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By Lois E. Johnson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Vacancy on Moose Lake School Board


August 1, 2019

The Moose Lake School Board accepted the resignation of Board Member Jamie Jungers at the monthly meeting of the board on Monday, July 22. Jungers’ resignation is effective August 8, it was said.

Superintendent Robert Indihar explained that someone can be appointed at the next meeting of the board or during a special meeting, but that person would not be an official member of the board until the September monthly meeting.

“I recommend that you provide me with some names,” he told the board members. “The person that is appointed will fill the unexpired term through the end of next year. He or she can run for the election to the board in November next year.”

In his report, Indihar told the board that the technology director, Scott Anderson, had resigned. He added that a company is interested in the position.

“That’s an intriguing idea,” he said. “We will see about going that way.”

In further discussion, Indihar explained that Anderson had listed his duties.

“He identified things,” he said. “He gave some to the ARCC (Arrowhead Regional Computing Consortium) and to other employees. He took care of the cameras, TVs, alarm system, doors, network, computers, Chromebooks, and set the clocks. Right now, we have no teachers that have applied for the position.”

There was a discussion about whether the position would include teaching.

Indihar explained that he is advertising for the position but worded the ad to be purposefully vague.

“I want to know their skillsets,” he said. “Scott worked 12 months of the year. This would be 10 months. It depends on who we get. That will determine what they will do.”

Indihar also reported that the Early Childhood speech teacher has resigned.

“You may need to hire a full-time person,” he told the board. “It is hard to get someone.”

The board approved the prioritized list of projects as identified by the Facilities Committee: purchase one lawnmower, purchase and install cameras in the Early Childhood wing, purchase and install the stairs to the top of the sound booth in the auditorium, install sound-to-stage wiring in the auditorium, purchase caps for the baseball field fencing, purchase benches for the dugouts for the baseball field, budget $50,000 for the Early Childhood playground, finish the computer lab by tiling the floor and other improvements, purchase a screen for the chiller (air conditioner), and purchase a watering system for the practice football field. A van will be purchased in December from the transportation budget.

The board approved hiring new staff Kelsey Swanstrom as the head volleyball coach, Social Studies teacher Rebecca Jackson as the Athletic Director, Andrew Dahl as a Social Studies and Business teacher (he will work towards a license to teach Business, it was said), and approved contracts with Debra Halls and Amanda Bergerson as one-on-one nurse paraprofessionals.

The board also accepted the resignation of Gary Benoit as a bus driver with appreciation for his service. He said that he will still be a substitute driver, it was said.

In other business, the board approved membership in the Minnesota School Boards Association for 2019-20, approved the Just Kids Dental Memorandum of Understanding for dental services for 2019-20, approved the resolution for adopting the Long-term Facilities Maintenance Plan, approved the breakfast and lunch prices for 2019-20, approved postponing the installation of cell antennas and declared a school board vacancy.

The next monthly meeting of the Moose Lake School Board will be held on Monday, August 19 at 5 p.m. Note the time change.


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