Despite school being out of session and summer taking center stage, the Devils Lake School Board meeting had a busy agenda Thursday evening at the meeting room inside the Sports Center.

Despite school being out of session and summer taking center stage, the Devils Lake School Board meeting had a busy agenda Thursday evening at the meeting room inside the Sports Center.

Starting of the meeting was a special plaque presentation to outgoing school board member Paul Goulding for his years of service.

Board president Steve Holldorson lauded Goulding's effort through the years.

"It's been a pleasure serving on the school board with you," he stated. "I have learned a lot by working with you."

The board moved along to discussing the possibility of adding a miscellaneous mill levy for 2016.

Devils Lake Superintendent of Schools Scott Privratsky noted increase cost of technology, increased percentage of special education students, high poverty rate, number of students attending school outside the district, existing budget deficit and the ability to retain and recruit highly qualified employees as several reasons that the board is looking to add a miscellaneous mill level.

Privratsky spoke to volunteer organization groups including Kiwanis and Rotary Club at meetings this week. He felt it was a positive experience.

"I think that both groups were glad that the information was explained so they have an idea of what we are looking at," the superintendent added.

Last meeting, the board discussed options of either a five or 10 mill levy. On Thursday, Privratsky noted that he is recommending a five mill miscellaneous mill levy increase with a net increase of less than three mills.

"I would say it's best to be conservative," he stated. "It is important to have the trust of our taxpayers that we are appropriately using those funds."

The mill levy addition will be part of the proposed budget that will be presented to the board at its next meeting July 13.

In other action, the board unanimously agreed to approve a fee for area schools to take part in cooperative agreements for extracurricular activities. Members approved a flat fee of $500 per school as part of the cooperative agreement.

Area districts currently participating in a cooperative agreement with Devils Lake Public School include Minnewaukan, New Rockford-Sheyenne, Langdon, North Star, Warwick and Lakota.

Also, the board approved a budget adjustment of $25,000 to the food service expenditures.