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Menahga School completes projects

Renovation projects have been completed at Menahga School. Above, the multi-purpose room is used for physical education classes to alleviate congestion in other areas of the school. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)

The Menahga School building renovations are completed and have come in at about the estimated cost.

"The final walk-through was Nov. 17," said Menahga Superintendent Mary Klamm. " ... The kids have just been thrilled with the locker rooms."

The locker room addition was estimated to cost $572,935 and actual costs are at $472,535.38 to date with $96,431.30 remaining.

The multi-purpose room renovation was estimated to cost $315,024 with actual costs at $281,778.11 to date and $33,183.46 remaining.

Renovations were done at Menahga School to meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. Locker rooms were located in the basement and the new rooms are on the school's main level.

The old locker rooms will still be used once in a while for visiting teams when all other rooms are full. The rest of the basement will be used for storage and as a tornado shelter, Klamm said.

The multi-purpose room was renovated to have another area for physical education. Elementary and high school students had been sharing gym space and this helps to alleviate that issue.

In other business, the board:

n Appointed Al Peterson to fill out a school board position previously held by Mel Lockhart, who passed away Nov. 7. Peterson ran for school board in 2010 and had the next most votes.

n Heard that Klamm would like to have a speaker come to Menahga to share new ways to use technology in education.

She heard Ryan Cox speak at a conference in early November and thought her staff and the community would benefit from his presentation.

School board members worried that bringing Cox to the school now would be premature because Internet capacity is already at the max and teachers are having trouble with the amount of bandwidth available.

Klamm said she is working with West Central Telephone Association to find a solution and meet Internet needs at the school.

The board urged Klamm to continue working with West Central to find a solution for the Internet issues and bring a report back to the December meeting. They also tabled the request to bring Ryan Cox to the school to talk about technology.

Heard Menahga School's enrollment is at 810, down from 818 at the beginning of the year. Klamm expects the numbers to increase again by the end of the school year.

n Heard that High School Principal Dan Stifter is working to create a career exploration program that includes job shadowing.

"The potential is unlimited," he said.

Tri-County Hospital in Wadena is already on board to work with students who are interested in health care careers.

n Heard from Elementary School Principal Ariana Wright that teachers have been meeting to discuss interventions for students who need extra help along with those who need accelerated learning.

Set the 2012 organizational meeting for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5.

Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
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