steffes to approve the Student Transportation Hybrid Option for the 2022-2023 school year. Motion Carried. Results 4-1-0. Roll Call vote Burgard - nay, Gloe - yea, Steffes - yea, Valan - yea, and Vogt - yea.

 

 

SUPERINTENDENT UPDATES: Superintendent Lunak requested a Special Board Meeting be held on Thursday, August 11, 2022, at 6 p.m. in the MAPS Operation Center Boardroom 600. The purpose of the meeting is to review the 2022-2023 Student Transportation Hybrid Option and hazardous crossing changes as required by Minnesota Statute. Also, the first reading of Policy 720 would be conducted at the Special Meeting.

 

ACTION: Valan moved, seconded by Vogt to schedule a Special Meeting on Thursday, August 11, 2022, at 6 p.m. for the purpose of reviewing the 2022-2023 Student Transportation Hybrid Option and hazardous crossing changes as required and the first reading of policy 720.  Motion carried. Results 5-0-0. Roll Call vote Burgard – yea, Gloe – yea, Steffes – yea, Valan – yea, and Vogt – yea.

 

ADJOURNMENT:

ACTION: Steffes moved, seconded by Gloe to approve adjournment of the August 08, 2022, School Board Work Session at 7:37 p.m.  Motion carried. Results 5-0-0. Roll Call vote Burgard – yea, Gloe – yea, Steffes – yea, Valan – yea, and Vogt – yea.