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School board approves fund transfers, reinstates coaches pay

The NBAPS school board held its regular meeting remotely on Thursday, June 11, at 5:45 p.m. It was preceded by school board candidate interviews at 4:30 p.m. and a public hearing on school fees at 5:30 p.m. Here is a recording of the public hearing and regular meeting. Meeting materials can be found here.

 
Candidate interviews: The school board interviewed candidates to complete the remainder of former school board member Darryl Goebel's term. Goebel resigned his position in April. The seat comes up for election again this November. School board members interviewed community members Tanya Giese and Chris Kester. School board members would discuss the candidate interviews and make a selection later at its regular meeting.
 
Student fees public hearing: Director of Business Services reviewed changes to fees proposed for the coming school year. The proposal included a $20 increase to fees for athletics at the high school and middle school and an increase of $50 to high school robotics fees. Also included was a 10-cent increase to lunch prices. The presentation can be found in the public hearing meeting materials.
 
Regular meeting: In her Superintendent's Report, Supt. Henton commended high school staff, students, and families for working together and producing a wonderful graduation experience for the Class of 2020. Henton commended teachers, educational assistants, Early Childhood and Community Education staff, Buildings and Grounds staff, the administration, students and families, and district partners Taher and 4.0 Student Services, for all their work to make the spring remote learning time so successful. 
 
Henton also gave updates on summer meal distribution efforts, and summer construction at the high school, which includes major improvements to Technical Education areas such as the wood and metal shop, welding areas, and the addition of a "Fab Lab."
 
Budget update/fund transfer: Tetzlaff summarized adjustments to the 2020 budget as a result of the COVID-19 response. That presentation can be found in the meeting materials. The school board approved the budget revisions as well as fund transfers from eligible accounts to offset COVID-19 costs. A list of transfers appears in the meeting materials.
 
Coaches pay: Based on the school district's improved budget position, the school board rescinded its previous vote to suspend coaches pay for the second half of the spring activities season and reinstated full pay for spring coaches.
 
School board candidates: Following discussion the school board selected Tanya Giese to fill the vacant school board seat until the next election. School board members expressed appreciation for both candidates and the hope that both would consider running for election later this year.
 
In other news: The school board approved letters of agreement regarding discontinuation of paid up life insurance, approved annual memberships to various organizations, approved the increases to student fees, and held a closed session following the regular meeting to discuss negotiations.
 
Dates to remember:
July 9 - Regular School Board Meeting, 5:30 pm, Location to be determined
July 15 - 2020 OPEB Meeting, 2 pm, Location to be determined