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Lanesboro School Board Report: Sport sharing to continue with Fillmore Central

Fri, Jul 21st, 2006
Posted in Education

At their regular July 20 meeting, the Lanesboro School Board ratified their current agreement to share sports with Fillmore Central again in the coming school year. Cross country and track will be Lanesboro's responsibility, and baseball, softball, and wrestling will be run by Fillmore Central. The board acknowledged that Fillmore Central was looking at improving the baseball fields at both Preston and Harmony. The understanding of the board was that Lanesboro would be billed based on the number of its participants; just as Fillmore Central had helped pay for needed track equipment in the past. Coaches for the shared sports will recruit in both schools. Boggs informed the board the teams would need both a head and assistant wrestling coach as well as a "B" team baseball coach, suggesting that perhaps Lanesboro's new fourth grade teacher, J. B. Mathison, might be able and willing to coach baseball.

The School Board started their new fiscal year by accepting low bids for bread (Sara Lee Bakery) and milk (Ziebell's Hiawatha Foods) and setting the prices for breakfast and lunch. Acting Chair Dave Ruen pointed out the bread prices had been rising an average of 3 percent each year as he suggested increasing the meal prices. Board consensus was that they would rather raise the prices a bit each year rather than play catch up at a later date. Children's breakfast will go from 85 cents to 90 cents, lunches from $1.40 to $1.45 for K-6 and from $1.65 to $1.70 for 7-12. Adult lunches will go from $3.00 to $3.10; juice and milk prices will remain at $40/year and $30 respectively. Superintendent Jeff Boggs commended the staff on the fact the lunch program was in excellent shape and provided "fantastic food."

In an attempt to remain competitive with neighboring districts, the board decided to raise daily substitute teacher pay to $100 per day plus mileage. Boggs assured the board that local teachers are called first and said he was pleased with the quality of the subs; however, he noted, it was always better to keep the regular teacher in the classroom as much as possible. Boggs reported that the fact that Lanesboro paid mileage was a plus in procuring subs along with the fact that the students were "so well-behaved," according to comments from some of the frequent subs.

Other business

In other business the board:

• set the initial Truth-in-Taxation hearing for November 29 with a continuation date (if necessary) of December 6;

• approved aide contracts and accepted the resignation of aide Jill Johnson-another aide may be hired to work in the secondary resource room;

• approved maternity leave from September 5 to October 13 for teacher Jody Ruen-Ruen will return to her classroom October 16;

• heard a reminder of the MSBA summer meeting to take place August 17 and 18 as well as the new school board member phase one and phase two training sessions to be held August 16.

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