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Paynesville Press - Sept. 03, 2003

District #741 School Board Meeting

The Paynesville Area School Board took the following actions at their meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 26.

•The board approved a new transportation fee for bus stops within the district's no-transportation zones (for example, inside the triangle formed by Highways 23, 55, and 124 for the elementary school and the Chladek Addition for the middle and high schools). For $50 a month, a bus will make two stops per day (morning and afternoon) if the stop is on a bus route and a bus has space for the riders. For one stop per day (either morning or afternoon but not both) the fee is $25 per month.

Eighty percent of the fee would go to the bus contractor and 20 percent to the district for bookkeeping and administration.

The new fee was prompted by a request for bus service by the Punkin Patch Family Daycare and Preschool, which wanted to continue to have bus service to their facility. The daycare, though, is located within the no-transportation triangle and now has sidewalks leading to the elementary school.

•The board approved the following board goals for the 2003-04 school year: to review and encourage the development of alternative education delivery programs; to review and establish an appropriate organizational structure for the school district, effective with the 2004-05 school year; to develop greater board awareness of specific financial accounting; and to develop an inviting culture, for the public, at each of the district's schools.

The board held two special meetings in July to discuss their goals.

•The board approved an employee assignment for Sarah Krueger as an ECFE teacher for the 2003-04 school year.

•The board approved employee assignments for Trisha Engelke and Polly Jaeger as instructional assistants for the 2003-04 school year.

•The board approved an employee assignment for Marilyn Blonigen as a food service worker for the 2003-04 school year.

•The board approved these fitness center workers for the 2003-04 school year: Reed Quarfot (20 hours per week), Mandy Lestberg (19 hours per week), Nancy Sampson (12 hours per week), Sue Teicher (10 hours per week) and Danielle Dickhausen (five hours per week).

•The board approved having the Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) program participate in the Stearns County Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program for the 2003-04 school year, with Becki Quade serving as the district's teaching representative.

•The board approved the following nonathletic employment assignments for the 2003-04 school year: Jazz Band (Ken Vork); Instrumental High School Music (Vork); Instrumental Middle School Music (Vork); Vocal High School Music (Cheryl Bungum); Vocal Middle School Music (Bungum); High School Speech (Joan Nevitt); Middle School Speech (Jane Leitzman); Middle School Student Council Advisor (Dawn Knoll and Dave Mutschelknaus); High School Student Council (Diane Seegers and Jackie Campbell); FFA Advisor (Bill Ryan); FLA Advisor (Karen Odberg); BPA Advisor (Jackie Parsley); VICA Advisor (Mike Guenther); Pops Choir (Bungum); Middle School Computer Coordinator (Murry Rafferty); High School Computer Coordinator (Bill Brinkman); Yearbook (Parsley); Magazine Sales (Alice Nyhlen); Prom Advisor (Diane Seegers and Mary Stock); Prom Banquet (Seegers and Stock); Special Education Department Chair (Sue Currens); and School Patrol Advisor (Bill Virant).

•The board also approved sixth class assignments for Darrel Carstens and Mike Guenther.

•The board approved the parent-athlete handbook for the 2003-04 school year.

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