Dist. 84 Board stops non-renewal resolution

SLEEPY EYE — By a 4-3 vote, the District 84 Board of Education disapproved a resolution for termination and non-renewal of a non-tenured elementary teacher April 11.

Board members Joleen Dittbenner, Bryan Sellner, Sheila Wurtzberger and Jeremy Domeier voted against the non-renewal of Rachel Vacek as of June 30. Board members Brian Nelson, Darla Remus and Casey Coulson voted for the non-renewal resolution.

No reason was given for the vote.

Prior to the vote, Dittbenner asked that the non-renewal resolution be considered separately from meeting agenda action items it was originally a part of.

Superintendent John Cselovszki said the non-renewal resolution was his recommendation. In addition, a resolution to hire Josh Altman as an elementary teacher for the 2018-19 school year at 1.0 full-time equivalent, $39,488 was removed from the meeting agenda.

On April 12, the school board clerk emailed a special meeting notice for the purpose of introducing a resolution relating to the termination and non-renewal of a non-tenured teacher for 3 p.m., Monday, April 16 in the district conference room.

The board:

• Heard a 2018 Senior Class report on the March 27-30 class trip to Orlando. Students said they visited City Walk, Sea World, Universal Studies, Harry Potter World plus a barbecue and boogie boarding on the beach.

• Approved a Senior Class of 2019 three-day trip to Daytona Beach. Students said they will visit Florida’s tallest lighthouse, a nature center, Daytona NASCAR Speedway, and Lagoon Water Park. Cost is $900 to $1,000. So far, deposits have been received from 13 of 17 interested students. The class has 29 students.

• Approved donations of $243.18 from Friends of Sleepy Eye to the pep band to use to offset state tournament t-shirt costs, $100 from Charles Hansen to the high school athletic dept., $40 to baseball and $120 to softball from the Cook family in memory of Donald “Duke” Cook, and a $2,500 Monsanto Grow Communities program to benefit the Future Farmers of America.

Fritz Busch can be emailed at fbusch@nujournal.com.