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School Board revises 2015-16 calendar

As required by the state, the Red Wing School Board approved a revision Monday to the 2015-16 school calendar showing 171 student days instead of 173 student days because of two snow days on Feb. 2, 2016, and March 24, 2016.

Even with the change, the school district still met the student contact expectations set by the state. The resolution passed 7-0.

In other calendar-related news, the late start scheduled for the Friday before Memorial Day weekend next year was supposed to be an early release. The board voted 7-0 to make that change.

Legislative update

State Sen. Matt Schmit provided an update on the 2016 legislative session, highlighting capital investment, infrastructure, supplemental budget and the tax bill as primary focuses. Schmit also reported that education continues to be a priority.

“We invested over $1 billion in the last four years. We feel it is a good effort going forward,” he said.

Referendum update

The Red Wing School Board unanimously approved the resolution to sell building bonds and issue its fully registered general obligation bonds, which total $22,615,000. The district has authorized Springsted Incorporated to negotiate these sales on its behalf. Construction projects tentatively scheduled to be completed this summer — as part of the referendum voters approved this spring — are:

•Irrigation wall at Red Wing High School

•Intercom and bell system at Twin Bluff Middle School

•Data center environmental control unit at TBMS

•Playground repairs at Burnside and Sunnyside

•District network switches, firewall, and SAN

•Cellphone booster at TBMS

•Outside air control work at RWHS

•Colvill Family Center boiler

•Prairie Island Arena resurfacer

•Video broadcast system

Contract agreements

The school district and Red Wing Support Personnel Association have reached an agreement for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 contract years. A 0 percent cost-of-living adjustment was granted the first year and a 0.9 percent adjustment for the second year. The resolution passed 6-0. Board member Arlen Diercks abstained from the vote due to a conflict of interest.

The school district and Cooks Association have reached an agreement for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 contract years. Roughly, a 0.0875 percent overall cost-of-living adjustment was calculated for each year, but the money was placed on step 5 of the salary schedule because all food service workers will eventually reach step 5. In addition, the district increased the starting wage for cooks and the beginning wages for head cooks to address market issues. Board member Mike Christensen voiced his objection to the agreement. “I disagree with placing the emphasis on the top step,” he said.

The resolution passed 5-1. Board member Steve Anderson abstained from the vote due to a conflict of interest.