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Blackduck School Board awards roof bid; approves stimulus money recommendation

The Blackduck School Board met Nov. 9 for its regular meeting, giving approval for a full time bus driver, a teacher for the gifted and talented class, an assistant wrestling coach plus accepted the recommendation of how to spend the $56,000 in stimulus money. They also awarded the bid for roof repairs.

Sharon Peaslee was hired as a full time bus driver at year three on the salary schedule effective Oct. 26. Also hired was Nita Brown at the new teacher for the gifted and talented program for the 2010-11 school year. Hired as the assistant wrestling coach was Cody Nord who is a level two, year two coach.

The board also approved the "Freedom" medicare supplement policy for retirees, effective Jan. 1.

The resolution for canvassing the votes for the school district election was then approved.

Incumbent Blackduck School Board members Dale Compton and Mark Sparby retained their seats. Compton received 962 votes and Sparby received 762. The other spot on the board was filled by Rachel Larson, who received 874 votes.

There was also a special election spot open on the school board and that was taken by Randy Lange, who had 1,102 votes.

Also receiving votes as write in candidates were Sue Stroeing, Heather Forseen, Kevin Beck, Scott Magoon, Bob Stroeing, Bev Bryant, Michelle Strowing and Tammy Patch.

Jim Lucachick of Lucachick Architecture, Inc. in Bemidji, was awarded the bid for the school roof project.

There were three quotes received for the architectural roof specifications --Lucachick's bid was for $7,800; Widseth Smith Nolting's bid was for $18,000 and EAPC's bid was for $19,850.

Acting on the recommendation of Blackduck School Supt. Bob Doetsch, the board approved using the school's $56,000 in federal stimulus money on much needed positions within the school. Physical education positions have had to be cut over the years even though they were needed and because of these cuts, elementary teachers have had to pull extra duty in phy ed.

Starting in December, there will be a part time phy ed teacher in the elementary which should alleviate some problems caused by the positions being cut.

Stimulus money will also be used for a kindergarten teaching position salary.

In other business, the school board...

• Was informed that the Blackduck Lions Club would be purchasing a vision screener to use for more effective screening on students. It will be kept in Blackduck but will be shared by Kelliher and Northome schools as well.

• Approved open enrollment for students from Bemidji into Blackduck Schools for the 2010-11 school year as well as the 2011-12 year.

• Heard an update from Leah Gruber on the Upward Bound Program in Bemidji.

• Heard reports from the principals, heard enrollment reports and received a report from food service.

• Set the Truth in Taxation hearing for the next board meeting which will be held Dec. 13.