The Estherville Lincoln Central Board of Education Monday approved lengthening the school day starting with the 2013-14 school year by 15 minutes - five more minutes in the morning and 10 minutes at the end of the day.
The change is to make up for lost student-teacher contact time after the board agreed at its last meeting to have Wednesday early outs to meet state-mandated 36 hours yearly for teacher collaboration.
Superintendent Tara Paul compared daily contact minutes at other districts throughout the region with ELC which was just about exactly the same at the middle-school and high-school levels and 17 minutes less at the elementary level.
The board approved Paul's recommendation for the longer day.
In other business, the board approved a 2013 list of graduates, a swimming program agreement with Emmetsburg and Algona and registration fees for 2013-14 which will remain unchanged.
The board also approved a list of physical plant and equipment levy projects and a Regional Wellness Center Community Foundation grant agreement establishing an endowment fund.
Elementary principal Justin Bouse, who is leaving after one year at ELC, thanked the board for its support and the board in turn thanked him for his services. Bouse said there could be close to 120 kindergartners next year.
Middle-school principal Deb Lenertz noted a great magazine sales drive by students. She said the Iowa Core will focus on geometry next year.
High-school principal Frank Christenson said the high-school registration process has started and that prom grand march will be 8 p.m. Saturday with the dance from 9 p.m. to midnight at the Estherville Elks Lodge.
Activities director Brad Leonard commended spring coaches and athletes and said there will be a golf meet every day for the rest of the season.
Paul reviewed a recent fire marshall's report which stated that wooden coat racks at Demoney need to be removed. Paul said it would cost $25,000.
Paul said applications are being taken for the elementary principal position.