Negaunee Public Schools

May 15, 2006



Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the Board of Education, Negaunee Public Schools, City of Negaunee, County of Marquette, and State of Michigan, held May 15, 2006, at the Negaunee High School Library, starting at 7:00 p.m.


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 Trebilcock, Middle School Principal

Joe Meyskens, Interim Principal at Lakeview School

Mary Kay Johnson, Administrative Aide for Finance

Julie Dompierre, Recording Secretary


169.     The meeting was called to order by President Dan Hintsala at 7:00 p.m.


170.     A quorum of the board was established.        


171.     Motion by F. Collins, supported by M. Saari, to approve the agenda as presented.  Motion carried 7-0.


172.     Public Comment:


Joan Coduti and Patty Gagnon informed the Board members that an Alumni Association was in the process of being created and that a grant had been applied for to defray the startup costs.  Targeted members for this Association would be former staff members and students.


The Association would try to raise funds, from its members, and in turn use the monies collected to help the Negaunee Public Schools.  They are asking to use the districtÕs bulk mailing permit and mentioned a donation of paper to create a bi-annual newsletter.  The newsletter would also be linked to the districtÕs website.


Board members approved of  this organization, however, the Superintendent will need to determine what postal restrictions pertain to the use of the DistrictÕs bulk mailing permit.


173.     Motion by M. Renaldi, supported by V. Paulson, to approve the minutes of the

Regular Board Meeting  and Closed Session held on April 26th, and the Special Meeting held on May 4, 2006.  Motion carried 7-0. 


174.     Motion by M. Saari, supported by O. Kemp, to approve the consent items as presented.  Motion carried 7-0.


175.     Payment of Bills and Financial Reports


A.        Motion by D. Rice, supported by O. Kemp, to approve the payment of bills totaling $531,001.07.  Motion carried 7-0.


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


176.     A written report was received from the Community Education Director.  Oral reports were received from Bob Trebilcock, Middle School Principal, Joe Meyskens, Interim Principal at Lakeview School, and Superintendent Derocher. 


177.     Correspondence - None


178.     Old Business - None


179.     New Business:


A.        Motion by V. Paulson, supported by F. Collins, to schedule the Annual Budget Hearing Meeting which will be held on June 19th,  beginning at

6:30 p.m. the Regular Board Meeting will follow.   The Board also scheduled the Re-organizational Meeting to be held on Wednesday, July 19th, starting at 7:00 p.m., the Regular Board Meeting will follow.   Motion carried 7-0.


B.        Superintendent Derocher informed the Board of the official election results, which indicated Fae Collins received 309 votes and Marty Saari received 293 votes.  Superintendent Derocher informed the Board that the Headlee Override passed with 255 votes yes and 86 votes no.  No action necessary.           


C.        The Board received the first reading on the following Board Policy updates/revisions: 0100, 1220, 2271, 2623, 2700, 3120, 3120.04, 3121, 3121.01, 3140, 4120, 4120.04, 4121, 4121.01, 4140, 5330, 5460, 7434, 8210, 8310, 8400, and 8510. 


Superintendent Derocher discussed the Wellness CommitteeÕs recommendations/revisions to the Wellness Policy.  No action necessary.


D.            Motion by F. Collins, supported by D. Rice, to approve the resolution for the district to participation in Section 105 Schools of Choice program for the 2006-07 school year.  The administration will list publicly the available openings of each grade level.  Roll call vote 7 ayes – 0 nays.


E.         Motion by M. Renaldi, supported by V. Paulson, to pass the resolution affirming that the Latch Key Program, at Lakeview Elementary School, is in compliance as required by Public Act 116 of 1973 as amended. Roll call vote 7 ayes – 0 nays.                   


F.         Motion by V. Paulson, supported by M. Saari, to approve the 

            awarding of diplomas, pending completion of all requirements per Board Policy.    Bob Bonetti, High School Principal, submitted a list of 119 students.  Motion carried 7-0.


G.        A motion was made by M. Renaldi, to vote on the Girls Varsity Basketball position as a separate item from the list of  Schedule B appointments.  This motion failed due to lack of support.


            Motion by D. Rice, supported by V. Paulson, to approve the following Schedule B appointments:


Varsity Football:         Paul Jacobson             Head Coach

                                                             Kevin Jacobson           Assistant Coach

                                                             Mark Marana              Assistant Coach

JV Football:                Kevin Bell                   Head Coach

                                                             Andy Skewis              Assistant Coach

                                                             Kyle Bell                     Volunteer

Freshmen Football:     Jeff Niemi                   Head Coach

                                                             Mike OÕDonnell          Assistant Coach

Middle School:            Steve LaJoie                Head 7th & 8th Grade

                                     Kyle Lander                Assistant

                                     Chris LaJoie                Assistant

                                     Kyle Heikkila              Assistant        

Girls Basketball:          Gregg Nelson              Varsity Coach

                                                             Tori Sager                   JV Coach

                                                             Byron Nelson              Freshman                                                                     To Be Announced       8th Grade

                                                             Bobbi Ayotte               7th Grade

Girls Tennis:               Greg Casperson          Head Coach

                                                             Kyle Saari                   Assistant Coach

Cheerleading Football:      Amy Pringle                Head Coach

                                                             Ashley Nault               Assistant

M.S. Cheer 7th &  8th:  Sara Hicks                   Head Coach

                                                             Leslie Hicks                Assistant

                                                             Cara Skewis                Assistant

Cross Country             Lisa Bigalk                  Head Coach


Motion carried 7-0.   M. Renaldi asked that it be noted in the minutes that he has concerns regarding the Girls Varsity Basketball appointment.


H.        Motion by O. Kemp, supported by M. Saari, to grant Tristan Palomaki, Negaunee Middle School Counselor, a one-time option, to take 30 days of half-time pay for a leave of absence.  Motion carried 7-0.            


I.          Superintendent Derocher informed the Board he had received a letter of retirement from Paulette Patron, Lakeview Elementary Principal.  No action necessary.


J.           Superintendent Derocher discussed a change in duties for Lynne Miettinen for the 2006-07 school year she will become the DistrictÕs Special Education and Title I Coordinator.  Other  staffing changes were also discussed.


Motion by F. Collins, supported by D. Rice, to appoint Paul Jacobson to the part-time Assistant Principal/Teaching position at the Middle School.  PaulÕs salary will be $57,000.  Motion carried 7-0.


Motion by F. Collins, supported by V. Paulson, to allow the Superintendent to post the following positions for the 2006-07 school year:

¯    Principal at Lakeview Elementary School

¯    Part-time Assistant Principal/Specials Teacher at Lakeview Elementary School

¯    A part-time Science Teacher, certified in grades 7th-12th.

Motion carried 7-0.      


  K.          Motion by M. Renaldi, supported by D. Rice, to approve the salary recommendations made by the Administrative Committee for non-union staff members.  Motion carried 7-0.


180.           Public Comment – None


181.           Other Business – None


             182.            Motion by V. Paulson, supported by M. Saari to adjourn the meeting at 8:28 p.m.  Motion carried 7-0.       


       ______________________________          ________________________________

  Dan Hintsala, President                                 Virginia Paulson, Secretary