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INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT 99

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT 99 ESKO, MINNESOTA DECEMBER 12, 2006 REGULAR SESSION The Esko Board of Education, Independent School District No. 99, Esko, Minnesota, met in regular session on Tuesday, December 12, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. in the board conf...

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL

DISTRICT 99

ESKO, MINNESOTA

DECEMBER 12, 2006

REGULAR SESSION

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The Esko Board of Education, Independent School District No. 99, Esko, Minnesota, met in regular session on Tuesday, December 12, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. in the board conference room.

Members present: Liljegren, Schraw, Eskuri, Powers, Bockbrader, Tuttle (arrived at 7:22), Fischer.

Members absent: None.

Call to Order

Liljegren called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.

Approval of the Agenda

Moved by Powers, second by Bockbrader to approve the agenda. Motion carried by unanimous vote (without Tuttle).

Approval of Consent Agenda Items

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Moved by Schraw, second by Powers to approve the Consent Agenda Items as follows:

  • Approve the minutes of the November 28, 2006 school board meeting.
  • Approve the November 2006 unscheduled checks.

November 2006 Unscheduled
Date; Check #s; Voided; Pmt by Phone; Total

11/1- 11/15/06; 61608-61646; -; -; $23,210.04

11/7/06; Elan Fin. Services; -;Payment by Phone; 518.90

GRAND TOTAL $23,728.94

  • Approve the November 2006 regular bills amount of $151,176.22.

November 2006 Regular Bills
Date; Check #s; Voided; Pmt by Phone; Total

11/28/06; 61647 - 61760; -; -; $151,176.22

GRAND TOTAL $151,176.22

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  • Approve the December 2006 regular checks pending completion and treasurer's review.
  • Approve November 2006 voided check items - #61519 ($4,488.96) and #61593 ($10.00).
  • Approve request for leave (FMLA) from K. Casper.
  • Approve request for leave (FMLA) from B. Pfister.
  • Approve fundraising request from Music Boosters to take donations at concerts for instrument purchase.
  • Approve fundraising request from Music Boosters - Chip Shoppe food sales.

Motion carried by unanimous vote (without Tuttle).
Administrative Reports

Board Committee Reports

  • Eskuri - Non-certified Negotiations Committee report regarding the meeting with AFSCME and the creating of a cleaner classification in the contract.
  • Liljegren - Staff Development Committee meeting report.

Superintendent's Report -

  • Possible renewal of the MASA Jobsite Online subscription for 2007
  • MN Kindergarten Association 2008 Spring Convention - Board gave consent to hold conference at Esko should it be desired
  • Enrollment update
  • Update on proposed athletic field project meetings

Congratulations and Commendations
The Esko Board of Education would like to recognize Joy Eskuri and John Tuttle as they complete their elected terms. Their dedication and leadership have provided valuable service in the administration of the Esko School District.

Special thanks to Joy Eskuri for her diligence and guidance in helping the Board to manage the district finances to the positive levels they are today. Also special thanks for her involvement in the school and community, and keeping the Board aware of current issues and concerns.

Special thanks to John Tuttle for his exceptional knowledge of district administration, and his ability to shed unique perspectives on issues and help the Board make sound decisions. Also special thanks for his steady guidance and leadership in numerous negotiations and administrative contracts. His years of service on the Board have provided immeasurable benefits and deserve special recognition.

The Board recognizes and thanks these two outstanding members of the Esko School Board for all they have provided to the staff, students and community of Esko.

Approval of Bus Purchase

Moved by Tuttle, second by Powers to approve the purchase of another bus in fiscal year 2007 due to emission standards changes effective January 2007. (This will involve trading in one bus.) Motion carried by unanimous vote.

Approval of Additional Paraprofessional Position

Moved by Eskuri, second by Tuttle to approve an additional paraprofessional position - 6.5 hours/day, secondary student assistant. Motion carried by unanimous vote.

Approval of Resolutions to Refinance Bonds

Moved by Tuttle, second by Eskuri to approve a resolution regarding the refinance of school district bonds.

