L’Anse school board approves audit

Security upgrades, pole vault pit OK’d

Joshua Vissers/Daily Mining Gazette L’Anse High School ninth grader Kayla Hoffman, left, presents the student report to the L’Anse Area School Board. To her left are (left to right) administrative assistant Joanne Hochstein, superintendent Susan Tollefson and business manager Theresa Bianco.

L’ANSE — The L’Anse Area Schools (LAS) Board had its regular meeting on Monday night and received the results of the annual audit.

The board also approved some additional expenses for the budget and heard reports from staff.

The audit results were presented by Debbie Bradford from Rukkila, Negro and Associates, who found no discrepancies. LAS superintendent Susan Tollefson thought the process went particularly smoothly in light of the new business manager, Theresa Bianco.

“She didn’t make the budget,” Tollefson said.

Bianco started in February, but Tollefson said she handled the audit well.

The board approved three additional expenses at the meeting.

•New security upgrades including intercom and radio upgrades were approved for $12,500.

•$9,500 was approved to launch a free breakfast and lunch program in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to begin in January. The USDA funds the majority of the program if LAS keeps the meal program free to participants, according to Tollefson.

•A $16,000 expenditure was approved for a pole vault pit. LAS wants to host track meets, but without a pole vault pit, students would be unable to vault at LAS meets, which impacts the track team’s season score. According to board chairwoman Joan Bugni, this makes other schools reluctant to attend a meet there.

“For some students, pole vaulting is their main event,” Tollefson said.

The pit is not actually dug into the ground. It is a system of pads and poles that can be stored inside during the off-season.

Kayla Hoffman, a ninth-grader in the district, gave the students report. Students helped at parents night and organized and attended the Veterans Day assembly. They are now working on the Christmas assembly and a possible winter formal.