Board Members Present:  Jane Hagert, Rich Jepson, Larry Lee, Tim Opdahl, Elmo Volstad, Steve Zumhofe

    Board Members Absent: Grant Velde

    Community / Staff Members Present:  Kathy Anderson, John Austgen, LeeAnn Boushek, Colleen Ford, Avis Freitag, Jerry Halloran, Mark Henderson, Mark Jensen, Mary Jensen, Peggy Kvam, Bob Ladner, Karen Norell, George Rysdahl, Francis Staab, Al Stoeckman, Rita Strand, Denise Streich, Kathy Velde


    Board Members Present:  Jane Hagert, Rich Jepson, Larry Lee, Tim Opdahl, Elmo Volstad, Steve Zumhofe
    Board Members Absent: Grant Velde
    Community / Staff Members Present:  Kathy Anderson, John Austgen, LeeAnn Boushek, Colleen Ford, Avis Freitag, Jerry Halloran, Mark Henderson, Mark Jensen, Mary Jensen, Peggy Kvam, Bob Ladner, Karen Norell, George Rysdahl, Francis Staab, Al Stoeckman, Rita Strand, Denise Streich, Kathy Velde
    Chairman Volstad called the meeting to order.
    Chairman Volstad approved the agenda for the meeting with the addition of one discussion item: aid anticipation certificates.
    Chairman Volstad approved the minutes from the October 12, 2009 meeting.
    LeeAnn Boushek explained aid anticipation certificates and why the District may need to make use of them.
    The Board listened as members of the staff and community voiced their opinion and raised questions in regard to the proposed energy savings/indoor air quality project.
    Members of the Board then discussed at length the proposed project including, as a comparison, the estimated cost of a new K-12 facility.      
    Motion by Opdahl, second by Jepson and carried to resolve that the Superintendent of Schools, on behalf of Yellow Medicine East Schools, is hereby authorized to enter into and designated to sign an Energy Services Agreement with Energy Services Group.  Those voting in favor:  Opdahl, Jepson, Hagert, Lee, Volstad.  Those voting against:  Zumhofe.
    Motion by Jepson, second by Lee and carried to approve and authorize the execution of a professional services agreement with Energy Services Group to assist the District in completing the necessary documentation required to gain approval from the Minnesota Department of Education to use the Alternative Facilities Bonding and Levy Program and to provide design/engineering, project management and commissioning services for the mechanical ventilation systems at the Yellow Medicine East Schools’ High School and Elementary School buildings in Granite Falls.  Those voting in favor:  Opdahl, Jepson, Hagert, Lee, Volstad.  Those voting against:  Zumhofe.
    Motion by Jepson, second by Hagert and carried to direct the Superintendent of Schools, on behalf of Yellow Medicine East Schools, to submit all required application material including Attachment 7, Attachment 8, the Review and Comment and any additional information requested by the Minnesota Department of Education to gain approval for use of multiple funding programs including the sale of Alternative Facility Bonds, Capital Facility Bonds, Qualified Zone Academy Bonds, and/or a Tax Exempt Municipal Lease for the Yellow Medicine East School for construction costs.  Those voting in favor:  Opdahl, Jepson, Hagert, Lee, Volstad.  Those voting against:  Zumhofe.
    The meeting was closed to discuss negotiation strategy.
    The meeting was re-opened by Chairman Volstad and adjourned. 

Upcoming Events:
Event            Date              Location        Time
Negotiation Session        10/25/09     YME Board Rm      6:00 PM
Board Meeting            10/26/09    YME Board Rm      7:00 PM
Tai Educational
  Admin. Site Visits        11/3-4/09          District
Board Meeting            11/09/09    YME Board Rm      5:30 PM
October 29, 2009
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