RESOLUTION APPROVING THE ISSUANCE OF GENERAL OBLIGATION REFUNDING BONDS; COVENANTING AND OBLIGATING THE DISTRICT TO BE BOUND BY AND TO USE THE PROVISIONS OF MINNESOTA STATUTES, SECTION 126C.55 TO GUARANTEE THE PAYMENT OF THE PRINCIPAL AND INTEREST ON THE BONDS

I, the undersigned, being the duly qualified and acting recording officer of the public corporation issuing the obligations referred to in the title of this certificate, certify that the documents attached hereto, as described above, have been carefully compared with the original records of said corporation in my legal custody, from which they have been transcribed; that said documents are a correct and complete transcript of the minutes of a meeting of the governing body of said corporation, and correct and complete copies of all resolutions and other actions taken and of all documents approved by the governing body at said meeting, so far as they relate to said obligations; and that said meeting was duly held by the governing body at the time and place and was attended throughout by the members indicated above, pursuant to call and notice of such meeting given as required by law.

RESOLUTION APPROVING THE ISSUANCE OF GENERAL OBLIGATION REFUNDING BONDS; COVENANTING AND OBLIGATING THE DISTRICT TO BE BOUND BY AND TO USE THE PROVISIONS OF MINNESOTA STATUTES, SECTION 126C.55 TO GUARANTEE THE PAYMENT OF THE PRINCIPAL AND INTEREST ON THE BONDS

WHEREAS, Independent School District No. 99 (the "District") has been advised by Northland Securities, Inc. ("NSI") that a refunding of the District's, Series 1998 (the "Series 1998 Bonds"), is feasible based on interest rates presently available for the issuance of new refunding bonds (the "Bonds"), and

WHEREAS, NSI has indicated a willingness to purchase the Bonds, and

WHEREAS, the District desires to effectuate the transaction with NSI whenever market conditions are appropriate.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the School Board of Independent School District No. 99, State of Minnesota as follows:

1. The Board President and the Superintendent or the Business Manager are hereby authorized to approve the sale of the Bonds to NSI, provided that the total net savings is at least at least $485,000.

2. Upon approval of the sale of the Bonds by the Board President and the Superintendent or the Business Manager, the School Board will meet at its next regularly scheduled Board meeting thereafter to adopt the necessary approving resolutions as drafted by Fryberger, Buchanan, Smith & Frederick, P.A., the District's Bond Counsel.

3. (a) The District hereby covenants and obligates itself to notify the Commissioner of Education of a potential default in the payment of principal and interest on the Bonds and to use the provisions of Minnesota Statutes, Section 126C.55 to guarantee payment of the principal and interest on the Bonds when due. The District further covenants to deposit with the Bond Registrar or any successor paying agent three (3) days prior to the date on which a payment is due an amount sufficient to make that payment or to notify the Commissioner of Education that it will be unable to make all or a portion of that payment. The Bond Registrar for the Bonds is authorized and directed to notify the Commissioner of Education if it becomes aware of a potential default in the payment of principal or interest on the Bonds or if, on the day two (2) business days prior to the date a payment is due on the Bonds, there are insufficient funds to make that payment on deposit with the Bond Registrar. The District understands that as a result of its covenant to be bound by the provisions of Minnesota Statutes, Section 126C.55, the provisions of that section shall be binding as long as any Bonds of this issue remain outstanding.

(b) The District further covenants to comply with all procedures now or hereafter established by the Department of Finance and Education of the State of Minnesota pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Section 126C.55, subdivision 2(c) and otherwise to take such actions as necessary to comply with that section. The chair, clerk, superintendent or business manager is authorized to execute any applicable Minnesota Department of Education forms.

4. NSI is authorized to prepare an Official Statement or Offering Memorandum related to the sale of the Bonds.

5. If the Board Chair and the Superintendent or Business Manager have not approved the sale of the bonds to NSI and executed the related bond purchase agreement by February 23, 2007, this resolution shall expire.

The motion for the adoption of the foregoing resolution was duly seconded by Member Eskuri, and upon vote being taken thereon, the following voted in favor thereof: Bockbrader, Eskuri, Liljegren, Powers, Schraw, Tuttle and the following voted against the same: None and the following were absent: None.

Whereupon, said resolution was declared duly passed and adopted.

