MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 777, Benson, Minnesota Monday, November 09, 2020 - 5:30 p.m. Northside Elementary School Cafeteria

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The meeting was called to order at 5:34 p.m. by Chair Brian Samuelson.  Members present:  Paul Carruth, Mary KW Langan, Eric Peterson, Brian Samuelson, Gary Williams. James Berens and Bill McGeary joined the meeting via zoom.  Members absent:  None.  Also present: Dennis Laumeyer, Mike Knutson, Garrett Schmidt, Katie Foley, Lori Eix, Ryan Breitbach, Brian Koehn, Reed Anfinson, Brennan Kent, Maggie Grothe, Melanie Wirth, Lexi Thompson, Gabby Miller, Amber Rosemeier, Maranda Wieber and others.
No Additions to the agenda.
Agenda approved.
No Citizens Comments.
Consent Agenda approved with a change to the October 12, 2020 Regular Meeting under Annual Approval of Coaches/Advisors Procedure:  The board directed the Activities Committee to meet with Activities Director Garrett Schmidt to bring a recommendation for timeline to bring coach and advisor hires to the board for approval. Motion carried (5-1).
FY20 Audit approved.
Progress Reports presented by the administrators.
Construction Manager Ryan Breitbach provided a construction and budget update.
500 Policy Series:  A second reading on Policies 501, 502, 503, 504, 505, 506, 506 Form, 507, 508, 509 based on changes recommended by MSBA to meet law was tabled to the December board meeting for more information on policy 506.
B-KMS Cooperative Activities: KMS proposed to increase their contribution to $15,000 for 20-21 and 21-22 sports seasons.  Both Districts express a desire to continue the cooperative agreements. The board proposed to accept no less than a $25,000 contribution from KMS each year for the 20-21 and 21-22 season. This proposal expires on November 30, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.  The board will hold a special meeting on November 30, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.
Donations approved:  $30,000 Robert Sonsteng Foundation – Activities Facility; $8,500 State of Minnesota – Discovery Kids
Grand Piano Donations:  $300 Bill Luzum; $1,500 Trinity Lutheran Church; $200 Barbara DeBoer; $200 Dianne Doscher; $50 Candy Sowers; $100 Monday Club; $100 Dave Krusemark; $100 Robert Buckner; $20 James & Carol Pahl; $25 Michelle Mikkelson; $100 Roger & Kara Ebnet; $100 Lee & Kristi Bjerk; $100 Janice Baukol; $100 Judy Ruess Eystad; $1,000 Zniewski Funeral Home; $500 Lisa Peterson; $100 Jan Kittelson; $100 Lynn Orvik.
Future Meetings:
Special School Board Meeting – Friday, November 13, 2020, 12:00 p.m., Benson High School Conference Room
Special School Board Meeting – Monday, November 30, 2020, 5:30 p.m., Northside Elementary Cafeteria
School Board Work Session – Monday, December 7, 2020, 5:30 p.m., Northside Elementary Cafeteria
Truth in Taxation Hearing – Monday, December 7, 2020, 6:00 p.m., Northside Elementary Cafeteria
Meeting adjourned at 7:29 p.m.
The board held a public hearing on the goals results for the 2019-2020 World’s Best Workforce (WBWF) goals.
Mary KW Langan, Clerk

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