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Fee increase isn’t one-sided issue

DELANO, MN – There are two sides to every story. It may be a cliché, but it is true.

Sometimes, it is easy to get enthralled with one side of the story and pay less, if any, attention to the other side of the story.

Unfortunately, that is what happened with my story “2018-19 Tiger Activity Center fees increase on 4-3 vote” in the Aug. 31 edition.

I got so caught up with the fact that the fee increases were approved on a split vote, by the slimmest of margins, that I focused on those three votes and essentially ignored the four votes required for approval.

This approach did a disservice to the four members who voted “yea,” Delano Public Schools, Delano Community Education, my readers, and even the three board members who voted “nay.”

This first became apparent to me when a Facebook commenter asked what the fees were and what the cost would be after the increase.

In my hurry to write the story, I hadn’t even included these basic details, reinforcing another cliché: haste makes waste.

For reference, individual rates increased from $160 to $170, and family rates increased from $280 to $295.

Furthermore, I did not provide an explanation for the fee increase being proposed in the first place.

I had done so in my July 27 article about the work session when the fee increases were first mentioned and discussed.

During that meeting, Delano Community Education Director Diane Johnson said the fee increases were necessary to cover increased costs, including pay rates, change in staffing needs, and utility costs.

School board member Amy Johnson had asked if the district had received feedback about fees or accessibility to the TAC, and Diane Johnson said the district had not received much, if any, feedback. (Amy Johnson later told me she encourages people to share concerns with the proper parties and that she is disappointed that more people do not do so.)

School board member Carolyn Milano had asked about fees for students receiving free or reduced-price meals, and Diane Johnson had said she would look into the matter, which she did, resulting in free TAC access during the school year for students receiving free lunch and a decreased rate for access during the school year for students receiving reduced-price lunches.

Beyond those questions, the board members appeared to generally support the increase.

As I noted in my July 27 article, board member Rachel Depa had stated she would rather see a 5 percent increase now than a much larger increase later.

Following that discussion, I had no reason to believe the fee increase would not pass, and I certainly did not expect a 4-3 vote, with those three board members voting “nay.”

For the record, I understand why they voted “nay:” they had heard from their constituents concerns about access to the TAC. They did not want to raise fees after a year of inconsistent access to the TAC. It should be noted that fees were increased for the 2016-17 school year, but members were given a 13-month membership for the price of 12 months, and fees did not increase for the 2017-18 year.

With all that said, I didn’t plan to write a story about the Aug. 27 school board meeting because I had already covered the proposed fee increases in detail, and the rest of the agenda did not appear to be newsworthy to the general public.

So, when I learned my expectation was wrong, I focused on the surprise ending rather than the beginning of the story – the initial introduction and discussion – which was just as important.

While I usually take a great deal of pride in my work, I cannot do so with this specific article.

I apologize for not telling the whole in the end, and I vow to be more careful in all of my coverage moving forward.

Thank you for your readership.

St. Max Kolbe sixth-graders graduate

Many blessings and prayers were bestowed upon this year’s 6th grade graduating class at St. Max Kolbe School during a dedicated Mass and ceremony at the Church of St. Peter Friday. Parish staff wish them wisdom and faith in their upcoming journeys and adventures.  Graduates pictured are (back) Frank Nau, Nathan Schneider, Aidan Cruz, Nicholas Webster, (front) Selah Streachek, Izabel Kvasnicka, Lucy Fobbe, Madison Hansen, James LaFond, and Laken Triplett.

Many blessings and prayers were bestowed upon this year’s 6th grade graduating class at St. Max Kolbe School during a dedicated Mass and ceremony at the Church of St. Peter Friday. Parish staff wish them wisdom and faith in their upcoming journeys and adventures.
Graduates pictured are (back) Frank Nau, Nathan Schneider, Aidan Cruz, Nicholas Webster, (front) Selah Streachek, Izabel Kvasnicka, Lucy Fobbe, Madison Hansen, James LaFond, and Laken Triplett.

Delano schools close early Tuesday, April 3

DELANO, MN – Delano Public Schools will dismiss students early today due to weather and road conditions.

Elementary students will be dismissed at 12:45 p.m., and middle school/high school students will be dismissed at 1 p.m.

All students will receive lunch before dismissal.

All afternoon and evening activities are canceled.

Tiger Kids Club will close at 3:45 p.m. ECFE classes end at 11 a.m. Wee Tiger Preschool ends at 11:30 a.m. All Community Ed. programs are canceled. The Tiger Activity Center will close at 1 p.m.

DHS daily bulletin for Tuesday, Jan. 2

Activities & Class News

All High School Science Olympiad Team Members: there are important competition updates today at practice. If you are unable to attend, please see Mrs. Hohenstein.

