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ELC officials eye summer projects

By Staff | Apr 13, 2011

If you have a house, you know that eventually you’re going to have to fix a roof. If you have a lot of houses – or other buildings – you’re going to have a lot of roofs to fix.

The Estherville Lincoln Central Board of Education at Monday night’s board meeting discussed fixing roofs – and other projects – with physical plant and equipment levy (PPEL) money.

Superintendent Dick Magnuson, noting requests from building principals, technology, maintenance and transportation, said $593,000 in requests had been tallied – with $330,000 available.

Magnuson said one priority has to be the Demoney Elementary roof. He emphasized that anything of a health or a safety nature or dealing with the operation of the district takes priority. He said buying a new bus is another priority.

Magnuson said the security system at the high school also needs to be upgraded.

In other business, the board waived board policy stating that a new superintendent’s initial hire is for one year. The change was to accommodate a three-year contract for Tara Paul, the new superintendent recently hired to replace Magnuson who retires June 30. Paul will receive $121,000 the first year, $124,000 the second year and $127,000 the third year.

Laura Giebler told the board of plans for a band and choir trip to New York next spring. Giebler said the estimated cost per student is $858 which includes five meals.

Giebler said music students take a major trip every four years to allow every student a chance to take the trip.

The board also approved a standard year-end budget amendment that allows the district to spend money it gets at the end of the year.

The board approved a new custodial contract which gives custodians a quarter hourly raise.

The board was also scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. Tuesday meeting for mediation with certified staff.

Brian DeJong, activities director, noted the upcoming Estherville Relays Friday, pending weather, and prom Saturday night. He said baseball and softball will start in early May.

Frank Christenson, high-school principal, noted high scores by sophomores taking the ASSET test which is required for students who wish to take classes at Iowa Lakes Community College.

Results included:

n 37 of 82 sophomores tested proficient in writing.

n 51 of 82 tested proficient in reading.

n 69 of 82 tested proficient in algebra.

n 29 of 82 tested proficient in all three.

“This is very, very good,” Christenson said of sophomore’s test scores. “We need to be proud of these kids and proud of our staff as well. They’ve done a really good job.”

Mike Peterson, middle-school principal, noted the upcoming opera performances Thursday.

He said students sold $35,000 in magazine subscriptions with the school keeping 40 percent.

Kris Schlievert, elementary principal, said 120 students will be coming into kindergarten.

Regional Wellness Center director Bob Grems said there were 1,100 memberships, the second-highest on record. Grems noted some concerns with members leaving due to outflow from the community. He said classes and youth programs continue to flourish.