Board Meeting Minutes

February 24, 2020

The regular meeting of the School Board of Independent School District No. 544 was held in the Otter Community Room at the Kennedy Secondary School. Chair Matthew Lemke called the meeting to order at 5:15 pm. The following members were present: Kirby Anderson, Melanie Cole, Missy (Melissa) Hermes, Natalie Knutson, Matthew Lemke and Stephen Vigesaa. Jeff Drake, Superintendent, Blake Stoltman, Finance Director, and Elaine Jahnke, HR Director, were also present.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all present.

Missy Hermes, clerk, established a quorum.

Kirby Anderson made a motion to approve the agenda as presented. The motion was seconded by Melanie Cole and carried unanimously.

Missy Hermes offered the resolution of acknowledgements for the following and moved for its adoption:

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February 10, 2020

The regular meeting of the School Board of Independent School District No. 544 was held in the Otter Community Room at the Kennedy Secondary School. Chair Matthew Lemke called the meeting to order at 5:15 pm. The following members were present: Kirby Anderson, Melanie Cole, Missy (Melissa) Hermes, Matthew Lemke and Stephen Vigesaa. Natalie Knutson was absent. Jeff Drake, Superintendent, Blake Stoltman, Finance Director, and Elaine Jahnke, HR Director, were also present.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all present.

Missy Hermes, clerk, established a quorum.

Stephen Vigesaa made a motion to approve the agenda as presented. The motion was seconded by Missy Hermes and carried unanimously.

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2020 Reorganization School Board Meeting

January 13, 2020

The reorganization meeting of the School Board of Independent School District No. 544 was held in the Otter Community Room at the Kennedy Secondary School. Matthew Lemke, presiding 2019 Chair, called the meeting to order at 5:15 pm. The following members were present: Kirby Anderson, Melanie Cole, Missy Hermes, Natalie Knutson, Matthew Lemke, and Stephen Vigesaa. Jeff Drake, Superintendent; Blake Stoltman, Finance Director; and Elaine Jahnke, HR Director were also present.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all present.

Missy Hermes, acting clerk, established a quorum.

Stephen Vigesaa made a motion to adopt the agenda as presented. The motion was seconded by Melanie Cole and carried unanimously.

Election of Chairperson:

Melanie Cole nominated Matthew Lemke for the position of chairperson. Due to no further forthcoming nominations, Matthew Lemke, presiding chair, declared Matthew Lemke as elected 2020 chairperson by acclamation.

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November 18, 2019

The regular meeting of the School Board of Independent School District No. 544 was held in the Otter Community Room at the Kennedy Secondary School. Chair Matthew Lemke called the meeting to order at 5:15 pm. The following members were present: Kirby Anderson, Missy (Melissa) Hermes, Natalie Knutson, Matthew Lemke and Stephen Vigesaa. Melanie Cole was absent. Jeff Drake, Superintendent, Mark Masten, Business Manager, and Elaine Jahnke, HR Director, were also present.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all present.

Missy Hermes, clerk, established a quorum.

Stephen Vigesaa made a motion to approve the agenda as presented. The motion was seconded by Natalie Knutson and carried unanimously.

Carri Thompson, Curriculum Coordinator, presented a report on the 2018-2019 World’s Best Workforce.

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October 28, 2019

The regular meeting of the School Board of Independent School District No. 544 was held in the Otter Community Room at Kennedy Secondary School. Chair Matthew Lemke called the meeting to order at 5:15 pm. The following members were present: Kirby Anderson, Melanie Cole, Natalie Knutson, Matthew Lemke, and Stephen Vigesaa. Missy (Melissa) Hermes was absent. Jeff Drake, Superintendent, Mark Masten, Business Manager, and Elaine Jahnke, HR Director, were also present.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all present.

Melanie Cole, acting clerk, established a quorum.

Stephen Vigesaa made a motion to approve the agenda as presented. The motion was seconded by Kirby Anderson and carried unanimously.

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October 14, 2019

The regular meeting of the School Board of Independent School District No. 544 was held in the Otter Community Room at the Kennedy Secondary School. Chair Matthew Lemke called the meeting to order at 5:15 pm. The following members were present: Kirby Anderson, Melanie Cole, Missy (Melissa) Hermes, Natalie Knutson, Matthew Lemke and Stephen Vigesaa. Jeff Drake, Superintendent, Mark Masten, Business Manager, and Elaine Jahnke, HR Director, were also present.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all present.

Missy Hermes, clerk, established a quorum.

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September 23, 2019

The regular meeting of the School Board of Independent School District No. 544 was held in the Otter Community Room at Kennedy Secondary School. Chair Matthew Lemke called the meeting to order at 5:15 pm. The following members were present: Kirby Anderson, Melanie Cole, Missy (Melissa) Hermes, Natalie Knutson, Matthew Lemke, and Stephen Vigesaa. Jeff Drake, Superintendent, Mark Masten, Business Manager, and Elaine Jahnke, HR Director, were also present.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all present.

Missy Hermes, clerk, established a quorum.

Stephen Vigesaa made a motion to approve the agenda as presented. The motion was seconded by Melanie Cole and carried unanimously.

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Special School Board Meeting - September 16, 2019

A special meeting of the School Board of Independent School District No. 544 was held in the Otter Community Room at the Kennedy Secondary School. Chair Matthew Lemke called the meeting to order at 5 pm. The following members were present: Melanie Cole, Missy (Melissa) Hermes, Matthew Lemke and Natalie Knutson. Kirby Anderson and Stephen Vigesaa were absent. Jeff Drake, Superintendent, Mark Masten, Business Manager, and Elaine Jahnke, HR Director, were also present.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all present.

Missy Hermes, clerk, established a quorum.

Missy Hermes made a motion to approve the agenda as presented. The motion was seconded by Melanie Cole and carried unanimously.

Old Business:

None

New Business:

  1. Melanie Cole offered the following resolution and moved for its adoption:

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August 26, 2019

The regular meeting of the School Board of Independent School District No. 544 was held in the Otter Community Room at Kennedy Secondary School. Chair Matthew Lemke called the meeting to order at 5:15 pm. The following members were present: Kirby Anderson, Melanie Cole, Missy (Melissa) Hermes, Natalie Knutson, Matthew Lemke, and Stephen Vigesaa. Jeff Drake, Superintendent, Mark Masten, Business Manager, and Elaine Jahnke, HR Director, were also present.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all present.

Missy Hermes, clerk, established a quorum.

Melanie Cole made a motion to approve the agenda as presented. The motion was seconded by Natalie Knutson and carried unanimously.

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September 9, 2019

The regular meeting of the School Board of Independent School District No. 544 was held in the Otter Community Room at the Kennedy Secondary School. Chair Matthew Lemke called the meeting to order at 5:15 pm. The following members were present: Kirby Anderson, Melanie Cole, Missy (Melissa) Hermes, Natalie Knutson, Matthew Lemke and Stephen Vigesaa. Jeff Drake, Superintendent, Mark Masten, Business Manager, and Elaine Jahnke, HR Director, were also present.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all present.

Missy Hermes, clerk, established a quorum.

Melanie Cole made a motion to approve the agenda as presented. The motion was seconded by Missy Hermes and carried unanimously.

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