Negaunee Public Schools

September 16 , 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 September 16, 2002, at the Lakeview School.


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


Members Absent: None


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:  Joe Brogan, Diane Faust, Nicole Gasper, Eva Kipper, Barb Powers, Jeff Powers, Jim Powers, Molly Taseris, Nick Taseris and Steve Taylor


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


37.    A quorum of the board was established.


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


39.    Public Comment - None


40.    Motion by A. Gischia, supported by O. Kemp, to approve the minutes of the regular board meeting of August 19, 2002.  Motion carried 7-0.


41.    Motion by G. Kaiser, supported by M. Saari,  to approve the consent items as presented. Motion carried 7-0.


42.    Payment of Bills and Financial Reports


         A.      Motion by V. Paulson, supported by O. Kemp, to approve payment of bills totaling $354,735.04.  Motion carried 7-0.


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


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


44.    Correspondence - None


45.    Old Business:


A.    Motion by A. Gischia, supported by O. Kemp, to rescind the bakery bid awarded to Earth                  Grains Bakery and the dairy bid awarded to Jilbert Dairy at the August 19, 2002 meeting.  Motion carried 7-0.

B.     Motion by V. Paulson,  supported by F. Collins, to award the following bids for the 2002-03 school year:  The bakery bid to D.J.Õs Bakery, and the dairy bid to Jilberts Dairy. Motion carried 7-0.


C.    Motion by A. Gischia, supported by G. Kaiser,  to adopt the Refunding Resolution and proceed with the refunding process as presented.  Motion carried 7-0.


46.    New Business:


A.    Motion by F. Collins, supported by  M. Saari, to move into closed session at 7:35 p.m.  The Board returned to open session at 8:35 p.m.


Motion by A. Gischia, supported by M. Saari, to expel Jeff Powers for violation of  Board Policy 5772.  Jeff was expelled for 10 school days, under Board Policy 5610.01. He may apply for reinstatement anytime during the expulsion period. Motion carried 5 ayes and 2 nays.          


B.     The Board discussed board policy and a request from a student to graduate early.  No                           action was taken at this time.    


C.     Motion by O. Kemp, supported by V. Paulson, to accept a bid in the amount of $45,000 for the sale of the Pineview School to Tim and Rita Laiho, with the stipulation that the building is not to be used as a charter school.  Motion carried 7-0.


D.    The Board discussed a request from the School Equity Caucus concerning possible litigation against the State of Michigan for infrastructure financing.  No action taken at this time.


E.     Superintendent Derocher presented the districtÕs MEAP results for the 2001-02 school year.  No action necessary.


         F.   The Board received a copy of the ACT Report, which the Superintendent explained. No action necessary.


F.     Superintendent Derocher compared the fall enrollment for the 2001 and 2002 school years.  No action necessary. 

G.    Motion by A. Gischia, supported by F. Collins, to hire a senior level Industrial Arts student from Northern Michigan University.  The candidate will work with Kevin Bell. Wages and employment will be based on language in the contract as defined for a long-term substitute teacher.  This position is for 2 hours per day.  Motion carried 7-0.


         I.    Motion by F. Collins, supported by V. Paulson, to approve the following Schedule B positions:


                        Head Gymnastics Coach, NHS,      Eyre Becker

                        Head Volleyball Coach, NHS,        Nicole Coduti              


                        Middle School positions:

                        Athletic Director (1/4)                              Bob Trebilcock

                        Athletic Director (3/4)                              Dan Skewis

                        Cheerleading                                           Kristen Rogers

                        Cross Country                                        Gene Bertram

                        Forensics                                               Billie Stedman

                        Forensics                                               Tristan Palomaki

                        Girls Basketball 7                                    Nicole Gasper

                        Girls Basketball 8                                    Beth Blake

                        National Anthem Chorus                          Connie Lindblom

                        Student Council                                      Suanne Trebilcock

                        Yearbook                                               Dan Skewis

                        Noon Duty                                             Michelle Lammi

                        Noon Duty                                             Mark Churchill

                        Noon Duty                                             Suanne Trebilcock


                        Motion carried 7-0.


            J.          Motion by V. Paulson, supported by G. Kaiser, to set the substitute pay rates as follows:


                        Teachers         $55.00 per day

                        Bus drivers         9.00 per hour

                        Secretaries          7.00 per hour

                        Custodians         7.75 per hour                                         

                        Aides                    5.75 per hour


                        Motion carried 7-0.


K.         Motion by A. Gischia, supported by V. Paulson, to approve hiring a part-time bus driver.            Motion carried 7-0.


             L.        The SuperintendentÕs goals were discussed by the Board.  No action taken.



47.    Public Comment:

Nick  and Molly Taseris discussed with the Board concerns they have with the expulsion and reinstatement process.


48.    Other Business - None 



49.    Motion by M. Saari, supported by F. Collins, to adjourn the meeting at 10:10 p.m.  Motion                    carried  7-0.








         ______________________________            ________________________________

         Dan Hintsala, President                                            Fae Collins, Secretary