President H. Mosterd called the regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Core Educational Cooperative to order at 2:01 p.m. on Thursday, March 9, 2017, at Corsica Elementary School in Corsica, SD.   


Members present: Tina Westendorf (Armour), Holly Mosterd (Burke), Vince Tieman (Colome), Chad Clites (Corsica-Stickney), Karen Timanus (Gregory), Lisa Pazour (Kimball), Dale Larsh (Mt. Vernon), Tammie Olson (Platte-Geddes), Tonya Aldrich (Wessington Springs), Jim Munsen (White Lake), Jim McGillvrey (Wolsey-Wessington)


Members absent:     Casey Schmidt (Plankinton)


Superintendents: Andrea Powell (Armour), Erik Person (Burke), Scott Muckey (Corsica-Stickney), Jeff Rieckman (Kimball), Pat Mikkonen (Mt. Vernon), Steve Randall (Plankinton), Joel Bailey (Platte-Geddes), Lance Witte (Wessington Springs), James Cutshaw (Wolsey-Wessington)



Others present:         Valerie Johnson (Interim Director), Kathy Holter (Interim Business Manager), Janet Tegethoff (Hub International Representative)


Additions or Deletions to Agenda

The following item was removed from the printed agenda:  #18.  Office Staff.  Education Evaluator was added to item #16.  

Approve agenda

Motion Platte-Geddes, seconded Armour approving the agenda as amended.  All members present voted aye.  Motion carried. Approve Minutes

Motion Gregory, seconded Kimball approving the minutes from the meeting held on February 9, 2017.  All members present voted aye.  Motion carried.

Approve Financial Reports

      Motion Wolsey-Wessington, seconded Platte-Geddes approving the report of cash transactions, balance sheet, revenue summary, and expenditure reports dated February 28, 2017.  All members present voted aye.  Motion carried.

Approve Claims

Motion White Lake, seconded Gregory approving the following claims for payment:

       Armour Chronicle                                Publish Minutes                  $   76.32

       First Dakota Indemnity Co.              Workers Comp Insurance                  $ 427.00 

       First Fidelity Bank                               ACH Transfer Fee                               $   10.00 

       Johnson, Valerie                  Job Posting Fee                    $ 250.00

       McLeod’s Printing & Ofc Supply Minute Book                                            $ 109.80 

All members present voted aye.  Motion carried.

Insurance Presentation from Hub International

 Janet Tegethoff reviewed the commercial general liability, employee benefits liability, sexual/physical abuse or molestation liability, commercial auto liability, and professional liability policies with the board.  She also presented quotes for health, dental, vision, and term life insurance.  Additional health insurance quotes will be coming from Northern Plains Insurance Pool and ASBSD Insurance Pool.  No action taken. Approve Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest per SDCL 3-23


Executive Session

      Motion Corsica/Stickney, seconded Gregory to enter into executive session at 2:30 p.m. to discuss personnel pursuant SDCL 1-25-2(1).  All members present voted aye.  Motion carried.


      President Holly Mosterd declared executive session closed at 2:53 p.m.

Offer Contracts 

      Motion Wolsey-Wessington, seconded Kimball offering and approving the following contracts for the 20172018 Fiscal Year:

                Catrina Brown                      Business Manager



                Sonna Kott                            Occupational Therapist

175 days


                Paige Shumake                    Occupational Therapist

      All members present voted aye.  Motion carried.

175 days



Wolsey/Wessington Speech

      Motion Colome Consolidated, seconded Wessington Springs approving the service agreement between Wolsey/Wessington School District and the Core Educational Cooperative for speech and language services.  All members present voted aye.  Motion carried.

DIAL Discussion

                An agreement between DIAL Corporation and Core Educational Cooperative was reviewed and discussed.  The agreement states that Core Educational Cooperative will act as fiscal agent for DIAL Corporation and provide leadership and Virtual School administration.  Motion White Lake, seconded Mt. Vernon approving the agreement between DIAL Corporation and Core Educational Cooperative.  All members present voted aye.  Motion carried.   Sped Advantage

      V. Johnson would like the coop to purchase Sped Advantage, a statewide online Special Education Program, for all member schools.  The cost is $2,500.00 for startup costs and training with an additional

$1.00/student/year.  The $1.00 charge would be based on child count.  The board directed Johnson to setup a webinar to demonstrate the program to member schools. 

Core Educational Cooperative Logo             

      Several entries were received for the Core Ed Coop’s logo.  The board directed Johnson to make the final determination.

Screening Dates

      V. Johnson presented a schedule for birth-3 screening dates.

Updates on School Psychology, Occupational Therapy, Speech Language Therapy, Education Evaluator

      Vacancies still exist for school psychologists, positions are filled for occupational therapists, and one contract is yet to be filled for a speech/language pathologist.  Johnson would also like to hire an Education Evaluator to perform academic evaluations for the member schools.  The board authorized Johnson to pursue filling the position.

Cooperative Office

      Johnson proposed that the Core Educational Cooperative enter into an agreement with the Mid Central Educational Cooperative for a lease-purchase of the building.  Mid Central will be contacted to determine what their future plans are for the building and if they would be willing to enter into an agreement.



Motion Wessington Springs, seconded Platte-Geddes to adjourn the meeting at 3:51 p.m.  All members present voted aye.  Motion carried.






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