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Corrections on LSSD Reserve Funds

In the last two news articles that I wrote about school district finances and teacher contracts, there were errors that needed to be clarified. In the article published in the February 16th edition of the Journal, I mis­takenly wrote that the LSSD has a $300,000,000 reserve fund. This is incorrect. In last week’s edition of the Journal (February 23rd), I again, wrote that the LSSD reserve fund is $3,000,000. This is also wrong. The fact is that the LSSD has a reserve fund, as recommend­ed by the Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA), that would allow the district to cover three payroll periods (one and a half months) for its employees if for some reason the State was not able to cover its financial obligations to the districts. It is the policy of the Journal and this writer to convey accurate information to our readers. Again, I apologize for these errors and any confusion they have caused.

Rick Evans
Rick Evans
My wife, Marsha Kinzer (a proud DEHS Greyhound, class of ‘77) introduced me to the North Shore on vacation in 2012. It became our regular escape when the stress of our careers in education became overwhelming, and it didn’t take me long to fall in love with the breathtaking scenery, the nice people, and “salad” containing Jell-o and marshmallows. So you can either blame or thank my loving wife for my being here, because when we needed to choose a retirement hometown, Marsha advocated hard for her beloved Duluth, and here we are, six months later. Yes, this will be my first northern Minnesota winter. Yes, I welcome thoughts and prayers. Government, public policy, and social justice weighed heavily in the curriculums I taught at the high school level over a thirty-eight year career. In addition, we were a laboratory school focused on critical thinking in conjunction with technical and scientific writing. So when I found myself adrift on the great ocean of retirement and spied a raft, I jumped at the chance to take up what I’d left behind…minus the bad teachers’ lounge coffee. My position at the NSJ allows me to combine my passions for government and writing, and it’s helping me to feel less out of touch in new surroundings. When I’m not being “Cubby” (Marsha’s favorite new nickname for this green reporter) I enjoy pointing at eagles and saying, “Look, honey. There’s an eagle.” I’ve had an active side hustle as a professional musician for almost as many years as Charlie Parr. As a guitarist/singer/songwriter, I graced the stages of clubs and festivals around southern Wisconsin, including an appearance on A Prairie Home Companion. Should I even mention A Prairie Home Companion, or am I the only one here old enough to remember what that is? Look! An eagle!
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