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State approves LP-A referendum

The Minnesota Department of Education has given a positive review of Lake Park-Audubon's $19.67 million plan for school improvements, allowing the district to put the proposal before voters.

School Board members voted unanimously earlier this month to put the building bond referendum on the general election ballot.

Informational meetings will be held in Cormorant, Audubon and Lake Park, with the dates yet to be established.

Also at the regular meeting Monday:

n The school district received a clean annual audit from its auditing firm of EideBailly in Fargo.

The district has unreserved, undesignated funds of about $500,000 -- about 9 percent of the general fund budget -- and did a "very good" job of staying within its budget, with a total budget variance of less than 2 percent, according to CPA Jackie Erovick.

- Superintendent Dale Hogie reported that enrollment is up slightly this year, and that land owner Loren Jetvig has looked at LP-A's school proposal and is expected to renew his offer of free land in Lake Park for the new 7-12 school.

- School Board member Lori Bartunek has withdrawn from the race and her name will not appear on the Nov. 4 ballot. She filed and withdrew her name two days later after seeing that a number of reputable candidates had filed, Hogie said.

That leaves Dale Binde as the sole incumbent running, as Rick Olson opted not to run for re-election. Six challengers have filed, so a total of seven candidates will vie for three seats on the school board in the general election.

- Hogie noted that the LP-A football team is 3-0 so far this season, and by one formula is now rated No. 1 in the state. LP-A has beaten Barnesville-Rothsay, Fertile-Beltrami, and Badger-Greenbush-Middle River, and as long as those teams keep wining, and LP-A keeps winning, it stays on top under the formula, Hogie said.

Homecoming for LP-A is Friday evening.

- Set the maximum property tax levy payable 2009. The levy will actually decrease next year because the state is picking up a larger share of school finances, Hogie said.

- Agreed to a plan by which the Raider newsletter will be compiled by students under the direction of a teacher, and distributed as an 8-page insert in the Becker County Record twice a month.

It will cost $76 per month more, but provide a third more space for news and ads, and the arrangement will allow for more timely distribution of information, Hogie said.