By Ryan Gueningsman
DELANO, MN Delano Public School Board recognized outgoing Board Member Peter Brasket with a ceremonial school bell at last Monday’s regular meeting.
Brasket, who has served on the school board for more than eight years, did not seek reelection this fall.
Board Member Carolyn Milano spoke about Brasket, admiring his leadership skills, and said he never backed down from a difficult issue.
“I’ve learned so much from you,” she told him at the conclusion of the meeting. She said the origin of the name Peter means “rock” and “solid” and she said those are two words that describe Brasket.
Final levy certified for school district
The school district conducted its Truth in Taxation hearing as part of the board meeting. No one from the public spoke at the hearing.
District Business Manager Mary Reeder said the total tax levy payable in 2013 is $4,995,715, which is an increase of 8.06 percent, or $372,450, from the actual payable 2012 levy of $4,623,264.
She noted that last year’s levy decreased 5.41 percent.
Reeder also compared referendum revenue, and said that Delano has a total levy authority of $1,063 per student, but is certified in the amount of $751 per student.
The district has under-levied $311 per student that was approved for operating a new building, but these funds were not levied because a new building was not constructed.
She said the estimated state average is $936 per student, and said the state cap on levy authority is $1,629 per student.
The school district’s fund balance that was approved was $6,637,783, which is a decrease from last year’s fund balance of $7,322,110. District revenues are projected at $24,627,146, while expenses are projected at $25,311,473.
Reeder also noted the $426 per-student operating levy was renewed for 10 years at this fall’s election, and that an additional $325 per student for 10 years, with inflation, was also passed.
These revenues will be in effect for the 2013-14 school year.
Lacrosse to become sanctioned sport
Beginning in the spring season of 2013, Delano will have sanctioned boys’ and girls’ lacrosse teams.
Activities Director Mike Lindquist, along with a number of lacrosse supporters and players, were at the meeting and presented information on the program to the board.
The lacrosse club began in Delano about four years ago, and has been working toward this result of being a sanctioned sport.
Lindquist explained a lot of other schools have brought on lacrosse as a sanctioned sport in a “cost-neutral” format, which means there is no cost to the district for the program. The lacrosse association pays for costs associated with the program.
“We have a very strong lacrosse program,” Lindquist said. “Lacrosse is a growing sport in the state of Minnesota.”
Before considering approval of the agreement, Brasket jokingly asked the lacrosse representatives in the audience when Delano can expect its first state championship. One of the representatives joked back and told Brasket they already have the banner ordered.
It was noted no additional field space will be utilized, but that in the bigger picture, Delano is running into a shortage of field space for all activities within the community and school.