The Butterfield-Odin School Board was to make a motion on Monday to place a levy on the November 3, 2020 ballot to raise sufficient revenues for the school district, but Superintendent Steve Thomas asked to table it.

Thomas has spent some time to construct the resolution, meeting with Greg Baufield of Northland Securities to include the proper language and calculate the revenues needed. They decided it’d be best to schedule a work session with the school board to discuss the levy in greater detail. The board settled on August 3 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom and moving up the regular school board meeting to August 17 to meet the deadline.

The board then approved a $3,000 contract with Baufield to assist the district in explaining the proposed levy to the voters.

Before the approval, board member Andy Pierson questioned if Baufield will still be paid if the board doesn’t approve the resolution.

“This is a bad time to be asking for extra money,” added Pierson. His concern included some people voicing for their levy and tax money to be returned if students aren’t in school in the fall.

Thomas explained revenue from the levy wouldn’t fund the school until the 2021-22 school year and if the board were to vote to not pass the resolution, then Baufield would withdraw his contract.

From Principal Tyson Walker’s report, Boost Camp & Extended Learned, a version of summer school, started on Monday, July 27, with 51 students in attendance. He thanked the staff for following proper health instructions within the building. This week MDH will be announcing their guidelines for the upcoming school year. The options include all students returning to school buildings, only distance learning, or a hybrid model of in-school and distance learning. Once announced, Butterfield-Odin will update its plan for the new year.  

The board also officially approved Wendy Besel’s official retirement as the former kindergarten teacher.

“After much contemplation, I have made the decision to focus on my husband’s needs and our home,” said Besel. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Butterfield, and I’m honored to have had the chance to teach such amazing little minds. My students have given me great pleasure over the years, and the administration and my colleagues have been very supportive during my tenure with the school district.”

Other approved items:

–resolution establishing July 28 through August 11 for filing affidavits of candidacy for the general school board election

–2020-21 fee sheet as amended, removing fall, spring and one-act play

–B-O Technology User Handbook and Agreement: changing “Chromebook” handbook to “device” handbook to include any device provided by the school.

–hire Jordan Kirk as PE/DAPE/CTE T3 teacher with .6 FTE and Lucia Beckendorf as a T2 ELL teacher for the 2020-21 school year

–LTFM (long term facilities maintenance) Ten-Year Expenditures Plan: plot maintenance items and decide where it’d make sense to spend in the coming years.

–LTFM Ten-Year Revenues Plan: state funds based on the building age, to make sure long-term needs and maintenance are taken care of.

–one-year contract with Taher, Inc., a food service management company based in Minnesota with up to 40 years of experience.

–Tim Harbor two-year custodial contract at $10,000

The next school board meeting will happen on Monday, August 17, at 7:00 p.m.