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Lanesboro School District discusses referendum


Fri, Oct 22nd, 2010
Posted in Education

Certified public accountant Pam Ristau was at the Lanesboro School Board meeting on October 19 to give a report of her recent audit for 2009-2010.

Ristau said the general fund unreserved or undesignated fund balance increased by $251,847. The net assets also increased by $68,440 during the year. District-wide revenues were $4,135,472, and expenses were $3,710,276.

Ristau said the food service fund is doing really well, better than many schools, but the community education fund is in the negative, as it decreased by $31,094. It now is at a negative $29,387. Ristau said the daycare is a big part of the community service, and the economy has created problems this year, as some people have pulled their kids out or don't need daycare anymore.

The total general fund has a loss of $200,000 this year. Ristau said they have had more capital purchases this year than last year. The district purchased a house on the block, two buses, and some equipment. They also traded in a bus and sold an old computer.

The total fund balance of the district is $3,608,117.

Ristau also spoke about the debt service fund. The district paid off some debt that was almost a million dollars. They refinanced a bond from 1990. Their long-term debt is down to two general obligation bonds.

Since the board was missing two members, they decided to wait until the others could look the report over before approving the 2009-2010 audit.

Operating Referendum

Superintendent Jeff Boggs said the school has had a $300 per resident student referendum since 2000-2001. He said that at the time they didn't need the money from the city residents, but the state was promoting referendums to shift the burden of paying from the schools. They were also part of a 3:1 match from the state. For every dollar that tax payers gave the school, the state gave three dollars.

"It was a great deal," said Boggs. "It's the reason we're in great shape now. We banked a lot of money."

Boggs said the money was managed well over the years, and although there was a little dip this year, Lanesboro still has a strong fund balance. He doesn't believe the referendum is necessarily necessary at this time.

The district no longer receives that 3:1 match. Boggs said it has been dropping every year. This last year the residents gave $70,000 and the state gave $10,000, which is about fifteen cents on the dollar.

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R-P approves new school consulting proposal

Fri, Oct 22nd, 2010
Posted in Education

The Rushford-Peterson school board voted Monday, October 18th, to approve a proposal from ICS Consulting, Inc., of Mounds View, to assist the district with the New School Initiative. The firm offers planning for all areas of project development and ..... 
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Chatfield School Board allots time for cell phones

Fri, Oct 22nd, 2010
Posted in Education

The regular monthly Chatfield School Board meeting took place on Tuesday, October 18th, at the high school media center. Preceding the regular meeting was a public referendum informational meeting that was open to the public. The meeting was to info ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Foundation seeks board members

Fri, Oct 22nd, 2010
Posted in Education

Fillmore Central Schools will be working with the Preston Area Foundation on establishing a school foundation. We are looking for a founding group to develop a plan to organize and launch the school foundation. The group will be considered the board ..... 
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Kingsland Community Education announces two special yoga events

Fri, Oct 15th, 2010
Posted in Education

As part Kingsland Community Education's commitment to offer affordable, fun classes related to wellness and wellbeing, Kingsland Community Director, Jennifer Dessner, announces two special yoga events. 

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Houston welcomes new Superintendent

Wed, Oct 6th, 2010
Posted in Education

Houston Public Schools, ISD 294 welcomes new superintendent, Jean Broadwater, who joined the district on August 1. Steve Scheu, school board chair, said, "We anticipate great things with our new superintendent. Her willingness to listen to stakehold ..... 
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Luther receives $119,898 NHPRC grant for archives project

Wed, Oct 6th, 2010
Posted in Education

DECORAH, Iowa-Luther College, in partnership with Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, has received a grant of $119,898 from the National Historical Publication and Records Commission for a project designed to survey and make accessible significant ..... 
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Finances and an early start

Mon, Oct 4th, 2010
Posted in Education

Fillmore Central Superintendent Myrna Luehmann painted a bleak picture of the state's financial situation at the recent school board meeting. She had attended a MSBA (Minnesota School Board Association) meeting the week before, where the state's def ..... 
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Kingsland school referendum

Fri, Oct 1st, 2010
Posted in Education



A recently formed committee of the Kingsland Public Schools will be reaching out to the community in the next few weeks to furnish information and answer questions regarding the upcoming revenue authorization. Currently the existing referend ..... 
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