2017 Board Minutes

Northern Lights Community School

Board of Directors Meeting

May 16, 2017

Board Members Present:            Matt Alleva, Karen Fleming, Shannon Zozgornik, Josie Pitts-Lobe, Art Norton, Zach McNeil, Don Vidal

Non Board Members Present:    Mike Hamernick, Lee Matson, Jackie Esler

Motion to convene by Josie Pitts-Lobe; second by Zach McNeil.  Motion carries.

  1. Mission Statement read by Matt Alleva.
  1. Approval of Agenda: Motion to approve agenda made by Josie Pitts-Lobe and second by Don Vidal.  Motion carries.
  1. Approval of Minutes: Motion made by Josie Pitts-Lobe and second by Don Vidal to approve minutes of April 18, 2017.  Motion carries.
  1. Treasurer’s Report: Motion made by Karen Fleming and second by Don Vidal to approve the following resolutions:

Resolution 1:  To approve April operating receipts of $138,994.76

Resolution 2:  To approve April checks 9793-9840 of $194,517.44

Resolution 3:  To approve April miscellaneous disbursements of $1.90

Motion carries.

Donations for April totaled $417.07.

April 30, 2017 Budget / Revised Budget Actual
ADM 102 102.44
Pupil Units 121.4 121.81
ATT% 93.20%

Funds transferred for the month of April, 2017

(Between MSDLAF and GRSB)       4/04/2017        $140,000

4/11/2017        $40,000

Lee Matson shared a 2018 Draft Budget Narrative with the board.  NLCS 2018 budget is based on ADM of 102 and WADM of 121.40.  Revenue is expected to equal expenditures.  Fund balance will remain $397,701, which is 20% of expenditures.

Official budget will be presented at our June board meeting.

  1. Approval of Finance Team Minutes: Motion made by Zach McNeil and second by Shannon Zozgornik to approve Finance Team Minutes of May 2, 2017.  Motion carries.
  1. Budget: tabled until June.
  1. MN Open Meeting Bylaws Review: Our bylaws needed some revisions to comply with Statutes.  Motion to approve changes to Bylaws made by Josie Pitts-Lobe; second by Don Vidal.  Motion carries.
  1. ACNW Contract Approval: All required exhibits have been completed and submitted to Audubon.  There are a couple of items pertaining to goal setting that will need to be completed prior to June 30th.  Motion to approve our contract with Audubon made by Karen Fleming; second by Zach McNeil.  Motion carries.
  1. EdVisions Contract Approval: Motion made by Don Vidal to approve 2017-2018 EdVisions Cooperative contract; second by Zach McNeil.  Motion carries.
  1. Portage Partners Update: Josie has emailed Meredith Fox, Portage Partners Consulting, to find out when she might be available this summer to facilitate creating a strategic plan.  At some point the Building Company will also need to be included in this process.
  1. Aimee Love Letter: Matt shared a letter from Aimee Love updating us on the status of her Masters of Social Work graduate studies at the University of North Dakota.
  1. NLCS Border Policy Discussion: We previously had students enrolled here that resided in Ely and Remer.  There are three Arrowhead Transit routes available for student transportation and some van routes as well.  We have asked our Policy Committee to draft a policy to establish a border for how far we will travel for students and bring this draft back to the board next month.
  1. March 26th Students Sent Home 1PM: Our students were sent home at 1:00 in the afternoon on Wednesday, April 26th.  Motion made by Josie Pitts-Lobe and second by Don Vidal to approve this early release.  Motion carries.
  1. External Users Recertification: Each year it is necessary to review and designate the individual (Identified Official with Authority) to authorize user access to MDE secure websites for NLCS.  Motion made by Josie Pitts-Lobe to designate our Director, Mike Hamernick, solely as our Identified Official with Authority; second by Don Vidal.  Motion carries.
  1. Mike Accepted to U of M Principal Leader Academy: Mike received an acceptance letter from the University of Minnesota indicating that he has been chosen to participate in the Minnesota Principals Academy starting next fall, and Mike is requesting to have NLCS pay the $1,000 tuition fee.  One-half could be paid in October 2017 and the second half in October 2018.  Motion made by Don Vidal to approve Mike’s tuition fee for Minnesota Principals Academy; second by Shannon Zozgornik.  Motion carries.
  1. MDE Lease Aid Request Application: Our Lease Aid Application is very close to being completed.  Board Member Certifications were completed and signed.
  1. 2017/2018 Resolution for Membership in MSHSL: Motion made by Josie Pitts-Lobe and second by Shannon Zozgornik to renew our membership in Minnesota State High School League.  Motion carries.
  1. Tammi Pulver Contract Renewal: We are legally required to have a Director of Special Education on staff.  Motion made by Don Vidal and second by Shannon Zozgornik to approve Tamera Pulver’s contract for the 2017/2018 school year.  Motion carries.
  1. 2017 2018 Enrollment Outlook Lottery Results: NLCS Lottery for the 2017-2018 School Year was held on May 3, 2017.  As of that date we were at 100% enrollment with 2 on the waiting list for middle school and 3 on the waiting list for high school.
  1. Environmental Education Coordinator Report: Matt mentioned there is potential for plant sales this spring.
  1. Director’s Report: We have our custodian job available and posted on our website.  Our students have stepped up and helped in all areas when needed.
  1. By Law Change Video Participation for Board Meetings: see # 7 MN Open Meeting Bylaws Review
  2. Policy Approvals:
  1. Policy 516 Student Medication Final Vote:  Motion made by Zach McNeil and second by Don Vidal to approve final vote on Policy 516 Student Medication.  Motion carries.
  2. Policy 806 Crisis Management Final Vote:  Motion made by Karen Fleming and second by Zach McNeil to approve final vote on Policy 806 Crisis Management.  Motion carries.

