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Ziegler offered school business job

Food and money were prime topics as the Blackduck District 32 school board held its regular meeting.

The board did not act on a treasurer's report nor on September bills, postponing both pending employment of a new business manager. Earlier, Supt. Robert Doetsch had used the occasion to express appreciation to Dave Decker for his many years of service as the district's business manager.

By approving minutes of previous meetings including two in September, the board acknowledged it has offered the $42,500 position to Joshua Ziegler. Ziegler is a graduate of Blackduck High and of Bemidji State University where he graduated in 2005. He is currently on the staff of the state auditor in Duluth.

The food items on the Monday agenda included a report from Becky Denny that both students and teachers have offered positive reactions to the fruit and vegetable program. Made possible by a grant she obtained, peaches, apples, carrots, celery, plums and tangerines have all been added to school menus.

Later, Elementary Dean of Students Lorraine Warden gave board members a list of foods and other products bearing coupons, coupons that students can collect and turn in to help raise funds for school activities.

"There are a lot more things than just cereal," she reminded the board, "and the individual classes can earn prizes as well," noting that clothing, school supplies and beverages containing the Box Top Education coupons are all included.

Warden and High School Principal Wendy Templin handed out copies of the newspapers being produced for their respective groups.

Templin also reviewed for the board results of test programs confirming Blackduck's superior performance by students compared to other schools in the area. Her report was confirmation of comments by board member Cynthia Nord earlier in the meeting.

Nord complimented faculty, administration and staff and the entire student body for their performance and achievement.

During the open comments section of the meeting, Wayne Stenson criticized school officials. Despite his personal attacks, board chairman Dale Compton ignored board policy and allowed Stenson to continue.

The policy, adopted in 1998 when Compton also was chairman, states, "public criticism of District 2 employees is inappropriate at a school board meeting" and "Defamatory or abusive remarks are always out of order."