Braham School Board organizes for upcoming year

The Braham School Board will hold to a similar track as last year,
forgoing increases in salary or reimbursement and re-electing last
year’s chairman.

Luke Reiter
luke.reiter@ecm-inc.com

The Braham School Board will hold to a similar track as last year, forgoing increases in salary or reimbursement and re-electing last year’s chairman.

At the organizational meeting on Monday, Jan. 3, the board unanimously voted to re-elect member Steve Eklund as chair. They also voted to keep Max Eng in the vice chair position. Lowell Luebeck will continue his work as treasurer, and Tammy Ceaglske assumed the role of clerk.

The Board members unanimously agreed to leave their salaries at present rates. Directors receive $600 per year, and officers receive $800. Members receive $50 per regular meeting and $25 for any other meetings that last up to four hours.

The Board set mileage reimbursement at the IRS allowable rate of 51 cents per mile for trips made on school business. Meal allowance was set at $8.50 for breakfast, $11 for lunch and$13.50 for supper. These reimbursement rates apply to district employees, School Board members and non-district employees who may be on school business.

Superintendent Greg Winter gave a circumspect prediction for school relations with the state government in the upcoming year, pointing to potential  rifts between a Republican-controlled legislature and a Democratic governor facing a $6 billion budget deficit. Winter reminded board members to be wary as Braham would not be able to rely on state funding to return to normal levels anytime soon.

School board meetings will continue to be held on the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m.

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