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Lanesboro School Board approves Boggs' tax and levy proposal

Fri, Sep 18th, 2009
Posted in Education

The school board of the Lanesboro Independent School District met for its regular monthly meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 17th. One board member was absent.

New Business

The board approved August bills, financial statements and Treasurer's Report without discussion.

Superintendent Jeff Boggs shared information with the board on a proposed levy certification, which is 3 percent less than last year. Boggs stated that there are not as many needs in areas the district would levy for, in particular deferred maintenance items. Boggs also stated that new laws no longer require separate tax and levy meetings and that both areas would be covered at the December 17th board meeting. The board approved the Superintendent's recommendation.

The board discussed and approved the Annual Report on Curriculum, Instruction and Student Performance. "This report is a snapshot of what we are teaching and how we are teaching it," Boggs stated. The report encompasses goals that the school wants to accomplish with its students, he told the board.

The board discussed at some length two new teacher contracts; one with Math instructor Mark Dissell and a second with Art instructor, Krista Flaig. Dissell's position was added to bolster the district's math program by increasing the number of math classes offered to students. Flaig's contract was amended to increase her hours for Journalism instruction and assistance with the school's year book. Boggs complimented both teachers on their performance. The board approved the two contracts. Several other extra curricular special contracts were also approved.

School Psychologist Heidi Johnson was a guest at the meeting to discuss her role within the district. Johnson gave a comprehensive report on her duties with special education, regular education and advisor for Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD). Johnson also discussed in detail the district's new Second Step, violence prevention program for students in K - 8th grades. The board questioned Johnson about the program's success to date and about the Positive Behavior Intervention Program for grades 9 - 12. Johnson was thanked for her thorough presentation.

Superintendent Boggs reminded the board of the November 19th board meeting when Representative Sharon Ropes will be in attendance to discuss any concerns of the board.

Patron Comments

The meeting was opened up to anyone wishing to address the board. A concerned parent addressed the board about the need for additional math skills that would require students to use mental skills and not just calculators to solve problems. She also informed the board that there is disruptive behavior in her child's math class and that consequences should be required for those who disrupt a class. Boggs suggested that the trend to use or not use calculators in math classes changes, but that he or math teachers would have the authority to make changes that would require more mental math skills be taught. The board discussed and agreed that more instruction using mental math would be beneficial to students.

The meeting was then adjourned.

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