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

Code of Conduct

The board considered the second reading of the revised Code of Conduct.

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ACTION: The board voted unanimously to adopt the document.

Release from contracts

The board considered requests by elementary technology teachers Angela LaChappelle and Michael Staum for a release from their contracts.

ACTION: The board voted unanimously to approve.

Certified staff appointments

The board considered the certified staff appointments of Renee Leindecker as a half-time teacher of American Sign Language and a half-time teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing and Travis VanOverbeke as a teacher of physical education, health and Developmental Adapted Physical Education at Bemidji Middle School.

ACTION: The board voted unanimously to approve.

Donations

The board considered accepting the donation of $640 from the American Legion Club for the school patrol program and the donation of two 24-inch Circuit paper-cutting machines, 22 Circuit software packages and Circuit accessories valued at $2,010 from the J.W. Smith Elementary School PTO.

ACTION: The board voted unanimously to approve.

Milk bids

The board considered accepting a bid by Appert's Foodservice of St. Cloud, Minn., of $178,850 for the milk supply for the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years.

ACTION: The board voted unanimously to approve.

Budget adoption

The board considered adopting the budget for the 2008-09 fiscal year with revenue projected at about $57.52 million and expenses projected at about $58.27 million.

ACTION: The board voted unanimously to approve.

Position discontinued

The board considered discontinuing a full-time assistant principal position at Bemidji Middle School.

ACTION: The board voted unanimously to approve.

Position added

The board considered adding a full-time dean of students position at Bemidji Middle School.

ACTION: The board voted unanimously to approve.

Disallowance agreement

The board considered a resolution stating that the school district may either levy property tax for the purpose of replacing the federal funds that have been disallowed based on the Local Collaborative Time Study audit settlement between the Minnesota Department of Human Services and the Center for Medicaid Services or make other arrangements to remit to the integrated fund of Beltrami Area Service Collaborative the amount established by the state commissioner of education in each of the following years: 2009, 2010 and 2011.

ACTION: The board voted 5-0 to approve. Board member John Pugleasa abstained from the vote because he is the executive director of Beltrami Area Service Collaborative.

Termination resolution

The board considered a resolution to terminate and not renew the contract of Lynn Tchida, coordinator of Community Education.

ACTION: The board tabled the resolution until June 25 to learn more about the circumstances.

Spring MAP test results

Kathy Palm, director of curriculum and administrative services, presented the results of the spring Measures of Academic Progress tests, which are school district computerized tests in reading, math and language usage. Students in grades 2-8 completed the tests in April and May.

ACTION: No action was taken.

Grant application

The board considered a request to submit an application for a grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation for $50,000 per year for two years. Through the grant, Community Education would expand the current after-school and summer learning programs to include leadership training for students and their parents.

ACTION: The board voted unanimously to approve.

Grant application

The board considered a request to submit an application for a $100,000 Magnet School and Program Grant from the Minnesota Department of Education. Through the grant, J.W. Smith Elementary School would continue with and expand its goals to improve student learning and the quality of education in an integrated educational setting using a collaboration of teachers, parents, students and the community.

ACTION: The board voted unanimously to approve.

Grant application

The board considered a request to submit an application for a Magnet School and Program Grant for up to $100,000 from the Minnesota Department of Education. The grant would support a new focus for Central Elementary School by funding a specialty school program that focuses on addressing specific academic and integrated needs of the school's population by promoting and facilitating family involvement, community mentorship and an umbrella philosophy that believes in using the talents, skills, desire to help and economic necessity of Bemidji Education Students Together.

ACTION: The board voted unanimously to approve.

Grant application

The board considered a request to submit an application for a grant from the U.S. Department of Education for up to $650,000 throughout five years. The grant would support an Advanced Placement Incentive Program at Bemidji High School. The purpose of the program is to increase the successful participation of low-income and minority students in Advanced Placement courses and tests.

ACTION: The board voted unanimously to approve.

Student recognition

Superintendent Jim Hess recognized the accomplishments of several Bemidji High School students on the boy's track team. He will send letters to the students on behalf of the board to recognize their accomplishments.

ACTION: No action was taken.

Staffing of position

The board considered a resolution to rescind the termination of the contract of probationary teacher Jeffrey Olson. In April, the board approved the termination of the contracts of 13 probationary teachers. Since then, a vacancy opened for a full-time industrial technology teacher at Bemidji High School.

ACTION: The board voted unanimously to approve.

Staffing of position

The board considered a resolution to rehire Jennifer Kovach and Candace Burk, staff members on unrequested leave of absence. In April, the board approved placing the two staff members on unrequested leaves of absence due to discontinuance of positions, lack of pupils and financial limitation. Since then, vacancies opened for a half-time social worker and a half-time art teacher.

ACTION: The board voted unanimously to approve.

Request for licensed staff

The board considered adding back a half-time Safe and Drug Free Schools social worker position and a 1.01 full-time equivalent elementary education Title I teacher position to work at J.W. Smith and Central elementary schools for the 2008-09 school year. The approximate cost of these positions is $83,168. Title funds will support the positions.

ACTION: The board voted unanimously to approve.

Bullying Prohibition Policy

The board considered the second reading of the revised Bullying Prohibition Policy.

ACTION: The board voted unanimously to adopt the policy.

Superintendent evaluation

The board will conduct its annual superintendent evaluation June 25.

ACTION: No action was taken.

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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