01-19-21 Minutes

Southeast Area Cooperative
Advisory Board Meeting
Tuesday, January 19, 2021


A meeting of the Advisory Board of Southeast Area Cooperative was held on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 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 (via phone); Jason Selchert, Gayville-Volin School District; 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 11:04 a.m.

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

A motion was made by Brian Field and seconded by Brett Mellem to approve the minutes of the December 15, 2020 meeting. All present voted yes. Motion carried.

The financial report as prepared by the Business Manager for December 2020 was presented: General Fund Beginning Balance: $506,366; Receipts: $159,207; Disbursements: $186,169 for an ending balance of $479,404. A motion was made by Terry Gerber and seconded by Dave Hutchison to approve the financial report as presented. All present voted yes. Motion carried.

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

Discussion was held regarding a multi-district staff in-service during the 2021-2022 school year. A combined in-service hosted by the Irene-Wakonda School District is planned for January 7, 2022 for districts who want to participate.

The Leadership Team report included:
 Discussed COVID immunization distribution.
 Discussed behavior intervention program.
 Reviewed current speech language pathology vacancies and service plan.
 Discussion was held on SLP and SLPA workload and compensation. A motion was made by Terry Gerber and seconded by Brian Field to give a $3,000 bonus to all SLP and SLPA staff. All present voted yes. Motion carried.
 Preschool screenings are scheduled in all districts and changes were made to accommodate COVID-19 precautions.
 Kindergarten Academy will be held in-person this June.
 The February Board of Directors meeting will be held virtually at 4:00 p.m. on February 17th.

A motion was made by Terry Gerber and seconded by Brett Mellem to approve contracts for the 2021-2022 school year for the Director and Business Manager with terms and conditions to be determined at a later date. All present voted yes. Motion carried.

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 11:52 a.m.


Jason Selchert, President

Ann Boden, Business Manager