Dance gets OK as official school activity

The New Prague Area School Board approved the addition of dance team as an official school activity for the 2013-14 school year.

Dance has been offered for several years, but it has been under the supervision of the Community Education department instead of the activities department. Putting it under the activities department will give it better opportunities for scheduling gym time for practice and also in scheduling meets. It will also allow the team to be eligible for Missota Conference competition beginning next season.

Kindergarten fees The board made no change in the fee for all-day, everyday kindergarten for next year. The fee will remain $320 a month. However, the board did allow for a 5 percent discount on the fee if it is paid in full prior to the first day of school.

School calendar The board approved a change to the 2013-14 official school calendar. After the initial calendar was approved, it was discovered that the district had scheduled Thanksgiving break for November 21 and 22. Thanksgiving is November 28. The change also moves the end of the first trimester to Tuesday, Nov. 26, with no school for students, but a teacher work day on Wednesday, Nov. 27.

Superintendent Larry Kauzlarich said the change was made to the calendar on the district’s website as soon as the error was noticed, so families planning trips would have the correct dates.

Budget process Finance director Sandy Linn gave board members a brief preview of the board’s five-year financial projections to start the budgeting process for the 2013-14 school year.

Linn said at this time it is difficult to project the finances because no one knows what’s going to happen with the various proposals before the legislature as well as with federal funding due to the threat of sequestration hanging in the balance.

Eagle Bluff Pay The board approved a stipend of $500 per teacher for those teachers supervising the sixth grade trip to Eagle Bluff Nature Center. This is a one-year payment, and Kauzlarich said the payment should become part of the next teacher contract negotiations.