The Governing Board of the Zumbro Education District No. 61-6012 met in regular session on March 15, 2018 at the Zumbro Education District office.
The Clerk/Treasurer, Faith Hollasch, called the meeting to order. At the roll call the following members were present: Kathy Hegna-Zelinske (subbing for Lana Mindrup), Steve Ille, Lloyd Henslin, Patrick Johnston, Amy Olson, and Patrick Gordon, Executive Director. Lana Mindrup and Rob Mathias were absent. Heidi Kass recorded the minutes.
Dan Przybylski, the Coordinator for the K-12 Setting IV Programs at South Campus, was a visitor at the meeting.
Motion by Henslin, seconded by Ille to approve the agenda as amended. Voting for: Ille, Hegna-Zelinske, Henslin, Hollasch, Olson, and Johnston. Voting against: none.
There were no Board member requests.
Motion by Hegna-Zelinske, seconded by Olson to approve the consent agenda. Voting for: Ille, Hegna-Zelinske, Henslin, Hollasch, Olson, and Johnston. Voting against: none.
Consent agenda items as follows:
2.1 Approval of February 15, 2018 minutes
2.2 Approval of February 2018 Electronic Fund Transfers of $380,000
2.3 Approval of March 2018 Claims and Bills: Checks numbered 51883-51894 and 51902-51957 for $118,722.20; wire payments of taxes on February 28, 2018 and March 15, 2018 of $84,819.55.
Dan Przybylski updated the Board on the programs at ZED South Campus. Dan gave a brief history of the program’s frequent location changes, starting out in a Kasson storefront in 1994, and then moving to Byron, back to Kasson, to Dodge Center, back to Byron and then finally to the current South Campus building. The program began serving elementary age students but quickly added secondary students as well. Over time, the population of students served has moved from strictly Emotional and Behavioral Disorders (EBD) to include students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other conditions that results in behavior issues that require a separate educational setting. The current student count at South Campus is 39 students. Dan shared data on the number of students from each member district. Board members asked about the maximum capacity of the current site and Dan and Patrick explained that that number can fluctuate depending on the students enrolled, their ages, their disabilities and the severity of their needs. Dan highlighted the program’s success in keeping students in school longer through this programming. Five current students will graduate or enter some type of transitional programming at the end of this school year. He also talked about the improvements in the educational programming and the incredible longevity of the staff. Areas of concern are the need to continue working towards better facilities and continuing to develop good working relationships with staff in the member districts to establish practices to ensure that student placement decisions follow a deliberate procedure and are transparent.
Patrick Gordon presented the Director’s Report. A complete report is on file at the ZED office. Patrick updated the Board on the progress of the ZED Capacity Committee. They meet twice each month and minutes from those meeting can be found on the ZED website. Patrick also talked about some of the new initiatives underway. These include setting up ZED as a ParaPro testing site for our member districts, a significant number of new Chromebooks for our students purchased through a grant from MDE, working with several post-secondary institutions to bring student teachers to work with our staff, and Cradle to Career and Read Well by Third Grade initiatives recently discussed with the Principal’s group. Patrick also highlighted upcoming events in April which include the ZED Science Fair on April 13th in Byron, and the Children’s Mental Health conference in Duluth that will be attended by the entire South Campus staff April 15-17 thanks to a professional development grant from MDE.
Motion by Johnston, seconded by Ille to approve the hire of Terrance Nienaber and Linda Zinser as paraprofessionals, Sarah Hall as a 0.1 Speech Therapist for the remainder of this year, and to accept the resignation of Jim Motz, paraprofessional, at the end of this school year. Voting for: Ille, Hegna-Zelinske, Hollasch, Olson, Henslin, and Johnston. Voting against: none.
Motion by Olson, seconded by Hegna-Zelinske to approve the proposed revisions to Policy 417, 419, 412, 406, 401, 402, and 214. Voting for: Ille, Hegna-Zelinske, Hollasch, Olson, Henslin, and Johnston. Voting against: none.
Heidi Kass and Patrick Gordon presented details of the salary/benefits packages proposed for the upcoming two-year period for certified staff and support staff. Patrick Johnston left the meeting during this discussion.
Motion by Hegna-Zelinske, seconded by Ille to approve the certified and support staff salary and benefits packages for 2018-2020 as presented. Voting for: Ille, Hegna-Zelinske, Hollasch, Olson, and Henslin. Voting against: none.
Motion to adjourn by Hegna-Zelinske.
Faith Hollasch adjourned the meeting at 7:20 p.m.
The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on April 19, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the ZED District Office in Byron, MN.