FARGO BOARD OF EDUCATION MINUTES REGULAR MEETING June 14, 2022 The Board of Education of the City of Fargo met in regular session on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at the District Office in the Board Room, located at 700 7th Street South in Fargo. Members present: Jennifer Benson Seth Holden Jim Johnson Rebecca Knutson Brian Nelson Robin Nelson Tracie Newman Members absent: Nikkie Gullickson David Paulson President Rebecca Knutson called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. Jim Johnson moved approval of the agenda with the addition of the HR Addendum. Tracie Newman seconded the motion. The agenda was approved (Yes: Benson, Holden, Johnson, Knutson, Nelson, B., Nelson, R., Newman; Absent: Gullickson, Paulson). The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. One citizen addressed the Board. Deven Styczynski spoke on the North High School track project and student reading scores. He requested a written response on why bonds were issued for the North High School track project. Doug Andring provided a report on the FPS Evaluation System in compliance with EL-6: Staff Evaluation and the Strategic Plan. The Marzano Evaluation System is used for teacher evaluation. Currently, the District is using the legacy model of the Marzano system, but will be transitioning to the Focused Teacher Evaluation Model effective July 1, 2022. Discussion occurred. (Memo #120) An FEA representative was not present to provide a report. Dr. Gandhi shared administration is looking into hiring teaching candidates through an agency that places international teachers through a J-1 Visa. There is no cost to the District for working with the agency. Robin Nelson moved approval of the Consent Agenda with the addition of the HR Addendum. Brian Nelson seconded the motion which passed (Yes: Benson, Holden, Johnson, Knutson, Nelson, B., Nelson, R., Newman; Absent: Gullickson, Paulson) thereby causing the following actions to be taken: A. The minutes of the regular meeting of May 24 were approved as written. B. The following Human Resources actions were approved: 1. New Hires 2022-23: Laura Allensworth, Language Arts – Carl Ben Eielson, UND, BA – 0 (Step 3) – at 100% – $43,493; Skylar Bright, Academic Interventionist – McKinley, UND, BA – 0 (Step 3) – at 100% – $43,493; Virginia Brower, Language Arts – Davies, VCSU, BA – 0 (Step 3) – at 100% – $43,493; Lucas Burr, Music – Ben Franklin, Concordia, BA – 0 (Step 3) – at 100% – $43,493; Christopher Genereux, El Science – South, NDSU/Western Governors, MA+15 – 6 (Step 6) – at 100% – $50,322; Victoria Hatten, Language Arts – Davies, Concordia, BA – 0 (Step 3) – at 100% – $43,493; Tonya Hetland, Language Arts – North, Concordia, MA+15 – 6 (Step 6) – at 100% – $50,322; Isaac Hicks, Music – Madison, NDSU, BA – 0 (Step 3) – at 100% – $43,493; Taylor Hirchert, SPED/Strategist – Clara Barton, MSUM, BA – 0 (Step 3) – at 100% – $43,493; Alise Ilkka, Language Arts – Carl Ben Eielson, MSUM, BA – 0 (Step 3) – at 100% – $43,493; Shanna Lower, SPED/LD – Lewis & Clark, VCSU/UND, MA – 13 (Step 13) – at 100% – $63,084; Emily Lundby, Physical Education – Kennedy, UND, BA – 5 (Step 5) – at 100% – $44,347; Alyssa Luttschwager, Science – Ben Franklin, NDSU, BA – 0 (Step 3) – at 100% – $43,493; Andrea Manston, K-12 Math Coordinator – District Office, Mayville/Winona, $89,643; Amanda Mogen, Social Studies – North, MSU, BA – 4 (Step 4) – at 100% – $43,920; Emily Nyhof, Kindergarten – Bennett, Concordia, BA – 0 (Step 3) – at 100% – $43,493; Hannah Parsons, Grade 4 – McKinley, MSUM, BA – 1 (Step 3) – at 100% – $43,493; Charles Sadler, Language Arts – Ben Franklin, Grand Canyon/Arizona, MA – 3 (Step 3) – at 100% – $44,517; Jacob Schaefbauer, Music – Longfellow, MSUM, BA – 0 (Step 3) – at 100% – $43,493; Patrick Thiel, Performing Arts Facilitator – District Office, NDSU, MA – 11 (Step 11) – at 100% – $62.092 (200 days); Tommy Thompson, Physical Education – Discovery, NDSU, BA – 0 (Step 3) – at 100% – $43,493; Brandon Van Den Eykel, Music – Discovery, MSUM, BA – 7 (Step 7) – at 100% – $45,456; Jadyn Wehlage, Grade 1 – Bennett, VCSU, BA – 0 (Step 3) – at 100% – $43,493 2. Resignations 2021-22: Benjamin Jystad-Spar, Admin Assignment – Discovery, Dates of Employment: 2010-2022, Effective Date: 5-27-2022; Shayna Leach, Kindergarten – Jefferson, Dates of Employment: 2020-2022, Effective Date: 5-27-2022; Bernadette O’Keefe, Language Arts – Ben Franklin, Dates of Employment: 2021-2022, Effective Date: 5-27-2022; Jenni Ortmeier, SPED/SLP – Carl Ben Eielson, Dates of Employment: 2019-2022, Effective Date: 5-27-2022; Jason Thielges, CTE/Business Education – Davies, Dates of Employment: 2002-2022, Effective Date: 5-27-2022; Jennifer Toso-Kenna, Counselor – Davies, Dates of Employment: 2002-2022, Effective Date: 5-27-2022; Melanie Van Soelen, Language Arts – Carl Ben Eielson, Dates of Employment: 2013-2022, Effective Date: 5-27-2022; Amer Vatres, EL Math – Carl Ben Eielson, Dates of Employment: 2014-2022, Effective Date: 5-27-2022 3. Rescinding of Offer: Emily Greene, Math – South, Declined Contract C. Board members approved the submission of the 2022-23 Consolidated Grant application for Titles I, II, III and IV. (Memo #121) D. The monitoring report for EL-8 was accepted. (Memo #122) E. The monitoring report for EL-9 was accepted. (Memo #123) President Knutson