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Pequot Lakes School: Board approves principals agreement

Echo Journal file photo.

In its Monday, Aug. 20, meeting, the Pequot Lakes School Board unanimously approved an updated master agreement between the district and its principals for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years.

The agreement sees increases to the principals' health insurance coverage. It also sees each principal receive a salary increase of roughly $5,000 in the first year of the agreement and roughly $3,000 in the second.

The board also approved its yearly agreement with the Pequot Lakes Police Department regarding the district's school liaison officer for the coming school year.

This year's agreement saw an increased cost to the district of roughly $2,000 after no changes were made to last year's agreement from the year before.

"We have an outstanding relationship (with the police department) and I would say compared to other districts that I have worked in, it is exceptional," superintendent Chris Lindholm said. "In those districts, the districts pay the actual percentage of work time of the cop, which is more than what we pay. We pay closer to eight months of service for nine months. (The other districts) also get a bill for every dance, football game, after-hours event or parade, and we don't get those here in Pequot Lakes ... I think it's a wonderful relationship that we have."

In other action Monday, the board:

• Conducted first readings on policy changes regarding internet acceptable use and safety, as well as on public data requests. The board will conduct a second reading at the September meeting and a third at the October meeting, taking action on both policies the same day as the third reading.

• Accepted four donations to the district totalling $1,169.52.

• Approved nine resignations and nine hires within the district. Included in the resignations is high school art teacher Molly Wiste, who will be replaced by Todd Knutson effective immediately. Also resigning are elementary paraprofessional Tara Sikich, van driver Mary Ryan, early childhood parent educator Margaret Norman, high school paraprofessional Luke Friedrich, early childhood paraprofessional Sarah Savino, early childhood clerical Danise Caple, bus driver Gerald Logelin and mock trial coach Dan Moddes.

Those hired by the district this month are elementary paraprofessional Tammy Rouland, middle-level Project Lead the Way/tech education teacher Alyssa Horpedahl, first-grade teacher Kerry Holubar, third-grade long-term substitute teacher Abigayle Kiehlbauch, long-term Early Childhood Family Education substitute teacher Jenny Heroff, early childhood parent educator Jennifer Ranweiler, assistant football coach David Ackerman and bus driver Gerald Windschitl.

The board will meet next at its monthly work session Monday, Sept. 10.

Dan Determan
Staff Writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal weekly newspaper
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