Principal heading back to classroom

BLUE EARTH – Al Cue will be back in the classroom next school year.

The assistant K-8 principal at Blue Earth Area requested the transfer, which the school board approved Monday.

“I’ve learned a lot,” Cue said. “I just miss the classroom.”

In other personnel action, the board approved the retirement of Francine Russel, cook’s helper, a long-time employee of the district.

In other business, Superintendent Evan Gough said the district is waiting for quotes on three buses for trade-ins. In the meantime, Gough asked the board to approve the purchase of three new buses for $270,000, minus what the trade-ins will bring.

“We had budgeted money last year, which we did not spend,” noted board chairman Frankie Bly.

The district usually sets aside $120,000 annually, said Al Wilhelmi, fiscal services coordinator.

The board approved the $270,000, minus the trade-in amount, for the three buses.

In other action, the board:

o Approved the capital outlay and deferred maintenance budget for 2014-2015.

Gough reminded the board of the district’s commitment to the 1:1 initiative to put a technology device in every student’s hands.

Students in kindergarten through second grade will get iPad minis, while students in grades 3-12 will get Chromebooks. A total of $437,000 is budgeted.

Gough told the board he hopes to get four years out of the Chromebooks, and considered possibly selling them to the public when new ones are purchased.

Other top capital expenses are the high school science remodel at $75,000, the 1928 science roof replacement for $73,600, carpet replacement for Blue Earth Elementary at $34,000, windows at Blue Earth Elementary for $40,000, and classroom locks running $25,900.

Another expense will be $15,000 for a new scoreboard for Wilson Field. The current one was erected in 1969 and the school cannot get replacement parts for it anymore.