What school will look like in Nevis this fall is still up in the air.
Superintendent Gregg Parks and members of the board discussed the district’s plans for bringing students and staff back on-site this fall at their June 22 meeting.
“At this point, Gov. Walz is requesting districts to have three plans in place,” Parks said.
The first option would be to bring all students and staff back following social distancing guidelines. In the second option, schools would use a hybrid model with 50 percent capacity in the building and buses following social distancing guidelines. The third plan would be distance learning for all staff and students.
“A planning team is being assembled with input being requested from the many entities within the district such as transportation, health care, maintenance, teachers and support staff,” Parks said.
“Gov. Walz is expected to announce a decision prior to July 27 as to which of the three options will be viable for the start of the school for safely educating students. Districts will need to plan to move between the three options as things change.”
Building projects were also discussed. Re-siding the community education building is complete and three new air handling units have been installed on the main building. The backstop on the softball field has also been completed.
The paving project that includes the east parking lot and areas surrounding the robotics building and Type III vehicle garage will begin after the July 4 holiday.
In other action, the board:
Accepted the resignation of middle level special education teacher Julie Anderson effective Aug. 20. “An opportunity arose for her to work closer to her home in Bemidji,” Parks said. “We wish her the best of luck and appreciate her 20 years of service to the students in the Nevis School District.”
Unanimously approved a continuing contract with Spanish teacher Beth Durgin as she has completed her three-year probationary period. \u0009
Approved an extension to music teacher Noelle Kuitunen-Johnson’s probationary period for the 2020-21 school year. The motion carried by a 4-2 vote with Justin Isaacson and Maggie Stacey opposed.
Unanimously approved the preliminary fiscal year budget for the Nevis School district. The fiscal year 2020-21 budget projects revenues of $8,117,061 and expenditures of $8,267,105.
Approved a probationary teacher contract with Jenny Rittgers as school nurse for the 2020-21 school year, with Ed Becker abstaining from the vote as Rittgers is a family member.
Thanked those who gave donations totaling $2,208, including $207 from Mantrap Township for transportation safety vests and trauma packs, $800 from Northwoods Juniors for the volleyball program and $1,200 from Itasca Mantrap Operation Round Up giving $300 each to Special Olympics, the school wellness committee, special education and Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports programs.
Approved payment of bills totaling $110,568.
Updated district school board policies including video recording and surveillance, waste reduction and recycling and several others following a final reading.
Completed the first reading for new crisis management and public data request policies.
Accepted the fuel quote for the 2020-21 school year from Northwoods Grocery at 6 cents per gallon off regular posted gas prices, and the milk bid from Prairie Farms, a division of Dean Foods, at approximately 22 cents per pint.
Approved renewing the district insurance and risk management policy with VAALAR in the amount of $94,456 for the 2020-21 school year.
Heard in Principal Brian Michaelson report that the summer reading program began June 8 with 12 students participating, and the annual policy committee meeting was held June 16 to review student/parent and staff handbooks. Student schedules for the 2020-21 school year are now in Synergy, and the “Read Well by Third Grade” literacy report has been submitted to the Minnesota Department of Education.
Discussed the process for the evaluation for Superintendent Parks. Information will be emailed to board members by July 3 with input expected back and compiled by July 20. A brief closed session will be held at the July school board meeting to discuss the results with Parks.
The next school board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, July 27 in the media center and via Zoom. Contact the school at 652-3500 if interested in joining through Zoom.