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Drainage problem resolved at USC

By Staff | Oct 20, 2019

It was a brief meeting for the United South Central School Board on Tuesday, Oct. 15.

The board’s first order of business was to approve the final invoices for the drainage outlet project that has helped the school’s retention pond flooding issue.

Board chairman Dale Stevermer stated there was one change in the lateral tile, which needed to be increased in size due to volume.

“How much extra were the cost of those changes,” questioned board member Mike Schrader. It was approximated that additional materials came to $2,600, according to Superintendent Keith Fleming.

“Everything went according to plan besides that minor change,” said Fleming. “Compensation for crop damages have not been paid out, as of yet.”

“The crop damages were very reasonable for the land owners,” said Stevermer.

Bryon Voigt stated on the invoice that he will not charge for crop damage across his field.

The final invoices for the project stated $4,622.61 is owed to Prinsco of Willmar for water management parts and materials, and $57,446.20 is owed to Aloysius Bias of Wells for labor.

The School Board unanimously approved the final invoices with a motion from board member Diana Brooks, and a second from Tom Legred.

In other motions, the board scheduled a date and time for the World’s Best WorkForce public meeting, which will be held a half an hour before their next regular meeting on Nov. 19, at 5 p.m. in the USC auditorium.

They also filed an assurance of compliance with state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination, and approved a resolution supporting application to the Minnesota State High School League to help offset student activity fees.

USC High School principal Kelly Schlaak informed the board of a few upcoming events going on with the high school. She shared nine USC students will be going to the National FFA Convention from Oct. 30 to Nov. 2, which will take place in Indianapolis; shared USC’s fall musical is Aladdin Jr., and will be presented to the public from Nov. 15-17; informed the board the school’s Veteran’s Day program will take place on Nov. 11, at 9 a.m. in the school’s gymnasium.

In his report to the board, Superintendent Fleming stated the school has finally been able to contact the company that originally installed the sump system in the auditorium and was able to be reimbursed for the retrofitting of the sump system.

The board also had a first reading of revised board policy 5160 regarding student medication and a second reading of the revised board policy 8020 with regard to disposition of obsolete equipment and material.