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DC board defines part-time kindergarten parameters
April 3, 2017

Nan Royce
Staff Writer

DASSEL, COKATO, MN – After listening to rationale from Dassel Elementary Principal Debbie Morris and Cokato Elementary Principal Brian Franklin, the Dassel-Cokato School Board voted to limit district part-time kindergarten to one class section per year, at last Monday’s meeting.

The action was necessary for planning purposes.

Under the new guidelines, one part-time section, with a minimum of 15 students and a maximum of 22 students will be offered at whichever site has the most students enrolling.

If there are more than 22 students who want to go with the part-time option, a lottery will take place. All students applying for the part-time program will have their names put in the lottery, and the first 22 names picked will get a spot in the part-time class.

Super-sized sign

Superintendent Jeff Powers told board members he received a second set of quotes for the electronic sign on Highway 12. The quotes received were similar to the first set.

Powers explained that the repair and refurbishment needed to keep the sign at its current size would cost in the “low to mid 20s.” The cost to nearly double the size of the sign would cost in the “low to mid 30s.”

Board members were in agreement with Powers that the sign was difficult to read while driving past it on the highway. They voted to enlarge the sign for an approximate total cost of $34,224. The sale of the sign went to Greater Minnesota Communications, based in Winsted. There is no definite installation date planned at this time.

Vocational house to be sold

The board voted to approve the sale of the vocational house. Powers noted the house would be sold by sealed bid at an auction that mandated a minimum bid.

“We hope to get our expenses back on the house,” Powers said.

Odds and ends

In other business, the board:

• approved spending up to 75 percent of the 2017 budget in 2016. This action takes place annually to allow staff to purchase necessary supplies for the following school year.

• discussed the upcoming town hall meeting regarding the career and technical education referendum, scheduled for Thursday at Dassel’s TECKNOcenter.

• planned to close its April 10 meeting to begin discussing contract negotiation strategies. “We have a full slate of negotiations ahead,” Powers stated. “We have to talk about targets.”

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