SCHOOL BOARD MEETING 2-18

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MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777, Benson, Minnesota
 Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 5:00 p.m.
 Benson Senior High Media Center

The meeting was called to order at 5:02 p.m. by Chair Chad Payne.  Members present:  Andy Abner, Bill McGeary, Marlene Molden, Al Pagel, Chad Payne and Gary Williams.
Members absent:  Jodi DeJong-Hughes.  Also present:  Dennis Laumeyer, Mike Knutson, Brad Johnson, Dave Benson, Pam Anderson, Brock Duncan, Shelly Vergin, Tom Foley, Amanda Bergstad, Jon Ahrndt, Cory Braaten and Mark Grussing.
Routine consent agenda items were approved.
Administrative reports were presented.
Supt. Dennis Laumeyer led a discussion on Strategic Plan items.
Dennis reported staff has met with rSchoolToday regarding possible online payment options for parents.  
Dennis and school board members met with an architect in January and reviewed his summary from 2012 and presented several options as projected through 2018.   Dennis and Board Chair Chad met with City of Benson officials regarding a possible community partnership and the board voted to have Architect Paul Youngquist work with the Building and Grounds Committee to start the process of building evaluations.
Dennis and Dave Benson explained the requirement to file a Pay Equity Report every three years.  The board approved the report.
Dennis explained that 2014-2015 school calendar drafts have been reviewed by staff and revisions have been made. No action taken.
FY 2014 Budget Revision with revenues of $10,633,900 and expenses of $10,736,400 for a deficit of $102,500 was approved.
The Preliminary 2014-2015 Budget was presented with a surplus of $138,700 for fiscal year 2015.  The budget committee will meet again before the next school board meeting.
The Resolution Directing the Administration to Make Recommendations for Budget Reductions was approved.
Mike Knutson, Dean of Students, presented the 2014-2015 Draft Registration Guide for the first reading, and shared potential changes.
Donations/Grants:
$100 from Toni Lindstrom for the Kevin Lindstrom Memorial Scholarship
$200 from the Joel Hoium Memorial Fund for the Joel Hoium Memorial Scholarship.
$500 from Dr. Richard & Anita Horecka for the ACMC Scholarship.
$200 from Michael Abbott for the Dody Fuchs Abbott Memorial Scholarship.
$200 from Steve & Sandy DeVaan for the Cody DeVaan Ag and Football Memorial Scholarships.
$50 from Kevin & Joan Quinn in memory of John Rear for the Class of 1963 Scholarship Fund.
$25 from Gary & Connie Williams in memory of Jerry Hess for Wrestling Boosters Scholarship Fund.
Future Meetings:
Monday, March 17, 5:30 p.m., Senior High Media Center
Monday, April 7, 5:30 p.m. Work Session, Senior High Media Center
Tuesday, April 22, 5:30 p.m., Senior High Media Center
The meeting adjourned at 6:33 p.m.
Business and Report Items:  Document Reference (filed with original minutes)
Copies of documents presented for action and report purposes are located in the district office as prepared for permanent record and posted on the school website at www.benson.k12.mn.us.

Andy Abner, Clerk
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