School Board Minutes - Dec. 22, Jan. 6, Jan. 7

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MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777,
Benson, Minnesota
 Monday, December 22, 2014 – 5:00 p.m.
Benson High School Media Center

The meeting was called to order at 5:00 p.m. by Chair Chad Payne.  Members present:  Andy Abner, Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Bill McGeary, Marlene Molden, Al Pagel, Chad Payne, Gary Williams.
Members absent:  None.  Also present:  Dennis Laumeyer, Brad Johnson, Dave Benson, Mike Knutson, Jason Madden, Scott Gonnerman, Pam Anderson, John Fragodt.
The Strategic Planning Process was tabled until January.
Supt. Laumeyer provided two draft calendars for 2015-2016 with an August 31 and September 8 start dates and explained the process and flexibility in the calendars.  A brief discussion took place.
Routine consent agenda items were approved.
Administrative reports were presented.
The resolution for a pre-Labor Day start to the 2015-2106 school year was approved.
Dennis reported on facilities improvements plans and a timeline for making decisions was discussed. Two public hearings will be set up on Tuesday, January 6th and Wednesday, January 7th from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Both meetings are open to the public to gather comments and information.
The Payable 2015 Levy in the amount of $1,348,279.01 was certified.
The Assigned Severance Fund Balance was changed to $260,000 for FY2015.
Donations:
Class of 1964 in memory of John Goggin: $25 Kevin & Joan Quinn, $20 Gary & Connie Williams
Future Meetings:
Regular School Board Meeting - Tuesday, January 13, 5:00 p.m., Sr. High Media Center
The meeting adjourned at 6:12 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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MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777, Benson, Minnesota
 Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 5:30 p.m. – Junior High Auditorium

The meeting was called to order at 5:30 p.m.   Members present:  Andy Abner, Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Bill McGeary, Jason Madden, Al Pagel, Chad Payne, Gary Williams.
Members absent:  None.  Also present:  Dennis Laumeyer, Dave Benson and approximately 30 community members.
Facilities Improvement Discussion:
Superintendent Dennis Laumeyer presented current plans, cost estimates and a timeline for future facilities improvement planning.   The audience shared questions, comments and discussed topics including the pool, plans for a community center, tax impact and the importance of this project for the school and community as a whole to attract new people and business.
The special meeting was closed at 6:45 p.m.
Future Meetings:
Special Board Meeting - Wednesday, January 7, 5:30 p.m., Junior High Auditorium
Regular Board Meeting - Tuesday, January 13, 5:00 p.m., Senior High Media Center
Andy Abner, Clerk
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MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777, Benson, Minnesota
 Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 5:30 p.m.
 Junior High Auditorium

The meeting was called to order at 5:30 p.m.   Members present:  Andy Abner, Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Bill McGeary, Jason Madden, Al Pagel, Chad Payne, Gary Williams.
Members absent:  None.  Also present:  Dennis Laumeyer, Dave Benson and approximately 50 community members.
Facilities Improvement Discussion:
Superintendent Dennis Laumeyer presented current plans, cost estimates and a timeline for future facilities improvement planning.  The audience shared questions, comments and discussed topics including inexpensive updates like painting current tile and dressing up areas; larger gym space or adding a field house; more storage and fitness equipment; pool options to include a community center; dedicated gymnastics space; marketing the school; attracting kids to come back to Benson; cost to rent civic center space and transporting students for class time; the importance of keeping an indoor pool; a community center can’t be built by the school alone so help will be needed.  
School board member Andy Abner is looking for committee members to look at options for a potential community center and asked people to contact him if interested and invited them to attend a meeting on Tuesday, January 13th at 8:00 p.m. in the Senior High Media Center.  
The special meeting closed at 7:00 p.m.
Future Meetings:
Regular Board Meeting - Tuesday, January 13, 5:00 p.m., Senior High Media Center
Andy Abner, Clerk
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