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Tax levy will be reduced

Published 9:43am Wednesday, December 12, 2012 Updated 11:54am Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Last week, the School District held public meetings on the outdoor facilities, athletic conference affiliation, tax levy and our technology/internet policy.

Unfortunately, no citizens attended the tax and technology hearing. But, the good news is that our tax levy is being reduced by 4.8 percent.

The Otter Community Room was full for discussion regarding the outdoor facility project and athletic conference affiliation.

I greatly appreciated hearing the different points of views and comments. The School Board has scheduled a work session on Monday, Dec. 17, to further discuss the comments heard during that meeting.

The overall view on the outdoor facility project was to go back to the voters with a similar project. Depending on the election date selected, the District may be required to change the project by at least 5 percent. Another possibility is to break the project down into more than one question.

There is much debate on the conference affiliation for the Otters. The Central Lakes Conference (CLC) has been an excellent conference for us over the years. As our enrollment slowly declines, the decision will have to be made on whether to continue in the CLC conference or create a new conference with similar-sized schools.

There continues to be discussion with Thief River Falls, East Grand Forks, Crookston and other schools to form a conference based off of the large-school Heart O’Lakes football conference.

I encourage the public to contact my office with ideas or concerns as we work through these topics together.



coaching retirement

I first met Richard Risbrudt in 1980 when I was an assistant football coach in Herman and he was coaching at Hillcrest Lutheran Academy. Classy, man of integrity, and inspiring were the first impressions I had of Richard — both as a coach and as a person.

It has been great to be on the same team with him for the past seven years. I would like to congratulate Richard on a very successful “Hall of Fame” coaching career and we are so grateful that he will continue as a science teacher at Kennedy Secondary School.


FAQ on the School Nutrition Program

• Why were new requirements needed? These changes are a result of the new school meals standards established by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010-the first major changes to school meals in more than a decade.

The changes are based on the latest nutrition science and the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Ensuring that school meals are healthy and in line with current nutrition science is important for kids’ health.

More than 23 million children in the U.S. are overweight or obese, which places them at increased risk for preventable diseases like diabetes and heart disease.

• What about the calorie needs of highly active students and athletes? School meals are designed to meet only a portion of a child’s nutritional and energy needs over the course of a day.

A typical school lunch will provide about 1/3 of the daily nutrient needs of the average student, with up to 850 calories for high school students.

If a student is physically active or participates in sports, he or she may need additional calories supplemented from another source.

A high school athlete with calorie needs exceeding 3,000 calories per day should eat in 4-5 smaller meals per day. A lunch of 850 calories would be right in line with their dietary needs.

If desired, high school students can continue to purchase extra items in the ala-carte line to supplement their lunch. Students could also choose to purchase an additional lunch at the adult price, or could bring a sack lunch from home.

After school, most students would require a snack before their evening meal. At Kennedy Secondary School, students may purchase an after-school sack lunch through the food service department.

The sack lunch is a great way to get a healthy snack before practice or to bring along when traveling out of town.


Jerry Ness is the Superintendent of District 544 in Fergus Falls.

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