12-19-23 Minutes


Southeast Area Cooperative
Advisory Board Meeting
December 19, 2023


A meeting of the Advisory Board of Southeast Area Cooperative was held on Tuesday, December 19, 2023 at the office of Southeast Area Cooperative, Beresford, South Dakota. Members present were: Dustin Degen, Beresford School District; Russ Townsend, Canton School District (virtual); Philip Schonebaum, Elk Point-Jefferson School District (virtual); 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.

Tim Rhead called the meeting to order at 11:01 a.m.

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

A motion was made by Dustin Degen and seconded by Russ Townsend to approve the minutes of the
October 17, 2023 meeting. All present voted yes. Motion carried.

The financial report as prepared by the Business Manager for November 2023 was presented: General Fund Beginning Balance: $986,599; Receipts: $203,228; Disbursements: $184,170 for an ending balance
of $1,005,657. A motion was made by Russ Townsend and seconded by Dustin Degen 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 Brett Mellem to
approve the payment of December 2023 bills. All present voted yes. Motion carried.

Discussion was held about the Perkins Consortium questionnaire distribution. Districts will email the
questionnaire link to students, parents, and teachers.

The Leadership Team report included:
 Staff Christmas gathering
 Staffing update
 Cooperative membership
 Winter in-service
 Kindergarten Academy registration will open in January
 December 1st child count
 Snow days

A motion was made by Dave Hutchison and seconded by Russ Townsend to recommend that the Board of Directors not charge an admittance fee to potential new members of the Southeast Area Cooperative.
All present voted yes. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Dustin Degen and seconded by Philip Schonebaum to enter executive session at
11:33 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 Tim Rhead declared the Board out of executive session at 11:56 a.m.

A motion was made by Dustin Degen and seconded by Brett Mellem to adjourn the meeting. All present
voted yes. Motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 11:56 a.m.


Tim Rhead, President

Ann Boden, Business Manager