NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
A Public Hearing regarding the proposed revocation of Stearns County Road 171 in Melrose Township will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 5, 2023 at the Melrose Township Hall, located at 41248 County Road 13, Melrose, Minnesota. The portion of County Road 171 proposed to be revoked is located between County State Aid Highway 17 and 360th Avenue, in Sections 5 and 6 of Melrose Township. The revocation is being considered as part of a road trade in which Stearns County would assume jurisdiction over 405th Street between County Road 169 and County State Aid Highway 13 in Section 23 of Melrose Township. Those unable to attend but wanting to submit comments can forward comments to Jodi Teich at 455 28th Avenue South, Waite Park, MN 56387, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
Albany Area Schools – ISD #745
District Office Board Room
September 13, 2023
1. Call to Order
The meeting was called to order by Chair Kreuzer at 6 p.m.
2. Roll Call
Present: Kreuzer, Hansen, Carbajal, Sand, Rueter, Sands, Dirkes Late: None
3. Public Forum
4. Agenda – Additions and Deletions
4.1 8.11 School Board Policies - First Read
4.1.1 8.11.1 102 Equal Educational Opportunity
4.1.2 8.11.2 418 Drug-Free Workplace/Drug-Free School
4.1.3 8.11.3 419 Tobacco-Free Environment; Possession and Use of Tobacco, Tobacco-Related Devices, and Electronic Delivery Devices; Vaping Awareness and Prevention Instruction
4.1.4 8.11.4 424 License Status
4.1.5 8.11.5 425 Staff Development and Mentoring
4.1.6 8.11.6 504 Student Dress and Appearance
4.1.7 8.11.7 506 Student Discipline
4.1.8 8.11.8 507 Corporal Punishment and Prone Restraint
4.1.9 8.11.9 509 Enrollment of Nonresident Students
4.1.10 8.11.10 513 Student Promotion, Retention, and Program Design
5.1 Previous Meeting Minutes
Motion by Sands, seconded by Rueter , to approve the August 9, 2023 Regular Meeting minutes, the August 23, 2023 Work Sessions minutes, and the August 28, 2023 Special Meeting minutes as presented. Supported by all present.
5.2 Cash Flow Reports – July 2023
Motion Rueter, seconded by Dirkes to approve the July 2023 Cash Flow Reports as presented. Supported by all present.
5.3 Acceptance of Gifts and Donations
Member Hansen introduced the Resolution Accepting Donations and moved for its adoption.
The School Board of Albany Area Schools, ISD 745, gratefully accepts the following donations as identified below:
Donor Item Designated Purpose (if any)
Gathering Grounds $500.00 BEAT Performing Arts Series
American Legion Post 482 $1,000.00 BEAT Performing Arts Series
Everything Signs $500.00 BEAT Performing Arts Series
Magnifi Financial $500.00 BEAT Performing Arts Series
Albany Chrysler Center $2,500.00 BEAT Performing Arts Series
Schlenner Wenner & Co $500.00 BEAT Performing Arts Series
State Farm - Dina Pierskalla $500.00 BEAT Performing Arts Series
The Woodshop of Avon $1,000.00 BEAT Performing Arts Series
Don & Stella Beuning $20,000.00 Scholarship
Jeff & Kathy Bushman $25.00 Cross Country
Central Minnesota Builders Assn $2,437.00 Tech Ed
Huskie Boosters Club $1,145.00 High Jump Supplies
Huskie Boosters Club $1,246.00 Gymnastics Supplies
CentraCare $500.00 BEAT Performing Arts Series
City of Albany $750.00 Summer Recreation
Albany Jaycees $500.00 Video Streaming - Athletics
Member Rueter seconded the resolution and upon vote being taken thereon,
The following voted in favor of: All present
And the following voted against: None
Whereupon said resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.
