Roll Call and Pledge of Allegiance
The ISD 361 School Board meeting commenced with a roll call, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.
Approval of Agenda
The board unanimously approved the agenda without any additions or discussions.
Public Open Forum
The public open forum was briefly addressed, but no members of the public were present to participate.
The board approved the consent agenda, which consisted of items 1 through 85.
The board discussed a large number of policy updates. The policy group had reviewed approximately half of these a month ago, and the remaining half two weeks ago. The board acknowledged that there are many changes happening currently, with another 30 policies expected to be updated in the near future due to legislative changes.
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
The board discussed an annual MOU, referred to as the QComp MOU. No major changes were noted in this MOU.
Fourth of July Fireworks
The board discussed the city of International Falls' Fourth of July fireworks event. The city uses the school's facilities for the event, with the fire department overseeing safety. The board was recommended to approve this arrangement.
Facility Committee Meeting
The Facility Committee is scheduled to meet to discuss the 10-year plan. The board will review this plan, with a focus on the 24-25 year. The board also discussed the approval of the final budget for the current year and the approval of next year's budget.
The board discussed the superintendent evaluation process. The superintendent will provide a summary of the work done over the past year, and board members will submit their evaluations to Michelle Hopkins.
The board discussed personnel recommendations. A recommendation was made for a PD teacher in elementary school, who is also being recommended for a basketball coach position. The board also discussed the posting of an assistant position for volleyball and noted that there were already candidates for the position.
Performance Review of Coaches
The board discussed the performance review of coaches and the documentation of these reviews. The new athletic director, Mr. Ringhoffer, who starts on July 1, will be bringing an updated handbook. He plans to have a pre-meeting with all coaches and a parent meeting at the start of the season. The board discussed the possibility of recording these meetings for those who cannot attend.
Approval of Personnel Recommendations
The board moved to approve the personnel recommendations. A question was raised about the C team coach for volleyball, and it was clarified that the C team coach has the right to apply for the open JV position, but they are not required to do so. The motion to approve the personnel recommendations was carried unanimously.
The board moved on to the action items. The first resolution was presented, and the board discussed the process for reviewing these items.
Cooperative Agreements with Cornerstone Christian School
The board discussed and approved cooperative agreements with Cornerstone Christian School for various sports, including volleyball, boys and girls basketball, and boys and girls cross country, effective for the 2023 to 2024 school year.
The board discussed enrollment numbers, noting that they are not yet solid. The current numbers show 16 new students enrolling and 11 leaving. The board discussed the reasons for students leaving, which included moving away and opting for online schooling.
Summer School Program
The board received an update on the summer school program, which is going well with 13 students in the grade 6-9 program and 14 in the 10-12 program. The program will continue for another three weeks after a two-week break.
The ISD 361 School Board meeting concluded with a motion to adjourn. The board covered a wide range of topics, demonstrating their commitment to addressing staffing concerns, fostering cooperative agreements, monitoring enrollment numbers, and ensuring the success of their summer school program. The board will continue to make decisions that best serve the students of ISD 361.
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