Climax-Shelly School Board News & Notes from July 19th Meeting
Climax, MN — The Climax-Shelly School Board held their regular monthly board meeting on Monday night, July 19th. It was the first meeting for new Superintendent Dan Dalchow. The board took care of the usual beginning of the school year business items, such as setting district fees and lunch prices. Lunch will be free for all students again this year. However, Superintendent Dalchow expressed some concerns about how the free lunches, which is provided by the federal government, is impacting their aid that they get from families who typically have to apply for the free and reduced lunch program.
Dalchow noted that the Free and Reduced Lunch applications typically account for “tens of thousands” of dollars in additional funding each year at Climax-Shelly.
The Climax-Shelly School Board also discussed their current roof project and how to pay for it. Given their healthy fund balance, Superintendent Dalchow noted they opted to pay for the roughly $300,000 project out of their general fund.
The board had some preliminary discussions on their operating levy, which expires in 2023. Their goal, according to the Superintendent, is to get the voters to approve a renewal this year, but have an option to bring it back at the next election if it doesn’t pass the first time.
And as fall sports and the fall semester draw closer, Dalchow advises parents to be on the lookout for information regarding activities and open houses.
The Climax-Shelly School Board also approved hiring Brenda Slyt as the head volleyball coach and Joan Felseth as the new social studies teacher.