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October 1, 2007

Despite increased activity fees, participation is up from last year

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

Despite the increase in activity fees, participation for fall activities is up 13 percent from last year, reported Activities Director Perry Thinesen to the Dassel-Cokato School Board Thursday.

With budget cuts, activity fees increased the past two years, but Thinesen has yet to see an impact.

“We took a reasonable look at fees and they are comparable to the conference and we haven’t seen a drop in participation which is great,” Thinesen said.

Also, with the increased cost of passes for games which directly impacts the public, the attendance numbers are real close to what they have been in the past, he said.

Thinesen has seen an impact in other areas due to budget cuts including less flexibility with hiring coaching staff and not having the right ratio for coaches and participants, he said.

Also, with a decreased supply budget, coaches’ supplies and equipment have been impacted.

Odds and ends

Kelly O’Fallon presented information to the board about pandemic influenza, and board member Cary Linder volunteered to be on a committee address strategies and a plan if this were ever a problem.

The board approved the following:

• the 2007-08 graduation date is set for Saturday, May 31 at 1 p.m. The seniors were polled and the date was chosen with nearly a 2:1 vote.

• personnel items including lane changes for Andrea Barrington, Kelly Kuennen and Ryan Weinandt; resignations for Nancy Moy as Cokato Elementary paraeducator, Kathryn Wozniack as middle school kitchen assistant, Morris Latt as substitute bus driver, Eunice Barzdis as high school kitchen assistant, and Karen Nagel as early childhood educator and parent educator. Also, a proposal request from Lisa Nyquist to work toward a BA+75 lane change.

• an application for cooperative sponsorship with St. Cloud Tech for DC students to compete in downhill skiing. This is at no cost to the district.

• a requested speech trip to Harvard in February.

• the yearly systems accountability report required by the state. This information will be on the district web site including the individual school report cards from the Minnesota Department of Education.

• change of date for the Oct. 25 regular board meeting to Tuesday, Oct. 30, and the November regular board meeting from Nov. 22 to Thursday, Nov. 29. Truth in Taxation meeting will be before the November meeting at 6:30 p.m.


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