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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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Historic Lenora Church invites people to special service of Thanksgiving

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in Canton Faith & Worship

The historic Lenora United Methodist Church in the small Fillmore County Village of Lenora will be the place to be on November 23 at 7 p.m. The lamps will be lit and the wood stove will give off heat in the old 1860’s era church building as peopl ..... 
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Canton canvasses election results

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in Canton Government

The election results for the City of Canton were canvassed by the City Council at their regular meeting on November 12. Mayor Donivee Johnson read the election results, stating that there were 171 registered voters, with 18 registering on Election ..... 
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Canton opens new Government Center

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Canton Government

October brought an exciting change for Canton, as the new Government Center was opened. Virtually unrecognizable as the old liquor store, the updated building now has a handicap accessible entrance on the side of the building, an office and counter ..... 
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Canton population increased by two

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Canton Arts & Culture

When Larry Huber drove through Canton, he saw something most people stopped noticing years ago. While others drove blindly past the old building on Main Street of Canton, Larry saw a landmark worth saving and embarked on a mission. A train ..... 
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Canton looks into updating water meters

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in Canton Government

The Canton City Council discussed the town’s need for new water meters at their regular meeting on September 10. Town engineer Jon Nordsving stated there have been problems with the current water meters and several readers are malfunctioning or b ..... 
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Canton Appreciation Dinner Sunday,September 28th

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in Canton All

Canton is celebrating again! This time we are honoring Larry and Laurie Huber for donating the Canton Depot to the Canton Historical Society and back to the Community itself. Larry Huber is a railroad buff who knew it was time to save and restore ..... 
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Canton Appreciation Dinner Sunday,September 28th

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Canton Faith & Worship

Canton is celebrating again! This time we are honoring Larry and Laurie Huber for donating the Canton Depot to the Canton Historical Society and back to the Community itself. Larry Huber is a railroad buff who knew it was time to save and restore ..... 
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Principal of Mabel-Canton High School resigns

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Canton All

The Mabel-Canton Board of Education met on August 19th, 2014 at 7 p.m. All board members were present. The minutes from the July 15, 2014 board meeting were reviewed and approved. The board wished to welcome back the staff and students of Mabe ..... 
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