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					                             Minnesota Board of School Administrators
                                     BOSA Monthly Meeting
                        Minnesota Department of Education Board Room CC13
                               1500 Highway 36 West Roseville, MN
                                     February 13, 2012
                                     12:30PM-1:28PM

Board members present:           Mary Mackbee, Robert Meyer, Kim Hartung, James Rhodes,
                                 Mary Jo Schmid, Steven Wymore, Denise Kapler, Penny Kodrich

Board members excused:           Louise Sundin, Jean Haar

Staff present:                   Stan Mack, Executive Director,
                                 Bernie Johnson, Assistant Attorney General & Counsel to the Board,
                                 Maren Farvour, Administrative Assistant

Guests:                          Harry McLenighan
                                 Dave Lange, Argosy
                                 Rose Chu, MDE
                                 Rose Hermodson, MDE



The Board of School Administrators February 13, 2012 meeting was called to order at 12:30PM.

Approval of agenda
ROBERT MEYER MOVED TO APPROVE THE FEBRUARY 13, 2012 MEETING AGENDA. STEVEN WYMORE
SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED WITHOUT DISSENT.
Approval of minutes
JAMES RHODES MOVED TO APPROVE THE JANUARY 9, 2012 MEETING MINUTES. ROBERT MEYER
SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED WITHOUT DISSENT.
Executive Director’s Report
Stan Mack reported on the February 13, 2012 Executive Directors report.
Monthly Review
In the past 30 (thirty) days since the last meeting of the BOSA Board on January 9th, the pace of the
office activities has continued at a high level. During the past 30 (thirty) days the rate of Code of Ethics
inquires has continued at a high pace, however the rate of formal complaints has leveled historical
averages of three (3) to four (4) per month. Administrative Personnel Variances have continued at low
levels. 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 interviews with a
cross section of Minnesota educators, educational leaders and education policy makers. An interim
report will be received from Dr. Danzig in March as additional interviews were being conducted. A final
report to the Board is now planned for May, 2012.
The final reports on the Hamline University 2011-2012 BOSA Higher Education Site Visitation of
December 8th and 9th and the Concordia University-Saint Paul 2011-2012 BOSA Higher Education Site
Visitation of December 12th and December 13th have been prepared formal BOSA Board action at the
February 13th Meeting.
Southwest Minnesota State University continues to be scheduled for their initial Administrative
Licensure BOSA Site Review for April 2012. More information will follow on progress toward preparing
for this site review during March 2012.
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 today, 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 February 13, 2012, 4,018
administrators have paid their annual fees with a total collected amount of $238,567.30.
As a follow-up to BOSA Board action at the January 2012 meeting, proposed legislative changes related
to the Annual Administrative Fee have been prepared and discussed with the impacted and
administrative associations. None of the administrative associations have objected to the proposed
changes. The need for a fair and equitable collection process appears to be clearly understood.
Legislative sponsors are now being identified for the proposed statutory changes.
During the past month I have attended and represented BOSA at the winter conferences of the
Minnesota School Boards Association, the Minnesota Elementary Schools Principals Association, and the
Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals.
BOSA Board and Office Computer Software improvements and related hardware continue to be
explored. The appropriate software products have been identified, the capacity/compatibility of BOSA
and MDE hardware, has been found to be workable. Updated software for BOSA Office has finally
arrived and was to be installed December 19th. Permission has now been granted to place the software
on the MDE network. Second round training for office staff will also take place on February 23rd. The
initial training clearly demonstrated its benefit to the work of BOSA. Additional training will take place
after the software has been installed.
The new BOSA office arrangement and shared staff time with Educator Licensing is working very well.
We continue to be grateful and pleased to have the support and cooperation from the staff and
leadership at the Department of Education and Educator Licensing.
Administrative Disciplinary Code of Ethics Issues
As of February 6, 2012, there are eleven (11) 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 February 6, 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
authority action.
As of February 6, there are twenty-one (21) open pending cases that have been filed since March 31,
2010. Five (5) cases that have been filed since March 31, 2010 are ready for consideration by the Ethics
