Public Notice of Request for Proposal
St. Louis County Schools No. 2142 ("District") requests proposals for group insurance coverage for the health plan year beginning September 1, 2015. Proposals for self-insurance will also be considered. Sealed proposals will be accepted in paper form until 5:00 pm central time on Monday, April 27, 2015, at 1701 North 9th Ave. Virginia, MN 55792. Copies of the request for proposal and exhibits may be requested from Kim Johnson, Business Manager, at 218-749-8130 X 1103 or and will be sent electronically at no charge. District reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to waive informalities. District reserves the right to select the proposal which it determines to be in the best interest of the District. March 26 - 1

The Regular Meeting of the School Board of Independent School District No. 2142, St. Louis County Schools, was held at the District Office on Monday, March 9, 2015, beginning at 5:00 p.m. Pledge of Allegiance.
Approved the Agenda.
Melissa Brusacoram, AEOA Adult Education Teacher, presented information about AEOA's Adult Education Program.
Superintendent's Report: 1) School Forest Meeting will be held Mar 19 at North Woods School 8:30-10:00 a.m. All invited. 2) Steve and Kristi, end of Mar/early Apr, will schedule one-on-one meetings with HS Seniors. 3) Regarding an article in the TimberJay newspaper last week, I want to clear up a couple of completely inaccurate statements regarding the Campaign Finance Report those inaccurate statements read "At some point, board members and the superintendent had apparently agreed to ask Johnson to amend the report. Yet Johnson still refused to amend the report to address concerns of the complainants, despite pressure to do so." At no point did I, or the SB, ask Kim to amend the report. We reached out to every State Agency we could, asking if we need to change the report. It doesn't matter to me what the report says if anyone with authority tells us to change it, we'll do so immediately but we won't change it at the direction of Marshall. 4) Read letter sent to St. Louis County Commissioners requesting their "no" vote at their Board Meeting tomorrow on a resolution which would support proposed legislation that would provide for the annexation of six sections of highly-mineralized property that would result in the loss of mineral royalties to our District. Plan to attend the meeting at 9:30 tomorrow morning.
Tom Cundy, Facilities and Grounds Director, provided an update on the Cherry well. Worked with the MDH in selecting the location for the new well. Can now move ahead with engineering (getting quote to design from Stantec) and architectural (ARI). Will wait to drill applying for a matching funds grant (app due 4/1, grants awarded end of Apr). Estimate for well $32,000.
Tom provided a pared-down Five-Year Plan. Addition: Cherry baseball field (drainage, fence, dugout work). Questions from Board members on items previously on the list. Tom will provide the SB will the full list. Exterior basketball hoop at the Tower School will be taken care of this summer as general maintenance (approx. cost $2,000).
DaNeil Sirjord, ECFE/LR Program Director: 1) Combined Head Start/LR implemented this year at NE Range worked well. Looking at doing the same thing next year at SR. 2) Small Pathway I and II Scholarships received. 3) Received $10,000 to partner with United Way, Parent Aware, and Mesabi Community College to sponsor a training for ECFE/LR Assts, child care providers, Rule 3 center-based providers, licensed teacher who want to pursue an ECFE license. 177 people registered.
Approved Consent Agenda items, and recognized and thanked donors for their generous support of our schools: Minutes of Nov 19, 2014 Special SB Meeting and Feb 23, 2015 Regular SB Meeting; Bill List Feb 19-Mar 4, 2015; Donations ­ Target Take Charge of Education $431.75 Cherry, $903.94 NW, $520.10 NE Range, and $320 SR, Saturday Night country Live $500 NE Range, Lake Country Power $100 SR.
Approved revision to the 2015-2016 School Calendar: Teacher Contract days prior to the 1st day of school for students changed to Wed and Thu, Sep 2 and 3, 2015.
Approved disposal of buses/vehicles: 2000 International Bus #9, 2002 International Bus #22, 2005 International Bus #52, 1998 Chevrolet Express Van Vehicle #80, and 1997 Ford Van Vehicle #67.
Approved the purchase of buses and vehicles: Four 2016 Buses (three 71-passenger, 2 Bluebirds and 1 International, and one 24-passenger Bluebird), 2015 10-passenger Chevrolet Express Van, 2015 Chevrolet Suburban 4WD, 2015 GMC Sierra 1500 Silverado 2WD pickup ­ total vehicle purchases $405,934.
Approved the SR Track team's out-of-state travel to UWS for indoor meets on March 19, 26, and 28.
Jodie Zesbaugh and Andrea Uhl from Ehlers presented information regarding the matter of refunding bonds. The SB previously voted to refund bonds, anticipating savings of $2 million. Ehlers received bids today and rates came in considerably higher than was previously expected, with the low bid resulting in savings of $1.4 million. Ehlers, as well as Business Manager Kim Johnson, recommended the SB reject today's bids, give Ehlers permission to negotiate with low bidder, Piper Jaffray, and authorize the Board Chair and Superintendent to move forward with refunding if savings of $2 million can be achieved. Based on the maturities of the bonds being pretty far out, the district still has plenty of time for refunding; Ehlers and Johnson think we can do better for taxpayers in the long run if we wait to refund.
Accepted the retirement of Darlene Johnson from her elementary teaching position at Cherry School, effective July 1, 2015.
Accepted the following resignations:
Amanda Shermer, Indian Education Program Assistant at North Woods School, effective March 17, 2015 Samantha Reichensperger, Teacher Aide at Tower-Soudan School, effective January 28, 2015
Robert Edblom, Bus Driver at Cherry School, effective March 13, 2015
Offered the following contracts:
Samantha Reichensperger, Paraprofessional at Tower-Soudan School, 6.5 hrs/day M,T, and 5.5 hrs/day W, effective January 29, 2015 for the 2014-2015 school year
Brad Betterley, Custodian at North Woods School, 40 hrs/wk (M-F 2:30-11:00 p.m.), effective March 16, 2015 for the 2014-2015 school year, subject to a passing background check
John Parenteau, Custodian at South Ridge School, 20 hrs/wk (M-F 6:00-10:00 p.m.), effective February 23, 2015 for the 2014-2015 school year
Accepted the resignation of Susan Lavigne as Assistant Volleyball Coach at Northeast Range School, effective March 2, 2015.
Meeting adjourned at 5:45 p.m. March 26 - 1