School Board – Anoka-Hennepin School District




The School Board of Anoka-Hennepin Independent School District No. 11 held a regular meeting on Monday, May 8, 2017, at the Sandburg Education Center, Anoka, Minnesota.

Chair Heidemann called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.

Chair Heidemann led the pledge of allegiance.

The following members were present: Marci Anderson, William Fields, Bill Harvey, Nicole Hayes, Tom Heidemann and Jeff Simon.

The School Board recognized students and staff from the following groups and schools. Each of them was given a medal in honor of their achievements. Anoka-Hennepin Schools provide specialty and magnet school options for students at the elementary, middle and high school levels. University Avenue Elementary School for Aerospace, Childrens Engineering and Science, was honored as a 2017 Magnet Schools of America School of Excellence. This is the highest designation available. Dr. Anissa Cravens, University Avenue Elementary principal, Kate Watson, curriculum integrator, and Diedre Bloemers, assistant principal, provided an overview of successes at the school which led to the award.

Anoka Middle School for the Arts, Champlin-Brooklyn Park Academy for Environmental Science and Math and Lincoln Elementary School for the Arts, were also recognized for achieving Magnet Schools of America Schools awards at a previous School Board meeting.

Evergreen Park Elementary World Cultures Community School (EPWCCS) in Brooklyn Center was named an ENVoY (nonverbal classroom management strategy) Certified Demonstration Site, a rigorous designation that has only been earned by two schools in the nation. Sheryl Ray serves as EPWCSS principal. Schools that are Certified Demonstration Sites are considered leaders in the practice of ENVoY strategies to improve school climate, culture and student achievement. ENVoY strategies provide a system of non-verbal skills to assist school staff in gaining compliance and building strong relationships with students. They also serve as professional development resource sites for other education professionals who want to put ENVoY strategies to work at their school. Anoka-Hennepin currently has 30 schools that are ENVoY certified, a designation that requires 80 percent or more of licensed staff to be proficient in ENVoY strategies. Dr. Mary Wolverton, associate superintendent for elementary schools, explained that EPWCSS now joins Eisenhower Elementary in Coon Rapids as the two schools in the nation as ENVoY Certified Demonstration Sites.

Rolf Carlsen, principal at Oxbow Creek Elementary, introduced teams of investors of the future who demonstrated outstanding performance in The Stock Market Game , a statewide competition for students in grades four through 12 to virtually invest a $100,000 in the stock market. Students learn about the economy first-hand as they increase financial literacy and learn about the importance of investing. The project-based style of the program teaches students skills such as teamwork, decision making and critical thinking. Fifth grade students Omar Megahed, Rodgers Mosiori, and Nick Janssen captured first place in the contest at their age group and division the top finish of 600 teams in Minnesota. Tracy Korton served as their advisor. Oxbow Creek fourth grade teams took all five top finishes in their division, which was sponsored by Allianz. The team of Dominic Jessop, Preston Sisomphou, and Aiden Transue, known as The Golden Boys, were named division champions. The second place designation was awarded to the Cheese Curds, which included team members Gavin Stahl, Grahan Aarsvold and Max Kloss. Wyatt Hanson, Lucas Hooper and Hugh Nightingale, known as the Pi Masters, took third place. Fourth place honors were presented to Diamonds and team members Jake Rekedal, Mason Tillemans, and Alex Knight. Team Super Stars, featuring Briana Narine, Emery Taylor, and Taylor Zahalka, finished in fifth place. Teacher John Wippler served as advisor for these teams.

Mike George, Champlin Park High School principal, and Ashley Brown, International Baccalaureate (IB) coordinator, introduced 26 students who are candidates for the full IB diploma. Students recognized for this achievement include: William (Cody) Bailey, Philip Baumeister, Joanna Blum, Shannon Daehn, Raaji Daniel, Milki Gemeda, Diana Glebdova, Kirby Goodell, Bryant Huang, Saffron Jensen, Miranda Johnsen, Brianna Johnson, Hannah Lambert, Ethan Lizotte, Savannah Mendoza, Nikki Nguyen, Kovic Odhiambo, Maame Opare-Addo, Arthur Overvold, Wesley Shirola, Christian Stohlmann, Ben Summers, Allison Tieman, Kalista Vang, Marisa Vattendahl Vidal, and Azion White.

