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Menahga board assigns committees, reorganizes

Durwin Tomperi

Menahga School Board Chair Durwin Tomperi will lead the team once again this year.

Tomperi accepted the nomination Thursday at the board's annual organizational meeting.

Jody Bjornson will serve another year as vice chair, while Sheila Parvi will continue as clerk and Curtis Hasbargen as treasurer.

The board also scheduled monthly meetings for the second to the last Monday of every month with the exception of national holidays, where meetings will be held Tuesdays of those weeks.

The January meeting will be held Tuesday, Jan. 19 at the media center.

Annual board committee assignments were set as following:

Transportation and other support services committee: Jody Bjornson, Brad Goehrig and Parvi;

Finance: Curtis Hasbargen, Parvi and Bjornson;

Support staff negotiations: Tomperi, Parvi and Hasbargen;

Personnel and licensed staff negotiations: Tomperi, Hasbargen and Goehrig;

Buildings and grounds: Tomperi, Goehrig and Hasbargen;

Governmental relations representatives: Tomperi, Goehrig and Parvi.

In other business:

-Superintendent Mary Klamm presented the results of focus group meetings held to brainstorm ideas for a new building project proposal.

Some of the suggestions the public made at the meetings included merging with the Sebeka School District.

Board member Goehrig said the district should consider proposing the idea to Sebeka because it would "make more people here at ease."

Most people agreed that downsizing the gym would get more votes.

Additionally, Klamm said the community said the board should focus on the student-growing population and accommodate student needs, as opposed to building an activity center for the public.

When those who participated in the focus groups were asked why they believed the referendum didn't pass, most said, "not enough information about the project was presented."

The buildings and grounds committee will meet this month to plan the next step for the project.

Hasbargen suggested the committee should figure out how much each aspect of the project would cost.

"Because money is a big factor, I think we should know how much it would cost to build a classroom," he said.

The board will present a new proposal once the buildings and grounds committee reaches a consensus on a new plan.