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Lanesboro School Board Report

Fri, Jun 16th, 2006
Posted in Education

“She was truly an extraordinary teacher,” Superintendent Jeff Boggs declared as he read kindergarten teacher Diane Johnson’s letter of resignation to the Lanesboro School Board at their June 15th meeting. In her letter, Johnson told the board she had given the “matter much thought and consideration” before deciding to resign and shared that she had fully enjoyed working for the Lanesboro district.

Board member Eric Miehlisch smiled fondly as he told the board she had been his kindergarten teacher her first year at Lanesboro in the fall of 1968, some thirty-eight years ago. Dave Ruen asserted, “She hypnotized the kids!” as he remembered her quiet manner and the full attention she commanded from her small charges. Linda Sifford added that Mrs. Johnson was often still one of the favorite teachers of graduating seniors, a real tribute.

The board accepted Mrs. Johnson’s resignation “with regret and deep gratitude.” Since Mrs. Johnson received the customary plaque when she retired a few years ago (the first time), the board does not plan to give her a plaque, but they will send her a letter of appreciation and plan to honor her at next year’s graduation.

New hires and contracts

With the resignation of Mrs. Johnson, the elementary school will need to hire a total of four new teachers—kindergarten, an additional first grade, third grade, and fourth grade. Interviews have been completed with a decision to come hopefully on Monday or Tuesday. The high school has already hired three new teachers; students at Lanesboro schools can look forward to seeing many new faces next school year in their classrooms.

The board signed a certified contract with Jerry Post for the 2006-2007 school year as well as contracts with many of the non-certified staff. One bus driver contract is left to be signed as well as the two custodian contracts. At this time, Boggs was not certain whether the two custodians would be working six hours each day or if another four-hour custodian would be hired. Para-professional contracts are not ready yet because their assignments/schedules need reworking to meet changing student needs.

Other business

Other business of the meeting included:

• okaying a preliminary 2007 budget (actually a copy of the 2006 budget which will later be fine tuned);

• approving Health and Safety attachment 99 performance criteria—this is a yearly item; by having such documents in place, the board can later levy for health and safety funds as needed;

• okaying going out for bread and milk bids for next school year;

• receiving a letter of thanks from former superintendent Rick Lamon for the naming of the new elementary library in his honor.

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