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Red Wing School Board briefs

Activities budgets reviewed

Red Wing School Board looked over account balances for student activities Monday. Currently, activities showing negative balances are: Math Masters ($1,044), the yearbook ($47,973), SOAR ($29,024), Special Olympics ($44,733) and FFA ($4,760).

Board member Paul Kramp asked whether the district can write off those debts, especially considering some activities -- such as Math Masters -- are no longer active.

"I think we should do something just to clean up the books," Kramp said. "But if we do it, let's not to get into a deficit position again."

Board members also noted that for some activities, those negative balances have been holding steady for several years and were caused by former advisers or situations out of the groups' control.

Finance Director Brad Johnson said he would check with the district's auditor on the proper procedures before having the board's finance committee look over the possibility of writing off those debts.

However, the debt for FFA cannot be written off, he said, because that is a non-board-controlled activity.

Clinic preparations moving forward

Finance Director Brad Johnson told the board that the district's health insurance provider, Health Partners, has three potential candidates for the physician assistant/registered nurse position for the employer-sponsored clinic.

Bids for the renovation of the clinic space in the Youth Outreach building have been advertised and are due back March 5. In a separate action, the board approved holding a special session at 7 a.m. March 7 in the district office to approve those bids.

The clinic is tentatively planned to open June 1.

In other news...

• The board formally recognized former board members Mitch Boldt and Dennis Porter for their work over the past several years. Both men's terms expired at the end of December, and neither chose to go up for re-election. Board chair Heidi Jones presented Boldt and Porter with certificates at Tuesday's meeting.

• Goodhue County Education District executive director Cherie Johnson told the board about a current study being done to determine the GCED's space needs and possible options to deal with long-range facility planning. The study will be completed in early May, Johnson said, adding that she will keep the board informed about its options to expand facilities.

• Supt. Karsten Anderson said district representatives have met with architecture/consulting firm DLR Group to discuss long-range facilities planning. Anderson said DLR suggests holding a building referendum in 2014 rather than November 2013 -- as had been previously discussed -- in order to allow more time for staff and community input.

Personnel changes

The board approved the following personnel changes:

New hires: Shelley Pohlman, assistant secretary for Community Ed & Rec, effective Feb. 20; Aaron Yusten, Project Lead the Way teacher at TBMS and Deerview School, effective Feb. 8.

Reasignment: Cristin Vande Stouwe, cook at RWHS, effective Feb. 20.

Resignation: Colleen Napper, education assistant at Burnside, effective Feb. 12.

Medical leave: Jennifer Stam Johnson, interpreter/paraprofessional at Burnside, effective Jan. 31 through June 6.

Retirement: Deb Gerads-Brodie, third-grade teacher at Burnside, effective June 7.

Meeting watch

Tuesday evening's meeting lasted about 1.5 hours. All board members were present.

- Compiled by Sarah Gorvin, staff writer