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School Board throws support behind levy bill

Last Thursday at William Kelley School, the Lake Superior School District voted to support a bill introduced in the Minnesota House of Representatives by Rep. David Dill. The bill would allow Lake Superior School District to levy up to $200 per resident pupil per year for technology, which would generate an annual total of approximately $390,000.

The School Board unanimously passed a resolution urging members of the Minnesota House and Senate to support the bills, House File 312 and Senate File 302. The resolution's language said that the District's costs have exceeded normal inflation and there has been no funding increase to offset the cost. Additionally, the resolution read that the Board has no confidence in voter support of a referendum since past attempts have failed.

The School Board also unanimously voted to support the continuation of a four-day week in the district.

The meeting wasn't all business. It began with delegations from three student groups--Two Harbors High School DECA, Silver Bay Robotics and Silver Bay band and choir. DECA presented the demonstration that earned them a trip to the international DECA competition in Anaheim, Calif. The presentation included information about their efforts to address bullying in the district.

Next, school board members saw the Mariner robot demonstrate its skills in the William Kelley hallways. The students and adviser, Chris Belanger, showed off the robot's ability to shoot Frisbees and block opponents.

Finally, two students from the WKHS band and choir took the floor to present a recap of their trip to Nashville. The students showed pictures and shared their favorite memories from the five-day trip (read more about the Nashville trip on Page A5).

Under new business, the school board approved the creation of a sick bank for a bus driver and approved a request to change the May school board meeting to May 7. They also accepted a grant from the Two Harbors Area Community Fund for the post-secondary welding and millwright program and approved the 2013-2014 school calendar.

Chris Olafson-Langenbrunner, director of community education, updated the board on the status of the Northland Foundation Age to Age grant. The program, designed to bridge the intergenerational social chasm in rural northeastern Minnesota, brings young people and seniors together through unique activities and events. The first meeting took place on March 4, and the next event will be a panel on April 8 at Two Harbors High School. Watch the News-Chronicle for more information on this event.

Joe Nicklay, the principal of WKS, reported that the National Honor Society packaged a years worth of meals for 54 kids through the Feed My Starving Children program. He also said a number of French students are leaving for a trip to France on March 24, and that they are very excited.

Brett Archer, the principal of THHS, again applauded the THHS Robotics and DECA teams for advancing to the world and international competitions, respectively. He said the teachers put a lot of time into the projects and he's happy to see their success.

Bill Crandall, superintendent, reported that negotiations with the Local 70 union, which includes bus drivers, cooks and custodians, are nearing completion. The negotiations are to settle the last of the school district's employee contracts. Crandall said the union and the district came to a tentative agreement and union members will be voting on the terms soon.

LaReesa Sandretsky
LaReesa Sandretsky is a Two Harbors High School graduate and Duluth native who began working at the News-Chronicle in 2012 as a reporter. She took over as editor in 2014. She covers County Board, including the Lake County broadband project.
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