Norman County West School Board Approves Purchase Agreements for Hendrum & Halstad Schools; Ron Gotteberg Honored

Norman County West School Board Approves Purchase Agreements for Hendrum & Halstad Schools; Ron Gotteberg Honored

May 19, 2021 News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0

Hendrum, MN — The Norman County West School Board held their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday night in Hendrum, where they approved purchase agreements for both the Halstad and Hendrum schools and recognized a long-time staff member for five decades of outstanding employment. 

At the last month’s meeting, the Norman County West School Board approved a tentative agreement with the City of Hendrum to purchase the elementary for $1 and provide $50,000 in operating costs. The official purchase agreement was approved by the board on Tuesday night. However, it still requires approval from the city. A purchase agreement for the former high school with the City of Halstad was also approved by the board. That agreement was also a sale for $1, but included $60,000 in transitional costs and the building would be sold in its current form. That purchase agreement was different from previous proposals with the city, as it did not include any demolition, but more closely resembled the deal with Hendrum, according to Superintendent Dr. Jim Hess.

Dr. Hess notes that while each community is different, he felt it was important that they both get similar and fair deals when it comes to purchasing back their respective schools.

Also during the meeting, the Norman County West School Board and fellow staff members recognized District Information Technology Coordinator Ron Gotteberg for his 50 years of service with the district.

Gotteberg will not be continuing on in the new district. The new district, Ada-Borup-West, was officially approved for consolidation by the Minnesota Department of Education and was given a new number, ISD 2901.  The final Norman County West School Board meeting is scheduled for next month.