The Donkey Basketball game is this Saturday 6 pm in the Old Gym. Everyone is invited to attend this fun, family event!

Congratulations to Charlie Otto and Jenna Kantrovich for being selected as the Delano High School’s Minnesota State High School League Triple “A” Section 2AA representatives.

DHS daily bulletin for Wednesday, Dec. 20

Activities & Class News

Delano Schools Student Interest Survey – Check your school email and complete by 3 pm tomorrow. STUDENTS: This survey is being conducted by our school district regarding your participation in athletics and your interest in athletics not currently sponsored by our school. We are evaluating our athletic programs because of our interest in providing athletic opportunities that meet the needs of our students.

The Jingle run will be taking place during Tiger time on Friday. If you are interested in participating in the run please sign up in Ms Kalvig’s classroom. To run you must donate $5 or a toy. All proceeds will be donated to toys for tots. If we don’t get more participants the event will be cancelled.

The Math Team placed 2nd Monday night in a 7 team meet at Shakopee. Nic Poll and Nicole Pupp led the Tigers with 10 points each while Andrew Karpen and Jackson Raskob added 8 points apiece. Jennifer Almquist, Duc Do, and Lily Tieg scored 7 points each as 40 Mathletes competed for Delano.

Interested in learning how to fly a drone? Then join the Drone Club. Stop by Mr. Nohner’s room after school today.

Seniors! The Grad Party is looking for senior boys and senior girls to form a team for Donkey Basketball on January 6 at 6 pm in the Old Gym. Sign up today in the activities office!

Seniors bring in your RSVP forms for the All Night Grad Party before Friday. Extra forms can be found in the office.

Holiday Dress Up Days: Tomorrow- Holiday Character (Santa, elf, Grinch, Mrs. Claus Friday-Ugly Sweater

Congratulations to the December Students of the Month. A pizza lunch will be served for you on Thursday during A Lunch. Please come to the HS Office. Industrial Tech – Riley Clay Math – Maddie Meland FACS – Juniper Anderson World Languages – Cody Rieder Social Studies – Izzy Johnson Choir – Brock Wuerger Compass– Jaid Necas Health – Thomas Kenison Phys-Ed – Cole Schansberg Language Arts – William Larson Business – Jacob Cassell Science – Caden Link Band – Izabell Krueger Art – Caleb Schrein Work Program – Isayas Rodriguez

Students: the High School Lost and Found is now located by the vending machines. All items will be donated over Winter Break. Please look for any of your items now. All lost backpacks, phones, keys, calculators will be kept in the office.

Last year we ran out of yearbooks and many students were sad they didn’t get one. Don’t be that student this year and order your yearbook online at jostens.com. They are currently $75 and will go up in price the longer you wait!

DHS daily bulletin for Friday, Dec. 15

Activities & Class News

Girls Softball will meet today in between Blocks 1 and 2 in Mr. VanCura’s room.

Seniors! The Grad Party is looking for donkey riders for a senior boys and a senior girls team for Donkey Basketball on January 6 at 6 pm in the Old Gym. The senior teams will play against each other and the winner then takes on the winning teacher team. Riders do pay admission to the event, but will get a free meal ticket. The sign up sheet will be in the activities office starting Monday. First 10 senior boys and first 10 senior girls to sign up get a spot. (plus a few alternates). Note to Winter Sports Athletes: Girls Basketball and Boys Hockey may participate. All other WINTER sport athletes need to refrain from playing, per coaching staff.

Math Team: your next meet is Monday, December 18. You will be released at 2:20 and meet at the high school front doors. Please Let Mr. Shouts know ASAP if you are unable to attend.

Seniors bring in your RSVP forms for the All Night Grad Party before Dec. 22nd. Extra forms can be found in the office. Activities & Class News

Interested in learning how to fly a drone? Then join the Drone Club. Stop by Mr. Nohner’s room after school Tuesday or Wednesday for more info.

Holiday Dress Up Days: Monday-Holiday PJ’s Tuesday- Flannels Wednesday- Holiday Socks & Hats Thursday- Holiday Character (Santa, elf, Grinch, Mrs. Claus,etc) Friday-Ugly Sweater

Congratulations to the December Senior Triple A Award Winners: Arts – Isabelle Hokanson Athletics – Keegan O’Neill Academics – Sam Stansberry

Students: the High School Lost and Found is now located by the vending machines. All items will be donated over Winter Break. Please look for any of your items now. All lost backpacks, phones, keys, calculators will be kept in the office.

Last year we ran out of yearbooks and many students were sad they didn’t get one. Don’t be that student this year and order your yearbook online at jostens.com. They are currently $75 and will go up in price the longer you wait!