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BEA to hold meetings on referendum

By Staff | Aug 18, 2019

This fall Blue Earth Area School District residents will be voting on an operating levy. With that in mind, a series of informational meetings have been scheduled to be held throughout the district.

“We have five informational meetings scheduled,” Superintendent Mandy Fletcher informed those attending the BEA School Board meeting on Aug. 12.

The sessions will be held on Sept. 24, at the Heartland Retreat Center in Elmore; Sept. 26, in Frost at the former school building; Sept. 30, at the Winnebago Municipal Center; Oct. 3, in the Blue Earth Area High School Performing Arts Center; and Oct. 10, at the Delavan City Hall. All meetings begin at 6:30 p.m.

Fletcher also presented a list of activities which will be occurring prior to the students returning to school.

“We will have a new teacher workshop Aug. 21-23 and a workshop for all teachers at their respective sites on Aug. 26,” Fletcher explained, “Then, on Aug. 27, we will have a welcome back session for all the teachers including a breakfast and lunch which we have invited retired teachers to attend.”

Next, the board heard from the K-12 transportation coordinator, Dan Brod. Brod reported two morning bus routes and one morning van route have been eliminated. Arrangements have also been made to transport students to Fairmont with the relocation of the Southern Plains Education Cooperative (SPEC) from Winnebago to Fairmont.

“We have spent a lot of time working on the buses and they are in good shape and ready to go,” Brod commented. “We have 20 buses and five vans ready to go. One of our goals is to reduce van use.”

A presentation was given on ACEs (Adverse Child Experiences) and Trauma by Tami Armstrong, a grade 6-8 social worker, Kelly Bleess, a K-5 social worker and Ann Huntley, a high school social worker on how these things affect a child’s ability to learn. The report addressed the mental health aspects students face and the strategies which can be implemented to help them succeed.

“Trauma is not an event itself, but instead a response to a stressful situation in which a person’s ability to cope is dramatically undermined,” Bleess explained.

In other business:

The board approved the 2019-20 coaches list.

Membership in the South Central Service Cooperative was approved.

The board voted to approve the hiring of Jeremy Frank as a high school custodian, James Wirkus as a maintenance specialist and Al Cue as a long-term mathematics substitute.

The resignation of Cristine Schug as a paraprofessional at the high school was accepted. Chairperson Susan Benz thanked Schug for her years of service.