Regular Board Meeting
District No 561
December 15, 2020 8:00 p.m.
The school board of Independent School District #561 met in regular session on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. in the community center. The following members were present: John Lovly, Tim Hruby, Stacy Anderson, Joe Rubischko, Neil Jensen, and Terry Drangstveit. Absent:. None. Also present: Superintendent Loberg, Principal Carlson, Business Manager Cynthia Jensen, and GEA representative Ruby Sundberg.
The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Lovly, The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
A motion was made by Jensen, seconded by Drangstveit to approve the December 2020 agenda as amended. Motion carried unanimously.
A motion was made by Rubischko, seconded by Anderson to approve the minutes of the November 17, 2020 regular meeting as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
A motion was made by Hruby, seconded by Lovly to approve the payment checks #42500-42575 and wire payments as listed in report #3.1 A & B. Motion carried unanimously.
Financial reports were reviewed. Superintendent Loberg reported the district shows an investment balance of $1,400,061.58 on November 30, 2020 (see reports #3.2-3.6 attached to the official board minutes).
Patron Concerns: None.
Student Council Report: Advisor Becky Carlson reported that the student council recently hosted a blood drive, which was very successful. They will be hosting another blood drive in March of 2021.
Goodridge Education Association Report: Representative Ruby Sundberg reported on how distance learning went. She stated that it went very well, but the teachers are also very excited to have the students back to in-person learning. Mrs. Sundberg reported that her third graders have been excited to finish learning all their cursive letters, and just completed a unit on Oregon Trail which included each student building a covered wagon. Mrs. Sundberg also reported that the staff are very appreciative of the completed parking lot project.
Classified Staff Report: None.
Instructional Reports: A motion was made by Drangstveit, seconded by Rubischko to approve moving the learning platform from distance learning to in-person learning for grades K-6 effective 12/14/2020, grades 7 and 8 effective 12/17/2020, and grades 9-12 effective 01/04/2021. Motion carried unanimously.
Old Business: None.
New Business: Member Hruby introduced the following resolution and moved its adoption;
WHEREAS, the Minnesota State High School League Foundation was formed to provide support for Minnesota’s high school youth to participate in athletics and fine arts;
WHEREAS, the District GOODRIDGE School Board recognizes the value of student participation in extracurricular activities; and
WHEREAS, the MSHSL Foundation is offering grants and funding to assist school districts in recognizing, promoting and funding extracurricular participation by high school students in athletic and fine arts programs.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the GOODRIDGE School Board supports the District’s application to the Minnesota State High School League Foundation for a FORM A grant to offset student activity fees.
The motion for the adoption of the foregoing resolution was duly seconded by member Anderson. Motion carried unanimously.
A motion was made by Drangstveit, seconded by Anderson to direct the administration to evaluate all programs in terms of reduction for the 2021-2022 school year. Motion carried unanimously.
A motion was made by Hruby, seconded by Jensen to set the 2020 payable 2021 levy at $553,577.26. Motion carried unanimously.
A motion was made by Jensen, seconded by Drangstveit to approve the World’s Best Workforce Summary. Motion carried unanimously.
A motion was made by Jensen, seconded by Lobly to approve the December 11, 2020 Safety Committee meeting minutes as presented. Motion carried unanimously.
A motion was made by Anderson, seconded by Hruby to establish the Goodridge Senior Center as the combined polling place for calendar year 2021. Motion carried unanimously.
Personnel: A motion was made, with regrets by Drangstveit, seconded by Anderson to accept the resignation of Katelyn Tharaldson, paraprofessional. Motion carried unanimously.
A motion was made by Hruby, seconded by Jensen to approve the hire of Amy Reznicek, ECFE co-coordinator/parent educator. Motion carried unanimously.
Open Forum: Member Drangstveit commented on how great the parking lot looks. Member Lovly reported on the new lights in the parking lot, and thanked Red Lake Electric for their service.
Administrative Reports: Principal Carlson provided a distance learning update, and expressed gratitude to all the teachers for the fantastic work they did. She also reported on the early dismissals every wednesday, and that they are looking forward to bringing grades 7 and 8 back to in-person learning this week.
Superintendent Loberg distributed ballots to board members for the Region 1 elections. He provided a school year update, sports & community education update, future bus shop options, and reported on the recent building and grounds walk through (see report #11.2.1 attached to the official board minutes). Superintendent Loberg expressed appreciation to member Drangstveit for his 22 years of service on the district board. He also expressed gratitude to the Pennington County board for the funds the district received from their CARES Act funds for COVID related expenses.
The next regular meeting was set for Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
The meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.
Cynthia Jensen, Deputy Clerk
Attest: John Lovly, Chairperson
Stacy Anderson, Clerk