Approval of 2006 Payable 2007 Tax Levy Certification

Moved by Tuttle, second by Powers to approve the 2006 payable 2007 tax levy certification in the amount of $1,387,675.53. Motion carried by unanimous vote.

Approval of Increase in the Threshold for Fixed Asset Clarification

Moved by Eskuri, second by Bockbrader to approve increasing the threshold for the fixed asset clarification of equipment from $3,500 to $5,000 effective July 1, 2006. Motion carried by unanimous vote.

Approval to Consolidate Bank Accounts

Moved by Powers, second by Bockbrader to approve consolidating the payroll bank account into the general bank account. Motion carried by unanimous vote.

Approval of Bid - Music Instrument Purchase

Moved by Tuttle, second by Eskuri to approve the bid of $31,496 from Schmitt Music for new band instruments. (District capital outlay monies in the amount of $31,000 and $496 from donations.) Motion carried by unanimous vote.

Approval of Membership

Moved by Bockbrader, second by Schraw to approve membership renewal for 2006/2007 in the Northern Lights Special Education Cooperative. Motion carried by unanimous vote.

Approval of 2006 Staff Development Report

Moved by Liljegren, second by Powers to approve the 2006 Staff Development Report as presented. Motion carried by unanimous vote.

Communications

The Board received a thank you from G. Hexum for the Board's previous commendation for Mr. Hexum's administrative help.

Adjournment

There being no further business, it was moved by Tuttle, second by Eskuri, and carried by all yea votes that this meeting be adjourned at 8:55 p.m.

Duane Schraw, Clerk

Published in the Pine Journal on February 21, 2007

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL

DISTRICT 99

ESKO, MINNESOTA

JANUARY 9, 2006

REGULAR BOARD MEETING

The Esko Board of Education, Independent School District No. 99, Esko, Minnesota, held their regular board meeting on Tuesday, January 9, 2007, at 5:00 p.m. in the board conference room.

Members present: Bockbrader, Liljegren, Powers, Frederick, Schraw, McComber, and Superintendent Fischer. Members absent: None.

Call the Meeting to Order

Liljegren called the meeting to order at 5:01 p.m.

Approval of Agenda

Moved by Bockbrader, second by Schraw to approve the agenda. Motion carried by unanimous vote.

Oathes of Office

Board members McComber, Frederick, and Powers, being elected in the November 2006 election to four-year terms on the Esko Board of Education, took School Board Member Oaths of Office

Election of Officers

  • Call for nominations for Board Chair.

Moved by Powers, second by Bockbrader to nominate Liljegren as Board Chair. Motion carried by unanimous vote. Moved by Powers, second by Frederick to close nominations and to elect Liljegren. Motion carried by unanimous vote.

  • Call for nominations for Vice-Chair.

Moved by Schraw, second by Liljegren to nominate Powers as Vice-Chair. Motion carried by unanimous vote. Moved by Schraw, second by Bockbrader to close nominations and to elect Powers. Motion carried by unanimous vote.

  • Call for nominations for Treasurer.

Moved by Powers, second by Schraw to nominate Bockbrader as Treasurer. Motion carried by unanimous vote. Moved by Powers, second by Schraw to close nominations and to elect Bockbrader. Motion carried by unanimous vote.

  • Call for nominations for Clerk.

Moved by Bockbrader, second by Powers to nominate Schraw as Clerk. Motion carried by unanimous vote. Moved by Powers, second by Frederick to close nominations and to elect Schraw. Motion carried by unanimous vote.
All nominees elected as detailed above.

Approval of Consent Agenda Items

Moved by Bockbrader, second by Powers to approve the Consent Agenda items as follows:

  • Approve the minutes of the December 12, 2006 school board meeting.
  • Approve the December 2006 unscheduled checks.

December 2006 Unscheduled
Date; Check #s; Voided; Pmt by Phone; Total

12/1- 12/11/06; 61761-61787; -; -; $87,716.24

12/13- 12/31/06; 61788; -; -; 518.90

GRAND TOTAL $88,093.60

  • Approve the December 2006 regular bills amount of $146,987.67.

