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Menahga to discuss enrollment issue

The Menahga School Board met Monday night to discuss growing enrollment among other district issues.

There will be a community meeting held at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28 in the high school media center concerning Menahga school’s growing enrollment issues. Interested residents are encouraged to attend.

Other items discussed included:

- The student council provided an update containing details about their community involvement including their recent participation in “WE” day. The update also included an outline of future plans.

- A $500 request from the band department was approved by the school board. The requests intended use is to help fund a June 9-14 trip to New York City for students. The trip is dependent upon participation numbers. The Enterprise will follow this for future publications.

- Menahga schools won an EPA recognition award for their efforts to reduce their energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by 35 percent.

- The Habitat for Humanity will once again be present in Menahga this year after being absent for the last couple years.

- A suicide prevention program was in place last week at the high school. School-wide feedback was widely regarded as positive.

- The proposal for a new playground was discussed. A Nov. 7 meeting is planned to continue discussions on upgrades and funding.

- A motion was passed to provide additional funding in the amount of 15 hours per week at $30 per hour for the remaining 28 weeks of the 2013-14 school year, not to exceed $12,600. The hire would be considered a “consultant” to help with paperwork in the Special Education department. The hire must have a Masters in Special Education. The deal is also contingent upon discussions with union representatives.

- Menahga schools are consulting with outside contractors about possible upgrades including a kitchen expansion, re-tiling the elementary bathroom, updating the bleachers and possible security options pertaining to the entryways.

Nick Longworth
A graduate from St. Cloud State University, Nick photographs and writes a variety of stories for nearly every section of The Park Rapids Enterprise. His duties also include section layouts and online content submission.
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