By Jennifer Kotila
DASSEL, COKATO, MN The Dassel-Cokato School Board approved certifying the maximum levy amount at Thursday’s meeting.
As it sits right now, the levy for the Dassel-Cokato School District is set to go down about $130,000 from last year, which is a 4.74 percent decrease, according to Business Manager Tina Palmer.
However, she recommended certifying the maximum amount at this time in order to allow flexibility in case state funding changes between now and the final certification.
Certifying the maximum will allow the district to change the numbers as needed if state funding changes, Palmer said.
The proposed levy is approximately $2.6 million. Last year’s levy was approximately $2.74 million.
Abrahamson addresses ‘superfan’ incident
Brett Abrahamson, the 2012-13 student representative on the board, addressed the “superfan” incident which occurred at a volleyball game Sept. 20.
He explained that two rows of students came to the game dressed in prison uniforms, with ISD 466 printed on them, and one student was dressed as an administrator.
Superintendent Jeff Powers saw what was happening and had the students change their clothing, after which they returned to the game, Abrahamson said.
The incident is resolved, Abrahamson noted, and he does not foresee any incidents occurring again.
The students have been cheering appropriately, and attended Tuesday’s volleyball game wearing pink for breast cancer awareness, Abrahamson noted.
Digital initiative update
Abrahamson also updated the board on the digital learning initiative, noting he was in the high school English class inaugurating the new program.
Last week, each student in the class was writing a five-page story using their computers.
During the editing process, the students exchange computers to check each others’ stories, Abrahamson said.
“It’s nice not to have to fight for a computer,” Abrahamson said.
FFA national convention
The board approved the trip for DC’s FFA chapter to attend the national convention, Oct. 23-28, in Indianapolis, IN.
The parliamentary procedure team will be competing at the national convention; two students will receive their American FFA degrees, which is the highest honor for FFA; and Austin Davis will be competing as a finalist for his supervised agricultural experience proficiency in dairy production.
A total of 16 students will be attending the convention, at a cost of $450 per student.
Six students competing at the convention will have their cost paid by the school ($2,700). The other costs will be covered by the DC FFA Boosters and the students.
Odds and ends
In other business, the board:
• approved changes in the policy regarding student extra- and co-curricular participation, which can be found on the district’s website at www.dc.k12.mn.us.
• approved the 2011-12 systems accountability report, which can also be found on the district’s website.
• approved the resignation of Lynne Hasty as the high school office assistant.
• approved the employment of Heidi Williams as a Dassel Elementary part-time kitchen assistant; Stephanie Salmela as a middle school special needs para educator; Karen Swendra as a middle school Title I para educator; Suzanne Young as a Dassel Elementary Title I para educator; Lynn Norby as the alternative learning center and Cokato Elementary part-time custodian; Lynne Hasty as a Dassel Elementary part-time special needs para educator; and Tonja Aho as the high school office assistant.
• approved adding Patty McCain to the drivers roster as a substitute type III driver.
• approved lane changes for Sarah Terpstra, Heidi Little, Michele Grochow, Simone Burley, Beth Steinleitner, Julie Redman, and Laura Lynk.
• approved Beth Steinleitner as the assistant varsity speech coach.
• accepted donations of $72.05 to Dassel Elementary from Dean Food Company; $1,000 to the community education youth football program from DC Football Boosters; $350 to the DC Regional Trail from Kensington Bank; $100 to the DC Regional Trail from First National Bank; $1,023.79 to the DC Middle School Media Center from Target; $1,314.44 to Dassel Elementary from Target; $50 to Dassel Elementary from Sew Friendly Quilt Guild; and $2,657.58 to DC High School from Target.