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Area Special Education Co-op Proceedings (0315)

ASEC Board of Directors’ Meeting Minutes – 

December 15, 2015

Mills called the regular meeting of the Board of Directors for the Area Special Education Cooperative to order at 11:30 a.m. at Thief River Falls, MN. Board Members present were Brian Clarke, Jim Guetter, Randy Bruer, Chris Mills, Mark Nohner, Mike Kolness, and Mark Lundin Lon Jorgensen. Dave Pace, Bill Walters, Evan Hanson, and Kevin Hedstrom did not attend. Gary Jones was also present.
MONTHLY REPORTS:
Motion by Jorgensen, seconded by Lundin to approve the November 19, 2015 board meeting minutes as presented. UC Motion by Jorgensen, seconded by Lundin to approve the agenda as presented. UC Motion by Kolness, seconded by Lundin to approve the December 2015 bill run totaling $62,988.69 including check numbers 40369-40427, and the Expenditure/Revenue Report ending November 30, 2015.
CORRESPONDENCE/REPORTS & DISCUSSION ITEMS:
Jones discussed the possibility of a due process complaint not being likely. He also updated the board on status of fiscal and program monitoring. He also talked about tele-speech and will make a visit to look at technology and effectiveness where it is practiced.
ACTION ITEMS:
Motion by Kolness, seconded by Guetter to approve the Somali Language Interpreter Contract for Lul Haji-Mohamed. UC Motion by Bruer, seconded by Nohner to approve Ultima Bank as the official depository for liquid asset transfers. UC
Negotiations were discussed with little to report.
The January meeting was scheduled for Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 at the Blue Moose Restaurant in East Grand Forks. Motion by Kolness, seconded by Jorgensen to adjourn meeting at 10:42 a.m. UC

Gary O. Jones, Director 
Mark Lundin, Governing Board Secretary

ASEC Board of Directors’ Meeting Minutes – 

January 19, 2016

Mills called the regular meeting of the Board of Directors for the Area Special Education Cooperative to order at 9:30 a.m. at the Blue Moose Restaurant, East Grand Forks, MN. Board Members present were Brian Clarke, Jim Guetter, Randy Bruer, Chris Mills, Mark Nohner, Mike Kolness, and Mark Lundin Lon Jorgensen, Dave Pace, Bill Walters, Evan Hanson, and Kevin Hedstrom. Gary Jones, Julie Aumock, Judd Fredstrom, and Becky Conati were also present.
MONTHLY REPORTS:
Motion by Bruer, seconded by Walters to approve the December 15, 2015 board meeting minutes as presented. UC Motion by Guetter, seconded by Hedstrom to approve the agenda as presented. UC Motion by Walters, seconded by Nohner to approve the January 2016 bill run totaling $64,157.44 including check numbers 40428-40498, and the Expenditure/Revenue Report ending December 31, 2015. UC Interest rates were discussed.
CORRESPONDENCE/REPORTS & DISCUSSION ITEMS:
Jones and members discussed future staffing needs within the cooperative. Members were in consensus to hire a school psychologist intern. He also will be making a tele-speech visit in the next few weeks.
Aumock reminded members about procurement and time and effort documentation. Fredstrom reported that all citations from the 14-15 school year were cleared by MDE within the December deadline and updated members on corrective action plans.
ACTION ITEMS:
Member Hanson introduced the following resolution and moved its adoption: RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE ADMINISTRATION TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR REDUCTIONS IN PROGRAMS AND POSITIONS AND REASONS THEREFOR. WHEREAS, this reduction in expenditure may include discontinuance of positions and discontinuance or curtailment of programs, and WHEREAS, a determination may be made as to which teachers’ contracts must be terminated and not renewed and which teachers may be placed on unrequested leave of absence without pay or fringe benefits in effecting discontinuance of positions.
BE IT RESOLVED, by the Governing Board of Independent School District No. 997, as follows: That the Governing Board hereby directs the Director of Special Education and administration to consider the discontinuance of programs or positions to effectuate economies in the school district and reduce expenditures and make recommendations to the Governing Board for the discontinuance of programs, curtailment of programs, discontinuance of positions, or curtailment of positions.
The motion for the adoption of the foregoing resolution was duly seconded by Member Jorgensen and upon vote being taken thereon, all members voted in favor thereof, whereupon said resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.
Mills updated members on the staff’s proposal for negotiations.
The February meeting was scheduled for Tuesday, February 16th, 2016 at the Blue Moose Restaurant in East Grand Forks. Meeting adjourned 10:50 a.m.

Rebecca L. Conati, Administrative Assistant 
Mark Lundin, Governing Board Secretary
(February 24, 2016)

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