January 13, 2020 Minutes

SAULT STE. MARIE AREA PUBLIC SCHOOLS

SAULT STE. MARIE, MICHIGAN 49783

REGULAR MEETING, BOARD OF EDUCATION

Phone 906/635-6609

 

Minutes – Monday, January 13, 2020

 

 

  1.      I.    CALL TO ORDER

President Smith called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. in the Sault Area Middle School, 684 Marquette Avenue.

 

  1.      ROLL CALL OF BOARD

Board Members Present: Joseph A. Cochran, Melissa S. Pingatore, Christine M. Curtis, Daniel L. Smith, Martin R. Wolski, Esther L. Proulx

Board Members Absent: Jay D. Wilson 

 

  1.     B.     ELECTION OF OFFICERS

The following officers were elected:

Member Curtis nominated Daniel Smith as President.

 

There were no other nominations.

 

Yeas: Cochran, Pingatore, Curtis, Smith, Wolski, Proulx

Nays: None

Absent: Wilson

Motion Carried.

 

President Smith accepted the nomination.

President, Daniel Smith

 

Member Curtis nominated Martin Wolski as Vice-President.

 

There were no other nominations.

 

Yeas: Cochran, Pingatore, Curtis, Smith, Proulx

Nays: None

Abstain: Wolski

Absent: Wilson

Motion Carried.

 

Member Wolski accepted the nomination. 

Vice-President, Martin Wolski

 

Member Cochran nominated Melissa Pingatore as Secretary.

 

There were no other nominations.

 

Yeas: Cochran, Curtis, Smith, Wolski, Proulx

Nays: None

Abstain: Pingatore

Absent: Wilson

Motion Carried.

 

Member Pingatore accepted the nomination.

Secretary, Melissa Pingatore

 

Member Wolski nominated Christy Curtis as Treasurer.

 

There were no other nominations.

 

Yeas: Cochran, Pingatore, Curtis, Smith, Wolski, Proulx

Nays: None

Absent: Wilson

Motion Carried.

 

Member Curtis accepted the nomination.

Treasurer, Christine Curtis

 

  1.     C.     BOARD COMMITTEES

 

Appointments were made to the following committees with unanimous Board support.

 

2020 Facilities and Grounds Committee

 

President Smith indicated he would like to establish the same committees as the previous year, but with a couple of changes.

 

Jay Wilson, Daniel Smith, Joseph Cochran-Chairman were appointed to the Facilities and Grounds Committee.

  

2020 Finance Committee

 

Martin Wolski, Daniel Smith, Christine Curtis-Chairman were appointed to the Finance Committee.

 

2020 Superintendent Evaluation Committee

 

Martin Wolski, Esther Proulx, Melissa Pingatore-Chairman were appointed to the Superintendent Evaluation Committee.

 

2020 Athletic Advisory Committee

 

Jay Wilson, Martin Wolski, Christine Curtis-Chairman were appointed to the Athletic Advisory Committee.

 

2020 District School Improvement Committee

 

Melissa Pingatore was appointed to the District School Improvement Committee.

 

  1.     D.     LEGISLATIVE RELATIONS NETWORK DESIGNATION

 

Daniel Smith was appointed representative to the Michigan Association of School Board Legislative Relations.

 

  1.     E.     ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA

 

It was moved by Member Wolski, supported by Member Curtis, that the Board of Education adopt the agenda as revised.

 

Revision: Item III. C. Personnel 2. The school needs to read Sault High School.

 

Yeas: Cochran, Pingatore, Curtis, Smith, Wolski, Proulx

Nays: None

Absent: Wilson

Motion Carried.

 

  1. F. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

Regular Meeting – December 9, 2019

Special Meeting – December 17, 2019

Closed Meeting – December 17, 2019

 

It was moved by Member Cochran, supported by Member Pingatore, that the Board of Education approve the December 9, 2019, regular meeting minutes as presented.

 

Yeas: Cochran, Pingatore, Smith, Wolski, Proulx

Nays: None

Abstain: Curtis

Absent: Wilson

Motion Carried.

 

It was moved by Member Cochran, supported by Member Pingatore, that the Board of Education approve the December 17, 2019, special meeting minutes as presented.

