Michelle McCoy was officially sworn in as a new member of the Estherville Lincoln Central School Board at its regular meeting Monday.
McCoy, a personal banker at NorthStar Bank, said the reason that she put her name in to fill the seat vacated by Karen Butler was because kids are one of the main focuses right now.
"I feel this board is doing an excellent job and I wanted to be a part of it," she said. "I'm excited to be on the board and I'm already learning new things."
Estherville Lincoln Central board secretary/treasurer Kate Woods swears in new member Michelle McCoy at Monday’s school board meeting.
EDN photo by David Swartz
McCoy will serve out the remainder of Butler's term which wil be through 2011.
The ELC school board and administration will discuss the 2010-11 budget next month and possible budget reductions in the face of less state money.
On Monday, the board directed administration go forward with applying to the state School Budget Review Committee seeking additional allowable growth to offset the cost of losing the Phase 1 money and for costs associated with furnishing the new middle school.
Phase 1 monies were given to school districts to raise the minimum starting salary for teachers. In 1998, the minimum salaray was raised to $23,000.
In a related matter, Magnuson said he and board secretary/treasurer Kate Woods viewed a webinar earlier in the day from the state.
He said it appears the state legislature will approve a 2 percent allowable growth.
"They give us the spending authority, but they won't fund it," Magnuson said. "State revenues are down 8 percent. While the state hasn't talked about more across-the-board cuts, we still could be looking at $600,000 to $800,000 that we could have to eliminate next year."
For the current budget year, 2009-10, the school's estimated maximum budget is $14,819,708 with estimated expenditures totaling $13,787,479 leaving an unspent budget authority of $1,032,229.
Magnuson presented the board with a list of school days missed due to winter storms. School has been canceled four times with students dismissed early twice and one two-hour late start. The four school days will be made up at the end of the year with school going through June 2 if no more snow days occur.
High school principal Frank Christensen reported semester tests will be given Jan. 21-22. He also noted that a career and technical advisory committee has been reconstituted. Also a separate agriculture eduction committee meets monthly. The ag committee will meet this Wednesday and discuss what steps are needed to get the school's greenhouse operational.
Elementary principal Kris Schlievert said the school is beginning its 13th year of collecting "Box Tops for Education" labels. Over that time span, the school district has earned around $35,000 which has been used to pay for extras not in the general budget.
The board approved the hiring of Lee Evans as varsity baseball coach and the hiring of Emily Swalve and Ashton Reisner at the Regional Wellness Center.
Magnuson updated the board on the high school parking lot vandalism. School officials have asked to increase their surveillance and the staff to be more aware of happenings. Also, the school has applied for a Fire (life) Safety grant which includes $37,000 to improve the security system at the middle and high schools.