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Page 2 May 16th, 2013 !!iiiii!iiii! !ii)i)iii!! qiiiiii)i~i!i~i~!i!!i!iii!=~!!!i ~ u ............... ~? i~ ~i;s ~zi~i~;i~ i3 ~i~ii]~il; iiiiizi~i~I ~!~!!iiiil ~]~)ii~i!iil il/ Valley News and Views "THE GRITTY PROFESSOR "Dakota Trails and Tales" SCENE 1: The Problem It's been a bumpy ride trying to retire. Thought I could just "cut the cord." This is my 4th try. Too many challenges; too few coins to achieve what could be done to embrace change and opportunities. The obstacles are like grit in my teeth, for me as a hobbyist horse trainer and dog-lover growing up in "cowboy country." Even a BMW convertible doesn't match a ride on a spirited horse on a dead run in an open field or on a narrow path through the trees. I'm thinking of changing careers from teaching -- maybe a sheepherder, a dog trainer, a horse whisperer, something in Nature, or maybe a dream of being a museum curator. Doc says "move" during Winter as cold, the damp wind, the snowdrifts - all slow you down, stiffen the joints, and affect your pace. Old injuries dim your vision, dull your hearing. Eight decades of wear takes its toll, yet your saddlebags from a journey are full of stories. SCENE 2: Story Content in a Context Then, a young student asks for advice. A veteran strives for a new mission in a life altered from wounds of war. An elder Indian tells a story that moves you. An immigrant over coffee describes their faltering family dream. A senior farmer with his hands in the soil talks of nature... energy.., the winds of Spring. The direction takes a new, refreshing turn. At family gatherings, your children urge pursuing your dream. Grandchildren are bubbling with stories. Great grandchildren listen to your adventures, though sometimes with skepticism. Moments with a photo album re-kindle values. Memories replace realities. Meanings come forefront. Resolutions change directions ... recharge energies.., focus on purpose ... proclaim the future ... for resolve is the true meaning of grit! So, I've decided to give up the "saddle" of work for the fun of a RV - the freedom ... the adventure. Hang up the "lasso" for a shepherd's crock. And move forward on a new frontier ... with a new adventure in new media.., a career storyteller. SCENE 3: Resolution I want to become a story shepherd. With a good eye as a lens, I want to spot stories, capture and preserve them, and share them with the new generation in my family. For the narrowing circle of my peers, I want to create a digital museum.., a gallery of images and voices, With my new iPhone, I can preserve such stories with pixels on display screens, multiple panels or pocket size, far and wide. Thinking about it tickles my mind. I learned from Nature that horses always know their way home and that old dogs dream too. Pembina County Development Authority Sponsors Winning with Customer Service Cavalier, ND - Pembina Tuesday, June 4, 2013. There competition; discover how County Job Development will be a morning class in good first impressions really Authority (JDA) is pleased Waihalla from 9 a.m. to 12 make a difference; build to announce that it will be noon, and an afternoon class good customer rapport bringing customer servicein Cavalier from 1:30 to 4:30 with different generations; training to area businesses, p.m. how to keep cool with Winning with Customer Participants will learn the Service will be offered following: determine yourContinued on Page 10 Regular Meeting April 16th, 2013 This is a record of the proceedings of the regular meeting of the Drayton School Board that was held April 16, 2013, at the school at 7:00 PM. Members present: Hatloy, Emanuelson, Brosius, Littlejohn Members absent: Larson Also Present: Hy Schlieve, Judy Stellon, Charles Fredrickson, Cheryl Parker, Jane Uggerud, Paige Emanuelson, Tim Blawat, Kalyn Woinarowicz, Carlye Klein Presiding: Hatloy Emanuelson made a motion to approve the amended agenda (Staffing recommendation) as presented by Supt. Schlieve. Litttejohn seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. Littlejohn made a motion to approve the consent agenda, March 12, 2013 minutes, financial reports, quarterly reconciliation report and bills as presented by Stellon. Emanueslon seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. Supt. Schlieve presented communications from the following: Thank you - Fredrickson Family BC/BS Consultant Comments DPI - Program Improvement Workshop Secretary of Education- Equitable Participation DPI - Waiver Request Update DPI - Important Updates USDA Healthy Steps DPI - Title I Aggregate Units Thank You - Educational Center Reports were given for the following items: North Valley Career Tech Center Pembina County Special Education RRVEC - REA Walsh-Pembina Administrators Pembina Educators D-V-E Coop Board Meeting Hot Lunch/Food Services Activities Principal Brosius made a motion to accept the second reading of policy for Section D, Descriptor Codes: DKBD (Teacher Discharge for Cause) and DKBD-E (Guidelines for Pre-Hearing and Hearing Procedures Discharge of Cause Hearings). Emanuelson seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. Superintendent Schlieve presented the following statement which has been suggested and indicated, due to the new tax levy for the upcoming project, First Reading: Guidelines for Post- Issuance Procedure and Policy for Bond Issue. Superintendent Schlieve presented the following Statement for distribution. This is a recommendation for revision of a~ policy recommended by the NDSBA this past fall that was adopted in November: FCC - Restraint and Seclusion Policy. Brosius made a motion to approve the following Drayton Public School District Plans: 2013-2016 Technology 2013-2016 Library Media Services 2013-2015 Career Development 2013-2015 Professional Development Emanuelson seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. Emanueison made a motion to acCept the resignation of Charles Fredrickson as Principal. Littlejohn seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. Emanuelson made a motion to accept the resignation of Jeryl "M0urph" Thompson as Athletic Director. Littlejohn seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. Littlejohn made a motion to accept a new pledge of assets from KodaBank. Brosius seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. Emanuelson made a motion to hire Rebekah Mapel as second grade teacher as recommended by Supt. Schlieve. Brosius seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. Members of the Class of 2015 presented the board with a proposal of a class trip to Florida in March of 2015. Following lengthy discussion, it was the consensus of the board for the Class of 2015 to further research all options and present findings at the next regular board meeting. Further research is needed for the Bus Route Proposal. Tabled at the time. Littlejohn made a motion to accept Eddie Olson's Summer Mowing Proposal as follows: School site - $110.00, Playground - $135.00, Football Field - $165.00, and Teacherage - $25.00, in addition to a surcharge for gas when the price is between $3.25 and $4.50 a gallon, with a minimum of $20.00 not to exceed $30.00. The surcharge is for all areas together and any spraying or extra duties would be an extra fee. Brosius seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. Emanuelson made a motion that notice be given that there will be a school election for the purpose of electing two rural board members for terms of three (3) years and determining if the Drayton Board of Education shall be required to publish the proceedings of their meetings in the official school newspaper. The election will be held on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at the school starting at 11:00 AM and ending at 7:00 PM. All patrons are eligible to vote for these positions. Applications for Absentee Ballots are available at the school. Brosius seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. Supt. Schlieve informed the board that the Drayton Public School now qualifies for inclusion under the 21st Century grant program to be included in the Extended School Day Program. A proposal was signed allowing the consortium to include Drayton in the application. Drayton School is not obligated but merely allows the consortium to include Drayton in the application. The Graduation Program is currently being developed. Negotiation's initial ground rules meeting date was discussed. The Negotiation representatives will set meeting dates and times. Supt. Schlieve reviewed the following items: Important Dates: Available on the DPS Website at www.drayton.k12. Staff News Bi-Weekly/Blue Knights"Notes/Superintendent's Monthly Report. Monthly Reading Topics: From American School Board Journal. "Sequestration: What's in a word?" - "Hidden Inequities" and "Disrupting the Status Quo". Building Projects Update Shop Fix Sheds Bus Barn Fix RRVEC Governing Board Staff Openings Regional Basketball Financials Super Regional Proposal Region NDSBA Legislative Update There being no further business before this Board, Littlejohn made a motion to adjourn this meeting at 9:00 PM. Emanuelson seconded the motion, and upon vote, the motion carried unanimously. This record of the proceedings of this meeting is subject to review and change at the next regular board meeting to be held May 14, 2013 at 7:00 PM. Mark Hatloy Judy Stellon EXPENSES AFLAC 1,345.27 AGRI-VALLEY - GRAND FORKS 394.70 ASSURANT EMPLOYEE BENEFITS 429.05 AUSTIN FLOWERS 97.00 BIG JIM'S TIRE UP NORTH 19.98 BLACK TIE FLORAL 45.00 BLACKBOARD 391.50BLAWAT, JEFF 22.50 BLUE CROSS/BLUE SHEILD OF ND 9,404.08 BLUE CROSS/ BLUE SHEILD OF ND 906.00 BOWEN PEST CONTROL 115.00 CAROLINA BIOLOGICAL SUPPLY CO 54.46 CITY OF DRAYTON 508.25 CONNECTING POINT 139.00 DAKOTA ASSEMBLIES 385.00 DISCOVERY BENEFITS, INC 939.03 DISCOVERY BENEFITS, INC 55.00 DRAYTON SCHOOL ACTIVITY FUND 170.00 DRAYTON SCHOOL ACTIVITY FUND 39.00 DRAYTON SCHOOL ACTIVITY FUND 70.00 DRAYTON SCHOOL ACTIVITY FUND 20.00 EDUTECH It is not my wish to rain on everyone's parade but the huge tax cuts passed by the recent Legislature are neither wise nor conservative. In the first place, the cuts have been erroneously defended as returning hard-earned money to the taxpayers. That