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Alexandria School Board deals with budget, new school, meals, fees, more

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The budget, activity fees, the new high school and more were big topics of discussion at Monday's Alexandria School Board meeting.

Here are the highlights:

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NEXT YEAR'S BUDGET

The board unanimously approved a preliminary budget for the 2012-13 school year of $36,171,509.51 in revenues and $36,170,138.99 in expenses.

Trevor Peterson, director of business services, said that preliminary budget numbers will change based on many factors, including student enrollment and general state aid.

Peterson commented that the district is in a different place with crafting a preliminary budget than it was last year during the state government shutdown.

The district has received notification of Title 1 and Title 2 funds as well as notification of the approval of its Alternative Delivery of Specialized Instructional Services (ADSIS) grant application of approximately $440,000 to support reading and behavior intervention strategies.

NEW HIGH SCHOOL

Kraus-Anderson, the construction management firm for the new high school project, has provided clarification to the work scope of the athletic equipment contract from Bid Package 1, which was on hold pending further review.

The board approved the recommendation to award the athletic field equipment contract to Sportscon from St. Louis, Missouri in the amount of $289,980.00. This budget amount reflects what was shared with the board in May.

The rebid of site concrete will come before the board at the July 16 regular meeting.

A cut, slope and fill permit with Douglas County was approved for work along Pioneer Road.

John Pfluger with Cuningham Group Architecture, reviewed progress with Leadership in Energy and Efficiency Design (LEED) certification. LEED is the national standard for design, construction and operation of high performance "green" buildings. The certification is a higher standard for design and construction that promotes energy efficiency, environmental responsibility and creates a healthy environment for teaching and learning.

Pfluger reported that a decision was made last week at the Board/Facilities Committee level to bid as a base bid in bid package a TPO roofing system. This is the type of roofing system that has been used on the last two school construction projects (new and renovation) for the district.

There will also be two other systems bid to provide the board with various prices and choices.

MEAL PRICES

The cost of school lunch will increase by 10 cents in all District 206 schools starting with the 2012-13 school year this fall. The cost increase was approved by the board at its June 18 regular meeting. The increase is necessary to cover increased food costs and to meet federal mandates, which intend to bring school meal prices in line with actual cost. The price of lunch at the elementary schools will go from $2.10 to $2.20, from $2.35 to $2.45 at the middle school, from $2.50 to $2.60 at the high school, and $3.50 to $3.60 for adults. With this increase, the district's prices are still competitive with meal prices in similar sized school districts.

ACTIVITY FEES

Effective with the 2012-13 school year, fees for sports and fine arts activities will raise an average of $10-$15 across three different tiers.

Even with the increase, the district's fees are the lowest in the Central Lakes Conference (CLC). The district researched what other conference schools charge to establish fees with a goal to encourage student participation in extracurricular activities while preserving a wide variety of extracurricular activities options for students.

Student ticket prices will also go from $3 to $4, which is consistent with student ticket prices across the CLC. Adult ticket prices will remain at $6.

3RD GRADE

READING PLAN

Julie Critz, director of teaching and learning, presented the state-mandated local literacy plan that outlines universal expectations for Kindergarten through 3rd grade classrooms to ensure that students are reading at grade level by the end of 3rd grade.

District 206 has developed a plan that essentially identifies the what and how of effective literacy practice. The plan provides for consistency in reading curriculum across all elementary schools, is evidence-based, builds on the balanced literacy model adopted by the district and supported by literacy coaches.

This plan requires alignment of intervention strategies.

The board-approved plan is available to review on the district's website at: www.alexandria.k12.mn.us. Navigate to the Teaching and Learning channel and select the Curriculum section.

STRATEGIC PLANNING

Critz provided a summary of activities accomplished relating to the district's 2011-12 strategic goals and action plan. These will be reflected in the district's 2011-12 annual report on curriculum, instruction and student achievement that will be mailed to all district residents in the fall.

REVISED CALENDARS

The board revised the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school calendars to move high school registration nights from mid-March to late February. The revisions are as follows:

In 2013 high school registration will occur over two evenings from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, February 21 and Monday, February 25.

In 2014, high school registration will occur over two evenings from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, February 20 and Monday, February 24.

Updated printable versions of both calendars are available on the district's website at: www.alexandria.k12.mn.us.

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