The Nevis School Board approved a resolution at Monday night’s meeting to extend the deadline for leaves granted by the Families First Coronavirus Recovery Act (CRA) to the end of March. The CRA has been providing up to 80 hours of paid emergency sick leave and up to 12 weeks of partially paid expanded medical leave for employees.

Parks reported that approximately $36,000 was recouped by the district from the federal government, so far.

This CRA covered people who were sick or required to be quarantined from March through December of 2020. The federal government gives districts the ability to continue this policy using Elementary and Secondary Relief funds so the leaves are available to people who haven’t used the benefit yet.

Board reorganization

Karrin Lindow is the board’s newest member. Andy Lindow will remain board chair, with Ed Becker serving as vice-chair. Gary Stennes is the clerk and Justin Isaacson is treasurer.

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Financial institutions for the district will continue to be Citizens National Banks, Northwoods Bank and the Minnesota Liquid Asset Fund. Northwoods Press is the official newspaper and Rupp Anderson Squires and Waldspurger PA the district’s legal counsel.

Committee assignments were also made for the new year. Meetings will continue to be held the fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the school media center except for in December when the meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on the third Monday.

In other action the board:

  • Accepted an iNet donation of $1,403 from Arvig for the school’s early childhood program.

  • Learned from Isaacson that a company called American Blast Systems makes lightweight bullet proof shelters, helmets and other items the school could purchase for protection in case there is an active shooter.

  • Heard a report from principal Brian Michaelson. Discussion included benefits teachers have seen from having students in cohorts/homerooms and having teachers move between classrooms. It has eliminated tardies and hallway congestion. In addition, discipline issues have dramatically decreased.

  • Informed school board members they are also eligible for the COVID-19 saliva testing that is offered at the school on Thursdays. Parks said no positive cases had been reported to date in January for staff or students.

  • Discussed the new five-year plan the district will be working on.

  • Heard Lindow attended training offered by the Minnesota School Board Association.

The next board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22 in the school media center and on Zoom. A presentation about the social studies standards is planned as part of the meeting.