Negaunee Public Schools

November 21, 2005



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

November 21, 2005, 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

Bob Trebilcock, Middle School Principal

Mary Kay Johnson, Administrative Aide for Finance

Julie Dompierre, Recording Secretary


Others Present: Kyle Bell, Becky Hill, and Wade Wiaitallo


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


72.        A quorum of the board was established.


73.        Motion by V. Paulson, supported by F. Collins, to approve the agenda as presented.  Motion carried 7-0. 


74.        Public Comment:

Wade Wiaitallo, a Northern Michigan University student, advised the Board he would be taping this meeting for a class at Northern.


75.        Motion by M. Saari, supported by O. Kemp, to approve the minutes of the

regular meeting held on October 17, 2005, the Special Meeting and Closed Session held on November 3, 2005.  Motion carried 7-0. 


76.        Motion by M. Renaldi, supported by F. Collins, to approve the Consent Items as presented.  Motion carried 7-0.


77.        Payment of Bills and Financial Reports:


A.          Motion by O. Kemp, supported by D. Rice, to approve the payment of bills totaling $245,269.20.  Motion carried 7-0.


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


78.        Written reports were received from the Community Education Director, Health Coordinator, and a High School Attendance and Discipline Report from the Assistant Principal.  Oral reports were received from Bob Bonetti, High School Principal, Bob Trebilcock, Middle School Principal, and Superintendent Derocher. 


79.        Correspondence - None


80.        Old Business:


A.               Motion by V. Paulson, supported by D. Rice, to approve purchasing the textbook Biology:  The Dynamics of Life, from Glencoe Publishing, for the High School Biology Department when funds become available.  Motion carried 7-0.


81.        New Business:


A.               Motion by F. Collins, supported by O. Kemp, to approve the 2004-05 district audit report as presented. Becky Hill, our auditor, from the firm of Anderson, Tackman and Company L.P.C. discussed the audit and answered various questions from the Board.  Motion carried 7-0.


B.          The Board reviewed the first reading of revisions and additions on the following Board Policies:  2412, 3120, 3121, 3231, 3430.01, 3437.01, 4121, 4231, 4430.01, 4437.01, 8210, 8330, 8350.  No action necessary at this time.          


C.          The Superintendent and Board Members discussed different aspects of the School Safety Legislation (2005 PA 129-131 and 138) regarding school employees criminal history background check.  This agenda item was tabled until the next regular board meeting. 


D.          Motion by V. Paulson, supported by D. Rice, to adopt the Resolution to Participate in Section 32 (d) Preschool Program.  Roll call vote was taken 7 ayes and 0 nays.  Motion carried.


E.                Superintendent Derocher and the Board discussed the procedures used in the notification process to parents/guardians when the use of controversial materials may be used in the classrooms. The Superintendent will ensure that the district is in compliance with Board Policies when these types of material are used.


F.           Superintendent Derocher discussed the fall parent-teacher conference reports.  No action necessary.


G.        Motion by F. Collins, supported by V. Paulson, to approve a field trip request from Gerry Anderson, to allow the Symphonic Band to take a trip to New York during spring break.  The field trip will be self-funded through fundraising.  Motion carried 7-0.


H.        Motion by M. Renaldi, supported by M. Saari, to approve unpaid leave  of absence requests for the following employees:  Coleen Allen, Instructional Aide, Linda Pirhonen, Secretary, and Molly Kus, Teacher.  Motion carried 7-0.


I.          Motion by V. Paulson, supported by M. Renaldi, to approve the following Schedule B Positions:

                            Boys Basketball:

                            Head Freshman Coach             Jeff Niemi

                            7th Grade Coach                           Kyle Saari

                            Varsity Volunteer Coach        Billy Hill


                            JV Coach                                        Blythe Betts

Motion carried 7-0.


J.              Motion by F. Collins, supported by D. Rice, to hire Larry Peterson as a Bus Driver.  This position will be for a Friday route, which consists of 1.25 hours.  Motion carried 7-0.


K.          Motion by F. Collins, supported by O. Kemp, to give the Superintendent permission to post the following positions:  2 part-time Instructional Aides for Lakeview School, 1 part-time Non-Instructional Aide for Lakeview.  The Superintendent will also post a position for an Administrative Assistant to be in charge of the Special Education Program, Title I Program, and also perform as an Assistant Principal at Lakeview.  Motion carried 7-0.


82.        Public Comment – None


83.       Other Business - None            


84.       Motion by M. Saari, supported by F. Collins, to adjourn the meeting at 8:34 p.m.  Motion carried 7-0.




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          Dan Hintsala, President                                                        Virginia Paulson, Secretary