A regular meeting of the Carrington School District #49 Board of Education was held on February 9, 2021, at 4:00 P.M. in the high school Library.  Present:  Angela Kutz, Joel Lemer, Randy Hooey, Tonia Erickson, and Kevin Wolsky.  Absent: none.  Kimary Edland recorded the minutes.

President Lemer called the meeting to order and declared a quorum present.

It was moved by Kutz, seconded by Erickson and carried (all members voting yes on voice vote) to approve the minutes from January 12, 2021 and February 3, 2021.

Financial reports for the Activity Fund, Special Reserve, Building, Special Assessment, Capital Projects, General, and Hot Lunch Funds were reviewed.  It was moved by Wolsky, seconded by Hooey and carried (all members voting yes on voice vote) to accept the reports as presented.

Bills and the January check registers were presented.  It was moved by Kutz, seconded by Erickson and carried (all members voting yes on voice vote) to approve the check registers and payment of bills.

Mrs. Helseth reported on elementary school activities including NWEA testing, Cardinal Way award to Mrs. Hewitt’s 3rd grade and Mrs. Pierson’s 4th grade classes, grade 3-6 student engagement survey, Donna Anderson presenting lessons to Kindergarten on “On the Move to Food Adventures”, pre-school screenings, Gearing up for Kindergarten, and grade level planning meetings.

Linda Moen, representing Schauer and Associates, presented via zoom the annual audit report for fiscal year ending June 30, 2020.  It was moved by Hooey, seconded by Erickson and carried (all voting yes on voice vote) to approve the report as presented.

February 9, 2021 continued:  Mr. Roach presented high school updates on winter athletics and activities, changing the date of Prom, Student Council’s work on Snowball week and the Velvatones delivering singing valentines, 2021/22 registration, and preparing for the Cognia visitation.

 

Mr. Kuehn reported that he has hired Dallas Braaten as a custodian; that Sheryl Roundy has resigned as administrative assistant effective February 17, 2021; reported that the Executive Order allowing virtual learning will expire on June 30, 2021; that he submitted all documents to DPI for the Federal Program Monitoring; that the virtual Cognia visitation with Board representatives will be March 5 and 11:00 A.M.; and that he participated in the NDSBA Negotiation Seminar via Zoom.

Facility Committee:  The committee scheduled a meeting for February 24, 2021 at 7:00 A.M. in the ITV Room.

It was moved by Wolsky, seconded by Kutz and carried (all members voting yes on voice vote) to approve the first reading of updates to A360 Homeless Policy and new policies A390 Family Engagement and A400 Students in Foster Care.

It was moved by Wolsky, seconded by Erickson and carried (all members voting yes on voice vote) to authorize Hays Company to bid the District’s health insurance plan.

It was moved by Erickson, seconded by Wolsky and carried (all members voting yes on voice vote) to set June 1, 2021, 11:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M., Carrington High School Commons Area as the date, time and place for the school board election and to authorize the business manager to publish filing deadlines for candidates, prepare ballots, and to publish notice of election in accordance to state law.

It was moved by Hooey, seconded by Erickson and carried (all members voting yes on voice vote) to approve two open enrollment applications without transportation for two New Rockford Sheyenne students to attend Carrington Public School.

After discussion, by consensus the Board agreed to keep the mask mandate in place as previously approved.

It was moved by Hooey, seconded by Erickson and carried (all members voting yes on voice vote) to approve extending the FFCRA leave to March 31, 2021 and to make it retroactive beginning January 1, 2021.

It was moved by Erickson, seconded by Wolsky and carried (all members voting yes on voice vote) to approve closing the Elementary Building Fund account and to transfer the remaining balance of $18,865.01 to the General Fund.

It was moved by Hooey, seconded by Kutz and carried (all members voting yes on voice vote) to approve Carrington School District offering a girl’s fast pitch softball program beginning with the 2021/2022 school year.

Mr. Hooey and Mrs. Erickson declared a conflict of interest and abstained from voting regarding the agreement with the Carrington Park District due to the fact that they are also Carrington Park Board members.  It was moved by Wolsky, seconded by Kutz and carried (Wolsky, Kutz, and Lemer voting yes on voice vote) to approve Carrington School paying a lump sum amount of $20,000.00 to the Carrington Park District for the use of the diamonds for 15 years for the period of 2019 and 2021 through 2034.

Discussion was held regarding the Carrington School Endowment Fund that was established November 1, 2019.  The current balance in the Endowment is $12,344.29.  The Endowment Fund must receive a minimum of $25,000.00 in gifts for permanent endowment by the 3rd anniversary of the initial gift.  The Board will review again in July.

The Board reviewed updates to the superintendent evaluation tool.  President Lemer directed the Board to have their evaluations completed by March 2, 2021.

The Board reviewed and updated the Strategic Plan.

The next regular meeting of the Board of Education is scheduled for March 9, 2021 at 4:00 PM.

Adjourn at 6:56 P.M.

 

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Scott Fetch, Board President                                                    Kimary Edland, Business Manager