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Chatfield School Board discusses revenue opportunity; approves senior passes

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Education

By Mitchell Walbridge

At the Chatfield School Board meeting on July 21, Superintendent Ed Harris explained that there was an opportunity from the state allowing for the school board to take advantage of a minor increase in revenue for the district.

The minor levy adjustment will impose a minimal tax impact on the public. Harris estimated about $1.50 per month which would in turn create about $77,000 of additional revenue to be added to the district’s annual budget.

Board member Matt McMahon commented that during his years on the school board he has observed that the state has been continually attempting to make a larger portion school district funding come from more local sources.

While a formal decision is to be made in August, Harris has drafted a resolution to add this additional route to the district’s budget.

High school principal Randy Paulson addressed the board informing them of the few developments that have take place in July. Paulson recently attended a workshop centered around grading systems. Paulson said it may be practical to go to a system where tests, quizzes and projects make up 80-90 percent of a student’s grade while 10-20 percent is based off of assignments. Paulson felt that grading procedures may need to be formulated differently since grade evaluations are now more visible and transparent to both parents and students.

“Emphasis should be on accomplishing standards enforced by tests, quizzes and projects,” said Paulson.

Paulson also offered congratulations to Brian Baum for being named Section 1A Baseball Coach of the Year.

In new business the board approved support staff contracts for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 school years.

The board also acknowledged donations/grants received during the 2013-2014 school year. Donations/grants totaled $27,190.36.

The district leadership team had looked at the idea of giving senior citizens and staff members free passes to extracurricular events, including high school sporting events. The recommendation of the team was to initiate the free passes for the upcoming school year. Though the income from these two groups is marginal, the team thought that it is good to consider these groups for free passes because of the support they provide. The board approved senior citizen passes and employee passes for the 2014-2015 school year.

The board also approved Sue Tangen as the SACC coordinator for the 2014-2015 school year.

The board also passed a number of consent items at their meeting:

•Approve June 16, 2014 regular school board minutes.

•Approve spring sports coahces for 2014-2015.

•Approve resignation “B” baseball coach - Craig Ihrke.

•Approve posting “B” baseball coach.

•Approve activities participation agreement - St. Paul Lutheran School SY 2014-2015 and 2015-2016.

•Approve elementary resignation - Krissy Overland.

•Approve hire elementary teacher - Kristine Swenson.

•Approve hire elementary teacher - Kimberly King.

•Approve 9th grade volleyball coaching hire SY 2014-2015 - Kathy Bernard.

•Approve elementary custodial hire - Dan Murphy.

•Approve long term sub art instructor - Abigail Potter.

•Approve HVED Agreement to purchase education services SY 2014-2015.

•Approve 7/8 football coach - Nathan Whitacre.

•Approve 8th grade volleyball coach - Abby Schaber.

•Approve resignation of H.S. para - Nathan Whitacre.

•Approve posting of H.S. para position.

•Approve football team fundraiser - Flat Bread Pizza.

The next regular school board meeting is August 18 at 7 p.m. in the high school media center. The date for the November meeting has also changed to November 13, 2014.

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