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Aitkin Public Schools The Board of Education Minutes of Board Work Session A Board Work Session of the Board of Trustees of Aitkin Public School District was held Monday, May 4, 2020, beginning at 7:00 PM in the Aitkin High School - Auditorium - Max 10 people from the Public. 1. Call Meeting to Order Meeting was called to order by Chairperson Hills at 7:11 p.m. 2. Roll Call In attendance was Kevin Hoge, Joe Ryan, Cindi Hills Noel Bailey and John Chute were in attendance on Google Chat 3. Pledge of Allegiance The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. 4. Approval of Agenda - revise or remove as needed. Mr. Ryan made the motion to approve the agenda, Mr. Hoge seconded the motion. All members were in favor. The motion passed. 5. Discuss Budget cuts. Budget reductions recommendations for 2020-2021 Food Service Acct - District Office $16,213.38 CAP/Curriculum/Testing Teacher - $86,837.97 District Wide 1/2PE-HS $21,672.91 elementary Teacher - declining $54,435.69 enrollment Retirement - HS $29,674.21 Para Rippleside - attrition $6,042.10 Para HS - attrition $6,042.10 Band -1/2 time - Elementary $40,562.66 Custodial $40,000.00 Rippleside Gen Fund - reduction $15,000.00 HS - reduction Capital Outlay $15,000.00 Total recommendations $331,481.02 We are looking at $350,000 in cuts this year. With Covid-19 Pandemic, we dont know what else will happen. Starting with Foodservice, we will be cutting $16,213.38. The District Office will be absorbing this job. We have a retirement in this job as well. CAP/DAC Position will be cut with testing absorbed by the School Counselors and Curriculum will be done by Superintendent and Principals. The .5 PE position at the High School will be picked up by current licensed staff. One Elementary Teacher will be cut due to declining enrollment. We have a High School teacher retiring this year and we can hire a teacher with a couple of years of experience. Through attrition, Paras at the High School will not be filled. Ms. Hills asked if we had enough paras? And the answer was yes. The .5 Band teacher will be covered by the H.S. Band teacher. We will cut $20,000 in each building for Custodial. Rippleside Elementary will cut $15,000 in the general fund. The High School will make a $15,000 reduction in Capital Outlay. Two classrooms are equipped we would rather look at Capital Outlay vs. People. There may be more cuts coming for next year as well. Busing is already down a position already. The HR position was absorbed by Dan Stifter and Mary Aulie. It was for the current year, so it is not listed here. Ms. Hills inquired about IT. Where will the cuts be there? Dan Stifter stated he would take another look at it. Ms. Hills stated that the focus should be on Academics. Little things can be cut out and they can add up! Mr. Hasskamp added the extra cleaning will come down on everyone. Mr. Hoge and Ms. Hills were inquiring about what percentage of our workforce falls into the high-risk category? We could offer online classes in the future with high risk teachers. Mr. Ryan added that we need to do everything in our power to make it look like a normal school day. The kids are missing human contact. At the May 18, 2020 meeting, we will be approving recommendations for reductions. Mr. Stifter has made contact with each of the individuals that this will be affecting. 6. ARI Update on Secure Entry Barrato Brothers will be starting June 1 on the secure entry and they can complete the project in about 4 weeks. 7. Adjourn meeting Mr. Hoge made the motion to adjourn the meeting. Mr. Janzen seconded the motion with all members in favor. Motion passed. Meeting was adjourned at 7:45 pm. Respectfully Submitted: /s/ Mary Aulie Administrative Assistant /s/ Jeremy Janzen School Board Clerk Published in the Aitkin Independent Age June 3, 2020 1049650

AITKIN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
THE BOARD OF EDUCATION
MINUTES OF BOARD WORK SESSION

A Board Work Session of the Board of Trustees of Aitkin Public
School District was held Monday, May 4, 2020, beginning at 7:00 PM
in the Aitkin High School - Auditorium - Max 10 people from the Public.
1. Call Meeting to Order
Meeting was called to order by Chairperson Hills at 7:11 p.m.
2. Roll Call
In attendance was Kevin Hoge, Joe Ryan, Cindi Hills
Noel Bailey and John Chute were in attendance on Google Chat
3. Pledge of Allegiance
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
4. Approval of Agenda - revise or remove as needed. Mr. Ryan made
the motion to approve the agenda, Mr. Hoge seconded the motion. All
members were in favor. The motion passed.
5. Discuss Budget cuts.
Budget reductions recommendations for 2020-2021
Food Service Acct - District Office
$16,213.38
CAP/Curriculum/Testing Teacher $86,837.97
District Wide
1/2PE-HS			$21,672.91
elementary Teacher - declining
$54,435.69
enrollment
Retirement - HS
$29,674.21
Para Rippleside - attrition
$6,042.10
Para HS - attrition
$6,042.10
Band -1/2 time - Elementary
$40,562.66
Custodial			$40,000.00
Rippleside Gen Fund - reduction
$15,000.00
HS - reduction Capital Outlay
$15,000.00
Total recommendations
$331,481.02
We are looking at $350,000 in cuts this year. With Covid-19 Pandemic, we don’t know what else will happen. Starting with Foodservice, we
will be cutting $16,213.38. The District Office will be absorbing this job.
We have a retirement in this job as well. CAP/DAC Position will be cut
with testing absorbed by the School Counselors and Curriculum will
be done by Superintendent and Principals. The .5 PE position at the
High School will be picked up by current licensed staff. One Elementary
Teacher will be cut due to declining enrollment. We have a High School
teacher retiring this year and we can hire a teacher with a couple of
years of experience. Through attrition, Paras at the High School will not
be filled. Ms. Hills asked if we had enough paras? And the answer was
yes. The .5 Band teacher will be covered by the H.S. Band teacher.
We will cut $20,000 in each building for Custodial. Rippleside Elementary will cut $15,000 in the general fund. The High School will make a
$15,000 reduction in Capital Outlay. Two classrooms are equipped we
would rather look at Capital Outlay vs. People. There may be more cuts
coming for next year as well. Busing is already down a position already.
The HR position was absorbed by Dan Stifter and Mary Aulie. It was
for the current year, so it is not listed here. Ms. Hills inquired about IT.
Where will the cuts be there? Dan Stifter stated he would take another
look at it. Ms. Hills stated that the focus should be on Academics. Little
things can be cut out and they can add up! Mr. Hasskamp added the
extra cleaning will come down on everyone.
Mr. Hoge and Ms. Hills were inquiring about what percentage of our
workforce falls into the high-risk category? We could offer online classes in the future with high risk teachers. Mr. Ryan added that we need
to do everything in our power to make it look like a normal school day.
The kids are missing human contact. At the May 18, 2020 meeting, we
will be approving recommendations for reductions. Mr. Stifter has made
contact with each of the individuals that this will be affecting.
6. ARI Update on Secure Entry
Barrato Brothers will be starting June 1 on the secure entry and they
can complete the project in about 4 weeks.
7. Adjourn meeting
Mr. Hoge made the motion to adjourn the meeting. Mr. Janzen seconded the motion with all members in favor. Motion passed. Meeting
was adjourned at 7:45 pm.
Respectfully Submitted:
/s/ Mary Aulie
Administrative Assistant
/s/ Jeremy Janzen
School Board Clerk
Published in the
Aitkin Independent Age
June 3, 2020
1049650

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