Board Meeting Minutes

May 13, 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. Jerry Ness, Superintendent 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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Special School Board Meeting - April 30, 2019

A special 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 7:15 am. The following members were present: Kirby Anderson, Melanie Cole, Missy (Melissa) Hermes, Natalie Knutson, and Matthew Lemke. Stephen Vigesaa was absent. Jerry Ness, 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.

Kirby Anderson made a motion to approve the agenda. The motion was seconded by Natalie Knutson and carried unanimously.

Business Manager Mark Masten and Supt. Jerry Ness presented information regarding relocating the Early Childhood Program to the Target building.

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April 22, 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. Jerry Ness, Superintendent, Mark Masten, Business Manager, and Elaine Jahnke, HR Director, were also present.

Missy Hermes, clerk, established a quorum.

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

Reports were presented by:

  • Elementary Principal - Scott Colbeck (Adams/McKinley)
  • Elementary Principal - Tiny Rund (Cleveland)
  • Secondary Principal - Dean Monke

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

  • Congratulations to Cheryl Bormann, iQ Academy school counselor, for being selected as the recipient of the 2019 MSCA Multi-Level School Counselor of the Year award!
  • Thank you to Connie Knapp for her donations of a flute, two clarinets and a violin to the Music Department. Thank you to Locators & Supplies, Inc. for their donation of a used van to the Auto Shop Department.
  • Congratulations to Izzy Nehk on receiving 8th place in poetry at the state speech competition.

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April 8, 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, and Matthew Lemke. Stephen Vigesaa was absent. Jerry Ness, Superintendent, Mark Masten, Business Manager, and Elaine Jahnke, HR Director, were also 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.

Reports were presented by:

  • Derek Abrahams - Winter Sports Update
  • Kirby Anderson – 544 Education Foundation, Finance
  • Melanie Cole – Spec Ed Coop, Region I, Activities
  • Missy Hermes – Staff Development, Curriculum Review
  • Natalie Knutson – Wellness, Policy, Buildings & Grounds
  • Matthew Lemke – LCSC Board, MSHSL
  • Jerry Ness – Superintendent

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

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March 25, 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, Matthew Lemke, and Stephen Vigesaa. Natalie Knutson was absent. Jerry Ness, Superintendent; Mark Masten, Business Manager; and Elaine Jahnke, HR Director, were also present.

Missy Hermes, clerk, established a quorum.

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

Reports were presented by:

  • Elementary Principal - Scott Colbeck (Adams McKinley)
  • Elementary Principal - Tiny Rund (Cleveland)
  • Secondary Principal - Dean Monke
  • Superintendent - Jerry Ness

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

Thank you to Sammy Ebert and Jason Marquette for their donations to the Otter Angel account, an account created to anonymously assist families unable to pay for student meals.

The motion was seconded by Melanie Cole and upon roll call vote being taken, the following voted in favor thereof: Kirby Anderson, Melanie Cole, Missy Hermes, Matthew Lemke, and Stephen Vigesaa;

and the following voted against same:

None.

Whereupon said motion was declared duly passed and the resolution adopted.

General Consent Items:

The following consent agenda was presented for approval:

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March 11, 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. Jerry Ness, Superintendent, Mark Masten, Business Manager, and Elaine Jahnke, HR Director, were also present.

Missy Hermes, clerk, established a quorum.

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

Reports were presented by:

  • Kirby Anderson – 544 Education Foundation, Finance
  • Melanie Cole – Spec Ed Coop, Region I, Activities
  • Missy Hermes – Staff Development, Curriculum Review
  • Natalie Knutson – Wellness, Policy, Buildings & Grounds
  • Matthew Lemke – LCSC Board, MSHSL
  • Stephen Vigesaa – Legislative Liaison, Meet & Confer
  • Jerry Ness – Superintendent

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

A sincere thank you to Erin Votava for the generous donation to the Otter Angel account (an account created to anonymously assist families unable to pay for student meals); Jordan Schroeder for the donation of an alto saxophone to the KSS Music Department; Otter Tail Power Company for their donation to sponsor the FIRST Robotics Team; and to Julie and JP Stender for their donation of classroom furniture (wobble chairs and shelving) and many STEM activities to McKinley School in memory of their son, Antony.

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Special School Board Meeting

February 28, 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 7:31 am. The following members were present: Kirby Anderson, Melanie Cole, Missy (Melissa) Hermes, Natalie Knutson, and Matthew Lemke. Stephen Vigesaa was absent. Elaine Jahnke, HR Director, was also 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.

Melanie Cole made a motion to extend an offer of employment for the position of superintendent of schools to Jeffrey Drake, pending completion of mutually agreed contract and board review of a completed background check. The motion was seconded by Kirby Anderson and carried unanimously.

The next regular School Board meeting will be held at 5:15 pm Monday, March 11, 2019 in the Otter Community Room at the Kennedy Secondary School.

Missy Hermes made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:34 am. The motion was seconded by Natalie Knutson and carried unanimously.

February 27, 2019

Special School Board Meeting

A special meeting of the School Board of Independent School District No. 544 was held in the District Office Conference 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. Mark Masten, Business Manager, and Elaine Jahnke, HR Director, were also present.

Missy Hermes, clerk, established a quorum.

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

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February 25, 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 5:15pm. The following members were present: Kirby Anderson, Missy (Melissa) Hermes, Natalie Knutson, and Matthew Lemke. Melanie Cole and Stephen Vigesaa were absent. Jerry Ness, Superintendent, Mark Masten, Business Manager, and Elaine Jahnke, HR Director, were also present.

Missy Hermes, clerk, established a quorum.

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

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Special School Board Meeting minutes

February 21, 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 7:30 am. The following members were present: Kirby Anderson, Melanie Cole, Missy (Melissa) Hermes, Matthew Lemke and Stephen Vigesaa. Natalie Knutson was absent. Elaine Jahnke, HR Director, was also present.

Missy Hermes, clerk, established a quorum.

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

Melanie Cole made a motion to extend finalist interviews for the office of superintendent to Mike Kolness and Jeffrey Drake. The motion was seconded by Kirby Anderson and carried unanimously.

The next regular School Board meeting will be held at 5:15 pm Monday, February 25, 2019 in the Otter Community Room at the Kennedy Secondary School.

Interviews for the finalists are tentatively scheduled for 2:30 pm Wednesday, February 27, 2019 in the District Office Conference Room - Kennedy Secondary School.

A special School Board meeting will be tentatively held at 7:30 am Thursday, February 28, 2019 in the Otter Community Room at the Kennedy Secondary School to extend an offer of employment for the Office of Superintendent.

Stephen Vigesaa made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:33 am. The motion was seconded by Missy Hermes and carried unanimously.

February 11, 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. Jerry Ness, Superintendent, Mark Masten, Business Manager, and Elaine Jahnke, HR Director, were also present.

Missy Hermes, clerk, established a quorum.

Melanie Cole entered the meeting at 5:17 pm.

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

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January 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, Missy (Melissa) Hermes, Natalie Knutson, Matthew Lemke, and Stephen Vigesaa. Mark Masten, Business Manager, and Elaine Jahnke, HR Director, were also 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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