3-19-24 Minutes


Southeast Area Cooperative
Advisory Board Meeting
March 19, 2024


A meeting of the Advisory Board of Southeast Area Cooperative was held on Tuesday, March 19, 2024 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; Philip Schonebaum, Elk Point-Jefferson School District; and Dave Hutchison, Irene-Wakonda School District. Also present were Tricia West, Director and Ann Boden, Business Manager Southeast Area Cooperative.

Tim Rhead called the meeting to order at 11:11 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 Philip Schonebaum and seconded by Russ Townsend to approve the minutes of the January 16, 2024 meeting. All present voted yes. Motion carried.

The financial report as prepared by the Business Manager for February 2024 was presented: General
Fund Beginning Balance: $1,015,077; Receipts: $155,572; Disbursements: $167,485 for an ending balance of $1,003,164. 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 Russ Townsend and seconded by Dustin Degen to
approve the payment of March 2024 bills. All present voted yes. Motion carried.

A motion was made by Dave Hutchison and seconded by Russ Townsend to approve the award of the bulk paper and supply bid as follows. Copy paper – The Paper Corp, rolled and construction paper – One
Office Solution, supplies – Innovative Office Solutions. All present voted yes. Motion carried.

A motion as made by Dustin Degen and seconded by Russ Townsend to approve the 2024-2025 Perkins
Grant application. All present voted yes. Motion carried.


A motion was made by Dustin Degen and seconded by Russ Townsend to enter executive session at 11:20 a.m. per SDCL 1-25-2(1) for preparing 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. Tim Rhead declared the Board out of executive session at 11:40 a.m.

A motion was made by Dave Hutchison and seconded by Philip Schonebaum to approve the resignations
of Cari Hansen, Haley McDowell, Sandi Goltermann, and Maizy Hanson for the 2024-2025 school year. All present voted yes. Motion carried.

The Leadership Team report included:
 School calendars
 Early Childhood updates
 Kindergarten Academy

A motion was made by Dustin Degen and seconded by Russ Townsend to enter executive session at 11:48 a.m. per SDCL 1-25-2(4) for preparing for contract negotiations or negotiating with employees or employee representatives. All present voted yes. Motion carried. Rim Rhead declared the Board out of
executive session at 12:01 p.m.

A motion was made by Philip Schonebaum and seconded by Dustin Degen to adjourn the meeting. All
present voted yes. Motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 12:02 p.m.


Tim Rhead, President

Ann Boden, Business Manager