The Forest Lake School Board at its June 27 meeting took the following actions:
Formally accepted $5,128.46 in cash and gift donations over the past month. Highlights include $1,433.10 from the Forest Lake Dugout Club to the Forest Lake High School baseball team for baseball pants and a pediatric pneumatic stander with tray, valued at $1,800, to Wyoming Elementary physical therapy to aid therapy goals for students.
Approved the 2019-20 budget. According to state law, the board must approve a budget prior to June 30, and no funds may be spent from that budget without board approval. Revenue was set at $95 million, with expenditures set at $106 million. The $11 million difference will be taken out of the General Fund, which now stands at $32.8 million, but is expected to stand at $21.4 million one year from now, depending on mid-year budget adjustments. The Business Services Department expects to revise the budget in November 2019 and in March 2020 as was the practice in the past several years.
Approved 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 calendar adjustments. The Minnesota Legislature sets the minimum number of school days and minutes for instruction in a year. Districts have difficulty meeting these minimum requirements when school is canceled due to inclement weather. During the 2018-19 school year, Forest Lake schools lost five instruction days due to the weather. As a proactive measure, the district will move the last day of school for seniors to the last day of school for all students. This means that for these two school years, seniors will not get to get out of school one day early, according to the revised calendar.
Approved e-learning days, to be used only during weather-related school cancellations. The district will be allowed five e-learning days per year. These e-learning days will be counted as a full day of instruction and will be included in the hours of instruction under Minnesota Statute 120A.41. The Statute sets guidelines related to student access to technology and teachers, as well as the timeline for posting web-based assignments. E-learning days will ensure that the district meets the required minimum number of school days and instructional hours.
Granted permission for district administration to request for bids for bond projects on behalf of Forest Lake Schools. The administration will now be able to meet numerous deadlines and timelines required for multiple building bond projects without having to wait for the next school board meeting for board approval. Projects requiring a bid will go through the regular process of advertising for bids, bidding, and awarding bids requiring board approval. The bid tabulation and recommendations will be presented to the board for approval. The administration will ask for blanket permission on an annual basis.
Approved Students Participating in National and World Academic Competitions Policy #533, with changes. The policy deals with expenses incurred by competing teams and their coaches.
Approved Wellness Policy #546, with no changes. All districts participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs are required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 to have a wellness policy that includes standards and nutrition guidelines for foods and beverages available to students during the school day, as well as goals to promote nutrition, physical activity and student wellness.
Approved School Board Control of Student Activity Accounts Policy #713. The Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB) has issued a statement that will require funds for extra curricular activities to be “under board control” starting in the 2019-2020 school year.
Ratified the 2018-2020 Forest Lake Association of Professional Office Personnel (FLAPOP) Agreement. This agreement expired on June 30, 2018, and since that date, the district and FLAPOP employees have operated under a tentative settlement of the contract.
The board next meets 7 p.m., Aug. 1 in the district office board room, 6100 N. 210th St.