June 19, 2017 School Board Minutes

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Benson, Minnesota
Monday, June 19, 2017 - 6:00 p.m.
Benson Senior High Media Center
The meeting was called to order at 6:03 p.m. by Chair Chad Payne.  Members present:  Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Mary Langan, Bill McGeary, Jason Madden, Chad Payne and Gary Williams.
Members absent:  Andy Abner.  Also present:  Dennis Laumeyer, Mike Knutson, Dave Benson, Brad Johnson, Pam Anderson, Laura Mitteness and Paul Youngquist.
Consent agenda items were approved as presented.
No bids were received for the pre-sell trades house to be constructed during the 2017-2018 school year.
Superintendent Laumeyer will contact interested parties that had contacted the school.
Progress reports were presented by the administrators.
Discussion took place regarding the North End of the Civic Center:  Electric and heat costs were presented to the board as requested. Architect Paul Youngquist toured the building prior to the meeting and stated it’s a nice size space, 116’ x 120’, with a nice high ceiling for a variety of recreation activities.  The cost to prepare it will depend on how fancy it’s made and what type of flooring is needed for various activities. Paul will come up with options before having a building inspector view the space for recommendations and code update requirements and present those cost options to the board.
Paul Youngquist presented options and costs for improvements for the Jr. High Auditorium.  A structural analysis will be done July 10th on the roof and foundation.  The Facilities Task Force recommended maintaining the buildings, so Paul will have more accurate numbers after the structural analysis is done.
The board approved the Determination of Legal Age of Students for School Admission Policy, M.S. 120.06, as written.
The board approved the 2017-2018 Grades 7-12 Handbook as presented.
A Letter of Intent and application form will be submitted to be considered for funding and to get on the list for a SAFE Room through FEMA.
Discussion took place regarding updates to district scoreboards and the board would like AD Shannon Schmidt to prioritize which scoreboards need replacing with a plan each year to build into the budget and seek out local funding interest and options.
The board approved the FY 2018 Budget with $11,817,000 in revenues and expenses of $11,644,200.
The board did not make a motion to renew student insurance.
The board accepted the bread quote of $44,287 from Pan-O-Gold and milk quote for the escalating price of $32,878.45 from Land O Lakes.
The board accepted meal prices as presented for the 2017-2018 school year.
The board approved the continuing contract for Dave Benson until terms of a new contract are approved.
Chad Payne engaged in MRVED’s study on the book, How NOT to Be a Terrible School Board Member and would like the board to study it. He asked board members and administrators to read the first section to engage in a brief discussion at the next meeting.
The meeting closed for negotiations strategy at 7:35 p.m.
$25 for Mary Lou Terwilliger Memorial Scholarship from Marie Gustafson
$50 for Mary Lou Terwilliger Memorial Scholarship from Sandra Martin
$50 for Mary Lou Terwilliger Memorial Scholarship from anonymous donor
$100 for Jerry Ellingson Memorial Scholarship from Marilyn Anderson
$100 for Mary Lou Terwilliger Memorial Scholarship from Lawrence & Kathy Link
$100 for Miles Staton Memorial Scholarship from Ray & Cindy Staton
$150 for Miles Staton Memorial Scholarship from Rod & Kris Staton
$1,400 for John Thompson Memorial Scholarship from Bemis Co. Foundation
$102 for Class of 1964 Scholarship in Memory of Barb Goggin Marek from Class of ‘64 Luncheon Group
Future Meetings:
Monday, July 17, 6:00 p.m., Senior High Media Center
Monday, August 7, 5:00 p.m. School Board Work Session
Monday, August 21, 6:00 p.m., Senior High Media Center
The meeting adjourned at 8:06 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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