Little Falls school board

By Tina Snell, Staff Writer Little Falls Community High School Principal Mike Olson gave a presentation Tuesday of the 2013-14 school calendar for the School Board’s review. The process of creating a school calendar, Olson said, begins with the assumptions that there will be 182 teacher days and 172 student days. It is also assumed school [...]

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By Tina Snell, Staff Writer The Little Falls School Board voted 3 – 2 to increase its compensation to include meetings less than six hours. This increase in pay will commence July 1, the beginning of the 2013-14 school year. Board Member Brad Laager said he would like to see remuneration of $50 for meetings lasting [...]

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By Tina Snell, Staff Writer It was learned at Monday’s Little Falls School Board meeting that state aid payable during the current school year increased from 64.3 percent to 82.5 percent of the total owed. This is a result of an improvement in the state’s budget outlook. Payments to school districts and charter schools were adjusted [...]

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By Tina Snell, Staff Writer In 2005, the Little Falls School District made the decision to not use the Mid State Education District (MSED) for its special education needs. But it did continue to use Mid State’s enhanced interactive television programs through Mid State Educational Technology (MSET). At Monday night’s meeting, the Board voted to withdraw [...]

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By Tina Snell, Staff Writer Monday night, Kern DeWenter Viere’s (KDV) auditor Janel Bitzan said in her report that the Little Falls School District reported its financial statement accurately as of June 30. No instances of noncompliance  under the government auditing standards were found. “These statements are the responsibility of the District’s management,” the report said. [...]

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By Tina Snell, Staff Writer The 2011 Minnesota Legislature enacted laws that make principals and teachers accountable for teaching students. The mandates will cost the Little Falls School district tens of thousands of dollars, the School Board learned Monday. The accountability for principals begins during the 2013-14 school year and the teachers’ the following year. In [...]

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By Tina Snell, Staff Writer Five Little Falls School Board members (Jay Spillum was not present) voted to permit the Little Falls Youth Hockey Association to use the high school tennis courts for a portable hockey arena. The Little Falls Community High School (LFCHS) tennis courts are in such disrepair, they are unable to be used [...]

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By Tina Snell, Staff Writer The Little Falls School Board voted to decrease its proposed 2013 levy to district residents by 8.5 percent, a total of $348,604. “Last year the school levy increased,” said Business Manager Nancy Henderson. “This year it’s being lowered due to a $210,000 decrease in the health and safety fund. The District [...]

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By Tina Snell, Staff Writer Little Falls Activities Director Aaron Sinclair brought drafts of a possible Community Recreation Center to the School Board meeting Monday. He told the directors a task force was being planned to investigate the idea of erecting a Center north of town. “This would be a benefit for the entire community,” he [...]

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