Ostler resigns, 2019–2020 district budget approved

Chris Mcconnell
Thursday, August 22, 2019
Outlook photo by Chris McConnell Extra, Extra!                        Using aggressive and controversial tactics to ambush unsuspecting Middle School teachers, old–school paparazzi members Fred and Burt Ferguson (distant cousins of Saturday Night Live’s “Turd Ferguson”) interviewed school staff on their first day back to work on Monday. Fred (LMS Principal Justin Klebe) is shown interviewing middle school art teacher Brandi Suazo while Burt (LMS Assistant Principal Lucas Larson) films the hilarious encounte

Outlook photo by Chris McConnell Extra, Extra!
          
            Using aggressive and controversial tactics to ambush unsuspecting Middle School teachers, old–school paparazzi members Fred and Burt Ferguson (distant cousins of Saturday Night Live’s “Turd Ferguson”) interviewed school staff on their first day back to work on Monday. Fred (LMS Principal Justin Klebe) is shown interviewing middle school art teacher Brandi Suazo while Burt (LMS Assistant Principal Lucas Larson) films the hilarious encounter.

At Monday’s special trustee meeting, Board Chairman Kirby Ostler announced he was resigning from his position and his family was relocating in a career–related move. He addressed the trustees and administrators saying, “Working with the schools, the school board, staff and administrators of the district has been a great volunteer job. It has been extremely rewarding because we are doing the right things. I would like to give a big thank you to the community for supporting and voting in favor of student safety and favorable growth for the students and teaching staff.”

The Laurel School District is actively seeking applicants to serve as trustee until the next school election. Interested parties can contact the District Office at 628–8623.

The board approved the 2019–2020 budget reports required by the Montana Office of Public Instruction. The required documents reflect the total expenditure budget and do not include individual line items. District Business Manager Donnie McVee said the Laurel School District’s taxable value increased by 17% since the 2018 tax year. The elementary district value increased $7,382,448 and the high school district increased $7,322,072, which is reflective of growth in the community. Currently each district hovers around $50,000,000 in value, while in 2004 they were around $18,000,000. Total mills in the combined districts have decreased by 46.78. This means district tax payers will see a relief of $63.00 for every $100,000 in taxable value. “Mills have been down every year except for last year when we had to pay back the CHS protested tax amounts,” McVee said.

The trustees declined to hire Robin Seymour as Head Cheerleading coach by a vote of 4–3. Four members of the Laurel cheer team and two parents spoke during the public comment section and were critical of the hiring process. Seymour had been chosen out of two candidates by the hiring committee consisting of Superintendent Linda Filpula, Assistant High School Principal Bryan Kott, Human Resource Director Joe Patton and Activities Director Roger Heimbigner. Filpula said the hiring process to find a new Head Cheerleading coach would begin anew.

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