October 8

OCTOBER 8, 2013
The regular meeting of the School Board of District #477 was called to order by Chair Deb Ulm on the 8th day of October 2013, at 7:04 p.m. in the District Office Board Room. Members Present: Jeremy Miller, Eric Minks, Chuck Nagle, Deb Ulm, Howard Vaillancourt, and Chad Young. Member(s) Absent: Craig Johnson. Others present: Superintendent Julia Espe and Director of Business Services Michelle Czech. Student Council Rep: Absent – Gabrielle Foede. Citizen Comments: None
Recognition of the Support Educational Staff of the year awards: Kristi Alderink, Ken Henchen, Donna Moses, Kim Myers, and Carol Weber.
APPROVE AGENDA: Motion made by Jeremy Miller and seconded by Chad Young, to approve the agenda as presented. Motion passed unanimously.
DISCUSS and ACT on PREVIOUS BOARD MEETING MINUTES: Motion by Howard Vaillancourt and seconded by Jeremy Miller, to approve the September 24, 2013 Regular School Board meeting minutes and the September 24, 2013 Closed Board Meeting minutes. Motion passed unanimously.
CONSENT AGENDA: Motion was made by Howard Vaillancourt and seconded by Chad Young, to approve the consent agenda items: Gifts, Personnel, Fundraiser, Non-Resident Student Agreements, and the Community Education Ireland Trip, with the removal of the Community Education Ireland Trip to Discussion. Upon roll call the motion passed unanimously.
FIRST POLICY READINGS The following policies were approved to be moved to second readings at the October 22, 2013 Regular Board meeting: 101 Legal Status of the School, 102 Equal Education Opportunity, 103 Complaints – Students, Employees, Parents, and other persons, 414 Mandated Reporting of Child Neglect or Physical or Sexual Abuse, 506 Student Discipline, 522 Student Gender Non-Discrimination, and 616 School District System Accountability.
DISCUSSION ITEMS Technology Report Director of Technology Eric Simmons provided the board with an overview of the districts wireless environment. Enrollment: Director of Business Services Michelle Czech reported to the board the October 1 enrollment in each school building the total enrollment on October 1st was 3257 compared to October 1, 2012 at 3294. Superintendent Espe explained to the board the demographic study that was conducted on the districts enrollment. Open enrollment surveys are showing the highest reason: loss of students is due to location of our district, second reason: academics, third reason: activities, and the fourth reason: transportation. About 50% of our survey participants open enroll to Elk River. The district is looking into: implementing RTI to improve achievement, studying our Activities program, and reorganizing of the bus routes. Community Education Ireland Trip – Superintendent Espe provided the board with an overview of the trip to Ireland that Community Education is offering. This is a Community Education related trip; it is an optional trip parents pay for their child to attend.
Future event Board Members are invited to attend – Data Practices training with Rick Hodsdon
Thursday, October 10, 2013, 9-11am
ADJOURN meeting adjourned at 8:02 pm
The detailed minutes can be found at www.princeton.k12.mn.us under the link Meeting Minutes on the home page of the web site and in the Superintendent Office at the District Office.
Recorder: Bridget Sorensen
Published in the
Princeton Union Eagle
November 7, 2013

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