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School board agenda includes budget projections, construction plans

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The Farmington School Board will welcome some fresh faces tonight with the swearing in of new members Tera Lee, Brian Treakle and Melissa Sauser.

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The new members will get right to work with a meeting that includes budget projections, an update on the district's strategic plan and the presentation of superintendent Brad Meeks' annual performance evaluation.

Tonight's agenda also includes a presentation on a four-year plan for facility improvement projects. The board has talked for several weeks about improvements identified in a recently completed facilities plan. The proposal on tonight's agenda includes several improvements for 2011. They are: parking and circulation improvements and the addition of an outdoor kindergarten play area at Akin Road Elementary; cafeteria and kitchen renovations and an office expansion at Farmington Elementary; security remodeling and a conference room reconfiguration at North Trail Elementary; an accessibility ramp for the music suite at Boeckman Middle School; security remodeling, pool entry changes and family locker rooms at Dodge Middle School; and technology improvements districtwide. This year's projects are expected to cost about $4 million.

The total plan would cost the district an estimated $18.5 million over four years. That money would likely come from funds set aside for a sixth elementary school that is now not needed.

Tonight's meeting will start with organization items necessary at the start of every year. The board will elect a chairperson, vice chair, clerk and treasurer and assign board members to committees.

The District 192 School Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Boeckman Middle School, 800 Denmark Ave.

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Nathan Hansen
Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.
(651) 460-6606
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