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By Lois E. Johnson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Deficit budget for Moose Lake 2019-20 school year


The Moose Lake School District will be operating on a deficit budget for the next school year, it was announced at the monthly meeting of the school board on Monday, June 17.

“I knew that we would deficit spend, even after cuts,” said Superintendent Robert Indihar. “But we should be okay by the end of the year. There are no easy cuts right now. I hope that there is growth; I hope that we get more kids. I think that things will change.”

It was reported that Transportation Supervisor Jeff Olson plans to cut one bus route and return one bus to the company that the buses are leased from. There are no salary increases except where there is a lane change. The budget will be adjusted because of a new business teacher and a new nurse. A nurse will be hired instead of contracted out for a special ed student.

The preliminary budget for 2019-2020 was accepted.

Indihar told the board that there are parents who have not applied for Free and Reduced Lunches for their children and have accumulated thousands of dollars in unpaid lunch bills.

“There are six families that have not paid,” he said. “One has a really large bill. I will have to take that one to small claims court. That is happening not just in Moose Lake but all over the state. We appreciate it when people donate towards the unpaid lunch bills.”

The Northwoods Credit Union employees raised $97.50 to donate to families that are struggling to pay their bills, it was stated on the agenda.

In a related matter, the board passed a resolution to take over control of extracurricular activities for accounting purposes, according to state law.

Business Manager Kara Burn explained that most of the student extracurricular accounts are already being taken care of by the school. Such accounts are for clubs such as the Drama Club, Key Club, History Club, and sports clubs.

The low quotes were approved for bread, milk, garbage, snowplowing, and newspaper for the coming school year. Pan-O-Gold and Dean Foods/Land O’Lakes were approved for furnishing bread and milk, and Nordstrom’s Sanitation was approved for garbage pickup. The Star Gazette was approved as the legal newspaper. However, Buetow Trucking and Excavating was approved for the low bid for plowing snow, beating out Sandberg Construction. Sandberg Construction has provided snowplowing of the school grounds for many years, it was said.

In other business, the board accepted a $5,000 donation from Moose Lake Township for the Summer Recreation program, a $500 grant from Scott’s Miracle-Gro Foundation for the Age to age Community Garden Project, and a $5,500 grant from the Northland Foundation for two summer interns for an intergenerational project to add video content to Channel 7. The board also approved membership in the Minnesota State High School League and renewed the contract with Arrowhead Computing Consortium.

The next meeting of the board was set for Monday, July 22, at 6 p.m. Note date change.


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