Lanesboro Elementary School has been identified as a Reward School in the state of Minnesota. Principal James Semmen told the Lanesboro School District Board of Education at its Tuesday, Oct. 15, meeting that the school had received a score in the top 15 percent on the Multiple Measurements Rating (MMR), which uses the Adequate Yearly Progress score to determine proficiency in reading and math.

The MMR score is also based off of data from academic growth over time, graduation rates, how well the school is closing achievement gaps and other factors.

A second score called the Focus Rating looks at low-income and special needs students' performance and Lanesboro also had a good score.

Semmen said the elementary school had done really well on the MCAs the year before, which had a positive affect on their growth from the year prior. He said their growth most likely had the biggest factor for their being awarded the Reward School designation.

The MMR and Focus Rating scores were the state's replacement improvement measurements for the No Child Left Behind program. Just over 100 schools in the state are Reward Schools.

The board passed on its congratulations to the elementary staff, paraprofessionals, students, administration and parents for the achievement.

Semmen said, "I tried to tell everyone thank you. Hats off to them."

Semmen also reported that the booster club had come forward with a plan to match $1,000 for purchasing new library books. Superintendant Jeff Boggs said it was a great idea and the board approved the match with thanks to the booster club.

Dean of Students John Smith shared highlights from homecoming week, which commenced on Sept. 30. He said about 100 students showed up to the coronation that evening. At the volleyball games that week, the Lanesboro Booster Club had donated money for pizzas, the school cooks made cookies and there were games for kids before the matches. On that Friday, all students in grades kindergarten through 12th had decorated cupcakes with seniors pairing up with kindergarten students to help them.

Smith also reported on magazine fundraising efforts for the senior class's trip to Washington, D.C., in the spring. The seniors had also recently ordered caps and gowns.

Smith told the board about various national tests being administered to the grade levels, such as the ACT, PSAT and PLAN tests. He noted decent participation in the ACT preparation sessions the school has been holding. He also said many upper classman had taken advantage of college and career fairs in Rochester.

A sports sharing agreement between Lanesboro and Fillmore Central for winter and spring sports was approved. Wrestling, track and field, softball and baseball are all shared between the two schools. Boggs noted this annual agreement was a good opportunity to evaluate the athletics relationship with Fillmore Central and see how to improve it. Board member Steve Snyder said it should be considered as a priority to have one home meet every year for the wrestling team, since community support had been great before.

The board approved maternity leave requests from Title I instructor Lena Bergo, who was already on leave, and elementary special education instructor Hollie Clarke.