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Northome School Board approves trips

The Northome-Indus School Board met Feb. 9, approving a few trip requests and asking for recommendations from the administration about program and position reductions within the school.

The meeting was called to order with members Douglas Jourdan, Florence Hervey, Gary Doughtery, Brian Dreher, Andrew Dreher, Ralph Lewis, and Supt. Bob Jaszczak present.

Others present included Sara Wendt, Pernell Sather, Leon Ditsch, Derrick Gross, Celeste, Brigette and Michaela Williams, Jim Schneider and Alissa Fisher.

First order of business was to approve the agenda and an addendum. The Jan. 11 meeting minutes were also approved as presented.

Accounts payable invoices totalling $290,402.96 were approved as well as $11,012.32 for extra payroll. An itemized list is available from the school district office.

The board gave its recognition to the following students in Indus and Northome for being named as students of the month:

Indus students of the month in the high school were Sammi Hervey and Gary Hultman.

Northome academic and exemplary students of the month were: Academic students were: senior high, Caleb Schneider and junior high, Tanyssa Olafson. Exemplary students were: senior high, Matt Steffen and junior high, Danny LaDuke

The board then moved on to approve bus driver competency certification and to increase the van route driver's hours to Blackduck from 4 hours per day to 4.5 hours per day.

The school calendar for 2011-12 was then discussed before it was approved.

The board then had the first reading of Policies 602, 612, 620, 622, 624, 626, 627 and 628. All were approved unanimously.

Next up for approval was using market linked certificates of deposit through Wells Fargo Bank as an investment vehicle for the Lundgren Funds. This was approved unanimously.

The board then voted to adopt a revised Policy 433.

Moving on, the school board was presented with a couple of requests for trips.

The first to be approved was the overnight FACS/ProStart trip request for Indus students. The board then approved an overnight trip request made by the students participating in the One-Act Play at Indus School. The cost to the district would be transportation and a substitute teacher for Ms. Anderson for one day.

Mr. Schneider asked the board to approve a request regarding the Brain Bee state competition. The request was approved unanimously.

Board members then voted to accept the second reading of Policies 515, 512, 530 and 538 before moving to adopt Policies 402, 435, 444, 445, 446 and 447.

The revised FR 2011 budget was then discussed before it was approved.

A motion was made to approve the resolution directing the administration to make recommendations for reductions in programs and positions and reasons and it was carried unanimously.

School board members then voted to approve the resignation of Charlotte Porter.

It was brought to the attention of the board that the K-B Ranch asked to be allowed to clean the ditch and replace the fence on the east side of the Mizpah School Forest provided they acquire any required authorizations from Koochiching County and the Soil and Water Conservation District. The district will not have any financial obligations in this project so they voted to allow the request.

The next regular monthly board meeting will be held March 9 at 8 p.m. in the library at the Northome School.