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Southeast Area Cooperative
Advisory Board Meeting
Thursday July 15, 2021


A meeting of the Advisory Board of Southeast Area Cooperative was held on Thursday, July 15, 2021 at the office of Southeast Area Cooperative, Beresford, South Dakota. Members present were: Tim Rhead, Alcester-Hudson School District; Dustin Degen, Beresford School District; Russ Townsend, Canton School District; Derek Barrios, Elk Point-Jefferson School District; Dave Hutchison, Irene-Wakonda School District; and Brett Mellem, Viborg-Hurley School District (zoom). Also present were Tricia West, Director and Ann Boden, Business Manager Southeast Area Cooperative.
Brett Mellem called the meeting to order at 11:01 a.m.

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

A motion was made Derek Barrios and seconded by Dustin Degen to appoint Dave Hutchison as Advisory Board President and Brett Mellem as Advisory Board Vice President. All present voted yes. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Derek Barrios and seconded by Tim Rhead to approve the minutes of the June 14, 2021 meeting. All present voted yes. Motion carried.

The financial report as prepared by the Business Manager for June 2021 was presented: General Fund Beginning Balance: $503,834; Receipts: $149,010; Disbursements: $168,486 for an ending balance of $484,358. A motion was made by Tim Rhead and seconded by Russ Townsend to approve the financial report as presented. All present voted yes. Motion carried.

A listing of bills was presented. A motion was made by Dustin Degen and seconded by Russ Townsend to approve the payment of bills. All present voted yes. Motion carried.

Public Hearing as authorized by the Board of Directors for Thursday July 15, 2021 was held on the proposed 2021-2022 budget. Ann Boden presented the budget. A motion was made by Tim Rhead and seconded by Brett Mellem to recommend approval of the 2021-2022 budget to the Board of Directors. All present voted yes. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Dustin Degen and seconded Derek Barrios to approve the Perkins Local Plan and submission of the Perkins Grant. All present voted yes. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Dustin Degen and seconded by Tim Rhead to approve the hire of Debra Braaten as a paraprofessional. All present voted yes. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Derek Barrios and seconded by Tim Rhead to set the rate for physical therapy services to non-member districts at $25 per unit including drive time and mileage. All present voted yes. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Tim Rhead and seconded by Dustin Degen to set the rate for equipment and test kit rental at $50 per day. All present voted yes. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Dustin Degen and seconded by Russ Townsend to set the Advisory board meeting on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 11:00 a.m. All present voted yes. Motion carried.

The Leadership Team report included:
 The following trainings will be held in the fall for district and/or cooperative staff.
o Beresford Elementary Autism Training – August 4th
o Paraprofessional training – August 10th
o Coop staff in-service – August 12th
o IEP Stay Out of Jail – September 10th
o Early Childhood training – TBD
 Kindergarten Academy was held in Canton June 21-22
 Currently working on IDEA application and paperwork.

A motion was made by Tim Rhead and seconded by Dustin Degen to adjourn the meeting. All present
voted yes. Motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 11:43 a.m.


Dave Hutchison, President

Ann Boden, Business Manager