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Park Rapids teacher resigns; gun found on school grounds

The Park Rapids School Board, without comment, voted to accept industrial education teacher Scott Eischens' resignation, "with thanks for his 12 years of service to the Park Rapids Area Schools" at Monday night's board meeting.

The wording indicated the motion was at Eischen's request.

Eischens allegedly brought a hunting rifle onto school property, which violates school policy.

The board held a closed meeting on the matter earlier this month but took no action at the time.

Eischens has been on paid administrative leave since the matter came to light about a month ago.

Hubbard County attorney Don Dearstyne said Tuesday that the matter remains under investigation for possible prosecution.

In other action, the board:

n Reviewed the budget and the payable 2011 $4,807,875 levy, which includes a debt excess levy of $151,896, business manager Carol Hutchinson presenting an overview prior to the formal adoption.

Of the total levy, 62 percent is debt service, 38 percent other levies, she explained. The amount the district levies has remained relatively stable over the past few years.

The report projects a $398,735 increase in the reserved and unreserved general fund balance by June 30, 2011, from this year's $2,016,274 to the projected $2,415,009 in 2011.

But Hutchinson cautioned "variables," such as enrollment numbers, utilities costs, special ed needs and snow removal can affect the bottom line.

The district is anticipating the amount of aid per pupil unit to remain unchanged, $5,124, the same as it has been in the past three years.

The general fund accounts for most of the district's daily operating expenses, including salaries and benefits, textbooks, insurance and extra curriculars - and approximately 80 percent of the revenues.

Anticipated general fund revenue by source in 2010-11 is 73 percent state ($11,622,453), 20 percent local ($3,207,463) and 7 percent federal ($1,135,670), which is down from this year, and "other," $15,159. Total general fund revenue is $15,980,750.

Among the general fund expenses by program and percentage of total are: elementary and secondary education, $6,739,211, 43.25 percent; special education, $3,249,049, 20.85 percent; sites and buildings, $2,066,264, 13.26 percent; pupil support services, $1,366,026, 8.77 percent, and administration, $776,523, 4.98 percent.

n Postponed student recognition due to the inclement weather.

n Reported enrollment is up slightly from October, currently 1,553.