 

Yeas: Cochran, Pingatore, Curtis, Smith, Wolski

Nays: None

Abstain: Proulx

Absent: Wilson

Motion Carried.

 

It was moved by Member Cochran, supported by Member Pingatore, that the Board of Education approve the December 17, 2019, closed meeting minutes as presented.

 

Yeas: Cochran, Pingatore, Curtis, Smith, Wolski

Nays: None

Abstain: Proulx

Absent: Wilson

Motion Carried.

 

  1.     G.     BUSINESS REPORT AND APPROVAL OF BILLS – Mrs. Michelle Bennin

 

Mrs. Bennin presented the December Business Report.

 

Mrs. Bennin reported the December statements reflect last month’s budget amendment as well as the adjusted State Aid Payment based on the fall 2019 pupil count and the 2% Special Education increase.

 

Mrs. Bennin reported the December General Fund Statement of Revenues and Expenditures include $198,545 in federal drawdowns which resulted in a net change in equity for the month. She noted the percent of budget amounts are in line with that of last year’s and the district is on track with last year at this time.

 

Mrs. Bennin reported the general fund statements of revenues and expenditures indicate a significant increase in revenue of federal grant drawdowns and this netted a change in equity for the month, but the total revenue and expenditure percent of budget amounts are in line with last year’s percent of actual.

 

Mrs. Bennin reported the January statements would reflect the approved minimum wage increase from $9.45 to $9.65 per hour.

 

President Smith confirmed the business report was reviewed by the Finance Committee and they there were no questions.

 

It was moved by Member Curtis, supported by Member Wolski, that the Board of Education approve the General Fund Bill List in the amount of $1,858,904.04.

 

Yeas: Cochran, Pingatore, Curtis, Smith, Wolski, Proulx

Nays: None

Absent: Wilson

Motion Carried.

 

 

  1.     PUBLIC COMMUNICATION AND CORRESPONDENCE

 

  1.      A.     AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION

 

Mrs. Lisa Young introduced herself and reported Amanda TenEyck and she have been working through the Chippewa County Community Foundation on the possibility of procuring and maintaining a splash pad for the community. She indicated the splash pad is a safer option for all children and is more cost effective to operate than a pool. She reported the city has indicated they would allow the pad to be located at the Project Playground area.

 

Mrs. Young reported the committee is applying for grants and would like to offer a friendly coin competition at some of the schools to help raise money and give students an opportunity to be part of something big in the community.

 

President Smith thanked Mrs. Young for her report and indicated he would pass the information on to Superintendent Hall and he would get back with her.

 

  1.      B.     REPORTS TO THE BOARD

 

  1. 1.     Recognition

 

  1. Teacher of the Month (Arthur Brood) – Mr. Edward Chevillot

 

Mrs. Diane Chevillot reported Mr. Chevillot and Mr. Brood were unable to attend the meeting.

 

Mrs. Chevillot reported on the outstanding qualities Mr. Brood possesses as a teacher. She noted Mr. Chevillot will present Mr. Brood with a $50 Parker Ace Hardware gift certificate and a helpful Teacher of the Month t-shirt sponsored by Doug Laprade Agency Meemic Insurance and Parker Ace Hardware.

 

President Smith asked Mrs. Chevillot to pass on the Board’s congratulations.

 

  1. Employee of the Month (Matthew Johnson) – Ms. Jessica Rondeau

 

Ms. Rondeau introduced Matthew Johnson and reported on his outstanding qualities of connecting with the students and strong curricular background that makes him an outstanding employee.

 

Ms. Rondeau presented Mr. Johnson with a $50 Parker Ace Hardware gift certificate and a helpful Employee of the Month t-shirt sponsored by Doug Laprade Agency Meemic Insurance and Parker Ace Hardware.

 

President Smith congratulated Mr. Johnson on behalf of the Board.

 

  1. High School Academic Update – Mr. Carl McCready

 

Mr. McCready reported the Sault High School and Career Center School Improvement Plan is designed to dovetail with the District School Improvement Plan. He reviewed the three district wide guiding questions addressing the key components of the building plan, the steps taken to communicate and begin work on the strategies of the plan, and the data strengths and concerns from the general and subpopulations of the building.

