CITY OF DELANONOTICE OF PUBLIC ACCURACY TEST FOR GENERAL ELECTION
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Delano City Clerk will hold a Public Accuracy Test on the M100 and DS200 Vote Tabulators on Monday, October 29, at 2:00 p.m. at City Hall, 234 2nd Street North, Delano. The public is invited to attend.
Marlene E. Kittock
Published in the Delano Herald Journal Oct. 19 and 26, 2018.
FRANKLIN TOWNSHIPNOTICE OF PUBLIC ACCURACY TESTFOR GENERAL ELECTION
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Franklin Township will hold a Public Accuracy Test on the M100 and Auto Mark election machines on Monday October 29, 2016, at 4:00pm at the Township Hall, 8735 County Road 16 SE, Delano. The public is invited to attend.
Stephanie Russek Clerk/Treasurer
Published in the Delano Herald Journal Oct. 12, and 19, 2018.
City of Loretto
Notice of Public Accuracy Test
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public accuracy test to demonstrate the accuracy of the computer programs and voting systems to be used at the General Election on November 6th, 2018, will be conducted at the Loretto City Hall Council Chambers, 279 N. Medina St. at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 24th, 2018. This public accuracy test is open to the general public.
Mary K. Schneider
City Clerk Treasurer
Published in the Delano Herald Journal Oct. 19, 2018.
SCHOOL BOARD MINUTES
Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, 5:45 p.m.
Delano Public Schools
Independent School District #879, Delano, Minnesota
1. Call to order
A. Record of members present or absent
Members present: A. Johnson, C. Black, A. Briesemeister, M. Larson, C. Milano and L. Seguin. R. Depa arrived at 5:55 p.m.
Members absent: None
2. Approval of Meeting Agenda
Upon motion by L. Seguin, seconded by C. Black, the Board of Education approved the meeting agenda. Motion passed 6-0.
3. Work Session
Superintendent Matt Schoen, along with Meghan Gibas and Maria Menz, presented information on the district’s performance in regard to Q Comp goals. For the first time since the program began, no goals were met at the site or district level. Menz and Gibas said the results warranted study. They also noted that scores were down statewide. In the high school the manner of test taking will be examined. Menz and Gibas noted that there is no incentive for students to do well on the MCA test, since it doesn’t have implications for college like the ACT or SAT do, and it is not required for graduation. They intended to research how this is affecting students and perhaps consider using the ACT as a benchmark instead. Math and reading professional development options will also be explored. Menz noted that seventh- and eighth-graders had outstanding scores, so practices at those grades will be examined as well. For example, seventh- and eighth-graders, like students in the elementary, take the test with the teachers they learn the subject from in their own classrooms. In the high school, however, students are rotated through different areas on computers in groups. The district also fed students before significant tests in the past. The teachers noted that sometimes it takes a disappointing year so that practices are examined before scores ultimately improve. M. Larson asked if students can opt out of the MCA. It was noted that they can, and last year about 20 students did so. When students opt out that counts against the district. To supply additional context, Gibas noted that some students had technical difficulties, and some high school students have not had math for a year, while students in seventh- and eighth-grade still take math every day. C. Black asked if other districts do things differently. Gibas replied that other districts have actually called Delano to ask how it manages such high scores relative to the rest of the state, so Delano is still in good position. C. Black asked if Gibas and Menz thought the most recent scores were more the result of testing environment rather than deficiencies in academics or curriculum. Gibas said everything is part of the conversation right now, and everything needs to be evaluated, including curriculum. Menz said it would be important to change the mindset for students so they take it seriously. She said the lack of feedback about their performance contributes to general indifference about the MCA. Gibas explained that students take the MCA in May, but scores aren’t released until August.
L. Seguin said there were no major POC updates. The play space was scheduled for installation at the intermediate for that week, but weather would contribute to the schedule. She said the contingency fund is virtually spent, so all that remained was to manage punch list items and invoices. She noted that the punch list is done at the intermediate, but landscaping work there remains. The diving well had opened, so she noted that the project is approaching an end. It was also noted that the ribbon cutting for the intermediate school would be held the following evening.
Board members continued the discussion on implementing school board listening sessions. A. Johnson said it was very appealing, and the board should discuss the best format for Delano. When asked what specific topic she might want to discuss, A. Johnson said safety could be a good place to start, but there could also be sessions on school climate, curriculum and facilities. She said board members can get many comments individually, but comments, complaints and questions are not always directed to the right people in the right forums. Board members discussed holding a listening session in place of a work session and varying times to accommodate various work schedules. In regard to waiting until after the election to hold sessions, R. Depa said the board had talked about it long enough and should move forward with action. M. Schoen said November would be a possible timeframe to hold the first session, and that he would discuss current driving topics with principals. L. Seguin said topics should be driven by the community so it would be a true listening session. C. Black said he agreed that he didn’t want people to come in with the expectation that they were going to hear a presentation on a specific topic, such as security. Tentative dates discussed were a special meeting for a work session on Nov. 19 and a listening session before the regular board meeting on Nov. 26.
