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Park Rapids School District

    The Park Rapids Area Schools serve a total community population of more than 11,345 people. The school enrolls about 1,545 students in pre-kindergarten through Grade 12.

    The district employs approximately 230 professionals (including a faculty of 114 teachers). Approximately 73 percent of the teaching staff have a masters degree or its equivalent. A very active PTA also is appreciated.

    The Century School, located west of the high school, is made up of nine schools within a single structure. Each group, K-8, has its own pod and special identity. This system enables the district to offer specialized education for each of its grade levels according to the unique needs of the various age groups.

    Park Rapids Schools belong to a special education cooperative. The special education program is staffed with psychologists, speech clinicians, occupational therapists, assistants, adaptive physical educational personnel and a well qualified staff of teachers. Special education features preschool programs and a comprehensive program to aid students through all school years. For information call the special education office at 237-6540.

    High school students have the option to earn college credit in classes offered through the University of Minnesota Crookston. In addition, students may earn college credit from Northwest Technical College (all five campuses) or Northland Community College by completing certain high school courses.

    An alternative program may be a viable option for students who are having difficulty in the traditional school setting. For more information, contact a counselor or the principal.

    The Park Rapids Schools Website can be found at

    Superintendent: Glenn Chiodo

    High School Principal: Jeff Johnson

    Middle/Elementary School Principal: Bruce Gravalin

    Community Education Director: Jill Dickinson

    Activities Director: John Schumacher

Park Rapids School Board

    The Park Rapids School Board meets the first and third Mondays of the month at 6 p.m. at the Frank White Education Center community room. Board members are the following:

    Sherry Safratowich, chairperson, 732-8026

    Gary Gauldin, vice chair, 732-3706

    Stephanie Carlson, clerk, 237-3320

    Karol (Kivi) Savage, treasurer, 573-3478

    Dennis Dodge, director, 573-3238

    David Otterness, director, 732-0351

Park Rapids Community Education

    Lifelong learning is available to people of all ages at reasonable costs. A Community Education Advisory Council meets monthly to advise staff on programs, budget and collaborative efforts. Anyone interested in serving may call 237-6600 for an application form.

    A brochure is published three times a year and mailed to residents in the Park Rapids School District. Copies also are available at the public library. For a brochure or other information, contact the Community Education office at 237-6600.

    A new addition is an online learning program. Many have enjoyed this convenient way of accessing classes. To see whats offered, go to

Early childhood education

    Play and Learn School (PALS) programs at the Frank White Education Center provide a warm and stimulating environment where childen and parents can grow together. This collaboration of programmng includes Mahube Head Start and the following:

    Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE): Classes and special events are available for children 0-5 years and their parents/guardians. Experiences are aimed to help strengthen families and young children by providing information, support and encouragement while having fun. Weekly classes, one-time special events, speakers and more are among choices offered.

    School Readiness: This program for children ages 3.5-5 (and not in kindergarten) is tuition based. All children are eligible as classroom space allows. The goal is to ensure that children and their families are educationally, physically and emotionally ready for kindergarten.

    Early Childhood Screening: Screening is required for SchoolReadiness and entrance to kindergarten. It is offered in May for children 3.5-5 years and includes hearing, vision, height/weight, physical exams and a development screening. There is no charge.

Adult Basic Education

    Offers adults the opportunity to get their GED, learn English as a second language, improve job skills and others, such as reading, math and computers. One-on-one tutoring is provided.


    Nevis School Dist. 308 includes 131 square miles in the Hubbard County lakes area. The school is considered an asset to its 515 students and the community.

    From preschool-age children gaining their first taste of school, elementary students becoming familiar with musical instruments, junior high students introduced to industrial technology, to seniors reviewing post-secondary options, students and staff learn and grow together in the small, rural environment Nevis affords.

    Nevis school is a Minnesota Site for Academic Excellence. The staff and community work to ensure students in the two-section school have the opportunity and options to excel academically, athletically, artistically and socially.

    College credit courses are offered in composition, algebra, survey of calculus, First Aid/CPR and art to students in grades 11 and 12 through the University of Minnesota-Crookston, plus technical college articulation agreements in construction and Microsoft Office Products.

    Through the industrial technology classes and in cooperation with Hubbard County Housing and Redevelopment Authority, students are also offered the opportunity to build a house each year.

