It was a light agenda for business at the Lanesboro School Board last Thursday evening. With Chair David Ruen presiding, the board spent some time gearing up for the fall start of the school year.
Some discussion about milk and dairy costs resulted in the board approving the bid from Ziebell’s Hiawatha Foods in Winona.
School lunch ticket prices were also approved; Superintendent Jeff Boggs noted the district is “required to increase meal prices by $.10 this year to meet U.S. Department of Agriculture Requirements.” He added the increased price will help cover the cost of offering more fresh fruits and vegetables.
Boggs was happy to report what he termed the good news of having found a secondary English teacher, adding she is a familiar face. Krissy Overland taught elementary school at Lanesboro for three years before teaching in Chatfield for three years. She is uniquely qualified in being one of few teachers who are certified for both secondary and elementary. According to Boggs, “this is a teacher who could teach at any level.” The Board approved the contract for Overland, starting with fall term.
The board also passed a Resolution Authorizing the Local Operational Revenue. Up to a maximum levy of $424, the state would match an additional “up to $300 per student” in state aid. This authority is for a period of five years and subsequently can be re-authorized in increments of up to five years. The intention, according to the resolution, is “to create the maximum authority for which it is eligible.”
Because three school board members’ terms are expiring, dates and the process for filing for election were noted. Opening for filing registration is on July 29 and closing is 4 p.m. on Aug. 12. The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 4. The board members whose four-year terms are expiring are Steve Snyder, Lolly Melander and David Ruen.
Ruen and Snyder changed hats and spoke up during the “patron comments” provision on the agenda. Snyder asked about a few “outside items” he had brought up previously regarding the physical grounds of the school property.
Boggs responded that some of those items were “already on the list” to be considered, and that he would get back to Snyder on any remaining items.
Ruen commented that the new playground equipment being installed is “looking good,” and that he particularly appreciated the Burro logo and school colors included in the playground.