Minnesota Board of School Administrators
BOSA Monthly Meeting
Minnesota Department of Education Board Room CC13
1500 Highway 36 West Roseville, MN 55113
April 9, 2012
Board members present: Mary Mackbee, Mary Jo Schmid, Louise Sundin, Kim Hartung,
Robert Meyer, Steven Wymore, Denise Kapler
Board members excused: Jean Haar, Penny Kodrich, James Rhodes
Staff present: Stan Mack, Executive Director,
Bernie Johnson, Assistant Attorney General & Counsel to the
Maren Farvour, Administrative Assistant
Guests: Dave Lange, Concordia
Steve O’Connor, Argosy
Harry McLenighan, MPAS
Rose Chu, MDE
Kevin McHenry, MDE
Convene: The Board of School Administrators April 9, 2012 meeting came to order at 12:30PM.
Approval of April 9, 2012 agenda: ROBERT MEYER MOVED TO APPROVE THE APRIL 9, 2012 MEETING
AGENDA. MARY JO SCHMID SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED WITHOUT DISSENT.
Approval of March 12, 2012 minutes: ROBERT MEYER MOVED TO APPROVE THE MARCH 12, 2012
MEETING MINUTES. STEVEN WYMORE SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED WITHOUT DISSENT.
Executive Director’s Report: Stan Mack reported on the April 9, 2012 Executive Director’s Report.
In the past thirty (30) days since the last meeting of the BOSA Board on March 12, 2012 the pace of the
office activities has continued at a high level. During the past thirty (30) days the rate of Code of Ethics
inquires has continued at a high pace. No administrative Personnel Variances have been received during
the same time period. There have been no requests for Letters of Approval for Community Education
Directors, during the past thirty (30) days. The volume of requests for pre-approval of Administrative
CEU’s is on pace with previous years.
Higher Education and Alternative Licensure
The Saint Paul Foundation and the Minnesota Community Foundation supported Minnesota Principal
License Competency Study is continuing to progress. The selected consultant is Dr. Arnold Danzig from
Arizona State University and his teams of five associates are continuing to do follow up data analysis. Dr.
Danzig will be prepared to present the results of his findings and recommendations as a part of the
BOSA monthly meeting on May 14th. The results of the study and recommendations will also be
presented to the BOSA University Collaborative on May 15th at their regular quarterly meeting. During
that week the study report will also be shared with the Saint Paul and Minnesota Community
Foundation. Specific dates and times for this meeting will need to be scheduled. Upon receipt of the
study results and recommendation a joint BOSA Board/ University Collaborative/ Department of
Education / Elementary and Secondary Principal and Superintendent Committee will need to be
appointed to review the results and recommendations of the study and recommend to the BOSA Board
changes and/or revisions in the Minnesota principal competencies, training requirements, and career
path development. The process target is to get the changes to the Administrative Rule making process
by late summer or early fall 2012. It would be hoped that the revised Administrative Rules would go
into effect no later than July 1, 2013.
Southwest Minnesota State University-Marshall is scheduled for their initial Administrative Licensure
BOSA Site Review on April 9th-10th, 2012. The administrative licensure leadership team has supplied to
the Board of School Administrators the required Institutional Authorization/Application for Program
Approval documents and supporting materials. A complete set of application documents, in hard copy
print and on data memory drives have been distributed to members of the BOSA Administrative
Licensure Site Review Team Members for Southwest Minnesota State University.
The members of the Southwest Minnesota State University Site Review Team are (Not filled) BOSA
Board Member, Kim Hartung, University Faculty-Hamline University, Luther Heller, Superintendent,
Montevideo Public Schools, Renae Case-Evanson, Principal, Bemidji Public Schools, and Gary Lewis,
Special Education Director, Northfield Public Schools.
One appeal of the denial of the March BOSA Alternative Superintendent Licensure Application has been
received during the past month. The appeal letter is contained in each Board member’s packet
Continuing Education Unit Oversight
This work continues to be an efficiently run process. All requests for CEU pre-approvals continue to be
handled and responded to within one to two days. As of April 9, 2012 no pre-approvals are pending
BOSA office action.
Communication and Public Relations
The Third Notice Annual Administrative Fee notice for 2011 Fiscal Year was prepared and mailed in mid
December. The third notice to be distributed through the United States Mail carried a stronger message
language concerning the professional responsibility for making the annual payment. As a result of this
third notice, payments are being received at a steady pace. As of Monday April 9th, 4,113 administrators
have paid their annual fees with a total collected amount of $244,644.80.
As a follow-up to BOSA Board action at the January 2012 meeting, proposed legislative changes related
to the Annual Administrative Fee language have been prepared. The proposed language changes to
Minnesota Statute 122A.14 Duties of the Board of School Administrators have been submitted to the
Office of Revisor of Statutes. The Revisors Office prepared the appropriate language changes as
As of April 4th the proposed legislative changes have passed the full Senate and are awaiting passage in
full House. The changes are contained in House file 2759 and Senate File 2535.
During the past month I have made presentations to the University of Saint Thomas, Administrative
Licensure Cohort based in Lakeville Schools.
