By Ivan Raconteur
LESTER PRAIRIE The good news for students at Lester Prairie High School is that the size of the district means students have the opportunity to participate in multiple activities.
“We are the land of opportunity,” Superintendent Jeremy Schmidt commented.
The not-so-good news, as board members learned during the board meeting March 19, is that the district hasn’t had a consistent policy for charging activity fees for multiple-sport athletes.
Although the subject wasn’t on the agenda, it came up during discussion.
The district allows students to participate in more than one activity at a time, and works to make that possible.
However, Schmidt noted that in some cases in the past, students who have participated in two sports in the same season have paid the full activity for both sports.
In other cases, students have paid the full activity fee for the first sport, and nothing for the second.
There have also been cases in which students paid the full activity fee for the first sport, and a reduced fee for the second.
Board members raised a number of questions about students participating in two sports in a season, including whether people even know this is something they can do.
It was noted that although it is a relatively rare situation to have a student participating in more than one sport in a season, the district should have a consistent policy so that all students are treated the same.
Board Member Steve Ziermann said the board needs to establish a policy, and inform parents about any changes that are made.
Schmidt noted that the district’s goal is to encourage students to participate, so no changes will be made in the middle of the season.
He said the board will likely discuss the matter over the summer and address any questions board members have before the policy manual is updated.
Revised budget approved
The board approved a revised budget for the 2017-18 school year.
Schmidt explained that when the preliminary budget is prepared in June, there are a number of factors that are unknown, so the district needs to make estimates.
The preliminary budget included total revenues of $5,301,363 and expenses of $5,055,291, for a net of $246,072.
The revised budget shows total revenues of $5,325 and total expenses of $5,143,109, for a net of $182,245.
The general fund, which is the largest category of unassigned funds, included revenues of $4,727,639 and expenses of $4,352,355, for a net of $298,151 in the preliminary budget.
The revised budget shows general fund revenues of $4,746,295 and expenses of $4,448,144, for a net of $298,151.
Odds and ends
In other business, the board:
• approved Chase Dennehy as assistant track coach for the 2017-2018 track and field season.
• approved the resignation of Robert Weber as teacher effective June 30, 2018.
• approved Mike Bjork as co-spelling bee coordinator.
• approved Jennifer Smith as co-spelling bee coordinator.
• approved Matt Wroge as assistant baseball coach.
• approved a contract for school family mental health service with Greater Minnesota Family Services. This will provide for a mental health therapist or social worker five days per week. In part, this will replace lost time from the re-assignment of the current shared school social worker by the Southwest West Central Cooperative.
• approved the senior class trip to Florida 2019.
• heard from Principal Nat Boyer there will be a cyber safety presentation for the students and community Tuesday, April 3.
• heard from Boyer there will be a distracted driving presentation for students Friday, April 13.
• noted that the district student count as of March 6 was 460, an increase of 31 from the March 20, 2017 count of 429.