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, July 16, 2018 - 5:30 p.m.
Benson High School Media Center

The meeting was called to order at 5:31 p.m. by Chair Chad Payne.  Members present:  Paul Carruth, Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Tammy Gunlogson, Mary Langan, Bill McGeary, Chad Payne.
Members absent: Gary Williams.  Also present:  Dennis Laumeyer, Mike Knutson, Brad Johnson, Dave Benson, Pam Anderson, Reed Anfinson and Mike Thompson.

Trades house was added to the agenda.
No Citizens Comments.
The board approved the consent agenda as presented.
Progress Reports were presented by the administrators.

Mike Knutson explained changes in the High School Student Handbook. The board approved the 2018-2019 BHS Student Handbook as presented.
Dennis stated the staff is working towards the district strategic goals for the 2018-2019 school year. This was the second viewing and time for the board’s input on the goals. No action required.

The district received the Review and Comment from the MN Department of Education Commissioner Cassellius with two points to note: 1) No public comments were received at the state level; 2) The Commissioner provides a positive review and comment on the Benson School Bond Plan. It will be posted in the newspaper one time and we will conduct a public meeting on August 7th.

Bids were reviewed last month for civic center alterations and the appraisal on the civic center came back at $1,560,000. Discussion took place. The board approved Kranz Construction’s $493,000 base bid and $88,500 alternate bid for fire protection, the total not to exceed $581,500.

Discussion took place regarding the use of the civic center facility. The board approved that the north end of the civic center is to be utilized for multipurpose use and the AD and Community Education designate and schedule times for practices and other activities.

Discussion took place regarding building a trades house in the 2018-2019 school year. The board approved building the trades house in 2018-2019 with a $69,000 budget.
School boards are required to annually approve a ten year LTFM application plan to receive LTFM funds. A list of LTFM projects, revenue and expenditure plan and Statement of Assurances are included in the board packet. Discussion took place on the list of projected maintenance projects.

The board approved the ten year Long Term Facilities Maintenance Plan as presented and the Statement of Assurances.  

Reed Anfinson, Publisher and Owner of the Swift County Monitor-News, sent a letter requesting the board of education to vote on recording its meetings. Discussion took place and Reed explained that he needs all the help he can get to inform the citizens when other community meetings occur at the same time. The board will continue to record the meetings as they have done since 2015.

Brad Johnson explained the updates in the Elementary Handbook. The board approved the 2018-2019 Elementary Student Handbook.

Future Meetings:
Monday, August 6, 5:30 p.m., School Board Work Session at Benson Golf Club
Monday, August 20, 5:30 p.m., Regular Meeting, BHS Media Center

The meeting adjourned at 6:15 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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