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St. James Plaindealer - St. James, MN
  • Butterfield-Odin School still financially sound

  • Revenue coming into the school has increased along with the enrollment for Butterfield-Odin, which now boasts a 229 student body. Revenues are at an all-time high reaching numbers over $3 million.
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  • The Butterfield-Odin School Board quickly approved the agenda and minutes from past meetings before getting to other business at the regularly scheduled Tuesday, June 18 meeting.
    Members of the school board approved the amended budget for the 2012-2013 school year along with a tentative 2013-2014 budget.
    Revenue coming into the school has increased along with the enrollment for Butterfield-Odin, which now boasts a 229 student body. Revenues are at an all-time high reaching numbers over $3 million.
    This increase in revenue will allow for the school to continue expanding in areas of technology and help to pay down aid anticipation certificates along with other general upgrades throughout the campus.
    With the school year being completed, Superintendent Lisa Shellum reported to the board that the first year of sports pairing had gone well.
    Butterfield is looking forward to playing host to more activities in their newly renovated gym. Participation in extra-curricular activities has gone up in Butterfield-Odin with a stuedent enrolled in every sport but girls cross country. There will be a parent’s night informational night held July 30 in the little gym in St. James for anyone interested in learning more about the sports pairing.
    Personnel has not decided on a new instructor for the music department, but reported that there have been many good candidates and are looking forward to the rest of their interviews. The Butterfield-Odin school has approved the hiring of a new music instructor as well as a part-time (.4) social studies teacher at the school.
    The board voted to open the bidding process for milk and snow removal for the 2013-2014 school year. Butterfield-Odin will not have to look for bids for bread this year, as the South Central Coop will be bidding out bread for several rural schools and helping Butterfield-Odin move forward with a bread purchase. By collaborating with SCC, Butterfield-Odin will receive competitive bids for bread and save money throughout the process.
    The Butterfield-Odin School Board have made some simple changes to their school calendar, including a Sept. 3 open house where people can come to tour the building and eat. The Sept. 3 open house will also be used as the first of a few technology fundraisers for the school.
    School days at Butterfield-Odin will take place from 8:20 a.m. until 3:10 p.m. with breakfast beginning at 7:45 a.m. Prom is scheduled for a Saturday next year, and planning for after prom has already begun. The school year will be two days over the required school year length at 167 days.
    School Board Members voted to declare the schools intent to hold a referendum revenue authorization election in 2013. This vote will allow the school to ask the city for referendum funds this upcoming fall, should the board deem that necessary.
    The next regularly scheduled board meeting will take place Monday, July 15 and is open to the general public. All board meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
    Page 2 of 2 - Other Business:
    The health and safety budget for 2013-2015 was approved unanimously by the Butterfield-Odin School Board.
    Summer board workshop for school board members will be held July 21, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
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