School Board Minutes - Feb. 17

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015 – 5:30 p.m. – Benson High School Media Center

The meeting was called to order at 5:30 p.m. by Chair Chad Payne.  Members present:  Andy Abner, Bill McGeary, Chad Payne, Gary Williams.
Members absent:  Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Al Pagel, Jason Madden.  Also present:  Dennis Laumeyer, Brad Johnson, Dave Benson, Mike Knutson, Jeff Seeley, Greg Crowe, Lori Eix, Jeff Guest, Kim Turnquist, Karen Jacobson.
No additions to the agenda and no citizen comments.
Routine consent agenda items were approved.
Administrative reports were presented.
Board Orientation was discussed briefly and tabled to the next regular meeting.
An early retirement incentive for Mark Holmlund in the amount of $10,000 was approved.
Karen Jacobson from MRVED worked with the board to develop a mission and vision statement for the district.  Karen will compile the information for the board to review.
Two 2015-2016 calendars were approved, one has a Pre-Labor Day start date and one has a start date after Labor Day. The Pre-Labor Day calendar will only be used if the legislature authorizes districts the option to start before Labor Day or if there is a project expenditure over $400,000.
The resolution calling for a Special Election to be held on May 12, 2015 to authorize the district to issue $18,700,000 in school building bonds was approved.
The board also authorized the administration to submit the Review and Comments Document to the Minnesota Department of Education in the amount of $18,700,000.
The board approved the FY15 revised budget with revenue of $11,296,700 and expenses of $11,128,500. The adopted budget for this year is a surplus of $168,200.  
Dave Benson reviewed the FY16 preliminary budget with the board.
The Budget Reduction Resolution was approved instructing the administration to prepare possible budget reductions for consideration by the board. Reductions may or may not be required.
The current Girl’s Swimming and Diving Cooperative was dissolved.
The new Girl’s Swimming and Diving Cooperative that includes Morris Area, Minnewaska Area, Benson, Chokio-Alberta, and C-G-B was approved.
Mike Knutson reported on the first reading of the 2015-2016 Draft 7-12 Registration Guide.  
$200 from Michael Abbott for the Dody Fuchs-Abbott Memorial Scholarship
$200 for the Joel Hoium Memorial Scholarship
$500 from Dr. Richard & Anita Horecka for the Benson ACMC Scholarship
$425 from Benson Kiwanis Club for the Kiwanis Scholarship Fund
Future Meetings:
Regular School Board Meeting – Monday, March 16, 5:30 p.m., Sr. High Media Center
Work Session School Board Meeting – Monday, April 13, 2015, 5:30 p.m., Sr. High Media Center
Regular School Board Meeting – Monday, April 20, 2015, 5:30 p.m., Sr. High Media Center
The meeting adjourned at 7:12 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
Andy Abner, Clerk

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