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BEA Board proposes employee termination

By Staff | Nov 15, 2010

Dale Brandsoy

About half an hour after the Blue Earth Area school board closed its meeting Monday to discuss preliminary allegations of a complaint against an employee, doors were re-opened and the board approved a resolution that proposed discharging the employee.

Board member Mary Eckhardt abstained from the vote.

The name of the employee is not being released, but BEA?Superintendent Dale Brandsoy says the allegations against the employee do not involve students or anyone working with students.

At this time, the individual is on administrative leave, being suspended with pay. They have a right to ask for a hearing. If they choose not to have a hearing, and they don’t voluntarily resign, the individual will be discharged.

Also at the school board meeting, Sandra Hans of LarsonAllen reviewed the district’s audit report of the 2009-10 fiscal year.

The district received an unqualified opinion, sometimes known as a clean opinion, which is the best type of report that can be given.

Although revenues, which are not under the control of the district, decreased $250,287 from last year, totaling $13,521,984, expenditures decreased by an even larger margin and the district’s total revenues exceeded its expenses by about $93,000.

As a result of expense control measures, BEA finished the fiscal year with a general fund balance of $4,646,137, an increase of $40,171 from the previous year.

In other business, the Q Comp proposal provided to the board at a work session Monday, Nov. 1, was given the go-ahead to continue developing plans to be submitted to the Minnesota Department of Education.

Q Comp is a program that aims to improve professional development and student achievement.