Lanesboro's school board convened last Thursday evening and certified its proposed 2013 tax levy.

The 2011-2012 tax levy was $464,996.08, and the 2012-2013 proposed levy is $433,312.22, down from the previous year. The district currently has 330 students, and open enrollment, according to Superintendent Jeff Boggs, "is up as well, up and down the line" from kindergarten to 12th grade.

Next, the board heard the annual curriculum report from Lanesboro Principal Brett Clarke, who shared the official report will be available on the school website.

The document outlines the district's education philosophy and goals, the establishment of a parent advisory committee, its curriculum cycle and enrollment numbers for the previous school year. It also addresses how the district's students scored on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) and student graduation standard goals. It outlines Title I programming, a district improvement program, extracurricular and co-curricular activities, the community education program and a listing of who is on the parent advisory council.

Clarke stated, "The strongest area of the MCA scores is reading. The 10th graders were reading at 100 percent in the first trimester. Math has been the weakest...overall, students met targets."

Board member Sara (Decker) Baskett inquired, "Are you looking at science averages that are lower compared to reading and math? Is the science test really difficult?"

Clarke answered by saying science isn't considered in AYP like math and reading.

Baskett asked next about the parent advisory committee and how a parent may join. Clarke replied parents may contact the school and inform the board that they would like to be a part of the committee which meets on an "as-needed basis" and handles numerous topics.

The principal's report included an update on the distribution of laptop computers to students. The principal related staff had initially anticipated difficulty controlling what students download onto their computers, but there have been very few incidents and the staff likely over-anticipated such problems, things that they're now working to mitigate.

"The students have been very patient and we've got two to three textbooks on each computer, so it lightens the students' backpacks. What's even better is that some of the textbooks even have full audio so that students can listen to them. They're able to take their work with them and fill up dead time with finishing their homework...they're using them in ways we didn't think of," Clarke said.

In another matter, the board hired personnel to handle extracurricular activities. Sharon Boyum will lead special music and speech, Kristi Ruen is the assistant FFA advisor, Tim Willette is the FFA advisor, Katrina Schunemann will lead special band, Clarke will advise the National Honor Society students, Rochelle Gathje will lead the FCCLA, Heidi Johnson and Shannon Vickerman will coach cheerleading, Jody Peterson is the athletic director, and John Smith is the senior class advisor.

Additionally, the board hired two new paraprofessionals - Lena Bergo and Brandon Papenfuss.