January 7, 2018

The Pelican Rapids Board of Education held a regular meeting on January 7, 2019 in the board room at the high school at 6:30 p.m. Board members present: Michael Forsgren, Jon Karger, Anne Peterson, Brittany Dokken, Greg Larson, Brenda Olson. Board members absent: None. Others present: Superintendent Randi Anderson, Brian Korf, Dr. Ed Richardson, Derrick Nelson, Logan Petznick, Grace Peterson, Rudy Martinez, Barb Ripley, Cary Haugrud, Lou Hoglund, Jon Moe, Steve Maresh, Trevor Steeves.

The meeting was called to order by Michael Forsgren.

Acting chair Michael Forsgren call for nominations for board chair.

Anne Peterson nominated Jon Karger for the position of board chair. Due to no further nominations, Michael Forsgren acting chair, declared Jon Karger as elected 2019 board chair by acclamation.

Jon Karger called for nominations for vice chair.

Anne Peterson nominated Michael Forsgren for the position of vice chair. Due to no further nominations, Jon Karger declared Michael Forsgren as the elected 2019 vice chair by acclamation.

Jon Karger called for nominations for treasurer.

Michael Forsgren nominated Brittany Dokken for the position of treasurer. Due to no further nominations, Jon Karger declared Brittany Dokken as the elected 2019 treasurer by acclamation.

Jon Karger called for nominations for clerk.

Michael Forsgren nominated Anne Peterson for the position of clerk. Due to no further nominations, Jon Karger declared Anne Peterson as the elected 2019 clerk by acclamation.

Greg Larson moved to approve the agenda with the following addition:

A. Discuss a plan of action for the school board in making a decision regarding the 4-day school week.

The motion was seconded by Anne Peterson and carried.

Michael Forsgren moved to approve the consent agenda consisting of the following items: 

– Approve board minutes of the meeting on December 17, 2018

– Financial Claims – December bills

– Treasurer’s Report

– Accept donations:

To SADD – Super Septic, Inc. $300

The motion was seconded by Anne Peterson and carried.

Anne Peterson introduced the following resolution and moved its adoption:



WHEREAS, the financial condition of the school district dictates that the school board must reduce expenditures immediately, and

WHEREAS, there has been a reduction in student enrollment and,

WHEREAS, the reduction in expenditure and decrease in student enrollment must include discontinuance of positions and discontinuance or curtailment of program, and

WHEREAS, a determination must be made as to which teachers’ contracts must be terminated and not renewed and which teachers may be placed on unrequested leave of absence without pay or fringe benefits in effecting discontinuance of positions,

BE IT RESOLVED, by the School Board of Independent School District No. #548 as follows:

That the School Board hereby directs the Superintendent of Schools and administration to consider the discontinuance of programs or positions to effectuate economies in the school district and reduce expenditures and as a result of reduction in enrollment, make recommendations to the school board for the discontinuance of programs, curtailment of programs, discontinuance of positions or curtailment of positions.

The motion was seconded by Michael Forsgren and upon a vote being taken the following voted in favor: Anne Peterson, Jon Karger, Michael Forsgren, Greg Larson, Brittany Dokken, Brenda Olson

And the following voted against: None The resolution was adopted.

Board Committees were established.

– Finance committee – Jon Karger, Brittany Dokken, Brenda Olson 

– Policy committee – Anne Peterson, Greg Larson

Greg Larson moved to set the following work sessions: 

– January 30, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

– February 6, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

The motion was seconded by Brittany Dokken and carried.

Anne Peterson moved to set work sessions for the first Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. beginning March 6, 2019. The motion was seconded by Brittany Dokken and carried.

Anne Peterson moved to approve the 2nd reading of the following policies:

Policy 408 Subpoena of a School District Employee

Policy 413 Harassment and Violence

Policy 414 Mandated Reporting of Child Neglect or Physical or Sexual Abuse

Policy 416 Drug and Alcohol Testing

Policy 417 Chemical Use and Abuse

Policy 419 Tobacco Free Environment

Policy 420 Students and Employees with Sexually Transmitted Infections and Diseases and Certain Other Communicable Diseases and Infectious Conditions

Policy 421 Gift to Employees and School Board Members

Policy 422 Policies Incorporated by Reference

Policy 425 Staff Development

The motion was seconded by Brenda Olson and carried.

The meeting was closed for the mid-year Superintendent evaluation.

Summary of closed session:

The board reviewed mid-year Superintendent progress on goals and determined that the superintendent made satisfactory progress towards goals set in collaboration with the school board.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:55 p.m.

Jon Karger, Chair 

Ann Peterson, Clerk