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Lanesboro School Board revisits grocery store issue

Fri, Aug 19th, 2011
Posted in Education

There will be a public hearing on September 15 after the regular Lanesboro School Board meeting at 7 pm. The board will be listening to the community's input on the possibility of the school investing in a grocery store for Lanesboro.

There was a lot of discussion about the issue at the regular meeting on August 18. The board had been approached by the Lanesboro LLC about donating money to their efforts to get a grocery store going in Lanesboro. They are still short of their goal. Board member Sara Decker said she and fellow board member Lolly Melander had met with members of the Lanesboro Grocery LLC and had some questions answered. Before that meeting, they had a long talk with Superintendent Jeff Boggs.

"The bottom line was why should the school get involved, or why shouldn't it," said Decker.

In order for a school district to invest in something like this, there must be a direct educational benefit to the students. Decker said there are a lot of possibilities with a grocery store, including marketing, accounting, and business management. There are also opportunities with agriculture.

Mayor Dave Ruen asked how soon a curriculum would have to be in place. Melander said the grocery store wouldn't be up and running until 2012.

Board member Dave Lawstuen commented that it would be a site where students can get hands-on experience, more than it was an investment for the school.

Decker said the group would like to get $430,000 from the school, as they feel that would draw more people in to investing, and allow them to reach their goal. They have set November 1 as the deadline for reaching that goal.

All board members felt it was very important to get input from community members before making any kind of decision.

"This is not to be taken lightly," said Ruen. "At the end of the day, we want to do the responsible thing."

Personnel Contracts

The board approved contracts for the fall sports coaches. Lindsay Mace will be the head volleyball coach, with Chris Knutson and Darla Taylor assisting. Shannon Vickerman and Heidi Johnson will be the cheerleading advisors. Ellen Cullen will coach cross country. In football, the coaches will be James Semmen, Joe Cullen, Terry Highum, Brett Clark, Cody Hungerholt, and Ethan Simonson.

Also approved was Kristi Ruen for the position of FFA assistant advisor, and Jeremy Braun for speech and language services.

Other Business

The board approved the following items:

-The student handbook for 2011-2012

-Truth & Taxation meeting scheduled for December 15 at the regular board meeting

-A change in the school calendar, having the Fall SEMLAC cooperative workshop day on October 24 instead of March 26. Students will now have that day off instead.

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