MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777, Benson, Minnesota Monday, September 14, 2020 - 5:30 p.m. Northside Elementary School Cafeteria & Virtual Meeting

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The meeting was called to order at 5:41 p.m. by Chair Brian Samuelson.  Members present:  Paul Carruth, Mary KW Langan, Bill McGeary, Eric Peterson, Brian Samuelson, Gary Williams. James Berens joined the meeting via zoom at 5:48 p.m.
Members absent:  None. Also present: Dennis Laumeyer, Mike Knutson, Garrett Schmidt, Katie Foley, Lori Eix, Ryan Breitbach, Brennan Kent, Jason McVinua, Karl Manska.
Agenda Approved.
No Citizens Comments.
Consent Agenda Approved.
Progress Reports presented by the Administrators.
No Board Committee Reports.
Construction Manager Ryan Breitbach provided a construction and budget update.
Snow Removal Proposal:  Approved purchasing two skidsteer loaders, a bucket and broom attachment not to exceed $100,000.
400 Policy Series:  Approved policies 418, 418FRM, 419, 420, 421, 422, 423, 424, 425, 427 based on changes recommended by MSBA to meet law.
Chair Brian Samuelson read a summary of the year end superintendent evaluation.
Approved the 2020-2021 Board and Superintendent Goals.
Designation of Identified Official:  Authorized Superintendent Dennis Laumeyer to act as the Identified Official with Authority (IOwA) for Benson Schools, ISD #777.
Levy Certification:  Approved the maximum pay 2021 levy as presented.
MSHSL Membership Fee:  Supt. Laumeyer presented the MSHSL increase in membership fees for the 2020-2021 school year.
Donations Approved:  $8,500 State of Minnesota / Discovery Kids Covid Grant; $100 Class of 1964 Scholarship (Diane Jansen); $12,000 CNH Industrial-Benson DK Grant; $12,000 Robert Sonsteng Foundation; $8,500 DHS-Peter Stahley / Discovery Kids Covid Crant; $2,500 Americans Farmers Grow Communities Donation from Bayer Fund on behalf of Swift County Farmer Alicia Schliep; Grand Piano Donations:  $100 Katie Reardon; $200 Bruce Holgate; $200 Vonnie Connelly; $20 Ron Hanson; $100 Maxine Hofstedt; $100 Gary Williams; $200 Maanum Family – Estate of Con and Lyla Maanum (Merilyn Maanum Trustee); $50 Crystal Bakke; $100 Donna Weber
Future Meetings:
Regular School Board Meeting – Monday, October 12, 2020, 5:30 p.m., Location – Northside Elementary Cafeteria
Regular School Board Meeting – Monday, November 9, 2020, 5:30 p.m., Location – Northside Elementary Cafeteria
Meeting adjourned at 7:40 p.m.
Mary KW Langan, Clerk

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