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January 20th, 2020 News

Murray County Central School Board Holds First Meeting Of 2020

The Murray County School Board met on Monday, January 14th. The first item of business was the reorganizational meeting. The election of officers was held: Chair – Dan Woldt, Clerk – Lauren Biegler, Treasurer – Sue Streff and Vice-Chair – Tony Clarke. It was decided to keep the meetings at 6pm on the second Monday of the month in the library. They also agreed to keep the board compensation the same as previous years at $70 per meeting. Lisa Rademacher and Deb Bleyenberg were designated to perform the duties of treasurer and clerk. They also approved legal counsel as Rupp, Anderson, Squires and Waldspurger, P.A. for the coming year. The 2020 Board committee assignments were reviewed and adjusted. The reorganizational meeting was adjourned.

The regular school board meeting was called to order. The agenda was approved with one addition. The minutes from the December 9th meeting were reviewed and approved. The financials were discussed.

Personnel items include: lane change requests from Ashley Haken, Adam Neubarth and Tim Bobeldyk, a request for leave for Kati Bobeldyk, a long-term substitute contract for Harriet Braun who will be covering the maternity leave for Makenzie Sweetman, Speech Language Pathology Assistant, the contract for Angela Claar for the ECSE position, and she is just credits away from having the licensing required. The 19-20 elementary and secondary contracts were presented, along with the Memorandum of Understanding with the Paraprofessionals which addresses the grievance regarding the classification of the Bus Attendant. Per the MOU the bus attendant who has no other duties except riding the bus, will be part of the union with the stipulations that are laid out in the MOU.

There was no one present for public forum.

Todd Burlingame updated the Board on what’s been going on for the Elementary. He was happy to report that the Cherrydale Fundraiser brought in $13,347.25. A job well done by all students even if the amount is down from last year. Two more SHIP grants were awarded to teachers at MCC. One to Leisa Isder and Heather Meyer for adaptive swings and one to Kristy Baker for flexible seating. They are preparing for the MCA tests that will begin in the spring. Students have no school on Monday, January 20th for a teacher in-service day. The last day of the quarter is the 17th and report cards will be emailed home on the 24th of January.

Secondary Principal, Jacob Scandrett gave the Board an update on the high school level. They, as well, have started prepping for the MCAs which will start in April. Registration for fall will start in February for students. The Achievement and Integration collaborative has made possible two summer college classes for current Sophomores and Juniors. They will offer Astronomy and Introduction to Criminal Justice. These will be taught at the Marshall High School and are at no cost to MCC students. There will be no school for students on Monday, January 20th. Snow Week is scheduled for Feb. 10th to the 14th.  Winter sports are keeping students busy with Speech and Senior High Knowledge Bowl starting as well.

Joe Meyer also updated the Board. He has begun working with Steve Smith with National Insurance Services to put together health insurance bids for next year. He has been contacted by Ludolph Bros. on their intent to negotiate the 2019-2020 contract, but has not received a proposal yet. They have identified a need for Behavioral Analyst time from the Service Coop for the remainder of this school year. There will be an additional $4,992 added to the SWWC service contract for this year. He’d also like to meet with the facilities committee again to decide what they spend the remainder of the contingency funds on. He estimates there to be about $80,000 left to use. The annual all school staff get together will be Saturday, February 1st at City Limits.

Moving on to Old Business, the Board had the third reading of Policy’s 523, 526-529 and 531-532.1. These include topics of 523 Policies Incorporated by Reference; 526 Hazing Prohibition; 527 Student Use and Parking of Motor Vehicles, Patrols, Inspections and Searches; 528 Student Parental, Family and Marital Status Nondiscrimination; 529 Staff Notification of Violent Behavior by Students; 531 The Pledge of Allegiance; 532 Use of Peace Officers and Crisis Teams to Remove Students with IEP’s From School Grounds; and 532.1 Restrictive Procedures. These were discussed and approved. They also had the second reading of policies 714-721, 750, 801-806.

New business started with the adoption of the 2020-2021 school calendar. The first day of school for students will be September 8th for the 7-12 and 9th for the K-6. Paul Haberman was present to request of the Board the approval to attend the judging contests that will be held out of state for FFA. He also requested for the attendance to the State FFA Convention in St. Paul for three days. These were all approved. They next approved the annual resolution that grants the Superintendent the ability to add or discontinue programs or positions that are no longer needed based on district need. 30 Dell Optiplex 390 desktop towers were declared surplus. They are hoping to turn them in to a rebate program. The last item of new business was a letter of intent from Mrs. Mkhwanazi. Her husband has gotten a job in Pennsylvania and she is asking to be released from her contract, if possible. Jenna states that she understands this isn’t ideal and is committed to carrying out her contract if necessary. The Board discussed this, and they agreed that her position will be hard to fill, but will post the opening. If they can’t find a suitable replacement, then she will have to fulfill her contract and they will post the opening for next year.

The Board thanked all those that made donations in the last month. Those include: Sanford 5000.00 Sports & Wellness Grant, Murray County Farm Bureau 500.00 Winter clothing, Murray County Farm Bureau 300.00 Ag TruShrimp Tour, Lange Gang Foundation 300.00 Scholarship, Timothy Lange 200.00 Scholarship, Murray Masonic Lodge 1000.00 Scholarship, Tom Ackerman 3500.00 Scholarship, Lake Wilson Lodge #262 2000.00 Scholarship, Slayton Fireman 500.00 Culture Club and Minnwest Bank 50.00 HS Band. The next Board meeting will be Monday, February 10th at 6pm.

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City of Slayton EDA Receives Grant for Local Energy Project

Community-focused clean energy effort will take shape throughout 2020

Slayton, MN, Wednesday, January 8, 2020 – It is an energizing start to 2020 for the City of Slayton EDA who received a $3,750 Seed Grant from the Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) today.

“We’re very excited to learn about the grant award,” said Josh Malchow. “We can’t wait to get started on our Business Façade Improvement/Energy Efficiency Grant Program.”

The City of Slayton Economic Development Authority (EDA) plans to incorporate an energy efficiency component in their existing commercial façade improvement program. Under this reimbursable program, business owners in Slayton can apply to receive up to a 35% grant for improvements to the façade of their business. By ensuring that businesses no longer “bleed” money that they could be saving with energy efficient upgrades to their buildings, the EDA will generate economic benefits for the Slayton community as a whole.

The award is one of 35 grants given to innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in communities across Minnesota. These awards mark the tenth round of Seed Grants from CERTs, totalling over $1.3 million to 393 projects since 2006. A complete list of funded projects can be accessed at cleanenergyresourceteams.org/2020grants. 

“CERTs provides these Seed Grants with two primary objectives in mind,” said Lissa Pawlisch, CERTs Director. “First, to encourage implementation of community-based clean energy projects across the state. Second, to provide an educational forum for energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and their economic, community, and ecological benefits.”

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