It's official: Rocori's Mark Jenson will take over Detroit Lakes Public Schools' superintendent duties from Doug Froke on July 1.

The DL School Board approved a three-year contract for Jenson at its regular meeting Monday night; the meeting was on the second rather than the third Monday of the month due to next week's President's Day holiday.

Per the terms announced last week when Jenson accepted the district's offer, he will receive a beginning salary of $140,000 the first year, and a $3,000 increase for each of the next two years.

New master teaching contract

Also at Monday's meeting, the board approved a two-year master teaching contract with the members of Education Minnesota-Detroit Lakes. The contract had previously been ratified by Education Minnesota-Detroit Lakes when members met last week.

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The new master contract calls for a 1.75% increase in the salary schedule for both 2019-20 and 2020-21, which together with increases in district contributions to the teachers' health insurance and 403(b) plan benefits will bring the total two-year salary and benefits package increase to 7.1%.

Other business

In other business Monday, the board:

  • Approved a request from instrumental music instructor Tim Siewert to allow his band students to attend a music festival and band competition in Honolulu in March 2021. Per district policy, the students will have to pay their own way to Hawaii for the event; Siewert said the first of three planned fundraisers for their trip would begin Friday, Feb. 14.
  • Approved the issuance of $4 million in general obligation facilities maintenance bonds to help finance upcoming long-term facilities maintenance projects, as well as amending the district's 10-year long-term facilities maintenance plan to include the additional funding. In addition, they approved a total of $10,700 in construction change orders for the ongoing facility improvement projects at Rossman and Roosevelt Elementary schools.