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Lanesboro School Board sets 2014 levy


Fri, Dec 27th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Education

The Lanesboro School Board certified their levy and approved the budget at their regular meeting on December 19. The levy for 2014 was set at $373,445.53.

Superintendent Jeff Boggs said the levy has gone down this year, and has been doing so for the last five years, which has been good for the taxpayers.

“A lot of the levy is beyond our control,” said Boggs. “I think we’ll see an increase in the levy again in the future.”

The state aid increased $20,000, but Boggs noted that overall, the district is getting less money. The district used to get money from the state based on how many students were open enrolled, which amounted to about $40,000 a year. The state has changed the way that is calculated, and the figure is down to $29,000. Of the $73,037 earmarked for Health and Safety, $50,000 is for the ventilation system that was required by the state.

The budget was also approved, with expenditures at $4,574,849. Boggs said he is not happy with what he has been seeing with the budget. The revenue is down some this year. Part of that is compensatory aid, which is based on the number of students that receive free or reduced lunches.

Board member Steve Snyder said he would be interested in knowing what other schools get from the state per pupil unit, especially schools in larger cities.

Boggs spoke about an operating referendum. Lanesboro does not currently have one, as they let the last one expire due to lack of need. Boggs explained the money from the last referendum is in a savings account, which has about $3 million. The district is spending this savings as an operating referendum. When the reserves get down to one or one and a half million, they might have to consider another referendum.

Boggs said if the district gets through 2019 with no referendum and no bonds, they will be completely debt free.

Some other concerns Boggs had were a decrease in Title I funding and federal money. He did mention that with the excess money in the state’s budget, the school districts might get some money in June. The state previously held back 30 percent from funding of schools, and may decide to pay that money back. The numbers are unknown at this time if it were to happen.

Playground equipment

Boggs explained to the board the city wants to make some changes to the playground equipment at Sylvan Park. He has spoken with .....
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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 ..... 
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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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