MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

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MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777, Benson, Minnesota
Monday, March 18, 2019 – 5:30 p.m.
Benson High School Media Center

The meeting was called to order at 5:33 p.m. by Chair Brian Samuelson.  Members present:  James Berens, Paul Carruth, Mary Langan, Bill McGeary, Eric Peterson, Brian Samuelson, Gary Williams.
No additions to the Agenda.
Approved Agenda.
Citizens Comments:  Roger Ebnet, Teacher and BEA President, commended the grounds staff on a job well done at Northside and commented on the BHS Business Education program as one of the strongest in the state with a great representation at the State and National BPA competitions. Students continue to apply the skills they learned from Business Ed classes at BHS now and will carry on forever. He would like to see a task force formed with the City of Benson to get people to move here, not just work here and commute. Many houses will be for sale as people move into the new Scandi Haven Village.
Approved Consent Agenda Items.
Administrators presented progress reports.
Construction Manager Ryan Breitbach reported on East gym project progress:  Electrical and fire suppression are being roughed in; Ceiling will be painted next week; With significant water infiltration this spring into that area, exterior work will be completed soon to correct the issue; Mechanical numbers are coming in on the main high school project and bid pack #1 is on schedule for April 19, bids due May 9.
Approved Construction Management Agreement with Breitbach Construction Co.
Approved Architect Agreement with Architects Rego + Youngquist, LLC (ARY).  
Approved SWWC Heartland Ranch School Services Contract for 2019-2020 in the amount of $331,741.15.
Approved SWWC Service Contract for 2019-2020 in the amount of $281,452.53.  
Approved 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school calendars as presented.
Five options were presented for snow make up days, as three of the four snow days will be made up within the school calendar and a determination needs to be made regarding the fourth day. The board tabled the decision until the April meeting.
Dave Benson explained the FY20 Preliminary Budget and Five Year Financial Project Model. The FY20 Preliminary Budget has a significant deficit budget due to State Funding that has not kept pace with inflation; Unknown State Funding; Special Education Cross-Subsidy has grown from $345,000 to $578,000, money that comes from the general fund to pay for special education services; Enrollment decline; Taxing - The district cannot tax its way out of the budget shortfall, but we are grateful to our taxpayers for supporting our current operating levy of over $1,250/pupil and now the district has to right size the staffing to enrollment; Offerings - Even with reductions the district will be able to offer electives for trades, business or college track students. BHS will continue to offer more electives and college courses than districts in the area.
A list of budget reductions recommended by the budget committee was presented with a budget reduction list Option B. Discussion was held. The board adopted FY20 Budget Reduction List Option B.
Approved Resolution Reducing Science Department 0.42 FTE.
Approved preliminary consideration placing Brian Edlund on 0.42 FTE ULA the end of the 2018-2019 school year.
Approved Resolution to Discontinue Ag Position.
Approved  preliminary consideration placing Nancy Loen on 1.0 FTE ULA the end of the 2018-2019 school year.  
Approved Resolution Reducing the Business Department by 0.3 FTE.
Approved preliminary consideration placing Kendra Razink on 0.3 FTE ULA the end of the 2018-2019 school year.
Approved Resolution Reducing English Department 1.0 FTE.
Approved preliminary consideration placing Heidi Davis on 1.0 FTE ULA the end of the 2018-2019 school year.  
Donations:
$200 from Benson VFW for band trophies
$109.13 from CNH Industrial/Benevity for Northside Elementary
$4,002 from Swift County for Discovery Kids Daycare Grant
$50 from BrenSue Labs for open gym sponsor
$50 from St. Mark’s Sunday School for open gym sponsor
$100 from Benson VFW for “Our Store” donation
$1,600 from James and Tammy Thompson for the John Thompson Memorial Scholarship
Future Meetings:
Work Session School Board Meeting - Monday, April 1, 5:30 p.m., Sr. High Media Center
Regular School Board Meeting - Monday, April 15, 5:30 p.m., Sr. High Media Center
Meeting adjourned at 7:04 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.
Mary KW Langan, Clerk
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