MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777, Benson, Minnesota Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 5:30 p.m. Benson Senior High Media Center

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Meeting called to order at 5:30 p.m. by Chair Brian Samuelson.  Members present:  James Berens, Paul Carruth,  Mary Langan, Bill McGeary, Eric Peterson, Brian Samuelson and Gary Williams. Also present:  Dennis Laumeyer, Mike Knutson, Brad Johnson, Katie Foley, Pam Anderson, Jeanine Bowman.

Approved agenda and consent agenda.

Progress reports by administrators.

FY20 Preliminary Budget: Reviewed FY20 Preliminary Budget with reductions of $541,000 and approval in June.

ARY Invoice:  Approved paying ARY architectural bill for the north end of civic center building, $51,990. 

Summer Food Program:  Food Service Director, Jeanine Bowman, reported last year’s program was the first year at school.  With cooperation of Discovery Kids they served a daily average of 60-70 for breakfast and 90 for lunch. Anyone under the age of 19 eat free and adults paid $4. Even with a high reimbursement rate, there was a loss at the end of the program. Jeanine proposes a reduced budget with her time cut in half, no dishwasher, staff works a 2 week rotation and less paper product usage to try to break even this year. She applied for the No Kid Hungry Grant for $5,000. The program will be available 57 days, hoping to serve more kids and have 1-2 volunteers/day.

Approved offering 2019 summer feeding program at Benson High School. 

Shared Food Service Agreement:  Morris and Benson have shared a Food Service Director for 10 years. Approved the continued Shared Food Service Director Agreement for Jeanine Bowman with 2.5% increase.

Donations:  Accepted donations made to the district.
$400 from Beatrice Weber and $100 from Joseph Weber for Tom Weber Memorial Scholarship
$1,000 from Mary Jungwirth for Barry Jungwirth Memorial Scholarship
$266.560 from Benson Education Association (BEA) for BEA Scholarship Fund
$1,500 from Al & MaryAnn Grage Scholarship Fund for Al & MaryAnn Grage Scholarship
$500 from Rose Anne Petersen for the Tom Petersen Memorial Scholarship
$300 from Kris & Rodney Staton for Miles Staton Memorial Scholarship
$5,000 from Benson Tennis Association; $900 from Anonymous Donations for BHS North Tennis Courts Reconstruction
$600 from Benson Wrestlers Booster Club for Wrestling Scholarships
$100 from Marilyn Anderson for Jerry Ellingson Memorial Scholarship

Future Meetings:
Regular School Board Meeting, Monday, June 17, 5:30 p.m., Senior High Media Center
Regular School Board Meeting, Monday, July 15, 5:30 p.m., Senior High Media Center

Adjourned at 6:33 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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