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Paynesville Press - April 19, 2006

School board adjusts budget for 2006-07

By Michael Jacobson

The Paynesville Area School Board took the following actions at their meeting on Tuesday, April 11.

• The board reviewed plans for budget adjustments for the 2006-07 school year. Administration proposed increasing the budget by $57,000 for the 2006-07 school year, since reduced by $15,000 by a leave of absence, which will enable the district to hire a less expensive replacement teacher next year.

The proposal to increase spending by $42,000 - which would be the first time the district has increased its overall budget in five years - will be discussed at the next school board meeting on Tuesday, April 25. Full story

•The board approved a low bid of $24,526 for the removal of asbestos from a tunnel at PAES. QSAR - from Montevideo - was the lowest of four bidders, ranging up to $42,700.

The board also approved a bid of $5,324 from Tweil of Brooklyn Park to reinsulate the pipes in the tunnel.

The abatement and reinsulation of pipes will begin on Monday, May 22, and is expected to take until Friday, June 2. The work will begin at 4 p.m. and last until 12 midnight each day. The district got better bids by doing the work during the school year, but the work will be done during non-school hours.

•The board approved an adjustment to the 2005-06 school calendar, exusing seniors on Tuesday, April 25, to accomodate MCA testing for grades 10 and 11. Seniors will be dismissed for the full day this year, rather than a half day in the past, because the testing is expected to take longer.

•The board approved a PAHS choir trip to New York City this fall. Director Cheryl Bungum presented the tentative itinerary - Tuesday, Nov. 14, through Sunday, Nov. 19 - which is similar to the 2002 choir trip to NYC. The trip will include two performances, attendance of a Broadway show, and sightseeing.

•The board approved a leave of absence for kindergarten teacher Luella Louis for the 2006-07 school year.

•The board approved a long-term substitute contract for Kathy Olmsheid to replace special education teacher Jenica Rindahl during her maternity leave, effective through the school year.

•The board approved designating superintendent Todd Burlingame as the district's voting representative for the group health insurance pool.

•The board authorized principal Deb Gillman to file an application for the 2006-07 school year title programs.

•The board appointed surrogate parents for a middle school student.

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