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Park Rapids students get academic stars

Park Rapids students continue to "star" in academic competitions.

Math teacher Amie Westberg reported 22 students competed in the Trig Star contest this year (compared with four the year before) and three of the competitors were winners.

The contest, hosted by the National Society of Professional Surveyors, gives students four questions with an hour to complete.

Victor French earned a score of 97 out of a possible 100 points and a $200 prize. Levi Stevenson had a score of 84 and claimed $75. And Alana McKeever, with 80, received $50 for mathematical prowess.

Lindow Surveying and Mapping sponsored the contest.

In other action, the Park Rapids School board:

n Learned the district teachers' contract has been ratified with instructors to receive an increase of 2 percent plus steps in 2011-12 and a 1 percent increase plus steps in 2012-13.

n Honored speech students and coaches and approved Jason Dennis' and Luke Swenson's trip to the National Forensic League competition in Dallas in June.

Coach David Overly said the year was dedicated in honor of the late Martin Carter, a revered Park Rapids speech coach.

"Honor should go where honor is due," Overly said.

He commended members of the speech team for their self-motivation and enthusiasm.

Seven members of the Park Rapids speech team competed at state this year.

n Approved a contract with MacNeil Environmental for a drug and alcohol testing program.

Services include on-site drug screen collection ($27.50 per driver per sample), drug screen lab analysis ($32 per screen) and on-site alcohol screen testing ($40 per screen).

n Approved a five-year contract with MacNeil Environmental for its Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety Management Program.

Fees for 12 visits per year range from year one's $9,365 to $10,233 in 2015-16.

n Will renew membership with the Minnesota State High School League.