Members of the Morris School Board for 2019-20 include (back row, l to r): Matt Johnson, Jennifer Goodnough, Superintendent Troy Ferguson, Robyn Van Eps, and Kurt Wulf; and (front row, l to r) Doug Stahman, Mike Odello and Anthony Ekren. (Photo: Theresa Peper)

The Morris School Board passed a number of administrative and procedural measures at their Monday night meeting, which included establishing dates for filing affidavits of candidacy for the school board. There are four school board seats that are up for election this year, those currently held by Anthony Ekren, Kurt Wulf, Robyn Van Eps and Jennifer Goodnough. The filing dates for those interested in running for school board will be July 28 through August 11, and can be done in person at the school district office or online on the district website. There is a $2 filing fee.

The School Board also approved the 2020-2021 preliminary budget, which will be finalized at a later meeting. They also approved fund balance transfers due to COVID-19 and its Emergency Executive Orders, which Superintendent Troy Ferguson said they do not anticipate having to use, but wanted the flexibility to transfer funds as a safeguard. Also, on next year’s academic calendar, March 16 and 17 will be teacher planning days with no school for students.

And finally, insurance advisor Joel Quam of Bremer Insurance recommended the district change its insurance carrier to The Hanover Insurance Group. Even though all insurance carriers are having increases this year, the Hanover proposal was substantially less expensive than the district’s current provider.

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