Motion to adjourn made by Shannon Zozgornik; second by Zach McNeil.  Motion carries.

Next Meeting 6/13/17 @ 1:00 p.m.

Board Training:  Strategic Planning for Charter Schools

Chapter 18

Northern Lights Community School

Board of Directors Meeting

April 18, 2017

Board Members Present:           Matt Alleva, Karen Fleming, Shannon Zozgornik, Josie Pitts-Lobe, Don Vidal

Board Members Not Present:   Art Norton, Zach McNeil

Non Board Members Present:   Mike Hamernick, Becky McCauley, Lee Matson, Jackie Esler, Todd Hassell, Rhianon Sargent – ACNW Charter School Authorizing Specialist

Motion to convene by Josie Pitts-Lobe; second by Don Vidal.  Motion carries.

  1. Mission Statement read by Matt Alleva.
  2. Approval of Agenda: Motion to approve agenda (with changes) made by Don Vidal and second by Shannon Zozgornik.  Motion carries.
  3. Approval of Minutes: Motion made by Josie Pitts-Lobe and second by Karen Fleming to approve minutes of March 21, 2017.  Motion carries.
  4. Treasurer’s Report:
  5. Balance Sheet/Income Statement
  6. Treasurer’s Report February
  7. Revised Budget February
  8. Check Register March
  9. Donations/Grants/Receipts/ADM/Transfers

February checks were reviewed as well as February donations, grants, receipts and funds transferred between MSDLAF and GRSB.  Motion made by Don Vidal and second by Karen Fleming to approve the following resolutions:

Resolution 1:  To approve February operating receipts of $210,354.28

Resolution 2:  To approve February checks 9692-9733 of $162,516.36

Resolution 3:  To approve February miscellaneous disbursements of $2.80

Motion carries.

