The District 84 Board of Education met twice within a week.
The Sleepy Eye District 84 Board of Education met in their regular session on Wednesday, April 11. The agenda was brief, but the school board did not approve of everything on it.
School board meetings generally start with reports from board committees and administrators and conclude with an action agenda of items presented for board approval.
Included on the action agenda was Superintendent/Elementary Principal John Cselovszki’s recommendation for non-renewal of teacher Rachel Vacek and hiring of Josh Altman as elementary teacher. Those items were not approved, on a 4-3 board vote with Jeremy Domeier, Joleen Dittbenner, Bryan Sellner and Sheila Wurtzberger voting against the non-renewal; and Brian Nelson, Darla Remus and Casey Coulson voting to approve it. Cselovszki was surprised at this action and informed the board he would call for another meeting to reconsider the decision. Reached a few days later, he said he had not previously had a board vote against an administration personnel decision.
•Resignation of Amelia Schmid as high school SPED teacher.
•2019 senior trip, having earlier heard a report on 2018 class trip and a presentation of plans for the 2019 trip—they are considering Daytona Beach.
•Accepted donations: $243.18 from Friends of Sleepy Eye to the pep band to offset cost of state tournament t-shirts; $100 from Charles Hansen to the SEPS Athletic Department; $40 to baseball and $120 to softball from the Cook family in memory of Duke Cook; $2,500 from Monsanto (Grow Communities program) for the benefit of FFA.
Next regular meeting is Wednesday, May 9 at 5:30 p.m.
On April 12 a notice of special meeting was sent to board members and press, set for Monday, April 16 at 3 p.m. The stated purpose being: Introducing a Resolution Relating to the Termination and Non Renewal of Non-Tenured Teacher.
At the April 16 meeting, motions for termination and non-renewal of the teaching contract of Rachel Vacek, a probationary teacher; and for hiring Josh Altman as elementary teacher for the 2018-19 school year at $39,488 were unanimously approved with no discussion.
Also added to the agenda was the question of how to handle any future snow days. The board decided if there would be one more snow day it would be made up by staff only; any additional day would be excused.