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Pine City Students Help Local Organizations in a BIG Way

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008 at 7:02 am

Pine City High School seniors Brietta Clementson and Haakon Hansen announced, at Monday’s school board meeting, that the student body raised over $1,100 for Pine County Toys-for-Tots. The initial goal was $400. The students also collected over 700 items for the Pine Community Food Shelf. The students raised the funds through a competition called penny wars. Hansen says because the students raised so much money, they are going to distribute the wealth to different organizations, including Operation Celebration, which sends care packages to men and women in the military.

The Pine City School Board approved their 2007-2008 audit report. Karl Nordquist of Althoff and Nordquist gave a presentation reviewing the audit and student activity funds. Nordquist says there were no findings in the audit, but did warn the school that state funding for schools could look much different in the coming weeks as the state works on the budget shortfall. He said if Local Government Aid to cities and counties is cut, schools should expect the same.

The board approved the final 2008 Payable 2009 property tax levy.

High School Principal George Johnson reported that the school received high marks for the conduct of student, coaches, and spectators during the fall sports season. The MSHSL asks officials to rate schools on a scale from 1-5, five is considered exemplary.

Pine City Football:

Spectators – 4.5

Participants – 4.67

Coaches – 5

Site Management – 5

Game Personnel – 4.83

Volleyball:

Spectators – 4.46

Participants – 4.5

Coaches – 4.5

Site Management – 4.5

Game Personnel – 4.58

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