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Lanesboro school board ratifies teacher seniority list


Fri, Feb 19th, 2010
Posted in Education

The school board of the Lanesboro Independent School District met for its regular monthly meeting at a few minutes past 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 18th. All board members were present. Chairman David Ruen called the meeting to order. The board amended the agenda along with two additional items and approved minutes from the January 21 meeting.

The board approved bills for the month of January along with the treasurer's report.

The board ratified a teacher seniority list, which had been reviewed and approved by teachers earlier.

Superintendent Jeff Boggs updated the board on the need to replace the district's current mini van. He stated that the current vehicle was beginning to have regular repair issues and it was time to begin looking for a used van with low mileage. After a brief discussion about the districts current fleet, the board gave Boggs approval to begin the search for a used mini van to replace the current one.

Board member Sara Decker updated the board on plans for grant monies associated with the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) put in place to help reduce obesity and tobacco use. The SHIP interventions focus on changing policies in schools, communities, worksites and health care to bring about healthier lifestyles. Decker is working on a committee to build enthusiasm and programming. Board members shared ideas that the committee might consider during their program planning.

Boggs updated the board on the recent Lobby Day at the capital, which he attended with several other superintendents. Legislators reiterated to the group that schools have been spared funding cuts up until now, but that will not be the case going forward. With 40 percent of the state's budget going to education, cuts are inevitable, according to Boggs report from legislators. Board Chair Dave Ruen mentioned that the Minnesota School Board Association will also be having its day with legislators on March 25th and urged members to attend the session with him to represent the voice of rural schools.

In additional items that were added to the agenda, the board wanted to formally recognize Tom Hatleli for being named Coach of the Year in track and field. According to board members, Hatleli's peers have nominated him many times for special coaching recognition.

The board also formally recognized Mimi Abel and all the other volunteers who have implemented a successful Spelling Bee program for the school. Thirty-nine students in the school system participated in the program with one student -- 7th grader Eric Hotlz -- advancing. The board wanted to thank Abel for implementing the program and for being a strong supporter of the Spelling Bee as well as for her volunteer efforts with Math Wizzards. They also commended Eric Holtz for his Spelling Bee win.

There being no comments from patrons, the meeting was adjourned at 7:45 p.m.

The next meeting of the Lanesboro School Board will be March 18th at 7 p.m.

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