ECHO Charter School
September 11, 2008
The regular meeting of the ECHO School Board of Education was convened in the school
library at 5:09 p.m. on the above date.
1.0) Call to Order – Clerk Rashelle Hoffmann, in the absence of Chairman Brad
Werner, called the meeting to order on the above date. Other board members
present were Vera Weber, Scott Parsons, Deidra Lecy, Matt Gillund, and Kathy
LaVoy. Staff members present were Larry Schueler, Tanya Hunter, and Lynn
Kuehn. Werner arrived at 6:10.
2.0) Opportunity for parents/community/staff to speak – A parent asked about the
science program for seniors and whether it met the grad standards.
3.0) Consent Agenda
3.1) Resolution to Approve Agenda – The agenda was approved with the
addition of Action Item 5.3) contract w/YME for guidance counseling
3.2) Resolution to Approve Minutes – The minutes of the August 21, 2008
regular meeting were approved as presented.
3.3) Resolution to Approve Financial Report – The board discussed and
approved the financial report as presented by Hunter. She shared that the
revenue at this point is above what was budgeted, adding that a revised
budget will be presented at the October regular meeting.
3.4) Resolution to Approve Bills – The board discussed and approved the
current bills as presented by Hunter.
3.5) Resolution to Accept Donations – The board discussed and accepted the
current donations as presented by Hunter.
3.6) Resolution to Approve Consent Agenda Items – The board voted
unanimously to approve the Consent Agenda items. Motion by Weber,
second by Lecy.
4.1) Health & Safety – The Health & Safety committee has not met, but will
be meeting soon.
4.2) Facilities/ECC – Schueler said that the school will be checking on the
possibility of adjusting the lease. He also shared that the elementary
hallway ceiling and lights project is completed and the home ec room is
4.3) Technology – Weber stated “nothing new,” in this area; she is readying
the building for updates.
4.4) Transportation – Schueler said the routes, including the new 5th route, are
“running smoothly.” He also said the new bus #7 did not pass during the
annual fleet inspection last week.
4.5) PACT 4 – Kuehn reported on a new PACT 4 program, entitled Guia
(guidance) for Hispanic students in need of intervention for alcohol and/or
drug abuse. The first year of the 21st Century Program was reviewed and
she brought a print out of the information for the board.
4.6) Staff Development – None at this time.
4.7) Athletics – Schueler shared that the football and volleyball practices are
“going good” and that the football equipment is coming in; some games
are being scheduled.
4.8) Annual Report – see Action Item #5.2)
4.9) Filing for school board – Kuehn reminded the directors that the filing
period ends at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19.
5.0) Action Items
5.1) Approve 2008-09 staff contracts – The board discussed and voted
unanimously to approve the 2008-09 staff contracts as presented by
Schueler. All steps for staff stayed the same as the previous year. Motion
by Gillund, second by Parsons.
5.2) Accept 2007-08 Annual Report – Schueler presented the school’s annual
report for 2007-08. After viewing and discussion, the board voted to
accept the report. Motion by Weber, second by LaVoy.
5.3) Approve contract renewal for guidance counseling services – The
contract renewal with Yellow Medicine East for 2008-09 guidance
counseling services at a cost $4,396.88 was discussed and unanimously
approved. Motion by Parsons, second by Hoffmann.
6.0) Other Action Items – None
7.0) Discussion/Informational Items
7.1) MACS 1st Annual Fall Convention, Nov. 6 & 7, St. Paul
7.2) Enrollment/waiting list – The total enrollment at this time is 184, three
higher than a previous high in 07-08.
7.3) SWCIL – The school is beginning a program, Southwestern Center for
Independent Living (SWCIL), designed to stress independent living skills
for students. Seven students have been chosen by the social worker for
7.4) Fall raffle – Hunter reported on the upcoming event, which will be a
The next regular meeting will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2008.
There being no further business to come before the board, the meeting was adjourned at
6:35 p.m. on motion by Parsons and second by Weber.