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Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 5:30 p.m.
Benson High School Media Center

Meeting was called to order at 5:30 p.m. by Chair Chad Payne.  
Members present:  Paul Carruth, Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Tammy Gunlogson, Mary Langan, Bill McGeary, Chad Payne, Gary Williams.
Also present:  Dennis Laumeyer, Mike Knutson, Brad Johnson, Dave Benson, Pam Anderson, Brian Samuelson, Mike Thompson, Jim Berens, Reed Anfinson and Eric Peterson.

Additions to the Agenda:  Assistant Boys Basketball Position  
Approved Agenda.  
Approved Consent Agenda.

School Bonds:  Approved Resolution Awarding the Sale, Determining the Form and Details, Authorizing the Execution, Delivery and Registration, and Providing for the Payment of General Obligation School Building Bonds, Series 2018A.
Progress reports presented by the administrators.
School Construction:  Discussion continued on the construction team for the school project with goals to keep the project on schedule, on budget, and provide quality control throughout the project. Discussion with 14 other school districts experiencing recent construction processes provided a consistent recommendation of one construction management company. The board will interview this company on December 4. If hired, this company would start immediately, working directly with the architects during the preconstruction phase.
The board approved to move forward with an RFP for a construction manager and interview Breitbach Construction Company for Construction Management Services.
Severance:  Funds are assigned to cover the severance obligations to teachers hired prior to 7/1/95. As severance eligible staff have retired, the severance liability has reduced, so the fund balance can be reduced from $265,000 to $100,000. Approved to set the assigned severance amount in reserve to $100,000 for FY19.  
World’s Best Workforce (WBWF) Summary:  By MN statute, Benson Schools must complete and submit a WBWF summary for the 2017-2018 school year.  There are five required goal areas: 1) Kindergarten Ready; 2) Read at Grade Level by 3rd Grade; 3) Close the Achievement Gap; 4) College and Career Ready; 5) Graduate All Students. The district met 3 of 5 goals for the school year. Due to the dedicated work by every staff member in the district, Benson Schools reached a 100% graduation rate. There will be a public hearing on the WBWF summary after the December 17 regular meeting, as required by law.
Canvass Election Results:  Adopted the Resolution Canvassing Returns of Votes of School District #777 General Election on November 6, 2018.
Assistant Boys Basketball Position:  Approved Adam Jensen as Assistant Boys Basketball Coach for one year.
Donations:  81 hats for infants and students hand stitched and donated by Jo Bronniche. Donations accepted.

Future Meetings:
Regular School Board Meeting - Tuesday, December 4, 5:30 p.m., Senior High Media Center
Truth in Taxation Hearing - Tuesday, December 4, 6:00 p.m., Senior High Media Center
Regular School Board Meeting - Monday, December 17, 5:30 p.m., Senior High Media Center
Levy Certification - Monday, December 17, 6:00 p.m., Senior High Media Center

Meeting adjourned at 6:23 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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