School board revisits high school facility issue

This article submitted by Linda Stelling on 1/19/99.

The Paynesville Area School Board held their first meeting of the new year on Tuesday night, Jan. 12.

The issue of a new auditorium/theater and a fitness facility has been discussed several times over the past year.

Superintendent Howard Caldwell suggested establishing a facility study task force. The task force would consist of about 20 members.

Between now and the boardís next meeting on Jan. 26, board members are to think of people who would be willing to serve on the task force.

The task force would consist of six teachers, two board members, two support staff members, four people from the community (parents), two principals, one building and grounds supervisor, the superintendent, an architect, and con-struction manager.

Caldwell presented a possible time- table for the task force. Between February and April, the task force would review the districtís facility focus. At the May 11 board meeting, the task force would present its findings to the board.

In other business:
ēThe board approved a standard resolution that directs the superintendent to recommend adjustments in budgets and programs for the 1999-2000 school year.

Caldwell informed the board there are many program areas that need to be reviewed to determine their needs for the next school year. The present legislative session may also have some bearing as to the outcome of the budget process.

ēThe board approved a compensatory revenue program plan ($999) for the middle school. Deb Gillman, middle school principal, requested funds to purchase three multipurpose computers.

Gillman informed the board the middle school computer lab is outdated. ďI would like to replace the classics in the lab with three IMACS. They are economically feasible,Ē she added. ďUsing three IMACS will allow us an opportunity to become familiar with them to see if they meet our needs.Ē

ēThe board approved a contract for Matthew Dickhausen, new activities/ community education coordinator, effective Jan. 25. Dickhausen comes to Paynesville from Monticello.

ēThe board approved a medical leave for the remainder of the school year from Connie Backes, fourth grade teacher. Backes is struggling with cancer and hopes to be able to return to her teaching position for the 1999-2000 school year.

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