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Pine River-Backus School Board: Business manager asks for student lunch applications

The Pine River-Backus (PR-B) School District business manager told the school board Monday, Oct. 19, that the recent switch to free lunch for all PR-B students has resulted in a reduction of lunch applications turned in to the school.

The Pine River-Backus (PR-B) School District business manager told the school board Monday, Oct. 19, that the recent switch to free lunch for all PR-B students has resulted in a reduction of lunch applications turned in to the school.

Jolene Bengtson said that though students are no longer required to pay for lunch, the school district depends on lunch applications to receive compensatory reimbursement from the state. This means that parents of students should still submit lunch applications in order for the school to receive reimbursement for the lunches provided to students. This is at no cost to the families.

In other business Monday, the Pine River-Backus School Board:

• Approved at-will employee letters of agreement with bus drivers, the business manager, the activities director, the community assets developer, the dean of students, the food service director, the food service employees, the human resources director, the technology specialists, the transportation director, the transportation dispatcher, the van drivers and the youth and family services workers.

• Agreed to hire Randy Schwegel, Tucker Sheley, Lisa Toft, John Riewer, Mike Dinnel, Bill Toft, Travis Hoffarth, Tom Demars, Deborah Schlueter, Isaak Anderson and Melanie Lindquist as coaches and advisers for the 2015-16 school year; and Sarah Rugroden, Lori Wolske and Desarae Fuchs as paraprofessionals.

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• Accepted the resignations of Katie Shetka as paraprofessional, and Orlyn Steffen as custodian and authorized posting for Steffen's replacement.

• Approved a child care leave of absence for Leah Freeman.

• Declared the 2015 Community Read event.

• Approved free admission for Pine River-Backus student attendance to athletic events, and authorized refunds for student season passes.

Travis Grimler began work at the Echo Journal Jan. 2 of 2013 while the publication was still split in two as the Pine River Journal and Lake Country Echo. He is a full time reporter/photographer/videographer for the paper and operates primarily out of the northern stretch of the coverage area (Hackensack to Jenkins).
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