Gary Lundeen, principal at Oak View Middle School, introduced a presentation that honored eleven students for high-achievement in math and thirteen students for musical excellence.

Math teacher Lorin Buzay introduced students with top finishes at the St. Cloud State University Math competition. Kenneth Grandell, grade seven, joined grade eight students Zachary Kloek, Nicholas McLaren, and Delanie Schroer, who finished in the top five percent of all competitors. Travis Groess, Jacob Walsh, Joshua Witte, and Maxwell Pickett represented grade seven. Calvin Foy, Kyra Hinkel, and Oliver McVay represented grade eight as top ten percent finishers in the competition. The OVMS eighth grade team finished third overall in the team competitions.

Choir teacher Beth Olson introduced students who were selected for the Minnesota State Honors Choir. Honored sixth-grade students include Cayla Abercrombie, Jordyn Hirte, Evelynne Peterman, Anna Slavik, and Zach Sullivan. Students Elise Gross, Ethan Johnson, Andrew McIntyre, and Nevaeh Schulte were selected from grade seven. Mariah Guenther, Eleanor Lindsay, Eric Macfarlane, and Daniil Magu represented the school from grade eight.

Becky Brodeur, principal at Andover High School, introduced a series of presenters and students who demonstrated leadership and excellence in numerous arts programs offered at Andover High School. Choir teacher Melanie Kjellberg, introduced seniors Calvin Althoff, Gabrielle Bittner, and Weston Wold who joined junior Lauren Janowiec as students selected for the Minnesota Music Educators Association All-State Choir. Sophomore Bria Deutschlander joined freshmen Grace A. Jacobs and Margaret Sullivan as students selected for the grades 9-10 Minnesota State Honors Choir. Art teacher Bree Nieland introduced high-achieving students in the Scholastic Art Competition, a highly competitive event that showcases visual arts and recognizes excellence by young artists across the state. Gold level awards were presented to seniors Payton Clark and Anna Lentz and junior Jenny Lidberg. Silver level awards were presented to senior Ashley Cofrin and junior Meghan Brandner. Industrial technology teacher Mike Hecker introduced students with top three finishes in the Minnesota State Fair competitions. Dylan Chiabotti, junior, took second place in photography. Michael Buie, senior, was honored with a first place finish in graphic design. Frank Gillispie, junior, was also honored for a first place finish in graphic design. Madison King, sophomore, and Kayla Dittberner, senior were honored for second place finishes and Christina Meyer, sophomore, was recognized for third place honors, all three competing in the graphic design division. Speech coach Michelle Pinkham introduced students who advanced on to the National Speech Tournament to be held June 18 through 23 in Birmingham, Alabama. Honored students include Annie Omer, junior, and Jack Slavik, sophomore. Debate coach Dan Boardwell introduced Connor Bullock, sophomore, who advanced to the National Debate Tournament also to be held June 18 through 23 in Birmingham, Alabama. Science teacher Gary Mansergh introduced Rachel Gasser, senior, who was selected as a Minnesota representative to the National Youth Science Camp. Only two graduating seniors in each state are invited to attend the camp, which builds leadership skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for emerging science leaders nationwide. Band director Doug Bakkum introduced Peter Hanson and Megan Brandner, juniors, who were honored to be selected as members of the Minnesota Music Educators Association All-State Band.

Tom Hagerty, principal at Jackson Middle School, introduced teachers, advisors and students who demonstrated high performance levels in music, math, and academic co-curricular competitions. Choir teacher Kari Lace introduced eighth-grade students who were selected for the Minnesota All-State Honors Choir. Honored students include Spencer Anderson, Jocelyn Cardoso-Johnston, Annika Erickson, Brooklyn Head, Will Heinen, and Anna Keston. Math teacher Belinda Eerdmans introduced nineteen students with top finishes at the St. Cloud State University Math competition. Five students from grade seven finished in the top five percent of all students including Robert Weber, Claire Koch, Izzy John, Max OBrien, and Sydney Hanson. Seventh grade students who finished in the top ten percent include Colin Lange, Colin Stammer and Kate Wilhelmi. Six students from grade eight finished in the top five percent of all students including Will Asinger, Kyle Horton, Gregory Nelson, Erin Smythe, Sheila Legus-Christman and Kent Smith. Eighth grade students who finished in the top ten percent include Noah Larson, Sydney Pollman, Darick Buhr, Megha Verghese, and Elizabeth Duerr.


