Welcome to Human Resources! 

Ms. Valerie Swenson
HR/Payroll | 218.568.9203
Our Human Resources team supports the school district’s mission and strategic direction by providing quality HR services to attract, develop, motivate and retain a diverse workforce. We strive to maximize the potential of employees in all positions and recognize their abilities to contribute to the overall success of our students. Our department serves approximately 240 employees, including teachers, principals, secretaries, paraprofessionals, custodians, nutrition services, technology and transportation employees. 

Human Resources is located at the District Office at 30805 Olson Street in Pequot Lakes. The District Office is in the same building as the high school and middle school. 

Functions in the Office include the following:
  • Payroll Processing & Recordkeeping 
  • Benefit Administration & Support 
  • Workers Compensation Administration 
  • Affordable Care Act Compliance 

Payroll Processing & Recordkeeping
The HR department is responsible for the preparation of paychecks (including withholding and deductions), the distribution of paychecks, and the payment and reporting of payroll taxes. The business office also maintains the financial records for employee wages/salaries, withholding, deductions, employee leave time (holidays, sick, vacation, personal, etc.) and other items on employee paychecks.

Benefit Administration & Support

The HR department is responsible for the management of the district’s group benefit programs (group health, dental, vision, long-term disability, worker’s compensation, life insurance, flexible spending plan and 403(b) plan). The HR department also trains employees in understanding how the district benefit programs work and what types of standards employees must meet in order to qualify for benefits. 

Workers Compensation Administration

The HR department administers the workers compensation insurance program for the District. If an employee of the district is injured while working, the HR department will help him/her with the necessary paperwork and provide resources to aid in the employees’ recovery.

Affordable Care Act Compliance
The HR department has worked diligently to ensure that the Pequot Lakes School District is in compliance with the Affordable Care Act and continues to work with the district’s health providers to ensure the compliance meets or exceeds ACA regulations.