Negaunee Public Schools
December 17, 2007
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
December 17, 2007, 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
James Derocher, Superintendent
Bob Bonetti, High School Principal
Dan Skewis, Middle School Principal
Joe Meyskens, Lakeview School Principal
Mary Kay Johnson, Administrative Aide for Finance
Julie Dompierre, Recording Secretary
A public meeting was called to order by President Martin Renaldi at 6:36 p.m. Superintendent Derocher and the Board discussed the annual school election date. No action necessary at this time. President Renaldi adjourned the public meeting at 6:49 p.m.
99. The meeting was called to order by President Martin Renaldi at 6:49 p.m.
100. A quorum of the board was established.
101. Motion by D. Hintsala, supported by F. Collins, to approve the agenda as presented. Motion carried 7-0.
102. Public Comment - None
103. Motion by D. Rice, supported by M. Saari, to approve the minutes of the
regular meeting held on November 19, 2007. Motion carried 7-0.
At this juncture Dan Hintsala requested further discussion on agenda item 106. Administration Reports, Item B. High School Attendance and Discipline.
104. Motion by M. Saari, supported by D. Hintsala, to approve the Consent Items as presented. Motion carried 7-0.
105. Payment of Bills and Financial Reports:
A. Motion by V. Paulson, supported by D. Hintsala, to approve the payment of bills totaling $506,186.66. Motion carried 7-0.
B. Motion by F. Collins, supported by V. Paulson, to approve the Financial Report from the Administrative Aide for Finance, Mary Kay Johnson. Motion carried 7-0.
106. Written reports were received from the Community Education Director, and the High School Assistant Principal’s, Attendance and Discipline Report. Oral reports were received from Bob Bonetti, High School Principal, Dan Skewis, Middle School Principal, Joe Meyskens, Lakeview School Principal, and Superintendent Derocher.
Dan Hintsala expressed some concerns with the high level of truancy, which was reported in agenda item 106. Administration Reports Item B. High School Attendance and Discipline. Bob Bonetti explained the reason for the increase.
107. Correspondence - None
108. Old Business:
A. Motion by O. Kemp, supported by D. Rice, to accept the 2006-07 school district audit report as presented. Jim Lampman, 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. Motion by V. Paulson, supported by M. Saari, to approve the second
reading of the revisions and additions on the following Board Policies:
2421, 5136, 5460, 5540, 7440, and 9211. Motion carried 7-0.
C. Motion by V. Paulson, supported by F. Collins, to adopt the resolution approving the annual school election date, which will be held on the even years in November. Superintendent Derocher commented that he would contact the attorney for clarification on verbiage regarding Board term length and rotation. Roll call vote 7 ayes, 0 nays.
109. New Business:
A. Patty Gagnon, Technology Coordinator, and Sara Van Abel, High School Teacher, updated the Board on technology use throughout the district.
B. Motion by V. Paulson, supported by O. Kemp, to adopt the Summer Tax Resolution. Roll call vote 7 ayes, 0 nays.
C. Motion by M. Saari, supported by O. Kemp, to award tenure to Paul Collins, a Teacher, at Lakeview School. Motion carried 7-0.
D. Superintendent Derocher informed the Board that he had received a letter of resignation from Margaret Derwin, an Instruction Aide in the Title VII Program. No action necessary.
E. Motion by F. Collins, supported by D. Rice, to approve the hiring of Ronda Mattila, as the School Health Coordinator, for the remainder of the 2007-08 school year. Ronda’s pay rate will be $25 per hour, 5 to 6 hours per day. Kathleen “ Kate” Peterson was also hired as a Title VII Instructional Aide. Motion carried 7-0.
110. Public Comment – None
111. Other Business:
Martin Saari discussed, with the Board, the possibility of annually checking the basketball backboard wench system as a safety precaution.
112. President Renaldi adjourned the meeting at 9:22 p.m.
Marty Renaldi, President Virginia Paulson, Secretary