3/15/2013 12:43:00 PM School board makes round II reductions
by Nora Bryson
In an effort to allow everyone to cheer on the boys basketball team as they took on St. Peter in Mankato at Sub-Sections, Monday night, March 11, the Cannon Falls school board meeting was short and to the point.
The board approved the following Round II Reductions as previously discussed at their February 25 meeting:
1) $10,000 as offered by Andy Sandstrom on the bus maintenance contract
2) $1,415.42 by eliminating an assistant site manager at home events
3) $8,457 by reducing the elementary school supply budget
4) $46,234 for 1.0 FTE elementary teacher via retirement and non-replacement (maintaining class size at 27 students; currently appears to be one less section of next year's 4th grade); and
5) $4,000 by reducing the ALC's supply budget (paying only program licenses now).
The $25,000 for a 0.5 FTE (Full Time Equivalent) reduction at the ALC (Alternative Learning Center) at the February 25 meeting has morphed into a larger savings of $38,454 by making it a 1.0 FTE of a Physical Education teacher with 0.5 coming from the ACL and the other half taken mainly from the high school, but shared also with the elementary.
$50,000 for 1.0 HS teacher, via class registration numbers, was originally listed on the preliminary agenda as a 0.6 reduction of an English teacher and a 0.4 reduction of a Special Education teacher for a total savings of $45,695, but was moved to Round III when the agenda was officially approved at the beginning of the meeting.
The board granted another retirement request. This time the retiree was named. After dedicating her life to generations of Cannon Falls students, 6th grade teacher Ros Hjermstad will be retiring at the end of this school year. Several board members fondly recalled having Hjermstad as not only their teacher, but having taught their children as well. The board commended her for her commitment and service.
Superintendent Beth Giese explained that after consulting with the Minnesota School Board Association, it was discovered that retirees could be named publically. She apologized for not giving out the name of last month's retiree, Technology Coordinator Linda Smith. She and the board praised Smith for keeping the district up-to-date and thanked her for her years of dedication.
The District will now charge a $1 admission fee for Prom Grand March. All current Cannon Falls students will be exempt. The new fee will only apply to non-students, ages 18 and older. According to Giese, Cannon Falls is the only district besides Triton who does not charge admittance to the Grand March. The move could bring in as much as $500.
Student Representative Ryan Foster reported that the speech team placed 3rd at Owatonna last Saturday; the boys basketball team was playing in a few hours; grades 6-12 Choir Concert is Thursday night; and Spring sports started this week.
The next meeting will be Monday, March 25 at 6 p.m. Agenda items are: discussion of Round III Reductions, and a presentation by Cherie Johnson of the Goodhue County Education District regarding the need for more space (building vs. purchase and remodel of Wastedo from Cannon Falls District) for that program.