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SHERBURN – Ahead of the Martin West County School Board meeting on Monday, the school board had a special session with new business manager, Todd Netzke, of School Management Services. He introduced himself as working since 1988 with school affairs management and that his company helps 40 school districts.

He began by saying that the former management of the company had done a great job. He then compared the years 2019-2020 and 2021 so far. He explained the printout given to board members on the percentage change with each year, which showed that $ 700,000 of the $ 800,000 in income came from state aid. He predicted that revenues would be on budget or above and expenses would be under budget. He also explained that the major expense in a category is the furniture ordered.

The budget will be worked on until January. Next year’s budget should be worked on in March to be completed in June. The most important elements are salaries, the number of students and the expenses and state aid. All of this can change periodically due to changes in faculty, student numbers, and ever-changing terms and state budgets.

The proposed levy was also discussed. The maximum amount was approved because the district can still decrease but not increase the amount. The amount was lower than last year by $ 200,000 to about $ 1 million. He mentioned that the state of Minnesota typically collects 97 to 98 percent of taxes collected, so it’s easier to plan with the knowledge that taxes will be available. The superintendent and the board have agreed that they should try to level or keep the tax levy stable instead of sharp cuts or increases in the levy.

The question and answer period led to a request for reports on all buildings and listings for the next five years. The board thanked Netzke and continued the regular school board meeting.

Superintendent Cori Reynolds gave a presentation on finances versus other years and registration reports (plus 16). She also discussed some updates regarding Covid cases, exposures and policies. Four students have had positive cases and four staff members, one of whom is currently in quarantine.

Autumn Welcome, Elementary Principal, said the Empower project to help reading skills will be reactivated soon and they hope to add a math project as well. She met with the staff for continuity in the elementary buildings of Sherburn and Trimont.

Educ. To be C. Leader Nickole Bowie reported that there are new classes listed on the website and the number of class registrations has been good so far. Some of the new classes listed were: fitness, rod lessons, robotics, sharks in the water (advocate about taxes etc), girls’ boot camp, kids feeding class, and feeding class for adults.

The council reports asked about the high school water problem. Superintendent Reynolds reported that softening the water loosened buildup in old galvanized pipes and discolored the water. The plan may be to replace all of the old pipes, some every year.

The board approved several hires: for elementary music-Bailey Scott, long-term sub; preschool teacher, Luann Peterson; first-year long-range submarine, Alma Barber; the coaches, Alicia Swanson and Tanya Schmidtke; paraprofessionals, Casey Pollard and Tanner Bettin; food service, Shelly Reisdorfer; art teacher, Chelsea Brolsma; social worker for Trimont and Sherburn Elementary, Jana Brackey; bus line and shuttle driver, Bret Schwager.

In other news:

– The Board of Directors accepted donations from the CHS and NuWay K&H for FFA leadership activities, as well as the CFS, Land-0-Lakes, Fairmont Foods and Odell wind farms cooperatives.

– The Board of Directors approved the date of December 20, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. for the Board of Directors meeting as the date for a public hearing regarding the budget and the proposed property tax levy.

– The board approved the repayment of the General Bonds authorizing the issue and sale.

– The board approved the crisis management plan.

– There will be a presentation on fire prevention on October 7th.

– On October 6, there will be an early dismissal for a staff workshop. No school on MEA October 21-22.

– The next school board meeting will take place on October 18 at 6:30 p.m.

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