March checks were reviewed along with March donations, grants, receipts and funds transferred.  Motion made by Don Vidal and second by Karen Fleming to approve the following resolutions:

Resolution 1:  To approve March operating receipts of $150,778.85

Resolution 2:  To approve March checks 9734-9792 of $184,069.22

Resolution 3:  To approve March miscellaneous disbursements of $2.20

Motion carries.

March 31, 2017 Budget / Revised Budget Actual
ADM 102 101.9
Pupil Units 121.4 121.16
ATT % 91.50%

ADM as of today: 102.66

Funds transferred for the month of March, 2017

(Between MSDLAF and GRSB)       3/06/2017        $30,000

3/13/2017        $20,000

3/27/2017        $10,000

Lee shared NLCS Balance Sheet through 3/31/2017 and Income Statement Summary (7/1/16 through 3/31/2017).

The first draft of our 2017/2018 budget has a $13,272 deficit.  We are using ADM of 102 and WADM of 121.40 (unchanged from current year).  Finance Team will meet in May to make revisions and review with the board at our next meeting.

  1. Approval of Finance Team Minutes – February and March: Motion made by Shannon Zozgornik to approve Finance Team Minutes of 2/14/2017 and 3/17/2017; second by Don Vidal.  Motion carries.
    1. Financial Report Problem Letter:  Becky McCauley included a letter to Audubon when she submitted the board packet for the March board meeting explaining why there was a problem with the financial reports that were distributed to board members prior to that meeting.
  1. Environmental Education Coordinator Report:
    1. Suzanne Climate Change Conference Update:  Suzanne Starr attended a conference at ACNW last month and gave us an update on the climate change portion of that conference.
  1. ACNW Reauthorization Update: We continue to work through the reauthorization process with Audubon.  Rhianon Sargent reviewed contract exhibits in great detail and explained the evaluation process and timelines.  NLCS must submit exhibit drafts to ACNW by May 1 for review and finalization.
  1. Notice of Intent to Submit an Expansion Report: Motion made by Josie Pitts-Lobe and second by Karen Fleming to verify officially that NLCS is not expanding the operation of our school to additional grades or sites.  Motion carries.
  1. 2016 Finance Award from MDE: NLCS has received the School Finance Award for 2016 financial reporting.  This is awarded annually by MDE to recognize schools for meeting statutory deadlines for submission of audited fiscal financial data and reporting criteria.
  1. Portage Partners Update – tabled until next month’s board meeting
  1. PTO Day for Business Manager Position: Becky McCauley asked the board to consider adding 5 days to her PTO (increasing her total PTO days from 12 to 17).  Becky has 12 years of service as Business Manager and has a summer work schedule here at NLCS.  Other individuals have been given a total of 20 PTO days because of year-round work schedule.  Taking into consideration that Becky McCauley has 12 years of service here at NLCS as Business Manager and also has a summer work schedule, motion made by Josie Pitts-Lobe and second by Don Vidal to add 5 additional PTO days to Becky McCauley’s contract for the 2017/2018 school year.  Motion carries.
  1. Director’s Report:
  • NWEA Scores:  Mike shared 2016/2017 fall and winter NWEA reading and math results (RIT scores by grade level) and also Class of 2017 RIT growth over time.  Our next NWEA testing is scheduled for the first week in May.
  • World’s Best Workforce Summary Update:  We received input back from MDE regarding World’s Best Workforce Report Summary stating that our District Advisory Committee must include all of the following members:  teachers, parents, support staff, students, and other community residents.  We will need to get our students involved in this committee.
  1. Policy Approvals:
    1. Policy 516 Student Medication Final Vote:

Motion made by Don Vidal and second by Karen Fleming to approve first vote on Policy 516  Student Medication.  Motion carries.

2. Policy 532 Use of Peace Officers Final Vote:

Motion made by Don Vidal and second by Shannon Zozgornik to approve final vote on Policy 532  Use of Peace Officers and Crisis Team to Remove Students with IEPs from School Grounds.  Motion carries.

