School board positions available

Two three-year terms expire
GRAFTON – The Grafton School Board met on Tuesday morning at 7 a.m. at the Grafton High School for their regular monthly meeting. The Jan. 15 meeting minutes were approved without discussion as was the consideration of bills, payroll and financial reports.
The school board positions currently held by Tom Torkelson and Donald Suda expire this year. Any interested parties, one from the rural area and one from the city may run for the open positions. Candidates must file 60 days prior to the election which will be held June 10, 2014. It has been recommended and approved to hold the school board election at the county courthouse on Tuesday June 10, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The June school board meeting will be held on Monday, June 16, at 5:30 p.m.
Superintendent and business manager evaluation forms were given to board members to be filled out and returned by March 5. A composite evaluation will be forwarded to the board chair, then a meeting will be held between the board chair and the superintendent to discuss the evaluations. Both the evaluation forms and the meeting needs to be completed by the March board meeting.
After discussion, the board decided to have a lawyer review a Memorandum of Understanding between the school district and Eickhof Development regarding the possibility of purchasing Central Middle School for the sum of one dollar. This proposal was entertained by the school board in lieu of the cost of demolition of the property. According to Superintendent Maus the estimated cost for demolition was in the neighborhood of $700,000. After the lawyer review if the board approves the memorandum, Eickhof Development will have exclusive rights for 365 days to conduct a feasibility study and submit a formal agreement for approval from the Grafton School District.
In other business the board
• Presented projected enrollment numbers for the kindergarten class of 2014. Discussion was held regarding the need to hire additional staff as the school continues to have five sections for kindergarten and first grade. Upper Valley Special Education has projected 22, Grafton Pre-K 30, Head Start 17, Migrant 23 and daycare 2 for a total of 94.
• Approved the recommendation for teacher and administration contracts to be issued on March 14, 2014. This is the second year of a two year agreement with the teachers. Teachers and administration have 35 days to return their contract.
• Approved the resignation letter from the current Title 1 teacher Sandra Deschene effective May 23, 2014. Deschene has also applied for early retirement benefits. She has been a teacher for 33 years.
• Approved the terms of Deb McKay’s early retirement plan effective May 23, 2014.
• Approved the date change of the school board retreat from Wednesday, Feb. 19 to Friday, Feb. 21 at 8 a.m.
• Was informed of the dates for the Walsh County Spelling Bee. It will be held on Thursday, Feb. 13, at the Walsh County Courthouse.
• Was informed of the spring sports coaching positions. Baseball: Chad Kliniske, head coach, Derek Anderson, JV coach, Anthony Kliniske 7/8 coach. Softball: Cindy Holt, head coach, Dustin Thompson JV coach, Theresa Hickman, 7/8 coach. Track: Mike Dietz, head boys coach, Sarah Boese, head girls coach, Jeff McKay, assistant boys coach and Robin Holt, assistant girls coach. Golf: Wade Herbel, boys coach, Brad Larson and Riley Lillemoen, girls coaches.
• Was informed that the NE Class B NDHSAA representative is Larry Manley from Cavalier.
• Approved the hiring of Patty Gorder as a language translator, an ELL requirement.

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