 

Mr. McCready reviewed the following six goals and reported on their measurable objective(s) and formative assessment strategy(s).

Goal 1: All students will have literacy skills to be competitive in college, the workforce, and/or civic life.

Goal 2: All students will be engaged in the creative process.

Goal 3: All school members will be safe, respectful, and active learners.

Goal 4: All schools will organize ideals under a multi-tiered system of support to meet the academic, behavioral, and physical needs of all students.

Goal 5: All students will have knowledge and analytic skills to be effective citizens to be aware of various cultures in a changing world.

Goal 6: All students will have STEM skills to be competitive in college, the workforce, and/or civic life.

 

Mr. McCready reported goals 3 and 4 regarding positive behavior and multi-tiered systems of support, were not implemented until after he became principal, and the other four goals are more classroom specific.

 

Mr. McCready reported district teachers have been participating in Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) to collaboratively look at ways to improve instruction and increase student academic performance for close to 10 years. He noted FAME teams meet monthly to determine what needs to be done, and then they meet with their peers to talk about how to teach it.

 

Mr. McCready reported formative assessment is taken from MAP, AP, PSAT, SAT, and district developed assessment data to align curriculum, drive instruction, and catch students who may have fallen between the gaps.

 

Mr. McCready report PLC participation and collaboration is the highest key to success, and a lot of districts are using that teaching approach to elevate student growth. Mr. McCready stated the Career and Technical Education classes are based on formative assessment by design.

 

Mr. McCready reported the ALEKS PPL and ALEKS SAT Prep are individualized digitized courses that help elevate academic goals and prepare students for college. He noted the individualized instruction program, and geometry in construction have really helped students learn math and aim to help students so they do not have to take remedial courses at LSSU. Mr. McCready reported they are looking at team teaching geometry in drafting next year.

 

Mr. McCready reported positive behavior in Goal 3 is supported and encouraged by offering Freshman Bootcamp, semi-weekly attendance recognition, Deserving Devil lunch, Exam Exemptions, gym outside, and a variety of rewards to improve school safety and promote positive behavior.

 

Mr. McCready reported Goal 4 is for the school to organize around the ideals set forth under a multi-tiered system of support to meet the academic, behavioral, and physical needs of all students. He noted the school climate assessment is part of the MiSCAI survey and is based on a scale from 0-4 and offers specific data.

 

Mr. McCready reported Jeanine Sherman has received Restorative Justice Training and is able to teach student alternatives rather than suspensions to help students understand why their behavior was wrong. He indicated the school also offers mental health support by offering a social worker or someone to talk with in addition to services at the SHACC. Mr. McCready reported attendance meetings are conducted to help detect early warning signs for possible problems.

 

Mr. McCready presented performance data with subcategories or comparables of either ethnicity, economically disadvantaged, by ELA, Math, Science, Social Science, All Subjects, SAT Proficiency, Comparable Schools, Percent Tested, Graduation Rate, Suspension/Expelled, Post-Secondary Enrollment, and Post-Secondary Completion.

 

Upon inquiry from President Smith, Mr. McCready indicated he believed the free and reduced lunch meal qualifications were used to determine which students were classified as economically disadvantaged by the state.

 

Mr. McCready indicated the school’s performance data is viewable through the MI School Data site, and it offers a variety of comparison options.

 

Mr. McCready reported incoming 8th grade math scores are a little above that of comparable districts.

 

Mr. McCready reported there is only two years of Science data available due to the new test implemented two years ago.

 

Mr. McCready reported the All Subjects Performance Rating indicates that students performed 12% higher than the state average.

 

Mr. McCready reported the SAT Proficiency Rating was above the state comparables.

 

Mr. McCready reported Sault High is right in line with Alpena, Cheboygan, and Petoskey in All Subjects performance.

 

Mr. McCready noted that Sault High brings up the average totals in all categories of the EUPISD region.

 

Mr. McCready reported the Special Education Department does a good job of trying to get all of those students tested.

 

Mr. McCready reported the Graduation Rate of Economic Disadvantaged students had dropped a bit.

 

Upon inquiry, Mr. McCready reported special education students receive either a special education certificate of completion or diploma.

