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Lanesboro School Board approves preliminary levy

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Education

By Jade Sexton

During their regular meeting on September 19, the Lanesboro School Board members approved the preliminary 2013 payable 2014 tax levy at the maximum amount. Superintendent Jeff Boggs explained the total levy is $336,776.08, but they are still waiting for approval for more. This amount is a 23 percent decrease from last year. Even with the addition of more money, Boggs said the amount will still be a significant decrease.

The levy amount cannot be increased, but it can be lowered. The final budget and levy will be approved in December.

Boggs also presented the school board with the Annual Report on Curriculum and Instruction. Principal Brett Clarke had put the report together and it is now posted on the school website.

Boggs said the report discusses some of the district’s goals, including preparing students for lifelong learning. “We need to develop good citizens,” said Boggs. “We’re here to teach kids how to learn.”

The MCA (Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment) test scores were all above the average for the state. Boggs said reading has always been strong in Lanesboro. Math is an area that needs some improvement, but the scores are getting better. He added the MCA tests are not only a measuring stick, but a useful tool for teachers, as they can look at the tests and see in which areas the students need improvement.

The school board was able to see the new greenhouse that is finished and ready to go. Boggs said the greenhouse will be used for horticulture classes, as well as science FFA students. “I’m excited to have kids out here growing things,” he said.

Other Business

The board approved the contract for Kristi Ruen as Ag and FFA instructor.

The October meeting was moved to Tuesday, October 15 at 7 p.m.

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