The Perham-Dent School Board met Wednesday, Jan. 8, for its regular meeting.

New board officers: The board elected four new officers:

  • Cindy Huber, chairwoman

  • Aaron Kalina, vice chairwoman

  • Sue Von Ruden, clerk

  • Mike Hamann, treasurer

Board committee assignments:

  • Support Staff Negotiations: Nathan Rooney, Arnie Thompson, Mike Hamann

  • Non-Union Staff Negotiations: Nathan Rooney, Arnie Thompson, Mike Hamann

  • Teacher Negotiations: Sue Von Ruden, Cindy Huber, Aaron Kalina

  • Transportation Negotiations: Sue Von Ruden, Nathan Rooney, Justine Anderson

  • PACC: Justine Anderson

  • Technology Committee: Cindy Huber, Nathan Rooney, Aaron Kalina

  • Facilities Committee: Sue Von Ruden, Cindy Huber, Nathan Rooney

  • Food Service Committee: Justine Anderson, Aaron Kalina, Sue Von Ruden

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A special thank you: Hans Larson, funeral director at Schoeneberger Funeral Home, gave a special and formal thanks to the school board and all of the school staff who helped make Charles Nord’s Dec. 16 funeral at Perham High School possible.

Driver's education increase: The school board approved to increase both the pay of the behind the wheel driver's education instructors and the cost of drivers education classes. The increase in the cost of driver education is to balance the wage increase, as the state minimum wage increases this year. The increase will start for the June driver's education class, raising the cost from $250 to $275, which is a lower cost then the surrounding areas, where the average cost is $300, according to the board.

New ALC teacher: The board approved the posting of a new part-time ALC instructor, with a math license, with existing ALC funding.

Elementary STEM camp: Heart of the Lakes Elementary will be holding a one-hour after school robotics camp Jan. 27-30. Twenty kids will be chosen for this camp through a lottery program.