School board approves contracts; fall coaching assignments

This article submitted by Linda Stelling on 8/18/99.

The Paynesville Area School Board approved several bids in preparation for the upcoming school year at its Tuesday night meeting.

The board accepted the low bid from Commerce Capital Markets for the sale of $1,665,000 general obligation aid anticipation certificates.

The certificates are for 13 months at an interested rate of 3.95 percent. "The district plans on taking the money and investing it. We are taking the maximum amount dictated by the state which is 75 percent of our state aid," Howard Caldwell, superintendent, told the board. "I think we will make out pretty well on the investments," he added.

Other bids accepted were the dairy and bakery bids for the food service program. Metz Baking, St. Cloud, was awarded the bakery bid and Food Service of America, Fargo, N.D., was awarded the dairy bid.

"We felt the bids were good," Caldwell said. "The bakery bids were close. By following the specifications of the bid, Metz was the low bidder by about $200."

Ice arena
The board had received a letter from Paynesville Township about leasing the ice arena for a total of $3,000 per year, for the 2000-2001 school year.

The letter suggested the district send a letter to the state department enabling the district to levy funds to cover the lease cost.

"Some of the $3,000 would need to cover operation expense so the actual levy would be for only $2,400," Caldwell informed the board.

Caldwell told the board they have until December to finalize the levy. "By getting the states approval to levy for the activity doesn't mean we need to utilize the funds," Caldwell said.

Several board members were uncomfortable about levying for ice time when they had no idea what the usage of the arena would be for this school year or the next.

Caldwell informed the board they could levy after the fact. "We don't need to do it now. We can wait until we have time to check things out with our staff to see how the arena could best be utilized," Caldwell added.

No action was taken on the lease proposal.

In other business
•The board approved a contract for Dawn Knoll, middle school social studies teacher. She will be moving to Paynesville from Warroad.

•The board approved a contract for Matthew Dickhausen as community education/activities director. He will fill the position left vacant by the resignation of Steve Brisendine. The district is interviewing for the community education coordinator, a position Dickhausen held for six months.

•The board approved a new contract for Barb Koehn, food service manager.

•The board approved a child care leave for Jacqueline Mueller, instructional assistant at the elementary school.

•The board accepted the resignation of Rhonda Adams, instruction assistant in the ECFE/Learning Readiness program.

•The board approved the following fall athletic assignments:

Football: Kyle Nehowig, head coach; Ron Fuchs and Tim Woehler, assistant coaches; Jerry Hunt, ninth grade; Virg Vagle and Mike Holtz, eighth grade; Bryan Mara and Brad Skoglund, seventh grade;

Volleyball: Sheila Mayer, head coach; Dawn Knoll, assistant coach; Traci Anderson, ninth grade; Karlin Jacoby, eighth grade; and Romi Mohr, seventh grade;

Cross country: Darrel Carstens, head coach; Rick Houske, assistant coach;

Fall cheerleading: Cindy Fuchs.

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