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Bemidji, 56619

Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

Among notable action taken at the Bemidji School Board meeting Monday:

Confirmation of resignations

The board considered resignations from Emily Duffy-Hanrahan, high school American Sign Language and English teacher; Donna McAllister, social worker; Ranae Breyen, elementary education teacher at J.W. Smith Elementary School; Robert Johnson, middle school sixth-grade English teacher; Stephen Johnson, special education teacher at Central Elementary School; Andrew Staudt, high school industrial technology teacher; Stephen Modich, high school work experience teacher; Richard A. Phelps, high school science teacher; and Susan Feeney, physical education teacher at Horace May Elementary School.

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ACTION: The board voted unanimously to approve.

Noncertified staff resignations

The board considered the noncertified staff resignations of bus driver Steven Stortroen, paraprofessional Ryan Stomberg, library paraprofessional Lauree Bahr and library paraprofessional Patricia Jane Edlund.

ACTION: The board voted unanimously to approve.

Salary lane advancements

The board considered salary lane advancements for four teachers.

ACTION: The board voted unanimously to approve.

Part-time teacher program

The board considered a request by special education teacher Paula Welte to participate in the part-time teacher program. Welte, who has been in the program since the 2006-07 school year, has agreed to a 0.60 full-time equivalent contract for the 2008-09 school year.

ACTION: The board voted unanimously to approve.

Referendum

The board considered holding a referendum this fall asking voters to renew a five-year operating levy at the current $501 per-pupil rate and continue discussion of potentially adding a second ballot question.

ACTION: The board voted 5-1 to approve. Board member Gene Dillon voted in opposition.

Minnesota Biomes Project

Representatives of J.W. Smith Elementary School's Minnesota Biomes Project presented the project plan to the board. With the help of grant money, the school is planning to create a Minnesota-shaped outdoor classroom on a field south of the school that will feature trails and trees representing biomes throughout the state.

ACTION: The board agreed by consensus to allow the project to move forward.

Donation

The board considered accepting a $1,723.87 donation from Target Stores for student scholarships at Bemidji High School.

ACTION: The board voted unanimously to approve.

Arena plan

The board considered a request by the Bemidji Community Arena Committee for board approval to move forward with the completion plan on the arena, which is located on the Bemidji High School campus. Board approval is required as part of the lease agreement.

ACTION: The board voted unanimously to approve.

Reductions

The board considered a resolution discontinuing and reducing educational programs and positions by $901,624.

ACTION: The board voted unanimously to approve.

Additions

The board considered a resolution increasing educational programs and positions by $88,559.

ACTION: The board voted unanimously to approve.

Termination and nonrenewal

The board considered a resolution related to the termination and nonrenewal of the contracts of 13 probationary teachers.

ACTION: The board voted unanimously to approve.

Unrequested leave

The board considered a resolution proposing to place two staff members on unrequested leave of absence due to discontinuance of positions, lack of pupils and financial limitation.

ACTION: The board voted unanimously to approve.

Resolution agreement

The board considered a resolution agreement regarding Denise Black, an eighth-grade science teacher at Bemidji Middle School.

ACTION: The board voted unanimously to approve.

Request to accept grant

The board considered accepting a $73,000 grant from the Minnesota Office of Higher Education to create an Advising and Counseling for College Program. The program is designed to provide students with innovative advising and college counseling programs to increase enrollment and success in rigorous high school courses and subsequent attendance and success at post-secondary institutions. The program will provide a counselor at Bemidji High School to strengthen advising and counseling for students transitioning into the ninth grade.

ACTION: The board voted unanimously to approve. The school district will be responsible for matching at least 50 percent of the grant, including in-kind matches such as office space, a computer and secretarial support.

First reading

The board considered the first reading of the school district testing plan and procedure.

ACTION: The board voted unanimously to approve. A second reading and vote is set for May 19.

Field experience agreement

The board considered a resolution to enter into an agreement with Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, that would provide field experiences for Luther College students.

ACTION: The board voted unanimously to approve.

MSHSL membership

The board considered a resolution authorizing the school district's membership in the Minnesota State High School League.

ACTION: The board voted unanimously to approve.

Extended school year

The board considered approving the 2008 Special Education Extended School Year Programs.

ACTION: The board voted unanimously to approve.

Horace May project bids

The board considered soliciting bids for a project to expand and rebuild the bus area and add parking spaces at Horace May Elementary School.

ACTION: The board voted unanimously to approve.

Present: Chairwoman Ann Long Voelkner, Gene Dillon, Bill Faver, Carol L. Johnson, Steven Johnson and John Pugleasa.

For more information on board actions, call the superintendent's office at 333-3100, ext.101.

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