Business Manager Mary Reeder presented numbers for the preliminary levy, but noted that the Wright Technical Center’s Long-Term Facility Maintenance was not included. She estimated that the final number would be about $156,500 less than last year when all was said and done, and that the final levy would be set in December.
M. Schoen explained a joint powers agreement with MAWSECO that was on the agenda for action later in the evening. He said they want to increase their base for their fixed assets and that the organization wanted its fixed asset equipment threshold amount to be set by MAWSECO policy. It was noted that this was a procedural change and was reasonable.
M. Reeder explained that the proposed Wright Tech Center bond issue would not change member districts’ contributions, and that WTC will budget differently to cover the difference. M. Schoen reminded board members that the bond issue was related to structural problems that had been discovered at the WTC facility. Each member district needed to pass resolutions supporting it and the updated 10-year long-term facility maintenance plan.
Board members were introduced to Spencer Poll, the new student school board representative.
Discussion was held on transitioning the school board agenda and packets to the BoardBook platform, with the intention being to complete the transition in time for the October meeting.
Student representative Lydia Ramstad reported on conversations with students at the various schools. In the elementary students said they enjoyed Orientation Days and that they appreciated the chance to visit the school with their parents before going there themselves. She said many students did not like having recess before lunch, and that they did not like the staggered recess times because they did not get enough time with friends. In the intermediate school students said they loved the design and said it was more exciting to come to a new school, but they said the glass walls in the classrooms were distracting. They added that lockers were too close together, resulting in jostling during passing time. They also said they preferred circular lunch tables over rows so they could talk with friends more easily. Zero Hour has been well received. Students took a survey and were assigned to groups, and some said they would prefer more freedom of choice in their activities. In the high school, S. Poll said students do not like the backpack policy, but thought it was a problem that would be overcome in time. He said there was ample time to visit lockers during passing time, but students needed to remember to get everything they would need. L. Ramstad said climate variations are still a problem that draws many complaints. After-school access to computers in the high school was also discussed, as was student behavior in the fan section at football games.
Upon motion by A. Briesemeister, seconded by L. Seguin, the Board of Education called the meeting to recess at 6:46 p.m. Motion passed 7-0.
Board Chair M. Larson called the meeting out of recess and to order at 7:01 p.m.
4. Pledge of Allegiance
5. Program Review WTC update (WTC director)
Wright Tech Center Director Brian Koslofsky presented a year-in-review handout and a map of the physical facility, which includes space for MAWSECO, Wright County Community Action and the Head Start programs. He highlighted areas that were remodeled over the summer, including the welding lab. A fume collector system, new welding booths, upgraded welders and a CNC plasma torch have completely changed the environment in that space, and Koslofsky said he was excited to showcase it. The independent living and graphic arts areas were remodeled as well, and carpeting and flooring have been replaced. A surprise was the original 1972 exterior wall, which includes failing mortar and brick that had been concealed by paint, and which did not include vertical support columns. He said the wall improvement project currently involved the near-completion of the south wall, the demolition of the north wall. The west wall was in the worst shape. A replacement schedule has been established for maintenance, and a plan has been developed for funding the repairs of the exterior walls. Instructional programs have been enhanced and added to as well, and WTC would like to become a satellite location for community education programs. The end goal, Koslofsky said, was to provide the best for students of all the member districts.
6. Consent Agenda
Upon motion by A. Briesemeister, seconded by C. Milano, the Board of Education approved the Consent Agenda. Motion passed 7-0.
A. School Board Minutes
1. Aug. 27, 2018
B. Financial Affairs
1. Current Budget Status with Year-to-Date Adjustments
2. Investment Transactions
3. Construction Bond Investment Transactions
4. Wire Transfers
5. Minnesota Liquid Asset Fund
6. Cash Report
7. Revenue Report by Fund
8. Expense Report by Fund
9. Expense Report by Program
10. Expense Report by Object
11. List of Bills Presented for Payment
7. Resolution for Acceptance of Gifts
Upon motion by A. Johnson, seconded by R. Depa, the Board of Education approved the Resolution for Acceptance of Gifts. Motion passed 7-0.
8. Personnel Matters
Upon motion by L. Seguin, seconded by A. Briesemeister, the Board of Education approved the Personnel Matters after M. Larson recognized teachers who have earned or added to their master’s degrees. Motion passed 7-0.
9. Public Comment
School patrons are given the opportunity to address the school board regarding items that are not on the agenda. All patrons will be asked to state their name and address for the record.
10. Administrative Reports
M. Schoen invited the public to celebrate the opening of the intermediate school the following evening at an open house. In addition, he said work has begun at the committee level to review work plans for Year 5 of the Strategic Plan. In the next few months those plans will come to the school board, and in the second half of the school year a roadmap will be developed for the next five years.
