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Mabel-Canton continues discussion of controlled entry

Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Education

The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met on April 16, 2013 at 7 pm. All members were present except Cristal Adkins.

The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance. Michael Moriarty made three additions to the agenda. A motion was made to approve the additions and carried. Consent agenda items including the minutes from the March 26, 2013 meeting and the monthly bills were approved.

First on the agenda was old business with controlled entry into the school being discussed. Several of the board members were not in favor of a buzz-in and camera system being used to allow entry into the school. Board member Jane Hall stated the teachers and workers in the school need to be vigilant and be sure there are no doors left propped open. Troy Soiney commented if someone really wanted access to the school, a locked door wouldn’t stop them. Mr. Moriarty said quotes have been made for the addition of a buzz-in and camera system and it wasn’t terribly expensive, costing the school approximately $2500. Principal Jeff Nolte said the school had gotten bids from Custom Alarm, and the salesman expressed concern that the quality of the camera needed to be good enough to easily identify individuals before being buzzed into the school. The board tabled the discussion for the time being, but will revisit it for the next school year. They did decide to add more surveillance cameras to have better coverage of the South and back parking lots although a date to do so was not selected at this meeting.

Early retirement packages were accepted and approved for Dennis Rud, Holly Becker, and Bonnie Wenthold. A letter of resignation from Nicki Terbeest was approved. Paul Tollefsrud requested a day without pay on May 2nd which was also approved.

For new business, the district insurance renewal will have a 6% increase bringing the total to an annual $29,309. The board also approved a $5 a month increase for the 3 day Pre-kindergarten class in the 2013/2014 school year. The 2 day pre-k class tuition and transportation fees for both classes will not increase.

Mr. Moriarty stated the budget for the next school year will be ready by the June meeting. He is expecting $3 million in revenue in the general fund and $3 million in expenses. Moriarty also said the school needs to purchase another van since only one of the two the school currently owns is acceptable for student use.

Principal Jeff Nolte commented that the school is currently in the middle of testing season. The senior trip is underway, and he was pleased all seniors were able to go this year. He recently attended the SEMLAC meeting and reported that the date of October 20th was to be added to the school calendar for the 2013/2014 school year for a professional development day.

Mr. Moriarty brought up a request from the mother of a kindergartner to have her child picked up from daycare for school. The daycare is not on the current bus route, but as the school van already makes a stop there to pick up preschoolers, the kindergartner would be able to ride the van as well.

The board reviewed information that led them to believe that there is another individual interested in an early retirement package and voted to extend the deadline for that to May 1st.

Meeting adjourned. The next meeting will be held May 21, 2013 at 7p.m.


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3:08:22, Apr 24th 2013

rossvole says:
A very well written article.

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