4/25/2014 7:27:00 AM Randolph school board hires two teachers
by Ken Haggerty
The Randolph school board approved two new elementary school teachers at its April 21 meeting.
Elementary Principal Matt Rutledge has been approved to hire four new teachers with Nancy Andrews and Pete Pedersen retiring and enrollment growth requiring two new classes.
Announced as hires were Jordan Snesrud and Ashley Wagner. Rutledge said he will wait to make all the new hires and see how the enrollment situation ends up before assigning the new teachers to grades.
The board accepted the resignation of elementary secretary Leah Schmidt who is moving out of the area.
Also, the board accepted the resignation of Tony Linbo from his head boys basketball coaching position.
Renee Robertson's maternity leave from approximately October 20, 2014 to January 5, 2015 was approved.
Health insurance up 16%?
Business manager Regina Wernimont reported that the employee health insurance bill for 2014-15 came in with an estimated 16 percent hike (around $76,000). Wernimont had budgeted for about that amount in the preliminary budget. She said the hike has been appealed to underwriters and quotes from other companies have been requested. Wernimont said the District has been fortunate with premium hikes in the last four years in the 0-5 percent range.
New hot lunch standards
The board heard a presentation from Food Service manager Lori Underdahl who gave an update on plans to meet all new Federal dietary and nutritional requirements, which she said have ramped up in recent years and will again next year.
Requirements on whole grains, caloric limitations, drink sizes, types of drinks, fruit and vegetable requirements all are requiring very careful planning and record keeping, Underdahl said a nutritionist lined up through a Dakota County Health grant has helped Randolph already get ahead of the game by starting the process and will assist them to meet the new standards for next year.
Superintendent Mike Kelley said that unless the District wants to forego all Federal hot lunch reimbursements, it has to meet the standards. He said food suppliers are also transitioning their offerings to match the Fed standards.
Board chair Gary Moorhouse said some of the standards are quite a bit off the chart. The school has been offering afterschool meals to supplement the low-calorie offerings to some of the high school athletes.