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Lanesboro School sets levy

Fri, Sep 21st, 2007
Posted in Education

The Lanesboro School Board, meeting on Thursday, September 20, set the proposed levy for 2008 at $494,472, a decrease of 2.39 percent from 2007's levy amount of $506,629.

Superintendent Jeff Boggs asked the board to set the maximum amount.

"This will give us the flexibility over the next couple of months to decide how much we want to levy," Boggs said. "We can make some adjustments as necessary."

By law, the district can reduce but not increase the final levy.

Approximately 53 percent of the levy will be used for debt service; 22 percent will go into the general fund.

Report on Curriculum

The board also approved the annual Report on Curriculum which is submitted to the Minnesota Department of Education annually.

The 2006-07 school year found Lanesboro, and other schools state-wide, making the transition from the Basic Skills Test standardized test to the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments.

Boggs said that the elementary did very well with the MCA but results were mixed with reading and math scores.

The report said that "the 11th grade math test remains the toughest test for our students as well as students across the state. Only 25% of our students earned proficient scores on the math test."

Boggs said that there are some things they need to work on. One thing the school is implementing, in conjunction with the Hiawatha Education District, is the AimsWeb program used to assess reading skills before students are determined to need special education.

"Three times a year, students will be given a one minute reading test," Boggs explained. "We can use this to assess and remediate during the school year. We can determine if a student is reading at grade level or not and give them the help they need."

Other Business

• approved co-curricular contracts as well as contracts for three non-certified instructional aide positions.

• approved maternity leave for Nicole Howard beginning October 15.

• voted to dissolve the coop sponsorship for girl's golf between the district and Mabel-Canton as it is no longer necessary for either school.

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