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FAIRMONT– The Fairmont school board held its meeting on Tuesday. This meeting was the first to be attended by Jessica Korte, the district’s new business manager.

Korte formally began working with the district on Oct. 24 after the resignation of previous business manager Chris Muhvich.

“It’s been a fast couple of days learning so I’m sure that won’t stop for a while,” said Korte.

Superintendent Andy Traetow described Korte’s transition thus far as smooth.

Traetow said, “She’s very qualified and capable and we’re excited to have her a part of our team.”

After the meeting began the board heard a report from Community Education and Recreation Director Stephanie Busiahn. Busiahn noted Nov. 10 is National Community Education and Recreation Day and this year is the 50th anniversary of community education in Fairmont. To celebrate both of these occasions CER will be holding an open house at their new location at the Southern Minnesota Campus from 3 to 6 pm

The board also heard reports from building principals. High school co-principals Chad Brusky and Alex Schmidt noted this Friday will be mark the beginning of Cardinal Community Days which will occur once a month through the end of April. The high school co-principals also noted this year’s Veterans Day program will be on Nov. 11. Martin County Historical Society Executive Director Lenny Tvedten will be this year’s speaker and the program will also include performances from high school music programs. The event will be live-streamed by the school’s A / V club via Facebook and YouTube.

Those reports were followed by elementary school co-principals Brian Grensteiner and Michelle Rosen. Michelle Rosen said this year’s fall session of early childhood screening was completed and noted screening sessions will continue to be held on the first Tuesday every month. Rosen also reported the elementary school’s school-wide fundraiser was held for approximately the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and generated $ 25,000 of profit. Grensteiner immediately followed Rosen and told the board the elementary school has begun to designate students as student of the month in a process similar to how the award is given at Fairmont High School. Grensteiner also noted the school has been holding a series of anti-bullying activities for National Bullying Prevention Month.

In Superintendent Traetow’s report, he began by giving an update to work in progress at the high school’s vocational expansion project. Although a formal ribbon cutting ceremony at the center was held two weeks ago, work continues on some parts of the building due delays in receiving some crucial components. The center’s heating system is still being brought online; while the installation of some recently delivered materials have allowed the system to be partially brought online the system is not yet capable of operating at its full capacity. The center’s partial heating capacity is being augmented by a temporary heating system which is already operational. When discussing other infrastructure projects in his report Traetow noted construction on the six stall garage on the north side of the high school has been completed. Traetow gave no new updates concerning health and safety.

After hearing reports from district administrators the board approved a roster of winter sports coaches for the 2022-2023 school year. Changes from last year’s roster include Brian Wille as an assistant boys basketball coach, Josh Newville as an assistant girls hockey coach, and Bart Musser as an assistant boys hockey coach. The board also approved an Assurance of Compliance with anti-discrimination guidelines required to receive funding from the Minnesota Department of Education and the US Department of Education.

Next month will only have one school board meeting instead of two in order to give the board an opportunity to canvass the results of the upcoming school board election and avoid conflicts with Thanksgiving Break. That meeting will be at 5 pm on November 15.

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