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May 25, 2022

3/11/2022 10:41:00 AM
CL district avoids cuts for next year
But, one-time COVID funds are being used, so district still has future challenges

Chisago Lakes ISD 2144 Director of Business Services Robyn Vosberg-Torgerson said she was excited to be able to share some positive budget news with the board, last week. “I am pleased to state we will not make any significant budget reductions for 2023, but will continue to monitor all of our expenses and enrollment and adjust accordingly,” she said.

School Board member Lori Berg did want to make it clear that in the absence of some COVID aid that the district received over the past year, there would be cuts being made, and some of those funds were one-time only.

It was a caution that the district isn’t out of the woods yet when it comes to their budget in the future.

The district will be looking to replace the turf at the high school stadium.

The project comes in at just over $775,000, but it’s something the district had always planned for, knowing there is a shelf life for artificial  turf fields.

“I know when we put the stadium in, we put money aside every year and the expected life was generally 7-10 years but we’ve gone far beyond that,” Berg said.

The field was installed in 2009, so 12 total seasons had been played on the turf, and it lasted longer than expected.
The field will also now include markings for lacrosse games, which the previous one did not.

“It’s been an assett to this school and i was very thankful to be able to coach (soccer) on it,” remarked Board Chair Mark Leigh.

The board received the final draft of the levy survey that will be going out to the community. Supt. Dean Jennissen said they are hoping to get results back March 21 and have a special board meeting Wednesday, March 30 to analyze the results.

Berg made the motion to approve the survey, and Board member Jeff Lindemann seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

Despite settling their union contract with the custodial staff, Chisago Lakes high school lead custodian Scott Carlson attended the school board meeting and spoke during open forum.

 Carlson took the mic to thank food service workers and ask that they are shown respect in union negotiations.
He said their contract was up almost eight months ago, and that the district just recently made contact with them in regards to a new one.
Carlson was hoping that going forward— the district would make contact with unions and potentially begin negotiations 60 days prior to the end of the contract.

Carlson also took aim at the administration team, saying he thinks they shouldn’t negotiate administrative contracts until every other contract throughout the district has been settled in that calendar/fiscal year. “Those who can most afford to wait should be last in line,” he said.

He also wanted all administrative contracts to receive no more than the lowest total compensation percentage given to any group or union in that calendar year. throughout the district.

“The district is above all a learning institution I believe they need to lead by example,” Carlson said.

The district is struggling with staffing the community pool. Jennissen said there have been community members asking about extended hours at the pool, but until they can get proper staffing, that’s not something the district can offer at this time.

Jennissen did make a call to those interested in potentially working the pool to contact the district in regards to lifeguard and other positions at the pool.

COVID-19 numbers have plummeted in the district. The week prior to the school board meeting, the district reported only three cases among students and three cases among staff.

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