12.15.20 minutes


Southeast Area Cooperative
Advisory Board Meeting
Tuesday, December 15, 2020



A meeting of the Advisory Board of Southeast Area Cooperative was held on Tuesday, December 15, 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; Derek Barrios, Elk Point-Jefferson School District; Jason Selchert, Gayville-Volin School District (via zoom); Dave Hutchison, Irene-Wakonda School District; and Brett Mellem, Viborg-Hurley School District. Also present were Tricia West, Director and Ann Boden, Business
Manager Southeast Area Cooperative.

Jason Selchert called the meeting to order at 11:03 a.m.

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

A motion was made by Brian Field and seconded by Terry Gerber to approve the minutes of the October 20, 2020 meeting. All present voted yes. Motion carried.

The financial report as prepared by the Business Manager for November 2020 was presented: General Fund Beginning Balance: $514,613; Receipts: $134,817; Disbursements: $143,064 for an ending balance of $506,366. A motion was made by Brett Mellem and seconded by Tim Rhead to approve the financial report as presented. All present voted yes. Motion carried.

A listing of bills was presented. A motion was made by Brian Field and seconded by Dave Hutchison to approve the payment of bills. All present voted yes. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Derek Barrios and seconded by Terry Gerber to enter executive session at 11:10 a.m. for the purpose of discussing the qualifications, competence, performance, character or fitness of any public officer or employee or prospective public office or employee, per SDCL 1-25-2-(1). Motion carried. President Jason Selchert declared the Board out of executive session at 11:25 a.m.

A motion was made by Dave Hutchison and seconded by Brett Mellem to deny the resignation request from Speech Language Pathologist Ali Nettestad with final date of employment of January 7, 2021 and to accept the resignation if the final date of employment is changed to December 22, 2020. The board will assess liquidated damages per her employment contract in the amount of $2,000 and determined Ali Nettestad ineligible for the previously approved bonus. All present voted yes. Motion carried.

The Leadership Team report included:
 Discussed district calendars and plans for potential snow days.
 COVID leave per FFRCA will expire on December 31st.
 There are two planned maternity leaves for the spring semester. Long-term substitutes are hired for these leaves.
 A list of potential staff in-service topics that SAC staff could assist with was shared.
 Discussed behavior program and the potential to expand the program in the future.

A motion was made by Derek Barrios and seconded by Tim Rhead to enter executive session at 11:47 a.m. for the purpose of discussing the qualifications, competence, performance, character or fitness of any public officer or employee or prospective public office or employee, per SDCL 1-25-2-(1). Motion carried. President Jason Selchert declared the Board out of executive session at 11:59 a.m.

A motion was made by Derek Barrios and seconded by Brett Mellem to adjourn the meeting. All present voted yes. Motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 12:10 p.m.