At the May 20 Lanesboro School Board meeting, board member Steve Snyder asked when the final walk-through for the facilities project would be taking place. Superintendent Matt Schultz said that the final punch list walk-through would occur on May 26, but there are still some things left to do before everything is complete. The asphalt needs to be done on both parking lots, the PA systems needs to be finished with the clocks and additional phone lines for the special education offices, and there is some trim and caulking inside the school to be taken care of. Schultz noted that the project is still on budget and will remain that way.
“Everybody’s ready for the school year to end,” Superintendent Schultz said. He’s excited to head into normal summer plans with summer rec and other activities. He noted that the 2021-2022 school year is projected to have 212 elementary students, which is up from the 206 that were registered this year.
Hannah Terry and Jordan Anderson were hired as elementary education teachers and Katie Hansen as a special education teacher, all for the 2021-2022 school year. A resignation from daycare director Lynn Susag was accepted. “We’re sad to see her go,” Schultz commented.
Snyder gave an update on the negotiations with the teacher’s union over the last few months. “It’s gone very well,” he explained. “Everyone was reasonable.” Some of the language in the agreement was changed to allow more flexibility with bereavement pay. There was a 4.75% increase in total benefits and salary over the next two years. The step base was increased by $500 in the first year and $600 in the second year. The negotiations committee decided to add a one-time payment of $500 for all teachers who worked during the 2020-2021 school year and who are still employed for the upcoming school year as a thank you for getting through the pandemic. The board approved the agreement with the Lanesboro Education Association.
The pay scale for the non-certified staff was approved beginning July 1, 2021, and going through June 30, 2025. The non-certified staff members who were employed during this school year and will remain through the next school year will also receive a one-time payment of $500 in gratitude, just like the teachers.
The cooperative sports agreement with Fillmore Central Schools and Mabel-Canton Schools was approved.
A resolution was approved to accept donations for prom with thanks.
Several applications have been received for summer help at the school. The school is looking for two adults and two students to fill the positions available. Some of the projects include painting the whole elementary school and moving the daycare playground to its new location at the back of the school. That space will be turned into an outdoor classroom.
The board approved an early dismissal on June 7 at 11:32 a.m. as the last day of school. Snyder suggested that the students be sent home with a sack lunch.
The next Lanesboro School Board meeting will be held on June 17 at 7 p.m.