All four of the incumbent school board members were re-elected to the Perham-Dent School Board in the general election held on No. 3. The school board met over Zoom on Friday, Nov. 13, to canvas the election results.
Elected to the three four year terms were the incumbents, Sue Von Ruden, with 4,382 votes, Aaron Kalina, with 4,219 votes, Cyndy Huber, with 4,030 votes, and 80 votes written in.
In a special election for a two-year seat on the school board, incumbent Arnie Thompson was re-elected with 5,580 votes. The special election also saw 67 write-in votes.
All four of these school board seats will take effect on Monday, Jan. 4.
The board also voted to allocate $100,030 of the district’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act funds to hire two to three full-time substitute teachers.
Superintendent Mitch Anderson said these teachers would be licensed teachers who would be hired for the 2020-21 school year under the pretense that they would be used as long haul substitute teachers, who would teach in all three schools and assigned as needed.
The school district currently has enough funds budgeted for needed personal protection equipment and sanitation supplies, but as cases and exposure occurs in both students and teachers the need for more licensed teachers who can be used wherever needed has become prevalent.
It is the current plan of the district to stay in the current learning model for as long as possible. The Monday and Tuesday before Christmas will likely be used as transition days for teachers. The current plan is to have all students kindergarten through 12th-grade distance learn Jan. 4-18 before returning to the current learning model on Jan. 19.