Negaunee Public Schools
January 17, 2007
Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Board of Education, Negaunee Public Schools, City of Negaunee, County of Marquette, and State of Michigan, held on
January 17, 2007, at the Negaunee High School Library.
Members Present: Fae Collins, Dan Hintsala, Osmond T. Kemp, Virginia Paulson, Martin
Renaldi, Dave Rice and Martin Saari
Member Absent: None
James Derocher, Superintendent
Bob Bonetti, High School Principal
Dan Skewis, Middle School Principal
Joe Meyskens, Lakeview School Interim Principal
Mary Kay Johnson, Administrative Aide for Finance
Julie Dompierre, Recording Secretary
92. The meeting was called to order by President Martin Saari at 7:00 p.m.
93. A quorum of the board was established.
94. Motion by V. Paulson, supported by F. Collins, to approve the agenda as presented, however, Item I. there was an additional employee request for business leave. Motion carried 7-0.
95. Public Comment - None
96. Motion by M. Renaldi, supported by D. Rice, to approve the minutes of the
regular meeting held on December 18, 2006. Motion carried 7-0.
97. Motion by D. Hintsala, supported by O. Kemp, to approve the Consent Items as presented. Motion carried 7-0.
98. Payment of Bills and Financial Reports:
A. Motion by F. Collins, supported by M. Renaldi, to approve the payment of bills totaling $259,869.46. Motion carried 7-0.
B. Received the Financial Report from the Administrative Aide for Finance, Mary Kay Johnson.
99. Written reports were received from the Community Education Director. Oral reports were received from Bob Bonetti, High School Principal, Dan Skewis, Middle School Principal, Joe Meyskens, Lakeview School Interim Principal, and Superintendent Derocher.
100. Correspondence - None
101. Old Business - None
A. Motion by O. Kemp, supported by F. Collins, to move into a closed session for a student discipline hearing at 7:41p.m. The Board returned to open session at 8:08 p.m.
Motion by V. Paulson, supported by O. Kemp, to approve the long-term suspension of “Student A”, for 180 days, per Board Policy 5600. Motion carried 7-0.
B. Motion by D. Hintsala, supported by D. Rice, to approve the amended 2006-07 General Fund budget to reflect revenues of $12,061,596 and expenditures of $12,429,516, with $367,920 being subtracted from the Fund Balance. Motion carried 7-0.
C. Motion by V. Paulson, supported by F. Collins, to participate in the Marquette-Alger Interactive Telecommunications Consortium. Motion carried 7-0.
D. Superintendent Derocher and the Board discussed the annual school election. No action necessary.
E. Motion by F. Collins, supported by O. Kemp, to appoint Mary Kay Johnson as the school election official. Motion carried 7 -0.
F. Motion by D. Hintsala, supported by O. Kemp, to retain the firm of Thrun Law Firm, P.C. to serve as the district’s attorneys for the 2007 school year. Motion carried 7-0.
G. Motion by V. Paulson, supported by M. Renaldi, to accept the bid from G.E. Builder’s L.L.C. in the amount of $147,600 for the renovation and addition to the concession and bathroom/storage buildings at the athletic field. Authorization was given to Superintendent Derocher to find ways to reduce the expense of this project. Motion carried 7-0.
H. Motion by F. Collins, supported by D. Hintsala, to approve the course names and description changes, presented by the High School Mathematics and Language Arts Departments, in order to comply with the State of Michigan curriculum mandate. Motion carried 7-0.
I. Motion by V. Paulson, supported by D. Rice, to approve the request by Shelly Stetson, Science Teacher, for one additional day of personal business leave and Lynn Larsen, Special Education Teacher, two additional days of personal business leave per the Master Agreement. Motion carried 7-0.
J. President Saari distributed the evaluation form used for the Superintendent. He asked that the Board members complete and return the form at the February, 2007, regular board meeting. No action necessary
K. The Board asked the Superintendent to prepare a list of potential cost saving measures. No action necessary.
L. Superintendent Derocher distributed, to the Board members, Certificates of Appreciation in recognition of their commitment to education. No action necessary.
103. Comment – None
104. Other Business - None
105. Motion by O. Kemp, supported by V. Paulson, to adjourn the meeting at
8:56 p.m. Motion carried 7-0.
Marty Saari, President Fae Collins, Secretary