Written by John Plestina
The Bainville School District is preparing for an election for a school district trustee Tuesday, May 6.
The school board approved a resolution to hold the election during the monthly meeting Wednesday, March 12.
Board chairman Dana Berwick currently holds the three-year seat that is up for election.
Voting will be in the commons area in the school from noon until 8 p.m. Voters must be registered by Monday, April 7, must be 18 years of age by election day and at least a 30-day resident of Montana and Roosevelt County.
Candidates must file nomination papers with at least five signatures of qualified registered voters by Thursday, March 27, for their names to appear on the ballot. Those wishing to run as write-in candidates must declare their intention to run by Thursday, April 10, if votes are to count.
In other business, Superintendent Renee Rasmussen said the preliminary general fund budget for the next fiscal year would be $1,499,599. If the budget is larger, it could decrease oil and gas tax revenue funding for the district.
Rasmussen said it would not be necessary to ask voters for a larger general fund levy. The district obtains funding from oil and gas revenue, therefore a tax levy increase would not be necessary.
In another matter, the board accepted a recommendation by athletic director Tanya Wilson to appoint Dan Lambert as golf coach pending the outcome of a background check.
Wilson said another person who had been hired to become coach resigned prior to assuming any coaching duties.
Rasmussen said she will request that Wilson’s title be changed to activities director.
The board also voted not to accept an out-of-district student from North Dakota.
In other business, science teacher Kimberly McKinley received authorization by board consensus to take an estimated 21 students on a science field trip to “Expanding Your Horizons” on the Montana State University campus at Bozeman April 4 and 5.
A formal school board vote was not necessary because the cost of the trip was within the superintendent’s spending authority.
In another matter, the board opened three sealed bids and sold a surplus van to Joe Popp for $4,300. The other bids were for $3,111 and $3,333.
The board also voted to give permission to district clerk Marsha Schmidt to pay oil expenses from oil income.