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A-R discusses Sentral reorganization

Vote could be held June 25 or Sept. 10

February 26, 2013
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville Daily News

ARMSTRONG?- The Armstrong Ringsted Board of Education Monday night discussed the timeline for reorganization with Sentral School District which is planned by July 1, 2014.

The new district would be known at North Union with the intent to whole-grade share with North Kossuth. Currently all three schools remain separate but participate in a whole-grade sharing agreement.

Superintendent Matt Berninghaus said the reorganization vote could be held either June 25 or Sept. 10. Berninghaus said if the election were held Sept. 10 that might get a larger voter turnout with three board members up for election. He also noted an election is planned for Emmet County recorder June 25.

Within 45 days after the vote, the new North Union School Board would be formed, with three members from the current Armstrong-Ringsted School District and two from Sentral.

If the measure musters passage, Berninghaus said that by Feb. 1 the whole-grade sharing agreement would need to be signed by North Union and North Kossuth.

Reorganization would be final July 1, 2014.

In other business coming before the board Monday night, the board approved the music trip to Chicago March 23-26.

A hearing was set for the annual budget 6 p.m. Monday, March 26.

The board approved the resignation of Jon Larsen as individual speech coach, effective immediately, and approved hiring Pauline Zabka as his replacement.

The board also approved the following hires for the current year:

n Carole Burnhard - high-school girls golf.

n Kenny Sabin - boys high-school golf.

n Loren Looft - head high-school track coach.

n Duyane Von Bank and Troy Adams - assistant track coaches.

The board also heard and approved the audit report from Ebony Rahe from Williams & Company and heard administrators' reports.

In his report, Berninghaus recommended that the ag program go to a full-time position. He further recommended that the position be advertised for someone with a science endorsement so the instructor could also teach environmental science.

Berninghaus said he would advertise and recommend a person to fill the position within the next one to two months.

Berninghaus said asbestos abatement had been completed on the Ringsted building. He said additional asbestos had been found on another floor, amounting to another $4,000 for removal.

Jim Boyer, board president, said it was a good idea to sell the Ringsted building to Mike Sjoblom.

"Some of the value will go there and stay on the tax rolls," Boyer said, noting that Sjoblom was taking bids for the bus barn.



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