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Lanesboro School Board approves audit report


Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Education

Pam Ristau, CPA, presented the Lanesboro School Board with the 2012 Audit Report at the regular meeting on November 21.

Ristau said it was a good year for the district, with strong fund balances.

The food service fund increased this year, and Ristau stated Lanesboro is one of the few districts in the area with a strong food service fund, as most of them break even or operate on a negative fund balance.

School enrollment numbers have remained consistent. Total expenditures increased this year, and state capital outlay was the reason for this. The school made some larger purchases, such as the greenhouse and the new dust collection system in the wood shop.

The general fund saw a decrease of $500,000 this year, but is still strong at $2.9 million. Board member Steve Snyder asked if there were any trends they should be aware of. Ristau replied they should be cautious with spending, as the nest egg is decreasing.

Ristau also said the district has approximately $2 million in CDs and investments when most districts in the area have closer to $100,000. They also have less debt than many other districts.

Ristau recommended the board approve the transfer of money from the general fund to the community services fund in order to cover the Community Ed Deficit of $147,355. Ristau said the state doesn’t like to see districts operating with such a negative balance. The negative balance comes from over expenditures accumulating over several years, and is something the district should look at for the future. The board approved the transfer, retroactive to the end of the fiscal year June 30, 2013, and then also approved the audit report.

Food Service Update

Chad Rich, the new head cook for the district, spoke to the board about a food convention he attended in Houston, Texas in recent months. He said there were 500 vendors with samples of their products for schools, healthier foods, snack items, and beverages.

Rich said he was glad he was able to attend and build experience. He has been learning ways to save the district money in purchasing food.

Board member Steve Snyder asked Rich if any students were getting shorted in terms of food portions. Rich said there are times that he actually gives a little bit more than he is supposed to according to state regulations.

For a la carte items, Rich explained the first ingredient must be fruit or whole grain. He has found a variety of different snack items that meet regulations that the kids enjoy.

Snyder also asked how much of the food was made from scratch and how much was pre-packaged. Rich said approximately 75-85 percent of the food is made from scratch. He is getting to know the kitchen and the district well and is enjoying it so far.

Personnel

Winter coaches were approved. Kelly McMillan is the girls basketball head coach, with Dave Rogers as the assistant coach. Girls junior high coaches are James Semmen and Jared Pierce. Boys basketball head coach is John Smith, with assistant coach Chris Hanson. Boys junior high coaches are Brett Klaehn and Cody Hungerholt.

Melanie Haugen and Julie Jenson will be sharing the cheerleading coaching position.

Maternity leave was approved for band instructor Katrina Schuneman at the end of February. Chris Gustavson will be the substitute through the end of the school year.

Other Business

Boggs took the board members to the wood shop to see the new dust collection system. The district was required to install the new system after an inspection by the fire marshall. Boggs said the system is working really well.

The board officially recognized the FFA Dairy Judging Team. The team won the state contest in April, and was able to attend the National Competition in October, where they won second place overall. They now have the opportunity to judge cattle in Scotland and Ireland in June. Board member Steve Snyder commented that everyone is extremely proud of them. The board congratulated them and their coaches and everyone who helped them.

The tax hearing and budget will be at the beginning of the regular December board meeting, which was changed to Wednesday, December 18 at 7 p.m.

Students will be let out of school at 11:32 a.m. on December 20 for winter break.

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