Negaunee Public Schools

May 20, 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 May 20, 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

Members Absent: None        


Administrators Present:

James Derocher, Superintendent

Bob Bonetti, High School Principal

Joe Meyskens, Lakeview School Principal

Mary Kay Johnson, Administrative Aide for Finance


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


176.     A quorum of the board was established.


177.     Motion by M. Saari, supported by O. Kemp, to approve the agenda as presented. Motion carried 7-0.


178.     Public Comment - None


179.     Motion by V. Paulson, supported by F. Collins, to approve the minutes of the

regular meeting held on April 21, 2008, with the following change: Item 173. Other Business should have stated May 20, 2008, as the rescheduled Board meeting date. Motion carried 7-0.


180.     Motion by D. Rice, supported by O. Kemp, to approve the Consent Items with a change to 182. Administrative Reports and Comments: Item B. Health CoordinatorÕs Report was added. Motion carried 7-0.


181.     Payment of Bills and Financial Reports:


A.    Motion by O. Kemp, supported by D. Rice, to approve the payment of bills totaling $634,702.22. Motion carried 7-0.


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


182.     Written reports were received from the Community Education Director and Health Coordinator. Oral reports were received from Bob Bonetti, High School Principal, Joe Meyskens, Lakeview School Principal and Jim Derocher, Superintendent.


183.     Correspondence:


The Board received a letter from a parent, Vanessa Taavola, requesting that the middle school students have the opportunity to create a dance team. Superintendent Derocher advised that Mr. Skewis would contact Ms. Taavola.


184.     Old Business:


            A.    Motion by V. Paulson, supported by D. Rice, to approve the concept of a self-supporting boys high school baseball team. The Board requested that the teamÕs representative report back, to the Board, in July with financial information. Motion carried 7-0.


185.     New Business:


A.   The parents of a child, with severe peanut allergies, addressed the Board with concerns for their childÕs health. After a lengthy discussion the decision was made to have Joe Meyskens, Lakeview Principal, form a committee to address this issue. Board members Martin Renaldi and Dave Rice will also be on this committee.


This group will gather information to present to the Board at the June or July Board meeting. No further action taken.


B.    Motion by D. Hintsala, supported by F. Collins, to approve the Marquette-Alger Regional Education Service Agency (MARESA) Budget Resolution. President Renaldi stated a clearer understanding of this Agency is needed. Roll call vote 7 ayes and 0 nays.



C.  Motion by V. Paulson, supported by M. Saari, to schedule the Annual Budget Hearing Meeting, which will be held on June 16th, beginning at 6:30 p.m. the Regular Board Meeting will follow. The Board will determine a date for the Re-organizational meeting at a later date. Motion carried 7-0.



      D.  Superintendent Derocher informed the Board that he was notified by the Michigan Energy Office that the Large Scale Photovolatic Demonstration Project proposal has been recommended for funding. The $50,000 grant will be combined with a $25,000 grant from WI Public Power Inc. and $5,00 from the City of Negaunee to install solar panels at the High School. No action necessary.


E.    The Board received the first reading on the following Board Policies updates/revisions: 0142.4, 0151, 0152, 1411, 3211, 3430.01, 4211, 4430.01, 5460, 6520, 7434, 8210. No action necessary.


F. Motion by O. Kemp, supported by F. Collins, to allow the Great Lakes Center for Youth Development to survey students in grades 8, 10 and 12 in the fall of 2008 using the 2008 Asset and Sidebar survey. However, parents do have the option of not allowing their child to take the survey and no student identities will be released. Motion carried 7-0.


G.  Motion by D. Hintsala, supported by M. Saari, 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.


H.   Motion by F. Collins, supported by V. Paulson, to approve the resolution for the district to participation in Section 105 Schools of Choice program for the 2008-09 school year. The administration will list publicly the available openings of each grade level. All grade levels have openings. Roll call vote 7 ayes – 0 nays.


                  I.    Motion by V. Paulson, supported D. Rice to approve the awarding of diplomas, to the Class of 2008, pending completion of all requirements per Board Policy. Bob Bonetti, High School Principal, submitted a list of 117 students. Motion carried 7-0.


J.   Motion by D. Rice, supported by M. Saari, to approve the following Schedule B Positions:


Girls Tennis -         Head Coach     -           Kyle Saari

                                                       JV Coach -            Jeff Clark


                        Girls Volleyball -    Head Coach     -          Jamey Jezewski

                                                       JV Coach        -           June Link


                        Football -               Varsity Head   -           Paul Jacobson

Assistants -                 Mark Marana,

Kevin Jacobson


                        JV Football -          Head -                         Kevin Bell

                                                       Assistant -                   Andy Skewis

                                                       Volunteers -                Kyle Bell,

Kevin Mattard


                        Freshmen -             Head -                         Jeff Niemi

                                                       Assistant -                   Mike OÕDonnell

                                                       Volunteer -                  Josh LaBelle


                        Cheerleading -        Assistant -                   Maryann Johnson

                                                       Middle School -          Sarah Hicks


                   Cross Country -          Head Coach -              Lisa Bigalk

                   Girls Basketball

                   Middle School -          7th Grade -                   Jesse Rosten

                                                       8th Grade -                   Bobbi Ayotte


                   Cross Country -          7th & 8th Grade -          Bill Ellerbruch


Football                       7th & 8th Grade -          Kyle Heikkila, Donald Barr,  

                                                                                           Luke Cody, Dan Champion

                                                                                           Dave Schneider, Jesse Jezek

                   Motion carried 7-0.


Motion by M. Saari, supported by D. Rice, to appoint Amy Pringle as the Cheerleading Varsity Coach. Motion carried 5-2.


K.   Superintendent Derocher informed the Board that he had received letters of retirement from the following individuals: Cindy Kotila, Nancy Olsen, Judy Rogers and Clayton Johns. No action necessary.


                  L.   Motion by D. Hintsala, supported by M. Saari, to award the school picture bids for the 2008-09 school year to Engstrom Studio Inc. Motion carried



186.     Public Comment:


Coleen Allen voiced concerns about the limited opportunities and number of positions on the girlsÕ volleyball, cheerleading and softball teams. Martin Saari stated he was aware that one girl had been cut from a team and the situation has been discussed with the coach.


Sharon Landmark stated she appreciated the due diligence in the peanut free situation, however, the difficulties associated with monitoring 600 children on the playground and lunchroom with 5 or 6 Non-instructional Aides are immense.


Martin Saari asked how the window replacement, at the Administration building was coming. Superintendent Derocher said that the company should be back to start installation on May 27, 2008.


187      Other Business - None


188.     President Renaldi adjourned the meeting at 10:01 p.m.



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Marty Renaldi, President                     Virginia Paulson, Secretary