is plain political rhetoric intended to justify a self-serving raid on the state treasury. It is not money paid by North Dakota taxpayers. It is money provided by the oil companies in the Bakken Field. So let us admit that this is not revenue we paid into the state treasury. Oil money is different than ordinary tax revenue since oil is an intergenerational depletable resource that belongs not only to the present generation but to future generations. They will not see the benefit of this resource if the present generation burns it all up on present day consumption. North Dakota needed a few other things before a major tax cut for a population that is not oppressed by the tax collectors. In fact, our recent ranking as one of the 10 best states in which to retire was based substantially on our low taxes, computed before this Legislature passed a single tax-cut bill. The Tax Foundation's most recent report, based on 2009 figures before the tax cuts of 2011, ranked North Dakota's property tax level as 25th. Considering the 2011 property tax cuts, this is now around 1.25 per cent, which is closer to the bottom of the property tax states. According to the Tax Foundation, North Dakota had the 10th lowest personal income tax in the country and ranked among the 16 lowest states in total tax burden. Some legislators will tell us that it was not for ourselves that we cut taxes but to give North Dakota a better business climate. That, too, is a myth that keeps coming back disguised as truth. Taxes rank fifth - not first- in importance when corporations consider a business location. We could guarantee a tax free environment for 50 years and new industries would not be popping up in North Dakota. We have more limitations than taxes with which to deal. If taxes were so important, industry would be fleeing Minnesota, California and other higher-tax states. As an intergenerational one-time resource, the benefits ofoil taxes should be shared as equally as possible with several generations -including the one now present. Strategic spending would have dictated that providing pre-school and kindergarten for every child in North Dakota would have been a better long term investment than immediate tax cuts for the under taxed. Studies prove without a doubt that early start for children is a long term benefit that will keep on giving for the entire life of the child. The students in our colleges and universities are now facing another five per cent increase in tuition. While some of us are getting unneeded tax breaks, students are being asked to make additional sacrifices to get the kind of training and education that will build the future for North Dakota. We have thousands of low- income elderly who could have been made exempt from all property taxes automatically. Then there are the unmet medical needs all across the state. While immediate consumption may be appreciated by present- oriented consumers, even prudent businesses forego immediate profits and invest in retooling for future growth. We now have the money to do some extensive retooling. The vork of legislatures can be measured by their balance of individual benefit versus the common good. In this session, we pandered to the materialism of the present and sacrificed the common good of the future. So let it rain, let it rain. 20.00 EMANUELSON, MICHAEL 177.50 GEBUR, JIM 39.00 GREEN, SUSAN 396.27 HALCROW'S INC 376.60 HUGO'S #10 27.36 JK INC. 1,792.00 JONGETJES, DAVID 35.00 JOSTENS 199.13 KELLY'S COUNTRY STORE 185.06 KODABANK 90.00 KORNKVEN, MICHELLE 180.93 KRUEGER, TERRI 150.00 LARSON, MICHAEL 42.50 LI'VI'LEJOHN, CHRISTOPHER 32.50 MAPEL, REBEKAH 357.46 MAVIS KEENA 32.50 MINN DEPT OF REVENUE 287.78 ND CENTER FOR DISTANCE 7,000.00 EDUCATION ND CENTER FOR DISTANCE 50.00 EDUCATION ND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT 2,443.93 ND TEACHER FUND FOR RETIREMENT 18,734.65 NDDPI 90.00 NDHSAA 50.00 NDUC GROUP ACCOUNT 1,295.68 NETWORK SERVICES COMPANY 388.27 NORTHDALE OIL, CO. 2,189.39 NORTHWEST EVALUATION 1,885.00ASSOCIATION OFC OF STATE TAX COMMISSIONER 3,231.43ONSTAD, MELISSA 15.00 OTTERTAIL POWER CO 6,474.88 PARKER, CHERYL 453.00 PEMBINA CO EDUCATORS ASSN 500.00 PEMBINA CO SPECIAL ED COOP 18,699.77 PEMBINA COUNTY MEALS & TRANSPORTATION 670.00 POLAR COMMUNICATIONS 259.25 POLLESTAD, GREG 175.41 POLLESTAD, LINDSAY 381.74 POPPLER'S MUSIC STORE 182.03PRIGGE, MARK 22.50 RPM ATHLETICS LLC 385.00 SAM'S CLUB 109.66 SAVILLE ENTERPRISES 467.00 SCHLIEVE, HY C.J. 56.46 SCHOOL SPECIALTY INC. 19.66SOUTHEASTEDUCATION 655.70 COOPERATIVE STEGMAN, KERRI 30.00 THOMPSON, JERYL 74.63 US BANK 745.29 VALLEY BUILDING CENTER 2.99 VALLEY NEWS & VIEWS 57.70 XEROX CORPORATION 2,080A5 ARNTSON & STEWART,-P~G. 10,397.23 BLUE CROSS/BLUE SHEILD OF ND 2,711.92 CASS CLAY CREAMERY, INC 1,319.60 KELLY'S COUNTRY STORE 29.96 MINN DEPT OF REVENUE 36.49 ND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT 690.43 NETWORK SERVICES COMPANY 293.93 OFC OF STATE TAX COMMISSIONER 43.57 SAM'S CLUB 126.58 US FOODSERVICE INC 4,385.07 Save big when you purchase a Mahindra tractor and 2 Mahindra implements. 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