Board elects new officers


GWINN — Ashley Jenema was elected president of the Gwinn Area Community Schools Board of Education Monday.

Election of officers took place at the regular board meeting at the Gwinn High School Library.

Jenema had been serving as interim president following the resignation in November of Ronald Lauren.

Dawn Andrews was elected vice president, while Avis Meyers-Ketola was elected secretary. Dale Wedig was elected treasurer.

Introduced at the meeting was the newest board member, Patricia Emery, who replaced Roger Stein. Stein resigned from his position in December due to what he said was an increased work load at his place of employment.

Emery, who was named to the board Saturday and will serve on the board until Dec. 31, has roots in the community.

“I have graduated from Gwinn High School,” Emery said. “I’ve lived in the area all but one year of my entire life. I have five children that currently attend the district, with two more coming shortly.”

The board also approved an amended the 2017-18 general fund budget with revenues of $11,295,354 and expenditures of $11,294,352.

Business Manager Amy Finkbeiner said that leaves the district with a negative fund balance of $405,651. She also noted she believes the budget may be amended as least two more times during the school year.

Having a positive fund balance for 2017-18 allows the district to keep from going into further debt and compounding the negative fund balance from last year, Superintendent Sandra Petrovich said.

“I look at it as a positive accomplishment for what I call phase one of a three-phase plan,” said Petrovich, who noted the district soon will enter into the second phase as it works on its deficit elimination plan that will involve watchful spending and adjusting the budget through the year.

Phase 3, she said, will focus on building a positive fund balance.

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