 

Mr. McCready reported the attendance rate is very good and comparable to the state average, but kids often miss two or three hours a day, and that is what they are working on.

 

Mr. McCready highlighted the decrease in the number of students with suspensions and expulsions.

 

Mr. McCready reported the district is a little below comparable schools in post-secondary enrollment, but the rate increases within a 6 year window.

 

President Smith indicated the Career Center must have a positive influence on post-secondary education and employment scores.

 

Member Cochran reported on and inquired on the availability of an intense SAT course.

 

Mr. McCready reported Kahn Academy and AP Suite offers a great refresher for kids prior to taking the SAT, but it doesn’t replace someone who is well versed in all areas to be looking over the students’ shoulder.

 

Upon inquiry, there were no questions.

 

  1.     Impact Aid – Mrs. Amy Scott-Kronemeyer

 

Mrs. Scott-Kronemeyer reported on the amount of Impact Aid the district receives for additional support in the schools. She reported on the number of students who help qualify for the funds based on how many reside on federal and Indian land and/or have disabilities, and/or have parents who work on federal or tribal lands.

 

Mrs. Scott-Kronemeyer reported on the rigorous process the district follows in order to apply and receive Impact Aid funds. She noted annually the district sends home blue survey forms to seek potentially new additions or changes, and then Mary Jill Leonhardt compiles a source check on each qualification to confirm the data is accurate.

 

Mrs. Scott-Kronemeyer reported part of the Impact Aid Policies and Procedures are to hold monthly meetings with the Indian Parent Committee and to hold an open hearing for public comment, concern, and recommendations so that all school age Indian children have equal access to all programs, services, and activities offered within the school district.

 

 

  III.     ACTION ITEMS AND BOARD REPORTS

 

  1.     A.     IMPACT AID PUBLIC COMMENT – Mrs. Amy Scott-Kronemeyer

           

It was moved by Member Curtis, supported by Member Proulx, that the Board of Education accept comments on the District’s Impact Aid Educational Programs, Services, and Activities.

 

Yeas: Cochran, Pingatore, Curtis, Smith, Wolski, Proulx

Nays: None

Absent: Wilson

Motion Carried.

 

Upon inquiry from President Smith, there was no comment.

 

  1.      B.     IMPACT AID - Mrs. Amy Scott-Kronemeyer

 

Mrs. Scott-Kronemeyer reported this request is standard for obtaining approval to submit the Impact Aid application.

 

  1.     32-MI-2020-0038 School Year Indian Policies and Procedures – Mrs. Amy Scott-Kronemeyer

 

It was moved by Member Curtis, Supported by Member Pingatore, that the Board of Education approve 32-MI-2020-0038 Indian Policies and Procedures as presented.

 

Yeas: Cochran, Pingatore, Curtis, Smith, Wolski, Proulx

Nays: None

Absent: Wilson

Motion Carried.

 

  1.     Resolution – Federal Impact Aid Assurances – Mrs. Amy Scott-Kronemeyer

 

It was moved by Member Cochran, supported by Member Wolski, that the Board of Education approve the Federal Impact Aid Assurances Resolution as presented.

Yeas: Cochran, Pingatore, Curtis, Smith, Wolski, Proulx

Nays: None

Absent: Wilson

Motion Carried.

 

President Smith thanked Mrs. Kronemeyer for her report.

 

  1. C. PERSONNEL – Superintendent Hall

 

New Hires

 

Ms. Rondeau introduced Christina Sizemore and presented the following recommendation for hire.

 

  1.  Christina Sizemore – Art Education Teacher – Sault Middle School and Sault High School

 

It was moved by Member Curtis, supported by Member Pingatore, that the Board of Education approve the hiring of Christina Sizemore as Art Education Teacher for Sault Middle School and Sault High School.

 

Yeas: Cochran, Pingatore, Curtis, Smith, Wolski, Proulx

Nays: None

Absent: Wilson

Motion Carried.

 

Sheri McFarlane introduced Martina Markstrom and presented the following recommendations for hire.

 

  1. Martina Markstrom – Special Education Teacher – Sault High School

 

It was moved by Member Cochran, supported by Member Wolski, that the Board of Education approve the hiring of Martina Markstrom as Special Education Teacher for Sault High School.

