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Crosslake: School board approves insurance plan, creates new committees

The Crosslake School Board approved an employee health insurance plan and created three new board-approved committees at its Monday, June 12, meeting.

Stacy Bender, chair of the insurance committee, brought proposed employee health insurance plans to the board, with the recommendation to keep the same two options the school currently offers. Those options include one with an HSA and one without.

"Our decision as the insurance committee was, 'Let's just not make the decision for the employee. Let's give them the choice. They can do the math,'" she said.

Regardless of which option an employee chooses, Bender said the school board's commitment is the same.

She added that the committee looked at rates from other insurance companies but decided its current plans were the best options.

The board then decided, after some discussion, to restructure the school's vision and planning committee into three new committees - world's best workforce, community engagement and environmental education.

Members of the world's best workforce committee will be responsible for duties such as reviewing the strategic plan, the World's Best Workforce report and the Audubon performance evaluations. Teacher Angela Schultz will be the board representative.

The community engagement committee will work to plan special events where the school connects with the community, such as the Halloween parade and St. Patrick's Day festivities. Board chair Lisa Schumacher and vice chair Lori Scharenbroich will be the board representatives.

Though an environmental committee already exists, it was not board-established in the past. But because of the importance of environmental education to Crosslake Community School, the board decided to take a more active role in the committee. Teacher Patty Durham will be the board representative.

In other business Monday, the board:

• Heard from Director Todd Lyscio that he attended the Pequot Lakes School Board's last work session and discussed possible cooperative agreements between the schools. Lyscio said there was good dialogue and thinks a co-op for music "looks like a real strong possibility."

• Heard that the current school building's parking lot will be repaved beginning July 19. Lyscio said he isn't sure what the school's cost will be.

• Set a school board work session for 2 p.m. Monday, July 10, at the school. The regular board meeting will follow at 5:15 p.m. at the Crosslake Community Center.

• Approved changes to the school's student dress and appearance policy. Changes include eliminating the terms "short shorts" and "skimpy shorts" and allowing hats to be worn in special circumstances with director approval.

• Approved the Audubon reauthorization contract for 2017-22.

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