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By Jack McFarlane
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Moose Lake School Board finalizes positions and future meeting dates


January 9, 2020

Steven Blondo is set as the Chairperson of the board, approved at the Moose Lake School Board’s Reorganizational meeting on Monday, January 6. Jerry Pederson was approved as the Vice-Chairperson, and (although unable to attend the 3:30 meeting) Lisa Anderson-Reed was approved as the board’s Clerk. No other nominations were made for the positions and each nominated member met no opposition.

Future board meeting dates were kept the same as previous year; the third Monday of the month at 5 p.m., in the school’s board room. Because of Martin Luther King Jr. day, this month’s meeting is on the 21st.

When it came time to decide upon board compensation rates, the board agreed to not discuss raising it.

“Do we need to discuss lowering it?” asked board member Kim Bohnsack and the board contemplated a discussion of lowering it. Superintendent Robert Indihar spoke up, “You guys put in enough time, and the amount of money is not great.”

The board approved the compensation rates, which were kept the same. The Chair gets $2,700 a year, the Clerk gets $1,800 a year, and all other members get $1,500. The board briefly discussed how Grand Rapids board members are making “$2500 per month, $30,000 a year,” and just for comparison, a regular St. Paul school board member makes around 12 times as much as a Moose Lake board member.

Mileage and per diem rates for overnight meetings and conferences were approved at the current IRS rate, the district depositories and authorized signatories were kept the same, and Rupp, Anderson, Squires & Waldspurger, P.A. was retained as legal counsel.

Board committee assignments were discussed but not finalized. The Chair decided to bring back a revised list of the assignments. Opening a PTA committee was discussed, as the committee would be a rotating cast of three board members who would attend PTA meetings as a representative of the board. “It’s just nice to answer questions if they had any questions, in an official capacity,” said Chairperson Blondo. The board would like to open up the channels of communication and request a PTA representative to attend future board meetings in turn. It was decided to call PTA a “board rep,” rather than creating a committee.

Board member Bohnsack brought up the possibility of posting a schedule with all the committees. As they went through them, some were deemed unnecessary as the problem they found was that some of the committees didn’t even meet. Chair Blondo said, “I’ll get this thing put back together,” when referring to the board committee assignments and redefining them.

The next regular meeting of the school board is scheduled for January 21 at 5 p.m.


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