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Armstrong-Ringsted revises driver’s ed fees

By Staff | Apr 2, 2011

The Armstrong-Ringsted Board of Education at its regular meeting Monday night revised driver’s education fees to help cover costs.

The board agreed to raise fees from $100 to $125 during the school year and from $175 to $200 for A-R students during the summer. Out-of-district students would pay another $25 during the summer, up from $225 to $250.

In other business at Monday’s board meeting, the board approved the 2009-10 audit.

The board also approved the 2011-12 calendar which will start classes Wednesday, Aug. 24 with the prior Monday and Tuesday teacher prep days.

In other business, principal Matt Berninghaus said a state trooper had given a presentation to students about distracted driving.

In a QZAB update, Berninghaus said technology updates had to be done in the new science room. He said students will be going to Iowa State again April 16 for the catapult competition. A-R won the competition last year.

Berninghaus said the conference art show will be held April 18 in Forest City and the prom is set for April 30.

Fairmont said sophomores will go to Fairmont, Minn. High School April 6 for career exploration day.

Board member Jim Boyer said board representatives had met with the Armstrong-Ringsted Education Association in closed session last week. He said the district’s proposal calls for a .87 percent increase, which includes a hard wage freeze with an anticipated increase in IPERS plus a 10 percent increase in insurance. He said the education association proposal called for a 4.5-4.8 percent increase or another $74,000.

The board also discussed ongoing meetings with the consultant hired to assess plans for consolidation among A-R, North Kossuth and Sentral.

Boyer said the consultant would offer a scenario of what options would work for all three districts.

Board member Jen Von Bank said regardless of the consultant’s recommendations, she thought sharing sports with North Kossuth and Sentral was a good idea.

“I didn’t see it as being a pre-consolidation move at all,” said Von Bank. “I did it just to save the sports programs.”

“The feedback is that the kids really wanted to see this happen,” said Rod Foster, board president.

Von Bank said she didn’t see athletic sharing with the other school districts was any different than sharing cross country with Estherville Lincoln Central.