1. Mr. Voight
2. Dr. Heil
Dr. Steve Heil reported on Homecoming festivities. He also said the Chinese visitors would be coming later in the week and thanked Lanette Faul for her work in organizing the visits. He said the process of transitioning the town deputy station to the high school was in its final stages and more would be announced at the next meeting. Parking spots will be reserved for the deputies, who will provide an extra presence during the school day and after hours. S. Heil also reported on an advisory held to teach lessons on kindness that were put together by the COMPASS group, and said many were excited for the following week’s Kindness in Chalk event. On Unity Day, Oct. 24, speakers will be brought in for grades seven through nine and 10-12 to talk about kindness and how it relates to anti-bullying. S. Heil also congratulated Merrill Pavlovich his 300th career coaching win in football. S. Heil closed by urging drivers to be careful on campus, particularly at the cross walk near the hockey arena.
3. Mr. Schuler
Darren Schuler reported on the space recovered after the departure of fourth grade and the uses the spaces are being put to. He reported on the Imaginarium in the art room, a new STEM lab. He pointed out that the PIE group and United Way have donated to that, and thanked Nate Uselding and Amanda Anderson for designing and setting up the space. At the elementary level, D. Schuler said Kindness in Chalk is a fun way to celebrate kindness. He also reported on Homecoming festivities at the elementary. D. Schuler reported on Take Your Parent to PE Week, the Walk, Roll and Stroll event, and Walk to School Day. He said FAST testing was completed the previous week and data was being used to start interventions with individual students. In closing, D. Schuler congratulated Kelli Soupir for her WCCO “Excellent Educator” award and shared more context behind the feature produced by the TV station.
C. Business Manager
M. Reeder shared audit dates and preliminary budget numbers. She said final numbers would be coming in December.
D. Community Education Director
Diane Johnson shared about upcoming Delano United Diversity Task Force workshops. “Intersectionality” is from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Delano library. “Unconscious Bias” is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Delano Senior Center. Each workshop will be presented by YWCA staff of Minneapolis. D. Johnson said area community education directors are excited about the chance to partner with Wright Technical Center for courses. She also reported on the ECFE kickoff, and said enough students have signed up for Lunch Bunch to take place. Tiger Kids Club is still hiring high school student aides. She said 122 students have registered for gymnastics, and there are 25 boys in the Ultimate Athlete class. She also reported on youth football, a Destination Imagination open house, the reopening of the pool for lap swimming and open swimming, and the setup of the new weight and circuit rooms at the TAC.
11. Student board report
Spencer Poll introduced himself, and said he is excited to work with the board and make a difference in school. Along with fellow representative Lydia Ramstad, he summarized the findings reported to the board during the workshop session.
12. Board Reports
A. Johnson reported on the strategic plan and the start of school, and referred board members to the minutes for more information.
B. Wright Technical Center
A. Briesemeister reported on the September meeting and said WTC is reorganizing its long-term plan. Registration numbers are down this year, 570 compared to 660 last year. A. Briesemeister said one reason for the decline is that the Buffalo school district, previously the biggest participant, has started its own on-the-job training program. Delano had 36 students last year and 29 this year. A. Briesemeister said other reasons for the decline would be examined this year.
R. Depa shared about legislative discussion and Morris Leatherman election preview polling data. The survey also included information about cultural and societal issues. M. Schoen said the survey was very in-depth, including about 600 people around the state. The denial rate was low and those called were generally willing to share their opinions.
D. Professional Development
M. Larson said time was spent discussing the results of a staff survey and professional development workshops, as well as improvement plans.
13. New Business
A. Approve Wright Technical Center LTFM resolution including revised 10-year plan
Upon motion by A. Briesemeister, seconded by R. Depa, the Board of Education approved the Wright Technical Center LTFM resolution and revised 10-year plan. Motion passed 7-0.
B. Approve snow plowing vendor for FY19 and FY20
M. Reeder explained that the bids were higher than the current price, but the current contractor did not bid for the work. The low bid was not much higher than current prices. She said the specifications are very specific in terms of equipment, snowfall amounts and other details. Upon motion by C. Milano, seconded by R. Depa, the Board of Education approved Jenco as the snow plowing vendor at a total estimated cost of $23,640. A second bid was $37,692 from SnowPros. Motion passed 7-0.
C. Approve 2018 pay 2019 proposed property tax levy
Upon motion by L. Seguin, seconded by A. Briesemeister, the Board of Education approved the proposed levy. Motion passed 7-0.
D. Approve MAWSECO joint powers agreement
Upon motion by A. Johnson, seconded by M. Larson, the Board of Education approved the joint powers agreement. Motion passed 7-0.
E. Set date, time and location of truth in taxation meeting
Upon motion by M. Larson, seconded by A. Briesemeister, the board set the truth in taxation meeting for 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 17, in the new media center, pending county approval of the location.
F. Approve list of items as surplus property
Upon motion by C. Black, seconded by L. Seguin, the Board of Education approved the list of surplus property items. Motion passed 7-0.
G. Release of easement
Upon motion by R. Depa, seconded by C. Milano, the Board of Education approved the release of easement. Motion passed 7-0.
Upon motion by C. Milano, seconded by L. Seguin, the meeting was adjourned at 8:08 p.m. Motion passed 7-0.
Published in the Delano Herald Journal Oct. 19, 2018.