Negaunee Public Schools

August 19, 2002


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 August 19, 2002, at the Negaunee Middle School Library.


Members Present: Fae Collins, Art Gischia, Dan Hintsala, Osmond T. Kemp, Virginia Paulson and Martin Saari.

Members Absent: George Kaiser


Administrators Present:

James Derocher, Superintendent

Bob Bonetti, High School Principal

Bob Trebilcock, Middle School Principal

Ron Saari, Lakeview School Principal

Paulette Patron, Special Education Coordinator

Lorraine Johnson, Administrative Aide for Finance

Julie Dompierre, Recording Secretary


Others Present: Todd Backlund, Diane Faust and Mike VanStraten


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


23.    A quorum of the board was established.


24.    Motion by F. Collins, seconded by M. Saari, to approve the agenda as presented, with the

addition of 132K. New Business - Bond Refinancing.  


25.    Public Comment:

         Mike VanStraten addressed the Board concerning the condition of the High School and Miners Dry buildings.

         He also commented that there is a need to improve on the upkeep of the grounds on school-owned properties.



26.       Motion by V. Paulson, supported by O. Kemp, to approve the minutes of the reorganizational meeting with the following changes: Item 6. Appointment of Board members to various committees: Motion by A. Gischia, supported by F. Collins to appoint the board members to various committees listed below:


NEA                        USWA                            MESPA                 Bus Driver

Fae Collins                       Virginia Paulson/Art Gischia Dan Hintsala       Marty Saari

Dan Hintsala                        Marty Saari                                George Kaiser       Vacant

George Kaiser                      Vacant                                       Fae Collins                   Art Gischia



Reproductive Health      Citizens Advisory              Administrative

George Kaiser                Virginia Paulson           Virginia Paulson

   Fae Collins

   George Kaiser

School Liaisons                                                                                               

Lakeview Virginia Paulson                                                    

Middle School Vacant          

High School Art Gischia       


Agenda Item 18A. New Business-Appointment of School Board Member: Should read as follows: A. Motion by A. Gischia, supported by M. Saari, to appoint Osmond T. Kemp to fulfill the remaining 12-month vacancy created by M. Lenten. At this juncture O. Kemp was also asked to serve on the following committees held by M. Lenten: USWA, Bus Driver, School Liaisons-Middle School The board member position will then be filled in the June, 2003 election. Motion carried 6-0.


27.    Motion by V. Paulson, supported by M. Saari, to approve the consent items as presented. Motion carried 6-0.


28.    Payment of Bills and Financial Reports


         A.      Motion by F. Collins, supported by A. Gischia, to approve payment of bills totaling $193,493.91. Motion carried 6-0.


         B.      Received the Financial report from the Administrative Aide for Finance, Lorraine Johnson.


29.    A written report was received from the Community Education Director. Oral reports were received from Bob Bonetti, High School Principal, Bob Trebilcock, Middle School Principal, Ron Saari, Lakeview School Principal, Paulette Patron, Special Education Coordinator and Superintendent Derocher.


30.    Correspondence - None


31.    Old Business - None

32.    New Business:


         A.      Motion by V. Paulson, supported by O. Kemp, to approve the reinstatement of Nicholas Dagenais to the 10th grade. Motion carried 6-0.       


         B.      No action was taken in regards to sending a delegate to the MASB conference on November 7.


         C.      Motion by V. Paulson, supported by F. Collins, to vote for Brad Baltensperger a director to the MASB Board. Motion carried 6-0.


         D.      Motion by F. Collins, supported by A. Gischia, to approve the resolution and contracting with Alger-Marquette Community Action Board to provide programing outlined in the School Readiness Program (Section 36) of the State School Aid Act. Motion carried 6-0.


         E.      Motion by A. Gischia, supported by F. Collins, to approve the following Teaching positions and Schedule B appointments:


                  Paul Collins as a full-time Middle School Industrial Arts Teacher. This is a one-year temporary appointment.


                  Dean Norden as a part-time Librarian at Lakeview School.


                  Schedule B


                        Varsity Hockey Coach - Chris Jackson


                  Motion carried 6-0.


         F.      Motion by M. Saari, supported by O. Kemp, to set the athletic season ticket prices as follows:


                                    Family $110

                                    Couple 90

                                    Adult 50

                                    Student 30


                  Motion carried 6-0.


         G.      Motion by V. Paulson, supported by F. Collins, to set the hot lunch prices as                                       follows:


                  Elementary $1.50 each or 20 tickets for $27.00

                  Secondary $1.60 each or 20 tickets for $29.00

                  Adult $2.50 per meal


                  Motion carried 6-0.


         H.      Motion by A. Gischia, supported by O. Kemp, approved membership to join GLC and utilize Hospital Purchasing Service (HPS) with Gordon Foods for a one-time fee of $100.00. Motion carried 6-0.


I.        Motion by A. Gischia, supported by O. Kemp to award the dairy bid for the 2002-03 school year to Jilbert Dairy. The bakery bid was awarded to Earth Grains Bakery, with the stipulation that a set time be set for deliver. Motion carried 6-0.


         J.       The Board discussed various goals for the Superintendent, they included:


       Balance budget

       Stabilize/increase enrollment

       Seek grants

       Increase Fund Balance by 1% yearly for a five year period

       Improve staff moral

       Create a district marketing plan

       Increase curriculum offerings through technology for staff

       Plan co-op programs with other area school districts

       Have Superintendent contact radio station to give a brief update interview of board meeting.


No action necessary.


                  The Board also discussed their relationship with the community and possible goals such as:

       Host a Board listening period for the public before each monthly meeting.

       Become more available at school functions, also be more accessible to the staff.

       Conduct a survey evaluation of the Board by the public.

       Possible creation of a Board sub-committee to address case-by-case expulsion.                                       


No action necessary.


         K.      Motion by A. Gischia, supported by O. Kemp, to approve the bond refinancing procedures. Motion carried 6-0.


33. Public Comment - None


34. Other Business - None


35.    Motion by M. Saari, supported by F. Collins to adjourn the meeting at 8:50 p.m. Motion carried 6-0.





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Dan Hintsala, President                                    Fae Collins, Secretary