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Pequot Lakes School: Board renews superintendent contract

Echo Journal file photo.

The Pequot Lakes School Board renewed Superintendent Chris Lindholm's contract, agreeing to a three-year contract.

The board unanimously agreed to renew the contract Monday, Oct. 15, giving Lindholm high marks for his performance in the 2017-18 school year.

"All board members agree that Superintendent Lindholm has made significant progress or excels in creating a safe and collaborative district culture," board chair Mike Erholtz said, summarizing a previous closed meeting evaluating Lindholm's performance. "(He) sets a high bar for the direction of the district and is instrumental in following through with that direction."

In the 2019-20 school year, Lindholm will earn $138,066. He will make $141,518 in the following year and $145,056 in the final year of the contract. Erholtz said those totals put Lindholm "somewhere in the middle" among other superintendents in the region.

In other action Monday, Oct. 15, the board:

• Reviewed the district's audit report from BerganKDV of St. Cloud. Caroline Stutsman of BerganKDV presented the report and indicated all seems OK in the district. The only weakness mentioned was a lack of segregation of duties, which Stutsman said is very common in districts of a similar size.

• Adopted a resolution amending the district's flexible benefits plan.

"We did this back in 2009," Lindholm said. "As laws change, changes to our plans happen ... Our vendor requires us to have a resolution saying 'We are updating this to be compliant.' That is all this is."

• Approved a resolution supporting an application to the Minnesota State High School League Foundation for a Form A grant to offset student activity fees.

• Accepted seven donations to the district totalling $11,860.

Dan Determan

Staff Writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal weekly newspaper.

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