By Ivan Raconteur
LESTER PRAIRIE, MN It may be summer, but Lester Prairie School Board is already working on plans for the next school year.
The board approved the district’s preliminary budget for 2013-14 during last Monday’s meeting.
The preliminary budget includes $5,332,331 in projected revenues and $5,329,951 in expenses, for a positive balance of $2,381.
The preliminary 2012-13 district budget included $4,158,963 in revenues, and $3,978,288 in expenses.
The revised 2012-13 district budget included $4,382,707 in revenues, and $4,212,771 in expenses.
Superintendent Mike McNulty said the increases in both revenue and expenses are due to the district’s building improvement project.
Odds and ends
In other business, the board:
• heard a proposal from k-12 Principal Jeremy Schmidt to add a half-time focus teacher and half-time regular teacher (one full-time teaching position) to focus on sixth grade transition to high school and alleviate some overloads.
• heard from Schmidt that he and other staff members have been working on curriculum mapping, which involves comparing the school’s existing curriculum to state standards.
• heard that McNulty has been negotiating a building maintenance contract renewal with Marsden. The current contract expires June 30.
• heard from McNulty that the roofing project is nearly complete. Installation of the sprinkler system and wiring upgrades are also underway. Installation of air conditioning in the school media center is complete.
• approved a new school bus accident safety policy and protocol.
• noted there will be no school lunch price increase for the 2013-14 school year.
• approved contracts for summer school teachers Erin Hoppe, Julie Olson, Jan Smith, and Karen Nali; summer school para Jill Fiecke; and summer technology coordinator Kim DeBruyckere.
• approved the retirement and resignation of Leana Gueningsman, who served on the kitchen staff 41 years.
• approved soliciting bids for milk, bread, and garbage service.