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Paynesville Press - October 5, 2005

School board approves levy, conducts other business

By Michael Jacobson

The Paynesville Area School Board took the following actions at their meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 27.
*The board approved a proposed levy for 2006. The total proposed levy ($1,456,764) is up $176,525 from last year's levy, a 13.79 percent increase. The district will hold a truth-in-taxation hearing in December and then the board will approve their final levy for 2006. (See separate story.)

*The board approved the following teacher lane changes: Sue Currens (BA45 to BA75); Dina Hengel (BA30 to MA); Dawn Knoll (BA15 to BA45); Todd Knudsvig (BA30 to BA45); Alycia Long (BA60 to BA75); Diane Miller-Gertken (BA45 to BA60); Pam Pfeifer (BA45 to BA60); Jennifer Rindahl (BA15 to MA); Brad Skoglund (BA45 to BA60); Todd Spanier (BA to BA15); AnnMarie Stevens (BA45 to MA); and Jeanne Virant (BA60 to BA75).

*The board approved allowing Paynesville Motor and Transfer, the district's bus contractor, to not use the eight-way lights at one location, the Delwin Liebrenz residence on Highway 55. Last year, for safety reasons, Paynesville Motor and Transfer did not use the lights at four locations. Phyllis Nielson, owner of Paynesville Motor and Transfer, said that at three of those locations they are now using the lights because Highway 23 was restriped over the summer. No lights will be used at the Liebrenz residence because the bus pulls into a turning lane and cannot safely stop both lanes of traffic.

*The board approved providing afternoon bus transportation to Veronica Soine's daycare on Maple Street. Soine had requested the service and expressed willingness to pay for it. The district policy calls for providing bus service inside the triangle formed by Highways 23 and 55 and Lake Avenue only when a bus is able and at the cost of the resident.

*The board approved the 2004-05 staff development report.

*The board approved having teacher Michelle Andersen provide homebound services for up to five hours per week.

*The board approved adjusting the hours of paraprofessional Brenda Klein from 6.5 hours per day to 7.0 hours per day. Klein is covering the middle school office both in the mornings and afternoons, creating a need for an extra half hour of work per day.

*The board approved adjusting the hours of paraprofessional Denise Rien from 5.2 hours per day to 3.75 hours per day. The decline in hours is because a drop in need in Early Childhood Special Education. *The board approved the resignation of food service worker Gloria Dahlke, effective at the end of September.

*The board approved adjusting the hours of van driver Cal Anderson from 3.5 hours per day to 4.0 hours per day and approved hiring Lew Storkamp as a van driver. The increase is due to a short-term (four to six weeks) evaluation of a special education student outside of the district.

*The board acknowledged receiving a request for mediation services from the local food service union.

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