Marci Anderson moved and Nicole Hayes seconded the motion to approve the following consent agenda items:

1. Minutes from the April 24, 2017 School Board meeting.

2. Personnel items as follows:


A detailed list of the Resignations/Terminations, Layoffs and Recalls, Leave of Absence, Modified Leave of Absence, Appointments, Extra Service Agreements, Curriculum Writing, Behind the Wheel and Cash Disbursements is available through the Anoka-Hennepin ISD 11 home page on the Internet or at the district office located at 2727 N Ferry Street, Anoka, MN 55303. If you would like a printed copy of this portion of the minutes, please send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to the attention of Debbie Koffski at the above address.

3. Approved Designation of Identified Official with Authority.

4. Approved Insurance Rates 2017-18

5. Approved Post-Secondary Enrollment Option contract with North Hennepin Community College.

6. Approved Proposed Strategic Investments.

7. Immunization exclusionsnames and specifics are not included because of data privacy.

Motion passed.

No citizens requested time to provide communications, delegations and petitions.

Superintendent Law gave a report to the Board and reviewed the Board calendar. He noted that next week begins our Fit for the Future Task Force Community Engagements starting on May 17, 6:30 p.m. at Champlin Park High School followed by Coon Rapids High School on May 18, 6:30 p.m. They will continue on at all five high schools for the next few weeks. He encouraged all community members to attend and learn about our proposed facility upgrades including removing portables and adding additional space where we have additional growth. The Superintendent thanked the staff that participated in our first American Heart Association Heart Walk on April 29 at the Target Center. Superintendent Law referenced high school transcripts and state changes that require us to note college readiness on transcripts effective this year, including ACT scores and MCA scores in reading and math. St. Cloud State University flyer was shared showing who can participate in courses that will be offered at individual high schools and the person to contact at their school.

Chuck Holden, chief operations officer, introduced Noah Atlas, child nutrition director, who presented an update on program participation and budget impacts which lead to a recommended five cent price increase for lunch meals beginning with the 2017-18 school year. Atlas noted that food and supply costs, nutrition requirements and equipment replacement are all factor in making the recommendation. The School Board will consider approval of the recommendation at an upcoming meeting.

Kim Pavlovich, director of secondary curriculum, instruction and assessment, led a team of family and consumer science teachers including Lori Brumbaugh, Laurie Jensen, Karen Sherga and MaryBeth Allison. The presentation provided an overview of curricular offerings and how a new articulated credit partnership program with Anoka-Ramsey Community College for an Education Teach and Train class will provide college credit and experience for students pursuing early childhood degrees and careers. One possible outcome of the class is to prepare future staff members for Anoka-Hennepin Schools.

Chair Heidemann recessed the meeting at 8:00 p.m. for a 10-minute break. The meeting reconvened at 8:10 p.m.

Dr. Mary Wolverton, associate superintendent for elementary schools, Ranae Case Evenson, director of elementary curriculum, instruction and assessment, Dr. Kari Rock, director of elementary schools and supplemental programs, and Jennifer Clark, teaching and learning specialist, updated the School Board regarding elementary level talent development programming. One key new addition for the 2017-18 school year is to provide the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) to all students in second grade and selected students in grade four. The CogAT is an assessment that estimates learned reasoning and problem solving abilities through a series of verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal items.

Nicole Tuescher, executive director of human resources, Jim Gilligan, director of labor, relations and benefits, and Scott Schaefer, Board Treasurer for Anoka-Hennepin Education Minnesota, presented a proposed calendar for the 2018-19 school year. Development of the proposed calendar was coordinated through a committee of district staff representing various labor groups and school and district administrators. Approval of the calendar is anticipated at an upcoming School Board meeting.

Cory McIntyre, executive director of student services, led an audit presentation of three out of 14 functional areas within special education services. Anoka-Hennepin is under contract with the Center for Academic Research in Education and Innovation (CAREI) at the University of Minnesota to audit and review the delivery of special education services. Dr. Kim Gibbons, associate director for CAREI and Michelle Marchant Wood, lead researcher at CAREI, presented the reports. The School Board reviewed strengths and improvement options for emotional behavior disorders (EBD), extended school year and transition services within special education programming areas. The School Board will receive the final four audit areas in June. The goal is to establish a plan that will shape special education delivery over the next ten years, building upon strength areas and identifying areas for improvements.