3. Policy 806 Crisis Management First Vote:

Motion made by Karen Fleming and second by Shannon Zozgornik to approve first vote on Policy 806  Crisis Management Policy.  Motion carries.

4. Policy 411 Personal Time Off Days First Vote:

There have been a couple of last minutes changes to this policy.  Policy Committee will make revisions and bring back to board at our next meeting.

Motion to adjourn made by Shannon Zozgornik and second by Don Vidal.  Motion carries.

Next Meeting 5/16/17

Northern Lights Community School

Board of Directors Meeting

March 21, 2017

Board Members Present:           Matt Alleva, Karen Fleming, Art Norton, Shannon Zozgornik, Zach McNeil

Board Members Not Present:   Josie Pitts-Lobe, Don Vidal

Non Board Members Present:   Mike Hamernick, Jackie Esler

Motion to convene by Shannon Zozgornik; second by Zach McNeil.  Motion carries.

  1. Mission Statement read by Matt Alleva
  1. Approval of Agenda: Motion to approve agenda (with changes) made by Karen Fleming and second by Art Norton.  Motion carries.
  • Expulsion Discussion:  Because of an incident that occurred last week, a letter has been sent to one of our student’s parents recommending expulsion.  According to school board policy a meeting has to occur within 10 days.  The student’s probation officer has asked us to consider homebound services.  Motion made by Karen Fleming and second by Shannon Zozgornik to discuss expulsion at a closed meeting scheduled for Tuesday,

March 28th at 3:30 p.m.  Motion carries.

  1. Approval of Minutes: Motion made by Art Norton and second by Zach McNeil to approve minutes of February 21, 2017.  Motion caries.
  1. Treasurer’s Report: Motion made by Art Norton and second by Zach McNeil to approve the following resolutions:

Resolution 1:  To approve January operating receipts of $233,621.62

Resolution 2:  To approve January checks 9628-9691 of $198,041.45

Resolution 3:  To approve January miscellaneous disbursements of $2.50

Motion carries.

There were no donations in the month of February.

February 28, 2017 Budget / Revised Budget Actual
ADM 102 102.49
Pupil Units 121.4 121.94
ATT% 93.20%

Current students enrolled as of February 28, 2017 was 102.

Funds transferred for the month of February, 2017

(Between MSDLAF and GRSB)       2/07/2017        $120,000

2/14/2017        $20,000

2/22/2017        $20,000

2/27/2017        $100,000

  1. Approval of Finance Team Minutes: Our Finance Committee met on Friday, March 17th.  Minutes will be approved at next month’s board meeting.
  1. Portage Partners Update: Tabled until April board meeting.
  1. Director’s Report: There have been a lot of opportunities this month for student field trips as well as staff development.  Upcoming events we are planning to participate in:  Earth Day celebration (4/22) and Children’s First Fair (4/29).
  1. Environmental Education Coordinator Report: Matt provided us details on the YES club’s field trips where they presented to 4th graders at two local schools.

Motion to adjourn made by Zach McNeil and second by Karen Fleming.  Motion carries.

Next Meeting 4/18/2017

Northern Lights Community School

Board of Directors Meeting

February 21, 2017

Board Members Present:            Matt Alleva, Josie Pitts-Lobe, Karen Fleming, Art Norton, Don Vidal, Shannon Zozgornik, Zach McNeil

Non Board Members Present:    Mike Hamernick, Becky McCauley, Lee Matson, Jackie Esler

Motion to convene by Zach McNeil; second by Josie Pitts-Lobe.  Motion carries.

  1. Mission Statement read by Matt Alleva
  1. Approval of Agenda: Motion to approve agenda (with changes) made by Zach McNeil and second by Don Vidal.  Motion carries.
  1. Approval of Minutes: Motion made by Art Norton and second by Josie Pitts-Lobe to approve minutes of January 17, 2017.  Motion carries.
  1. Treasurer’s Report: Motion made by Karen Fleming and second by Shannon Zozgornik to approve the following resolutions:

Resolution 1:  To approve January operating receipts of $233,621.62

Resolution 2:  To approve January checks 9628-9691 of $198,041.45

Resolution 3:  To approve January miscellaneous disbursements of $2.50

Motion carries.

