RC board organizes for another school year

Every January, school board members determine community assignments and their positioning on the government body. In July, they organize financial and legal matters for the coming fiscal year, which is exactly what occurred on July 19.

Board members agreed to keep regular board meetings on the third Thursday of the month beginning at 7 p.m. in room 201 at the high school. They set board member compensation at $45 per meeting, except for all day meetings when the pay rate is $90 a day.

The ECM Post Review was designated as the school district’s official newspaper for legal publications, and official depositories were selected for the district’s financial resources.

The district’s business manager, currently Laureen Frost, along with the superintendent, Vern Koepp, were designated to make electronic fund transfers for the district. The accounts payable position was designated to coordinate credit card use.

Finally, the board designated the superintendent to work with either Ratwick, Roszak, Maloney and/or Knutson, Flynn legal firms in conducting the school’s legal business.


The board acknowledged thank you notes from the Sharon Westman family, George Stockdill family and the American Red Cross in relation to the recent blood drive at the high school.

Also noted was a $50 donation from Chisago County nurses for the high school Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) chapter in honor of school nurse Judi Cope. The nurses are former colleagues of Cope.


Superintendent Koepp gave an update on the soon-to-be built SCRED building in town. Gas meters and gas lines have been relocated allowing footing work to begin, he said, while the construction company hopes to maintain an aggressive pace.

Koepp briefed the board on results of the recent bus inspection. One bus had a leaf spring that needed to be replaced, he noted, and all other findings were minor and addressed at the inspection.

In other action, the board:

• Adopted school district policies by a resolution that also covers membership in organizations such as the Minnesota School Board Association (costs about $3,948), Resource Training and Solutions (three areas, $13,817), Minnesota State High School League ($2,050), Schools for Equity in Education ($1,999) and Infinity Online Learning ($1,750).

• Approved payment of invoices and obligations totaling $935,320 for District 139 and $589,812 for SCRED.

• Accepted the following personnel actions: resignation of elementary teacher Sara Tramm; employment of Joe Lattimore as assistant varsity football coach; and revision of a leave request by high school teacher Lila Bennett to include a FLMA leave of absence from Oct. 3 through Jan. 1, 2013.

• Approved the following handbooks for the 2012-13 school year: elementary and high school student/parent handbooks, staff and parent handbooks for Tiger Club, the newly created iPad handbook, coaching handbook and transportation handbook.

• Accepted the annual report on Curriculum, Instruction and Student Achievement for the 2011-12 school year.

• Approved the Health and Safety three-year budget, covering projects from physical hazards to fire safety to indoor air quality, as presented by facilities and accounts payable manager Jeanne Korf. The budget totals $126,000 for fiscal year 2012; $87,000 for 2013; and $75,200 for 2014.

• Approved a list of school group fundraisers, numbering almost 50, scheduled for the 2012-13 school year.

• Approved the following SCRED personnel actions: resignation of unique learner manager Troy Ferguson and employment of Emily Gorski as school psychologist, Kristen Hussong as truancy coordinator and Stephanie Bellinger-Bushard as job developer.

— The Rush City School Board next meets on Aug. 16 for a study session starting at 6 p.m., followed by the regular board meeting at 7 p.m.

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