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Red Wing School Board briefs

Education Minnesota grievance denied

Red Wing School Board voted 6-0 to deny a grievance filed by Education Minnesota due to the projected start date for the employer-sponsored health clinic.

The clinic was originally slotted to open Jan. 2 and this was stated in teacher contracts. But due to delays in finding an appropriate building for the clinic and the hiring process, the clinic probably won't open until this summer.

The grievance requests that teachers be reimbursed for services and prescriptions that they have had to pay for during the time that the clinic has been delayed.

"It's one of those circumstances that in many ways we agree with the concern from the employer group," Supt. Karsten Anderson said. "The grievance is not adversarial. We have to sort out the details."

The district's insurance provider Health Partners is set to begin issuing the first reimbursements March 19. After that time, Health Partners will provide the district with an estimate of when later reimbursements will come.

In the same motion, the board also voted to allow the district to continue to develop a memorandum of understanding for how reimbursements will be made and to extend the deadline that EM has for submitting the grievance to arbitration from the standard 10 days to 60 days.

"We're not trying to kill this," Board member Steve Anderson said. "We just want to give us time to resolve this matter (without going to arbitration)."

Board 'zeros out' activity balances

The board gave the district office the go-ahead to write off the deficit balances of SOAR and yearbook and to transfer money from the unreserved general fund to pay off a Special Olympics deficit. This will effectively do away with a nearly $33,000 deficit from SOAR, a $45,000 deficit from yearbook and a $44,000 deficit from Special Olympics.

Board members agreed at the Feb. 19 meeting that these deficits were not caused by current students or advisers and that the books should be cleaned up.

Going forward, these groups are expected to keep balances in the black, Finance Director Brad Johnson said.

In other news ...

@brief/summary text: • Red Wing Community Education and Recreation presented the board with its updated facility fee schedule and facility use policy. The current proposal shows about a 2 percent increase in facility fees. The board will read the policy twice before voting on it.

• The board approved memorandums of understanding with Education Minnesota for: classifying a position for a middle school assistant speech coach; for the creation of a Students against Destructive Decisions group at the high school; and directing the district to pay teachers' severance payments into a tax-sheltered annuity plan.

• The board recommended that the district's substitute teacher service Teachers on Call pay substitutes $100 per day day, $125 per day after they have worked 30 non-consecutive days and $185 per day after they have worked more than 60 consecutive days.

Personnel changes

New hires: Shelley Pohlman, Community Education assistant secretary, effective Feb. 20; Christina Cariveau, long-term substitute interpreter/paraprofessional at Burnside, effective Feb. 19.

Family Medical Leave: Sara Skeen, paraprofessional at RWHS, effective Feb. 26 through March 12.

Retirement: Margaret (Peg) Sutherland, third-grade teacher at Burnside June 7.

Meeting watch

Monday's meeting lasted about 1.5 hours. Board Treasurer Paul Kramp was absent.

- Compiled by Sarah Gorvin, staff writer