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, May 14, 2018 - 5:30 p.m.
Benson Senior High Media Center

The meeting was called to order at 5:30 p.m.  Members present:  Paul Carruth, Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Tammy Gunlogson, Mary Langan, Bill McGeary, Chad Payne and Gary Williams.
No members absent.  Also present:  Dennis Laumeyer, Mike Knutson, Brad Johnson, Dave Benson, Pam Anderson, Paul Youngquist, Jeff Seeley, Reed Anfinson, Peggy Bausman, Heidi Davis, Kendra Razink, Anne Duncan, Brock Duncan, Mary Hoffman, Rob Hoffman, Jason Strand, Renee Helgenset, Chrysees Forbord, Ruth Ahrndt, Jon Ahrndt, Steve Ricard, Brian Edlund, Pat Lee, Kristy Johnson, Kim Saterbak.
No additions to the Agenda.
The board approved the Agenda.

Citizens Comments: Reed Anfinson stated the last two meetings were not recorded and these recording are essential for him to keep the public informed by the voice of the newspaper.
Brian Edlund thanked the staff, school board, and public for the nice comments he’s received and told the board that by not getting a second on the motion to make FY19 Budget Reductions shows where your hearts are.
The board approved the Consent Agenda.
Progress Reports were presented by the administrators.
The board approved to eliminate the $14,200 AD stipend, restructure administrative duties and assign AD duties to Mike Knutson.
The board approved to terminate and non-renew Matthew Anderson at the end of the current school year.
The board approved to not fill the retiring elementary teacher’s position.
The board approved to not replace a potential secretarial retirement.
The board approved to have maintenance drain the pool water before the 2018-2019 school year begins.
The board accepted that the Benson School Board will waive a portion of the 2% set aside for staff development monies for the 2018-2019 school year in the amount of $100,000 and be coded to the general fund.  The School Board thanked the BEA for approving this.
Architect Paul Youngquist presented the general components of the building plan the community task force developed over the last 4-5 months and explained the plans for removing the JH building, adding a new auditorium, additions and changes to both the high school and Northside Elementary campuses. Dennis reviewed the timeline with the Bond Referendum taking place on August 14th.
Jeff Seeley, financial consultant from Ehler’s, explained the financial details of the building bond. By eliminating high maintenance spaces like the pool and JH auditorium, we can meet the growing needs for preschool and childcare, enhancing programs and improve safety and security. The bond amount needed to cover the project is $26,300,000.
On May 8th, representatives from the Facilities Committees presented their recommendation for a plan they developed and propose to bring to the voters on August 14th. The bond company has drafted the Resolution Calling for Special Election on August 14, 2018.
The board approved the Resolution Calling for a Special Election on August 14, 2018.  
When a school district proposes a building bond it requires approval from the Commissioner of Education. The Review and Comment contains the needs of the district, projected enrollment, the proposed plan, a breakdown of the different components of the plan, etc. This document needs approval by the School Board and it meets all the statutory requirements.
The board approved the Review and Comment as presented.

Donations:
$50 from Marjorie Ziegler for Mary Lou Terwilliger Memorial Scholarship
$600 from Scott & Susan Shisler for Mary Lou Terwilliger Memorial Scholarship
$100 from SCBHS RN-LPN Professional Union-Local #2053  for SCBHS RN-LPN Scholarship
$260 from Benson Education Association (BEA) for the BEA Scholarship
$800 from the Braves Foundation for a Smart Document Camera
$250 from Swift County Benson Health Services (SCBHS) for the Art Department
$500 from Rose Anne Petersen for the Tom Petersen Memorial Scholarship
$250 from Chad & Kim Saterbak for the Joel Taylor Memorial Scholarship
$32 from James and Tammy Thompson for the John Thompson Memorial Scholarship

Future Meetings:
Regular School Board Meeting, June 18, 5:30 p.m., Senior High Media Center
The meeting adjourned at 6:45 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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