Tricounty News

Ind. School Dist 739 Organizational Meeting July 18, 2012


Board of Education

Ind. School District 739

Kimball, MN

July 18, 2012

The meeting was called to order by chair Helgeson at 6:00 p.m. with all members except Stenger present. The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all in attendance.

Gagnon/Stein approved the agenda as presented. MC

Bob Merchant, Sports Boosters President, addressed the board regarding the issue of liability insurance. Carol Krippner addressed the board with concerns of the tournament that was held out of town. Mr. Tritabaugh indicated that it is his intention to meet with the facilities board representatives along with Mr. Holmseth and Community Education to be sure the facilities use policy is updated with appropriate information and fees.

Celebrations and successes of students and staff included elementary MCA scores, softball and baseball teams are doing well this summer, basketball camps are being held, Kimball Community Playhouse performance of "The Rules of Comedy" and Tracy Nelson currently attending Project Lead the Way training.

Mr. Houseman thanked Eric Peterson and staff for putting together the second phase of the elementary playground project. Mr. Widvey reported on test scores at the high school. Mr. Tritabaugh reported the next Benton-Stearns Education District meeting will be August 15th, the next regular board meeting will be at 6:00 p.m. on the 15th as well. Members Stein and Stenger make up the facilities committee; this committee will meet either on Monday, July 30, or Wednesday, August 1.

Committee reports included Benton-Stearns Education District-Helgeson and Tritabaugh.

Schreiner/Stein approved the listed bills in the amount of $281,860.04. MC

Zipoy/Gagnon approved the Consent Agenda. MC The Consent Agenda included: Approve minutes for June 13, 2012 regular board meeting; Designate Tri-County News as the official school publication; Designate official depositories: State Bank of Kimball as primary, with Witt Financial, Prudential-Bach, FBS, Capital Markets Group, MSDLAF+, C.D. Securities, New West Federal, Thompson-McKinnon Securities, First American, First Bank, Zapp National, Norwest Bank, Twin City Federal, First National, Marquette National as other potential depositories; Purchase surety bonds - carry $1,000 on thirteen (13) district employees - Superintendent, 2 Principals, Business Manager, Bookkeeper, District Secretary, 2 High School Secretaries, 1 Elementary Secretary, Community Ed. Director, Community Education Program Coordinator, Child Care Coordinator, Activities Director; Establish Meet and Confer dates - sessions to start at 3:20 p.m. on Wednesdays October 10, December 12, January 9, and March 13; Resolution on making district deposits and investments: BE IT RESOLVED, that the Superintendent and treasurer be authorized to invest excess funds in U.S. Government Securities, banks, savings and loan associations and other institutions meeting legal requirements, said investments to be presented to the next regular board meeting for approval; Advance payment of bills resolution: BE IT RESOLVED, that when payment of a claim cannot be deferred until the next board meeting without loss to the district of a discount privilege or includes added charge, the Superintendent is hereby authorized to pay said claim and present payment for approval at the next regular board meeting; Electronic Funds Transfers resolution: BE IT RESOLVED, the Superintendent, Business Manager, or Business Accountant, are authorized to make electronic funds transfers as needed; Facsimile signature resolution: BE IT RESOLVED, that the facsimile signature of the Board Chairman, Clerk and Treasurer be used on district checks drawn for payment of bills or salaries approved by the board; Name district legal counsel for the district to remain Ratwik, Roszak & Maloney, PA; Authorized membership and related documents and dues for: CMERDC, Resource Training & Solutions, MSHSL, MSBA, and Schools for Equity in Education (SEE).

The treasurer's and quarterly reports for June, before the audit, were reviewed and discussed.

Zipoy/Gagnon established board member compensation to remain at $50.00 per regular board meeting and other meetings, $80 for all-day meetings, and mileage allowed for out-of-district meetings. $5 from each regular meeting to be withheld in an account reserved for board member purchases. MC

Gagnon/Schreiner established the regular board meeting dates and times, and posting for special meetings. Board meetings will be held at 6:00 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month, with the exception of November, when it will be held the second Wednesday to canvass the Election. MC

Stein/Zipoy established the Truth in Taxation hearing to be held in conjunction with the Regular December Board Meeting on Wednesday, December 19, 2012. MC

Gagnon/Schreiner appointed the following Minnesota State High School League representatives: School Board - Zipoy, Boys' Activities, Girls' Activities, Music, and Speech/Drama - Holmseth. MC

Gagnon/Zipoy accepted Agreement for Teacher Education Candidate Placements with St. Cloud State University. MC

Member Gagnon introduced the following resolution and moved its adoption:





The motion for the adoption of the foregoing resolution was duly seconded by Member Stein and, upon vote being taken thereon, the following voted in favor thereof: Gagnon, Schreiner, Helgeson, Stein, and Zipoy and the following voted against the same: None, whereupon said resolution, having received the affirmative votes of two-thirds of the members, was declared duly passed and adopted.

After review, Schreiner/Zipoy approved the requested fundraisers for 2012-2013. MC

Member Zipoy shared his appreciation that he was allowed to listen in via telephone to the June board meeting. It is his hope that when a board member is not able to attend a board meeting, that they be accommodated so that they are allowed to participate in the meeting as permitted by law. Member Helgeson asked if members were interested in holding another work session prior to the August 15 board meeting. The work session will begin at 4:30.

Gagnon/Schreiner adjourned at 7:09 p.m.

Tom Schreiner, Clerk

(This is a summary of the minutes of the School Board. To obtain a full copy of the official minutes, contact the District Office at 398-5585, or check the District website at

Published in the Tri-County News Thursday, July 26, 2012.