In its Monday, May 20, meeting, the Pequot Lakes School Board unanimously approved a memorandum of understanding for College in the Schools course credits.
Based upon the needs of the district for CIS and AP courses, certain teachers may be asked to earn additional college credits or training for certification to teach these classes, which now call for a master's degree and 18 additional credits on the given topic.
With this memorandum, district officials agree that a teacher shall be reimbursed for the cost of tuition, books and supplies for the certification if the teacher agrees to teach the course for a minimum of five years in the district. Should a teacher decline to teach the course partway through or leave the district within that time, the teacher would be required to reimburse the district an amount equal to 20% of the total certification amount.
The board also agreed to accept five donations to the district - four monetary donations totalling $2,900 and the donation of 125 board feet of cherry for the industrial tech department.
Two action items - one regarding a new student information system and the other being the policies for annual renewal - were tabled for later discussion.
As part of the board's consent agenda, the resignation of business teacher and coach Brenda Helmrichs was accepted, as was the resignation of Spanish teacher and coach Jamie Wagner. The board also approved an extended leave for middle school physical education teacher Anna Larson along with the hirings of assistance dance coach Gabrielle Carey, elementary teacher Abigail Browne, elementary teacher Brooke Falk and middle school physical education teacher Brian Homan.