Negaunee Public Schools

February 18, 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 February 18, 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

Joe Meyskens, Lakeview School Principal

Mary Kay Johnson, Administrative Aide for Finance

Julie Dompierre, Recording Secretary


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


134.     A quorum of the board was established.


135.     Motion by V. Paulson, supported by M. Saari, to approve the agenda as presented. Motion carried 7-0.


136.     Public Comment - None


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

regular meeting held on January 21, 2008. Motion carried 7-0.


138.     Motion by M. Saari, supported by O. Kemp, to approve the Consent Items as presented. Motion carried 7-0.


139.     Payment of Bills and Financial Reports:


A.        Motion by D. Rice, supported by O, Kemp, to approve the payment of bills totaling $597,111.92. Motion carried 7-0.


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


140.     A written report was received from the Community Education Director. Oral reports were received from Bob Bonetti, High School Principal, Dan Skewis, Middle School Principal, Joe Meyskens, Lakeview Elementary School Principal, and Jim Derocher, Superintendent.


141.     Correspondence - None



142.     Old Business - None


143.     New Business:


A.        A student presentation was rescheduled due to weather.        


B.        The Board and Administration discussed the Young 5Ős program. Motion by O. Kemp, supported by M. Saari, to approve the continuation of planning to offer the Young Fives program for the 2008-09 school year. Motion carried 7-0.


C.             Don Brown and Mark Hill, addressed the Board seeking to form an interscholastic self-funded baseball program, for the 2008-09 school year, at the Negaunee High School. The Board also received an oral letter from Tyler Olinske, a 2007 graduate of Negaunee High School, indicating how baseball is a part of his life and the college opportunities the program can lead to when played through a High School program.


The Board advised Mr. Brown and Mr. Hill to return with financial information and fundraising details. No action taken at this time.


D.        Superintendent Derocher reviewed the preliminary student count totals as of February 13, 2008, the official State of Michigan count date. No action necessary.

E.             The Board and Superintendent Derocher discussed the recent approved request to purchase 2 new school buses.


Motion by V. Paulson, supported by F. Collins, to amend the motion from the January regular Board meeting which approved the purchase of one 65-passenger school bus and one 47-passenger school bus in the approximate amount of $139,740. The revised motion states the approval to purchase one 65-passenger school bus and one 54-passenger school bus in the amount of $140,030. Motion carried 7-0.


F.         Support staff appointment was tabled. No action necessary at this time.


G.        Motion by D. Hintsala, supported by D. Rice, to approve the following Schedule B positions:


Track: Girls Head Coach - High School                   Vicki Paupore

                                    Girls Assistant Coach - High School              June Link

                                    Volunteer Girls Track Coach                          Kathy Hill

                                    Volunteer Girls Track Coach                          Allison Koskey

                                    Volunteer Girls Track Coach                          Emily Greely


                                    Boys Head Coach - High School                    Kevin Bell

                         Boys Assistant Coach - High School              Bill Ellerbruch

Volunteer Boys Track Coach                          Dan Bonetti


                                    7th and 8th Grade Track:

                                    Girls                                                                Jeff Niemi

                                    Boys                                                                Kyle Bell


                        Boys Tennis:   Head Coach                                         Kyle Saari

                                                Assistant Coach                                  Jeff Clark



                        Golf: Head Coach                                                      Karen Plaiser

                                   Volunteer                                                          Patty Gagnon


                        GirlŐs Softball: Varsity Coach                         Steve Anderson

                                    Volunteer Coach                                             Kyle Johnson

                                    Volunteer Coach                                             Cherish Samuels

                        Motion carried 7-0.    


144.     Public Comment – None


145.   Other Business:


            Superintendent Derocher discussed the gate receipts received for the basketball season. A brief discussion, between the Board and Superintendent, concerning the recent change in the sports schedules followed. No action necessary.


146. President Renaldi adjourned the meeting at 8:57 p.m.





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Marty Renaldi, President                     Virginia Paulson, Secretary