At the annual organizational and regular meeting of the Nashwauk-Keewatin School Board last week, several rounds of voting failed to result in the election of a board chair for the year.
The nominees for chairperson were current chair Barb Kalmi and Mary Jane Damjanovich. In an initial vote and a second round, the two candidates tied with three votes each. The board then tabled the vote until after the completion of the rest of the agenda. A third vote at the end of the meeting produced the same result and resulted in the board opting to defer the matter to its February meeting. Kalmi will continue as board chair until a clear election result is achieved.
In the other election results, Director Ron Smith was elected vice-chairperson, Lisa Peratalo was elected clerk, and Jeff Sundquist was elected treasurer.
The board also added two committees for 2014, Technology and Curriculum and NK Extracurricular Activities. Board member salaries will remain unchanged this year - at $150/month with an additional $50 for the chairperson. And, school board meetings also will remain unchanged, taking place on the third Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. A full list of the reorganizational items is available in the district office.
In other business, the board:
• Discussed televising board meetings. More information will be gathered on the matter.
• Discussed the issue of weight room supervision and the possession of keys. Superintendent Mark Adams told the board a new ‘fob’ system is in the works and will be in place in the very near future. Such a system has a built in authorization mechanism which can track usage.
• Listened to a report from Keewatin Elementary Principal Peter Hardy. The recently held curriculum night was well attended by parents, he said. He also reported the No Child Left Inside event will take place on Feb. 21. The annual event is for fourth, fifth and sixth graders.
• Approved the December 2013 claims and the treasurer’s report.
• Acknowledged donations/grants to the district including: USA Electric - labor worth $1,950 to install gym lighting for concerts; City of Nashwauk - $300 for NK Honor Society; Minnesota High School League Foundation grant for $340; Lake Country Power - $500 for Operation Roundup scholarship.