Lanesboro School Board says farewell to chairman

By : 
BRETTA GRABAU
NEWS LEADER

Dave Ruen, chair of the board for the last several years, said farewell at the Lanesboro School Board meeting held on Monday, Oct. 15. He stated this meeting was his final as he is moving out of the district.

Ruen has been a member of the board since 1995, acting as chair for a good portion of that time, following the footsteps of his own father.

He stated, “It’s been a great run. I’ve learned a lot.”

Dave Lawstuen shared his appreciation of Ruen’s service. “As a board, there are a lot of ways to measure leadership. You look at 1995 to 2018, you’ve got to be very proud.”

Ruen’s term on the board was to run out in December, but since he moved out of the district, he was no longer eligible to be on the board. However, his work on the board for the past 23 years, and working with three different superintendents has been greatly appreciated.

He noted the highlight of his years was doing the process of searching for a new superintendent with a “high functioning board.”

Reports

At the end of September, the policy committee met to discuss and approve the district level policies dealing mostly with organization and management. Since Katrina Schuneman left Lanesboro, a position was left vacant on the policy committee. Krissy Overland filled in this vacancy.

Superintendent Matt Schultz and Board Member Chris Troendle attended a meeting in Rushford for Hiawatha Valley Education District, focusing on locating a company which would be able to gather research data for HVED to lease or purchase a facility and a possible centralized area for the districts. HVED currently owns a building in Kellogg and leases space in Caledonia and Lanesboro. A representative would be meeting with each of the 13 schools in the course of the research.

The last community question and answer session for the proposed facility project will be on Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Personnel

The board approved the winter extra-curricular contracts with Chris Hanson as boys basketball head coach and Josh Schreiber as girls basketball head coach.

Patty Brogle was hired to be a special education paraprofessional in the ASD classroom. For this classroom HVED has provided two full-time paraprofessionals and a teacher, but Brogle will be hired through the Lanesboro School.

Diane Peterson retired from her position as the school secretary. She has been working at the school for 35 years will be greatly missed. The board thanked her for her dedication to the school.

In Peterson’s place, the school hired Amiee Stetler to be the next school secretary.

Other business

Superintendent Schultz updated the board on the Commissioner of Education’s review and comment on the proposed bond election. The review was positive, which will require the school to generate 50 percent plus one for the bond to pass. As a reminder, the school would be taking a general obligation bond for $7.135 million, and a long-term facility maintenance bond for $1.25 million. Had a negative review been given, the school would have needed 60 percent yes votes of the eligible voters to pass the bond. However, the commissioner noted the project was a worthwhile project and in the best interest for the school district.

As of the date of the meeting, the school’s enrollment number was 348 students, with a few more expected later on in the week. Schultz stated the final levy numbers the state uses come from the students residing within the district. Schultz noted over the past few years, the school has trended up 25 students within district boundaries, which “is fantastic.”