Pequot Lakes School Board accepts annual audit report

The only weakness mentioned was a lack of segregation of accounting duties, which is very common in districts of a similar size.

Pequot Lakes High School. Brainerd Dispatch file photo

In a special meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 16, the Pequot Lakes School Board went through and accepted the results of its fiscal year 2021 audit report.

Caroline Stutsman from BergenKDV presented the report - as she does each year - and indicated all seems OK financially in the district. The only weakness mentioned was a lack of segregation of accounting duties, which Stutsman said is very common in districts of a similar size.

“It’s not something that we are anticipating or recommending a change on,” Stutsman told the board. “It is more of an awareness item - something that is just inherently present for the district.”

The board accepted the results of the audit by a 6-0 vote.

In other action Nov. 16, the board:


  • Approved two memorandums of understanding with Education Minnesota-Pequot Lakes teachers. The first dealt with 2021-22 alternative career pathways while the other pertained to remote instruction.

  • Adopted a resolution supporting the application to the Minnesota State High School League Foundation for a Form A grant to offset student activity fees. This action is done annually.

  • Conducted second readings on three proposed policy changes pertaining to public participation during meetings, searching students’ possession and persons, and enrollment of nonresident students.

  • Accepted five donations to the district, totaling $3,606.

As a part of its consent agenda, the board accepted the resignations of Eagle View Elementary School paraprofessional Courtney Rock, along with middle level boys basketball coaches Renee Quale and Kole Kristenson.
Board members approved the hiring of middle level boys basketball coaches Dan Devine, Chris Haar and Brian Kruger; junior varsity girls basketball coach Emilee Buell; “C” girls basketball coach Scott Ebnet; middle level girls basketball coach Mykala Griffin; assistant boys hockey coach Kasey Couture; high school paraprofessionals Chad Orsburn and Nancy Peterson; and middle level baseball coach Jeff Tvedt.

Board member Curt Johnson was not in attendance Nov. 16.

The board will have a special meeting Thursday, Dec. 9, and Monday, Dec. 20, both pertaining to the superintendent search. Its annual truth in taxation meeting will take place before its regular meeting on Monday, Dec. 13.

Dan Determan may be reached at 218-855-5879 or Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter at

Dan Determan has been a reporter for the Echo Journal since 2014, primarily covering sports at Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus
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