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Pequot Lakes School: Board approves revised budget, adds new positions

Echo Journal file photo.

The Pequot Lakes School Board approved further budget revisions to counter an increased enrollment projection.

With the newly approved budget, the district should operate with revenues totalling $22,473,411, giving the district a net surplus of $223,434.

"The projection is that we will end the year with around 60 percent of our unassigned fund balance, which is similar to past years," business manager Heidi Hagen said.

With the increase in the budget, the board approved an increase in early childhood special education staffing by 0.5 full-time employees. It also added a 0.6 health office licensed practical nurse position and a van driver position.

In other action during the Monday, Nov. 19, meeting, the board:

• Approved a resolution establishing combined polling places for multiple precincts within the district, which must be done on an annual basis.

• Accepted 14 donations to the district, totalling $24,390.30.

As a part of its consent agenda, the board accepted the resignation of community education secretary Laurie Theis and approved the following hires: Dayle Hushagen, special education paraprofessional; Dawn Wgeishofski, early childhood special education paraprofessional; Sarah Emerson, long-term substitute teacher; Scott Ebnet, middle-level girls basketball coach; Shawn Chambers, assistant boys hockey coach; Garrett Anderson, middle-level boys basketball coach; and Susan Mathison-Young, mock trial coach.

The board also approved head robotics coach Nate Novak switching roles with assistant robotics coach Keith Lumley, effective immediately. Mathison-Young abstained from voting.

Board members Derrek Johnson and Kim Bolz-Andolshek were not in attendance Nov. 19.

Dan Determan

Staff Writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal weekly newspaper.

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