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Northome School Board gives nod to student council trips

The regular meeting of Independent School District #363 was held March 9 with all but one of the school board members present.

The baord got down to business following the usual items on the agenda -- approval of the minutes, as presented, of the regular meeting of Feb. 9, 2011 and the March 1 special meeting; approval of the district payment of $128,180.31 for accounts payable invoices and $26,710.26 for extra payroll, as presented, for the month of February.

Visitors being acknowledged were Jerry Struss, Pernell Sather, Sara Wendt, Leon Ditsch, Katie Procopio, Mary Powell, Chester Powell, Kathleen Kess, Janet Cribb, Derrick Gross, Katrina Bender, Libby Wickum, Tonya Weidenborner, LaVonne Weidenborner, Cody Graupmann, Tyler Gibbs and Linda Dreher.

Some recent accomplishments were then acknowledged and they included Tiffany Gerthofer and Molly Baldwin being named Indus Students of the Month.

Northome Academic and Exemplary Students of the Month were: Academic for senior high, Scott Pierson and junior high, Jeanette Frenzel. Exemplary student for the senior high was Hattie Swang and for junior high, Rachel Fahey.

The board voted to accept the donation(s) from SELCO in the amount of $1,626.92 for the Indus History Day trip and $500 from North Star Electric for the Scholarship Fund.

Board members then approved the resolution authorizing individuals to make electronic transfers of district funds as presented and ACH payments to regular vendors.

Senior class members appeared before the board to ask for approval of an overnight trip for the Northome School senior class. The district would provide the transportation. All other costs will be paid for by the senior class out of their activity account. The request was approved unanimously.

The first reading of Policies 701, 703, 704, 706, and 709 was then approved as was the field trip request by the K-3 teachers of Northome School. Cost to the district would be the transportation.

An overnight trip to the Science Museum of Minnesota for the fourth and fifth graders at the Northome School was approved. The baord was assured that there will be no cost to the district.

Both the Northome and Indus School Student Council trip requests were then presented to the school baord. The only cost to the district would be for transportation, a substitute teacher for one day and motel room for two nights for the adviser. Both requests were approved.

Lorraine Vollmer was hired as junior high softball coach at Indus.

The board directed Supt. Bob Jaszczak to call for bids for a vehicle to transport students.

Following a bit of discussion, the board voted to approve the resolution for the discontinuing and reducing education programs and positions. Also approved was the second reading of Policies 602, 612, 620, 622, 624, 626, 627 and 628.

Policies 515, 512, 530 and 538 were then unanimously approved before the board voted to discontinue the use of the Holiday and BP gas cards and apply for the US Bank and Voyager Fleet Gas Card.

They also voted to approve the request for the Indus preschool. The cap is to be reduced from 15 students to 12.

The next regular monthly board meeting will be held April 13 at 8 p.m. in the Indus School.