presented Memo #124. Pursuant to Board Policies GP-2E and GP-7, President Knutson assigned Nikkie Gullickson, Seth Holden, and Jim Johnson to serve as the 2022 Canvassing Committee. Seth Holden was appointed chair of the committee. The committee will canvas all eligible Board members and present a listing of all members willing to serve in the capacity of President or Vice President of the Board for the 2022-23 school year at the July 12 meeting. Jim Johnson moved that Nikkie Gullickson, Seth Holden and Jim Johnson serve as the 2022 the Canvassing Committee as stipulated in policy, with Seth Holden serving as chair of the committee, and report their findings to AnnMarie Campbell by June 29. Seth Holden seconded the motion. Upon call of the roll, the motion passed (Yes: Benson, Holden, Johnson, Knutson, Nelson, B., Nelson, R., Newman; Absent: Gullickson, Paulson). (Memo #124) President Knutson presented Memo #125. The Fargo-West Fargo Public Schools Indian Education team has been working to develop a Land Acknowledgement statement during the spring of 2022. The statement was drafted in consultation with regional tribal nations and local Native American entities, and letters of support have been received from the Indian Education Parent Committee, Native American Commission, and NDSU Office of Multicultural Programs. The statement will be placed on the district’s website, in buildings, and may be read at events. The statement is as follows: Fargo Public Schools respectfully acknowledges that we gather on the lands of the Oceti Sakowin (Oh-chéh-tee Sha-koh-wee), who are the Dakota, Lakota, and Nakoda people, and the Anishinaabe (Ah-ni-shin-nah-bay) people of this area. The Communications, Engagement and Advocacy Committee discussed the development of such a statement at its March 15, 2022 meeting and reviewed the drafted statement at its May 17, 2022 meeting. The Indian Education Team was present at these meetings for discussion. Additionally at the May 17 meeting and at the June 6, 2022 meeting, the committee discussed ways in which the statement can be used by the Board of Education. The Communications, Engagement and Advocacy Committee recommends the adoption of the use of this statement by the School Board in the following ways: • Included on the bottom of all regular, special and standing committee meeting agendas. • Read by the Board president annually at the reorganizational meeting in July. • Used at events of the Board at Board member discretion. The committee also supports administration posting the statement in all District buildings and using the statement at school events at the discretion of administration. Seth Holden moved that the Board adopt the usage of the FPS land acknowledgement statement as recommended by the Communications, Engagement and Advocacy Committee as outlined in Memo #125. Tracie Newman seconded the motion. Discussion occurred. It was suggested to add “original” before the word lands in the statement. Jennifer Benson moved to postpone the decision until the June 28 meeting. Robin Nelson seconded the motion. Discussion occurred on postponing the motion. Upon call of the roll, the motion to postpone failed (Yes: Benson; No: Holden, Johnson, Knutson, Nelson, B., Nelson, R., Newman; Absent: Gullickson, Paulson). Upon call of the roll, the motion passed (Yes: Holden, Johnson, Knutson, Nelson, B., Nelson, R., Newman; No: Benson; Absent: Gullickson, Paulson). (Memo #125) President Knutson presented Memo #126. The Board annually reviews GP-7: Committee Structure each June. Seth Holden moved that Board Policy GP-7 be reaffirmed as provided or as modified. Brian Nelson seconded the motion. Discussion occurred on the size of the standing committees, in particular the size of the Governance Committee meeting, due to adding the Negotiations Committee chair to the Governance Committee as a member a number of years ago. Consensus was reached to have the Governance Committee review committee membership. President Knutson noted that changes to the policy were not agreed upon at the meeting. Upon call of the roll, the motion passed (Yes: Holden, Johnson, Knutson, Nelson, B., Nelson, R., Newman; No: Benson; Absent: Gullickson, Paulson). (Memo #126) Committee & Liaison Reports The Planning Committee met and reviewed the recommendation from the Health Insurance Committee, received an update on the preliminary budget and reviewed a City of Fargo TIF project. (Johnson) The Governmental Affairs Committee met on June 7 and reviewed potential legislative issues for the 2023 session. (Nelson, R.) Board member meetings/liaison visits: Board members attended graduation ceremonies for the class of 2022; Johnson to Governor’s Summit; Newman to Governor’s Summit; Benson to Center for Self Governance Class on ND State Constitution; Nelson to Explorer Academy year end celebration and Chamber Public Policy Committee Meeting President Knutson reminded Board members of the special meeting on June 21 at 9:00 a.m. in the Board Room for a discharge for cause hearing. She asked Board members to arrive by 8:45 a.m. The next regular meeting was confirmed for Tuesday, June 28 at 5:30 p.m. There being no further business to come before the Board, President Knutson declared the meeting adjourned at 6:35 p.m. (July 6, 2022) 79301

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