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Mabel-Canton student representatives give report

Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Education

The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met on January 21, 2014 at 7 p.m. All members were present except for Troy Soiney.

The minutes from the December 17, 2013 board meeting were reviewed and approved.

The consent agenda was approved. It included approval of the 2013-15 Education Association Contract, approval of the ISD 238 Education Association Growth & Evaluation Plan, approval of the resolution directing administration to make recommendations for reductions in programs and staffing. The agenda also included the first reading of Policy 714 pertaining to the fund balance. Superintendent Jennifer Backer recommended changing the fund balance from 3 percent to 15-20 percent in the policy.

The financial report was reviewed by the board. Superintendent Backer advised the board that the school administration will be approaching the board with cuts, freezes, etc to stay on budget.

The payment of the district bills and electronic fund transfers were approved.

Student representatives on the board, Jon Selness and Sara Vettleson-Trutza, both juniors, were introduced to the board. They gave a report on student happenings on campus and will continue to do so at each meeting. Vettleson-Trutza stated that she would like to see a debate team added to the extracurricular activities next year. Principal Jeff Nolte inquired about the students’ use of ipads/laptops. Selness and Vettleson-Trutza were both enthusiastic about the use of the devices and listed several different ways in which they have enriched and assisted in learning at school.

Principal Nolte gave his report to the board. He wished to extend congratulations to the paraprofessionals working within the district as Governor Mark Dayton declared the week of January 12 Paraprofessional Recognition Week.

Principal Nolte stated that the first half of the school year went smoothly, and he complimented the students and staff on a good first half of the year. Reports showed mostly good grades for the students.

Principal Nolte met with Custom Alarm earlier in the day to discuss school security and the school’s clock system. He would like to see better security in the student parking lot and over the playground in the near future. He also pointed out that the clocks in the school are not uniform and a better system should be used to increase efficiency. Board member Jane Hall asked for an update from the school safety committee. The committee meets regularly and is always looking for ways to improve the school’s security measures to ensure safety of the students and staff.

Superintendent Backer reported that the current enrollment number for the school district is 255. She is currently looking at different possibilities to encourage enrollment such as pamphlets, exit surveys for those leaving the school, etc.

The board nominated and approved the following School Board committee assignments: Mary Kuhn as Chairperson, Cristal Adkins as Vice-Chair, Troy Soiney as Treasurer, and Mark Weidemann as Clerk. The school board of directors salaries will remain the same as last year (officers at $850, directors at $750, plus $40 for each additional meeting.) Cristal Adkins, Troy Soiney, and Mary Kuhn were nominated and approved for the Negotiations Committee with Jeff Ryan as alternate. Jane Hall was nominated and approved as HVED Representative. It was approved to keep the school board meeting calendar on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. The official school newspaper will remain the Mabel News-Record. The official communication channels were changed to KQYB, KNEI, KTTC, WIZM, WKBT, and KROC. The Official Depositories as Minnesota Liquid Asset Fund will remain Bank of the West and First Southeast Bank of Canton. Superintendent Backer and Todd Lechtenberg were nominated and approved as Electronic Fund Transfers Designators.

It was noted that February 12 and 26 will both have a one hour late start and there will be no school on February 17.

The meeting was adjourned. The next meeting will be held February 18, 2014 at 7 p.m.

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