7/18/2013 1:46:00 PM Willenbring, Haase leaving; new formula for referendums
by Ken Haggerty
The Randolph School Board accepted with regrets the resignations of two veteran teachers, Kay Willenbring and Mike Haase, at its July 16 meeting.
Willenbring, an elementary teacher, landed a new teaching job in Hastings and will be moving there. Haase, high school science teacher, athletic director, and girls basketball coach, was able to get a teaching job in his hometown of Osceola, WI.
Superintendent Michael Kelley said both will be missed and he wished them well in their new jobs.
Business Manager Regina Wernimont briefed the Board on the new funding formula passed by the Minnesota Legislature and how it impacts referendums.
Randolph currently has a voter approved $580.44 per pupil unit annual levy in place. Passed in 2005, it is due to expire in 2015.
Wernimont said the new legislation, which will kick in with the 2014-15 school year, provides State aid of 34% on the first $300 per pupil of a levy. It also gives the Board the ability to levy up to $724 per pupil without voter approval. A clause allows any District with land in the seven-county Metro area to levy to cover their higher operating costs. Wernimont also said the new formula for determining a pupil unit is more generous; for example high school students are now worth 1.2 rather than 1 pupil unit.
After some discussion, the Board indicated they would look to move to use the new formula to match the current voter approved levy and to take advantage of the State aid. Wernimont said at this time the Board doesn't feel a higher levy is necessary.
The Board thanked Wernimont for the breakdown on the numbers and noted it's nice to have that work done in-house rather than through a financial consultant.
School Board Organization
Organization for the 2013-14 fiscal year was passed.
Board officer salaries were left at $125 per year. Board director salaries were left at $40 per meeting. Meeting times were left at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of the month.
James Burkhardt was left as general legal counsel. Knutson, Flynn, Olson & Deans remain the representatives for negotiations and personnel.
The Beacon remains the official newspaper. Merchants Bank remains the official depository. The Minnesota School Board Association remains the financial investments company.
Substitute teacher pay will stay at $120 per day ($15 per hour). Mileage reimbursement is 56.5 cents per mile.
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