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The Northome and Indus School Board met in regular session April 11 with all members present.

Following the approval of the agenda, the board approved the minutes of the March 14 meeting gave approval for the District payment of $149,570.42 for accounts payable invoices and $36,180.69 for extra payroll, as presented, for the month of March.

Visitors present Jill and Jake Hasbargen, Sue Mathews, Lisa Simon, Sara Wendt, Karen Anderson, Bryan and Kim Brown, Lynn Hoffmann, Nick Strandberg, Derrick Gross, Kathleen Kess, Sharon Pierson, Libby Wickum, Janet Cribb, Linda Dreher and Paul van der Hagen.

The following student accomplishments were recognized:

Indus Students of the Month: Grades 10-12: Seth Almquist, Grades 7-9: Chris Guba, Grades 4-6: Corrine Dahl and Grades K-3: Shamia Puchkoff.

Northome Academic and Exemplary Students of the month: Academic: Sr. High - Isaiah Rahier and Jr. High - Samantha Davison. Exemplary: Sr. High - Rachel Chaffin and Jr. High - Eli Rahier.

The board then voted to accept the following donations: Baudette American Legion $250 for Indus Scholarship Fund and both the Blackduck Family Foods $100 and People in Business Care $500 for Northome Post Prom. They also approved the agreement with Interquest Detection Canine for the 2012- 2013 school year.

Jackie Albrecht's resignation as a Type III Bus Driver, effective March 30 was unanimously approved.

The Resolution Discontinuing and Reducing Education Programs and Positions for the 2012-13 school year was brought to the table and after discussion, board member Ralph Lewis withdrew his second and the motion died.

The Resolution Relating to the Termination and Non-renewal of probationary teacher Lisa Simon was then approved. The nonrenewal was due to licensing issues.

The request from Corrine Anderson for an overnight trip to Minneapolis to attend the National History Day State Competition was then approved. The cost to the district would be transportation and motel rooms.

Also approved was the separation agreement with Indus Math teacher Ms. Dahl, effective June 1.

The resignations of Diane Bennett and Bernie Elhard were then approved. Both plan to retire at the end of the school year.

The board voted to approve the recommendations made by Supt. Jerry Struss for the realignment of the Northome Elementary Staff for 2012-13 school year.

Trina Bender will be reassigned from her Title 1 position to third grade, Jeff Chaffin will be reassigned from third grade to fifth grade and Shane Swang will be reassigned from sixth at Indus to the Title 1 position at Northome.

A motion was made and seconded to rescind the action at the Feb. 8 board meeting to adopt school year 2012-13 calendar A. The motion carried unanimously before they agreed to adopt Calendar C for the 2012-2013 school year.

It was noted that Gary Dougherty will present the diplomas at Indus and Brian Dreher will present the diplomas at Northome for graduation.

Supt. Struss explained the additional revenue options that were available to the district is an operating referendum was in place. He will bring more information to the next meeting.

There are a number of individual contracts that will expire June 30. Dougherty will handle the negotiations at the Indus School and Andy Dreher will handle the negotiations at the Northome School.

The Indus sixth grade trip was then approved with the district responsible for transportation costs.

Dougherty stated the Indus Technology Committee is working vigorously on the five year plan.

Doug Jourdan reported on a recent meeting of the Northome Communications Committee.

Dreher asked if it is possible to set up a Transportation Committee. Struss thought this would be a good idea for both schools and the item will be place on May's board agenda.

The board was informed that Indus had a Renaissance Fair with blacksmith, baker and fortune teller booths.

There was a Quadrathon with Pro Start and the Student Council. It was $5 for entrance. There were seven teams plus a teacher team.

The Indus School had a Talent Show that included 17 acts.

Two Indus students are going to state with the National History Day. One additional Indus student also received Honorable Mention at Regions.

Viktor, the Vikings mascot, was at Indus which was one of 25 schools in the state where Viktor gave an assembly. It was a one man show.

Indus has been accepted into the PBIS process. There will be a meeting in this regard in August.

Lois Lewis added to the principal's report that Pro Start was supposed to go to an invitational that was canceled. As a result, the invitational will happen at Indus.

Northome Principal Paul van der Hagen reported that there was recently a very successful PTO Carnival and that the prom will be April 28 in Kelliher, followed by bowling in Bemidji.

The senior trip has two chaperones, van der Hagen and his wife. It will May 4-5.

Friends Against Abuse will be giving a presentation on bullying and the internet at Northome. They will present separately to the seventh through ninth grade and to the 10th-11th grade.

Northome recently attended a Reading Well by third grade workshop.

It was reported that the Junior High Knowledge Bowl came in seventh out of 42 at the Thief River Falls event last week.

Struss advised the board that Ely opted not to purchase the refrigeration unit because they wanted a unit that could maintain ice over a longer period of time.

He also said that he had reviewed the school building and grounds projects for the upcoming summer.

The next regular monthly board meeting will be held May 9 at 7 p.m. in the ITV studios at the Indus and Northome Schools.