December 2006 Regular Bills
Date; Check #s; Voided; Pmt by Phone; Total

12/12/2006; 61789-61926; -; -; 146,987.67

GRAND TOTAL $146,987.67

  • Approve the November 2006 Treasurer's Report, Electronic Transfer Report, and Payrolls.

Electronic Transfer Report - November 2006
Date; Acct Transferred From; Acct Transferred To; Amount

11/15/06; MSDLAF Gen'l Acct Daily; MSDLAF Payroll Acct Daily; $303,797.82

11/30/06; MSDLAF Gen'l Acct Daily; MSDLAF Payroll MAX; $293,336.06

Payrolls - November 2006

Date; Payroll Type; Checks; Direct Deposits; Tax Wires; Grand Total

11/15/06; Regular; #93498-93565 for $94,651.59; $146,227.07; $62,919.16; $303,797.82

11/30/06; Regular; #93566-93669 for $90,952.72; $142,241.54; $60,141.80; $293,336.06

  • Approve donations received:

FY 2007 Donations Received
Date Rec'd; Donor; Amount; Gift; Donor's Suggested Use

8/3/06; Esko Area Lions; $500; JH Knowledge Bowl

1/5/07; Esko Ed Foundation; $3,000; Artist in Residency

1/5/07; Esko Parents Group; $1,200 direct pmt; Artist in Residency

Motion carried by unanimous vote.

Open Forum

A representative from Lakes Gas was in attendance to provide information to the Board regarding a Lakes Gas pipeline that connects to the school and the company's interest in providing propane bids.

Approve the Use of the Current Signature Plate

Moved by Bockbrader, second by Powers to approve the use of the current signature plate. Motion carried by unanimous vote.

Act on Setting Salary of School Board Members

Powers moved the following resolution, second by Schraw:

BE IT RESOLVED, that all members of the Board of Education of Esko, Independent School District No. 99, are compensated at a rate of $50 per meeting with a cap of $1,400 per six-month period. Members shall be paid semi-annually in June and December of 2007. Motion carried by unanimous vote.

School Board Meeting Dates

School Board meeting dates for 2007 are as follows. Regular board meetings will be held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. with the following exception: one meeting per month on March 11, June 10, July 17, August 21, and December 11.

Approval of Depositories for School District Funds for 2007

Moved by Bockbrader, second by Schraw to approve depositories for district funds for 2007 as follows: MSDLAF, Republic Bank, and US Bank. Motion carried by unanimous vote.

Approval of School Newspaper for 2007

Moved by Schraw, second by Powers to approve the Cloquet Pine Journal and the Duluth News Tribune as the official school newspapers for 2007. Motion carried by unanimous vote.

Approval of District Attorneys for 2007

Moved by Bockbrader, second by Powers to approve Rudy & Associates and Ratwik, Rozak, and Maloney as district attorneys of record for 2007. Motion carried by unanimous vote.

Discussion: Policy #524, Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy

B. Peterson was in attendance to explain the process used to revise and update Policy #524. The Board offered suggestions and recommendations. The policy will be updated further and brought back for review and approval at a future Board meeting.

Committee Assignments

The following committee assignments were set by the Chair.

  • Finance: Committee of the whole
  • Certified Negotiators: Liljegren, Frederick, Bockbrader (observing - McComber)
  • Non-certified Negotiators: Schraw, Powers, McComber
  • Community Education: Liljegren, Powers/Alternate (Frederick as community member)
  • Special Education: Bockbrader, Fischer/Alternate
  • MSHSL Governing Board: Powers
  • Town Board Liaison: Chair/Vice Chair/Alternate
  • Recreation Board: McComber, Powers/Alternate
  • Economic Development: Powers
  • Staff Development: Liljegren/Bockbrader Alternate
  • Safety: McComber
  • Technology : Frederick/Bockbrader
  • Facilities: Powers
  • Policy: Schraw, Bockbrader
  • Wellness: McComber, Frederick
  • Curriculum Advisory: Bockbrader/McComber

Approval of Authorization to Perform EFT
Moved by Powers, second by Bockbrader to authorize business manager to perform electronic fund transfers. Motion carried by unanimous vote.

