Paul Bunyan Education Cooperative

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District #6050

Who We Are and What We Do

The Paul Bunyan Education Cooperative is an organization of areas school districts that have joined together to compliment and expand existing educational opportunities.

In an educational environment that is constantly changing, it is difficult for individual school districts to provide specific programming in all areas of need. By joining together, the PBEC is able to offer programming that would otherwise be difficult and costly while allowing school districts to maintain their individuality.

The educational services PBEC provides are supported through federal, state, and local school funds. Additional fees are not charged for participants in any program.

Our Vision

Is to empower member school districts to provide needed services to students with disabilities. To provide parents and teachers of students with disabilities high quality technical assistance, staff development activities and support services enabling students with disabilities to benefit from their education.

Purpose of Joint Powers Agreement - July 1, 2013

Member districts created and joined together in an educational cooperative pursuant to Minnesota Statute 471.59 and other applicable statutes for the purpose of enlarging and enriching the learning opportunities in special education and to provide cooperative agreements that enhance opportunities for students in member districts, as well as opportunities for school districts to pursue common efficiencies in their delivery of educational services.

**The Joint Powers Agreement was voted on and approved by all member school boards during the Spring of 2013**

Board of Delegates

Notice: The November 18th Board of Delegates meeting was cancelled due to hazardous weather conditions and will be re-scheduled in January 2017.

The control and management of the Paul Bunyan Education Cooperative is vested in a Board of Delegates, which shall consist of one delegate from each member school district.

The Board of Delegates shall have one regular yearly meeting and special meetings at times and places established by the board for resolutions.

Board of Delegates' Roles and Responsibilities

As a Delegate you will become the representative on your local school board that ensures the quality, integrity and efficiency of the Paul Bunyan Education Cooperative.

As a Delegate you will have a deeper understanding of special education and how the PBEC meets the unique needs of the special learners within your school district.

As a Delegate you will have broader knowledge of special education federal and state legislation. You will learn about the mandates that drive the direction of special education. You will learn about federal and state funding and how this impacts your local school district.

As a Delegate, you will work with your District's Superintendent to ensure that the needs of the special education students and staff in your district are being met by the PBEC.

Board of Delegates' Powers

The Board of Delegates shall have all powers granted by statute or otherwise which are necessary or expedient to accomplish the purpose of the Joint Powers Agreement.

In addition to general powers, and not in limitation, the Board of Delegates shall have the following powers:

  1. To acquire and dispose of real and personal property
  2. To sue and to be sued
  3. To make amendments to the Joint Powers Agreement and By-Laws
  4. To approve the borrowing or entering into any loans on behalf of the Council
  5. To do what is reasonably necessary to achieve the purpose of the Joint Powers Agreement.

The Board of Delegates shall establish, and from time to time amend, suitable by-laws for the Paul Bunyan Education Cooperative, which are consistent with the Joint Powers Agreement by a two-thirds vote of the full membership of the board.

Current Board of Delegates

Garny Gaffey (Pine River Backus)Bob Sandin (Crosby-Ironton)
Mike Erholtz (Pequot Lakes)Tom Haglin (Brainerd)
Cindi Hills (Aitkin)Scott Mudgett (Pillager)
Tom NixonValorie Wallin
Shawn Hunstad

Executive Board

The superintendents of the member districts shall constitute the Executive Board to the Paul Bunyan Education Cooperative.

The executive board shall meet at least four times per year at times and places established by resolution or by-laws of the Executive Board. Notice of meetings shall be consistent with requirements of the Minnesota Open Meeting Law.

Current Executive Board

Brad Kelvington (Aitkin)Laine Larson (Brainerd)
Jamie Skjevland (Crosby-Ironton)Chris Lindholm (Pequot Lakes)
Mike Malmberg (Pillager)Dave Endicott (Pine River-Backus)

Executive Board Powers

The Executive Board shall act as the administrating board of the Paul Bunyan Education cooperative and is generally empowered to:

  1. Administer the affairs of the PBEC under the direction of the Board of Delegates.
  2. To appoint (hire) the PBEC Executive Director/Director of Special Education.
  3. To adopt an annual budget and approve all disbursements of funds.
  4. Make recommendations to the Board of Delegates in the matter of policy, programs and such other matters that would enhance the functions of the PBEC.

The Executive Board may adopt policy and guidelines for the operation of each of the educational enterprises in which PBEC engages. Policies and guidelines may contain:

  1. The eligibility requirements of its enrollees.
  2. The method by which each enterprise is to be administered.
  3. The method by which the members' pro-rate costs are to be determined.
  4. The method by which nonmembers are to be assessed for their enrollees participating in one or more of the programs of the PBEC; and the name of the office assigned to the direct supervision of the enterprise.

The Executive Board shall establish terms and conditions of employment of all staff subject to the following:

  1. A committee shall be appointed consisting of members of the Executive Board to negotiate terms and conditions of employment with exclusive representatives duly qualified by law; and
  2. Final negotiated agreements shall be submitted to the Executive Board for its approval.

Executive Board shall have all the functions essential and necessary to the administration of the PBEC including the recruitment, supervision, assignment of all personnel, and the recommendation for employment and termination of licensed personnel.

The Executive Board shall be responsible for the management of the fiscal affairs related to the operation of the PBEC and in such capacity shall pay bills, issue all payroll checks and receive all monies for the PBEC.

The Executive Board shall make all reports as are necessary to the state and other agencies and shall file all claims for reimbursement and for state and federal funds.

The Executive Board shall invoice each of the signatory members regularly for its pro-rata share of the operating costs of the PBEC.