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home : government : government April 16, 2014

2/14/2014 2:17:00 PM
Teacher On Call contract renewed

by Nora Bryson

The Cannon Falls School Board decided at its Monday night, Feb. 10 meeting to change technology consortiums, purchase two buses and a van, renew the Teachers On Call (TOC) 24/7 contract, and approve the Cannon Cruisers Car Club Inc. Scholarship, the retirement of Lydell Reinardy from Food Service, the Pay Equity Implementation Report, the 1st reading of Policy 501 (Weapons) and the 2nd reading of Policies 415 (Mandated Reporting of Maltreatment of Vulnerable Adults), 506 (Student Discipline), 616 (School District System Accountability), and the new, yet un-numbered Social Media Policy.

The board approved the purchase of one van and one bus in fiscal 2013-14 school year, and one bus in 2014-15. The District will have to take one car and one van out of service immediately as they are deemed "too old" (12 years from manufacture date) to transport students. According to Board and Transportation Committee Member Rob Siebenaler, both "run fine." Acting Board Chair Pat Dougherty joked that he would need a ride home under that criteria.

Andy Sandstrom went through several van options before the board agreed "going for a new one won't cost much more plus you get a warranty and the full 12 years."

Giese explained that the purchase would actually be a "lease-to-own," but the bank needed the motion to be worded exactly in the minutes in order to approve the financing.

The board renewed TOC 24/7 contract for two more years (through 1/31/16) after the group agreed to use only licensed teachers. TOC provides both short-term and long term substitute teachers and paraprofessionals for the district; performing background checks, managing payroll and benefits, and freeing up administration's time. There is a 4-hour (1/2 day) minimum pay. The district must approve all time-cards. The district is billed for the substitute's time as well as taxes, worker's comp insurance, health insurance, unemployment, and dues (amounting to an "administrative mark-up" of 25% of the substitute's rate). Payment is due twice a month (15th and the last day).

The board gratefully approved the Cannon Cruisers Car Club Inc. $300 Scholarship for a graduating senior who will be pursuing a career in engineering or auto/truck repair in either a 2 or 4-year technical college or university program.

The board regretfully approved the retirement of long-time Food Service employee Lydell Reinardy. Her retirement will be effective June 3, 2014. The board thanked Reinardy for her years of dedication and service.

The board approved the Pay Equity Implementation Report generated and submitted by Kathy Holm of SMS (School Management Systems---a payroll firm utilized by the district) according to state statute requirements. The report monitors job evaluations and wages paid to male verses female employees. Compensation between the sexes must be within 80% of each other. The report states the Cannon Falls School District is in compliance with all pay equity guidelines. The report must be compiled every three years and posted at the school, the library, and in the official newspaper.

The board approved the 1st reading of Policy 501 School Weapons as written by the Minnesota School Board Association (MSBA) with no discussion. Prior to passing the 2nd reading of four policies (415-Mandated Reporting of Maltreatment of Vulnerable Adults; 506-Student Discipline; 616-School District System Accountability; and the un-numbered Social Media Policy), Board Members Curt Beissel and Jerry Reinardy stated their concerns.

Beissel questioned whether the school was aware they needed to form a "Comprehensive Continuous Improvement Advisory Committee" in order to actually comply with Policy 616. He said he had contacted the MSBA and found out that this committee needs to be separate from the current Curriculum Committee. Giese said she was not aware of that technicality, that she assumed it must be part of the new, Federal, "World's Best Workforce" initiative, and that the policy could be approved with the understanding that the committee would be formed to ensure the district was in full compliance.

The next board meeting will be Monday, Feb. 24th at 6 p.m. at the Elementary School Auditorium (NOTE the LOCATION CHANGE). Agenda items currently include: approval of the 2013-14 revised budget, the 2014-15 school calendar, and the Spring Assistant Coaches.

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