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NLS recommits to PACT 4 Families Collaborative for 2009

NEW LONDON -- The New London-Spicer School District recommitted to the PACT 4 Families Collaborative on Monday during its first meeting of 2009.

Superintendent Paul Carlson said Tuesday the School Board approved the district's letter of intent for financially committing to the collaborative comprised of school districts from Kandiyohi, Meeker, Yellow Medicine and Renville counties.

Carlson said the district will commit $1,504 to the collaborative, or the equivalent of financing $1 per district student.

"That gives us a really good return on our investment with PACT 4," Carlson said. "It's been a good partnership that we've had with PACT 4."

Carlson said the district recently received two grants for its membership in PACT 4: A Committed to Excellence grant for middle school after-school programs and an After Three and Me grant. The district received over $35,000 for two years with the middle school grant and about $39,000 for the other, Carlson said.

"It's a very wise investment in terms of a membership with PACT 4 and our partnership we have with them," Carlson said.

PACT 4 is a family services and children's mental health collaborative that serves people in Kandiyohi, Meeker, Yellow Medicine and Renville counties and the Upper Sioux Community. The NLS membership fee goes to the services for the children and families served by the collaborative.

As a member, NLS agrees to participate in collaborative and committee meetings, support the goals of the collaborative, and review and set goals for the collaborative.

In other business:

- Two new board members were introduced during Monday's meeting: David Kilpatrick and Renee Nolting. Both were elected in November's election to four-year terms.

- The board elected its new officers for 2009. Board Member Robert Moller was elected as the board's chairperson, Dan DeGeest was elected vice chairperson, Helen Lungstrom was elected board clerk and Mike O'Brien was elected as the board treasurer.

- The administration showed gratitude to the district students who collected donations for two local causes during the holiday season. Carlson said the students collected over 1,000 items for the local food shelf and over 400 items for Toys for Tots.