Report on July school board meeting.
It was the calm before the storm, as the District 84 Board of Education held their July 18 meeting—the final school board meeting before the bustle of the start of a new school year in August. With no board committees meeting since the June board meeting, and high school principal Shane Laffen out of town to attend his son’s college orientation, Superintendent John Cselovszki was the only one with a report.
Cselovszki spoke about his recent attendance at the American Association of School Administrators Board of Directors meeting and advocacy conference in Washington, D.C. He also reported he would be applying for a safe schools grant.
The board approved a couple of routine matters, designating the Herald-Dispatch as the district’s official newspaper; and several financial institutions as official depositories, including local firms Americana Bank, First Security Bank and SouthPoint Financial Credit Union.
The board approved the new track and field cooperation agreement between Sleepy Eye Public, Springfield, Cedar Mountain and St. Mary’s schools. Cselovszki said the agreement, which each school will approve, spells out the duties each school in the coop will assume. The team will practice and host track meets at Sleepy Eye High School, beginning in spring 2019.
Other action items:
•Hire of Michelle Kastner as high school SPED teacher for the 2018-19 school year at $39,488.
•Hire Chelsea Denelsbeck as high school STEM instructor at $31,719; and Addie O’Neil as long term substitute for the position for 41 days at $8,846.
•Accept resignation of paraprofessional Cindy Puckett, effective immediately.
•Accept resignation of volleyball coach Kathy Haala, effective immediately.
•Approve Elementary Handbook, and updates to High School Handbook, for 2018-19 school year.
•Approve membership in Minnesota School Boards Association for 2018-19.
•Accept donations: Compeer Financial, $3,000 to the Ag Department; Sleepy Eye Medical Center, $1,000 to the Student Wellness program; $187.59, Coborn’s (Cashwise) school rewards to benefit elementary fundraiser account.
•Approve open enrollment, one student out to New Ulm.
•Approve resolution reauthorizing a previously authorized board approved referendum authority.
The next meeting of District 84 Board of Education is Aug. 8 at 5:30 p.m. in the school conference room.