By MaryHelen Swanson—
Supt. Deb Henton reviewed the progress made on the school district’s 5-year strategic plan, 1105 Key Activities were reported on this year, some representing the work of an individual, others the work of teams. She was particularly proud that there were no key activities reported incomplete. In the first year of the plan, 388 Key Activities were completed, there were 545 in the second year. This past year was the third year.
The main focus, she noted during her report, is to increase achievement of each learner. “All of us try to do this all of the time,” she said. Her complete report can be found on the school district website.
Prior to the regular meeting last Thursday, the board held its organizational meeting for the year. For 2012, Kim Salo will remain chairperson, Kirby Ekstrom vice chairperson, Jay Falk, clerk and John White, treasurer. They voted to keep board salaries the same as last year at $40 per meeting or $115 for an all-day meeting. Officer pay remains the same at $750 for chairperson, $250 for vice chairman, and $150 for clerk and treasurer. The Post Review remains the district’s official legal newspaper.
At the beginning of the regular meeting, Trent Jensen, appointed to fill the seat of former board member Jaye Kruckeberg, was sworn in and committees were assigned to the board members for the year.
It took nearly an hour of discussion for the school board to reviewed three bids and finally approve a bid for replacement of the chiller on the air conditioning unit at the high school. The equipment cost, including a McQuay air-cooled unit, totals $196,500, considerably under the estimated $250,000. As a high-efficiency unit, it is expected to save the school district over $12,000 in energy costs annually.
The board approved the second reading of a policy on protection and privacy of pupil records with the place of birth removed from what the district considers directory information. It was the only change and is in effect right now although the district will not send notices home to families at this time to notify them of the change. The board agreed not to add the cost. Copies of the new policy are available through the district office 651-674-1000, or call 651-674-1018 for more information. Hard copies will be mailed to each family in the fall.