Regular Meeting

Mora Elementary School, Commons Area

July 22, 2021

6:30 p.m.

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Education of Independent School District 332, Mora, Minnesota, was called to order by Bob Woods, Board Vice Chair, at 6:30 p.m.  The meeting began with the Pledge of Allegiance and roll call. Board Members present were: Vice Chair/Treasurer Robert Woods, Clerk Tammy Bohachek, Robert Jensen, Deb Hallin and Matt Heggernes. Board Chair Scott Moe was absent. Also present were Superintendent Dan Voce, High School Principal Brent Nelson, Technology Director Shane Knutson, and Executive Assistant/HR Coordinator Kelly Christianson.

Motion to approve the agenda was made by Member Bohachek, seconded by Member Jensen.  No discussion was held.  The motion passed unanimously.

Mustang Spirit recognition was presented by Superintendent Voce to Kevin Mork, Maintenance Custodian, who is retiring on July 30th after more than 30 years of service.

Superintendent Voce led a presentation on the COVID-19 Preliminary Guidance and the 2021-2022 Return to In-Person Learning Guidance Plans.  Additional guidance from the Minnesota Department of Education is expected by the end of the month.  Discussion was held.  The full presentation is available in the District Office.

No items were presented at the first open forum.

No items were requested to be removed from the Consent agenda 

A motion was made by Member Heggernes, and seconded by Member Bohachek, to approve the Consent Agenda as follows:  

Consent Agenda

a.   Treasurer’s Report, Investment Balance, Budget Summary (To Be Placed  on File for Audit)

b.  Approve July Bill List

c.  Approve Minutes, 

● Regular Board Meeting, 05/27/2021 as amended

● Work Session Meeting, 06/24/2021

● Regular Board Meeting, 06/24/2021

d. Enrollment Summary (Information - No July Report)

e.  ECFE Monthly Report (No July Report)

f. Personnel Items

● Employment Request of Christopher Johnson, .5 ELA/.5 Credit Recovery

● Employment Request of Samuel Pioske, School Social Worker

● Employment Request of Joseph Mellgren, High School Interventionist

● Employment Request of Amy Schmitz, Elementary Teacher

● Employment Request of Allison Mantel, Elementary Teacher

● Employment Request of Emily Gratzke, Preschool Paraprofessional

● Employment Request of Sarah Mealey, Preschool Paraprofessional

● Employment Request of Jenny Sundermeyer, Preschool Paraprofessional

● Employment Request of Dale Strelow, Varsity Girls Basketball Coach

● Employment Request of Kayleigh Romportl, Assistant Girls Basketball Coach

● Employment Request of Lee Ann Falen, Art Club Advisor

● Employment Request of Chad Grahn, Assistant Football Coach

● Employment Request of Taylor Knowling, 9th Grade Volleyball Coach

● Employment Request of Amy Schmitz, Jr High Volleyball Coach

● Employment Request of Troy Erickson, Jr High Golf Coach

● Retirement of Nancy Evans, High School Administrative Assistant

● Retirement of Randy Towle, Bus Driver

● Resignation of Staci Kuhnke, School Social Worker

● Resignation of Jeff Tvedt, Elementary Teacher, Jr High Football and Jr High Baseball Coach

● Leave of Absence of Kelsey Nolt, Elementary Teacher

● Hiring Correction of Le Ann Falen, High School Art Teacher

● Reassignment of Sarah Berry, Elementary Interventionist

● Reassignment of Sheila Nelson, Media & Focus Paraprofessional

g.   Gifts/Donations Report – June

● Brent Nelson$500.00  Turf Field Donation

●Coborns $757.20MHS - More Rewards Program

● Neighborhood N.B. $500.00Summer School Program

Member Woods acknowledged and accepted the gifts and donations.  The motion to approve the consent agenda passed unanimously.

Superintendent Voce led discussion on the contract proposals for the elevator and wheelchair lift for the new high school construction project.  Further discussion was held.  Member Hallin moved to approve the elevator and wheelchair lift contract proposals as presented.  Member Heggernes seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.

The first reading of the following school district policies was held: #101.1 memorials and Naming of School Facilities, #524F Internet Use Agreement Form and Staff Social Media Guidelines.  Member Jensen requested to remove the Staff Social Media Guidelines as presented.  The Policy Committee will be reviewing a different policy.  Discussion was held.  No further action is being taken at this time.

Member Heggernes moved for approval of the following school district policies: #620 Credit for Learning, #722 Public Data Requests and #722F Public Data Requests Form.  Member Hallin duly seconded the motion.  Discussion was held.  The motion was approved by a majority vote with Members Bohachek, Woods, Hallin, and Heggernes in favor.  Member Jensen opposed the motion.

Superintendent Voce gave the Superintendent’s update.  Member Woods requested a presentation regarding the social emotional learning curriculum being implemented at the high school. Superintendent Voce also presented information on the Multipurpose Field Fundraising project as given by Coach Troy Erickson.  Construction project updates were also discussed including the possibility of grant funds for solar panels being available from the State of Minnesota. The full report is available in the District Office.

Member Jensen reported negotiation meetings for Rum River Special Education Cooperative.  Members Woods and Heggernes reported attending the first negotiations meeting the district teachers group.  Member Woods reported on the availability of grant funds from the Mora Education Foundation.

Upcoming meetings and important dates were reviewed.  

Correspondence was reviewed.  

No other business came before the board. 

No items were presented during the second open forum.

A motion to adjourn was made by Member Jensen, and seconded by Member Bohachek. The motion passed unanimously. The meeting was adjourned at 7:01 p.m.

Scott Moe, Board Chair

Tammy Bohachek, Clerk

Published in the Kanabec County Times Nov. 4, 2021


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