Matt Perreault, Teri Umbreit and Scott Anderson took the oath of office to begin their initial terms as board members at the Jan. 16 Rush City School Board meeting.
Administering the oath was Stefanie Folkema, who will resume her post as board chairperson for the year. The board also unanimously approved Scott Tryon as vice chair of the school board; Brenda Nessel, clerk; Umbreit, treasurer; and Anderson and Perreault, directors.
Former board members Carol Cook and Brian Anderson were honored for their years of service at their last meeting in December. Anderson served from 2008-09 and with voter support from 2010-13, while Cook served in two consecutive terms, from 2006-09 and again from 2010-13.
“It was a hard job; we made some tough calls,” she said told the Post Review. “There were a lot of challenging situations.”
Cook noted she was glad to have had the opportunity to experience the process and decisions the board did together.
“I hope I had something to contribute,” she said. “Providing an education is extremely valuable.”
Cook said she hopes today’s board will do an even better job, working on the path that past boards helped launch and put into place.
“You do the best you can while you’re there, and not everyone agreed with what we did,” she said, citing cuts from several years ago as one example. “I’m glad I had the trust of the community for that long (eight total years) and that I could contribute.”
In other news, the board:
• Ratified the Teacher Master Agreement for 2013-15. The total compensation over the time of the contract reflects an increase of 4.86 percent, including salary and benefits, said Superintendent Vern Koepp after the meeting.
• Acknowledged that Kim Gibbons, director of the St. Croix River Education District, received an award from the Minnesota School Psychology Association in recognition of administrators, directors and supervisors who support the field of school psychology.
• Learned the district received a “very positive report” on its food service program from a recent administrative review by the Minnesota Department of Education Food and Nutrition Service.
• Agreed to continue to provide the noon bus route for preschool students. Prior to the action, the board reviewed financial information related to the bus route, preschool deficits for recent years and preschool parent survey information.