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Lanesboro School Board seeks to fill board position

Fri, Aug 20th, 2010
Posted in Education

Lanesboro Principal Brett Clark spoke to the board at the meeting on August 19 about several items. The first was to go over the high school handbook. Clark said the handbook was mostly unchanged from last year.

Board member Steve Snyder asked Clark if it was possible to check out computers to students. He said there are some students who may not have access to a computer at home to do their homework. Superintendent Jeff Boggs said the problem with lending out computers is the potential for picking up a virus.

Clark said they do not have anything like that right now. All they have are desktop computers, as well as no wireless internet access. Chairperson Dave Ruen said it was something they could look into for the future.

Clark said he will still be handling college counseling for high school students. They have a computer program that allows them to apply for colleges and financial aid online, as well as send transcripts online. Clark said it is a great resource for the students.

There was some discussion about the math curriculum for the new school year. This year the seniors will be able to take calculus since they hired another math teacher. Clark said they will also be requiring seniors to take a semester of Consumer Math, and that Boggs will be teaching that class.

"I believe in that strongly, and it sort of got phased out," said Clark. He noted that since they have been trying to improve their math curriculum over the years, the class got forgotten.

"We sometimes forget the very important stuff," said Clark.

Right now, it is optional for students in eighth grade to take Algebra 1, but if they want to get all of the math in and take calculus their senior year, they will have to take it in eighth grade. Boggs said they shouldn't push kids, as some kids are not ready for Algebra 1 their eighth grade year.

Clark also mentioned the new website that is now up and running. He said there are changes being made daily to the site. He said the last site was static, and was not meant to be changed daily. With this one, every teacher will have their own page, and Clark will be able to delegate some of the work to other people.

Boggs said Clark has done a lot of work on the website, and is responsible for most of the content right now.

Clark said there are a couple more teachers getting SmartBoards for their classrooms this year. He said they are a very useful tool for the classroom, and interactive for both teacher and students.

Interim School Board Appointment

Board member Linda Sifford resigned in July, so the board was in need of someone to fill her place until the end of the year. Some board members asked former board members if they would like to fill in. They also asked for any volunteers from the community.

Dave Ruen said Rich Horihan agreed to come back if the board wanted him to. Sally Ming was the only person from the community to volunteer. Sara Decker made a motion to appoint Ming to the position, but it died for lack of a second.

Steve Sydney made a motion to appoint Horihan. He said the only reason was that it has always been the policy to ask former board members.

The board voted to appoint Horihan. They also thanked Ming for her interest and for attending the meetings every month. Ming will be running for school board at the election this fall.

Fall Coaches

The board approved the contracts for the fall coaching positions. Boggs informed the board that James Semmen will be coaching high school football, along with Terry Highum. Cody Hungerholt and Ethan Simonson will split the position of 1st Assistant. For Junior High football, Brett Clark and Joe Cullen will be coaching. Ellen Cullen is the head coach for Cross Country. Lindsay Mace and Darla Taylor are the head volleyball coaches. Boggs said they do not have the junior high volleyball coaches hired yet.

Other Business

The board approved a Speech and Language Agreement with the Hiawatha Valley Education District. Boggs explained that purchasing this one hour per month for birth-age 3 services through the Ed. District helped them get funding. Elaine Meltzer will still be the teacher.

The board approved holding the Truth and Taxation meeting during the regular meeting in December.

Boggs said that enrollment is holding steady at 350-355 students in grades K-12. He added that about one-third of those students are open-enrolled from other districts.

Boggs invited the board to a staff lunch at the golf course on Wednesday, September 1 at 11:45. That is the first full day of staff workshops.

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