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Southeast Area Cooperative
Advisory Board Meeting
Tuesday July 21, 2020


A meeting of the Advisory Board of Southeast Area Cooperative was held on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at the office of Southeast Area Cooperative, Beresford, South Dakota. Members present were: Tim Rhead, Alcester-Hudson School District; Brian Field, Beresford School District; Terry Gerber, Canton School District (zoom); Derek Barrios, Elk Point-Jefferson School District; Jason Selchert, Gayville-Volin School District (zoom); and Brett Mellem Viborg-Hurley School District (zoom). Also present were Tricia West, Director and Ann Boden, Business Manager Southeast Area Cooperative.


Derek Barrios called the meeting to order at 11:06 a.m.


A motion was made by Brian Field and seconded by Tim Rhead to approve the agenda. All present voted yes. Motion carried.


Per annual rotation of board chairpersons Jason Selchert will be Advisory Board President and Dave Hutchison will be Vice President for 2020-2021. All present approved.


A motion was made by Brett Mellem and seconded by Derek Barrios to approve the minutes of the June 16, 2020 meeting. All present voted yes. Motion carried.


The financial report as prepared by the Business Manager for June 2020 was presented: General Fund Opening Balance: $388,868; Receipts: $455,787; Disbursements: $359,048; for a closing balance of
$485,606. A motion was made by Brian Field and seconded by Derek Barrios to approve the financial report as presented. All present voted yes. Motion carried.


A listing of bills was presented. A motion was made by Tim Rhead and seconded by Brett Mellem to approve the payment of 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 bills. All present voted yes. Motion carried.


Public Hearing as authorized by the Board of Directors for Tuesday July 21, 2020 was held on the proposed 2020-2021 budget. Ann Boden presented the budget. A motion was made by Brian Field and seconded by Derek Barrios to recommend approval of the 2020-2021 budget to the Board of Directors.
All present voted yes. Motion carried.


A motion was made by Terry Gerber and seconded by Tim Rhead to approve the Perkins Local Plan. All present voted yes. Motion carried.


A motion was made by Brian Field and seconded by Derek Barrios to accept the hire of School Psychologist Hilary Callahan. All present voted yes. Motion carried.


A motion was made by Derek Barrios and seconded by Brett Mellem to accept the resignation of Speech Language Pathologist Maureen Hedeen with the early termination penalty assessed at $1,000. Barrios-yes, Field-no, Rhead-no, Selchert-yes, Gerber-yes, Mellem-no. Motion failed 3-3.


A motion was made by Terry Gerber and seconded by Derek Barrios to accept the resignation of Speech Language Pathologist Maureen Hedeen with the early termination penalty assessed at $500. Barrios-yes, Field-no, Rhead-no, Selchert-yes, Gerber-yes, Mellem-yes. Motion passed 4-3.


A motion was made by Terry Gerber and seconded by Tim Rhead to schedule 2020-2021 Advisory Board meetings on the third Tuesday of the month at 11:00 a.m. All present voted yes. Motion carried.


The Leadership Team report included:
 District’s fall reopening plans were discussed.
o A motion was made by Terry Gerber and seconded by Brian Field that districts provide the Cooperative staff working in their districts the same personal protective equipment as their own staff. All presented voted yes. Motion carried.
 Possible accommodations for hearing screenings were discussed.
 Paraprofessional training will be August 11th at the Bridges in Beresford – bring your own lunch.
 Options for lawyers were discussed.


A motion was made by Tim Rhead and seconded by Terry Gerber to adjourn the meeting. All present voted yes. Motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 12:13 p.m.


Jason Selchert, President

Ann Boden, Business Manager