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Lanesboro accepts Fillmore Central dissolution of contract for cooperative Cross Country program


Fri, May 22nd, 2009
Posted in Education

On May 31, Lanesboro will celebrate 31 graduates. The community will be busy with parties and open houses to honor these successful young people. The teachers and school administrators get invited to share in much of the celebration after knowing so many of these kids and their families throughout their entire K-12 careers.

The school board members all agreed that congratulations were in order for the girls golf team; the track team which came in second in state competition, no small achievement for a team that has no official "track" but practices its long runs in the country; and the Fine Arts Group for its well received musical production, School House Rock.

For some years, many sports activities, wrestling, track, baseball and softball, have been shared with Fillmore Central. This year Fillmore Central has asked to dissolve the cooperative program in Cross Country, citing lack of participation and expense. The Lanesboro school board agreed to accept the dissolution contract and to continue the Cross Country program independently for one year and at that time, evaluate the cost and benefit of continuing. It is felt that Cross Country is a good program for those who want to participate in track in the spring.

The board agreed to maintain its Worker's Comp coverage with SFM Ins. Co, as they have for several years now. They accepted other bids and only one came close. Having established a business relationship with SFM, the cost they can offer reflects the low number of claims that have been presented.

James Semmen offered the Elementary Principal's report and spoke about NCLB and current federal funding supplements that are being considered or pursued. Of ten or more Title programs, only 3 are feasible for this school district and the grant proposal is due to be submitted by June 30. The dollar amount to be offered is undefined as yet and information offered to the school district changes regularly as government budgets change. There is a new one-time Federal stimulus grant that is designed to create jobs and improve student achievement. State funding dollars are being deferred, perhaps a few months as part of the state budget adjustment, but Lanesboro schools have enough money saved to cover the deferment without having to cut services or borrow money.

The school hasn't exact numbers for next year's kindergartners but anticipate 20-25 as in years past.

The class of 2009 graduates and soon enough, 20 fresh faces will start the class of 2022.

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