Pequot Lakes: School board approves budget revisions

Pequot Lakes School Board approved revisions to the school district’s budget for fiscal year 2021, as well as a preliminary budget for 2022.

Pequot Lakes High School. Brainerd Dispatch file photo

In its regular meeting Monday, June 28, the Pequot Lakes School Board approved revisions to the school district’s budget for fiscal year 2021, as well as a preliminary budget for 2022.

“The state of Minnesota came to an agreement on an education budget and they approved a 2.5% increase in state aid over the 2021-22 school year,” business manager Heidi Hagen said. “With that information, I felt it prudent to include that in the original budget.”

In the revised 2021 budget, the district expects to operate with $49,250,906 in revenues and $34,330,128 in expenditures.

In the following school year, district officials expect to see $26,128,353 in revenue against $39,758,088.

Monday's meeting was the last for Superintendent Chris Lindholm, who accepted the superintendent position in the Cook County School District and whose final day in Pequot Lakes is Wednesday, June 30. Interim Superintendent Kurt Stumpf will take over the following day.


As part of its consent agenda, the board approved the retirement of elementary office clerk Catherine Johnson, as well as the resignation of assistant girls hockey coach Alyssa Kosloski, band teacher Michael Sommerness, bus driver William Pohl, van driver Karen Johnson, volleyball C coach Alexis Engum, accounting clerk Bridget Larson and ninth-grade football coach Andy Kratochvil.

Board members approved the hiring of assistant girls hockey coach Diondra Gottsch, nurse Tracy Harms Princivalli, office clerk Robbi Berry, registrar Robynn Davidson, family and consumer sciences teacher Theresa Harsha, middle school special education teacher Angela Orsburn, elementary music teacher Sarah Bowman, academic interventionist Monica Sergent, bus drivers Gerald Logelin and Dan Ronning, junior varsity boys basketball coach Gregg Martig and ninth-grade football coach Justin Franke.

Additionally, leaves of absence were approved for bus driver/mechanic Jamie Kloss and custodian Joseph Mixer.

Board member Curt Johnson was not in attendance Monday.

In other action Monday, the board:

  • Approved Stumpf as the district’s identified official with authority for the Minnesota Department of Education's education identity access management system.

  • Approved the terms and conditions of employment for district van drivers, with details of the contract being similar to that of bus drivers.

  • Approved updates to the handbooks regarding activities, coaching and Kid Konnection.

  • Accepted two donations to the district and five donations to the student activity fund.

The board’s regular meeting for July was scheduled for the second Monday, July 12, instead of the usual third Monday of the month.
Dan Determan may be reached at 218-855-5879 or Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter at

Dan Determan has been a reporter for the Echo Journal since 2014, primarily covering sports at Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus
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