    Nevis offers junior high and high school extracurricular activities at no cost to students.

    Football, volleyball, basketball, baseball, track, golf, softball, drama, one-act play, knowledge bowl,Family, Community and Career Leaders of America, speech, cheerleading, band, choir, Special Olympics and Tiger Pride provide positive activities for Nevis students.

    Students also can participate in hockey, wrestling and gymnastics through cooperative agreements with neighboring districts.

    Community Education provides a variety of programs to help build self-esteem and student success. Before- and after-school childcare for pre-K to Grade 6 students is available on-site before and after school. Other after-school options include Chess Club, pottery classes, craft workshops, babysitting clinics, 4-Hprograms and Girls Club.

    The community and students use the state-of-the-art fitness center, offering cardio and strength-training equipment.

    The Nevis PTA provides activities for students and families throughout the year. The PTA also supports staff with recognition as well as financial support for classroom needs and activities.

    The Nevis business community also generously supports many fundraising needs for students and helps promote student events.

    Since 1990, Nevis Dollars for Scholars, Pam Lindow Foundation, has been awarding scholarships for post secondary education and training to graduates of Nevis High School. There are nine scholarships formed under this foundation.

    The Nevis School Board continues a long-time commitment to maintaining an independent school district in Nevis. The vision to hold the school to a two-section capacity has ensured the intimacy of a small rural school environment. Open-enrolled students augment financial stability with a student population to support programs that meet student needs and interests.

    The school telephone number is 652-3500; fax number is 652-3505. The district Web site is

    Superintendent: Steve Rassier, supt308@nevis.k12.

    Principal: John Strom,

    Activities director: Brian Wormley, bwormley@nevis.

Nevis School Board

    Nevis school board meetings are held the fourth Monday of the month at 7 p.m. in classrooms throughout the school. Board members are:

    Ed Becker, chair, 652-3536

    Marv Vredenburg, 652-3644

    Andy Lindow, 652-1900

    Sherm Anderson, 652-3530

    Rick Schmidt, 652-2210

    Gary Stennes, 652-3485


    Laportes school on the hill offers a wide range of educational activities for students in pre-school through grade 12.

    In addition to the traditional, the school offers vocational instruction, including  manufacturing and robotics and automotive classes. Community education programs allow the continued involvement of all ages.

    The renovated and expanded K-12 facility was built with community use in mind. The school welcomes many students from outside the district through open enrollment. The schools number is 224-2288 or check out the Website at

    Superintendent: Harvey Johnson

    K-12 Principal: Kim Goodwin

Laporte School Board

    The Laporte school board meets the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. Board members are:

    George M. Taylor Jr., chair, 224-2325

    Jim Day, treasurer, 224-2659

    Scott Tammaro, clerk, 224-2324

    John Seegmiller, 224-3156

    Cindy Doke, 224-2487

    Joe Jorland, 224-3647   

    Steven Ware, 224-2548

First Baptist Christian School

    The First Baptist Christian School of Park Rapids offers a Christian education to students in kindergarten through Grade 12 in the Park Rapids area and surrounding communities. The school has been in operation since 1974 and is open to students of all faiths. It is nondiscriminatory in its policy as to students.

    Theschool uses the individualized Accelerated Christian Education curriculum which is Christ-centered and character building in nature. It promotes patriotism and a love for God and country. The uniqueness of the school is that the students are evaluated according to their educational needs. The curriculum is constantly being updated to keep up with the changng times. The school has several computers and a library of research materials.

    The trained and experienced staff provide an eight-to-one student-teacher ratio so students can receive the individual help required. A number of students have graduated from the school over the years, and about 80 percent of the graduates have gone on to college to further their education.

    First Baptist Christian School is located at West 8th Street. Students attending the school are able to ride the public school buses to and from school. The Heartland Express is another transportation option.

    The school relies on tuition to cover expenses. The cost for one student will run between $1,700 and $2,000 per year. This covers tuition, testing materials and consumable curriculum.

    First Baptist Christian School is a member of the Minnesota Association of Christian Schools and the American Association of Christian Schools.

    Physical and mailing address is 909 8th St. West, ParkRapids, MN 56470. For more information, call 732-3321, fax 732-1324 or e-mail

    Administrator/Pastor:  Joshua Hawn

    Principal/teacher: Patricia Henderson