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Park Rapids School Board approves building bonds

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news Park Rapids, 56470
Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

Preliminary work on indoor air quality, maintenance and energy efficiency projects will begin in January at Park Rapids Area High School and Frank White Education Center.

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The total cost is estimated at $12,232,417, with stimulus money covering about $7.6 million.

The Park Rapids Area School Board approved issuing three sets of bonds for the project: general obligation alternative facilities bonds, series 2010A; general obligation alternative facilities bonds, series 2010B (qualified school construction bonds); and general obligation capital facilities bonds, series 2010C (qualified school construction bonds).

Improvements will include a boiler replacement at the high school and roof work, along with energy improvements and deferred maintenance at the high school and Frank White Education Center.

Superintendent Glenn Chiodo said in an earlier interview that the boiler work is the top priority. Much of the work would be done in the summer after school is out.

In other business, the board:

• Heard an update on AYP progress from principal Bruce Gravalin. Groups have been working on curriculum and recommendations will be coming after the first of the year.

• Approved the 2011 levy at $4,857,843.02, a 5.63 percent increase, which includes a debt service excess levy of $176,345.80.

• Approved opening a building construction checking account through liquid asset fund with US Bank.

• Honored Nathan Gebhard as Student of the Month for December

• Approved a replacement hire of Dave Hoefs, bus driver for Bus 20 effective Dec. 14.

• Approved a replacement hire of Ann Johnson as an occupational therapist.

• Approved a replacement hire of Sherry Thelen as a paraprofessional effective Dec. 11.

• Approved the retirement of Terry Morris, with regret and thanks for 34 years of dedication to the students of Park Rapids Area schools.

• Approved the EBC 403(b) vendor list. This was part of the Education Minnesota contract that passed Monday night.

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