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tL Page 18 Le00als .4 Government Thursday, January 17,2013 Tri-Coun News Central Minn EV-W school board starts the year strong Superintendent Mark Messman gave the new board a tour of the high school offices, nearly ready for move-in next week, and the gym where the "Eagle" mural had just been completed. The new Eden Valley-Watkins (Independent School District #463) school board includes treasurer Bob Stenger, clerk Joanne Rademacher, chair Sarah Kuechle, Julie Meyers, vice chair Shelley Kern, Jeremy Willner, and Bob Flaschenriem. Jan. 9 was their first meeting of the year. Staff photos by Jean Doran By Iean Doran Matua, Editor The first meeting of the 2013 year for the Eden Valley-Watkins School Board was Wednesday, Jan. 9. Bob Flaschenriem took his seat at the table for the first time as a newly-elected board member. This first board meeting of the year is traditionally an organiza- tional meeting, setting things up for the year. Sarah Kuechle was .elected board chair, replacing Frank Eder who retired after 27 1/2 years on the board. (He did send delicious cranberry bread in his place.) Shelley Kern was elected vice- chair, Joanne Rademacher clerk, and Bob Stenger treasurer. Assign- ments were made and accepted to the various committees of the school &apos;board. Eden Valley State Bank was again named official depository of district funds. The Tri-County News was again named official newspaper of the district. The board voted unanimously to keep their compensation rate the same as it's been, although no one could remember when it was last changed. The board voted to name two law firms as official legal counsel, one is the law firm they've used for years and the other is a new law firm started by the two attor- neys from the old law firm. They approved a three-year contract with KDV as auditor of the district finances. Superintendent Messman gave an update on progress of the build- ing and, after the meeting, gave a tour of the new high school office and gym. He added that there will be some replacement work done this summer on projects (like the bathroom floors) that just aren't up to the district's standards; these will be done at the cost of the subcontractor. EV-W Elementary will soon begin their magazine, fund.- raiser which is done about every- third year; proceeds go to offset expenses of field trips. Grades 7-8 had a very success- ful Youth Frontiers retreat in Wat- kins; "courage" was the topic. (The district is still looking for funding for this $2,400 event.) The superintendent gave a report on legislative concerns and focus for the upcoming session. Repayment of school districts is a big issue; some argue that school funding today is at 1993 levels. Across-the-board cuts, or seques- Dairy princesses visit Kimball Elementary tration, does not work for schools (or any other business), but it may be attempted again this year. And legislators are polling superinten- dents around the state, Messman said, to see what their opinions are about having armed guards in schools. The district will work with Meeker County, and later Stearns County as well, on emer- gency plans to set in place for any contingency. The board will look into hav- ing board books and other mate- rials delivered digitally via a web- based system sponsored by MSBA, the Minnesota School Board Asso: ciation. The next EV-W school board meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Wednes- day, Feb. 13. Meetings are always open to anyone wishing to attend. An open forum is held at 6 p.m., before the first board meeting each month. Iv Stearns County Dairy Princesses Kirsten Meier and Maria Donnay, and Dairy Ambassador Natausha Simon visit KES to teach students about life as a dairy farmer, and about dairy awareness. At Kimball Elementary School Friday, Jan. 4, students had the opportunity to carve into blocks of butter. From left to right, carving butter, are Jasmine Gonzales, Jenna Christensen, Alexa Myers, and Sam Anderson. KAHS graduate and Stearns County Dairy Princess Maria Donnay demonstrates for KES students how to use a milking machine. Staff photos by Stephanie Johnson. t NEED HELP? CALL US! We' II Get You Connected "1"o Services In YoLtr Community. . ....... : enlor (( Llne Line ' 1-800-333-2433 A One Stop Shop for Minnesota Seniors utdd  pt ny th MN  of n 9 . Hundreds:of new buslnesses:have benefited from $140 million iniment through Minnesota Angel Tax Credit. :::  :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: i" Angel investors and funds ,<iii',   ,.::,::::,<%r ing in emerging hig :iigi00 .... ii00:. b00iness00, iii  0 ii! using new propdetary :   i: -Agriculture -Mining ::% ' ..... iiii}iiiiiiiii!iii3ii!i !: Toudsm  Manctudng :::::::::::::::::::::::::::: i  >  i  0 !:ii:::: ..... Forestry Transportation :' @": " :i:..  $12 million in tax credits available for 201-3