Negaunee Public Schools

                                                                                               August 17, 2009


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 17, 2009, at the Negaunee High School Library.


Members Present: Fae Collins, Dan Hintsala, Virginia Paulson, Cheryl Radloff,

                              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

Julie Peterson, Lakeview Elementary School Principal

Mary Kay Johnson, Administrative Aide for Finance

Julie Dompierre, Recording Secretary


129.     The meeting was called to order by President Dave Rice at 7:00 p.m. 


130.     A quorum of the board was established.


            At this juncture, President Rice explained to the public that the Board of       Education meetings are governed by RobertŐs Rules.  He reminded any        individuals wishing to speak under public comment should state their name for        the record, each individual is limited to 5 minutes, and everyone should remain courteous.  He also stated that public comment is a time for the public to be heard     and Board members do not normally respond during public comment.


131.     Motion by M. Saari, supported by D. Hintsala, to approve the agenda with the following items to be removed: 139. New Business – A.  Letter of Retirement, B. Contracting of Custodial Work, and an addition of Item K.  Foreign Exchange Student.  Motion carried 7-0. 


132.     Public Comment: 


Sherry Burdick, Patty Holman, Rachel Lambertson, Linda Paquette, Dawn Schuhknecht, and Debra Young, addressed the Board with concerns they have with four sections of 5th grade being offered and the number of children in each section.  This group asked the Board to consider hiring a 5th grade teacher.


133.     Motion by F. Collins, supported by M. Saari, to approve the regular Board meeting and closed session  minutes from the July 20, 2009, meeting.  Motion carried 7-0.


134.     Motion by M. Renaldi, supported by C. Radloff, to approve the consent items as presented.   Motion carried 7-0.


            At this juncture, Mr. Renaldi asked for clarification on information contained in the High School Attendance and Discipline report.  Mr. Bonetti defined the information in question.


135.     Payment of Bills and Financial Reports


A.        Motion by V. Paulson, supported by D. Hintsala, to approve the payment of bills totaling $238,834.54.  Motion carried 7-0.


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


136.     Written reports were received from the Community Education Director and the High School Assistant Principal.  Oral reports were received from Bob Bonetti, High School Principal, Dan Skewis, Middle School Principal, Julie Peterson, Lakeview Elementary School Principal, and Superintendent Derocher.


137.     Correspondence – none


138.     Old Business - none


139.     New Business:


            A.        Letter of Retirement – Removed


            B.        Contracting of Custodial Work – Removed


C.        Motion by V. Paulson, supported by F. Collins, to award the following lowest  bids for the 2009-10 school year.  The dairy bid to Jilbert Dairy and the bakery bid to Sara Lee Bakery.  Motion carried 7-0.


D.        Superintendent Derocher review the Michigan Merit Exam results with the Board.  No action necessary.


            E.         Superintendent Derocher asked the Board if any members would be interested in attending the MASB  fall convention.  No action taken.


            F.         Motion by M. Renaldi, supported by C. Radloff, to approve the purchase of a 2009 Chevrolet Impala ,with less than 10,000 miles, in the amount of $14,823.00, from Fox-Negaunee.  The car will be used for the Drivers Education Program.  Funding will come from the self-supporting program. 


G.        Motion by V. Paulson, supported by D. Hintsala, to approve the substitute employee pay rates for the 2009-10 school  year as follows:


Teacher            $60.00 per day

Bus Driver      $11.00 per hour

Secretary         $ 7.40  per hour

Custodian        $ 8.75  per hour

Aide                $ 7.40  per hour


Motion carried 7-0.


H.        Motion by M. Renaldi, supported by M. Saari, to approve the hiring of Raymond Peter Weaver, as a full-time Special Education Teacher, at the High School.     Motion carried 7-0.


I.        Motion by D. Hintsala, supported by F. Collins, to approve the following Schedule B position:


                        Jamie Conradson - Girls Assistant Tennis Coach


            Motion carried 7-0.


J.         The Board received a letter of resignation from member Cheryl Radloff.  Superintendent Derocher informed the Board that an advertisement will be placed in the Mining Journal with an application deadline date of September 14, 2009.  No action necessary.


            At this juncture, Mrs. Radloff expressed her regrets about resigning and stated she appreciates the work done by the Board members. 


            The Board members thanked Mrs. Radloff for her time and effort.


K.        Motion by V. Paulson, supported by M. Renaldi, to approve  Alina Zahn,  as a foreign exchange student.  Motion carried 7-0.


140.     Public Comment:


            Coleen Allan, a parent, asked when the student schedules would be available.  Mr. Bonetti informed her of the dates.


Patty Holman, Rachel Lambertson, Linda Paquette, Dawn Schuhknecht, and Kevin Young, stated again they were concerned with classroom sizes at the 5th grade level.  They asked if a contingency plan was in place if the classes contained more then 30 students.  Superintendent Derocher explained that there was a plan if needed, however, it would all depend on enrollment numbers.


Additional questions were asked concerning the budget along with general funds used for  athletic expenses.  A suggestion was also made to close the pool.  It was explained, to the public, that the Board had a list of budget priorities in which the pool was listed.


                  141.     Other Business - None           


142.     President Rice adjourned the meeting at 8:10 p.m.






_______________________________          ________________________________

                 Dave Rice, President                                  Fae Collins, Secretary