Upsala School Board Briefs

Other business that came before the Upsala School Board Nov. 28, included:

• Listening to a report given by sixth-grader Quade Evounik about the recent 52nd annual book fair. The sales were $4,587.96, of which 25 percent goes to the school. Prize money from Scholastic is more than $1,000. “We thank the public, the businesses that donated and the parents who helped,” said Wanda Erickson, technology coordinator;

• Watching a presentation by third/fourth grade teacher Mindy Wessel and fourth grade teacher Ann Marschel explaining their daily classroom and curriculum activities;

• Approving two cameras in the gym and five more additional outside cameras be installed at a cost of $20,179.79. Safe School funding will be used. “It helps; there’s no question about it,” said Supt. Gery Arndt;

• Approving a request for six weeks of maternity leave for Spanish instructor Lindsay Bergmann. “Her projects are set out, and she comes in once a week to grade school work,” Arndt said;

• Accepting donations from seven groups or individuals: $330 from Central Minnesota Builders Association for the Agriculture Department for tools, $15,000 from Evelyn Lovine, Jean Martinson and W.A. Krivanek to the scholarship fund for a $500 annual scholarship, 20 headphones from Covenant Community women for tech ed headphones, $200 from Upsala Upstage Players to the dance team, $200 from Upsala Upstage Players to the drama department, $200 from Resurrected Artists to the drama department and $150 from USA Community Chorus to the vocal music department;

• Approving substitute paraprofessional pay for Marlys Atkinson at $10.62 per hour and for Kerry Osberg at $9.64 per hour, the pay each was receiving when they resigned;

• Approving that fees paid for crowd control people and the ticket takers be set at $35 and

• Closing the meeting to discuss certified salary negotiations.

The next meeting will be Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the high school media center.