12.20.22 Minutes


Southeast Area Cooperative
Advisory Board Meeting
December 20, 2022


A meeting of the Advisory Board of Southeast Area Cooperative was held on Tuesday, December 20, 2022 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 (via zoom); Dave Hutchison, Irene-Wakonda School District; Philip Schonebaum, Elk Point-Jefferson School District (via zoom); and Brett Mellem, Viborg-Hurley School District. Also present were Tricia West, Director and Ann Boden, Business Manager Southeast Area Cooperative.

Brett Mellem called the meeting to order at 11:10 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 by Tim Rhead and seconded by Russ Townsend to approve the minutes of the
October 18, 2022 regular meeting. All present voted yes. Motion carried.

The financial report as prepared by the Business Manager for November 2022 was presented: General
Fund Beginning Balance: $767,081; Receipts: $264,912; Disbursements: $155,676 for an ending balance
of $876,317. A motion was made by Dustin Degen 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 December bills. All present voted yes. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Dustin Degen and seconded by Dave Hutchison to enter executive session at 11:14 a.m. per SDCL 1-25-2(1) for discussing the qualifications, competence, performance, character or
fitness of any public officer or employee or prospective public officer or employee. All present voted yes.
Motion carried. President Brett Mellem declared the Board out of executive session at 11:22 a.m.

A motion was made by Tim Rhead and seconded by Dustin Degen to amend the 2022-2023 contract with Jennifer Erickson, BCBA to 141 days at her current per diem rate. All present voted yes. Motion carried.

The Leadership Team report included:
 Early Childhood updates.
 Early Childhood screening dates are set for each district.
 The opportunity to train district staff to be Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT).
 ASPEN trainings have been recently held and there will be additional trainings during the spring
semester.
 The need for districts to have a written behavior plan.
 Kindergarten Academy will be June 19-20.

A motion was made by Tim Rhead and seconded by Dustin Degen to enter executive session at 11:48 a.m. per SDCL 1-25-2(1) for discussing the qualifications, competence, performance, character or fitness of any public officer or employee or prospective public officer or employee. All present voted yes. Motion carried. President Brett Mellem declared the Board out of executive session at 12:00 p.m.

A motion was made by Dave Hutchison and seconded by Dustin Degen to adjourn the meeting. All present voted yes. Motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 12:01 p.m.


Brett Mellem, President

Ann Boden, Business Manager