The Pequot Lakes School Board kicked off 2021 with its reorganizational meeting, but things should look similar in the new year.

During the Monday, Jan. 4, meeting, Kim Bolz-Andolshek was re-elected board chair, and Curt Johnson was re-elected vice chair.

Tracy Wallin previously held the positions of clerk and treasurer, but the district agreed to split the two roles to “be compliant with statutes.” In the coming year, Wallin will remain clerk, and Susan Mathison-Young will take over as treasurer.

The board agreed to maintain the current board member salary of $250 per month, $350 for the chair and $300 for the officers. When extra meetings arise, board members will be compensated $100 for full-day meetings and $50 for half-day meetings.

The Echo Journal was named the district’s official newspaper while Bremer Bank, Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union and PMA were named district depositories.

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In its only standard action item, the board voted to approve the “Option B” version of the 2021-2022 school year calendar. The first day of school is scheduled for Sept. 7 (Sept. 9 for kindergarten) with a last day of May 27, 2022, and a spring break beginning March 21, 2022.

As a part of its consent agenda, the board accepted the resignation of paraprofessional Ashley Wendt and approved the hirings of middle-level speech coach Elizabeth Rock (correcting a resignation error from December), child care coordinator Pam Hart, and American Indian tutors Jessica Devine and Renea Barnaby.

The meeting, conducted virtually via Zoom, was the first for newly elected board member Amy Sjoblad. Sjoblad was sworn in along with Bolz-Andolshek, Curt Johnson and Mathson-Young, who were re-elected in November.

Dan Determan may be reached at 218-855-5879 or dan.determan@pineandlakes.com. Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/@PEJ_Dan.