Oct. 23, 2006

Lester Prairie School to consider pairing all sports

By Linda Scherer
Staff Writer

In preparing for the 2007-08 school year, the Lester Prairie School Board will be considering pairing with Holy Trinity of Winsted for all of its school sports.

Although Lester Prairie has been pairing in junior high sports for a few years, the board will be looking at pairing with Holy Trinity for varsity sports, as well.

“We need to provide as many opportunities as possible for our students, and believe that it is important for students to play at age-appropriate levels,” Superintendent Joe Miller said.

Miller went on to tell the board that even pairing in the junior high grades has not provided enough students needed to participate in sports at certain grade levels.

A public meeting to gather input regarding pairing of all sports, is scheduled Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. in the Lester Prairie School media center.

Financial stability

It was with a great deal of pride that Miller told the board, “We are well on our way to having a stable financial base.”

Miller was referring to the preliminary audit report showing a general school fund balance. Lester Prairie School is no longer in statutory debt.

The reasons that Miller gave for the school’s financial success is increased enrollment, transferring reserved funds into the general fund, staying within the budget, and the state’s base funding increase per student unit.

Outstanding alumni award

The late Bruce Birkholz was awarded the Outstanding Lester Prairie School Alumni Award and the plaque was presented to his children, son, Donn Birkholz, and daughter, Jane Bach.

Birkholz was born in Lester Prairie in 1924 and graduated from Lester Prairie High School in 1942. He and his wife, Carolyn, owned Weise and Kuhlmann Hardware Store in Lester Prairie and were great community supporters. In his younger years, he helped the Lester Prairie town baseball team win the state tournament.

LP foundation

The Lester Prairie School Foundation for Education’s purpose is to promote academics and to enhance student learning.

For the 2006-07 school year, the foundation received 12 grant applications and recently awarded three $500 grants.

One $500 grant was given to the third and fourth grades to purchase reading materials; another $500 grant was awarded to the fifth and sixth grades to purchase new wall maps, and a third $500 grant was for a new digital camera that will be used for school activities.

The foundation wished they had been able to award more of the grants because they were all such worthwhile requests.

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