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PAGE 22 October 17 2013 State Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Acton Township, will receive recognition for his notable achievements in the field of prep coaching as both a coach and a legislator. Urdahl will be the lone 2013 recipient of the George Haun Award from the Minnesota State High School Coaches Association. The award is annually presented to citizens who display exem- plary leadership and dedication to coaching for at least 25 years. Ordahl spent 29 years as the head New Lond.on-Spicer cross coun- try coach and has served the Minnesota House for more than a decade, making significant con- tributions in each area. The coaches cited Urdahl as "one of the driving forces that helped pass the MSHSCA Bill of Rights last spring." One provision he successfully shepherded into state law in 2013 stipulates that parental complaints must not be the sole reason for a school board to not renew a coaching contract. Urdahl previously established a process for dismissal by which coaches have the right to a hear- ing and disclosure of reasons for their dismissal. "Both of those provisions are geared toward bringing more transparency to the process," said Urdahl, who taught history at NL-S for 35 years. "Open dialogue between coaches, school officials and the general public will help bring stronger elements of due process to personnel decisions." Urdahl coached both the boys' and girls' cross-country teams at NL-S and founded the girls' pro- gram. He guided the Wildcats to a combined 18-state meet appear- ances, highlighted by three con- secutive girls' state Class A cham- pionships from 2000-02. Urdahl also was a Section 6A girls' coach of the year. Haun served as the first pres- ident of the MSHSCA and the award in his name was estab- lished in 1986. Urdahl will receive this year's award at the MSHSCA's annual hall of fame awards ban- quet Saturday in St. Paul. Urdahl was nominated to be a Haun recipient during a MSHSCA Exec- utive Committee meeting last summer. Minnesota Rep. Dean Urdahl, Legal Notice SCHOOL BOARD PROCEEDINGS EDEN VALLEY-WATKINS PUBLIC SCHOOL #463 WWI/V..EVW.K12.MN. US SEPTEMBER 11, 2013 The Board of Education met in regular session on Septem- ber 11, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. with Rob Flaschenriem, Shelley Kern, Sarah Kuechle, JoAnn Radem- acher, Bob Stenger, Ieremy Will- ner and Superintendent Mark Messman present. Cathy Wuertz, Bruce Kiehn and Rob Peder- son were also present. Member absent: Julie Meyer. The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Sarah Kuechle. The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance. The agenda was revised on a motion by Shelley Kern and sec- onded by ]oAnn Rademacher to revise Letter I-Request to Allo- cate Additional Elementary Staff. Motion carried unanimously. The revised agenda was approved on a motion by JoAnn Rademacher and seconded by Shelley Kern. Motion carried unanimously. The consent agenda was approved on a motion by Shel- ley Kern and seconded by Rob Flaschenriem. Motion carried unanimously. Items included in the consent agenda: -Approved the minutes of the August 26, 2013, Regular School Board Meeting with the changes made as follows: Agenda was revised to add letter J under VII Board Busi- ness, a personal contract change for John Gertken on a motion by Julie Meyer and seconded by Rob Flaschenriem. The revised agenda was approved on a motion by Julie Meyer and seconded by Bob Flaschenriem.Motion carried unanimously. -Approved an extra-curricular contract with Jason Huschle for Summer School Math Test Prep beginningJuly29throughAugust8 for 2.5 hr/day -Approved an extra-curricular contract with Becky Kuechle for ESY Teacher beginning June 11 and continuing through August 1 for approximately 2 hrs/day, two days per week -Approved a teacher contract change with Jacob Anderson, Elem. Teacher, from BS to BS+15 -Approved a teacher contract change with Dan Berg, Elemen- tary Teacher, from BS to BS+15 -Approved a maternity leave of absence for Liz Otto, Secondary English Teacher, starting approx- imately November 