Approved Meeting Minutes –October 9, 2013
Members Attending: Chuck Herdegen, Jenifer Charles, Stella Johnson, Jeff Yeager, Dianna Groskreutz, Dave Peterson, Willie Larson, Sarah Slaby, Nancy Schulzetenberg, Tracy Fiereck
Members Absent: none
MDE Staff Attending: David Day, Karen Dykoski, Margaret Sullivan
Call to Order: Chair Janet Halonen called the meeting to order at 12:05 p.m.
Agenda Approval: Sarah Slaby made the motion to approve the agenda. Chuck Herdegen seconded the motion.
I-PADS: Karen Dykoski stated that the UFARS team is thinking about an i-PADS coding and will be discussed at future UFARS meeting. Dianna Groskreutz area of discussion on i-PADS focused on some school districts are looking for guidance on the issuance of i-PADS. Major areas of concern are revenue coding if students are buying/renting the I-PADS from the school, license agreements, downloading of apps, and damage/broken. Willie Larson commented that his district issued the i-PADS to students and said the cost savings was about $35,000 to the district if the district had to purchase textbooks/workbooks. Jeff Yeager suggested a survey on the number of district that are using i-PADS; what is the purpose, renting, allowing students to purchase. Stella Johnson suggested that MDE draft a letter to the Attorney General asking for guidance on the issuance of i-PADS to students. Karen Dykoski stated that MDE will draft a letter and hopefully have it ready for the next meeting. Nancy Schulzetenberg stated that i-PADS/tablets issuance is in its infancy stages for the schools and she is not aware of any case law. Issue about “public purpose”
Timelines for UFARS manual and grid: Karen Dykoski stated the FY 2014 manual was posted on MDE’s website beginning week of October 14 but cannot see how to distribute the grid out any sooner to the districts when legislation continues to make changes. Karen asked if there is a possible target date when schools need to have the grid when they start to set up for the new budget year.
Dianna Groskreutz stated most districts would prefer to have the grid distributed more often to allow the grid to be loaded for the schools. This would allow the schools to have the most current information.
All were in agreement of keep loading the grid.
Call for December Agenda Items: Karen Dykoski stated hopefully she will have a response from the Attorney General in regards to i-PADS/Tablets
Adjournment: Willie Larson made the motion to adjourn the meeting and Tracy Fiereck seconded the motion. The meeting was adjourned at 2:05 pm.
Jeff Yeager made the motion to adjourn the meeting and Heidi Miller seconded the motion. The meeting was adjourned at 1:50 p.m.
The next Advisory Committee Meeting is scheduled for December 9, 2013.