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Park Rapids Area School District begins work on budget

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Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

The Park Rapids Area School District will begin going through its budget.

The School Board had its organizational meeting Monday, Jan. 9 and heard an update from Superintendent Glenn Chiodo on the budgeting process.


He met with the administrative team Monday to start going through budgets. The first meeting in April is the timeline for making adjustments to the budget.

"We're not immune to the whole state budget piece," Chiodo said. "We'll do the best with what we have."

In other business, the board:

• Approved hiring Tadd Usher as head boys golf coach.

• Approved board member compensation at $100 per meeting with extra meetings $25. The extra meeting changes to $50 if over four hours long.

• Approved election of officers. Sheri Safratowich was elected chairperson, Gary Gauldin vice chairperson, Steph Carlson clerk and Karol Savage treasurer.

• Set the date and time of regular school board meetings at 6 p.m. the first and third Mondays of the month except when meetings need to change due to holidays or other conflicts.

• Designated the Park Rapids Enterprise as the official newspaper.

• Approved organizational memberships to the Minnesota School Board Association, Northwest Service Cooperative, North Country Vocational Cooperative, Minnesota Rural Education Association, Hubbard County Family Collaborative, city and county Fueling Facility and city and county Community Center.

• Authorized the superintendent, business manager, accounting technician and payroll technician to make electronic fund transfers, as recommended by the district's audit firm.

• Authorized the superintendent, business manager, accounting technician and payroll technician to sign checks on the Imprest account.

• Approved a second reading/adoption of a credit card policy.

• Approved the first reading of several reviewed and updated policies including public and private personnel data, expense reimbursement, harassment and violence, chemical use and abuse and drug free workplace - drug free school, tobacco free environment, school weapons, search of student lockers, desks, personal possessions and student's person, student discipline and form.

The majority of the policies were simply updated to match current language according to the Minnesota School Boards Association (MSBA).

• Received and appreciated donations including a 1986 Nissan valued at $40 for the high school auto program from Donald Roberts, $118.89 worth of office supplies for the high school from Louie and Patty Falk, 3,000 pounds of Plaster of Paris for the middle school art department from NorthStar Orthodontics, 100 pounds of Plaster of Paris for the high school science department from NorthStar Orthodontics, 100 towels for art room cleanup for the middle school art department from Super 8 Motel, $100 for the high school choir program from Curt and Betty McCabe, two cases of white paper for the elementary and high school offices from Office Max, $2,000 for elementary music from Itasca-Mantrap Electric Cooperative, and $250 for Alyssa LaVoie and kindergarten sensory interventions from Itasca-Mantrap Electric Coop- erative.