Kringen's Korner

One aspect of school finance that many people find frustrating and do not understand is the concept of “fund accounting”.  Essentially, school fund accounting describes the various pools of money that schools use to keep track of our expenditures and there are limitations mandated by law that...
The Minnesota State Legislature has convened and this week’s column will highlight what this writer believes should be the educational priorities; reminder that the views expressed in this column are solely mine and do not necessarily reflect the official views of the LPGE School District. The...
This week’s column will be a deviation from the normal topics as we head into the traditional Christmas and New Year’s break and celebrations. First of all, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the people who have taken the time to visit with me, call or email with feedback on this...
Winter has arrived in full force in Minnesota with a blizzard, cold weather, and icy roads.  Your local school district has been questioned about how decisions are made for late starts, early dismissals and cancellations; this is the topic of this week’s column.  First of all, remember that all...
Taxpayers received their annual notice of proposed taxes recently and this writer has fielded several phone calls on why taxes went up.  Please grab your tax statement before continuing to read this column. Overall, there was an increase in taxes but please note that your school taxes should have...
Are you looking for an opportunity to get in the holiday spirit?  If so, nothing beats a children’s concert this time of year and our Secondary Band and Choirs will have concerts this month that will have music for just about everyone.  Schedule: Dec. 5th – Band Concert (Grades 6-12) at the...
One of the annual issues for public school districts is the balancing act between celebrating the holiday season and the legal requirements on schools.  Cathy Miller, the Minnesota School Board Association’s Director of Legal and Policy Services wrote an article for the Minnesota School Board...
We are in a blizzard warning as this column is being written; we will know if the weatherman was correct by the time it is printed.  In any event, it is time for my annual “winter weather” column that will review how we will communicate with families as well as proper winter weather attire for...
The 2016 General Election is over and regardless of whether a person is satisfied with the results or not, the fact remains that as a state and a nation, we have made our decisions and the winners of these elections must now work together to deal with the issues that we face on a local, state and...
This week’s column will digress from the usual topics, as we get ready to celebrate Veterans Day in the LPGE School District.  There will be two events as follows: Secondary School – 9:30 a.m. start time in the Auditorium with Minnesota Army National Guard Master Sergeant Blaine Butler as the...

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