March 18th, 2019 News
The Murray County Central School Board met on Monday, March 11th. Board members present were Robin Gilbertson, Sue Streff, Maddy Robinson and Tony Clarke acting Board Chair.
The meeting was called to order and the agenda was approved. The minutes from the February meeting were reviewed and approved. The financials were also approved. The Board approved the spring sports contracts which include: Brian Christiansen – Assistant Track Coach, Myron Bennett – Jr. High Baseball Coach, Paul Counter – Assistant (pitching) Baseball Coach .5, Henry Veldhuisen – Assistant Softball Coach .5, Joel Herrig – Assistant Softball Coach .5, Brittany Schneider – Jr. High Softball Coach, Brenda Whitehead – Spring Play Director. The Board also received resignation letters from Derek and Erika Lieser.
A new Russian student has joined school and the ELS contract for Joanna Vogel was updated. The Board thanked these individuals and businesses for their donations: Boerboom Seed - $1300 Advertising, Heartland Eyecare - $250 Advertising, Ohiopyle Prints - $29.50 from purchased Rebel wear, ChatterHigh - $500 to Careers. The Board also acknowledged the grant from United Way which will help pay for the backpack food program for next year. Todd Burlingame said they currently send home about 50 bags each week with kids.
There was no one present for public forum.
Elementary Principal Todd Burlingame gave the Board his report. They recently had the Science Fair; 17 students participated and 10 will be going on to Regionals in Mankato on April 27th. The extended school days have started and are being called WIN “What I Need”- extra Math, Reading and Science prepping for the MCA tests. The end of 3rd quarter will be March 22nd. The Elementary/Junior High Choral Festival will be March 29th.
Jacob Scandrett provided the Board with his update. Spring conferences were held and there was a 54% participation. Juniors who have signed up for ACT Prep will be doing this in April. They are working to get the ACT prep curriculum, and this will allow students even more opportunities to be prepared. Coaches vs. Cancer was held on Friday night, March 8th. It was a great turnout for a great cause. The instructor has been hired for the Introduction to Medical Careers class. There are currently 9 MCC students signed up and Fulda anticipates having a few as well. The Spring Sports meeting was held Tuesday, March 5th with currently 42 out for Baseball, 40 out for Softball, 46 out for Track, and 22 out for Golf. Congrats to Montana Beckmann and Jack Pierson for being selected as MCC’s AAA Award winners.
Joe Meyer, Superintendent gave his report to the Board. He recently attended the National Conference on Education. The extended school days have started. He is hoping not to have any more snow days for the school year. They are exploring the possibility of e-learning days for the future. There are a number of factors to consider so they will continue to research this option and report back to the Board. Health Insurance bid opening will happen on March 28th. Recommendations will be brought to the next Board meeting. Meyer is currently putting a survey together to send out to parents.
The Board moved on to old business. The first item was an update on the contingency projects list. Meyer reported they are starting to move forward on the list. They have started working on the Girls Bathroom in the East hallway. The electrical upgrade will happen in the summer. The next item of old business was the locker proposal. Haldeman & Homme Inc. of Minneapolis provided a quote for 392 new lockers and removal of the old for $118,363. There is still enough money in the contingency funds and would leave about $50,000 for anything that might come up allowing them to complete everything on the wants list.
Andy Berndt, MCC’s Technology Director gave the Board an update on the laptops they are looking to get for the Junior and Senior Classes next year. He has found refurbished Dell Laptops that, with a protective case will be just over $300 each. They are the same computer that the teaching staff is currently using so that should allow programs to be more compatible. They hope to get to a point where 7-12 will each have a laptop to use.
They next moved on to new business. The first item was to approve the 2019-2020 SW/WC Service Cooperative contracts. These costs will be going down for the next school year. The Board next approved calling for bids for dairy, bakery, publications and legal. They also called for bids for lawn mowing, broad leaf weed spraying, and fertilizer program for the Baseball and Football fields. They were next presented an updated school calendar for 2018-2019. The last day for students will be May 31st and the last day for teachers will be June 4th.
The Board moved on to discuss the School Resource Officer position. This is something the school has been discussing with the City of Slayton Police Department for the last few years. Police Chief Tom Whitehead sat down with Meyer again to see what they could come up with. Meyer presented the Board with an example schedule of how, when and what the SRO would do. It would be a position that is paid 75% by the school (9 months) and 25% (3 months) by the City of Slayton. They would take on DARE duties as well. Meyer does feel it’s important to take a “pro-active” approach to possible issues and not a “re-active” position. However, the issue is still the same, how are they going to pay for it? The Board agrees this is important and Meyer will continue to explore possible ways to fund the position. Clarke asked if this was something that could be asked in the survey that will be sent out to parents to get their feedback. Meyer agreed.
The next school board meeting will be April 8th at 6pm.