Negaunee Public Schools

April 25 , 2005


Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Board of Education, Negaunee Public Schools, City of Negaunee, County of Marquette, and State of Michigan, held April  25, 2005, at the Negaunee High School Library, starting at 7:00 p.m.


Members Present:  Fae Collins, Osmond T. Kemp, Virginia Paulson, Martin Renaldi,  Dave Rice, and Martin Saari


Member Absent:    Dan Hintsala


Administrators Present:

James Derocher, Superintendent

Bob Bonetti, High School Principal

Bob Trebilcock, Middle School Principal

Paulette Patron, Lakeview School Principal and Special Education Coordinator

Mary Kay Johnson, Administrative Aide for Finance

Julie Dompierre, Recording Secretary


Others Present:  Greg Casperson, Kathy Coonen, Jay Coonen, Fran Daggett, Sabrina  

                          Elledge, Sandy Larson, and Kathy O’Donnell


154.    The meeting was called to order by President Fae Collins at 7:00 p.m.


155.    A quorum of the board was established.        


156.    Motion by V. Paulson, supported by O. Kemp, to approve the agenda as presented.  Motion carried 6-0.


157.      Public Comment:


The following individuals requested that the Board, once again, implement the Young 5’s Program:  Kathy Coonen,  Fran Daggett,  Sabrina Elledge,  and Sandy Larson.  Superintendent Derocher explained that enrollment numbers need to be reviewed before a recommendation is sent to the Board.  He indicated that he would present his recommendation at the May Board Meeting.


158.    Motion by M. Renaldi, supported by M. Saari, to approve the minutes of the

regular meeting held on March 21, 2005.  Motion carried 6-0. 


159.    Motion by M. Saari, supported by O. Kemp, to approve the consent items as presented.  Motion carried 6-0.


160.    Payment of Bills and Financial Reports


A.      Motion by O. Kemp, supported by D. Rice, to approve the payment of bills totaling $504,735.06.  Motion carried 6-0.


B.      Received the Financial Report from the Administrative Aide for Finance, Mary Kay Johnson.


161.    Written reports were received from the Assistant Principal/Athletic Director, Community Education Director, and the Health Coordinator.  Oral reports were received from Bob Bonetti, High School Principal, Bob Trebilcock, Middle School Principal, Paulette Patron, Lakeview School Principal and Special Education Coordinator, and Superintendent Derocher. 


162.    Correspondence - None


163.    Old Business - None


164.    New Business:


A.      The Board reviewed the first reading of the following revised/new Board Policy numbers: 0142.5, 0167.2, 0167.3, 0168.1, 0169.1, 0169.2, 3430.01, 4430.01, 5540, 5610.01, 6423, 6680 and 9800.  No action necessary at this time.


B.      Motion by V. Paulson, supported by D. Rice, to award high school diplomas to the following individuals who have completed the Adult Education requirements through the Community Education Program: Beth A. Belmore, Nicholas Michael Dagenais, Luke M. Elvetici, Kelly Jo Emanuelson, Ann Marie Gero, Celia A. Grondin, Katie Marlene Illikainen, Cristopher Juchemich, Sarah Suzzanne Korpi, Darryl Patrick Larson, Gordon Lewis, Jamie L. Mattila, Tina M. Ouellette, Becky S. Swenor,  and Amy Dawn Tammelin.  Motion carried 6-0.


C.          Motion by M. Renaldi, supported by O. Kemp, to set the first day of school for the 2005-06 school year to start on Monday, August 29, 2005, for the professional staff and Tuesday, August 30, 2005, for the students.  Motion carried 6-0. 


D.          Motion by D. Rice, supported by M. Saari, to adopt the resolution supporting Senate Bill 246.  Roll call vote 6 ayes 0 nays.


E.       Motion by O. Kemp, supported by V. Paulson,  to appoint Martin Renaldi,  as the district representative,  for Negaunee Public Schools, at the MARESA Annual Budget Hearing, to be held on May 5, 2005.  Motion carried 6-0.


F.       Motion by O. Kemp, supported by V. Paulson, to award the maintenance of the districts’ grounds to Loy Lawns by Design, of Negaunee, in the amount of $20,527.  Motion carried 6-0.


Motion by O. Kemp, supported by D. Rice, to approve selling, on bids, the districts’ lawn care equipment.  Motion carried 6-0.


At this juncture,  Superintendent Derocher and the Board discussed the possibility of seeking a long-term grounds care contract.


G.   Motion by O. Kemp, supported by D. Rice, to approve the concepts suggested by the Athletic Booster Club for improvements at the athletic field complex. With the exception of Item 6. removal of the eastern most tennis court on the south area to make room for a tennis viewing area.  This court would be  relocated to the playground on the southwestern side of the complex  Motion carried 6-0.


H.       Motion by O. Kemp, supported by M. Saari, to approve the request by Greg Casperson to write a grant application for the “Poet in Residence” program through the Michigan Council of the Arts and Cultural Affairs.  Motion carried 6-0.


I.        Superintendent Derocher informed the Board that he had received letters of retirement from Kathy Pompo, First Grade Teacher, and Margaret Johnson, Food Service Worker.  He also received a letter  of resignation from Karen Saari, High School Cheer Coach.  The Superintendent sent letters of appreciation to all of the above individuals.  No action necessary.


J.           Motion by V. Paulson, supported by D. Rice, to award tenure to the following teachers: Sarah Clement, Sherri Holmgren, and Ramona Meyer.


                    And to place the following staff members indicated by probationary steps as follows:  Fourth year probationary status: Todd Backlund, Third year probationary status:  Kyle Bell, Second year probationary status:  Jill Collins and Molly Kus.   Motion carried 6-0.


K.          Motion by M. Saari,  supported by D. Rice, to grant a one-half

day of sick leave to Joellyn Kainulainen, First Grade Teacher,  to allow her to participate in a school field trip for the Fourth Grade class.  Motion carried 6-0.


165.     Public Comment - None


166.     Other Business – None


167.     Motion by O. Kemp, supported by M. Saari, to adjourn the meeting at 8:13 p.m.  Motion carried 6-0.






     ______________________________            ________________________________

               Fae Collins, President                              Marty Saari, Secretary