“The floors are almost done. There are more items in the classrooms than the halls and we have a full staff,” Melissa Hesch, Bert Raney Elementary Principal, reported to the School Board at Monday night’s meeting.
Superintendent Al Stoeckman told the board that with the exception of a Spanish teacher, the junior and senior high staff has been hired and everything is on schedule for the opening day of school.
The board heard a report from band instructor Nicole Boelter about students working with professional musicians from the MacPhail Center for Music via interactive television.
The board also heard an up- date from Tim Opdahl on recent Negotiation Committee meetings.
The remaining business of the school board meeting centered on several administrative actions including personnel changes for the upcoming school year.
BRE staff changes
Changes in teaching assignments and additional employees for Bert Raney Elementary School for 2013-2014 include:
•Tricia Jessen has agreed to be reassigned to teach a 5th grade class, and
•Samantha Santaella was hired to fill the 2nd grade position that Jessen vacated.
•Sarah LeBlanc was hired to fill the vacant paraprofessional position for grade 3.
•Julie Ammermann has been added as a paraprofessional to work with the kindergarten classes due to the large number of kindergartners anticipated.
•At a special board meeting on June 26, the board accepted the resignation of elementary instructor Tom Diekman.
YME staff changes
Two new teachers were hired for the coming school year for YME High School:
•Alyssa Hoffman as the Read 180 instructor and English teacher and also will be an assistant volleyball coach.
•Deidra Lecy has been hired to fill the vacant English position.
•The board approved a contract for Dean Baldry as football defense coach, and
•Accepted the resignation of Tina Sturgeon as a dance coach.
The majority of the time for the remainder of the meeting was taking care of routine business. The board:
•Approved the bills for payment and approved the transfer of implicit funds for fiscal year 2012-2013 from the OPEB Trust Fund;
•Designated school depositories for 2013-2014; •Designated the Advocate Tribune as the official school newspaper for 2013-2014;
•Designated Quiring, Ratwik, Roszak & Maloney, P.A., Minneapolis, Kevin Rupp and Spencer Kvam as legal council for 2013-2014;
•Authorized financial procedures and personnel for 2013-2014;
•Adopted a health and safety policy and approved a health and safety budget for 2013-2014; and approved renewing the membership in the Minnesota School Board Association for 2013- 2014.
•Adopted a resolution to hold classes and school board meetings on Columbus Day in October and on Veterans Day in November;
Page 2 of 2 - •The board also approved the other school board meeting dates for 2013-2014. The school board will meet the second Monday of each month with a second meeting to be scheduled as needed on the 4th Monday of each month. After a short discussion, the board also agreed to move their meeting time to 6:00 p.m.
Board Chair Grant Velde shared the results of the superintendent’s evaluation. Surveys were completed by board members and school staff.
Areas they covered in the board member survey included problem analysis, judgment, decisiveness, leadership, sensitivity, communication skills, personal motivation, instructional leadership, commitment to excellence and involving others in the decision making process. The results of the board survey showed Stoeckman’s performance rated as “meets expectations” or “exceeds expectations” in all areas.
The staff survey included communication skills, quality of work, manages request in a timely fashion, flexibility, approachable, responsive to requests for support and guidance, problem analysis, organizational ability, and sensitivity. The results of the staff survey also showed Stoeckman’s performance rated as “meets expectations” or “exceeds expectations”.
Board member Steve Zumhofe asked what was done with the survey results. Stoeckman shared that he uses the survey to identify areas where the survey indicates improvements can be made, focuses on those areas and makes changes to improve his performance.