24, 2013, to January 6, 2014, for approximately six weeks -Accepted a donation of $300.00 from the American Legion Post for Shrine Circus -Accepted a donation of $1,500.00 from Eden Valley Lions for State Babe Ruth -Accepted a donation of $1,000.00 from Eden Valley Lions for Youth Retreat -Accepted a donation of $800.00 from Eden Valley Lions for Football -Accepted a donation of $800.00 from Eden Valley Lions for German -Accepted a donation of $800.00 from Eden Valley Lions for Band/Choir -Accepted a donation of $800.00 from Eden Valley Lions for Special Olympics -Accepted a donation of $500.00 from Eagle Boosters for State Babe Ruth -Accepted a donation of $300.00 from Watkins Lions for State Babe Ruth -Accepted a donation of $70.00 from Stearns/Meeker MN Babe Ruth for State Babe Ruth -Accepted a donation of $25.00 from Bud's Bar for State Babe Ruth -Accepted a donation of $100.00 from EVAmerican Legion for State Babe Ruth -Accepted a donation of $250.00 from Eagle Boosters for Phy Ed Xbox -Accepted a donation of $200.00 from National FFA for FFA Donation -Accepted a donation of $ 621.01 from Target for HS Take Charge of Education -Accepted a donation of $894.59 from Target for Elem Take Charge of Education -Notice of following Board Committee Meeting(s) (Board Room unless noted) 1. Construction @ Watkins Elem. on September 19th at 9:00 a.m. 2. Certified Negotiations @ District Board Room TBD 3. Strategic Planning @ District Board Room TBD 4. Transportation Negotiations @ District Board Room TBD The September 11, 2013, bills, checks #56695 through #56801 electronic tax payments and P-card purchases, total- ing $347,264.72 were presented and approved on a motion by Shelly Kern and seconded by Rob Flaschenriem.Motion carried unanimously. GENERAL FUND 283,958.19 FOOD SERVICE 105.27 COMMUNITY SERV. 51,609.26 BUILDING CONSTR. 4,792.00 SCHOLARSHIP TRUST 6 800.00 $347,264.72 A complete list of the bills is available in the District Office. The following items of busi- ness were transacted: Superintendent Mark Messman went over September enrollment with 950 students in attendance. Member JoAnn Rademacher introduced the Resolution Pro- viding For The Sale Of Gen- eral Obligation School Building Refunding Bonds, Series 2013a; And Covenanting And Obligating The District To Be Bound By And To Use The Provisions Of Minne- sota Statutes, Section 126c.55 To Guarantee The Payment Of The Principal And Interest On These Bonds and moved its adoption. The motion for adoption of the foregoing resolution was duly sec- onded by Member Bob Stenger and upon vote being taken thereon, the following voted in favor thereof: Sarah Kuechle, Shelley Kern, JoAnn Rademacher, Bob Stenger, Rob Flaschenriem and Jeremy Willner and the fol- lowing voted against the same: None and the following were absent: Julie Meyer whereupon the resolution was declared duly passed and adopted. Police Chief Ernie Junker updated the Board on the 2013 Mid-Summer Blast event. He requested on behalf of Healthy Communities approval to have a 2014 Mid Summer Blast and a tentative 2015 Mid-Summer Blast events. The Board approved 2014 Mid-Summer Blast event on August 16, 2014 and 2015 Mid- Summer Blast event for tentatively the third week of August 2015 on a motion by loAnn Rademacher and seconded by Shelley Kern. Motion carried unanimously. Business Manager Cathy Wuertz and Superintendent Mark Messman provided updates on the annual levy certification pro- cess and timeframe. The 2013 Pay 2014 proposed preliminary property tax levy limits were reviewed and approved at the maximum level on a motion by Rob Flaschenriem and seconded by Jeremy Willner. Motion carried unanimously. Superintendent Mark Mess- man provided continuous updates and information on Phases I and II of the building project. The Board continued discus- sions and updates to the working draft of vision, mission, core val- ues, initiatives and time frames of the Strategic Plan. Superinten- dent Mark Messman will contact Strategic Plan Committee mem- bers to see if they can all meet with the Board on October 2, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. to review. First