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Library director to receive raise

During its July 29 Library Board meeting, the Friday Memorial Library Board praised the work of library director Kimberly Hennings following her six-month performance evaluation and decided it would propose to the city that she receive a $3,000 raise for her hard work.

“In a nutshell, we are very glad that you are here,” said board president Jeff Peplau. “So we are going to propose to the city that you get a $3,000 raise.”

According to Hennings, it was negotiated when she was hired that she would get a guaranteed increase of $500 to her salary at the end of her six-month probationary period. However, all the board members were in agreement that she deserved much more than that for all she has done in those six short months. After reconvening to open session, the board voted to make the proposal to the city for a larger raise.

“We don’t feel like that is quite enough for everything that you do,” said board member Keith Stuedemann.

Hennings thanked the board members for their confidence in her and their praise of her work. According to Hennings, the money for a larger raise was budgeted for and it is the library board’s decision on what to do with it in regards to a raise for the library director.

The board also discussed setting goals for Hennings to accomplish in the future at one of its next meetings. A one-year evaluation will be conducted next February.

Also decided during the meeting was that Gordon Granroth and William Ruyle would be the two board members, in addition to Hennings, who would represent the library on the Pre-Project Planning Charrette Committee.

The purpose of the charrette is to work on the stakeholder and community preproject site concept development process for the Community Commons and public library. The project may include a community library or a combination community library and educational space for various partners. The group will put a considerable emphasis on developing a strong vision that can be shared by a diverse range of stakeholders, which will be fundamental to building and maintaining momentum throughout the project.

According to Hennings, the group is likely to be finalized later this month, with the possibility of the first meeting taking place in September.

The board heard a report from Hennings about the summer programming as well as possible upcoming events at the library. Hennings talked about the possibility of the library receiving a grant from Best Buy to purchase technology and create programming geared toward teenagers.

The next library board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 6 p.m.

Jordan Willi
Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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