Sibley East School Board sets levy at $1.18 million

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Sibley East’s Board of Education, last week, set its 2007 levy at $1,180,278.

This is an increase of $252,301 or 27.2% from the 2006 levy of $927,978.

The largest portion of the increase, $223,511, is due to an increase in the district’s health and safety levy, according to Superintendent John Langenbrunner. The 2007 levy will be $338,511, up from $115,000 in 2006. The increase is due to the fire sprinkling project at the Gaylord campus.

Another large increase, $78,921, is due to a deferred maintenance levy allowed for districts whose buildings are more than 35 years old. Sibley East’s buildings average 54 years in age.

Funds for the voter approved referendum increased $58,988, from $378,265 to $437,253.

In other business, the Board of Education:

• Renewed the 2007 Family Facilitator agreement with Sibley County Human Services and Children’s Collaborative for Family Facilitator service. The school district’s cost for the program, 25%, is funded through special education dollars.

• Hired Susan Schmitt for the Gaylord food service position for five hours per day, effective Dec. 4, 2006. This fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Andrea Brinkman.

• Hired Brad Strobel as an after hours attendant at the Gaylord campus. He will be employed for three hours per day during student contact days. He is available for questions/concerns from community members in the building, to help direct individuals taking community education classes to the correct room/area, and to make sure individuals who have no reason being in the building are not allowed to stay.

• Was informed by Senior High Principal Jim Swanson that there is a new student, a senior that is from Mexico. Swanson is working with the State Department of Education to help the student graduate on time. The student is OK with almost all of the curriculum areas except the English requirement, Swanson said.

• Was informed that Phil Keithahn is serving as a volunteer with the wrestling program. His duties are to make sure the wrestlers are warmed up and ready to wrestle matches and during practice. He will work out with the upper weights and assist head coach Rod Tollefson in critiquing their wrestling styles.

• Was informed by Junior High Principal Steve Harter that the Junior High Leo Club has offered to improve/repair the sound system in the middle gym. How much they can donate will depend on the cost.

• Learned about the planned first semester Junior High incentive reward trip to Mount Kato has been tentatively scheduled for January 26. Students who meet the requirements will attend. The requirements are passing all second quarter classes and not having any discipline referrals since November 11. Students who fail to meet either of these requirements will go to school as normal and follow the regular schedule.

• Was told that the Sibley East Junior High is planning to have two homerooms who win the “reading counts” contest for third quarter be taken for the afternoon to the new Barnes and Nobles store in Mankato for an afternoon of book shopping, short talks from staff and a free beverage. Each student will be provided a $10 voucher to buy a book(s) of their choice.

• Was informed by Elementary Principal Mari Lu Martens that the name Sibley East CADETS was chosen for the district’s new Gifted and Talented program. A contest was held among the teachers to name the program. John Ott’s suggestion won.

• Learned Sibley East Elemen-tary Student Council collected 380 pounds of food and nonperishable items were collected for the Sibley County Food Share for Thanksgiving.

• Acknowledged donations by the Green Isle Lions Club for dictionaries to the third grade students, and Liz Thies who donated $50 toward the art program.

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