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FARGO BOARD OF EDUCATION MINUTES REGULAR

FARGO BOARD OF EDUCATION MINUTES REGULAR MEETING May 10, 2022 The Board of Education of the City of Fargo met in regular session on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at the District Office in the Board Room, located at 700 7th Street South in Fargo. Members present: Nikkie Gullickson Jim Johnson Robin Nelson Seth Holden Rebecca Knutson Tracie Newman Jennifer Benson Brian Nelson David Paulson Members absent: none President Rebecca Knutson called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. Jim Johnson moved approval of the agenda as provided with the addition of an HR Addendum to be added to item 6.B. on the Consent Agenda. Tracie Newman seconded the motion. The agenda was approved (Yes: Benson, Gullickson, Holden, Johnson, Knutson, Nelson, B., Nelson, R., Newman, Paulson). One citizen addressed the Board. Deven Styczynski requested a health safety report. A report was given on R/SI-7: Continuous Improvement and Accountability Monitoring. Fargo Public Schools is accredited through Cognia. In addition to the District-level accreditation process, each school within the Fargo Public Schools engages in a five-year cycle of school improvement and review. The schools who conducted their site-based review during the 2021-22 school year shared with Board members on their visitation and summative report. Schools that shared on their visits included Carl Ben Eielson Middle School, Centennial Elementary School, Ed Clapp Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Madison Elementary School, and Washington Elementary School. Discussion occurred. (Memo #111) FEA President Kim Reger shared in advance of the meeting that she would not be present to provide a report. Dr. Gandhi shared that administration will be adding an item to the May 24 Board meeting Consent Agenda for approval of a Best in Class grant to start a preschool program. Jim Johnson moved adoption of the Consent Agenda with the addition of the HR Addendum. Robin Nelson seconded the motion which passed (Yes: Benson, Gullickson, Holden, Johnson, Knutson, Nelson, B., Nelson, R., Newman, Paulson) thereby causing the following actions to be taken: A. The minutes of the regular meeting of April 26 were approved as written. B. The following Human Resources actions were approved: 1. New Hires 2022-23: Michael Boutain, Individualized Learning Center – North, MSUM, BA - 1 (Step 3) – at 100% - $43,493; Maurice Dullea, Science – South, NDSU, BA - 10 (Step 10) - at 100% - $48,465; Kendra Hawk, Grade 1 – Bennett, MSUM, BA - 1 (Step 3) - at 100% - $43,493; Bradley Johnson, Academic Interventionist – South, VCSU/MSUM, MA - 5 (Step 5) – at 100% - $45,990; Rebecca Johnson, Language Arts – South, Jamestown/UND, MA+45 (Step 8) – at 100% - $58,987; Haley Keefauver, Science – Davies, NDSU/St Mary’s, MA - 0 (Step 3) – at 100% - $44,517; Kenben Parker, PE – Eagles, MSUM, BA - 1 (Step 3) - at 100% - $43,493; Erin Rainey, CTE/FACS – Davies, Central Washington/Western Governors, MA - 11 (Step 11) – at 100% - $58,987; Hunter Reinke, Assistant Principal – Discovery, UND/NDSU, MS Asst Principal Salary Schedule (Step 3) – at 100% - $110,557; Jaden Strand, Art – Bennett, NDSU, BA - 0 (Step 3) – at 100% - $43,493; Mariah Tronnes, Grade 5 – Bennett, MSUM/Walden, MA - 5 (Step 5) – at 100% - $45,990; Carrianne Volk, Kindergarten – Eagles, Methodist/Kansas State, MA - 2 (Step 3) - at 100% - $44,517; Madison Weiler, Kindergarten – Madison, VCSU, BA - 1 (Step 3) - at 100% - $43,493; Rosemarie Woodbury, SPED/ID – South, MSUM, BA+45 – 24 (Step 18) – at 100% - $71,493 2. Resignations 2021-22: Garrett Anderson, SPED/SLD – Carl Ben Eielson, Dates of Employment: 2021-2022, Effective Date: 5-27-2022; Sandra Ault, SPED/MI – Clara Barton, Dates of Employment: 2021-2022, Effective Date: 5-27-2022; Danielle Grant, SPED/SLD – Hawthorne, Dates of Employment: 2014-2022, Effective Date: 5-27-2022; Joshua Johnson, SPED/ED – Lewis & Clark, Dates of Employment: 2021-2022, Effective Date: 5-27-2022; Taylor Kohler, SPED/EDC – Washington, Dates of Employment: 2021-2022, Effective Date: 5-27-2022; Tracy Landis, SPED/Strategist – Washington, Dates of Employment: 2018-2022, Effective Date: 5-27-2022; Jacob Leingang, Physical Education – Discovery, Dates of Employment: 2020-2022, Effective Date: 5-27-2022; Tayler Lentz, Grade 1 – Bennett, Dates of Employment: 2021-2022, Effective Date: 5-27-2022; Lori Messall, Music – Bennett, Dates of Employment: 2007-2022, Effective Date: 5-27-2022; Casandra Nelson, SPED/MI – Kennedy, Dates of Employment: 2021-2022, Effective Date: 5-27-2022; Sara Neumann, SPED/EDC – Lewis & Clark, Dates of Employment: 2017-2022, Effective Date: 5-27-2022; Leah Ruef, Orchestra – Discovery, Dates of Employment: 2015-2022, Effective Date: 5-27-2022; Kaia Sappington, Science – South, Dates of Employment: 2021-2022, Effective Date: 5-27-2022; Scott Schmidt, Language Arts – Davies, Dates of Employment: 1996-2022, Effective Date: 5-27-2022; Rachel Vig, Language Arts – Ben Franklin, Dates of Employment: 2003-20022, Effective Date: 5-27-2022 3. Retirements 2021-22: Elizabeth Plemel-Scott, Counselor – Centennial, Dates of Employment: 2021-2022, Effective Date: 5-27-2022 Jim Johnson presented Memo #112. Regulation 7 CFR Section 210.14(e) requires school food authorities (SFAs) participating in the National School Lunch Program to ensure sufficient funds are provided to the nonprofit school food service account for meals served to students not eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Schools currently charging full pay students less than the USDA’s target rate are required to increase prices annually. The USDA target rate for lunch pricing to cover anticipated food and labor costs is $3.31. The district’s comparable price is $2.58. Per the USDA regulation, the district is required to raise lunch prices a minimum of ten cents. An exemption waiver from the price increase requirement is available if the foodservice department has a positive fund balance as of December 31, 2021. The district meets this criterion. On Friday, April 29, the Planning Committee reviewed the federal guidelines, comparative pricing data from across North Dakota, financial standing of the nutrition services department, and options for recommended price increases. Planning Committee recommended that meal prices be set as follows: School Year 2021-22 Proposed Increase Proposed 2022-23 Elementary Breakfast $1.45 $0 $1.45 Elementary Lunch $2.45 $0 $2.45 Secondary Breakfast $1.55 +$0.05 $1.60 Secondary Lunch $2.70 +$0.05 $2.75 Adult Breakfast $2.15 +$0.10 $2.25 Adult Lunch $3.50 +$0.10 $3.60 Extra Milk $0.35 +$0.05 $0.40 Jim Johnson moved to approve the Nutrition Services meal price increase of $0.05 for secondary breakfast, lunch, extra milk, and $0.10 for adult breakfast and lunch. Tracie Newman seconded the motion. Discussion occurred. David Paulson moved to amend the motion to not raise secondary lunch prices. Jennifer Benson seconded the motion. Discussion occurred on the amendment. Upon call of the roll, the amendment failed (Yes: Benson, Holden, Paulson; No: Gullickson, Johnson, Knutson, Nelson, B., Nelson, R., Newman,). Discussion continued on the motion. Upon call of the roll, the motion passed (Yes: Gullickson, Johnson, Knutson, Nelson, B., Nelson, R., Newman; No: Benson, Holden, Paulson). (Memo #112) Dr. Gandhi presented Memo #114. In May 2021, the Fargo Board of Education adopted a temporary policy on virtual instruction, while waiting for the administrative rules for virtual instruction to be set by the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction. Now that those rules are finalized, the Board is asked to adopt a permanent policy to replace the temporary policy that was adopted for the 2021-22 school year. Based on the guidance from NDDPI, in adherence to HB1388, administration is asking the Fargo Board of Education to approve the policy in Memo #114. Approval of the policy will allow Fargo Public Schools to provide a virtual academy/virtual academies option to Fargo Public Schools students. Jim Johnson moved that the Board of Education approve Administrative Policy 4210 – Virtual Instruction as presented, allowing virtual academies in Fargo Public Schools. Robin Nelson seconded the motion. Discussion occurred. Upon call of the roll, the motion passed (Yes: Benson, Gullickson, Holden, Johnson, Knutson, Nelson, B., Nelson, R., Newman, Paulson). (Memo #114) Dr. Gandhi presented Memo #115. During the 67th Legislative Assembly in 2021, House Bill 1478 or the “Learn Everywhere" bill, was passed. The instrumental bill helps pave the way for personalized learning by permitting schools to offer students credit through educational opportunities that take place outside the school building with a sponsoring entity. Prior to the implementation of this program, local school boards must adopt a policy that satisfies the requirements outlined in NDCC 15.1-07-35 and NDAC 67-19-04. In addition, sponsoring entities interested in providing educational opportunities for students in the district must submit a written proposal to the board for their consideration. Due to Fargo Public Schools’ established policy governance structure, administration recommends that the School Board adjust EL-12: Standards Based Academic Program to direct the adoption of such policy. Administration will then add AP 4220 Educational Opportunities Through Sponsoring Entities to the district’s administrative policies. Tracie Newman moved that EL-12 be approved as presented. Seth Holden seconded the motion. Discussion occurred. Upon call of the roll, the motion passed (Yes: Benson, Gullickson, Holden, Johnson, Knutson, Nelson, B., Nelson, R., Newman, Paulson). (Memo #115) Board members reviewed their outside liaison assignments for the 2021-22 school year through a written report. It was suggested that President Knutson review the suggestions for other liaison assignments and seek feedback from other entities if participation is needed from the School Board. (Memo #113) Committee & Liaison Reports Ø David Paulson shared he is interested in the Board having a discussion on the financial implications of providing free meals to all students. Ø The Planning Committee will have one or two meetings in May to review the 2022-23 preliminary budget. (Johnson) Ø Board member meetings/liaison visits: Benson to AFJROTC change of command event, Dr. McCullough and Kris Kobach lawyer event; Johnson to SEEC Board meeting; Nelson to ND United Meeting on ND PERS Plan and Badges of Unity Board meeting; Gullickson to meeting on child nutrition with Senator Hoeven, Jefferson cafeteria naming event, and AFJROTC change of command event; Knutson to Native American Commission meeting. President Knutson reminded Board members of upcoming events per the calendar reminders provided by Board Secretary AnnMarie Campbell. The next regular meeting was confirmed for Tuesday, May 24 at 5:30 p.m. There being no further business to come before the Board, President Knutson declared the meeting adjourned at 7:22 p.m.