Donations for January totaled $345.

January 31, 2017 Budget / Revised Budget Actual
ADM 102 104.35
Pupil Units 121.4 124.17
ATT% 94.20%

Funds transferred for the month of January, 2017

(Between MSDLAF and GRSB)       1/04/2017        $110,000

1/10/2017        $25,000

1/30/2017        $20,000

Current students enrolled as of January 31, 2017 was 105.

Current students enrolled as of today is 102.

Lee Matson presented Budget Revision dated 2/21/17 for Budget Year 7/01/2016 – 6/30/2017.

Current Budget:  Fund Balance – General Fund budgeted surplus/(deficit) for FY 2016-2017:  $824.00.  Fund Balance as % of expenditures 19.98%.

Revised Budget:  Fund Balance – General Fund budgeted surplus/(deficit) for FY 2016-2017:  $3,956.00.  Fund Balance as % of expenditures 20.10%.

Estimated ADM as of 2/21/17 = 102.88.  Current Budget:  102

No revision for ADM.

Lee went over budget revisions for revenue and expense categories.  Revenue revisions pertained to grants (carryover balance from prior year).

Motion made by Art Norton to approve following resolutions:

  • Resolution to increase revenue budget for FY 2016-2017 (ending June 30, 2017) by $7,285.00
  • Resolution to increase expenditure budget for FY 2016-2017 (ending June 30, 2017) by $4,153.00

Resulting in total net change to Fund Balance of $3,132.00.

Second by Karen Fleming; motion carries.

For the 2018 budget it was agreed to use an ADM of 102 for our estimate right now.

Finance Committee will get together in early March and start this process.

Applications for the upcoming school year have been mailed out to families and are due March 24, 2017.  Our school’s enrollment is limited to 105 students.

The application is on our website.  We have added “How did you hear about us”.

Seems like students that are interested in coming here are applying earlier this year.

  1. Approval of Finance Team Minutes: There are no formal minutes from the Finance Team’s meeting.  They worked on budget revisions.
  1. NLBC Grant: We received notification from the Building Company that they are going ahead with the Kootasca grant.
  1. Portage Partners Update: Josie will contact Meredith Fox to see when she would be available to work with us on our strategic plan and verify what the overall cost would be.
  1. Aimee Love Internship Update: Matt read a letter from Aimee updating us on her internship.  Aimee will be taking a medical leave from NLCS.  Aimee was able to withdraw from her scheduled courses so NLCS will receive a refund from the University of North Dakota.
  1. Assurances: Each of our board members signed “Board Member Statement of Assurance”.  Becky will upload to Audubon.
  1. Form 990 Review: Becky shared copy of Form 990 Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax .  NLCS has tax-exempt status:  501(c)(3).  Matt read the resolution in its entirety; resolution was signed by Mike Hamernick, Executive Director, and Matt Alleva, Board Chair.  Motion to approve made by Josie Pitts-Lobe and second by Art Norton.  Motion carries.
  1. Indian Education Parent Committee: NLCS has an Indian Education Parent Committee.  This committee is responsible for reviewing our program to make sure we are meeting the needs of our students.  Motion made by Karen Fleming and second by Don Vidal recognizing the existence of this committee and acknowledging this committee will continue for another year.  Motion carries.
  1. MN Principals Academy: University of Minnesota is offering a cohort program to develop school leaders.  The cost of the program is $7,000 per participant; MDE grant covers $3,500 of the cost.

There is special one-time funding for Charter School leaders to attend for a reduced rate of $1,000 per participant ($500/year).

