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St. James Plaindealer - St. James, MN
  • Butterfield School Board accepts resignations

  • During the action item portion of the meeting, the school board accepted the resignation of Linda Resick. Resick is a bus driver for the district and will be moving out of the district at the end of the school year. The board accepted Resick’s resignation unanimously and thanked her for her service. They will be advertising for the position in the near future.
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  • The Butterfield School Board had an agenda filled with informational items at their regularly scheduled May meeting.
    With a total of 21 informational items, the board began the meeting by approving the previous meeting’s minutes and the current agenda as written.
    Superintendent Lisa Shellum began the meeting by reporting that the bathrooms were completed. The school has been working on completing the bathrooms for the last few months and with the completion do not currently have any building or ground construction projects taking place.
    As was reported earlier this month, the Gopher Conference voted down the Saints application to join the conference. They justified the denial by stating that the distance for travel would be unreasonable. The next sports pairing meeting will be held June 4 or 5.
    The Butterfield School Board accepted the teachers submission for intent to negotiate. Teachers are required to ask the board to allow them to negotiate – the board was notified and they accepted. Mr. Dwight Lahti will work as head negotiator for the teachers.
    The school bike and walk was held today, Thursday, for the children of Butterfield-Odin. Children were encouraged to ride their bike or walk to school that day in recognition of National Bike Month. School board members took notes from the Madelia Bike and Walk and are hoping to incorporate some of those ideas into next year’s celebration.
    The school board received a positive response from teachers regarding the four day-a-week calendar. There have been no complaints from any members of the community the school board voted to approve the 2013-2014 calendar, scheduling four class days a week. The vote passed 4-1 at the meeting.
    Students who qualified for honor roll three consecutive times (or the ‘A’ honor roll twice) will be joining some of the faculty members in a trip to Arnold Park. There are a total of 28 children from Butterfield-Odin who qualified for the trip. Donations from Butterfield Meats, the St. James VFW and Threshing Bee made it possible for the trip to take place.
    The Butterfield-Odin School Board has sent out a request for auditor services. The project will be brought to the school board next month for approval.
    “This last year, I’m going to be very honest here, we struggled – and I actually felt that we were doing more of the auditing than them, because I was the one who knew the accounts were off,” said Superintendent Shellum. “If we’d have had a consistent person, they would have known that this number was off.”
    The Butterfield-Odin School Board will be looking for businesses to donate school supplies again next year for the elementary students. This last years supply drive was a success, with parents only having to pay $7 or $8 per child for school supplies.
    Page 2 of 3 - Lunch costs have gone up due to federal mandates and a lack of funding at the federal level for schools. Prices will be raised ten cents per year until the school is compliant with USDA recommendations.
    Superintendent Shellum explained to the board they have an option to ask the community for a technology referendum levy. It is not something they are required to do.
    “I’ll be honest with you, I think we need to come up with a better plan before we do,” said Superintendent Shellum, who believes a better plan is in need before the school board requests a levy from the community. “To hurry up and rush it would not be a good idea.”
    The school is hoping to purchase IPads for its students, which will save thousands of dollars on books in the long run – but will have heavy up-front costs.
    The board also has the option of asking for an operating levy from the community – which they haven’t done for about ten years.
    The new math program ALECS will be brought to Butterfield-Odin for a three month trial period in the fall of 2013. The program auto-enrolls students in a math-path, based on their scores on a test. It allows advanced students and basic learners to learn at their own level for an extended period of time.
    The goal setting committee for the 2012-2013 school year has been very successful and has fulfilled nearly all of their goals for the year. The task force sets goals at the beginning of the year and works to accomplish them. Superintendent Shellum said the only goal they may have some difficulty with is hiring a full-time technology person.
    During the action item portion of the meeting, the school board accepted the resignation of Linda Resick. Resick is a bus driver for the district and will be moving out of the district at the end of the school year. The board accepted Resick’s resignation unanimously and thanked her for her service. They will be advertising for the position in the near future.
    The board also accepted the resignation of two teachers and will be advertising for those positions. Sixth grade teacher Shawnna Winrich will be going to St. James to teach fifth grade and is excited to be working with her mother. Music teacher Michele Brenneman is moving to Shakopee and will no longer be able to teach at the Butterfield-Odin School.
    Further information:
    Graduation is scheduled for Friday, May 24 at 7 p.m. There are 13 students graduating from Butterfield-Odin. May 23 at 9 a.m. will be the Kindergarten Farewell, with 21 graduating.
    The school building will be closed in July to save on cooling and electricity costs and to encourage employees and students to take a vacation.
    Page 3 of 3 - Ameresco is offering a free energy savings walkthrough which will take place in June 2013.
    The day care at Butterfield-Odin will be shutdown in month of July.
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