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November 19th, 2018 News

MCMC Welcomes Interim CEO

By Theresa Nysetvold 

Michael Ladevich has signed a six-month contract to serve as the interim chief executive officer at the Murray County Medical Center in Slayton.  Mr. Ladevich began his position on November 6th and is looking forward to the challenges and experiences he will find in our hometown healthcare center.   

Michael was raised in the Chicago area and earned his undergraduate degree at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin and his advanced degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota.  He currently lives in St. Louis, Missouri, but has worked with hospitals and group practices all over the country.  “I was just finishing another interim position when a colleague suggested I consider Murray County Medical Center.  It seemed like the right time and I’m happy to be here.”  Mr. Ladevich has experience with the challenges of rural healthcare but quickly recognized the many assets of MCMC.  He noted, “This is a beautiful facility that is the right size and easily accessible.  The executive team is strong and the board seems to be focused on the right stuff.”  Mr. Ladevich added, “I think we can overcome the challenges.  I like to help organizations become better businesses so they can take care of people.”  He feels strongly that the mission of healthcare is first to help people and second to collect the bills.   The CEO acknowledged that as our population ages there are not enough providers to meet the needs of all of the older people.  “But we’ll put strategies into place to meet this challenge.  We want to attract and keep quality providers.  We also want the staff to feel good about their experience at MCMC which will translate to better patient care.  We’ll always keep the focus on what is best for the patients.”  

Mr. Ladevich looks forward to meeting many people at the Fall Gala and at other community events.


Murray County School Board Meets

The Murray County Central School Board met on Monday, November 12th. The Board approved the agenda as presented. The minutes from the October 8th meeting and the financials were reviewed and approved. Personnel changes include a leave request for Ashley Haken, coaching contracts for Assistant Speech – Andy Berndt, Assistant Boys Basketball – Paul Counter, Jr. High Boys Basketball – Grant Everson, Jr. High Girls Basketball – Dominick Damm, Jr. High Girls Basketball – Joan Miller, Musical Director Contract for Mike Helgeson. Mary Beech submitted her resignation for student council advisor effective end of year. It was asked how this position will be filled. Superintendent Joe Meyer explained it would be offered in-house to staff first and if no interest would then be opened to the public. The Board thanked those individuals and businesses for their donations.

The Board thanked Kim Eisfeld for being in attendance to give the FY2018 audit report. The school district continues on trend ending the fiscal year in good financial position. Total revenue shows an increase over last year of $584,480. This is due to general education aid, learning readiness funds and the local levy. The numbers are much larger than last year as the district has added the construction fund. The sale of the bonds puts an additional $4,744,954 in the accounts to pay the building expenses with the new practice gym addition.

There was no one present for open forum.

Elementary Principal Todd Burlingame gave the Board an update on the past month in the elementary school. Parent/Teacher conferences will be November 19th and 20th. Staff is working on Math standards and will be looking at Science as well. Students are busy getting ready for holiday performances.

Secondary Principal Jacob Scandrett gave the Board his update. Fall conferences were successful with 67% attendance. The Veterans Day program was Monday November 11th and was well attended. The American Education banquet was Tuesday evening. MCC is partnering with Fulda and MCMC for the Intro to Medical Careers course and Scandrett is getting that paperwork submitted. They received the ACT score data. MCC students continue to score well compared to other schools in SW Minnesota. Fall sports have come to an end with all teams having a good season. Cross Country Boys finished 4th and Girls 3rd. The football team won the Sub-District Title for the first time in 22 years. Volleyball ended their season 15-10 and will be graduating 7 seniors this year. The Drama department performed The Little Mermaid to sold out crowds. It was a wonderful performance. Winter sports are starting up this week.

Superintendent Joe Meyer next gave his report to the Board. He was happy to announce he was selected by the coop for the fellowship he had applied for. The football season lead to 2 half days for students with playoff games. Construction is moving right along. The last thing to do will be the floors and this is scheduled to start on November 28th. If everything goes well the projected occupancy date is December 17th.

The Board was presented with the election results. A resolution was presented and passed for the canvassing returns of votes of school district general election. Daniel Woldt, Tony Clarke and Maddy Robinson were elected to the three Board positions.

The first item of new business to discuss was a change order to the construction project that would include adding air conditioning to the competition gym and making the necessary updates to the electrical system to accommodate this addition. This was discussed, and they agreed that they should get public input. There are just over $750,000 in the contingency fund and this can be used for building upgrades. Meyer will send out a survey. No action was taken at this time.

The Board approved submitting the grant application to the MSHSL Foundation for student participation. James Wajer is working on this and will submit it.

With no other business, the meeting was adjourned. The next school board meeting will be Monday, December 10th.