Approve Resolution - GO Refunding Bond Sale

Moved by Schraw, second by Powers, to approve a resolution (copy on file in supt's office) providing for the issuance, sale and delivery of GO Refunding Bond, Series 2007A. Motion carried by unanimous vote.

Approve Opening New Account

Moved by Powers, second by Schraw to approve opening a new account with the MN School District Liquid Asset Fund for the proceeds from the GO Refunding Bonds, Series 2007A. Motion carried by unanimous vote.

Authorize Business Manager to Invest

Moved by Bockbrader, second by Schraw to authorize Business Manager Halonen to invest any excess funds at her discretion, as long as investments comply with M.S. 118A.04. Motion carried by unanimous vote.

Approval of Hire of P. Bergstedt

Moved by Powers, second by Frederick to approve the hire of P. Bergstedt as After School Club Coordinator in Community Education (5 hours/week). Motion carried by unanimous vote.

Accept Resignation - T. Jankowski

Moved by Schraw, second by Bockbrader to accept the resignation of T. Jankowski as Parent Education in Community Education. Motion carried by unanimous vote.

Approval of Hire - E. Lehman

Moved by Schraw, second by McComber to approve the hire of E. Lehman as secondary E/BD student assistant (6.5 hours/day). Motion carried by unanimous vote.

Approve a Resolution Directing Administration to Make Recommendations for Reductions in Programs and Positions and Reasons Therefore

Moved by Schraw, second by Frederick to approve a resolution directing administration to make recommendations for reductions in programs and positions and reasons therefore. (Copy of resolution on file in supt's. office.) Motion carried by unanimous vote.

Approval of Open Enrollment Limits by Grade and Programs for 2007/2008 School Year

Moved by Bockbrader, second by Powers to approve open enrollment limits by grade and program for the 2007/2008 school year. (Copy of limits on file in the office of the superintendent.) Motion carried by unanimous vote.

Approval of 2006/07 Winter Coaching Salaries

Moved by Powers, second by Schraw to approve the 2006/07 winter coaching salaries as presented. Motion carried by unanimous vote.

Administrative Reports

Superintendent's Report

  • Review of current enrollment figures
  • Information presented for possible guidelines for budget planning

Presentation: 2007/08 School Calendar
The Board was provided a presentation of a possible school calendar for 2007/08.

Discussion: Outdoor Facilities Project

C. Stoskopf was present to provide the Board with a history of the outdoor facilities project. A North Site Committee was developed to further analyze the project. Members of the committee include Supt. Fischer, Liljegren, Powers (liaison), Bockbrader, McComber (alternate), Frederick (alternate), and C. Stoskopf (Chair).

Committee of the Whole Meeting Set for January 23, 2007 at 6:00 p.m.

A Committee of the Whole meeting will be held Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. in the board room prior to the regular School Board meeting

Adjournment

There being no further business, moved by Powers, second by Schraw to adjourn at 9:17 p.m. Motioned carried by unanimous vote.

Duane Schraw, Clerk

Published in the Pine Journal on February 21, 2006

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL

DISTRICT 99

ESKO, MINNESOTA

JANUARY 23, 2006

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

The Esko Board of Education, Independent School District No. 99, Esko, Minnesota, held a committee of the whole meeting on Tuesday, January 23, 2007, at 6:00 p.m. in the board conference room.

The meeting convened at 6:03 p.m.

Discussion: High School principal position.

Discussion: North fields project.

Meeting adjourned at 7:15 p.m.

The Esko Board of Education, Independent School District No. 99, Esko, Minnesota, held their regular board meeting on Tuesday, January 23, 2007, at 7:00 p.m. in the board conference room.

Members present: Bockbrader (left meeting at 7:55 p.m.), Liljegren, Powers, Frederick, Schraw, McComber and Superintendent Fischer.

Members absent: None.

Call the Meeting to Order

Liljegren called the meeting to order at 7:18 p.m.

Approval of Agenda

Moved by Bockbrader, second by Powers to approve the agenda. Motion carried by unanimous vote.

Approval of Consent Agenda Items

Moved by Powers, second by Frederick to approve the Consent Agenda items as follows:

  • Approve the minutes of the January 9, 2007 board meeting.
  • Approve the January 2007 regular bills for payment.