BOSA Board and Office Computer Software improvements and related hardware continue to be
explored. On-line Board Agendas are the next technology improvements, to be piloted no later than
Administrative Disciplinary Code of Ethics Issues
As of April 3, 2012, there are ten (10) open pending cases that predate March 31, 2010, the date I began
my work with the Board of School Administrators. One (1) case that predates March 31, 2010 is ready
for consideration by the Ethics committee at the April 9, 2012 meeting. Details of these cases are
available upon request. Four (4) of the eleven (11) above cases are on hold pending judicial or other
As of April 3rd there are eighteen (18) open pending cases that have been filed since March 31, 2010.
Three (3) cases that have been filed since March 31, 2010 are ready for consideration by the Ethics
Committee at the April 9th meeting. Details and a complete file of these are enclosed in your packet.
Three (3) of the above eighteen (18) cases are on hold pending judicial or other authority action.
There have been four (4) new complaints filed, in the past thirty (30) days. There have been thirteen (13)
contacts from individuals considering filing complaints in the past thirty (30) days.
The good work of BOSA continues on many fronts. I continue to enjoy the work. As of March 31st I have
begun my third year as the BOSA Executive Director. The volume of service needs and the time
commitment needed to serve all constituencies at the highest standard continues to be a personal and
Executive Committee: none
Licensing Committee: Robert Meyer reported on the Letter of Appeal from Dan Tait. Licensing
committee recommends that Dr. Mack advise Mr. Tait pursue traditional licensure as he had traditional
teaching preparation. No Board action. Stan Mack reported on Tait’s background.
Professional Development and Program Review Committee: none
Communications Committee: none
Ethics Committee: Robert Meyer reported that 6 cases reviewed. 4 cases were dismissed. 1 case will be
carried over to the May 14, 2012 meeting. 1 case will be handled later in closed session.
Legislative Committee: Louise Sundin reported that the bill focusing on the Annual Administrative fee is
now in front of Senate. Legislation is not in session. Louise Sundin commented that she does not foresee
a problem. Stan Mack reported that it would be illogical for another bill to be attached to BOSA’s bill and
cause it to be vetoed.
Kevin McHenry (Gov. Relations) provided an update on the Legislative Overview. Kevin McHenry
commented on the fee issue. Legislation is moving forward. Legislation is attempting to put together an
Kevin McHenry updated the Board on the legislation on Teacher Evaluation.
Language passed on MTLE/Basic Skills test. Immediate implementation causes problems.
Stan Mack commented that MESPA is working on a short call principal license, like teacher license, not
requiring them to keep up with clock hours.
Rose Chu updated on “Preventing Bullying” task force.
Rose Chu commented that the MDE would like to have BOSA’s feedback on the impact on the new MTLE
Mary Mackbee and Louise Sundin commented on the difficulty of the MTLE test questions.
Rose Chu commented that BOT has the authority over changes to the test.
Rose Chu updated on Supply & Demand reports on teachers. MDE would like to change it to a Supply &
Demand report on educators.
Louise Sundin asked Rose Chu about the STARS data on teachers in violation.
Stan Mack reported that there are under 10 total violations in MN schools on the part of the
Administrator. Stan Mack reported that there is communication between the districts and Richard
Wassen and BOSA. Those in violation would be brought in front of the BOSA Code of Ethics.
Rose Chu updated on Teacher Performance Assessment communication with the public. Questions are
to go to Board of Teaching.
Rose Chu announced Debra Proctor , the new online process person who came from MNSCU.
Rose Chu announced Anne Lunquist is now overseeing 3 Educational Centers of Excellence. 9 Service
Coops competing to be part of 3 Regional Centers of Excellence. NW Area (Thief River Falls), St. Cloud
(Resource Training & Solutions), SE (Rochester).
Board member report: none
Public Comments: Dave Lange introduced Dr. Steve O’Connor, new program chair for Argosy.
New Business: none
Old Business: none
Licensure matter (closed session if needed): MARY MACKBEE MOVED TO CLOSE THE BOARD OF
SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS MEETING. MOTION CARRIED. THE BOARD OF SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS
MEETING WAS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC. Bernie Johnson reported on the stipulation agreement brought
before the Board. Bernie Johnson reported that the Ethics Committee recommended license revocation
and the committee asks for the Board’s approval of the decision.
STEVEN WYMORE MOVED TO ADOPT THE STIPULATION AGREEMENT. ROBERT MEYER SECONDED.
Role call vote called: Steven Wymore - aye, Robert Meyers- aye, Denise Kapler-aye. Mary Mackbee- aye,
Louise Sundin- aye, Kim Hartung-aye, Mary Jo Schmid- Recused
LOUISE MOVED THAT THE MDE EDUCATOR LICENSING IMPLIMENT A RECORDING ON REVOCATION AND
SUSPENSIONS ON THE LICENSES ASAP. WYMORE SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
Adjournment: ROBERT MEYER MOVED TO ADJOURN. MARY JO SCHMID SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED
WITHOUT DISSENT. THE BOARD OF SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS MEETING ADJOURNED AT 1:59PM.
Maren Farvour reporting
Approved May 14, 2012