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Lanesboro sets 2009-10 school calendar


Fri, Mar 20th, 2009
Posted in Education

The Lanesboro school year will begin on September 8 next fall, the latest start in recent memory. The Minnesota legislature requires that school districts begin their school year after Labor Day, supposedly to allow northern resorts to benefit from late summer vacations. The Lanesboro School Board supported that decision at their Thursday, March 18 meeting, although reluctantly. The consensus of the board was that September 8 is too late a start and that it will impact negatively on Spring, as school will discharge on June 4, with graduation scheduled for June 6.

Board member Steve Snyder said that while he understands the idea behind family vacations, this is "putting our priorities backward, with education taking a back seat."

Board member Linda Sifford agreed, saying that "youth who want work will not be available until mid-June. It impacts horribly."

The board passed the resolution with the contingency that they would change the school calendar if the legislature repealed its decision. In that case, the school year would begin on September 1 and finish on May 28.

Community Garden

Sally Gehrke of Sustainable Dreams Greenhouse attended the meeting to ask if the school district had any space to donate for use as a community garden, possibly somewhere near the football field. Gehrke said she would coordinate the garden using an "honor system" and envisions 12' by 12' plots that people would sign up for. She would plow the site and donate seeds where needed.

Superintendent Jeff Boggs said he wasn't sure what space would be available as most of the site is used for football games or practice. He said that he would investigate and get back to Gehrke.

Other Business

• Board member Sara Decker, who is on the district's Economic Development Committee, reported on attending the Lanesboro Economic Development Authority meeting. She said the primary aim is to try and find new occupants for the grocery store.

• The board approved spring sports contracts: Track - Tom Hatleli, Andy Bunge, Lori Anderson, Brett Clarke, Eric Bunge, and Matt Kevan; Golf - Tom Smith and Mike Wilford.

• The Scholarship Banquet is scheduled for Sunday, April 19 at 6:00 p.m. at Eagle Bluff. Amy Hazel, a graduate of Lanesboro, will be the guest speaker.

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