Medford school board

“We hope to do something” with the parking lot this summer, and “that will be a big project for us,” said Mark Ristau, Medford’s superintendent. “We’ve been meeting with architects, looking at drawings, and trying to visualize how we can reconfigure” the parking lot in the interest of “student safety and better control of traffic flow.” (Ryan Anderson/People’s Press)

MEDFORD — During their meeting earlier this week, Medford’s school board continued to discuss plans for renovating the parking lot, as well as how to replace a board member who is moving out of the district.

“We hope to do something” with the parking lot this summer, and “that will be a big project for us,” said Mark Ristau, Medford’s superintendent. “We’ve been meeting with architects, looking at drawings, and trying to visualize how we can reconfigure” the parking lot in the interest of “student safety and better control of traffic flow.”

Monday was the final meeting for Anne Hemann, who has spent 7½ years on the board, as she is moving out of the district, and the district is considering appointing a replacement, or conducting a special election, to fill her spot, Ristau said. The next possible date for a special election isn’t until August, so “we may have to ride with six” members until then, but “it will be fine.”

For the second-consecutive year, Medford will conduct a staff recognition day to celebrate staff members who have reached “benchmark” years of service, he said. Roughly 15 employees will be honored June 7, which is the last day for teachers for the 2018-2019 school year.

The day will have two parts, he said. In the morning, teachers and staff will be feted in a ceremony inside the school, and then the group will head over to Faribault’s Straight River Golf Course for “lunch, socializing, and golf.”

In other developments Monday, the district will increase lunch prices by a dime next year to “keep up” with costs and state recommendations, “something we have to do every couple of years, unfortunately,” he said. Lunch prices for high school students will rise to $2.70, the prices for students in grades three-six will rise to $2.60, and the prices for students in grades kindergarten-five will rise to $2.50, but the breakfast price for students will remain at $1.65.

Furthermore, Geoff Wagner, the district’s special education coordinator, will add the title of special education director to his duties in time for the start of the 2019-2020 school year, Ristau said. Wagner “just finished his director licensure,” and “we’re very fortunate to have” such a SPED expert “in our building five days a week.”

Medford’s next school board meeting is scheduled for June 17 at 7 p.m.

Reach Reporter Ryan Anderson at 507-444-2376 or follow him on Twitter @randerson_ryan.

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