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Maximum school levy up slightly
Sept. 22, 2017

By Ivan Raconteur

LESTER PRAIRIE – Lester Prairie School Board approved certifying the maximum levy amount during its meeting Sept. 18.

The maximum limit for 2018 is $808,324, which represents an increase of $13,502, or 1.7 percent.

The final levy amount will be presented during the December school board meeting.

Test results show progress

Principal Nat Boyer presented a summary of test results.

These included comparisons of progress of Lester Prairie students, and statewide averages.

Expected growth for students is one grade level per year.

Reading proficiency is up slightly from last year.

Boyer noted district reading trends have been consistent, and Lester Prairie has generally followed the state trends.

More students met proficiency in math results, as well.

“We’re trying to work with the data and use it as a teaching tool,” Boyer commented.

Various factors affect test results, he noted. The test has become more difficult, and the district’s enrollment has increased, bringing in students of varying abilities, which changes the overall results.

Odds and ends

In other business, the council:

• discussed preschool busing with parents who made inquiries during the open dialog portion of the meeting. The board agreed to research the issue and add it to the agenda for the next meeting.

• heard from Superintendent Jeremy Schmidt that he has been working with the City of Lester Prairie on its comprehensive plan, looking for ways the school district and city can work together.

• noted the current student count in the district is 453.

• changed the start time of the Monday, Oct. 16 board meeting from 5:45 to 7 p.m. due to a conflict with a sports event.

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