BY GABE LICHT
DELANO, MN The cost for Tiger Activity Center memberships will increase slightly for the 2016-17 school year following action by the Delano School Board Tuesday evening.
“Being sensitive to the feelings of the community, we took a very conservative approach,” Delano Community Education Director Diane Johnson said during a work session. “It’s basically calculated at a 5 percent increase rounded to the nearest $5 or $10 increment.”
For district residents, the annual complete family rate will increase from $270 to $280, the complete adult rate will increase from $150 to $160, the complete rate for students and college students will increase from $90 to $95, and the basic adult rate for walking will increase from $80 to $85, while the complete senior rate and student summer rate will remain unchanged.
For non-residents, the annual complete family rate will increase from $390 to 410; the complete adult rate will increase from $260 to $275; the rates for walking adults, students, and college students will increase from $145 to $155; and the complete senior rate will increase from $110 to $115.
With the increase, the monthly cost of an annual membership will range from $4.58 per month for resident seniors to $34.17 per month for non-resident families.
Monthly options are also available and will range from $6 per month for a complete senior membership for a district resident to $41 per month for non-resident families.
“You’ll see we remain a very good deal compared to many other similar facilities,” Johnson said.
She estimates the increased fees will result in about $4,500 in increased revenue, much of which will be set aside for capital improvement.
“I think it is good to build up quite a nest egg,” Superintendent Matt Schoen said.
Johnson said, even with increased fees, the TAC will need to cut costs to balance the budget.
“We need to get some of our costs under control because the TAC is running at a deficit right now,” Johnson said. “One major thing was lost revenue on the facilities. Crow River Church made a very large donation for the performing arts center. The district benefited, but that cut the revenue they were being charged for the space. The other church that used to use the school facilities closed, so there was a drop in revenue then. I also have some staffing efficiencies I need to get addressed.”
Odds and ends
In the regular meeting, the board:
• approved personnel matters including the resignation of elementary physical education teacher Laura Maclean; the hiring of elementary school teacher Colleen Cleveland to replace Jake Pederson, health office professional Natalie Langford to replace Joy Bolea, and district nurse Samantha Trible to replace Jane Larter; the 2016-18 Delano Public Schools Principals’ Association contract; the 2016-18 labor agreement with health office professionals and assistants; and a contract with copy room paraprofessional Karla Otterness, replacing Joan Kottke. See the school board agenda for the full list.
• accepted about $35,383 in gifts from six different organizations. See the school board agenda for the full list.
• approved the first of two reads of the following policies due to substantive and/or legal reference changes: Policy 509-Enrollment of Non-resident Students, Policy 532-Use of Peace Officers and Crisis Teams to Remove Students with IEPs from School Grounds, Policy 805-Waste Reduction and Recycling, and new Policy 721-Uniform Grant Guidelines Policy Regarding Federal Revenue Sources. Changes to Policy 509 allow the district to terminate enrollment of an open-enrolled student who has seven unexcused absences in a year or misses 15 days straight of school.
Changes to Policy 532 address how the district must report the removal of students with individual education plans.
Changes to Policy 805 add food items to the list of recyclable items, as well as guidelines regarding paper use. Food items are being recycled at the elementary school, but not the middle or high school due to the cost and other logistics. It was also noted that the district has not increased its paper use since before 1998, despite the growth of the district.
Policy 721 provides uniform grant guidelines for special education and food service funds from the federal government.
• approved the second read of the following policies: Policy 410-Family and Medical Leave Policy, Policy 707-Transportation of Public School Students, Policy 707.1-Transportation of Students Placed in Day Treatment Programs.
• approved the first and only read of the following policies: Policy 420-Students and Employees with Sexually Transmitted Infections and Diseases and Certain Other Communicable Diseases and Infectious Conditions, Policy 529-Staff Notification of Violent Behavior of Students, Policy 620-Credti for Learning, and Policy 809-Health and Safety.