Bruer 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, Lon Jorgensen, Bill Walters, Mark Lundin, Mark Nohner, Mike Kolness, and Evan Hanson. Absent members were Dave Pace and Kevin Hedstrom. Gary Jones, Julie Aumock, Judd Fredstrom, and Becky Conati were also present.
Motion by Guetter, seconded by Walters to approve the February 16, 2016 board meeting minutes as presented. UC Motion by Nohner, seconded by Kolness to approve the agenda as presented. UC Motion by Walters, seconded by Jorgenson to approve the February 2016 bill run totaling $64,968.94 including check numbers 40574-40640, the Expenditure/Revenue Report ending February 29, 2016, and a liquid asset transfer of $100,000 on February 26, 2016 to US Bank. UC In response to Bruer’s question about the interest, Jones stated that the interest rate for Ultima Bank online savings account was .95 percent.
CORRESPONDENCE/REPORTS & DISCUSSION ITEMS:
Jones told members about his recent visit to the Southwest Service Cooperative in Marshall and the information he received from their staff regarding telepractice speech language services. The service works well for their cooperative and they gave Jones many helpful points to consider. Bruer suggested looking into it further as an option for the cooperative. Jones stated that a complaint with MDE had been filed with one of the districts. He also told members again about the future interpreting needs in the cooperative. Aumock reported that progress is being made with Fiscal Monitoring. Three districts have completed their Corrective Action Plans successfully. She had recently attended the Early Childhood
Leadership at MDE last week. She also had met with Northwestern Mental Health Center since the last board meeting to discuss their contracts with districts in our cooperative. Fredstrom gave an update on MDE Corrective Action Plans and said that five districts are now completed. Mills updated members on negotiations. The ASEC negotiators had submitted a counter proposal but the board negotiators had not responded yet. They were meeting after the board meeting to discuss further.
The April meeting was scheduled for Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at the Blue Moose Restaurant in East Grand Forks. Meeting adjourned 10:29 a.m.
Rebecca L. Conati, Administrative Assistant
Mark Lundin, Governing Board Secretary
(April 27, 2016)