School Board Holds October Meeting
October 13, 2022
The Broadus School Board Trustees met for their monthly meeting Monday night. The October agenda was light, especially compared to some of the packed agendas during the COVID times over the last few years.
Trustees present at the meeting included Lori Fortner, Raquel Mader, Rob Jones, and Waylon Billing, while Dan Johnson and Amanda Zimmer attended the meeting via phone call.
This month there were no attendance or transportation contracts.
The board hired several individuals for several positions at the school, as well as volunteer sports positions. Those hirings included Miranda Minow as a substitute teacher, Barb Mitchell as a part time custodian, and volunteer positions including Karen Capp and Kevin Samuelson as JH Boys Basketball volunteer coaches, and Stacy Hagedorn as a Volunteer JH Girls Basketball Coach. The board also approved Superintendent Hansen and Principal Ternes to interview Jordan Smith for the elementary classroom aide position. Those hirings will all be made pending successful background checks.
The school’s COVID reopening plan was the next item on the agenda. This agenda item has been required since COVID funds were made available, and if any COVID related changes are in order they fall under this agenda item. No changes were made this month, as has been the case for numerous previous months.
The last item on the agenda was an update to several board policies which are a normal agenda item pushed by MHSA policy updates. This particular update dealt with the school’s policy on informing parents when a health class would be held dealing with sexuality. In the past, 5th and 6th graders received classes from Public Health Officials regarding coming of age type subjects. The updated board policy says that the school district notifies parents on an annual basis if such a class will be held, as well as 48 hours before instruction. Parents are able to pull their kids from said instruction if they see fit.
The District Clerk and Principal then gave their monthly reports, followed by Superintendent Hansen and his report, in which he detailed the options with the purchase of a new school activities bus. The bus purchase was approved at the September meeting, and the school is currently looking at options. If a bus with fewer options is ordered, delivery is expected this winter, while if a fancier version is ordered (such as a bus with 360 degree camera and driver assist) delivery may be pushed out until next summer. The board noted they would prefer the more timely option.
The board also heard from Jim regarding the housing which will be installed to the north of the elementary, and what options were available for that building. That building could potentially come together over the winter, if timelines come out as currently planned.