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School board approves school lunch price increase

The Lennox School Board met June 12 with the absence of Melissa Daugherty and Heidi Bowers.

The board approved the resignations of Jennifer Nielson as Lennox Elementary second grade teacher, Catherine Klemme as assistant softball coach and Paul McVey as freshman girls basketball coach and Jacob Hinker as junior high football coach.

They recognized the resignations of classified employees from Randy Williamson as custodian, Kyle Leonard as custodian, Amy Abbas as high school general education assistant, Samantha Klenner as Lennox Elementary special education assistant, Daniel Matzner as high school library assistant and Trinity Johnson as Worthing preschool and Worthing Totally Kids aide.

The board approved the new hires of Victoria Davenport as elementary music teacher, Tatum Mork as Lennox Elementary fourth grade teacher, Sara Plank as Lennox Elementary fourth grade teacher, Cheri Compton as fifth grade reading/social studies teacher, Quentin Judas as Lennox Elementary second grade teacher, Chris Walker as Lennox Elementary special education teacher and freshman girls basketball coach, Paul McVey as junior varsity girls basketball coach, Steve Hale as junior high football coach, Brandon Otte as assistant wrestling coach and Jacob Hinker for head boys golf coach.

They reviewed the new work agreements for Lindsey Breen as high school library education assistant, Samantha Klenner as Lennox Elementary general education assistant, Jessica Bauer as custodian, Damira Heco as custodian, Jordan Fischer for maintenance, Morgan Wieker as Lennox Elementary special education assistant and Taylor Trudeau as Worthing Elementary Totally Kids site coordinator and Worthing preschool.

The transfers of Michael Ihler from Lennox Elementary first grade to Worthing Elementary third grade and Sara Meekhof from Lennox Elementary special education teacher to Lennox Elementary first grade were approved.

Superintendent Chad Conaway noted they were getting really close to being fully staffed. The number of applicants for their open positions has not been huge.

Business manager Angela Arlt noted that per the Paid Lunch Equity Tool, they should increase their school lunch prices by 51 cents. A 15-cent increase for the 2023-24 school year is what is needed for a balanced budget. The board approved a 15-cent increase for lunch and a 20-cent increase for breakfast.

The board approved the agreement with Architecture Incorporated for architecture and engineering services.

They approved a resolution authorizing the issuance of general obligation bonds, as well as an amendment to Policy 3034, Capitalization and Inventories.

The board approved the Safe Return to Instruction Plan and will revisit it again in August in case there are any changes. Conaway hoped this was the last time they would have to do it.

They approved the Mitel phone service lease for $16,957.82 per year for three years.

The board approved the Medicaid administration agreement. They also approved the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) flow-through fund assurances.

The district renewed their membership in the Associated School Boards of South Dakota.

They also approved the consolidated application assurances, comprehensive plan, ELL plan and family engagement plan.

The board adjourned at 6:41 p.m.

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