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Pine River-Backus School Board reviews Balanced Scorecard

The Pine River-Backus School Board reviewed a “balanced scorecard” that Superintendent Cathy Bettino presented at the Monday, June 17, regular meeting.

The scorecard itemizes seven directives or goals that the school focuses on during a school year, and assesses how well the school did in those directives. The directives include school identity and pride, elementary and ECFE-SE student readiness for the future, high school/ALC student readiness for the future, staff training to “meet the future,” extracurricular and networking for students, community outreach, and finances.

The card analyzes these directives in relation to different methods used to improve them. It analyzes data like graduation rates, attendance records and budgets to get these numbers.

Graduation rates were of particular interest to board members. The balanced scorecard showed that more than 95 percent of students at the high school graduated this past year. The card also showed that approximately 79 percent of PR-B full-time ALC students graduated this past year; 60 percent of PR-B part-time ALC students graduated; and only 39 percent of full-time Pequot Lakes ALC students graduated.

In other business, the board:

• Heard from Activities Director Randy Schwegel that the Minnesota State High School League might become involved in trap shooting teams in the future. If so, the school would likely be expected to start paying money into the program.

• Agreed to contract with Northern Pines Mental Health Services instead of Stellar Mental Health Services due to cost. The school’s past contract with Stellar Mental Health services cost $225,000, while Northern Pines Mental Health Services charges $25,000.

• Accepted a milk bid with Kemps, even though Food Services of America was the lowest bid. Business Manager Jolene Bengtson said Food Services of America requires certain stipulations that were not favorable for the school.

• Set an action item for the July 15 regular school board meeting to move regular meetings to 6 p.m. This action was taken to allow board members to attend extracurricular activities and other events.

• Hired Steffanie Bristow as an elementary teacher effective for the 2013-14 school year.

• Authorized posting an opening for an elementary teaching position for the 2013-14 school year.

• Hired Gregg Ehlert as boys’ cross country coach, John Riewer as girls’ cross country coach, Tom Demars as varsity football coach, Mark Gonnion as assistant football coach, Rob Johnson as assistant football coach, Mike Dinnel as junior high football coach, Travis Hoffarth as junior high football coach and Terry Holden as football scout.

• Accepted the resignation of Naomi Horn, paraprofessional, effective June 5.