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Lanesboro School Board discusses bullying


Fri, Jul 18th, 2008
Posted in Education

There was much work done at the Lanesboro School Board's Thursday, July 17, meeting in preparation for the coming year.

The principals reported that a meeting had been held with parents concerned about bullying. Their concerns were heard and a meeting was held the next day with staff and students to further discuss this issue. The staff are looking at ways to reduce and prevent bullying in the schools. It was suggested that the character development programs traditionally stressed in the early years of elementary school be continued into the higher grades.

Bids have been received and presentations given on security camera systems that would be installed inside hallways, entryways and lunchrooms. The systems are computer based, the cameras run all the time but record only when someone appears on the screen. Initial cost estimates are about $30,000 for such a system. The principals were asked to present clear definitions of the pros and cons of such systems and what specific benefits can be expected before any decision can be made.

Lunch price increase

Milk and bread bids were compared for food in the upcoming year. Food prices are increasing and this is reflected in the bids offered. The board agreed to accept the Sara Lee Baking bid for bread and Ziebell's Hiawatha Foods bid for milk and dairy products. Price increases for school lunches will be necessary to cover the overall rise in food. Lunches will go up a nickel for all grade levels. Juice prices will go from $40 per year to $43 and milk will rise from $35 to $38.50.

Other business

• The school districts will hold their Truth in Taxation meeting on December 3. If a continuation hearing is indicated, that will be held on December 10.

• After receiving bids for resurfacing the parking lot it was decided that the cost may outweigh the benefit at this time so sealing and repair will be done to preserve the parking lot for another five years or so.

• The Lanesboro School Board will have three four-year term positions up for election in November. Anyone interested in filing for candidacy must file an affidavit between August 26 and September 9. The election will be held on November 4. Affidavits are available from the school district clerk and the filing fee is $2.

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