January 2007 Regular Bills
Date; Check #s; Voided; Pmt by Phone; Total

1/23/2007; 61986-62073; -; -; $84,203.71

GRAND TOTAL $84,203.71

  • Approve the December 2006 Treasurer's Report, Electronic Transfer Report, and Payrolls.

Electronic Transfer Report - December 2006
Date; Acct Transferred From; Acct Transferred To; Amount

12/15/06; MSDLAF Gen'l Acct Daily; MSDLAF Payroll Acct Daily; $60,000.00

12/30/06; MSDLAF Gen'l Acct Daily; MSDLAF Payroll MAX; 294,944.22

Payrolls - December 2006

Date; Payroll Type; Checks; Direct Deposits; Tax Wires; Grand Total

12/15/06; Regular; #93670-93733 for $89,575.82; $138,097.74; $58,812.26; $286,485.82

12/20/06; Supplem.; #93734-93736 for $598.49; $1,172.43; $504.53; $2,275.45

12/29/06; Regular; $93737-93771 & 93772-93805 for $92,969.99; $141,508.90; $60,464.85; $294,943.74

  • Approve part-time request from M. Carpenter for 2007/08.
  • Approve Lane Change for M. Henrickson from MA to MA15 St 3 effective 1/23/07 (Sem. II).

Motion carried by unanimous vote.
First Reading - Policy #524 Internet Acceptable Use & Safety Policy

The Board reviewed/First Reading of Policy #524 Internet Acceptable Use & Safety Policy. The policy will be further updated and reviewed at a future Board meeting.

Administrative Reports

Community Education - 05/06 Annual Summary presented by C. Walther.

Principals' Reports -

High School - R. Bowen

  • Board informed of the Response to Intervention Program that the district must implement.
  • Would like to introduce a new quarter class called Reading Across the Curriculum in the 7th grade.
  • The "Be the Change" attitude is being noticed.
  • The high school is in the process of preparing registration for next school year. The course catalog will be available online.
  • The high school will plan for four sections of 7th grade students for next school year.
  • Personal Finance will be a required standard.
  • The Board was updated on state testing dates.
  • MCA science test must be done online.

Elementary - B. Harker

  • Provided information on the Response to Intervention Program.
  • Reading Curriculum adoption will be next spring (2008).
  • Information shared regarding Guided Reading that was provided to the staff by B. Pfister.
  • Information shared regarding the very successful recycling program.
  • Stickers are being used by the elementary staff for visitors.
  • Upcoming "I Love to Read" project - challenge presented to B. Harker by the students.

Board Committee Reports

  • AFSCME meeting regarding cleaning position - Schraw.
  • MSBA Conference and the educational keynote speaker sessions attended - Powers
  • MSBA Conference and the sessions attended - Frederick
  • Community Ed Advisory Committee meeting & update on upcoming events and the possible purchase of new printers for Community Ed - Frederick
  • Technology Committee meeting - Frederick
  • MSBA Conference attendance - McComber
  • MSBA Conference attendance - Liljegren

Superintendent's Report

  • Life insurance provided for board members
  • Update on fuel sources and prices
  • Presented a flow chart on the decision making process
  • Updated on the formation of an Administrative Cabinet
  • District-wide Celebration Day - staff recognition, volunteers, etc., retirees coming back, etc.
  • Updated on the formation of a Public Relations Committee
  • Legislative update provided.
  • Meeting of the Whole - February 13, 2007 at 6 p.m.

Approval of Hire - M. Slattengren
Moved by Powers, second by Schraw to approve the hire of M. Slattengren as Health Occupations instructor for Semester II of 06/07 at BA Step 5 .80 F.T.E. Motion carried by unanimous vote.

Open Forum

  • J. Halonen updated the Board on the receipt of the refunding bond proceeds.
  • Powers talked about our existing flagpole and a possible new flagpole.
  • Negotiations seminar to be held in Grand Rapids.

Adjournment
There being no further business, moved by Powers, second by Frederick to adjourn at 9:02 p.m. Motioned carried by unanimous vote.

Duane Schraw, Clerk

Published in the Pine Journal on February 21, 2007

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