Little Falls School Board votes to approve the 2012-13 capital expenditures

By Tina Snell, Staff Writer

tina.snell@mcrecord.com

The Little Falls School Board voted unanimously to approve the 2012-13 capital expenditures budget Monday. The total cost is expected to come to $565,970.

District wide, the administration would like to purchase equipment, have tuckpointing repaired, do some painting and have the roof repaired, all under buildings and grounds. It also asked for music equipment for the students and purchases pertaining to information technology, family and consumer services and career technology education departments. Those expenditures are estimated at $75,966.

The expenditures at the high school are expected to come to $114,877. From IT (technology), family and consumer services (FACS) and career tech education (IFC) money, the district would like to purchase a charging system at $365, two bench lathes at $2,459, a miter saw at $500, a belt sander at $409, one sewing machine at $1,000 and two ranges at $500 each. The Board previously committed to spending $11,500 per year for these vocational areas.

Other expenditures at the high school include 10 science lab tables at $3,540, five microscopes at $1,500, three electronic chemistry balances at $1,138 and 100 desks at $17,023. Work that needs to be done includes paint and carpeting in the media center at a cost of $15,000, work done on the media center’s ceiling and walls at $20,000 and a media center/study hall upgrade at $33,239. Other expenditures for the high school include two television monitors for both the media center and the study hall at $1,000 each, six art camcorders for $1,679, two art document cameras for $1,138, six art microphones for $954, a treadmill and a tennis table for the physical education department at $2,100 and setups for the music state at $15,586.

In the technology department, the School Board voted to spend $261,617, which covers the server lease and $188,801 on the iPad lease.

At Dr. S.G. Knight Elementary School in Randall, the district will spend $5,500 to secure the entrances and purchase two fire exit doors.

At Lincoln Elementary School, the district is expected to spend $24,200 on securing the entrances, six drinking fountains and replacing the west hallway carpeting.

At Lindbergh Elementary School, the district estimated it will spend $13,800 on securing the entrances, replacing a copy machine in the office and creating storage space in a washroom.

At the middle school, the School Board voted to spend $70,000 to purchase new lockers. IFC money will be spent to purchase two sewing machines at $982 each and a stop saw at $3,000.

In 2010, the Board voted to spend more than $780,000 in capital expenditures for the 2011-12 school year. The upcoming year’s estimated expenditures is a 27.4 percent decrease.

Little Falls School Board briefs

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

• Hearing a presentation on the iPad usage in the schools from math teacher Jody Waltman and Technology Director Mark Diehl;

• Business Manager Nancy Henderson saying the 2012-13 budget needs $69,699 in additional cuts to bring the balance of revenue to expenditures to $0;

• Resolving to terminate the teaching contracts of Jennifer Fitzharris, Kelly Gotfredson, Mindy Radziej and Annalee Vandenheuvel, all probationary teachers;

• Voting to eliminate one teaching assistant position and two paraprofessional positions due to financial limitations;

• Hearing a preliminary report on the third quarter budget;

• Resolving to join the Minnesota State High School League for the 2012-13 school year; and

• Accepting donations from Mary Wetzel ($610), Darling Township ($200), Pike Creek Township ($300), Coborn’s ($150), Green School Project ($30.90), Lyle D. James ($189), two donations from J. Adele Hoglin ($5,000 and $2,000), Stearns Electric Association Trust ($500), Green Prairie Township ($300) and Belle Prairie Township ($500).

The next School Board meeting will be held at the Morrison County Government Center Monday, May 14, at 5:30 p.m.

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