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New year housekeeping dominates school board agenda

Sun, Jan 23rd, 2011
Posted in Education

The Lanesboro School Board members spent most of their January 20 meeting doing routine organizational business. Newly elected Lolly Melander took the oath of office from Chairperson Dave Ruen.

Board member salaries remained unchanged. Dave Ruen was reelected as chairperson. Dave Lawstuen was elected as vice chairperson. Steve Snyder was elected clerk and Eric Miehlisch was elected treasurer.

Members agreed to serve on the various committees. Lawstuen will serve on the Minnesota State High School League. Ruen will be on the Ed District. Miehlisch and Sara Decker will serve on School Sharing. Lawstuen, Miehlisch and Steve Snyder will be on Negotiations. Snyder will serve on Properties. Sara and Lolly Melander will be on Economic Development. Snyder will serve on Daycare. Melander, Lawstuen, and Miehlisch will be on Policy. Ruen will be the Legislative Liaison. Melander, Miehlisch and Decker will serve on Wellness.

The following will remain as they have in the past: the official newspaper will be the Republican Leader, the Official Depository will be the Associated Bank of Lanesboro, and the legal counsel for the district will be Dick Nethercutt.

Superintendent Jeff Boggs was to make investments on behalf of the district. Boggs commented that due to very low interest rates, not much money is being made on investments.

The regular scheduled board meeting will continue to be held on the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m.

A resolution was passed that directs the administration to make recommendations for reductions when needed or simply allows for the flexibility to down size as needed. This resolution is adopted each year.

Boggs noted that they are looking at becoming part of a larger insurance pool of as many as 200 schools in order to get a better insurance rate.

Ag Program

Steve Snyder stated that he would like to thank Fred Troendle for his help to strengthen the Ag Program. Miehlisch explained Troendle and others were part of a committee looking at ways to work with the Ag teacher. Troendle is a former Ag teacher and is now a financial advisor in St. Charles. He volunteered to work on the committee.

Boggs added that agriculture is changing. The committee was made up of stakeholders including school board members, administrative people, volunteers, parents and business owners. About fifty people were involved in the meetings.

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