Budget assumptions reached by the Little Falls School Board

By Tina Snell, Staff Writer

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The Little Falls School Board voted to approve the 2012 -13 budget assumptions, as presented during Monday’s meeting.

The District is assuming state aid will be increased by $50 per weighted average daily membership (WADM). The average daily membership is the term used for all pupils the school is responsible for financially. It is calculated by dividing the days of membership for all students by the number of days the school is in session. WADM calculates the student count by grade. It calculates half-time kindergarten children at 0.5, full-time kindergarten and elementary children at 1.0 and secondary students at 1.36.

This assumption will be amended if the Legislature changes per pupil amounts.

In addition to steps and lanes, 1 percent will be used for labor contract increases. There will be a 1 percent increase in supplies and materials and utilities, gas and oil will increase by 5 percent.

Based on need, the district may deficit spend by $500,000 with Board approval.

Policy will be followed in regard to unappropriated fund balances and at a minimum, the district will maintain a positive unassigned fund balance.

Class sizes at both the Little Falls Community Middle School and High School will not be less than 15 students without superintendent approval.

All programs, activities and services are subject to budget considerations.

All Minnesota Department of Education requirements and regulations will be met and the laws and regulations of the state and federal governments and the master contract regarding education laws and practices will be upheld.

All Little Falls District policies and program requirements and expectations will be honored and the required resources will be provided to maintain a safe and orderly learning environment.

The district also assumes that priority will be given to maintain quality basic programs before the enhancement of enrichment of programs, activities and services.

Little Falls School Board briefs

Other business conducted by the Little Falls School Board Monday night included:

• Voting to accept the new snow removal procedure for the Lincoln Elementary School roof. New state building codes will have the head custodian monitoring the depth of snow on the roof, beginning with the first snow fall over two inches. It will be measured each Monday morning and snow will be removed from the area in question (not as structurally as sound as the rest of the roof) when the depth exceeds four inches. If snow falls during the week, the custodian will make additional measurements. Superintendent Curt Tryggestad said there is no concern and that the District is being overly cautious;

• Maintaining the rental contract with Scott Doroff for school property near the Morrison County Fairgrounds with no changes. While the Board was concerned the rent was too low at a previous meeting, it voted to wait until 2013 to make changes to the contract;

• Revising the Technology Policy to add wording that says the district will educate students about appropriate online behavior;

• Accepting the resignation of Michael Perry as trustee  for the Albert Thoma Family Endowment. A replacement will be named in the future;

• Hiring Julie Pekula and Bonnie Saari-Tholen as kitchen assistants at Dr. S.G. Knight Elementary School and Daniel Zilka as a custodian at Lincoln Elementary School;

• Learning Bonnie Jo Nagel will be retiring from her job as secretary II at Community Services as of Dec. 31;

• Accepting the resignation of Dan Dambowy as custodian at Lincoln Elementary;

• Accepting donations from the Sobieski Lions Club ($100), Wells Fargo (two donations of $25 and $50.04), Marv’s Wood ($45), Curtis Olson VFW in Randall (two donations of $200 each) and the Randall Cushing Lions Club (three donations of $125, $300 and $100); and

• Voting to allow the sponsors of the 2012 Grad Bash to use the Little Falls Community Middle School along with personnel during the event.

The next scheduled School Board meeting will be held at the Morrison County Government Center Monday, Feb. 27, at 5:30 p.m.