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ISD 166 School Board Meeting Agenda 11/13/14

Cook County School District - ISD 166

School Board Agenda

November 13, 2014

Jane Mianowski Conference Center

5:00 P.M.


1.0      Call to Order

 2.0      Pledge of Allegiance

 3.0      Recognition of Visitors             

 4.0      Approve Meeting Agenda

 5.0      Community Comments

            5.1      Community Comments is an opportunity for the public to address the school board on                       a school-related item, in accordance with guidelines printed at the end of the agenda.


6.0      Presentations & Administrative Reports

            No reports this evening due to Annual Meeting


7.0      Discussion/Action Items

            7.1      Consent Agenda

                      a. Approve Minutes – October 23, 2014

                      b. Approve Payment of Bills – October 20, 2014 & October 28, 2014

CONTACT: Pam Puskala
PHONE: 218-387-2271
DATE: 11/10/2014 10:09am

Bandad Ski Trail - Give to the Max Day

The Banadad Ski Trail Needs Your Help - Support the Trail Through - GiveMN

Imagine going out for a lovely ski on the Banadad Ski Trail and coming across a very large clump of downed birches, balsams and a twenty-inch aspen flanked by two other large aspen blocking the trail. And by the way you are in the BWCA. To remove these trees it took six people using hand saws and sweat labor over five hours.     

Andy Jenks, Banadad Trail Association President, reported: “We cleared this clump of downed trees but there still is much more to do. A storm went through six to eight remote interior miles of the Banadad Trail’s eastern section this past summer, leaving hundreds of trees down and blocking the trail. This portion of the Trail--because of the distance--cannot easily be reached by our volunteers, so we are working with a paid contractor to do the clearing. Thus far the cost to clear two and one half miles of Trail has been over $2100 and we still have many miles to go.”

While the Banadad Trail Association recently received a $5,000 grant from the US Forest Service to help pay for this work, we have to match those funds with 35% of that amount in order to access the funds. The Banadad Trail Association needs your help so we can clear the remaining 6 to 8 miles of Trail and get the Banadad open for skiing this winter. We are turning to outdoor enthusiasts, skiers, and other who love the Banadad Trail and asking if you can help support this work with a donation. 

If you are able, please donate to the Banadad’s trail through our BTA link at GiveMN.   Thank you!!  Your donation will help us finish clearing the Banadad Trail for a great season of skiing!


CONTACT: Ted Young
PHONE: 218-388-4487
DATE: 11/08/2014 08:12am

New this year to Empty Bowls 2014: Artist painted bowls! Great for home or perfect for a gift!

New this year to Empty Bowls 2014: Artist painted bowls!
These will be $30+ and a wonderful addition to your home or perfect for a gift!
Pictured are bowls painted by Tom McCann, John Franz, & David Steckelberg

Empty Bowls 2014 Thurs. November 13th at the St. John's Catholic Church
Dinner 5-7
Lunch 11-1

Soup $5
GMAC Bowl and Soup $15

CONTACT: Empty Bowls 2014
PHONE: 218-387-1314
DATE: 11/07/2014 11:17am

Can you spare 3 hours to help feed our hungry friends and neighbors? Empty Bowls 2014

Can you spare 3 hours to help feed our hungry friends and neighbors?

Empty Bowls is happening on Thursday November 13 at St. John's Church. We need volunteers to help serve dinner from 4:30 to 7:30.
Please consider joining our fun team and serving our community!

email or call me at 651-336-2964

Thanks so much!

CONTACT: Empty Bowls
PHONE: 651-336-2964
DATE: 11/06/2014 02:59pm

November 13th is Give to the Max Day: Cook County Higher Education

Thursday, November 13th is Give to the Max Day, and Cook County Higher Education students need your support for scholarships and mentors. 

·       Every student scholarship award helps a local resident reach living wage employment and grows our local economy.

·       Mentors help our students complete their course of study, contributing to our 90% completion rate. 

Your gift will make an immediate impact in someone’s life.  This year 45 students who were enrolled in distance learning degree programs received a total of $32,200 in scholarships, and 8 mentors worked with students. What an amazing impact on the community! 

I have been a recipient of scholarship monies and it has encouraged me to keep going forward knowing someone is out there believing in me and also wanting to see me and fellow students reach for our dream. Lisa Bloomquist

Giving the Gift of Education: You can make your gift in a family member’s name or in memory of a loved one. Your gift is tax deductible, and has a lifetime impact.  Please consider designating your gift for a scholarship and mentor support. 

The easiest way to Give to the Max is to pledge online at You can give a one-time gift or elect to make modest monthly contributions.  You could also mail your gift to Cook County Higher Education, PO Box 57, Grand Marais, MN 55604 or stop in at our North Shore Campus located at 300 W. 3rd Street in Grand Marais. We would love to give you a tour of the campus if you have never been here before, and you would have a chance to meet some of the students you are helping so directly. 

CONTACT: Cook County Higher Education
PHONE: 218-387-3411
DATE: 11/06/2014 02:54pm

Fill A Bowl, Fill A Need

Empty Bowls 2014

Thursday, November 13

Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

Dinner: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. 

St. John's Catholic Church lower level, 5th St and Broadway, Grand Marais

Soup meal: $5

Handcrafted bowls: $10, $20, $35 and up

Bowl necklaces: $15

Join your community members to help solve hunger in Cook County by attending the annual Empty Bowls fundraiser. Enjoy a delicious soup meal provided by local restaurants and grab a sweet treat from the bake sale. Get a jump start on your holiday shopping by perusing the silent auction (closes at 6:30 p.m., sharp) and a beautiful array of handcrafted Grand Marais Art Colony and Cook County schoolchildren bowls and bowl necklaces. All proceeds support hunger programs in Cook County. 

If you'd like to volunteer, contact Pat Campanaro at or 651-336-2964. Your help is greatly appreciated. 


CONTACT: Empty Bowls
DATE: 11/06/2014 10:33am