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School board keeps salaries flat

The Alexandria School Board had a brief organizational meeting on January 6.

During the meeting, Dean Anderson was re-elected chairperson, Dave Anderson is vice chairperson and Jean Robley is clerk/treasurer.

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Chair Dean Anderson appointed board members to school board standing committees for 2014. Dave Anderson, Jean Robley and Alan Zeithamer will serve on the negotiations/personnel committee, Angie Krebs, Dean Anderson and Sandy Susag were appointed to the curriculum/policy committee, and the budget/facilities committee will consist of Dean Anderson, Pam Carlson and Alan Zeithamer.

Once again, the board decided to delay implementing an increase in salary of 3 percent each year to the board of education members. This increase was approved in 2008 but has yet to be implemented. The 2014 annual salary will remain the same at $3,000 for board members with the chairperson receiving an additional $500 a year.

The service agreement with Terry Quist and True North Consulting Partners to work as the assistant superintendent during the intermittent leave of Superintendent Rick Lahn was approved. Lahn’s request for leave was presented to the school board on December 16 and will be carried through February 14. Lahn will work a flexible schedule and will be responsible for all decisions that occur. Former Superintendent Terry Quist will be providing support as an assistant superintendent and will receive $634 per day of actual service to the district. He will be responsible for the construction of the new high school and daily operations in Lahn’s absence. The request for an intermittent leave was brought forward for Lahn to care for his wife while she is ill.

The resolution to support the district’s application to the Minnesota State High School League Foundation for a Form B/C grant was approved. This grant would provide support for youth to participate in athletics and fine arts by providing seminars and training opportunities or support for specific school functions involving athletic and fine arts programs.

Annie Harman
Annie Harman is a reporter for Echo Press and The Osakis Review. She grew up in Detroit Lakes and graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire with a degree in print journalism and history in May 2012. Follow her on Twitter at annieharman
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