By Ivan Raconteur
LESTER PRAIRIE, MN Lester Prairie School Board conducted its annual truth in taxation hearing last Monday. No residents attended.
Following the hearing, the board approved the district’s final levy of $862,552 for 2010.
This is an increase of $37,958, or 4.6 percent compared to last year.
The district’s tax rate remained unchanged at 12 percent.
Third grade students to receive dictionaries
Board Member Joe Miller told the board that the Lester Prairie Lions have approved funding to provide dictionaries for all Lester Prairie third grade students.
Miller said the dictionaries also include additional features, such as the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution.
Superintendent provides updates
Superintendent Mike McNulty reported that:
• five new students have recently enrolled in the elementary school. These include one each in grades kindergarten, second and sixth, and two in third grade.
• the school appreciates those who supported the Christmas store, which earned approximately $320.
• the current community education bulletin is available on the school web site.
• the next Community Education Advisory Board meeting has been scheduled for Monday, Jan. 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the school media center.
• the community wellness program has installed two treadmills and one elliptical machine in room 144.
The school has to use some of the money that was in this account to avoid being penalized by the state, McNulty explained.
• the school has started a program to recognize students of the month.
Odds and end
In other business, the council:
• acknowledged McNulty for reinstating the “Prairie Educator” column in the Herald Journal as another way to communicate information about what is going on in the school.
• heard from McNulty that he has worked out a new procedure with Waste Management for picking up trash that will prevent further damage to the sidewalk on the north side of the school.
• rescheduled the Monday, Jan. 18 board meeting for Monday, Jan. 11 due to Martin Luther King Day.
• heard from Miller that state budget deficits are predicted to increase, and, as a result, the governor’s unalottments could become permanent.
Miller also said that state funding could be cut for districts in which negotiated settlements have been in the seven to eight percent range.
Miller said school funding is going to be a major discussion point during the upcoming legislative session.