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Dassel-Cokato adds 13 new high school courses
Nov. 30, 2015

Solomon Gustavo
Staff Writer

DASSEL, COKATO, MN – Dassel-Cokato School Board approved the addition of 13 new courses to the high school’s curriculum during the Nov. 23 meeting.

Board Member Bill Aho said the courses brought to the board for approval were the “direct result” of work done in “response to public interest in skills . . . in career and technical education.”

“There was a lot of planning and process,” Aho said. “I think they will do well.”

Board Member Rebecca Clemen asked if any further staffing would be required to accommodate the new courses.

Aho said the courses will not require any additional staffing for the high school.

“I get a little nervous. Every year I have been on the board, we have approved multiple new courses,” Clemen said. “I don’t want us to spread ourselves too thin.”

High school Principal Dean Jennissen said class schedules and registration are designed for the students.

“Much of what we do is based on what our students, in this case, our consumers, are asking for. I don’t know if there is a magic number that says ‘this is too many courses,’” Jennissen said. “Parents appreciate the options.”

The high school staff, Jennissen said, looks at how many students enroll in certain classes, and then figures out a way to accommodate courses that have enough enrollment.

The board approved the following courses:

• advanced small engines;

• food chemistry;

• plant science 2;

• advanced personal finance;

• advanced accounting;

• college level business;

• exploring industrial technology;

• exploring industrial technology (girls only);

• principles of engineering A & B;

• robotics;

• forensic science;

• medical terminology; and

• Guatemala study abroad.

Odds and ends

In other business, the board:

• heard an audit report from the accounting firm Conway, Deuth & Schmiesing. General fund revenue is projected to increase from $21,092,405 to $21,637,745 in 2016, according to the audit. Total expenditures are projected to dip from $22,477,275 to $22,179,021 in 2016. DC High School enrollment is anticipated to drop slightly, from 2,221 in 2015 to 2,202 in 2016.

• viewed an FFA South Africa trip presentation from two students who participated in the trip. The board then heard from FFA Advisor Eric Sawatzke before approving funding for another trip in 2017.

• approved contracts with: Amy Dezell, eigth grade girls’ basketball coach; Val Kloeckl, seventh grade girls’ basketball coach; Amanda Tate, junior high girls’ basketball coach; Patrick Schuette, assistant robotics coach; Alex Morris, gymnastics spotter; Sam Pokornowski, the junior high/ninth grade wrestling coach; Lynda Huseby, special needs paraeducator at Cokato Elementary; Shelly Torola, special needs paraeducator at Cokato Elementary; Charles Keskey, substitute CDL bus driver; and Gary Hoikka, substitute CDL bus driver.

Donations accepted

The board accepted the following donations:

• DC Chargers 3 on 3, $4,000 for Varsity boys basketball;

• Cokato Post #209, $200 for Cokato Elementary safety patrol;

• Cokato Dairy Queen, $214 and $382.50 for Cokato Elementary;

• Cokato Dairy Queen, $214 and $382.50 to Dassel Elementary;

• DC Volleyball Boosters, $500 for the salary of an extra coach;

• DC Youth Trust, $1,100 for the high school;

• DC Youth Trust, $1,100 for the middle school

• Shopko, $2,500 for the high school; and

• Rachel Yates and Wells Fargo, $130 split evenly between activities and music.

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