REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING: DECEMBER 18, 2017

The regular meeting of the Board of Education of Independent School District #297 was called to order at 5:30 p.m. Monday, December 18, 2017 in the Media Center. Board members present:, Aaron Solum, Christian Myrah, Thomas Trehus, Stephanie Jaster, Shannon Schuttemeier, Brad Hernandez

Board members absent: (None)

School employees present: Rachel Udstuen, Nancy Gulbranson, Tanya Elton

Motion by Thomas Trehus, seconded by Shannon Schuttemeier and carried unanimously to approve the agenda as presented and revised.

Motion by Christian Myrah, seconded by Stephanie Jaster and carried unanimously to approve the minutes of the Regular School Board Meeting held on Monday, November 20, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Media Center.

Motion by Stephanie Jaster, seconded by Shannon Schuttemeier and carried unanimously to approve the Treasurer’s Report, including wire transfers, for December as follows:



General Fund (1) $ 144,261.48

Payroll – Direct Deposit $ 112,949.76

Payroll – Checks $ 4,748.30

Payroll Liabilities – Direct Deposit $  79,992.13

Payroll Liabilities – Checks $ 8,312.09

Food Service (2) $ 10,755.04

Community Service (4) $  207.31

Building Construction (6) $ 0.00

Debt Service (7) $ 41,075.00

$ 402,337.12





FISCAL

Motion by Stephanie Jaster, seconded by Brad Hernandez and carried unanimously to accept the 2016-2017 Financial Audit presented by Justin Fahse of CliftonLarsonAllen.

Motion by Thomas Trehus, seconded by Brad Hernandez and carried unanimously to approve the 2016 Payable 2017 Levy Limitation and Certification at $601,355.55.

PERSONNEL

Motion by Thomas Trehus, seconded by Christian Myrah and carried unanimously to accept the resignation of Shannon Schuttemeier from the School Board effective January 23, 2018.

PROGRAM

(None)

BUILDING/GROUNDS/EQUIPMENT

(None)

GENERAL

Member Stephanie Jaster, introduced the following resolution and moved its adoption, which motion was seconded by Member Shannon Schuttemeier:

FULL FUNDING FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES (FEDERAL)

BE IT RESOLVED by the School Board of Independent School District No.297, State of Minnesota, as follows:

WHEREAS, local boards of education place a very high priority on ensuring that ALL students receive high quality special education programs and instruction; and

WHEREAS, in 1975 Congress enacted the Education for All Handicapped Children Act (P.L. 94-142) now known as The Individuals with Disabilities Act IDEA to: improve access to education for children with disabilities by guaranteeing a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment; assure that the rights of children with disabilities and their parents are protected; assist States and school systems to provide for the education of all children with disabilities; and to assess and assure the effectiveness of efforts to educate all children with disabilities; and

WHEREAS, when IDEA became law in 1975, the federal government promised to fund 40 percent of the additional cost of educating children with disabilities; and yet the federal government has failed to adequately fund the mandated programs and services arising under IDEA, never providing more than 15 percent of the additional cost; and

WHEREAS, sufficient federal funding for IDEA would significantly enhance the ability of local school systems to provide an excellent education for all students; and

WHEREAS, the special education cross-subsidy continues to be a major obstacle for Minnesota School Districts to grapple with, due to the growing number of students receiving special education, more specialized services and rising costs associated with those services and inadequate funding; and

WHEREAS, the state special education funding system has not kept pace with the rising cost of mandated services and supports for students with special needs; and,

WHEREAS, the cross-subsidy for Minnesota school districts for FY2016 is $679 million; a 5.6 percent increase from FY2015; and

WHEREAS, between rising need and insufficient state and federal aid, the amount of funding school districts as a whole in Minnesota will be forced to pay for special education costs will reach an average of $815 per student in FY17;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that we urge the President and Legislature to strenuously advocate for significant increases in federal special education funding and meaningful special education reforms at the federal and state levels; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the State of Minnesota calls upon the Congress of the United States to pass appropriate legislation in order to increase funding for federal special education mandates to meet the urgent financial special education needs of our cities and towns; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Secretary of the Senate cause a copy of this resolution to be delivered to all United States Representatives and Senators representing Minnesota in the Congress of the United States.

