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Mabel-Canton school board discusses deficit, enrollment


Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Canton Education



The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met on November 18, 2014 at 7 pm. Board members Jane Hall and Troy Soiney were not present.

The official results of the November 4th election for school board members were read by Mary Pat Kuhn. Cristal Adkins, Jeff Rein, Troy Soiney, and Chris Loppnow were elected to serve four year terms.

The minutes from the October 14th, 2014 board meeting were reviewed and approved.

Superintendent Jennifer Backer thanked the Ladies’ Auxiliary for making treats for the teachers’ lounge.

The board accepted the resignations of Michelle Weidemann as yearbook co-advisor and Tom Miller as b-squad girls’ basketball coach. A replacement for Miller has not been found, but the district is actively recruiting. Unpaid leaves of absence were approved for Trisha Soiney and Heather Kleiboer, both to be taken in February, 2015.

Jessica Engelson was approved to be the new choir teacher, and Monica Pierce was approved as a paraprofessional.

Heather Williams donated $525 for the K-6 students to attend a Luther College play. The board accepted the donation and thanked Williams for her generosity.

The school district business manager, Todd Lechtenburg and Jason Boynton from Smith and Schafer Associates presented the results of the audit and the 2014-15 budget. The district currently has a $226,000 deficit. This is due in part to a decrease in enrollment numbers. In the past 10 years, enrollment has gone down 96 students. Thanks to the participation of the Mabel-Canton staff, expenditures were reduced by $37,000, but more needs to be done to balance the budget. “We can all work together. We can’t play the blame game.” said Superintendent Backer. She encouraged staff to continue to find ways to cut expenses and brainstorm ideas to increase revenue. She pointed out that everyone in the district has an investment in the school and can work together to improve the school’s financial situation for the children of the community. Several teachers have suggested starting a School Age Care program at the school. Backer stated that the district received great feedback from the SAC surveys recently. Community Ed is working on the details of starting a SAC program at the school, and Backer is hoping that it will be a reality by the next school year.

The financial audit was approved by the board.

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Mabel-Canton Schools face budget cuts

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in Canton Education

The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met on July 15, 2014 at 7 p.m. Principal Jeff Nolte was not present nor were board members Cristal Adkins, Jane Hall, or Troy Soiney. The minutes from the June 17, 2014 board meeting were reviewed and approved. ..... 
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Mabel-Canton band trip is a success

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Canton Education

The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met on June 17, 2014 at 7 p.m. All members were present as well as Todd Lechtenberg, Mabel-Canton school district’s business manager. The minutes from the May 20, 2014 board meeting were reviewed and approved ..... 
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Part 2: Mabel-Canton senior class trip diaries 2014

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in Canton Education

Day 4 By Abby Hanson and Mason Henry Wake up calls came at 6:45 a.m. We loaded the bus at 7:30 and left the hotel at 8 a.m. We first headed to Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home. The 43-room mansion was surrounded by botanical gardens and had tw ..... 
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Part 1: Mabel-Canton senior class trip diaries 2014

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Canton Education

Day 1 By Emily Brumm & Kourtney Coyle While most people were sleeping at 3 a.m. on the morning of Thursday, April 10, the Mabel-Canton seniors were already awake and preparing for the long day ahead. We had spent the past five years preparing for t ..... 
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Mabel-Canton student receives Presidential Volunteer Service Award

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Canton Education

The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met on April 15, 2014 at 7 p.m. All members were present. Student representatives Jon Selness and Sara Vettleson-Trutza were also present at the meeting. The minutes from the March 18, 2014 board meeting were revi ..... 
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Mabel-Canton’s Sumdog Math Competition participants win meet

Fri, Feb 21st, 2014
Posted in Canton Education

The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met on February 18, 2014 at 7 p.m. All members were present except for Troy Soiney and Mark Weidemann. Principal Jeff Nolte was also absent. The minutes from the January 21, 2014 board meeting were reviewed a ..... 
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Mabel-Canton School Board expresses thanks to many

Fri, Dec 27th, 2013
Posted in Canton Education

The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met on December 17, 2013 immediately following the Truth in Taxation meeting. All members were present. The minutes from the November 19, 2013 board meeting were reviewed and approved. The board wished to than ..... 
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Jeff Ryan voted onto Mabel-Canton School Board

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Canton Education

The minutes from the October 15, 2013 board meeting were reviewed and approved. The board wished to congratulate Belle Sand on being named to the All-State Volleyball Team for 2013. It was also noted that the Veterans Day Program held at Mabel-Can ..... 
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