School board to vote on filling vacancy

NEW ULM – At its study session July 10, the District 88 Board of Education will vote on a resolution to fill a school board vacancy by appointment.

The vacancy resulted from the early resignation of Sharon Gieseke, who was elected in 2012.

She resigned citing increased commitments to the Minnesota Brain Injury Force she founded.

After Gieseke resigned last month, the Board invited people to apply to temporarily fill the seat. The personnel committee is evaluating applicants’ credentials and will present their recommendation for the appointment to the whole board.

The new appointee will serve until January 2013. A candidate will be elected to fulfil the rest of the term, which ends in January 2017. That election will happen this November.

At the study session, the board will also hear a High School Handbook overview by Principal Mark Bergmann.

Bergmann would like to talk about the attendance policy for the high school as it relates to earned credits, says Superintendent Jeff Bertrang. Bergmann will provide handouts of the current policy found in the student/parent handbook.

The Board will also hold a policy conversation and overview. Bertrang has included the list of policies that shows which ones are required, which ones require annual review, and which ones have Minnesota School Boards Association (MSBA) model policies. The conversation will center on the policies that were developed locally and the current three-year-review cycle, says Bertrang. All of the policies can be found on the district website, under district information.

The board will also consider a recommended 2014-15 study session topic list. Bertrang has included the recommended list. The Board will discuss the topics and see if there are others they would like to hear about or rearrange the schedule as they are proposed.

The Board meets at 5 p.m. at the District Administrative Center.

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