Upon vote being taken thereon, the following voted in favor thereof: Jaster, Myrah, Hernandez, Schuttemeier, Trehus and Solum, and the following voted against the same: None; whereupon the resolution was declared duly passed and adopted

Member Stephanie Jaster, introduced the following resolution and moved its adoption, which motion was seconded by Member Brad Hernandez:

FULL FUNDING FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES (MINNESOTA)

BE IT RESOLVED by the School Board of Independent School District No.297, State of Minnesota, as follows:

WHEREAS, local boards of education place a very high priority on ensuring that ALL students receive high quality special education programs and instruction; and

WHEREAS, in 1975 Congress enacted the Education for All Handicapped Children Act (P.L. 94-142) now known as The Individuals with Disabilities Act IDEA to: improve access to education for children with disabilities by guaranteeing a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment; assure that the rights of children with disabilities and their parents are protected; assist States and school systems to provide for the education of all children with disabilities; and to assess and assure the effectiveness of efforts to educate all children with disabilities; and

WHEREAS, when IDEA became law in 1975, the federal government promised to fund 40 percent of the additional cost of educating children with disabilities; and yet the federal government has failed to adequately fund the mandated programs and services arising under IDEA, never providing more than 15 percent of the additional cost; and

WHEREAS, sufficient federal funding for IDEA would significantly enhance the ability of local school systems to provide an excellent education for all students; and

WHEREAS, the special education cross-subsidy continues to be a major obstacle for Minnesota School Districts to grapple with, due to the growing number of students receiving special education, more specialized services and rising costs associated with those services and inadequate funding; and

WHEREAS, the state special education funding system has not kept pace with the rising cost of mandated services and supports for students with special needs; and,

WHEREAS, the cross-subsidy for school districts for FY2016 is $679 million; a 5.6 percent increase from FY2015; and

WHEREAS, between rising need and insufficient state and federal aid, the amount of funding school districts as a whole in Minnesota will be forced to pay for special education costs will reach an average of $815 per student in FY17;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that we urge the Governor and Legislature to strenuously advocate for significant increases in federal special education funding and meaningful special education reforms at the federal and state levels; and

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that there is an urgency the Minnesota Legislature to convene a task force to work on special education funding, specifically with a focus on the impacts of the new special education funding formulas, the projected cross-subsidy and recommendations with a timeline to eliminate the cross-subsidy.

Upon vote being taken thereon, the following voted in favor thereof: Hernandez, Myrah, Schuttemeier, Jaster, Solum and Trehus, and the following voted against the same: None; whereupon the resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.

Member Brad Hernandez, introduced the following resolution and moved its adoption, which motion was seconded by Thomas Trehus:

SUPPORT FOR THE PURCHASE AND EXCHANGE OF SCHOOL TRUST LANDS

IN THE BOUNDARY WATERS CANOE AREA WILDRENESS PROCEEDING IN TANDEM

(full resolution on file in the District Office)

Upon further discussion, motion to table adoption of the preceding resolution by Thomas Trehus, seconded by Shannon Schuttemeier.

Motion by Brad Hernandez, seconded by Stephanie Jaster, and carried unanimously to approve fundraising for Prom of Lion Logo Magnets/Clings.

BOARD MEETING DATES

Regular School Board Meeting

Tuesday Evening, January 23, 2018

7:00 p.m.

Media Center

Motion by Stephanie Jaster, seconded by Christian Myrah and carried unanimously to adjourn at 6:43 p.m.

Date Christian Myrah, Clerk

Independent School District #297

113 2nd Avenue NW

Spring Grove, MN 55974