Negaunee Public Schools       

October 16, 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 on October 17, 2006, at the Negaunee High School Library.


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 Bonetti, High School Principal

Dan Skewis, Middle School Principal

Joe Meyskens, Lakeview Interim School Principal

Mary Kay Johnson, Administrative Aide for Finance

Julie Dompierre, Recording Secretary


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


51.       A quorum of the board was established.


52.       Motion by V. Paulson, supported by F. Collins, to approve the agenda with the following addition 60. New Business – Item I. Transportation Report.  Motion carried 7-0. 


53.       Public Comment:


Steve Anderson, a member of the GirlsÕ Fast Pitch Softball Start-up Committee, updated the Board on the progress of the Fast Pitch Program.


54.       Motion by M. Renaldi, supported by D. Rice, to approve the minutes of the

Regular Meeting and Closed Session held on September 18, 2006.  Motion carried 7-0. 


55.       The Board held a brief discussion on the consent items.  Motion by D. Hintsala, supported by O. Kemp, to approve the consent items as presented.  Motion carried 7-0. 


56.       Payment of Bills and Financial Reports:


A.        Motion by M. Renaldi, supported by F. Collins, to approve the payment of bills totaling $282,363.20.  Motion carried 7-0.


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


57.       Written reports were received by the High School Athletic Director, Community Education Coordinator and the Health Coordinator. Oral reports were received from Bob Bonetti, High School Principal, Dan Skewis, Middle School Principal, Joe Meyskens, Lakeview School Interim Principal, and Superintendent Derocher. 


58.       Correspondence - None


59.       Old Business - None


60.       New Business:


A.        The Board was informed, by Superintendent Derocher, that all of the annual reports for the district have been filed per Public Act 25.  The reports have also been filed with Marquette Alger Regional Education Service Agency.  No action necessary.


B.        The Board and Superintendent Derocher discussed a proposal, from the Negaunee City Manager, Gerald Peterson, in which the school districtÕs Administration Office would relocate to the 2nd floor of the Negaunee City Hall.  No action necessary.


C.        Motion by F. Collins, supported by M. Renaldi, to award the rental bid of snow removal equipment to Fabco in the amount of $6,740 for the 4 months rental of a front-end loader.  This agreement includes 200 service meter hours.  Hours over the 200 hours would be invoiced at $32 each.  Motion carried 7-0.


D.        Motion by M. Renaldi, supported by V. Paulson, to approve a self funded field trip allowing all of the 4th grade classes to travel to Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island in the Spring 2007.  The Board gave permission for the classes to fundraise for this event.  Motion carried 7-0.


E.         Superintendent Derocher along with Mr. Skewis and Mr. Bonetti updated the Board on the Sustained Silent Reading Program. No action necessary.           


F.         Motion by F. Collins, supported by O. Kemp to hire the following individuals:

Dave Lander, as a Custodian at Lakeview School, pending his background check.


Jodi Johnson, as a one hour per day, elementary Computer Teacher.


Amanda Miljour, as a part-time Title VII Instructional Aide.  Motion carried 7-0.


G.        Motion by D. Hintsala, supported by M. Renaldi, to approve the following Schedule B positions:


Boys Basketball          Varsity                        Mike OÕDonnell

Junior Varsity Kevin Jacobson

                                    9th Grade         Jeff Niemi

                                    8th                    Marius Grazulis

                                    7th                    Kyle Saari

Wrestling                     Head                Andy Skewis

                                    Assistant         Cory Richards

                                    Volunteer        Jim Skewis

Gymnastics                 Head                Eyre Becker

                                    Assistant         Kristen Pietila

Volleyball                    Head                Jaimie Jezewski

                                    Assistant         To be announced at a later date

Cheerleading               Head                Amy Pringle

                                    Assistant         Ashley Nault

                                    Volunteer        MaryAnn Johnson

                                    Middle School

Head                Sarah Hicks

Volunteer         Leslie Hicks/Cara Skewis

Hockey                        Head                Tim Gannon

                                    Assistant         Bob Lantto

                                    Volunteers       Don Duquette

                                                            Todd Beauchamp

                                                            Jason Gauthier

Motion carried 7-0.


H.        Superintendent Derocher informed the Board of the following employees maternity leave requests:  Tori Sager, Karie Belanger and Abby Cameron-Standerford.  No action necessary.


I.          Motion by F. Collins, supported by V. Paulson, to seek bids on 2 (two) buses.  Motion carried 7-0.


61.       Public Comment:

The GirlsÕ Fast Pitch Softball Start-up Committee members made some additional comments.


62.       Other Business - None           


63.       Motion by O. Kemp, supported by D. Rice, to adjourn the meeting at

8:33 p.m.  Motion carried 7-0.



_______________________________          ________________________________

            Martin Saari, President                                         Fae Collins, Secretary