Mike Hamernick would be interested in attending the Academy and Mike would pay the $1,000; however it would require him to be gone two days a month.  Applications for the 2017-1019 session are being accepted with a deadline of March 30th.

Motion made by Don Vidal and second by Josie Pitts-Lobe to approve Mike Hamernick entering into this cohort program.  Motion carries.

Question arose as to whether the school could help with participant fee (perhaps 50/50).

We will hand this off to the Finance Committee to see if there is room in next year’s budget.

  1. Professional Development Policy: Some of our staff recently attended the MAAP Conference held in Mankato.  Since we have three categories of staff (advisors/teachers, project managers, paras) that may wish to attend conferences it will be necessary to update/clarify our Professional Development and PTO policies.
  1. Calendar 17-18: Draft copy of 2017-2018 calendar was presented to the board.

This calendar is very similar to the previous year.  There are less days off during the month of February and our last day of school would be June 1, 2018.  Motion made by Josie Pitts-Lobe and second by Karen Fleming to approve 2017-2018 calendar.  Motion carries.

  1. Sam Cash Back $236.65: NLCS has a Sam’s Club card with a cash rewards feature.

Becky McCauley informed the board that we currently have cash rewards totaling $236.65 which will be redeemed for cash and used to purchase supplies for NLCS.  Motion made by Don Vidal to approve this transaction and second by Zach McNeil.  Motion carries.

  1. Director’s Report: We have finished NWEA testing and are showing growth.  Mike will give us an update at next month’s board meeting.
    1. Strategic Planning:  Already taken care of (7. Portage Partners)
    2. Renewal Update:  We received feedback from Audubon regarding our FY16 Annual Report and World’s Best Workforce.  Overall, NLCS produced a quality Annual Report that is well written, organized, and provides a complete and compliant summary of the school’s FY 16 performance.
  1. Environmental Education Coordinator Report: Matt shared the feedback from Audubon regarding our school’s environmental education performance (FY16 Annual Report).  Project WILD workshop for educators will be offered to charter schools in this area on Saturday, April 29th.
  1. Policy Approvals
    1. Policy 612 Parent Involvement for Title I Final Vote:  Motion made by Art Norton and second by Zach McNeil to approve final vote on Policy 612.  Motion carries.
    2. Policy 709 Student Transportation Safety Final Vote:  Motion made by Karen Fleming and second by Josie Pitts-Lobe to approve final vote on Policy 709.  Motion carries.
    3. Policy 516 Student Medication First Vote (Tabled)

Motion to adjourn made by Josie Pitts-Lobe and second by Don Vidal.  Motion carries.

Next Meeting 3/21/17

Northern Lights Community School

Board of Directors Meeting

January 17, 2017

Board Members Present:             Matt Alleva, Josie Pitts, Karen Fleming, Art Norton, Don Vidal, Shannon Zozgornik, Zach McNeil

Non Board Members Present:     Mike Hamernick, Becky McCauley, Lee Matson, Jackie Esler, Todd Hassell

Motion to convene by Don Vidal; second by Josie Pitts.  Motion carries.

  1. Mission Statement read by Matt Alleva
  1. Approval of Agenda: Motion to approve agenda (with changes) made by Don Vidal; second by Karen Fleming.  Motion carries.
  1. Approval of Minutes: Motion made by Josie Pitts and second by Shannon Zozgornik to approve minutes of December 13, 2016.  Motion carries.
  1. Treasurer’s Report: Motion made by Don Vidal and second by Karen Fleming to approve the following resolutions:

Resolution 1:  To approve December operating receipts of $157,179.74

Resolution 2:  To approve December checks 9589-9627 of $177,898.95

Resolution 3:  To approve December miscellaneous disbursements of $1.60

Motion carries.

Donations for December totaled $100.

