School Board Briefs

The Princeton School Board approved the following business at its April 1 meeting. Written by Joel Stottrup.

Auditing contract
The board approved a contract with the CPA firm, Kern, DeWenter, Viere, Ltd., to audit the district’s financial statements for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2014, 2015 and 2016. The firm is to be paid $19,200 the first year, and $19,400 and $19,600 for the next two years, respectively.

Referendum song
Superintendent Julia Espe updated the board on the district’s preparation for its May 20 voter referendum to bond for nearly $30 million to build a new K-2 elementary on the city’s north end to replace South Elementary, add two high school gym spaces and make improvements at the high school cafeteria and kitchen and industrial tech, and improve security where needed in district school buildings. Espe noted the recently created “Referendum Song” sung by North Elementary instructor Elizabeth Keeney to the tune of “Rockin’ Robin,” to encourage people to vote in the referendum. The song is on the district’s website and is to be used at presentations Espe is giving to groups on the referendum. The board listened to a recording of the song.

Election judges
The board approved a resolution certifying the election judges for the polling places during the May 20 referendum. The polling places will be the depot museum’s Great Northern Room for the city, and the Baldwin, Blue Hill, Greenbush, Spencer Brook and Wyanett township halls.

Food service bids with other districts
The board approved an agreement in which the Princeton School District will go together with the school districts in Foley and Onamia to call for food vendor bids.
District Director of Business Services Michelle Czech explained that by going together to select a bidder for school food, the participating districts could save money.
The proposals are to be received by the Foley School District no later than 1 p.m. April 28.

Leftover from March meeting
The board in March approved adapted bowling as a Minnesota State High School League sport in the Princeton School District starting this month. It will be open to students in two categories – cognitively impaired and physically impaired. The district will be using Princeton Lanes for the sport. According to Jim Muckenhirn, who has worked with adapted athletics at the state level, 320 students participated in the state adapted bowling tournament last school year.