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ISD#152 Citizen Finance Advisory Committee

Citizen Finance Committee

When: December 17, 2020

Where: Virtual


Citizen Finance Committee Meeting

Thursday, December 17, 2020

6:00 pm-7:00 pm

Google Meets 


  1. Call to Order

  2. Approval of Agenda

  3. Approval of Minutes: September 10, 2020 Citizen Finance Meeting

  4. Audit - Executive Summary- Denice Sinner

  5. Review- Proposed Tax Levy- 2021 - Kristin Dehmer

    1. Summary

    2. Full Presentation (for review)

  6. Construction Update- Dr. Brandon lunak

  7. Other Items

  8. Adjourn Meeting

  9. Next Meeting - March 4, 2021, 6:00 PM


Citizen Finance Committee Meeting

Thursday, December 17, 2020

6:00 pm-7:00 pm

Google Meets




Members Present - Kristin Dehmer, Denice Sinner, Brandon Lunak, Alison Skansgaard, Josh St. Louis, Bill Tomhave, Bruce Jensen, Wayne Miller, Alecia Hultgren, Keith Vogt


  1. Call to Order - 6:02


  1. Approval of Agenda 

    1. Bruce Jensen

    2.  Josh St. Louis

    3. Approved


  1. Approval of Minutes: September 10, 2020 Citizen Finance Meeting

    1. Wayne Miller

    2. Josh St. Louis

    3. Approved


  1. Audit - Executive Summary- Denice Sinner

    1. Unmodified Opinion

    2. Questions

      1. Was there any feedback from anyone about paying for construction out of the general fund? Yes, we also used LTFM money, food service, and bond money to help pay for this. The operations center project will take pressure off of other buildings in the district. The needs of the master facilities plan plus the need for more capacity in the elementaries were accomplished with the building of the operations center.

      2. Have we noticed any measurable efficiencies since opening the new operations center? Yes, we can buy supplies in bulk and store them at the Ops Center. We have saved at least $10,000 on paper and about $20,000 on various custodial supplies that we can buy in bulk. The old transportation garage was costly to heat and the new building is more energy efficient.

      3. How are the meals being brought out to kids this year being funded? We are still paying our transportation contractors so they can go on their routes to hand out meals.


  1. Review- Proposed Tax Levy- 2021 - Kristin Dehmer

    1. Summary

      1. 8% increase in the levy with a 3% increase in our budget. An increase in levy doesn’t directly correlate to an increase in budget. Discussion occurred regarding the balance of levy and state aid in regards to school district revenue.

      2. Enrollment this year was below projections partly due to COVID

      3. Proposed levy for 2021 is an increase of 8.5%


    1. Full Presentation (for review)


  1. Construction Update- Dr. Brandon Lunak

    1. Construction Timeline

      1. Construction on the Career Academy is under way and going well. It is on track to be completed by the start of the next school year.

      2. The parking lot phase 1 was started this past summer at the high school.

    2. Moorhead High School Preliminary Design

      1. We are hoping to wrap up the whole HS project by the 24-25 school year.

      2. Questions

        1. Is the new parking lot equivalent to what is there now? There will be 48-50 more spots when construction is completed.

        2. How big is the theater on the HS construction plan? The theater is at 1,000 seats as of right now and it will be a two level theater.


  1. Other Items

    1. Question - Will Spud Academy be continued for 21-22? We will wait on direction from the state before deciding whether or not we can continue to offer this. The model we have for distance learning this year is not sustainable with our current budget. We are not aware of any additional funding that will be coming to help with this as of now. We have had to add about an additional 25 FTE to staff Spuds Academy.


  1. Adjourn Meeting

    1. 7:01 PM


  1.  Next Meeting - March 4, 2021, 6:00 PM