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Writer to research Midget mascot name

By Staff | Mar 16, 2011

Apparently, the name Estherville Lincoln Central Midgets has grown a set of legs and walked across the country.

Superintendent Dick Magnuson told the ELC Board of Education Monday night that a writer, Ethan Crough, is researching schools with the Midget mascot name. Crough has determined there are seven schools in the country with such a name.

Magnuson said Crough hopes to be in Estherville in May to continue his research.

In other business at Monday night’s board meeting, Bob Grems, Regional Wellness Center director, said revenues were up $82,000 over last year. Grems said he is adding more security cameras in the gym, front desk and concession areas.

Grems said the RWC is going to recommend that Iowa Lakes students join on their own. Last year, when that was the arrangement, 150 Iowa Lakes students took memberships, Grems said.

Kris Schlievert, elementary principal, said six kindergarten sections may be needed next fall.

Schlievert said Hy-Vee coupon books are being sold now as a fundraiser with money to go to technology. The booklets are $5 and have $50 in coupons. The books are available at the Demoney Elementary office or by calling 362-2181.

Brian DeJong, activities director and assistant high-school principal, previewed spring sports. He said 150-200 students are out for track this spring.

DeJong said the ELC jazz band placed 11 out of 33 at the jazz band competition at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D. last week.

Mike Peterson, middle-school principal, said Kayla Jensen was recently principal for a day.

Peterson said Prairie Fire Theatre will be at ELC in two weeks for a production of Sleeping Beauty.

Since Roosevelt is on the watch list for No Child Left Behind, Peterson said the district has contacted with the AEA to follow through with the process.

The annual magazine sales fundraiser starts this Friday, Peterson said.

Magnuson said a structural engineer was hired to look at the Roosevelt building and a report should be forthcoming.

The district was also approved for a $100,000 Fire Life Safety Grant to replace doors and windows in Roosevelt and the high school, Magnuson said. The work will be done in June and July.

The district budget hearing will be held 5:10 p.m. April 11. The board approved a calendar change for the current year which would replace some professional development time with student contact time. The board also approved the 2011-12 school calendar.

Magnuson said negotiations sessions were set for March 22 with teachers and March 17 with custodians.

The board met in closed session to discuss negotiations strategy.