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ELC donates equipment to city of Estherville – Lights, scoreboard to be installed at Thoreson

By Staff | Dec 13, 2007

ESTHERVILLE–The City of Estherville and Estherville Lincoln Central School District both scored points with taxpayers Tuesday night.

The school board approved a request by the city to donate softball field lights and a scoreboard from the construction site of the new middle school. While it would have cost the school district $2,400 to remove the lights and scoreboard, the city electric utility department could remove them at no charge. The lights and scoreboard will then be installed at Thoreson Park. No funds were appropriated in the city parks and recreation budget for lights at Thoreson.

In addition, the city offered to forgive charges of $293.25 for disconnection of water and sewer service to the district’s property at 1326 First Ave. S.

“It’s a good move for the community and I think it’s a good move for the district,” said ELC superintendent Dick Magnuson in recommending approval.

The board agreed.

In other business, the board:

n Approved the consent agenda which included resignations from Jeanette Benson, middle school teaching associate; Henry Seiler, elementary teaching associate; Sally Bohmer, girls tennis coach; Nate Hansen, junior varsity boys baseball coach; and Steve Iverson, bus driver. Hires approved included Wendy Kaltved, high school wrestling cheerleading sponsor, and Angela DeJong, middle school teaching associate. A salary adjustment was approved for Angela Larson from Step 9-BA to BA+16.

n Heard a report from Shirley Johnson on the state’s Growth Model Proposal. Johnson said the district met its goal this year in the area of special education which it did not last year.

n Approved an early graduation request by Tony Fales.

n Approved a new 28E agreement with Youth & Family Resource Services, doing business as Forest Ridge.

n Approved adjustments to the 2007-08 calendar due to construction work at Demoney and the high school.

n Approved participation in the Iowa Drug and Alcohol Testing Program for district bus drivers.

n Approved the second reading of the anti-bullying policy.

n Approved renewal of the Pepsi contract. Last year the district received $12,500 in commissions.

n Set 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, for the first open negotiations session with the teachers union in the district board room. The first session will be an open meeting.

n Heard a report from Magnuson on progress in implementing a statewide 1 percent SILO tax. The funding formula is one of the remaining issues in making a statewide tax, he said. The district would benefit significantly from a statewide tax since funds would be more equitably distributed.

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