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IBB Minutes March 8, 2012






Thursday, March 8, 2012


Anna Gustafson called to order the special meeting of the Board of Education of U.S.D. 487 at 5:00 p.m., March 8, 2012.  Board members and other staff present were: Stacey Berndt, Ben Meyer, Rod Erickson, David Powell, Deb Geissert, Patty Kahle, Superintendent John Thissen, Clerk of the Board Robyn Heitfield and John Doern.  James Carnes joined the meeting at 5:08 p.m., Bret Beye joined the meeting at 5:23 p.m. and Lyneva Bryan joined at 6:00 p.m.  David Powell left the meeting at 7:00 p.m.  Board members and other staff absent were:  Alan Stuart, Barb Kurtenbach and Megan Clark. 


1.         ADOPT AGENDA                                                                                                                David Powell moved (Erickson) to adopt the agenda.  Motion carried 5-0.                          

2.         IBB MEETING                                                                                                                      John Doern with the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service facilitated the meeting.  Last year’s ground rules were reviewed.  A goal for completion date was set at June 15, 2012.

            Issues left open for committees to research from the previous year were revisited and discussed:

  1. Teacher evaluation process – research is being done now but a “hold” has been put on it.  The state wants to implement an evaluation process that will be used statewide so the committee doesn’t want to put too much time and effort into a new program that may change in a year or two.
  2. Substitutes for “special” teachers – we are finding subs if they are requested by the teacher
  3. Excessive student tardies (this was mainly in the elementary building since there is not a policy for excessive tardies) – county attorney was contacted previously to see what/if anything can be done.  Another idea was to consider the student “not in good standing.”  Mr. Thissen will talk to Mr. DeMont.
  4. Internet Filters for Staff – still issues with the filter but response has been sooner.  It is understood that staff must contact tech department for requests.


 The previous year’s standards will be used:     


  1. Workable – Can we accomplish with the resources we currently have?
  2. Ratifiable – Will this issue pass by majority of teachers and Board?
  3. Cost – Is there a cost associated with this issue?   




The following issues were listed:

  1. Supplementals
  1. MS/HS track coaches – look at combining 6-12 track program
  1. PDC Supplemental  
  1. Add MS supplemental
  2. Workload has changed
  1. Cheerleading Supplemental
  1. Amount of work vs. amount of pay
  1. Musical/play supplemental
  1. Define differently
  1. Supplemental Freeze
  1. Remove the freeze imposed for 2011-12 year
  1. Differentials
  1. Add experience factor
  1. Salary Schedule
  2. Health Insurance
  1. Set amount
  1. Teacher Contract/Hrs per Day
  1. Look at 7:50 to 4:05 current day
  1. Combining Sick/Personal Days
  1. This was determined immediately that it would not be ratifiable so it was scratched
  1. Number of Hours for Parent/Teacher Conferences
  1. Necessity of 7 full hours for P/T conferences in the spring
  1. Supplemental differentials
  1. Analyze for accuracy
  1. Sick Leave Buyback Upon Retirement
  1. District buys back
  1. Liquidated Damages for Resignations and Early Retirement
  1. Review the amounts
  1. Early Retirement Health Benefits
  1. Review pg 12G & 13B – amount of years given
  1. Educator Excellence
  1. Recognizing/Reinforcing
  1. Maximizing Educator Excellence
  1. Maximizing the use of
  1. Substitutes
  1. Use and qualifications
  1. Collaboration
  1. Ensure ongoing collaboration between board and certified staff
  2. Improve quality of education within the district
  3. How to get staff involved in the process



Supplemental issues were identified in green.  Issues in purple deal with early retirement and issues in red were identified as district wide educational improvement.  Any issues dealing with money will have to wait until legislation finalizes the 2012-13 budget funding.

            The group began discussing individual issues:


  9.  Teacher Contract/Hrs per Day


  • Affects of contract time if students start earlier or stay later
  • Calendar committee discussions

A suggestion was made to change contract times if contact times are changed.  Consensus by the group was to make the change to teacher contracts as it relates to student contact times and days.  Decision on the issue is pending calendar committee recommendation. 

11.  Number of Hours for Parent/Teacher (P/T) Conferences

            A suggestion was made that only one day was needed for the spring conference since not all parents are required to meet with the teacher if the student is doing well and there are no concerns by the parents.  An idea was presented to use one evening for spring p/t conference and the trade off day would consist of a half day with students and a half day off.  If a conference is needed and the parent doesn’t come in, the teacher could use the half day off to make a home visit thus fulfilling the p/t conference obligation.

            This issue is also pending calendar committee recommendation.


            The next scheduled meeting will be Tuesday, April 3, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the District Office.


3.         ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                 At 7:45 p.m., Bret Beye declared the meeting adjourned.    




Robyn Heitfield, Clerk of Board of Education


Attest: ____________________________________

            Bret Beye, President


Date:  _____________________________________