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Lanesboro School Board approves audit report


Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Education

Pam Ristau, CPA, presented the Lanesboro School Board with the 2012 Audit Report at the regular meeting on November 21.

Ristau said it was a good year for the district, with strong fund balances.

The food service fund increased this year, and Ristau stated Lanesboro is one of the few districts in the area with a strong food service fund, as most of them break even or operate on a negative fund balance.

School enrollment numbers have remained consistent. Total expenditures increased this year, and state capital outlay was the reason for this. The school made some larger purchases, such as the greenhouse and the new dust collection system in the wood shop.

The general fund saw a decrease of $500,000 this year, but is still strong at $2.9 million. Board member Steve Snyder asked if there were any trends they should be aware of. Ristau replied they should be cautious with spending, as the nest egg is decreasing.

Ristau also said the district has approximately $2 million in CDs and investments when most districts in the area have closer to $100,000. They also have less debt than many other districts.

Ristau recommended the board approve the transfer of money from the general fund to the community services fund in order to cover the Community Ed Deficit of $147,355. Ristau said the state doesn’t like to see districts operating with such a negative balance. The negative balance comes from over expenditures accumulating over several years, and is something the district should look at for the future. The board approved the transfer, retroactive to the end of the fiscal year June 30, 2013, and then also approved the audit report.

Food Service Update

Chad Rich, the new head cook for the district, spoke to the board about a food convention he attended in Houston, Texas in recent months. He said there were 500 vendors with samples of their products for schools, healthier foods, snack items, and beverages.

Rich said he was glad he was able to attend and build experience. He has been learning ways to save the district money in purchasing food.

Board member Steve Snyder asked Rich if any students were getting shorted in terms of food portions. Rich said there are times that he actually gives a little bit more than he is supposed to according to state regulations.

For a la carte items, Rich explained the firs .....
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Friends of the Lanesboro Public Library to host scholastic book fair event

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Education

What: The Friends of the Lanesboro Public Lanesboro will host a Scholastic Book Fair Thursday, November 14 through Saturday, November 16 at the Lanesboro Community Center. Thursday and Friday the hours of the sale will be 3-6 p.m., Saturday the hou ..... 
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Lanesboro Elementary named Reward School

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Education

Principal James Semmen informed the school board that Lanesboro Elementary was recently named one of the Minnesota Department of Education’s 2013 Reward Schools. He explained the Reward Schools include the top 50 percent of all schools, not school ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board approves preliminary levy

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Education

By Jade Sexton During their regular meeting on September 19, the Lanesboro School Board members approved the preliminary 2013 payable 2014 tax levy at the maximum amount. Superintendent Jeff Boggs explained the total levy is $336,776.08, but they a ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board updated on laptop program

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Education

By Jade Sexton Lanesboro High School Principal Brett Clarke updated the school board on the one-to-one netbook program that was started at the high school this past school year. As they prepare for a new school year, Clarke said they will be instal ..... 
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World Peace and Other Fourth-grade Achievements Documentary

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Education

LANESBORO, Minn. – The documentary film “World Peace and Other Fourth-grade Achievements” will be shown on Friday, August 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Mane Theatre. Presented by Lanesboro Arts Center in partnership with Frozen River Film Festiv ..... 
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World Peace and Other Fourth-grade Achievements Documentary

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Education

LANESBORO, Minn. – The documentary film “World Peace and Other Fourth-grade Achievements” will be shown on Friday, August 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Mane Theatre. Presented by Lanesboro Arts Center in partnership with Frozen River Film Festiv ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board decides against referendum

Fri, Jul 26th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Education

By Jade Sexton At the June meeting the Lanesboro School Board discussed an operating referendum of $300 per student. Superintendent Jeff Boggs had informed the board that the state was offering a referendum match of $212 per student. If the distric ..... 
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Megan Kiehne of Lanesboro Receives Augustana Music Scholarship

Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Education

SIOUX FALLS, SD - Augustana College is pleased to announce that Megan Kiehne from Lanesboro, Minn., has been awarded a Pro Musica Scholarship. This award is based on Megan’s outstanding achievement in music and Performing Arts Scholarship auditi ..... 
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