Little Falls anticipates grant for its Garden to Cafeteria program

By Tina Snell, Staff Writer

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The Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council (MAELC) has recommended a grant be given to the Little Falls Community Schools to fund its Vegetable Garden to Cafeteria program. The possible grant, to be voted on at its June 26 meeting, will be for $9,081.22.

Once the grant passes the board’s approval, a contract will finalize the project. Seventy-five percent of the grant amount will be sent immediately and the remaining 25 percent will be awarded upon completion of the project.

“This will help the school with the first-year salaries of those working in the garden during the summer,” said Supt. Stephen Jones. “Other money will be spent to erect a storage shed on the site of the garden at the St. Francis Campus and purchase a tiller and other equipment.”

Little Falls School Board briefs 

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

• Approved an estimated fund balance for all funds, including general, food service, community service, debt service and trust fund to have a balance June 30, 2014 of $4,565,189, a decrease of $732,919 from the estimated fund balance as of June 30 of this year. Budgeted expenses were $363,353 more than revenue;

• Recognizing the Economic Challenge national champions Travis Spillum, Aaron Nilsen, Brian McNamara and Eric Schmidt;

• Voting to accept the 2014-15 health and safety estimated expenses at $76.000;

• Voting to hire Caitlin Schnettler as a social studies teacher at the Community Middle School;

• Approving the concert choir’s trip to Nashville, Tenn., March 20-25, 2014;

• Accepting the resignations of Stacy Hubred, Title 1 Teacher at Lindbergh Elementary; Mike Kaluza as the eighth grade softball coach; Jonathan Laflamme as the musical orchestra director; Barbara Muckenhirn as the director of 21st Century Teaching and Learning; Nichole Perez as the speech pathologist at both Lindbergh and Lincoln elementary schools; Sheila Trout as a kitchen assistant at the Community Middle School; and Adam Smieja as the eighth grade assistant football coach; and

• Accepting $300 from Ripley Township for the Youth Recreation Program; $500 from the Flyer Athletic Boosters for the Youth Recreation Program; $75 from Coborn’s for the Community Middle School; $50 from the Dietary Managers Association for the greenhouse project; $2,000 from the National Exchange Club for the greenhouse project; $167 each from Phil an Susan Prosapio, Greg and Wendy Zylka and Bob and Nancy Keeton for the CEC Scholarship Fund; $1,000 from the Sobieski Lions Gaming Fund for the Little Falls Scholarship Fund; $176 from the community during a recent musical performance for the Music Fund; $300 from Nancy Henderson for the Vocal Music Department and the 67 individuals, clubs and businesses who donated to the 2013 Day of Caring.

The next school board meeting will be held at the Morrison County Government Center Monday, July 15, beginning at 5 p.m.