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USC board names student rep

By Staff | Jun 21, 2015

School may be out for the summer, but that does not alleviate the work that needs to be done for the United South Central School Board, which met last Tuesday at 6 p.m.

There was one student present, however the newly appointed student representative on the board.

Within the past few months, the board had made efforts to interview interested incoming juniors and seniors (last year’s sophomores and juniors) who would be willing to sit on the board between the USC students and the School Board.

“The student representative will participate in all discussion with the exception of closed meetings or personnel data privacy issues, if they arise. The position is a non-voting position,” said chairwoman Kathy Krebsbach.

Bethany Koziolek was selected as the student representative by the School Board. Koziolek will not get any compensation for her participation, but there are scholarships available for her to apply for specifically for being on a School Board.

Koziolek was also appointed to be a part of the curriculum and technology committee. Board members Dale Stevermer, Tom Legred, and Mike Schrader also serve on that committee.

Student School Board representatives are allowed to have a mentor through the duration of their position. Board member Stevermer was chosen as Koziolek’s mentor.

A former USC student was also present to let her voice be heard during the public input portion of the meeting. Lacey Hassing presented an investment opportunity to the board regarding the old USC school property. Hassing is the new owner of Kim’s Cuisine based out of Minnesota Lake and showed interest in using a portion of the old school lot for a new facility for her catering company.

Hassing mentioned the size and the location of the area in question would be ideal for her catering needs with the location being close enough to the funeral home and large enough to satisfy a possible 200 guests, Hassing said she could not pass up the opportunity to share her vision with the Board.

Superintendent Jerry Jensen shared with Hassing that there would be a process on the sale of the old school property, while the rest of the board thanked Hassing for sharing her ideas and took it under consideration.

After brief reports from both the elementary and high school principals, Jensen gave updates on a few items that are still in progress at USC. Jensen mentioned that they are still working with the Wells Police Department to find a new school liaison officer with the retirement of Rick Herman this past school year. Jensen also mentioned that he and a few groups are working on getting bus hot spots working. These hot spots are for WiFi accessibility on school buses for students who are traveling for games and other activities. The hot spots will enable students to access the internet, school email and iLearn systems to finish their homework while traveling.

Jensen also gave an update on the demolition of the old USC?school building. With the restoration committee almost finished with their limestone arch project, Jensen shared the USC school sign is also taken down and put into storage in hopes it can be used at the new school site, along with the old school’s flagpole, which will be placed near the new football field.

In their meeting, the School Board also:

Looked at and approved the property and liability insurance proposal for 2015-16. Chuck Schulenberg, of Wells Insurance Agency, was present if any board members had questions. It was noted that the insurance premium was up $6,324.93 from last year. Schulenberg stated it was mainly because of building property increases that created the rise in premium.

Approved the revised 2014-15 budget. Jensen shared there was a deficit of $42,275 but assured the board there would be a positive number closer to the audit. The biggest issues were the general fund and the transportation funds, but Jensen shared that those costs would even out with levy adjustments.

Adopted the preliminary 2015-16 budget. The budget was built primarily off of the 735 pupil assumption from reports, and excluded the two percent legislative increase and the settlement from the old school building.

Approved membership to the Minnesota Rural Education Association which is the only advocate exclusively for Greater Minnesota school districts.

Looked at and approved the Faribault County Adult Basic Education Consortium Agreement, which provides for cooperation, coordination, and funding for an adult basic education skills and adult literacy program.