6. Consent Agenda
Darcy Ramler - AVE First Grade Teacher
Kristin Wolford - LTS AMS Special Education Teacher
Melissa Rothstein - AHS Special Education Teacher
AFT Lane Change:
Judy Eibensteiner - MA+15 Step 10 to MA+30 Step 10
Katelyn Rusch - MA+15 Step 10 to MA+30 Step 10
Shanna Wahlstrand - BA/BS+30 Step 10 to MA Step 10
Laell Welle - MA+15 Step 6 to MA+30 Step 6
Peter Maas - MA Step 7 to MA+30 Step 8
Tim Coleman - MA Step 10 to MA+15 Step 10
Melissa Johnson - MA+15 Step 10 to MA+30 Step 10
Tiffany Bjork - AVE K-5 Paraprofessional
Courtney Engelmeyer - AVE EC Paraprofessional
Wendy Gill - Summer Custodian
Breighana Dirkes - AMS Paraprofessional
Ashley Lange - AVE EC Paraprofessional
Samantha McLaren - ALE K-5 Paraprofessional
Peyton Dirkes - AVE K-5 Paraprofessional
Michaela Bergeron - AHS Paraprofessional
Matthew Wielenberg - AMS/AHS Custodian
Faith Borgerding - Kids Company PreK Camp & WAC Site Leader
Tammie Ebensteiner - AHS Paraprofessional
Breanne Skroch - AHS Paraprofessional
Shelby Engebretson - AVE K-5 Paraprofessional
AESP Payroll Change:
Lindsay Herdering - AHS Paraprofessional, 4 days/week to 1 day/week
Megan Buttweiler - AVE Kids Company PreK Site Leader to Kids Company Assistant
Aubrey O’Malley - Director of Transportation
Alisa Schmidt - Concessions Coordinator
Mary Sand - JV/JH Girls’ Soccer Coach
Amber Swarthout - JV2 Volleyball Coach
BECC Supervisor - Nathan Sand, Brianna Dotseth, Rowan Ellingson
HSP/Fundamentals - Mason Bierbaum, Makaela Zierden, Peter Maas, Aaron Schwenzfeier
Volleyball Camp - Kaesha Madden
Football Camp - Steve Schiffler, James Mader, Dave Huberty, Mike Ellingson, Todd Kuhn, Jake Gagne, Zach Dingmann, Brian Bierbaum
Dance Camp - Olivia Maus, Sarah Amberg
Molly Luzier - AVE First Grade Teacher, effective August 7, 2023
Rineke van de Ree - AVE K-5 Paraprofessional, effective August 15, 2023
Jean Kollodge - ALE Paraprofessional, effective September 1, 2023
Amy Engelmeyer - ALE Food Service Aide, effective September 5, 2023
Grounds & Outdoor Facilities Coordinator
The following checks were issued in paying claims: Wire transfers and checks 105608 - 105884
01 General Fund $1,233,246.53
02 Food Services $37,088.10
04 Community Services $90,450.71
06 Building Construction $369,047.86
Motion by Hansen, seconded by Rueter to approve the September 2023 Consent Agenda as presented. Supported by all present.
7.1 Student Representatives - Oath of Office
Board members and attendees welcomed Ben Christman, Allison Hahn, Shelby Horning, and Nick Merdan to the board. The new Student Board Representatives took their oath and participated in their first board meeting.
7.2 Student Representatives
7.3 Purple Pride
8.1 Enrollment Report
8.2 Adoption and Certification of Proposed Tax Levy
Motion by Hansen, seconded by Dirkes to adopt and certify the proposed tax levy. Supported by all present.
8.3 Set Truth in Taxation Public Meeting
Motion by Dirkes, seconded by Rueter to set the date for December 13th, 2023, at 6 p.m. in the district office board room at the secondary school. Supported by all present.
8.4 Lease Agreement Between Albany Area Gymnastics Association and Albany Area Schools
Motion by Sands, seconded by Sand to approve the lease agreement between AAGA and Albany Area Schools. Supported by all present.
8.5 COVID Plan Review and Approval
Motion by Hansen, seconded by Dirkes to approve Albany Area Schools 2023-2024 COVID Plan.
Supported by all present.
8.6 Memorandum of Understanding regarding Girls’ Gymnastics Coaches 2023-2024
Motion by Rueter, seconded by Sands to approve the MOU as presented. Supported by all present.
8.7 Memorandum of Understanding Regarding Girls’ Soccer Coaches 2023-2024
Motion by Hansen, seconded by Dirkes to approve the MOU as presented. Supported by all present.
8.8 Memorandum of Understanding Regarding Relocation Fees
Motion by Rueter, seconded by Hansen to approve the MOU as presented. Supported by all present.
8.9 School Board Policy - Second Read
8.9.1 912 Academic Wall of Honor
8.10 Superintendent’s Evaluation
8.10.1 Close the Meeting
Motion by Hansen to close the meeting, seconded by Rueter at 6:52 p.m.
8.10.2 Reopen the Meeting
Motion by Hansen to reopen the meeting, seconded by Dirkes at 7:20 p.m.
8.11 School Board Policies - First Read
8.11.1 102 Equal Educational Opportunity
8.11.2 418 Drug-Free Workplace/Drug-Free School
8.11.3 419 Tobacco-Free Environment; Possession and Use of Tobacco, Tobacco-Related Devices, and Electronic Delivery Devices; Vaping Awareness and Prevention Instruction
8.11.4 424 License Status
8.11.5 425 Staff Development and Mentoring
8.11.6 504 Student Dress and Appearance
8.11.7 506 Student Discipline
8.11.8 507 Corporal Punishment and Prone Restraint
8.11.9 509 Enrollment of Nonresident Students
8.11.10 513 Student Promotion, Retention, and Program Design
9. Committee Reports
The Fifth Monday meeting took place on August 24, 2023. There was discussion about the cost per mile for gravel and tar roads and the changes in transportation within the district.
10. Superintendent Report
After much work on making major adjustments to the transportation model for the district due to staffing challenges, the start to the school year was rather smooth. In all buildings we are focused this year on working with teachers to reflect on their practices and find ways to grow as teachers. In our Elementary buildings, we are working with a new program called Catalyst that is focused on helping teachers communicate more clearly, effectively, and efficiently with students in order to maximize instructional time and reduce the amount of time correcting or redirecting students.
Agenda completed at 7:20 p.m., a motion to adjourn was made by Member Dirkes, seconded by Member Rueter. Supported by all present.
Amy Sand, Clerk