TrekNorth School Board Minutes

TrekNorth High School
Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
May 16, 2006

Present: Bernstrom, Lubke, Conlon, Corning, Munson, McKeon, Peterson
Absent: Hawkins
Late: Walker
Staff: K. Munson, Adams, Neal, Wiggins
Guests: Patricia Heart, parent; Justin Testerman, VOA

Patricia Heart, parent of two TNHS students, addressed the board with her concerns including: physical activity in the school day, lunch menu, and dress code. K. Munson answered with a response to each issue and encouraged Heart’s participation on a Wellness Committee being developed.

Call to Order
Chair Conlon called the meeting to order at 6:10 p.m. and read the mission statement.

I. Restorative Justice Presentation – Andy Wiggins

M/S/C Motion to address the continuation of restorative learning program as it fits within the confines of the budget. Munson, McKeon, all in favor.

II. Management Team Report – Dan McKeon

Discussion to follow order of agenda items

III. Consent Agenda

M/S/C Motion to approve the items as presented. McKeon, Munson, all in favor.

IV. Old Business

  1. Final 2006-2007 Calendar Review
  2. Management Team report on addition of Junior High – Michelle Neal
    • Marketing plans and construction estimates updated.
    • Discussion about letter received from the Bemidji Airport manager, the City of Bemidji’s special use permit, and options to be considered for special contingencies.
  3. Director Search Process
    • Ad Hoc Hiring Committee Report
    • Interviews will be conducted by the search committee on Friday, May 19th for three candidates.

V. New Business

  1. Audit

    Motion to contract with Miller McDonald accounting for conducting the audit at a cost of $5,785. and the 990 report for $450. Peterson, Munson, all in favor.
  2. Special Ed Director Contract Approval

    Motion to approve the contract to continue with Minnesota Charter School Special Education director relationship. McKeon, Munson, all in favor.
  3. Review of the VOA Application
    • Justin Testerman stated that the application looks very good for full renewal for three years and that he was impressed with the rising test scores.
    • Recommendation that all staff and board members be required to read the document.
    • K. Munson reported that $1,000 is due for continuation of NWEA – MAPS testing

      M/S/C Motion to approve the contract to continue with MWEA – MAPS for one year and explore options for those students who have tested to their full potential and would not show growth through MAPS. Lubke, Munson, all in favor.
  4. May Monitoring
    • Board Election Process Results
      The election is incomplete. Recommendation was offered by Testerman to evaluate the procedures, and allow the staff to vote in the next week. The development of a formal governance committee is under consideration.

      M/S/C Motion for teachers will vote on Wednesday, May 17, and the election to be certified at a continuation meeting on Tuesday, May 23rd at 6:00 p.m. Munson, McKeon, all in favor.
  5. 2006-2007 Teacher Contracts
    • Smart HR and changing contract start dates
      Recommendation from K. Munson to avoid pre-payment of teacher salaries next summer by adjusting the contract start dates this year

      M/S/C Motion to move teacher contracts starting date to August 29th for the 2006-2007 school year. Munson, Lubke, all in favor

      M/S/C Motion to offer teachers the option for receiving pay for either a twelve month or 14 month pay period for the 2006-2007 school year. Munson, Lubke, all in favor.
  6. 2006-2007 Staffing Decisions

    The management team requests a decision from the board regarding upcoming actions needed for staffing, reports and the responsibilities ordinarily done by a director under contract. Options were discussed for sharing the work load by staff and hired consultants if necessary.

    M/S/C Motion for Dan McKeon to have the authority to make hiring recommendations, distribute hiring agreements, with signed documents brought to the board for final review and approval. Peterson, Lubke, McKeon abstained, all in favor.

VI. Adjournment

Motion Lubke, Corning, all in favor.

Respectfully submitted,
Lisa Peterson, Secretary/Treasurer


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