Negaunee Public Schools

November 17, 2008


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 17, 2008, at the Negaunee High School Library.


Members Present: Fae Collins, Dan Hintsala, Virginia Paulson, Martin Renaldi, Dave Rice and Martin Saari


Member Absent:  Osmond T. Kemp


Administrators Present:

James Derocher, Superintendent

Dan Skewis, Middle School Principal

Joe Meyskens, Lakeview Elementary School Principal

Mary Kay Johnson, Administrative Aide for Finance

Julie Dompierre, Recording Secretary


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


270.     A quorum of the board was established.


271.     Motion by F. Collins, supported by M. Saari, to approve the agenda with the following additions/change:


274. Consent Items: C. Athletic Director’s Report

D. High School Discipline Report.


President Renaldi asked that the Executive Session be held after agenda item 280. Public Comment.


Motion carried 6-0. 


272.     Public Comment:


Mark Churchill, Professional Negotiation Chairperson, addressed the Board  concerning the 403 (b) issue.  Mr. Churchill stated that he was presented with twelve technical questions, from the Adminstration, and asked to respond.  He felt the Administration had decided to move forward with the TPA (Third Party Administrator) consortium, back on October 2nd, which was before the MEA Committee had received the questions or had time to respond. 


Mr. Churchill feels that the MEA Financial is in the best interest of everyone stating of the 200 district employees 140 are associated with the MEA.  Mr. Churchill said that the district has paid $500 to the TPA consortium when these services would have been provided free of charge from the MEA Financial. He also stated that the TPA’s vision has changed in order to meet the MEA standards. He voiced concerns on using a TPA located in the State of Florida as opposed to the MEA, which is located in Michigan.


RaeAnn Loy, MEA Union President, stated that she and Mark Churchill had received a memorandum from Superintendent Derocher stating that he would be asking the Board of Education, at the November 17th meeting, to take action to approve a 403 (b) Plan and participate in the Michigan Retirement Investment Consortium with TSA Consulting, Inc. as the TPA for the plan.  Ms. Loy does not feel that there is an impasse. She stated that a meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, November 20th  and that there is still time to work out a Letter of Understanding.  She also said that she feels that Superintendent Derocher did not negotiate in good faith and that there was no mention of a mediation.   Ms. Loy stated that the union did not want to file an Unfair Labor Practice and asked the Board to table this item. 


Coleen Allen, MESPA Union President, explained to the Board that their union had not received any notification from Superintendent Derocher and asked the Board to table this item until a letter of agreement is in place.


273.     Motion by D. Rice, supported by F. Collins, to approve the minutes of the

regular meeting and closed session on October 20, 2008.  Motion carried 6-0. 


274.     Motion by M. Saari, supported by D. Hintsala, to approve the Consent Items as presented. 


Marty Saari asked Superintendent Derocher if student nurses, from Northern Michigan University, are required to be fingerprinted?  Superintendent Derocher explained that it was not necessary because these individuals are not paid employees.


President Renaldi asked Joe Meyskens for clarification on the minutes included in the Health Coordinator’s report.


Motion carried 6-0.


275.     Payment of Bills and Financial Reports:


A.        Motion by D. Rice, supported by V. Paulson, to approve the payment of bills totaling $643,610.76.  Motion carried 6-0.


B.        Mary Kay Johnson, Administrative Aide for Finance, presented the financial report. 


276.     Written reports were received from the Community Education Director, the Health Coordinator, High School Athletic Director and the High School Assistant Principal’s Discipline Report.  Oral reports were received from, Dan Skewis, Middle School Principal, Joe Meyskens, Lakeview Elementary School Principal, and Superintendent Derocher. 


277.     Correspondence - None


278.     Old Business - None


279.     New Business:


            At this juncture, President Renaldi requested that the agenda order be changed. 


Motion by D. Hintsala, supported by F. Collins, to move agenda item 279. New Business, L. Executive Session before agenda item C. NEA Negotiations.  Motion carried 6-0.


A.        Superintendent Derocher and the Board discussed a request, from the City of Negaunee’s Recreation Committee, to enter into an agreement with the City to allow for the expansion of the park located at the athletic complex. No action taken.                   


B.        The Board received a copy of the 2007-08 district audit.  Superintendent Derocher stated that the three areas of improvement in the audit have been addressed and corrected.   The Board will receive a complete report from the firm of Anderson, Tackman and Company, P.L.C. at the December board meeting.  No action taken.


C.        Motion by D. Rice, supported by V. Paulson, to pass the resolution declaring an impasse in the negotiations with the Negaunee Education Association with respect to a 403 (b) plan.  Roll call vote 6 ayes–0 nays.  Motion carried.


D.        Motion by F. Collins, supported by D. Hintsala, to adopt the Plan Document resolution for the Negaunee School District’s 403 (b) Retirement Plan.  The Superintendent and Business Manager are authorized to select the vendors for this plan.  Roll call vote 6 ayes-0 nays.  Motion carried.


E.         Motion by D. Rice, supported by M. Saari, to approve the resolution allowing the district to enter into a participation agreement to become a party to the Interlocal Agreement with the Michigan Retirement Investment Consortium for third party administration 403 (b) tax-annuity programs.  Roll call vote 6 ayes-0 nays.  Motion carried.


F.         Superintendent Derocher informed the Board of the election results.  He stated that the Sink Fund five-year renewal had been approved with 2,743 yes votes and 1,380 no votes.  He also said that Dan Hintsala had been the only write in candidate and received 29 votes.  The Board will have to appoint someone to the vacancy left by Osmond Kemp at the January, 2009 Board Meeting.  No action necessary.            


G.        The Board held the first reading of the following Board Policy revisions/updates:  2260.01, 2461, 3121, 4121, 3130, 3430.01, 4430.01, 3437.01, 4437.01, 5114, 5320, 5460, 5605, 5610, 8210, 8351, and 8452.  No action necessary at this time.


H.        Motion by V. Paulson, supported by F. Collins, to approve the purchase of a 6’ X 12’ enclosed trailer .  Motion carried 6-0.


I.          Motion by M. Saari, supported by D. Hintsala, to approve a field trip request from Connie Lindblom, Middle School Teacher.  The trip is scheduled for June 2, 2009, and will take the Middle School chorus to Appleton to see the play Grease.  Motion carried 6-0.


J.         Motion by D. Hintsala, supported by F. Collins, to grant Karen Prusi 2 years of credit on the compensation scale in recognition of her Associate’s Degree in Food Service Management effective November 18, 2008.   Motion carried 6-0.


K.        Motion by D. Rice, supported by V. Paulson, to transfer Nancy Vilona to the Young Five’s Instructional Aide position.  The Superintendent will also post a position for a  part-time Non-instructional Aide to replace Nancy. Motion carried 6-0.


L.         Motion by D. Rice, supported by V. Paulson, to move into Executive Session at 7:58 p.m.  Roll call vote 6 ayes-0 nays. Motion carried.


            President Renaldi moved back into open session at 8:31 p.m.


280.     Public Comment - None


281.     Other Business - None


282.     President Renaldi adjourned the meeting at 8:51 p.m.




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                       Martin Renaldi, President                  Virginia Paulson, Secretary