MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777

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MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777,
Benson, Minnesota
Monday, December 17, 2018 – 5:30 p.m.
Benson High School Media Center

The meeting was called to order at 5:35 p.m. by Chair Chad Payne.  Members present:  Paul Carruth, Mary Langan, Eric Peterson, Gary Williams, Chad Payne, Bill McGeary (arrived at 5:53 p.m.).  Members absent:  Jodi DeJong-Hughes.

No additions to the agenda.
Agenda approved as presented.

Citizen Comments:  Gymnastics Head Coach Kathy Ahrndt spoke regarding gymnastics concerns with the lease termination of the civic center.  Several gymnasts and parents spoke in support of the gymnastics program.  Dennis said the board is committed to finding space for gymnastics.

Progress reports included in the board members packets.

Old Business:
Certification of Final Levy:  The pay 2019 levy was approved at $3,387,371.94.

New Business:
Legislative Discussion:  MN State Representative Tim Miller was present. The board highlighted great things happening in the district and shared specific needs for Benson Schools. Representative Miller spoke about front burner items pertaining to tax codes, healthcare, and E12 education challenges to be addressed in the upcoming legislative session.
Resolution Establishing Combined Polling Locations:  By law every district must annually pass a resolution combining polling locations for possible school district elections. The resolution was adopted to set the combined polling location at the Benson Armory.  
World’s Best Workforce Plan:  Each year school districts are required to develop a World’s Best Workforce (WBWF) Plan to outline goals and strategies to achieve the goals that meet five required areas. The board adopted the 2018-2019 WBWF Plan.
ACT:  Two years ago the state funded a college entrance exam for every junior student in MN.  Last year, the state changed the law to read that school districts must offer a college entrance exam during the school day. Principal Knutson recommends we offer ACT+Writing to students who will or may want to attend a 4 year post-secondary institution. Discussion followed.
The board tabled the item until the next regular board meeting.
Construction Budget:  The board met with the architect, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, construction manager and interior designer at a work session prior to the board meeting.

Recognition:  Chad Payne was recognized for his years of service on the school board and his dedication to Benson Schools.

Future Meetings:  School Board Meeting - Monday, January 7, 2019, 5:30 p.m., Senior High Media Center

The meeting adjourned at 7:12 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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