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Paynesville Press - July 5, 2006

School board approves budget for 2006-07

By Addi Larson

The Paynesville School Board took the following actions at their meeting on Tuesday, June 27. *The board approved a budget for the 2006-07 school year, which runs from July 2006 to June 2007.

2006-07 Budget
Food Service$424,900$421,795
Comm. Ed.$357,960$355,276
Debt Redemption$780,522$823,200

2005-06 Budget
Food Service$417,500$419,697
Comm. Ed.$300,994$298,926
Debt Redemption$741,936$843,753

*The board approved minor additions to the district's mandated policies on disability nondiscrimination, on family and medical leave, on chemical use/abuse, and on drug-free workplace/drug-free school. All were based on Minnesota School Board Association model policy.

The biggest change is requiring students who violate the drug-free guidelines to participate in a school-sponsored assessment program or in an alternate program.

All the policies will be reviewed periodically for compliance with state and federal laws. A copy of each policy will be available in each principal's office and also will be posted on the district's website at

Summaries will be printed in the staff handbooks, and staff will need to sign the drug-free workplace policy in the fall.

*The board approved the low bid of $14,484 from R & R Masonry of Paynesville to construct an 84' by 60' concrete basketball court at the elementary school playground. The bid includes the removal of dirt, the removal of pearock, and the removal of some swings, as well as the basketball court construction.

It was the lowest of three bids received by the district, with the other bids for $15,000 and $17,828.

This is part of a $50,000 improvement project at the elementary playground this summer.

*The board approved hiring Robyn Spaeth as an elementary teacher to replace Chris Quale in the second grade for the 2006-07 school year.

*The board approved hiring Rebecca Hecht as an elementary teacher to replace Joyce Anderson in November as a first grade teacher for the remainder of the 2006-07 school year.

*The board approved granting tenure to secondary school principal Lorie Floura.

*The board heard a report from German teacher Darrel Carstens about next spring's German trip. Thirty-nine juniors and seniors are expected to take the 16-day trip.

*The board approved an employee assignment for paraprofessional Sue Teicher to assist a student for approximately six hours per week in July and August.

*The board approved employee assignments for Jane Stoneburner and Polly Jaeger to drive for alternative learning center summer school through August.

*The board approved contracting with Resource Training & Solutions for a management assistance program for the 2006-07 school year. Revised OSHA-compliant safety plans will be provided to each member of the school district as well as resources and training for health and safety services. The fee increased $1,000 from last year's fee of $6,880.

*The board also approved contracting with Resource Training and Solutions for its health and safety professional program, whereby it will provide health and safety consultation and services. The annual fee is $1,493.69.

*The board approved slight changes to job descriptions within the school district. The changes mainly involved job titles and job responsibilities.

*The board closed the meeting to review personal matters regarding administration evaluation.

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