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School board holds second May meeting

The Tea Area School Board met May 22 for their second meeting this month.

The board approved the administrative wages.

Business manager Chris Esping presented the capital outlay plan and preliminary budget. She expects valuation to increase next year and then should level off over the next few years. Next year they don’t have a curriculum update but in two years they should update science and JK-3. Social studies will also be coming up.

Board member Conrad Pick asked about the projected bus needs. Operations manager Wayne Larsen said that the current plan is to trade in some old buses but said they could hold onto those. The district is hoping the two activity buses they ordered will arrive by late fall.

The board approved the capital outlay budget.

Esping presented the preliminary budget for 2023-24.

Samantha Jennings will fill the final position at the Frontier Elementary polling location for the upcoming school board election.

The board approved having the superintendent, business manager and operation director team approve change orders up to $50,000 on the high school expansion project.

They surplussed two stick buildings as they have had interest in them.

The board approved the revisions to Policy KG on facility usage. The document breaks down the fees for renting the facility. The updates cleaned up the document and gives the district the ability to say no to some things.

The board approved the resignations of Mary Haberer as Venture Elementary foodservice, Kimberly Boehrns as Venture Elementary paraprofessional, Lisa LaFave as Legacy Elementary foodservice, Jason March as high school paraprofessional, Carrie Willemssen as middle school library, Keith Cutler as junior varsity boys basketball coach and Hannah Klocko as high school paraprofessional.

They approved the new hires of Brittany Hutt as high school assistant softball coach, Brock Murphy as head high school boys golf coach, Cody Rausch as middle school ag and FFA adviser and Stephen Waltner as high school science.

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