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Summer food program serves over 36,000 meals; Tax levy unanimously passed: Red Wing School Board briefs

Summer food program serves over 36,000 meals

Brent Lexvold said he was just 200 meals short from what he predicted the summer food program would serve in 2018. For Lexvold and the Red Wing School District staff, the number is still incredible.

At the Red Wing School Board meeting Dec. 17, the food service director reported that the district served 36,800 summer meals. This number has increased dramatically over the past two years. In 2016, the district served 8,910 meals. In 2017, the district served 16,037 meals.

Lexvold said that as a staff they will continue to look at ways to serve children around the community for breakfast, lunch and a snack.

To find locations around Red Wing for the summer food program, visit the district's website and sign up for the food service department summer newsletter.

Tax levy unanimously passed

The School Board unanimously passed the property tax levy for 2019 in the amount of $13,467,472.13. The board discussed the levy at its Truth in Taxation meeting Dec. 3.

The amount approved is the maximum permitted levy as set by the Minnesota Department of Education.

Pam Roe, who was present earlier during the meeting, did not vote on the levy as she had to leave for a school event.

Principals agreement passed, Diercks votes against

The board voted 5-1 to approve contracts from 2018-2020 with a 2 percent cost-of-living adjustment each year for the Principals Association. Chair Arlen Diercks voted against the measure, not because of bargaining done with the association, but said that he doesn't find the district's 2 percent adjustment to be comparable to other districts.

The contract will end June 30, 2020. Pam Roe, who was present earlier during the meeting, did not vote on the agreement.

Matthew Lambert

Matthew Lambert joined the Red Wing Republican Eagle in March 2018 covering school board, public safety, and writing features. Lambert previously wrote for the Pierce County Herald and River Falls Journal. He is a graduate of Winona State University with a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication: Journalism. 

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