Committee at the February 13th meeting. Details and a complete file of these are enclosed in your
packet. In one (1) case, the complaining party has withdrawn a complaint case, slated for presentation
to the Code of Ethics Committee on March 12th, as a condition of a negotiated separation agreement
from the school district effective January 31, 2012. Three (3) of the above twenty-one (21) 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 ten (10)
contacts from individuals considering filing complaints in the past thirty (30) days.
Summary
The good work of BOSA continues on many fronts, I continue to enjoy the work. The volume of service
needs and the time commitment needed to serve all constituencies at the highest standard continues to
be a personal and professional struggle.
Executive Committee
Nothing to report.
Licensing Committee
Penny Kodrich reported on the request from Gibbon Fairfax Winthrop District #2365 for a
Superintendent Variance for Jeff Bertrang. STEVEN WYMORE MOVED TO APPROVE THE REQUEST FOR A
SUPERINTENDENTS VARIANCE FROM GIBBON FAIRFAX WINTHROP DISTRICT #2365 FOR JEFF BERTRANG.
ROBERT MEYER SECONDED. Denise Kapler reported on the background. Due to illness, the district
needs a superintendent. Denise Kapler reported on Bertrang’s background.
MOTION CARRIED WITHOUT DISSENT.
Penny Kodrich reported on the request from Hills-Beaver Creek District #671 for a Superintendent
Variance for Herbert Benz. DENISE KAPLER MOVED TO APPROVE THE REQUEST FOR A
SUPERINTENDENTS VARIANCE FROM HILLS-BEAVER CREEK DISTRICT #671 FOR HERBERT BENZ.
ROBERT MEYER SECONDED. Penny Kodrich reported on the background of 671 and Benz’s license.
MOTION CARRIED WITHOUT DISSENT.
Professional Development and Program Review Committee-
Administrative Licensure Program Approval Hamline University –Saint Paul- Denise Kapler reported on
the Licensure Review Report for Hamline University. DENISE KAPLER MOVED TO ACCEPT THE REPORT-
RECOMMENDATION TO CONTINUE THE ADMINISTRATIVE LICENSURE FOR K-12 PRINCIPAL, SPECIAL
EDUCATION, AND SUPERINTENDENT PREPARATION PROGRAMS. PENNY KODRICH SECONDED.
MOTION CARRIED WITHOUT DISSENT.
Administrative Licensure Program Approval Concordia University-Saint Paul-
Mary Jo Schmid reported on the Concordia University Site Review. Concordia University-Saint Paul has a
new program asking for licensure. Some areas needed improvement but had growth potential. MARY JO
SCHMID MOVED THAT CONCORDIA BE ACCEPTED AS AN INITIAL K -12 LICENSURE PROGRAM. Mary Jo
Schmid commented that another site review would be necessary in 2012. Stan Mack invited all of the
original Concordia members to the second site review. MOTION CARRIED WITHOUT DISSENT.
Communications Committee
Nothing to report.
Ethics Committee
Robert Meyer reported that the Ethics Committee reviewed six (6) cases, four (4) have been closed and
two (2) cases will be reviewed next month.
Legislative Committee
James Rhodes reported that Stan and the Legislative Committee met with the Commissioner regarding
changes in the language regarding the Annual fee. Next time is to have revised draft and present it to
legislature. Committee is prepared to testify and move ahead. The language will be drafted within a
couple weeks. Stan commented on following up on contact groups MASSP and making sure they are on
board with the Standard. James Rhodes commented that the Legislative Committee is expecting strong
support or neutrality. Money goes to State, this is general fund money.
Steve Wymore asked if the Legislative Committee expects the bill will be passed. A generic bill will also
be drafted but should not be a problematic issue.
MDE Report
Assistant Commissioner Rose Chu reported on the approval of the Federal No Child left Behind Waiver.
MDE has a new site specifically created for NCLB Waiver questions. Mde.nclbwaiver@state.mn.us .

The new Principal evaluation report is out on website. The report has gone to legislature. The teacher
evaluation task force is still in process.

Induction program and probation period issue has not been worked out yet. Mobility is another issue
that will be looked at further.

Assistant Commissioner Rose Hermodson updated the Board on the progress of the MDE led Working
Groups work to be reported to the legislature during 2012 legislative session.

Board member report
Nothing to report.

Public Comments
Dr. Dave Lange, University Collaborative Representative from Argosy University and Concordia
University –Saint Paul, reported that Argosy University has hired his replacement at Argosy University.
Dr. Lange also thanked the Board and the Site Review Team for Concordia University Saint Paul Site Visit
and complimented Stan on his presentation of the roles and responsibilities of BOSA.

New Business
Nothing to report.

Old Business
Nothing to report.

Licensure matter
Nothing to report.

Adjournment
ROBERT MEYERS MOVED TO ADJOURN. MARY JO SCHMID SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED WITHOUT
DISSENT.
The Board of School Administrators meeting was adjourned at 1:28PM on February 13, 2012.

Maren Farvour reporting
Approved March 12, 2012

				
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