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Goodhue County Education District briefs

Kenyon resigns

The board approved the resignation of early childhood coordinator Jill Kenyon Thursday evening. Kenyon was hired at the beginning of the 2010-11 school year and has helped direct Colvill Family Center programming.

It was discovered this school year that Kenyon did not have the proper licensure to continue in her position.

GCED Director Cherie Johnson wished Kenyon well during the meeting.

"I want to thank Jill for bringing programming and innovation to all of our district," she said.

Kenyon has accepted a coordinator position with the Anoka-Hennepin School District.

Facility planning moving ahead

The district's long-range facility planning process is moving forward. GCED Director Cherie Johnson said that St. Paul-based consulting firm Springstead has inspected district buildings, researched existing buildings outside the district and looked at land purchase options to come up with several proposals for how the district should move forward.

All of that data is included in a preliminary draft report that will be presented to the superintendent council and facility committee. Those groups will come back to the board with a recommendation at the June meeting. Facility planning will be the main focus of that meeting, Johnson said. The board is expected vote on how to proceed at the July meeting.

Snow days will be made up

The board voted to approve a memorandum of agreement with the Goodhue County Education District Education Minnesota Association that allows employees to make up work days missed due this winter's large number of snow days. Employees will work June 10 and Aug. 23. They also will work eight additional hours during workshop week Aug. 26-29. Cherie Johnson noted that some employees have individualized make-up plans.

Graduation requirements established

The board approved a policy that establishes graduation requirements for GCED students. Previously students were held to their home district's graduation requirements. But recently, some member districts have changed their graduation requirements, creating discrepancies, Director Cherie Johnson said.

The new policy is modeled after the Minnesota School Board Association's policy. It requires students to have at least four language arts credits, three math credits and three science credits, among other things, and meet Minnesota Academic Standards.

Students who fulfill the GCED graduation requirements will also receive a diploma from their home district, Johnson said.

In other news ...

• The board approved a new one-year lease with Cannon Falls School District to continue leasing Wastedo School Building beginning July 1. The terms of the new lease -- including the $65,000/year cost -- are the same as the current lease, Johnson said.

• The board voted to approve a new administration structure for the Chemical Health Initiative. They approved new conditions of employment that will combine the positions of community director and school director into one position. The board also approved the addition of a 20-hour-per-week administrative assistant position.

• The approved a two-year, $15,000 contract with Alliance Benefit Group, which will help the district update and change employee health insurance plans following the implementation of the federal Affordable Healthcare Act.

Personnel changes

The board approved the following personnel changes:

Resignation: Emily Smith, paraprofessional; Jill Kenyon, early childhood coordinator.

New hire: Derrick Gorecki, social worker; Laura Burvee, social worker; Kristian Babcock, social worker.

Reassignment: Sue Bodenhamer, early childhood teacher.

Meeting watch

Thursday's meeting lasted about one hour. Clerk/treasurer Doug Kyllo was absent.

-- Compiled by Sarah Gorvin, staff writer