The song remains largely the same for the Pequot Lakes School Board in 2018.
With all of the same members returning for the new year, the board voted to once again name Mike Erholtz its chairperson, with Curt Johnson remaining vice chair. No other individuals were nominated for either position.
In the board's only officer change, Valarie Wallin was named clerk/treasurer, replacing Susan Mathison-Young.
In other reorganizational action at its Monday, Jan. 8, meeting, the board agreed to set its regular meetings for the third Monday of every month at 6 p.m. - with the exception of February and March, which will take place on the second Monday of the month to avoid Presidents Day and spring break, respectively.
Board member salaries were set at $250 per month, while the board chair will receive an additional $100 per month and the clerk/treasurer will receive an additional $50 per month. Board member compensation was set at $100 for extra full-day meetings and $50 for half-day meetings, and the Echo Journal was named the school district's official newspaper.
All task force and liaison appointments remain the same from the previous year. Mathison-Young will serve as liaison to the Community Education Advisory Council, Erholtz to the Credit Review and Paul Bunyan Education Cooperative, Brandon Andersen to the Minnesota State High School League and Kim Bolz-Andolshek to the Minnesota School Board Association. Johnson will serve as the liaison to the District Advisory Council, the Family Service Collaborative and the Minnesota Rural Education Association.
Derrek Johnson and Wallin will serve as alternate liaisons to the Family Service Collaborative and the Paul Bunyan Education Cooperative, respectively.
Erholtz, Mathison-Young and Wallin will serve on the district's negotiations team.
In other action, the board:
• Approved two measures to urge both the state and federal governments to fund 40 percent of special education services. The Minnesota School Board Association is promoting the resolutions and encouraging boards statewide to approve the measures.
"(The MSBA is promoting the measures) for school boards to take a stand publicly, asking our legislature and federal congress to act upon a promise made to us, back in 1975," Superintendent Chris Lindholm said. "In 1975, the Individuals with Disabilities Act was passed, charging schools with providing an excellent, individualized education for students with disabilities. When that law was passed, congress made a promise to fund 40 percent of the additional costs that come with running high-level special education programs. Having promised to fund 40 percent of that cost, the federal government has never provided more than 15 percent. As a result, public school districts across the country ... have had to figure out a way to take that additional cost and pull from other places to cover it."
• Unanimously agreed to accept three donations to the district - two for use by Eagle View Elementary School and one for lunch accounts for students in need.
Board member Brandon Andersen was not in attendance.