The Park Rapids School Board had a re-organizational meeting on Monday.

School board members Sherry Safratowich and Jay Pike, reelected in November, and new board member Dana Kocka were sworn in.

Board member Steph Carlson moved to retain the board’s current slate of officers, except to appoint Clayton Hoyt as vice-chair upon Gary Gauldin’s retirement from the school board. The motion passed unanimously. Other board officers are Safratowich as chair, Carlson as clerk and Dennis Dodge as treasurer.

Dodge moved to keep school board members’ compensation as is, and the motion passed unanimously. Board members are paid $150 every two weeks.

In other re-organizational business, the school board:

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  • Scheduled its 2021 board meetings for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19; Monday, Feb. 1; Tuesday, Feb. 16; and the first and third Monday of each month thereafter.

  • Designated the Park Rapids Enterprise as its official newspaper.

  • Designated official depositories for school district checking and savings accounts and CDs at Citizens National Bank, Edward Jones, Northview Bank and the Minnesota Liquid Asset Fund, and for potential investment deposits at the MLAF, Northwoods Bank, TruStar Federal Credit Union, Northview Bank and Citizens National Bank.

  • Approved facsimile signatures of Safratowich, Carlson and Dodge for the district’s computer generated checks.

  • Approved the district’s membership in the Minnesota School Boards Association, the Northwest Service Cooperative, North Country Vocational Cooperative, Minnesota Rural Education Association, Hubbard County Family Collaborative, PAWN Special Education, and Sourcewell, as well as joint powers agreements regarding the city-county fueling facility and community center.

  • Assigned board members’ committee and policy responsibilities, with Kocka assuming legislative liaison and student-related policy duties and other members retaining their previous assignments. Safratowich also invited Kocka to sit in on negotiations if and when he can.

  • Approved the board agenda calendar for 2021.

  • Authorized Superintendent Lance Bagstad, Business Manager Kent Fritze, accounting technician Teresa Jensen and payroll technician R.J. McCarthy to make electronic fund transfers as recommended by the district’s audit firm and to sign checks on the Imprest account.

  • Authorized the business office for online access to the student activities account. Fritze said this allows accounting staff to assist High School Principal Jeff Johnson and secretary Wendy Holden as they sign checks on the account.

In a consent item, the school board hired Shannon Dykhoff as a junior high wrestling coach.

The school board’s next meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19 at the Frank White Education Center – a special time due to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Jan. 18.