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Superintendent contract finalized

Red Wing School Board voted 6-0 Monday to finalize a three-year contract for new Supt. Karsten Anderson. His salary will be $138,000 for the first year, with a $4,500 increase the second year if he finishes his doctorate degree.

Under the contract, Anderson will keep his current COBRA health insurance until the end of 2012, for which the district will pay up to $15,000. For the following year, the district will contribute just over $1,000 a month for coverage. The district's contribution for the third year will be negotiated at a later date.

The board also updated language about vacation time, holidays, military leave and jury duty, among other things. The board worked off of the current superintendent's contract and guidelines from the Minnesota School Board Association.

"Working with Mr. Anderson, he really showed a lot of professionalism and was very understanding," Board member Paul Kramp said.

Bergwall negotiations continue

The sale of Bergwall Arena to Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical is still looming. The college's foundation is working on securing the funding, Supt. Stan Slessor said.

Slessor said the foundation hopes to make an offer the second week of April.

Start times won't move

Elementary start times won't be moved to be more in sync with high school start times. At their last meeting, the board asked the transportation consultant to discuss ways to consolidate start times with First Student Transportation Services.

Under the current two-tier transportation system, elementary classes start nearly an hour after high school classes begin.

First Student said condensing start times wouldn't be possible without a return to neighborhood schools.

Kindergarten registration numbers high

Red Wing is looking at the possibility of having the largest kindergarten class in four years. Sunnyside Principal Patti Roberts said so far 173 students are enrolled for the 2011-12 school year. Typically there are 130-160 students signed up at this time of the year.

"We're either doing something right or we have a lot of kids out there," she said. "I think it's a combination of both."

Slessor said in an email to board members that they may need to begin planning for an additional section of kindergartners.

In other news:

Personnel moves: Amy Sarnstrom was hired a temporary baker at Sunnyside, effective March; the board accepted retirements of Becky Mitchener, first-grade teacher at Sunnyside, and Jessica Zuehlke, language arts teacher at Towerview, both effective June 7.

Meeting watchMonday's meeting lasted about one hour and 15 minutes. All board members were present.

- compiled by Sarah Gorvin, staff writer