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Frazee teachers, district near agreement

In a very brief meeting Monday evening, the Frazee-Vergas School Board approved its half of the negotiations with district teachers.

In a vote of 5-1, with member Nancy Dashner voting opposed, the board passed a motion to approve the 2009-2011 Frazee Education Association master agreement. There was no discussion on the issue, and until the teachers sign the agreement, it isn't being released to the public.

The FEA and the district have been in negotiations for months over the agreement, with the FEA holding a public meeting in January to tell their side of the dispute and ask for support from the community.

The district and teachers had until Jan. 15 to reach an agreement and because they hadn't, the state fined the district $25 per pupil, which figured out to about $26,000.

Also at the school board meeting, the board passed a resolution establishing a school district primary election system.

"If in any year there are more than two candidates for a specified school board position or there are more than twice as many school board candidates as there are at-large school board positions available, a primary election must be held that year," it reads in part.

At the last Frazee-Vergas board election, there were 11 candidates for three spots on the board.

If needed, a primary will be held Aug. 10.

Also, Diane Menz and Donna Mineer were presented with an award for the "outstanding job the business office does for us," Chairman Dana Laine said.

The 2010 School Finance Award comes from the Minnesota Department of Education.

Superintendent Deron Stender thanked the two women for "making sure our district is always in compliance."