reading and review of the following mandated policies: Revised Policies Policy #1100 School District System Accountability Policy #1630 Health and Safety Policy New Policy Policy #4050 Veteran's Preference Superintendent Mark Mess- man continued to solicit feedback and make revisions on School Board/District goals. The Board approved the School Board Goals on a motion by Rob Flaschenriem and seconded by Shelley Kern. Motion carried unanimously. School Board approved goals are as follows: Annual School Board Goals 2013-2014 Provide a safe, secure and wel- coming environment Documented through surveys and tours by board members Provide all learners with qual- ity instruction Monitor and report (Local, State, National) assessment prog- ress and performance Maintain fiscal responsibility and stability Follow district policy and maintain an 8% fund balance Investigate "best practice" behavior and academic interven- tions (PBIS) Initiate the process with the Staff Development Committee Explore the potential and cost of improved social media formats Investigate need, cost, and ROI (return on investment) by December 2013 Professional Development in PLC's and a local mentorship program Continued development of PLC's and Mentorship with the local Staff Development Committee Complete, implement, and communicate the new Strategic Plan 2013-2018 Completion and board approval by October 2, design and graphics by November 1, publish and market by January 1, 2014 Board members will accept ownership of goals as follows: Goal #1: JoAnn Rademacher Goal #2: Sarah Kuechle Goal #3: Bob Stenger Goal #4: Ieremy Willner Goal #5: Iulie Meyer Goal #6: Shelley Kern Goal #7: Rob Flaschenriem Kris Latcham, Community Education Director, provided annual updates and information on activities, participation rates and budgets that impact Commu- nity Services. The Board approved the increase in elementary staff as itemized below: Approved additional 15 min- utes per day for 6th grade Elemen- tary Music to move teacher from .8667 FTE to .9 FTE on a motion by ]oAnn Rademacher and seconded by Rob Flaschenriem. Motion carried unanimously. Approved an additional .5 Grade 4 Basic Skills Teacher for math, reading, language arts, and science on a motion by Rob Flaschenriem and seconded by Shelly Kern. Motion carried unanimously Approved the addition of 6.5 hrs/day Special Ed Parapro- fessional on a motion by Rob Flaschenriem and seconded by Shelly Kern. Motion carried unanimously. The following board commit- tee reports were given: Sunshine Committee by Mark Messman in Julie Meyer's absence IMPACT (Bremer Grant) by Mark Messman in Julie Meyer'g absence Strategic Planning by Mark Messman Negotiations Updates by Mark Messman Transportation Negotiations by Mark Messman who indicated a contract will be at the October meeting for Board approval Certified Negotiations update by Mark Messman Other--Mark Messman pre- sented Rob Flaschenriem with certificate from the Minnesota School Boards Association for participation in board member training. Superintendent Messman reported on the following issues: start of school year, city road con- struction, transportation, meet- ing with officials, 2013 MCA results, certified negotiations, transportation negotiations and strategic planning. He passed out ballots to Board members to vote on MSBA delegates. Mark also passed out registration forms for MREA retreat. Elementary Principal Rob Ped- erson reported on reading tests, start of school year, grants for Ronald McDonald lyceum and Climb Theatre lyceum. Secondary Principal Bruce Kiehn reported on Homecoming Week, Hall of Fame induction and 20 German exchange students coming this fall. Develop agenda for the Octo- ber 9 regular board meeting: Building Project and Phase II Updates Betsy Knoche and Ehlers Bids on Bonds Systems Accountability (PER) Report Snow Removal Bids Transportation Contract Certify Levy The meeting was adjourned at 8:29 p.m. on a motion by Jer- emy Willner and seconded by Shelley Kern. Motion carried unanimously. JoAnn Rademacher CLERK Published in the Tri-County News Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013.