Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Jack McFarlane
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Transportation co-op takes step forward


December 26, 2019

The board approved the transportation cooperative concept with Barnum at their regular meeting on December 16. The purpose of the transportation co-op will be to jointly use the resources of the Moose Lake and Barnum School Districts to the benefit of both. Superintendent Robert Indihar was authorized to work with Barnum’s Superintendent Mike McNulty to work on the structure of what the co-op is going to be. No current employees will lose employment due to this co-op.

High School Principal Billie Jo Steen, mentioned a 30% reduction in behavior referrals as well as a 32% drop in failing grades as opposed to last year.

The board approved a number of policies. Board member Jerry Pederson brought up how some of the 600 policies may or may not be affected by the Supreme Court which is currently attempting to decide the meaning of sex, and how that decision might impact something like public washroom facilities.

The board approved the 2019 payable 2020 final levy at $1,365,522.31. The school levy is set by the state. Last year’s levy came in at $1,594,133, which was about $228,611 up from this year.

Tax levy change could be due to a variety of factors such as property value changing, change in enrollment numbers, local decisions, adjustments for prior years, and/or legislative changes.

In other business, the board approved the transfer of $129.14 from the Scholarship Fund to the General Fund. Indihar stressed that it was just a “technical thing,” and that the money had been in a fund for years and that they just needed to close it out. The money is not being taken from the kids fund.

Natalie Mikrot hit 1,000 points in girls basketball.

The nine schools in the area received a vocational grant for $1.5 million over two years, and that money still needs to be allocated.

The board set the Reorganization meeting on January 6 at 3:30 p.m. and the regular meeting on January 21 at 5:00 p.m.


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