Paul Cady, general counsel, introduced a resolution regarding discharge of continuing contract teachers. Chair Heidemann made a motion to approve the resolution as presented. William Fields seconded. The resolution was approved on a 6-0 vote.


Pursuant to due call and notice, a meeting of the School Board of Anoka-Hennepin Independent School No. 11 was held on the 8th day of May, 2017, at 6:30 p.m.

Board Member Heidemann introduced the following resolution and moved its adoption:

WHEREAS, the following persons are continuing contract teachers in Anoka-Hennepin School District No. 11,


WHEREAS, for the reasons set forth in Exhibits A,

BE IT RESOLVED, by the School Board of Anoka-Hennepin Independent School District No. 11 as follows:

1. That the following continuing contract teachers in Anoka-Hennepin Independent School District No. 11 are immediately terminated pursuant to Minnesota Statute 122A.40, Subdivision 13.

2. Written notice be sent to the following continuing contract teachers regarding the proposed immediate termination in a form identified and attached as Exhibit A.

3. That each and all the grounds set forth in the notice are within the grounds for the immediate discharge of a continuing contract teacher.

4. Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, Minnesota Statutes Chapter 13 and, therefore, the Superintendent is specifically directed to maintain the private data classification of Exhibit A in accordance with applicable State Law, including the provisions of Minnesota Statutes Chapter 13.

5. That the written notices attached as Exhibits A shall be signed by the Clerk of the School Board and be served upon the following continuing contract teachers as determined by the Administration of Independent School District No. 11.

Name Location Commencement of Leave

S.E. LOA 4/30/15

R.H. LOA 9/1/15

That the motion for the adoption of the foregoing resolution was duly seconded by Board Member William Fields and upon vote being taken thereon, the following voted in favor: Board Members Anderson, Fields, Harvey, Hayes, Heidemann and Simon and the following voted against: None. Whereupon said resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.

Jeff Simon, Clerk of the Board

John Koehler, director of finance, presented Policy 721 for School Board review and discussion. The new policy would replace policy 701.0, and provide additional procedures and guidelines regarding purchasing for all district employees. The policy will return for board approval at a future meeting.

Michelle Vargas, chief financial officer, presented a recommended final amendment to the 2016-17 budget, a step necessary to complete the current school year financial requirements. The amended budget incorporates a series of School Board actions, revenue and expenditure changes and state and federal government mandates. The School Board will consider approval at their May 22 meeting.

Chair Heidemann proposed under Minnesota State Law 13D.03 sub 1 that they move into a closed session to deal with matters of data privacy. The closed session will be held in the Michael Sullivan Room. Marci Anderson seconded the motion to go into closed sessions. Motion carried. Chair Tom Heidemann recessed the meeting at 9:50 p.m. The meeting reconvened in closed session at 9:58 p.m. to discuss matters requiring data privacy.

Bill Harvey moved and Jeff Simon seconded the motion to expel student number one through the end of the first trimester of the 2017-2018 school year, the student being allowed to return on probation for the 2017 graduation ceremonies. Jeff Simon called the roll. The following voted in favor of the motion: Tom Heidemann, Nicole Hayes, Marci Anderson, Bill Harvey, William Fields, and Jeff Simon. There being six votes for and no votes against the motion, the motion passed.

William Fields moved and Marci Anderson seconded the motion to expel student number two for one year, the student being allowed to return on probation on December 5, 2017. Jeff Simon called the roll. The following voted in favor of the motion: Tom Heidemann, Nicole Hayes, Marci Anderson, Bill Harvey, and William Fields. Jeff Simon abstained. There being six votes for, no votes against, and one abstention to the motion, the motion passed.

Bill Harvey moved and Marci Anderson seconded the motion to expel student number three for one year, the student being allowed to return on probation for the 2017 graduation ceremonies. Jeff Simon called the roll. The following voted in favor of the motion: Nicole Hayes, Marci Anderson, Bill Harvey, William Fields, and Jeff Simon. The following voted against the motion: Tom Heidemann. There being five votes for and one vote against the motion, the motion passed.

The meeting reconvened in open session at 10:20 p.m. William Fields moved and Jeff Simon seconded the motion to adjourn the meeting. Motion passed.

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Brooklyn Park Sun Post

The Press

June 15, 2017


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