Board tackles organizational items

FAIRMONT– The Fairmont School Board held a brief meeting, followed by a strategic planning session, in the William Budd Room at Fairmont Elementary School on Tuesday. Moving forward all future meetings will be held in the Budd Room, rather than council chambers at Fairmont City Hall.

Superintendent Andy Traetow provided a buildings and grounds update and detailed some of the projects the district is engaged in.

“If you’ve driven by our junior/senior high school, you’ll see some dirt being moved and action outside with our entrance projects at the gymnasium as well as the athletic field,” Traetow said.

He said some light construction is happening inside the high school main office and the serving line in the elementary cafeteria is also getting reworked. As for the softball field house project, Traetow said the plans are currently at the local city level and that the district is hoping to move forward with it this week yet.

“We have the 11 month walk through of the CTE (Career and Technical Education) building coming up. We’re continuing to finalize things there,” Traetow said.

During the course of the meeting, the board took care of a number of organizational items as it was the first meeting of the new school year, which started on July 1 for the district.

The board designated:

— School board meetings to be held at 5 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month.

— Bank Midwest as depository of school funds and the Fairmont Sentinel as the official newspaper for the district.

— Mat Mahoney as human rights officer for the district.

— Jessica Korte as district transportation safety director and as HIPAA compliance officer.

— Kim Niss as 504 coordinator.

— Brooke Schultz as federal programs administrator.

— Andy Traetow as home school coordinator and as the Minnesota Department of Education identified official.

— Tyler Garrison as the health and safety coordinator.

In other action, the board:

— Approved the Minnesota School Board Association (MSBA) membership at a fee of $6,506 and MSBA policy services at a fee of $750.

— Accepted the resignation of Shandon O’Brien, aide.

— Approved the employment of Stacy Garbers as an administrative support assistant.

— Approved the employment of Cristina Gonzales as community outreach coordinator.


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