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Audio files of Moorhead School Board meetings available online

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Community members now may listen to audio files of the Moorhead School Board meetings that are posted on the district’s website.

Quicktime and Windows media files are posted by the day after each School Board meeting to the meeting minutes and agendas section of the district website.  Choose meeting minutes and agendas from the News and Recognition menu on the district’s website or go to the School Board page under District Info at select a meeting date.

Moorhead Area Public Schools added this option as a way to ensure community access to the district’s School Board meetings. Files are available beginning with the February 2012 board meetings.

The Moorhead School Board meets the second and fourth Mondays of most months. Meeting dates are posted on the district main calendar on the website and on electronic district signs. Agendas for the board’s regular meetings are posted online the Friday before the meeting.

Moorhead School Board approves balanced budget for 2012-13

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

During the June 11 meeting, the Moorhead School Board approved the 2012-13 Annual Operating Plan, which includes the preliminary budget for fiscal year 2013.

According to Assistant Superintendent Wayne Kazmierczak, this is the second year of the operating levy referendum funding and the AOP includes projected balanced budgets for the next three years. Moorhead Area Public Schools would be looking at deficit spending in fiscal year 2016 if adjustments to either revenues or expenditures aren’t made prior to the 2015-16 school year.

“Any increase in revenue from the state in the next biennium will improve the district’s long-term financial outlook,” Kazmierczak said.

The district’s revenues for 2012-13 increased slightly with the $50/student increase to the general education aid formula. Additionally, the district is receiving approximately $325,000 in literacy aid. Revenues are projected to exceed expenditures by approximately $1.5 million for fiscal year 2013.

“Moorhead Area Public Schools continues to adhere to the operating levy referendum priorities,” Kazmierczak said.

Positions have been added to restore class sizes in core subjects to targeted levels. Mandarin Chinese was added for 2011-12 as an additional world language at Moorhead High, and world language options will be expanded at Horizon Middle School for 2012-13.

Approximately 10 new positions, including two world language teachers, are being added for 2012-13, and three buses are being purchased, the first since 2007. Kazmierczak said the funding for the Truancy Intervention Program (TIP) is maintained, and the request from the Moorhead Police Department to cover a portion of the school resource officers is included in the budget.

For the food service fund, Kazmierczak said the federal government is requiring an increase to district lunch prices. The board will be asked to approve increases at an upcoming meeting. Additionally, the sub sandwich line must be eliminated due to new requirements for the amount of grain served. More salad offerings will be available for students.

Upcoming significant capital expenses for the district may include replacing the track at Moorhead High, additional bus purchases to upgrade the fleet over the next three years, additional gymnasium space at Robert Asp and S.G. Reinertsen Elementary, and replacing the boiler at Moorhead High. A study on the boiler replacement will be done this year, Kazmierczak said.

Musical Theater Camp presents “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” on June 27-28

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Musical Theater Camp presents “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” Performances are at 7 p.m. June 27 and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. June 28 in the Moorhead High School auditorium, 2300 4th Ave. S., Moorhead.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and may be purchased at the door. All seats are general admission. For group reservation discount prices call Kelly Timm at 701-730-3882.
Musical Theater Camp, a collaborative project of Moorhead Community Education and Horizon Middle School Theater, is designed to provide a comprehensive musical theater experience for fifth to eighth graders in the Fargo-Moorhead area. During the four-week experience, the students study acting, dance and voice in preparation for performing “Beauty and the Beast Jr.”

School Board approves new school start and end times

Friday, June 1st, 2012

For the 2012-13 school year, Moorhead Area Public Schools will add 15 minutes to the school day, increasing the instructional time for students. This change, which was approved in April as part of the new teacher contract, required changes to the start and end times at the schools.

During the May 29 School Board meeting, the board unanimously approved the recommendation to change the start and dismissal times for the schools. The approved recommendation has the elementary schools running from 7:55 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.; Horizon Middle School from 9:05 a.m. to 3:50 p.m.; and Moorhead High School from 8:25 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.