LAGRANGE — Lakeland is beginning the brand new yr out on strong monetary footing.
Monday night time, on the faculty district’s first faculty board assembly of 2021, Kirby Doidge, the varsity system’s treasurer, informed board members the varsity district has greater than $4 million in its two main accounts.
“The consolidation helped,” stated Superintendent Dr. Eva Merkel.
As a result of the assembly was the primary of the brand new yr, the board is required to be reorganized. Board members as soon as once more appointed David Larimer their president, naming Brett Bateman as vice chairman and Rob West as board secretary.
Board members then accredited a plan to commerce in three buses and public sale off three extra. Transportation Director David Bowman introduced that he has bought three new buses for the varsity’s fleet, buses as soon as used as demonstration fashions. By buying these barely used buses, Bowman was in a position to save the company an estimated $120,000.
In different issues, the board accredited the employment of Conner Rettenmund because the English educational group coach on the Jr./Sr. highschool. Additionally they accredited hiring Mark Metz because the interdisciplinary educational group coach.
The board accredited hiring Cassandra Burns as an early intervention preschool paraprofessional, Jocelyn Fought as a particular schooling paraprofessional at Lakeland Jr./Sr. Excessive Faculty, and Marissa Olivares as a long-term kindergarten sub till Could.
Board members additionally accredited giving a short lived contract to Morgan Alexander to be the highschool’s STEM/Agriculture trainer. She was employed to cowl a go away of absence for one more trainer anticipated to return in Could.
In different enterprise, the board appointed Patrick Wiltshire, Cathy Philip and Jennifer McBride as members of the varsity’s constructing company.
Board members additionally accredited a mileage reimbursement fee of 56 cents a mile for 2021, down two cents from 2020.
The board additionally retained LaGrange lawyer Invoice Eberhard as the varsity district’s lawyer.
Larimer introduced the seek for a brand new faculty district superintendent is now underway.
Merkel, Lakeland’s present superintendent, introduced in December she can be retiring on the finish of the varsity yr.