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Chatfield school finances looking good

Fri, Jul 31st, 2009
Posted in Education

The Chatfield School Board meeting was held July 20 in the high school media center. The first item of business involved four Chatfield Girl Scout students-ninth graders Merissa Wellman, Kayla Nelson, Danielle Felstead, and Shoshana Kosnopfal. The four girls presented a plan to revamp and repair the school-owned Jaycee Park (which is adjacent to the high school). They discussed their ideas to replace swings, provide baby swings, remove the rust on pieces of playground equipment, upgrade the landing surface near the slide, replace missing merry-go-round handlebars, clean up the litter, and put up birdhouses. The project would be long-term for all Chatfield Girl Scout troops, and it would include fundraising/donations. The board unanimously approved the project, and it was asked that they work closely with Dr. Hainlen while working with the playground equipment. Staying with the theme of volunteer work and beautification of school property, Lyman Hare reported on the work of moving the courtyard bell to the front of the school. He announced the bell has been sandblasted and painted, thanks in part to a $200 donation from the Athletic Club. He has contacted area service groups and businesses to help cover the $1,700 cost of the monument.

The board recognized Stacy Fritz, who has been elected as Membership Secretary for the Minnesota Association of Agricultural Educators. Also recognized was the school custodial staff for their hard work moving equipment to the new elementary school building and dealing with the construction of the high school.

The board approved various consent items, including long-term substitute teacher Jessica Johnson, resignation of elementary para-professional Kathy Lange, the upcoming choir fundraiser, and Katie Goldsmith's request for maternity leave.

Justin Thorne of R.A. Morton reported on the school's substantial building project. He announced the H.S. renovations were right on schedule, with it expected to be completed the second week of August. He publicly thanked the Valleyland staff for their cooperation during the renovation.

Matt McMahon, school board clerk, noted the district will remain in good shape financially after the projects are completed, with $232,000 remaining. He reviewed the additional costs of the proposed softball field changes and the addition to the parking lot. Also noted were further expenses, listed as: Art room ceiling, elementary softball field, server room air conditioning, blinds at the elementary, and the re-keying of the high school building. These additions totaled $60,000. The Facility Committee decided that, even with the additional funds, there would be enough money left to accept the softball proposal. There was a motion by McMahon, which was seconded by LaPlante, to approve the softball proposal and parking lot project as long is it did not exceed $95,000. The motion was carried 4-1.

Craig Ihrke, elementary school principal, announced there would be two open houses for the school-August 6th from 4-8:00 p.m. and August 8, from 9-11:30 a.m. On the 8th, Bernard Bus will provide busses to transport people from the Lutheran Church parking lot to the new elementary. That Thursday refreshments will be provided, as well as an opportunity to visit the new building. Saturday's open house will be an informal walk-thru, with members of the Student Senate and Service Club leading tours. All board members were invited to be a part of both open houses. An official ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held Homecoming week.

The purchase of a skid loader for the district was discussed, but it was decided to wait and see if it would be needed this next year before purchasing it. However, the purchase of a 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan from Nelson Auto Center was unanimously approved.

The next Chatfield School Board meeting will be held August 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the Chatfield High School Media Center.

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