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By Lois E. Johnson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Barnum school board to address coaching issues

 

April 25, 2019



The last day for Barnum students is June 4, it was said at the meeting of the Barnum School Board on Tuesday, April 16. The teachers will have an in-service on June 5 and June 6 was added as a make-up day for the teachers.

The last day for seniors is May 24. Baccalaureate is set for Thursday, May 30, and graduation will be Friday, May 31.

The board discussed two issues at length.

The first was classroom visits by board members. Board member Jamie Fuglestad reported that he had been turned down by the elementary principal after requesting a visit to a classroom. He said that he had been invited to visit the classrooms by several teachers.

Board Chair Paul Coughlin said that he had followed the proper procedure.

“I appreciate the fact that you (board members) are going to the classes,” he said. “Being involved is really important. That shows that we care as a district. Ultimately, the administration can discuss it.”

A School Board Activities Committee of Coughlin, Colleen Fetters and Beth Schatz was formed to meet with Athletic Director Dave Duesler and then bring back the result of the discussion to the board.

Fuglestad said that he has been on the board for four years but nothing has been done about complaints about some of the coaching staff.

Coughlin said that the committee will discuss the issues with Duesler.

“There have been individual complaints from parents,” he said. “After the meeting we still might not be satisfied.”

Board Member and past chair Pat Poirier warned the board to be careful not to micromanage.

“We are the business portion,” he said. “I don’t have a problem with this committee but now we are getting into micromanaging the school. We can’t go down that road, especially with a new superintendent. That could open up a Pandora’s box.”

Coughlin replied that the board is not entering micromanaging.

“I don’t want to make this a habit,” he said. “If there is not a benefit from this, we won’t do it again. The only time we make any decision on coaching is at the June meeting.”

It was said that the interviews with the six candidates for superintendent had been delayed because of the snow storm earlier in April. New dates for the interviews were set. A special board meeting to hire a new superintendent was set for Monday, April 29, at 5:30 p.m.

In other business, the board approved donating the elementary playground equipment to the City of Carlton. It will be set up beside the bike trail, it was said.

A working meeting of the board was set for Tuesday, May 7, at 6:30 p.m.

 

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