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PR High School partnering with Team Industries

By Anna Erickson

Park Rapids Area High School will be partnering with Team Industries to help ready students for employment after graduation.

High school principal Jeff Johnson told the Park Rapids Area School Board Monday night he is meeting with Team Industries representatives about a partnership.

“We’ve entered into kind of a consortium with Detroit Lakes, Lake Park/Audubon, Bagley,” he said. “Team Industries has a plant in each one of these communities. They’re really involved with the schools and saying we want to support you academically, give you some training, equipment, material, offer scholarships and internships.”

Administrators, teachers, can bounce ideas off each other. School counselors will be involved and look at career/college readiness and how to get kids into the workforce, Johnson said.

“Maybe not every kid is going to college. This is really a neat partnership that is starting,” he said. “They’re putting about a $40,000 machine in each of these buildings and they are giving the support along with it.”

Park Rapids industrial technology teacher Denny Sleen will be very involved in the project and teaching students.

“How versatile is the equipment they are putting in?” asked school board member Gary Gauldin.

“What they’re looking at putting in is a CNC (Computer Numerical Control) milling machine with a computer hookup and everything. It’s not something that you roll in and roll out,” Johnson said. “There’s a lot of training that goes with this that they will be part of. When we get these things in place, there are certifications our students will be able to obtain like NIMS (National Institute for Metalworking Skills.)”

He added that if a student graduated from Park Rapids, did not go on to college but wanted to go onto Team Industries, they would already have a leg up with those certifications.

In other business, the board:

n Approved the extra-curricular resignation of Aarin Galzki as Volleyball Coach.

n Approved the Education to Go Online Payment Services Agreement for Community Education.

n Approved the second reading of Policy 416 – Drug and Alcohol Testing.

n Approved the first reading of the Wellness Policy for 2015-16.

n Approved the 2015-16 School Calendar.

n Approved hiring Kenny Hemenway as Custodian.

n Approved posting for a full time special education para position.

n Approved a Quarterly Report of Student Activities Accounts.

n Approved the retirement starting July 3, 2015 of Richard Miller, Custodian – with regret and thanks for his seven years of service to the students and staff of Park Rapids Area Schools.

n Approve the retirement starting May 31, 2015 of Ann Niedzielski, teacher – with regret and thanks for her 28 years of service to the students and staff of Park Rapids Area Schools.

n Approved the authorization of an RFP for Health Insurance.

n Approved the retirement starting May 31, 2015 of Sandi Paulouski, teacher – with regret and thanks for her 35 years of service to the students and staff of Park Rapids Area Schools.

n Scheduled a negotiations strategy meeting for Feb. 9 after the regularly scheduled board meeting.

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