November 8, 2017
The following minutes are not official until approved by the Board at the next regular meeting.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19th, 2017 8:00 PM
A regular board meeting of Independent School District #561 was held on September 19th, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. in the staff lounge. The following members were present: John Lovly, Terry Drangstveit, Dale Manderud, Roxann Coan, Neil Jensen and Tim Hruby. Members absent: none. Also present: Superintendent Clow, Principal Carlson, Business Manager Cynthia Jensen, maintenance/transportation supervisor Tim Anderson, and GEA representatives Lorrisa Skalsky and Amy Reznicek.
The meeting was called to order by Chairman Lovly.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Manderud moved, Coan seconded to approve the September 2017 agenda as amended.  Motion carried.
Jensen moved, Hruby seconded to approve the minutes of the August 15th, 2017 regular board meeting as presented.  Motion carried.
Drangstveit moved, Manderud seconded to approve for payment check numbers 39711-39802, and EFT payments as listed in report #3.1. Motion carried (see report #3.1 attached to the official board minutes).
Superintendent Clow presented the district financial reports.  The district showed an investment balance of $ 750,766.90 on August 31, 2017 (see reports #3.2-#3.6 attached to the official board minutes).
No patron concerns were presented.
Principal Carlson reported that Student Council has been busy planning Homecoming week festivities. She also reported that Student Council President Brandon Stanley is doing a morning announcement of  daily school activities for the students and staff.
Principal Carlson presented the preschool – grade 12 enrollment figures (see report #6.1 attached to the official board minutes).
Principal Carlson reported that the high school homeroom period is now offering non-graded interest based classes. She also reported that the split preschool 4 classes are going well.
Transportation/maintenance supervisor Tim Anderson reviewed the status of the disposal of the school van and two buses that are currently on bid, and the purchase of a new school vehicle.
Superintendent Clow reported that certified negotiations for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 contract will begin next week.
Superintendent Clow reported that the referendum public meeting will be October 24th, 2017 at 7:00 pm.
A discussion was held regarding elementary football. It was agreed upon that the district will see how the community education flag football activity goes before making a decision regarding elementary football.
Jensen moved, Lovly seconded to set the 2017 payable 2018 tax levy at maximum. Motion carried.
A discussion was held regarding school sports passes.
Drangstveit moved, Hruby seconded to review the revised MSBA mandatory policies: 620 Credit for Learning and 903 Visitors to School District Buildings and Sites. Motion carried.
Coan moved, Jensen seconded to approve the dissolution of the girls’ softball cooperative with Thief River Falls. Motion carried.
Manderud moved, Coan seconded to approve the hire of Tomas Loberg, junior high girls’ basketball coach, as per the master agreement. Motion carried.
During the open forum, a discussion was held regarding the school’s fire alarm system.
Administrative reports included:
1. Principal Carlson reviewed how the open house went.
2. Superintendent Clow stated to contact him with any ideas for community education. He informed member that the MSBA conference will be held January 11-12th, 2018. Superintendent Clow reviewed the status of the second baseball field, the community education flag football activity, and discussed advertising for new football lights.
Transportation/maintenance supervisor Tim Anderson stated that he is in need of substitute bus drivers.
The next regular meeting was set for Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:09 p.m.
Cynthia Jensen, Deputy Clerk
Attest: John Lovly, Chairperson
Terry Drangstveit, Clerk-Treasurer


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