Melanie Cole, Chair

Committees: Spec Ed. Coop & Region I board; Buildings & Grounds

Negotiations: Certified staff; District-wide individual contracts; Special Education Paraprofessionals & Para-educators

Term ends: 2022

Email: mcole@fergusotters.org

Phone: 218-205-4854

Natalie Knutson, Vice Chair

Committees: Finance Committee; Buildings & Grounds; Policy Committee; Wellness Committee

Negotiations: Special Education Paraprofessionals & Para-educators

Term ends: 2024

Email: nknutson@fergusotters.org

Kirby Anderson, Treasurer

Committees: Finance Committee; 544 Education Foundation; Activities Committee

Negotiations: Principals

Term ends: 2022

Email: kirbyanderson@fergusotters.org

Phone: 218-770-7161

Melissa Hermes, Clerk

Committees: Staff Development; Policy Committee

Negotiations: Certified staff; Cafeteria

Term ends: 2022

Email: mhermes@fergusotters.org

Matthew Lemke

Committees: MN State HS League & Co-Curricular; Activities Committee; Finance Committee; Lakes Country Service Cooperative

Negotiations: Certified staff; Principals; Secretaries & custodians

Term ends: 2024

Email: mlemke@fergusotters.org

Phone: 218-731-1385

Stephen Vigesaa

Committees: Activities Committee; Policy Committee; Legislative Liaison; Curriculum Review Committee

Negotiations: Principals; Secretaries & custodians

Term ends: 2024

Email: svigesaa@fergusotters.org

Phone: 507-993-5941

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 Melaine Cole called the meeting to order at 7:15 am. The following members were present: Kirby Anderson, Melanie Cole, Missy (Melissa) Hermes, Natalie Knutson, Matthew Lemke, and Stephen Vigesaa. Jeff Drake, Superintendent, Renae Macheledt, 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 Kirby Anderson and carried unanimously. 

 

Reports were presented by: 

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

 

General Consent Items

The following consent agenda was presented for approval: 

  1. Minutes from the June 27, 2022 regular School Board meeting 
  2. Bills and Treasurer’s Report - reviewed by Matthew Lemke and Kirby Anderson prior to the start of the School Board meeting:

 

General Fund

$1,664,144.97

Food Service

$1,476.84

Community Service

$793.90

Building Fund

$0.00

Debt Service

$1,750.00

Trust & Agency

$0.00

Activities

$17,930.34

TOTAL

$1,686,096.05

 

  1. Personnel

Certified Staff Hires:

  • Kristi Angus, language arts teacher @ ALC - contract increase of .0833 FTE (Total: 6667 FTE); effective 8/29/2022
  • Devonie Smith, school counselor @ KSS; effective 8/29/2022
  • Chris Grabowska, 5th grade teacher @ KSS; effective 8/29/2022

 

Support Staff Resignation:

  • Kevin Boettger, night custodian @ KSS; last day of work-6/28/2022

 

2022-2024 Individual Contracts:

  • Technology Systems Manager
  • Technology Support Staff
  • Technology Support Specialist
  • Food Service Director
  • Mechanical Supervisor
  • Facilities Supervisor
  • Director of Community Education

 

Kirby Anderson moved to approve the consent agenda. The motion was seconded by Matthew Lemke and carried unanimously. 

 

Old Business: 

None

 

New Business: 

  1. Kirby Anderson moved to award the removal of the Kennedy Secondary School Absorption Chiller to Delzer Construction in the amount of $34,669 (Alternative Bid #2). The motion was seconded by Missy Hermes and carried unanimously. 

 

  1. Stephen Vigesaa moved to accept the 2022-2023 milk product provider bids from Cass Clay Creamery. The motion was seconded by Matthew Lemke and carried unanimously. 

 

  1. Kirby moved to table the 2022-23 ISD #544 Facilities Rental Handbook & Procedures. The motion was seconded by Missy Hermes and carried unanimously. 

 

  1. Stephen Vigesaa moved to approve the 2022-23 Fergus Falls Area Special Education Cooperative #935 Facility Lease. The motion was seconded by Natalie Knutson and carried unanimously. 

 

  1. Kirby Anderson moved to approve the 2022-23 Agreement between ISD 544 and Fergus Falls Area Special Education Cooperative #935 for support/software services. The motion was seconded by Matthew Lemke and carried unanimously. 

 

  1. Missy Hermes moved to approve the Food Service Contract Changes as follows:
  • Job Description #702/Cook-Server – reduction of 1 hour/day and change to grade 3
  • Job Description #704/Food Prep-Cashier – additional 1 hour/day
  • Job Description #708/Dishwasher – additional 30 minutes/day. 

The motion was seconded by Stephen Vigesaa and carried unanimously. 

 

A School Board Work Session will be held at 7:30 am Thursday, July 21, 2022 in the Otter Community Room at the Kennedy Secondary School. 

 

The next regular School Board meeting will be held at 7:15 am Monday, August 8, 2022 in the Otter Community Room at the Kennedy Secondary School. 

 

Stephen Vigesaa made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:42 am. The motion was seconded by Natalie Knutson and carried unanimously. 




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Melissa Hermes, Clerk

 

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 Approval Date