 

Yeas: Cochran, Pingatore, Curtis, Smith, Wolski, Proulx

Nays: None

Absent: Wilson

Motion Carried.

 

  1. John Ferroni – Paraprofessional – Washington School

 

It was moved by Member Cochran supported by Member Proulx, that the Board of Education approve the hiring of John Ferroni as part-time Resource Room Paraprofessional for Washington School.

 

Yeas: Cochran, Pingatore, Curtis, Smith, Wolski, Proulx

Nays: None

Absent: Wilson

Motion Carried.

 

  1.      D.        TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENT – Mrs. Michelle Bennin

 

Mrs. Bennin reported the Federal IRS mileage rate decreased from $.58 to $.575 per mile effective January 1. She noted no change in the daily per diem rate.

 

It was moved by Member Curtis, supported by Member Pingatore, that the Board of Education approve the 2020 travel reimbursement rates to align with the Federal IRS prescribed mileage rate of $.575 cents per mile and $55 per day for the average meal per diem.

 

Yeas: Cochran, Pingatore, Curtis, Smith, Wolski, Proulx

Nays: None

Absent: Wilson

Motion Carried.

 

  1.     E. BANKING RESOLUTION – Mrs. Michelle Benin

 

Mrs. Bennin reported the only change to the list of accounts was the addition of the Arbiter account for the athletic officials’ payment system.

 

It was moved by Member Proulx, supported by Member Wolski, that the Board of Education approve the annual banking resolution for the accounts and signers as presented.

 

Yeas: Cochran, Pingatore, Curtis, Smith, Wolski, Proulx

Nays: None

Absent: Wilson

Motion Carried.

 

  1.     F.     POLICIES

 

President Smith reported this was the second reading for these policies. There were no questions or comments.

 

Vol. 34 No. 1

Policy 1420      School Administrator Evaluation

Policy 3210      Staff Ethics

Policy 3220      Professional Staff Evaluation

Policy 5230      Late Arrival and Early Dismissal

Policy 5330.02 Opioid Antagonists

Policy 6800      System of Accounting

Policy 7300      Disposition of Real Property

Policy 7440.03 Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Policy 8400      School Safety Information

Policy 8462      Student Abuse and Neglect

 

It was moved by Member Curtis, supported by Member Cochran, that the Board of Education approve the above policies as presented.

 

Yeas: Cochran, Pingatore, Curtis, Smith, Wolski, Proulx

Nays: None

Absent: Wilson

Motion Carried.

 

126.     G.     GIFTS AND DONATIONS – Superintendent Tim Hal

 

  1. Kewadin Casinos donated $840 to the SAMS Kidz Klozit Food Pantry.

           

  1. Lake Superior State University Engineering Department donated a NV4500 Manual Transmission Trainer to the Sault Area Career Center.

 

It was moved by Member Cochran, supported by Member Curtis, that the Board of Education accept the above donations with thanks and appreciation.

 

Yeas: Cochran, Pingatore, Curtis, Smith, Wolski, Proulx

Nays: None

Absent: Wilson

Motion Carried.

 

 

  1.     IV. ADMINISTRATION REPORTS

 

  1. SUPERINTENDENT REPORT

 

There was none.

 

 

  1.     V. FUTURE PLANNING

 

President Smith reviewed the following events.

 

February 10 - Regular Board Meeting - Middle School - 7:00 p.m.

March 9 - Regular Board Meeting - Middle School - 7:00 p.m.

April 13 - Regular Board Meeting - Middle School - 7:00 p.m.

 

 

  1.     VI.     BOARD GOVERNANCE AND BOARD POLICY ISSUES

 

Upon inquiry from President Smith, there was no discussion.

 

 

  1.     VII.     ADJOURNMENT

 

There being no further business to come before the Board at 8:08 p.m., it was moved by Member Wolski, supported by Member Cochran, that the meeting be adjourned.

 

Yeas: Cochran, Pingatore, Curtis, Smith, Wolski, Proulx

Nays: None

Absent: Wilson

Motion Carried.

 

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Daniel L. Smith, President

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Melissa S. Pingatore, Board Secretary

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Judy L. Sirk, Recording Secretary