Royalton School District joins city in Community Energy Challenge

By Jennie Zeitler


Participation in the Community Energy Challenge by the city of Royalton and the school district has begun. The “Learn and Earn” program started Oct. 20 and runs through the end of November. Elementary Principal Phil Gurbada updated the School Board at Tuesday’s meeting.

“Rusty Gwost and Marty Bratsch are coordinating the program in each school,” Gurbada said.

There are three aspects to this particular program, which includes a partnership with Royalton Lumber. City residents can purchase energy-efficient lighting products at Royalton Lumber, which benefit the buyer through a rebate and benefits the district with a donation. Residents can also participate in an online home energy report, which will provide $10 to the district for each one. The third step is to make an appointment for an in-the-home home energy analysis, which will give the district $20 for each one completed.

Flyers were sent home with students in the district. Residents with no students are also encouraged to participate. Visit and use the event code RYAL335. To schedule a home energy analysis, call (218) 355-2843.

“I’m excited to partner with the Royalton School District on the Community Energy Challenge,” said Mayor Andrea Lauer.

“This project is a great opportunity to connect our schools with the families and people of Royalton,” said Gwost. “Our children will be educated in the importance of energy conservation and in alternative energy sources that are gaining popularity in Minnesota. Collaborative projects provide a progressive teaching and learning environment and all participants can truly benefit from this type of relationship.”

Residents can look for further information in the Record and in the Royalton city newsletter.

Royalton School Board Briefs

Other information that came before the School Board Tuesday included:

•Accepting donations by the Wrestling Club of $544.61 for Community Education Youth Football and $1,000 for the purchase of scoreboards for the south gym;

•Accepting the resignations of: Rick Beam as assistant wrestling coach, Laell Welle as Middle School Knowledge Bowl coach, Rusty Gwost as junior high basketball coach, Abby Ellerbusch as MAP assistant and Krista Kessela as MAP assistant;

•Approved the hiring of Melanie Cimenski as high school three-act play adviser and Wade Cruzer as assistant wrestling coach;

•Welcoming Heather Britz and Auralia Behnke as special education paraprofessionals, both graduates of North Star Christian Academy in Little Falls;

•Approving the hiring of Greg Borders as community education director with the condition that the PTO offered in his contract be prorated;

•Approving the hiring of Heather Tideman as a long-term ELL substitute teacher per administrative recommendation by a 5-1 vote. Council Member Tom Justin voted no because the contract was not negotiated by the board;

•Approving the human resource-payroll contract for 2014-2016 as presented;\•Approving maternity leave requests for: April Lange, Sara Sobania and Amanda Hoheisel;

•Approving the post-secondary enrollment options (PSEO) contract with Central Lakes College;

•Approving the senior class trip to Cragun’s Resort and Hotel on Gull Lake;

•Approving the Review and Comment be sent to the Department of Education, a required step for the facility project vote to take place, Jan. 6 by a 5-1 vote with Justin dissenting;

•Approving a resolution for the issuance of school building bonds and calling for the election regarding the bonds, Jan. 6 by a 5-1 vote with Justin dissenting;

•Learning the policy committee will meet Thursday, Nov. 6 at 4:30 p.m.; and

•Learning there will be a spaghetti dinner at the American Legion Sunday, Nov. 23, at 5 p.m. as a fundraiser for the facility committee.

The next regular board meeting will be Monday, Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. at the high school. The Board will meet to conduct the superintendent evaluation Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 6 p.m. and will meet Thursday, Dec. 18, at 6 p.m. for a Board self-evaluation.


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