Lanesboro School Board reflects
on school year as it comes to a close
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 4:28 AM
The Lanesboro School Board met on May 13 in their final board meeting before the end of the school year. Seniors Michael Holst and Kirsten Ruen were present to share their experiences on the senior class trip to Washington, D.C.
Superintendent Jeff Boggs commented after the meeting that he could tell it was an incredible trip for the kids. He said the students couldn't believe how much they could still learn by taking a trip to places they had learned about in school.
"It came to life for them and was a great bonding experience," he shared.
The board congratulated the FFA Dairy Judging team which had won first place at the state competition at the State FFA Convention in Minneapolis on April 29. The team, which consists of Kayla and Haely Leiding and Travis and Jared Troendle, will be traveling to Louisville, Ky., next October for the National FFA Convention.
The local FFA chapter raises money through its annual fruit sales to send members to the convention and will be sending the Leidings and Troendles off with a chance to win on the national level.
Principal Brett Clarke discussed how the first year of implementing the One-to-One Computer Initiative had gone. After the meeting, Clarke mentioned that he had received positive student and faculty feedback this year on the program.
He mentioned the school is surveying staff to see where the program should go in terms of software and hardware improvements. The possibility of converting some classrooms into "paperless" classrooms was discussed.
Clarke also mentioned that it is possible that the ninth through 12th program will be expanded to the lower grades although many questions surrounding that possible decision have not yet been answered.
Student feedback centered on how much more efficient they could be with their time in using their laptop to complete assignments.
Kristi Ruen gave a short presentation and update on the ECFE program at Lanesboro. She described the purpose of ECFE as being a way to get parents involved with their children's early education.
Ruen stated after the meeting, "It has a lasting impact when you get parents and kids involved together." She also mentioned the program is lucky to have great families involved.
This year, Lanesboro ECFE enrolled 25 families with a total of 41 children, ages 0 through kindergarten age. Special classes held this year in addition to their weekly meetings were the V-Day Blast on Valentine's Day, an Earth Day Celebration, music classes, and a Kids in the Kitchen class.
ECFE also put on a Santa's Workshop, Halloween and Easter Egg Hunt events. Currently, ECFE is sharing a room with Title I class.
Due to the number of snow days, the board decided to approve the addition of two more staff workshop days to the end of the year for additional training in mental health, technology and other topics.
The board congratulated Krissy Overland and the cast and crew of this year's play titled "Wild Pink."
The board approved the non-renewal of the contract for Physical Education and Health instructor Regina Klennert.
It was noted that the golf team currently does not have team uniforms and will be going through the process of acquiring some.