Negaunee Public Schools

January 21, 2008


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 21, 2008, 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           


Administrators Present:

James Derocher, Superintendent

Bob Bonetti, High School Principal

Dan Skewis, Middle School Principal

Mary Kay Johnson, Administrative Aide for Finance

Marcia Manninen, Transportation Director

Julie Dompierre, Recording Secretary


119.     The meeting was called to order by President Martin Renaldi at 7:00 p.m.


120.     A quorum of the board was established.


121.     Motion by V. Paulson, supported by M. Saari, to approve the agenda with the following changes/additions: 129. New business, Item H. Transportation Request, Item I. Sick Leave Request, and changed original Item H. School Board Recognition to Item J. Motion carried 7-0.


122.     Public Comment - None


123.     Motion by D. Hintsala, supported by F. Collins, to approve the minutes of the

regular meeting held on December 17, 2007, the Special Meeting, and closed session held on January 14, 2008. Motion carried 7-0.


124.     Motion by D. Rice, supported by F. Collins, to approve the Consent Items as presented. Motion carried 7-0.


125.     Payment of Bills and Financial Reports:


A.        Motion by F. Collins, supported by M. Saari, to approve the payment of bills totaling $574,828.16. Motion carried 7-0.


B.             The Financial Report was received from the Administrative Aide for Finance, Mary Kay Johnson.


126.     Written reports were received from the Community Education Director. Oral reports were received from Bob Bonetti, High School Principal, Dan Skewis, Middle School Principal, and Superintendent Derocher.


127.     Correspondence - None


128.     Old Business - None


129.     New Business:


A.        Motion by F. Collins, supported by D. Rice, to approve the amended 2007-08 General Fund budget to reflect revenues of $11,961,291 and expenditures of $11,978,590, with $17,299 being subtracted from the Fund Balance. Motion carried 7-0.        


B.        Motion by D. Hintsala, supported by O. Kemp, to retain the firm of Thrun Law Firm, P.C. to serve as the districtÕs attorneys for the 2008 school year. Motion carried 7-0.


C.        Motion by V. Paulson, supported by F. Collins, to adopt the resolution to participate in Section 32 (d) Preschool Program, the district will be eligible to receive an allocation of $40,800 for 12 participants. Roll call vote 7 ayes and 0 nays. Motion carried.

D.        Motion by D. Hintsala, supported by F. Collins, to approve the High School and Middle School curriculum guides which includes, course name and description changes as presented in the following departments: Business, English, Math and Industrial Technology. At the Middle School, the course was changed from Guided Instruction to Seminar. Motion carried 7-0.

E.             Motion by V. Paulson, supported by D. Rice, to approve the hiring of Kathy DeGabriele, as a part-time Bus Driver. Motion carried 7-0.


F.             Superintendent Derocher informed the Board that he had received a letter of retirement from Mark Setterlind, Orchestra Teacher, effective March 31, 2008. Superintendent Derocher explained that he is in the process of filling this position, for the remainder of the 07-08 school year, with a certified music teacher. No action necessary.


G.            President Renaldi distributed the evaluation form used for the Superintendent. He asked that the Board members complete and return the form at the February, 2008, regular board meeting. No action necessary.


H.            Motion by V. Paulson, supported by F. Collins, to approve the purchase of one 65-passenger school bus and one 47-passenger school bus in the amount of approximate amount of $139,740. Motion carried 7-0.      


I.      Motion by O. Kemp, supported by M. Saari, to grant Sarah Clement, Speech-Language Pathologist, the use of her 2007-08 accumulated sick leave in order to allow her to travel with her daughter for medical treatments. Motion carried 7-0.


      J.   Superintendent Derocher distributed, to the Board members, Certificates of Appreciation in recognition of their commitment to education. No action necessary.       


130.     Public Comment – None


131.   Other Business:


            The Board and Superintendent Derocher discussed the term limits for the Board, due to the election date change.   


132. President Renaldi adjourned the meeting at 8:16 p.m.








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Marty Renaldi, President                     Virginia Paulson, Secretary