School board grapples with wants vs. needs

DASSEL, COKATO, MN – The Dassel-Cokato School Board attempted to define exactly what needs to be included in the next district referendum at its meeting Monday.

Board Member Irene Bender challenged the other board members to accurately define what information they wanted from the facilities sub-committee on which she serves.

“We’re probably looking at a facilities assessment study,” she said, “We need some clarity as to what we’re supposed to be doing.”

Bender indicated she had been talking about the issue with representatives from the Minnesota School Board Association.

Board Member Chuck Nelson, who also serves on the sub-committee, backed up his colleague, asking other board members to help define the sub-committee’s purpose.

The sub-committee was initially formed to look at district-owned properties and assess what the critical needs were in each, to accurately budget for a referendum in the fall of 2018.

Board members discussed several critical issues within the district, calling out the swimming pool and Dassel’s HVAC system as most in need of attention.

Superintendent Jeff Powers urged board members to use caution in their thinking.

“The pool, the HVAC system are not needs,” he asserted. “We have plans to address these maintenance issues. We need to be careful to not get in the position of asking what you want.”

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Dassel-Cokato School Board members had a deep discussion at their meeting Monday evening.  Superintendent Jeff Powers, business manager Tina Palmer, Bill Aho, Irene Bender, Rebecca Clemen, Chuck Nelson, Dave Sangren and Shane Colberg attempted to define the difference between district needs and wants.

Dassel-Cokato School Board members had a deep discussion at their meeting Monday evening. Superintendent Jeff Powers, business manager Tina Palmer, Bill Aho, Irene Bender, Rebecca Clemen, Chuck Nelson, Dave Sangren and Shane Colberg attempted to define the difference between district needs and wants.

One comment

  1. John says:

    WHAT??? The school board wastes time to form a committee that no one has
    any idea should be doing!?! Looks like they are grasping at anything to spend
    money on

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