One year leave approved for Trent Weicherding.

The District 84 Board of Education met on July 19 for their regular monthly meeting. The board discussed a leave of absence request from kindergarten teacher Trent Weicherding. Weicherding resigned, as of June 30, to accept a position with the River Bend Education District. Superintendent John Cselovszki told the board that Weicherding requested a one-year leave of absence in case he wanted to return to his position.

Board members received confirmation that granting the request did not mean that all such requests must be granted in the future. Board concensus was to approve the leave as included with the action items on the agenda.

Action items approved included:

•Resignation of Trent Weicherding as kindergarten teacher as of 6/20/17

•Resignation of Cassie Rango as El. SPED para as of 7/6/17

•Hiring Hanna Kuhnley as kindergarten teacher for 2017-18 school year at $34,688

•Hiring Kris Eckstein as H.S. DCD teacher for 2017-18 school year at $35,708

•Hiring Judy Lieser as long-term substitute for 40 days at $7,582.40

•Granting one-year leave of absence request for Trent Weicherding

•Hiring Sheila Nessett as fall cheerleading coach at $763.

Cselovszki’s report to the board included an update on negotiations with teachers. He said the teachers financial proposal was for a $4,000 salary increase (for each of two years) plus an increase of $400 for single and $600 for family insurance per year—a 16.2 percent increase. Cselovszki said the negotiating committee offered $2,000 per year plus the requested insurance increases—an 8.2 percent increase for two years. Negotiations are ongoing.

Cselovszki also reported on his attendance at the AASA Board of Directors meeting in Washington, D.C. “We met with all Minnesota congressional delegates or their staff,” he said. “We met with Senator Franken and Representative Walz in person. They are very supportive of our issues.” Cselovszki said the school administrators voiced opposition to the Republican party’s health care proposal that would cut Medicaid support to schools; advocated strongly against any type of voucher proposal; and opposed the proposed 14 percent reduction to the federal Title program and full elimination of Title 2 funds, by the Trump administration.

The Board of Education held their annual Board Retreat on July 24. Cselovszki provided the following report on what he said was a great retreat. “We had several great presentations including: a group of elementary teachers presented about our newest initiative—personalized learning; Jeanine Backer shared our fantastic new approach for teacher mentoring; Tyler Krehbiel shared our five year technology plan; we went over all our district surveys—elementary and high school parent, climate, and teacher exit surveys; we reviewed our 2016-17 building goals, presented our 2017-18 PLC/building initiatives and reviewed our strategic plan.” Cselovszki said they also discussed sports pairing and board consensus was that at this time the school would not co-op with Cedar Mountain, due to the fact that it would move the school into the AA category.

The next board meeting is Aug. 9 at 5:30 p.m.