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Frazee board says farewell to three members

Monday evening was the last meeting for three of the Frazee-Vergas School Board members.

After serving a combined 25 years on the board, Nancy Dashner (16 years on the board), Dwight Cook (eight years) and Don Thorp (17 months) finished up their terms.

Kenny Fett, Matt Bauer and Jim Nelson will be taking their places next month.

At the close of Monday's meeting, chair Dana Laine thanked the members for their time on the board and read the oath that school board members take when they take office.

"I just want to say that you do do that and have done that diligently," she said of their service. "It's been an honor to serve with you."

She presented Thorp with a certificate for his time on the board (which was made by appointment to fill out a term) and Dashner with a plaque. Cook missed the meeting, but there was a plaque for him as well. The board also paid for dinner certificates for each of the three and their spouses.

Also at the board meeting:

• The board agreed to lease the basement of the former administration building to a thrift store for storage.

It is a 22-by-44-foot space where the technology department used to be housed. There are still some server and technology components in the basement, but they are locked and secured.

Superintendent Deron Stender said there isn't anyone else who would likely want to rent the space because one has to walk through the thrift store to get to the basement.

The board agreed to rent out the space to the thrift store and raise the rent from $275 a month to $305.

• Stender said he is still working to get an online program for students. He had hoped to have an agreement in place by the first of the year, but that hasn't happened yet. He is working with the teachers' union, the Frazee Education Association, to bring online education to the district.

Dashner said she is frustrated it's taken two years and feels that the staff is moving really slow on the subject. Students are fleeing the district to take courses online through other schools, she added.

"I'm leaving with frustration that the district and students are being shorted," she said.

Stender said he is working on it.

"No, this isn't coming from you, you've been dedicated to this," she told Stender. "It's a different source and it's been very apparent to me."

• The board is taping and airing school board meetings now. The board got to watch a sample of the last board meeting that was taped, and saw the quality of the taping, which all were pleased with.

The meeting will air on Channel 14 several times a month, and Stender also suggested posting the meeting on YouTube as well.