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NLS board hears preliminary audit report

NEW LONDON -- The New London-Spicer School Board received the preliminary results of the district's annual audit at the regular meeting Monday. While the final audit presentation will be made at the board's next meeting on Nov. 13, Business Manag...

NEW LONDON -- The New London-Spicer School Board received the preliminary results of the district's annual audit at the regular meeting Monday.

While the final audit presentation will be made at the board's next meeting on Nov. 13, Business Manager Todd Netzke presented information that the projected unrestricted general fund balance is expected to increase to $181,011 on June 30 of this year.

That's $71,899 more than the July 1, 2011, balance of $109,112.

The board was presented with an Argentinian flag by Olga Garrido, principal from Buenos Aries, Argentina, who is visiting New London-Spicer and the United States via the American Councils Administrator Exchange Program.

In addition to spending time observing classrooms at NLS and learning about the district, Garrido has also traveled to Chicago to observe schools there, to Willmar to learn about the English Language Learner programs and to St. Cloud State, according to Superintendent Paul Carlson. Garrido will be at NLS until Oct. 31.

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As part of the exchange, Middle School Principal Trish Perry will travel to Garrido's school for a visit in June 2013.

Carlson also addressed the fact that children have been injured on the new middle school playground equipment. The equipment was installed this summer. Injuries to two children have been reported to the superintendent's office, he said.

The playground equipment is designed and built for children from grades 5 to 8, Carlson noted. Younger children can use the equipment when supervised by an adult, and at levels where the younger children feel safe and comfortable.

The injures have come when kids are using the equipment outside of school hours and when the children work together to get one of the pieces of equipment spinning too fast, Carlson said. The district is addressing the issue by having students watch a video on the correct way to use the equipment. The equipment also has a station where a user can plug in their iPod or iPad and learn how to use it safely.

Carlson recalled that children were hurt when new equipment was previous installed in 1994. He urges parents to provide adult supervision and guidance while their children are on the playground.

"It's just about kids knowing and understanding the limits," he said.

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