Lena Okays School Budget, Staff, Students Still HealthyIssue Date: October 28, 2020
At its meeting on Monday, Oct. 19, Lena School Board unanimously approved the district budget and property tax levy for the 2020-2021 school year as approved at the district's Annual Meeting on Thursday, Oct. 15. Mill rate is set at 10.41, which equates to $10.41 per $1,000, or $1,041 on a property with equalized value of $100,000.
The budget provides for $1,736,744 in local property taxes, down from $1,957,078 last year. Debt at the end of the school year is projected to be $290.000, down from $520,000 last year and $740,000 at the end of the 2018-2019 school year.
Income from school activities is expected to drop from $114,571 last year to $77,795 this year, mainly because ticket sales and activities are restricted by Covid-19 limitations.
The board was advised that staff and students are still very healthy. The Oconto County Health Department has been in contact with school authorities on the protocol for any issue with Covid-19.
High School/Middle School Principal James Torzala reported the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year is underway and going well.
Torzala said conference principals agreed to keep current spectator guidelines in place at least until after Thursday Nov. 5, when they will be re-evaluated. Cross Country and Volleyball started tournament competition on Tuesday, Oct. 20.
Torzala thanked Johnson Controls for donating the fire extinguishers that were distributed to students on Thursday, Oct 15. Each came with a pamphlet explaining the reason for the donation, which was a tragic fire that took the lives of several family members of a Johnson Controls employee. Torzala said they were in the process of setting up intervention groups to begin interventions on Tuesday, Oct. 20.
He said they were in the process of setting up intervention groups to begin interventions on Tuesday, Oct. 20.
In his report, Administrator/Elementary Principal Ben Pytleski relayed thanks to the board from the PBIS program "...for letting our school still run this great program for the students."
He said they are looking at after school tutoring for elementary students, but to keep the amount of students out of the building after school down it will be only on a referral basis.
Pytleski reported that students will celebrate Veterans Day on Thursday, Nov. 11 this year, but it will be modified. Carl Blahnik will present for students over the public address system and a 21 Gun Salute will go on outside the premises.
In his Athletic Director Report, Torzala said Fall sports are winding down. Football had about 4 weeks left. Cross Country was to have a Sub-Sectional meet at home on Tuesday, Oct. 20, and Volleyball was to have Regionals at home on the same date.
Torzala said winter sports are being looked at; wrestling is looking at only 6 duals for the season, and there will need to be 6 days between the duals, wearing a mask as well. Basketball is looking at wearing masks during a game.
He expected the new NFHS video system to be up and running by Wednesday, Oct. 21.
Applications for two students wanting to take "Start College Now" courses were accepted as presented.
At a Meet and Greet with new teachers board members met new teachers, Erin Jahnke, Home Economics and FACE teacher, and Lucas Swalheim, who is teaching high school English.
Pytleski said staff members will be receiving new staff shirts.
Board members present for the 6:30 p.m. meeting were Timothy A. Goldschmidt, Ed Huberty, David McNurlen, and Board President Lori Dufek. Board Member Charles Imig was absent.
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