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Paynesville Press - February 18, 2004

School board looks at fiscal management

By Michael Jacobson

The Paynesville Area School Board took the following actions at their meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 10.

*The board heard about the district's fiscal management and budgeting procedures from the staff of the district office: superintendent Howard Caldwell, secretary Donna Ahrens, payroll clerk Luann Loxtercamp, and bookkeeper Joan Brogard.

*The board directed Caldwell to check into consultants and develop a proposed timeline for conducting a district-wide pay equity report, a comprehensive study that the district last did in the early 1990s.

*The board approved a policy for conducting student surveys, which requires the district to notify parents and guardians before students take a survey. The district policy requires students to opt out of taking by having their parent or guardian notify the district.

*The board approved a minor change in its food service meal charge policy. The change was made to clarify that students must be responsible in telling their parents when their meal account is low in funds. Students in grades K-5 will have their hands stamped as a reminder. Students in grades 6-12 will be given either a verbal warning, a hand stamp, or written notice and must be responsible to tell their parent or guardian.

*The board approved a resignation request from elementary teacher Janet Binsfeld at the conclusion of the 2003-04 school year. Binsfeld has been on leave from teaching for the past five years.

*The board approved hiring Brooke Parks as an elementary teacher for seven weeks, substituting for fourth grade teacher Karlin Jacoby.

*The board approved hiring Denise Rien as an instructional assistant in the special education department for four months as a substitute for Romelle Hentges.

*The board approved hiring Ann Mehr and Tami Neu as instructional assistants in the ECFE program for a one-month period, substituting for Diane Gilk.

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