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Lanesboro School Board focuses on 2010-2011 audit report

Fri, Nov 25th, 2011
Posted in Education

Lanesboro school board members met on November 22, 2011, for the monthly November meeting. The monthly meeting focused on the district's 2010-2011 audit report and a presentation by high school and elementary administrators regarding the district's adequate yearly progress in academics. In addition, a special student presentation was made during the meeting.

As listed in the November meeting's agenda, Pamela Ristau met with board officials at the meeting and presented the school's budgeting overview from the 2010-2011 school year. Overall, the district had no negative news to report because most of the district's accounts broke even. In general, the Lanesboro school district is "holding its own." While minor improvements are being made to further balance the budget, the district is not facing any major financial challenges. One account that the district hopes to further balance is the community service fund, which includes the daycare and ECFE (Early Childhood Family Education) programs, because enrollment declined last year. This most likely stemmed from the economic recession. After the audit analysis, board members approved a motion to accept the audit report.

Following the audit report, Ashley Bue, a junior at Lanesboro who is also the Lanesboro FFA chapter president, entertained board members with a slideshow of an agriculture education trip she took last summer where she explored various landmarks of Wisconsin. From June 20 to June 24, Bue visited destinations such as Lambeau Field, the Wasau Paper Mill, Miller Park, and Holland's Cheese Factory in Wisconsin. Bue's educational experience allowed her to see different places, meet other students, and learn about an expansive career field in agriculture.

In the principals' report, elementary principal James Semmen and secondary principal Brett Clarke recapped the district's adequate yearly progress, or AYP. The main tool that both Clarke and Semmen used for their presentation was the different MCA test scores. As reading remains a strong point for the district, math is the area that needs the most improvement. In conclusion, Clarke and Semmen agreed that Lanesboro has been making adequate yearly progress with the plans they have initiated.

Winter sports contracts were approved by the board at the November meeting. Boys basketball coaches include John Smith, Chris Hanson, Bret Klaehn, and Cody Hungerholt. Girls basketball coaches include Ryan Scheevel, Kelly McMillen, James Semmen, and Jared Pierce.

To conclude the meeting, the board set the Christmas vacation release for 11:32 a.m. on December 23. Also, the next board meeting will include the tax hearing on December 15 at 7:00 p.m. Final comments before adjourning recognized the FCLMC wrestling team, the successful Veteran's Day program hosted at the school, and the school's first-time Thanksgiving event called "Turkey" BINGO.

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