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NLS approves joining new athletic conference

NEW LONDON -- The New London-Spicer School Board has adopted a resolution approving membership in a new athletic conference starting with the 2012-13 school year.

According to Superintendent Paul Carlson, NLS and Annandale have approved membership in the yet-to-be named conference. School boards at Albany, Dassel-Cokato, Litchfield and Melrose are expected to take action on their membership this month.

NLS currently plays in the West Central Conference. The new conference includes schools that have enrollment from 439 to 557 students and the average one-way trip between the schools is 36 to 46 miles.

Also at the regular meeting Tuesday, the board continued discussion on potential budget revisions for the 2011-12 school year, Carlson said. No action was taken on the cuts. Board action on likely reductions of $200,000 to $300,000 is expected in April.

Each item on the list of $465,723 in possible cuts remains up for discussion and district officials are working to make revisions to the current-year budget and establish assumptions for the coming fiscal year, Carlson said. The assumptions that must be established include fund balance and enrollment expectations along with state funding contribution.

As part of the current-year budget revisions, the board also heard a budget report showing that 58 percent of the fiscal year is complete and 53 percent of the district's budget has been used.

The board also accepted the letters of retirement from first-grade teacher Judy Halverson and business teacher Dale Schwalboski. Halverson had served the district for 28 years and Schwalboski for 31 years.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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