INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT 152
MAPS OPERATIONS CENTER
11 August 2022
CALL TO ORDER: The Special Meeting of the School Board of Moorhead Area Public Schools #152 was called to order by Chair Burgard on Thursday, August 11, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. in the MAPS Operation Center Board Room 600. Members in attendance were Melissa Burgard, Cassidy Bjorklund, Kara Gloe (6:02 p.m.), Matt Valan, and Keith Vogt. Administrators present Brandon Lunak, Jeremy Larson, Kristin Dehmer, Brenda Richman, Steve Moore, and Dan Markert.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Preview of Agenda - Dr. Lunak recommended approval as revised. Updates were made to the transportation presentation.
Approval of Agenda
ACTION: Bjorklund moved, seconded by Vogt to approve the Agenda as revised. Motion Carried. Result 5-0-0. Roll Call vote: Burgard – yea, Bjorklund - yea, Gloe – yea, Valan – yea, and Vogt – yea.
Public Forum - No requests to address the School Board were submitted.
Student Transportation Hybrid Option for the 2022-2023 School Year: Due to bus driver shortages the School Board on Monday, August 8, 2022, approved a Hybrid Option for the transportation of students for the 2022-2023 school year.
Steve Moore, executive director of operations and emergency management, presented the 2022-2023 Student Transportation Hybrid Option that addresses the current bus driver shortage. Moore gave an overview of the preliminary routing data, current routing data, and the Hybrid Option.
Moore’s presentation detailed the 2-mile radius for Horizon Middle School and the hazardous crossing improvements to 34th St. S./Ridgewood area, the MHS 2-mile radius, and 2022-2023 implementation plan priority as staffing improves.
As a result of the 2022-2023 Hybrid Option, Policy 720, Student Transportation Eligibility Guidelines needed to be revised due to the adjustments to the district’s hazardous crossing designations. Dr. Lunak, superintendent, reviewed the revised Policy 720, Student Transportation Eligibility Guidelines noting changes in language to the policy and recommended immediate adoption as per Policy 221 School Board Policy Development, Adoption, Implementation, and Review, Section IV Adoption Item, Item C.
The School Board determined this an emergency priority due to time constraints in order to implement the necessary changes in student transportation routing and hazardous crossing designation changes. The School Board reviewed the policy and immediately adopted the revised Policy 720, Student Transportation Eligibility Guidelines.
Board discussion followed: while not ideal, the situation called for a decision of the School Board. The School board was appreciative of the proactive and responsive work of the transportation department, the targeted approach, and the partnership with the city to address the hazardous crossing issues.
ACTION: Valan moved, seconded by Bjorklund to approve MAPS Policy 720, Student Transportation Eligibility Guidelines due to the emergency determination as provided by MAPS Policy 221 School Board Policy Development, Adoption, Implementation, and Review as presented. Motion Carried. Result 5-0-0. Roll Call vote: Burgard – yea, Bjorklund - yea, Gloe – yea, Valan – yea, and Vogt – yea.
SUPERINTENDENT UPDATES: Superintendent Lunak informed the School Board of the parent communication regarding the change and the survey of interest for a before-school program for affected Horizon Middle School students.
ADJOURNMENT: Bjorklund moved, seconded by Gloe adjournment of the August 11, 2022, Special School Board Meeting at 6:27 p.m. Motion Carried. Result 5-0-0. Roll Call vote: Burgard – yea, Bjorklund - yea, Gloe – yea, Valan – yea, and Vogt – yea.