CROSBY -- Students and parents at the Crosby-Ironton School District will pay the same for lunch as they did last year.
The Crosby-Ironton School Board agreed Monday to not raise its lunch prices for the 2000-01 school year. However, it plans to look at the budget in the middle of the school year in case an adjustment is needed.
Prices for lunch are $1.10 for elementary students, $1.25 for secondary students, $2.20 for adults and 25 cents for a milk without a lunch.
However, families will have to dish out more money elsewhere. Board members voted 4-1 to raise the family pass fee for events from $50 to $65. Chairman Scott Kile opposed the increase and Mike Kneeland was not present at the meeting.
Dean Ogg, acting superintendent, recommended raising the fee to $75, but the board thought that was a drastic increase. The admission to the events at the door will stay the same.
Ogg has been searching for a band director for the high school and has not had any luck.
'It's kind of late in hiring for these positions," he said. "We would have better success if the position was for the junior high because the applicants are known to have better success at that level."
The board decided to leave it up to Ogg to either continue looking or to interview the candidates who are recent college graduates. Board members said they just don't want to hire anybody just to fill the position.
The former high school band director, Lori Howe, handed in her resignation after the board made an estimated $259,000 in cuts earlier this year, which included her job. The board later reinstated the position.
United for C-I presented the board with $1,000 to pay the fee for the search for the superintendent. United for C-I also said if the board reinstates the technology coordinator position it will also give the board $5,000. The board said it would let the group know.
The following contracts were approved: Colleen Abear, transfer as a fifth-grade teacher at Cuyuna Range Elementary School; Tammy Hawkinson, transfer to a .5 full-time teacher equivalent computer teacher and a .5 kindergarten teacher; Tammy Kimball, transfer as a fifth-grade teacher at CRES; Craig Johnson, assistant athletic director and head coach for football; Roger Twigg, cross country head coach; Brian Gaffney, tennis head coach; Dave Niemi, junior high tennis coach; Neil Tesdahl, assistant football coach; Rick Harig, assistant football coach; Jim Baratto and Mike Gindorff, ninth-grade football coaches; Stan Nagorski and Larry Scott, junior high football coaches; Barb Neprud, volleyball head coach; Kim Preimesberger, assistant volleyball coach; Jenny McKay, ninth-grade volleyball coach; and Sue Tesdahl, eighth-grade volleyball coach.
A motion failed, 2-3, to hire another volleyball coach to help out for the season. Kile and board member Mike Domin both supported the idea of hiring another coach. Board members Bill Bedard, John Davis and Carol Anne Hales voted against it. They said they needed more information and asked to wait to see how many girls go out for the sport. Another coach salary would be an estimated $1,700.
The board set filing dates for Aug. 29 through Sept. 12 for school board candidates. Terms for Kile, Bedard and Davis will expire. Elections for the four-year terms will be held Nov. 7.
Kathy Biever, Pam Hill and Joanne Weinkauf handed in their resignations as a Title I aides for CRES. They all worked 2.75 hours a day.
The board agreed to apply 24 standards for the 2000-01 school year for the Profiles of Learning. The Legislature is mandating districts to follow all the graduation standards by 2004. The state requires districts to at least have all the standards taught, but not all have to be required.
Required standards are those where the students' work is assessed, scored and recorded. The juniors and seniors will not be effected by the standards.
"We are already ahead of the game," said Ogg. "And if you cannot meet the standards the students will not be hurt (or penalized)."
Dave Juracek, ninth-grade English teacher, expressed his concern. He said he would like something else done.
"I think if you go gung-ho with this the teachers are not going to like it," he said. " I'd vote against it."
Another staff member was worried about the open enrollment policy.
"I am scared that if we have more standards required than Brainerd then we'll lose kids," she said.
Bedard said he does not want to minimize the student's minds if the board sets the standards too low. The importance is education, he said.
Board members agreed to contract with the Minnesota Department of Health to make required food service safety inspections for $400. In the past, the state conducted the food service reviews at no cost, but now there is a fee.
The board approved four membership contracts with joint powers health management risk pool, the Minnesota School Board Association for 2000-01, a one-year contract with Western National Insurance Company through Christenson Agency for workers' compensation insurance for an estimated $25,000 and a C-I transportation contract for one year.
The board set up a committee to look at the district's policy on field trips that students take, where they are absent from school for an extended amount of time. The board has already agreed that it will be necessary to solicit input from teachers who may have concerns.
The North Central Service Cooperation is assisting the district with its Health and Safety funding application, which is due Aug. 15. One part of the application is taking an inventory of chemicals, which the science teachers started early this summer. The NCSC will charge the district a small management fee.
A special board meeting was set at 7:30 a.m. Monday, July 31, to approve roofing bids.
The board plans to advertise for milk and bread bids for the 2000-01 school year.
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