8/13/2014 9:48:00 PM CF school board approves positions
by Nora Bryson
The Cannon Falls School Board held a quick, special meeting Monday night, August 11, to approve the necessary Resolution Calling for the School District General Election, but added the hiring of an Elementary Classroom Music teacher and a Technology Coordinator, and a brief discussion about the Wastedo building to the agenda.
The "Resolution Relating to Election of School Board Members and Calling the School District General Election" was read by Board Treasurer, Curt Beissel, in Board Clerk, Brenda Owens, absence. The resolution passed, all "ayes," in a roll-call vote by the four members present (Board Member Rob Siebenaler was unable to attend and Owens arrived at 6:09 p.m. just after the vote was taken). The Resolution confirms the board elections will "be held in conjunction with the state general election on Tuesday, the 4th day of November, 2014."
The board approved the hire of Rachel Skunes of Northfield to fill the position of Elementary Classroom Music Instructor. Skunes topped the pool of three candidates. She is coming from the Oakdale/Mendota Heights School District. No contract information was given.
The board approved hiring Cannon Falls graduate, Ryan Sunquist, as the district's Technology Coordinator, from a field of eight candidates. Sunquist, his wife, and two small children attended the meeting. No contract information was given.
Board Chair Bob Brintnall asked that the future of the Wastedo building be discussed. He said residents surrounding the old school house, as well as community members who have fond memories of attending there, have inquired as to "the district's intentions."
Superintendent Beth Giese recapped-the building is "obsolete for the district." The roof leaks, the gym is unusable, and there's the problem of asbestos. The 9.2 acres site must be used for commercial purposes and has been given a value of approximately $10,000 per acre; but it would cost between $108-115,000 to demolish the building. An actual appraisal has NOT been done as that would cost the district at least $3,500. On the bright side, the septic "is in really good shape and the tank doesn't leak and, therefore, should be easier to remove."
Minnesota has a "Skeleton Law" stating how long a building is allowed to sit empty. Last year's LP costs were $22,000. She said she has shown the property to several prospective buyers and there had been a couple of verbal offers, but nothing in writing.
In response to local residents' request, the school board will hold a special meeting at the Wastedo location on Monday, August 18 at 6:30 p.m.
The next regular board meeting will be Monday, August 25 at 6 p.m. at the High School Boardroom. Agenda items include: Custodian's Contract, date for Truth-in-Taxation hearing, and a presentation on how teachers are using technology in the classroom.