December 31, 2016 Budget / Revised Budget Actual
ADM 102 101.96
Pupil Units 121.4 121.30
ATT% 95.90%

Funds transferred for the month of December, 2016

(Between MSDLAF and GRSB)          12/12/2017               $20,000

12/20/2017               $50,000

Current students enrolled as of December 31, 2016 was 101.

Lee shared NLCS Statement of Revenues and Expenditures (Budget Year 7/1/2016 – 6/30/2017) through 12/31/2016 with the board as well as Balance Sheet and Income Statement Summary through 12/31/2016.

Lee will present a budget revision at next month’s board meeting.

  1. Approval of Finance Team Minutes: Motion made by Zach McNeil and second by Karen Fleming to approve Finance Meeting minutes of January 11, 2017.  Motion carries.
  • Building Company update:  Todd Hassell notified the school board that the building company may need to pull out of the Kootasca grant.  Prevailing wage requirements apply to monies received through this grant.  Todd Hassell and Jerry Snustad will be attending a meeting on Thursday to look at all the options, and Todd will update Matt after that meeting.
  1. Board Training Check Up: The templates for initial and ongoing training are completed, look okay, and are ready to send to Audubon.
  • MACS membership:  Matt shared the information he received from MN Association of Charter Schools.  We looked over the resources and benefits MACS provides to members.  Membership dues would cost just under $2,000.  Motion made by Josie Pitts and second by Zach McNeil not to enroll in MACS.  Motion carries.
  1. New Board Member Training: Josie has been looking for options we can use for board training required by statute.  Financial management is offered online, but the other two are not.  We are considering hosting training here and opening this up to other schools.  Chuck Speiker has provided training for us in the past.
  1. School Lunch Equipment Grant: MDE has a grant opportunity where applicants may apply for one piece of equipment between $5,000 and $25,000.  Mike mailed our application today for a grant for a walk-in freezer ($12,000).  Motion to approve grant made by Josie Pitts and second by Don Vidal.  Motion carries.
  1. Cyber Insurance: This was an item on the Finance Committee’s agenda.  Is there a need to have this added to our insurance?  The cost would be $1,400 / $1,500.  After discussion, motion made by Josie Pitts not to add cyber insurance this year; second by Karen Fleming.  Motion carries.
  1. Conflict of Interest Disclosure: Annie Humphrey, Indian Education Coordinator, purchased two headdresses from RL Roaches (Ryan Bajan, a teacher here at NLCS) for $600.00 (at cost price).  After discussing the details, motion made by Zach McNeil and second by Don Vidal that board was in agreement there was no conflict of interest in this purchase.  Motion carries.
  1. Board Strategic Plan: Josie shared some information about the services provided by Meredith Fox, Portage Partners Consulting, in creating a strategic plan.  There is a session for $750 where she would come in to facilitate, organize, and then leave the rest to us.  Meredith was one of the speakers at Audubon’s Leaders Retreat in November.  Karen will contact Blandin Foundation to see if they would consider a grant to help us with this expense.
  1. Director’s Report: Everything is going well.  As of today our ADM is 106, radio ads are currently running, and we have 11 kids on our waiting list.  Annie Humphrey and Ryan Bajan will be taking students to Standing Rock later on this week.  Murder Mystery Dinner will be happening February 25th @ 6:00.
  1. Environmental Education Coordinator Report: Matt shared a list of environmental activities for 2016/2017 with the board.
  1. Policy Approvals:
  • Policy 612 Parent Involvement for Title 1 – First Vote:  This policy was reviewed.  No changes were recommended.
  • Policy 709 Student Transportation Safety – First Vote:  This policy was reviewed.  Minor changes were made.

Motion made by Zach McNeil to approve Policy 612 and Policy 709 (with changes made) and second by Shannon Zozgornik.  Motion carries.

  • Policy 516 Student Medication – Final Vote:  Tabled until next meeting

Motion to adjourn made by Josie Pitts and second by Karen Fleming.  Motion carries.

Next Meeting 02/21/2017