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Moose Lake School Board signs Steen as interim principal


At the regular meeting of the Moose Lake School Board on Monday, May 21, the board discussed the various things happening at the school.

Good things happening include:

– The elementary school raised $858.16 for the American Heart Association with their Jump Rope for Heart event held April 20.

– The All Staff Food Drive collected 32 bags of groceries and $220 for the local food shelf.

– Members of the track team have broken a number of school records this year — Jake Disterhaupt broke the 200 meter record; Josh Cisar broke the 400 meter record, and Michael Pender, Issac Coil, and Jake Disterhaupt broke the 4 x 200 meter relay record.

– Moose Lake was awarded a $10,000 Safe Routes to School Grant from MnDOT.


Kraig Konietzko reports completion of the District 97, Moose Lake Community Schools Local Literacy Plan. This plan meets the plan requirements specified in Mn. Statute 120B.12:

The literacy goal: “It is the goal of the Moose Lake Elementary School to have all students reading at or above grade level no later than the end of grade 3 and that teachers provide comprehensive, scientifically based reading instruction.” The school board approved the literacy plan May 21. It will be posted on the school website.

Konietzko reports that 25 children are registered for the Summer Literacy Camp. He is expecting there will be more before the end of the school year.

Student parking

Superintendent Bob Indihar spoke about the problem of students parking their cars on grassy areas near the school. There have been complaints from neighbors, as well as his concerns about damage to the grass. Several ideas were discussed including the use of a wheel lock on the car, with a fine of $15 to have it removed.


There was some discussion regarding the choice of a new school mascot. Suggestions were made that the mascot be dressed in a Rebel outfit.

Other business

The school board also discussed the need for a new policy regarding absence excuse letters. The number of excuse letters went up significantly this past school year. There has been significant absenteeism with working students. The school board will address new policy language to cover this issue.

The Technology Committee is currently discussing a plan regarding the use of texts and/or technology. The committee will develop a vision and goal for the overall plan. Changes in education have made the use of technology an integral piece of current educational practice. The Technology Committee will work with the Finance Committee to make these decisions.

Agenda items that were passed include: a resolution for membership in the Minnesota State High School League; approving membership renewal in the Northern Lights Special Education Cooperative; a resolution relating to the election of school board members and calling the school district general election; approving the Local Literacy Plan; approving the Negotiation Committee’s recommendation to increase the playground, lunchroom, and dishwasher staff by .50 per hour; approving the Negotiation Committee recommendations to increase substitute pay rates for paraprofessionals, custodians, playground/lunchroom, cooks, and dishwasher by .50 per hour; tenure was granted to Adam Whelan, Eric Butche, Beth Nersesian, and Renee Visser at the conclusion of this current contract period.

The board did a second reading of policies 202,206,301, 302, 515, 530, 604, 613, 615, 618, 701, 707, 805, and 806. The first reading of the new Health and Safety Policy was presented to the board. The Video Surveillance Other Than on Buses policy was also reviewed.

Billie Jo Steen has accepted the position of interim high school principal and a contract for this position has been signed and approved by the school board by a unanimous vote. Her current position as school counselor will be posted.

Three school board positions will end this year: Jamie Jungers, Lisa Anderson-Reed, and Kristi Skelton-Weisert. A school board election will be held between the dates of July 31 and August 14.

The next regular school board meeting will be on Monday, June 18 at 6 p.m. in room 115.

A working board meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, June 21 at 6 p.m.


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