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Members of the Kelliher School Board met Feb. 10 for the regular meeting in front of a few visitors to hear a request for the annual senior trip, pay the bills and hear reports from the Dean of Students and superintendent.

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Board members present were Frank Duresky, Peggy Vollhaber, Ed Anderson, Ed Gehlert, Jerry Geerdes and Barbara Woltjer and Supt. Tim Lutz.

Visitors at the meeting included Betty Mohs, Walter Mohs, Kristi Pink, Maureen Smischney, Jude Smischney, Mary Lundin, Calvin Mayers, Linda Dreher, Caitlyn Duresky, Kristi Geerdes, Megan Poxleitner and Laura Nelson.

The first order of business was to approve the Jan. 13 minutes, accept the treasurer's report and approve the February bills in the amount of $114,118.77.

A letter was presented to the board from a parent who recently transferred her children out of the district.

Caitlyn Duresky, Kristi Geerdes and Megan Poxleitner asked for and received permission from the board to plan for the senior class trip this spring.

The elementary art classes gifted the board with Valentine's Day gifts -- soap they had made in class.

The December students of the month were acknowledged and they were: Rileigh Hughes, elementary; Lindsey Duresky, middle level and Rebekah Anderson, high school. Also acknowledged were those students who had perfect attendance the second quarter and those making the second quarter honor roll.

The board sent out a big thank you to the anonymous donor who gave $200 to the basketball program in Kelliher.

The Dean of Students' report was presented to the board. Kindness Week was held, FCCLA and Peer Educators sponsored a snow sculpture contest for Kindness Week and it was noted that the Northome/Kelliher winter formal was held Feb. 26.

The board was also informed that attendance continues to be excellent.

The superintendent's report was then given.

Kelliher Fire and Rescue requested the district waive the normal rental fee at the Old School for their annual fundraiser dance March 26.

The board was updated on the Sanford Health Clinic lease.

Supt. Lutz reported that he had visited with representatives from the city of Kelliher regarding the current fitness center lease, plus the possibility of sharing limited custodial services in the future.

The board was updated on the current status of the energy projects/grants.

Lutz addressed the board regarding renewing the Dean of Students contract and informed the board that the settlement agreement with Shelly DeJean must be ratified.

Board members were given copies of the tentative 2011-12 school calendar.

It as noted that the parent teacher conference schedule had been changed due to basketball scheduling conflicts.

Supt. Lutz attended a MSBA Negotiations workshop in Grand Rapids Feb. 15.

Meet and Confer with the teachers was held Feb. 16.

The board was informed that Paul Pederson was in the district Feb. 2 with information regarding the district's upcoming renewal rates. They were then presented with information for the revised 2010-11 budget.

Lutz informed the board that the district has surplus lunch tables that Head Custodian Tony Long would like permission to sell.

The board was presented with projected enrollment figures for 2011-12 before Lutz distributed a handout to the board outlining the Governor's plan for education.

The first reading of the master calendar for the next school year was approved as the first item on the consent agenda.

The board then voted to approve the following Open Enrollment applications for the 2011-12 school year: from Red Lake to Kelliher -- Leonte May (K), Joey Johnson, Jr. (K), Terrell Kingbird (grade 1), Aalayah Hart (grade 4), Cynthia May-Graves (grade 4), Tyler Rosebear (grade 8) and Lamira Stately (grade 2).

Following some discussion, the board also approved the use of the Old School Center for the Firemen's Ball March 26 and to waive the rental fee and to approve the revised FY11 budget as presented.

They also approved the lease agreement for the Sanford Health Clinic as well as approving to renew the contract for the Dean of Students and ratify the settlement agreement with Shelly DeJean.

Also approved was the authorization to sell surplus cafeteria tables for a starting price of $500 each. Motion passed unanimously, the adoption of "Resolution Discontinuing and Reducing Educational Programs and Positions" for the 2011-12 school year as follows: eliminating 1.0 FTE art teacher position and .5 FTE media specialist position.

The board then authorized the administration to request bids for insurance services for the 2011-12 school year.

Finally, they unanimously voted to hire Rose Heim as art teacher for the remainder of the 2010-11 school year at BS+60, step 5 before they adjourned for the evening.

The next regular meeting of the board will be held at 7 p.m. March 10.

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