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Mid-Central board chairman re-elected for another year

PLATTE -- The chairman of the Mid-Central Educational Cooperative Board will lead the group for another year. The board held elections at its meeting Thursday as part of its transition into financial year 2016-17. Pam Haukaas, of Colome, was re-e...

Mid-Central Board Chairman Pam Haukaas, left, and Interim Business Manager Merna Bye, right, have a conversation before the Mid-Central Educational Cooperative board meeting Thursday in Platte. Haukaas was re-elected as chairman Thursday to serve for another year. (Jake Shama/Republic)
Mid-Central Board Chairman Pam Haukaas, left, and Interim Business Manager Merna Bye, right, have a conversation before the Mid-Central Educational Cooperative board meeting Thursday in Platte. Haukaas was re-elected as chairman Thursday to serve for another year. (Jake Shama/Republic)

PLATTE - The chairman of the Mid-Central Educational Cooperative Board will lead the group for another year.

The board held elections at its meeting Thursday as part of its transition into financial year 2016-17. Pam Haukaas, of Colome, was re-elected as chairman, resuming her role from the previous year. Brandon York, of Burke, was newly elected as vice chairman.

In other business, the board approved total bids of about $28,218 for 13 cooperative-owned vehicles. The buyers were expected to pick up their purchases Thursday afternoon. With a decrease in insurance costs, the sales have created "significant savings" of about $40,000, Interim Director Bob Krietlow said.

Mid-Central should also be receiving a $10,000 check from Edgenuity, an organization that provides online and blended education solutions. Edgenuity pays $1,000 to the cooperative for every site license sold to one of its school districts, and two districts have purchased a total of 10 licenses for Dial Virtual School's 2016-17 registration year.

Legislative Audit is continuing a fiscal audit of the 2014-15 year, and an investigative audit is in the hands of the auditor general. While there is no timeline for its completion, Krietlow encouraged the board to consider holding an additional meeting to focus solely on the audit results, which could take 30 to 90 minutes to review.

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"At this point in time, they're still looking at things," Krietlow said. "We don't have any timeline or anything from Legislative Audit, so we're just waiting."

Financially, Mid-Central had a bank balance of $441,887.12 as of the end of June. Its checking balance was $10,599.73 at the same point, and it saw $303,149.69 in cash receipts in June, including $990 from the GEAR UP grant, which was wrongly awarded as retirement pay to four terminated employees.

Meanwhile, changes may be coming to special education practices for Mid-Central schools, as the cooperative will no longer offer Battelle screenings, which measure the progress of recipients of special education services. The schools will have to find someone to take over the screenings themselves. Mid-Central is also changing its developmental screening practices to cover only children aged 3 to 5.

Other business

In other business, the board addressed the following items:

• Approved the financial report.

• Approved bills, including a $36,000 bill to continue the Edgenuity program.

• Introduced two new board members.

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• Heard a review of Dial Virtual School. There are 2,058 registrations for the 2015-16 registration year, which closed June 1, and 150 registrations for the 2016-17 registration year, which will close June 1, 2017. Dial Virtual School has hired a teacher for a culinary arts course, which may be offered as soon as this fall.

• Approved a list of teachers for the Dial Virtual School.

• Approved an assessment chart and discussed the 2016-17 budget, which accounts for about $2.47 million in expenditures and about $2.46 million in revenues.

Consent agenda

The following items were approved as part of the board's consent agenda.

• Established a regular board meeting date on Thursdays after the second Monday of each month at 10 a.m.

• Set board member compensation of $60 per meeting plus travel for one person per school.

• Authorization for business manager to act on behalf of the Mid-Central Educational Cooperative in respect to contracts for tax shelter annuities.

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• Authorization of First Fidelity Bank, Bank of the West California, Fort Randall Federal Credit Union and Edward Jones as banks; the Platte Enterprise as the coop's newspaper; Merna Bye and Bob Krietlow as trust and agency accounts; Scott Swier as attorney; Merna Bye for investments; and a resolution to approve the use of signature facsimile for the business manager, director and chairman.

• Appoint director for the 2016-17 school year.

• Adopt policy handbook for the 2016-17 school year.

• Adopt special education comprehensive plan.

• Resolution to participate in Federal Surplus Property and designate Bob Krietlow, Merna Bye and Catrina Brown as purchasing agents.

• Approve the employee handbook.

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