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Pool ventilation system to be replaced

The ventilation system at the Park Rapids Area High School pool will be replaced this spring to improve air quality.

The Park Rapids Area School Board approved a proposal from Johnson Controls Monday night to take out the existing ventilation system and replace it.

High school principal Jeff Johnson said the new system will have air go across the water and pull water out of the air. It will smell less like chlorine, he said.

"It really needs to be upgraded," he said.

The pool doesn't need to be drained for the project, which will take 2-3 weeks to complete.

In other business, the board:

• Approved the first reading of a Wellness Pilot Program personnel policy.

The policy will allow district staff to participate in a pilot program to receive a reimbursement on health insurance. If an employee participates, he or she will be reimbursed $200 the first year and $240 the second year.

The contract is through Northwest Service Cooperative.

• Approved the retirement of Sheri Wagner as Early Childhood director with regret and thanks for her 15 years of service to the students of Park Rapids Area Schools.

• Approved a collegiate athletic internship for student Cody Shirmers. He will be working with John Schumacher.

• Approved the recall from layoff status for Christine Lilleodden as a part-time food service employee effective Dec. 19, 2011.

• Approved Jill Arvik as a Type III bus driver effective Jan. 26, 2012.

• Approved Dan Etter as a volunteer wrestling coach.

• Approved Denise Hemengway as an a la carte food service employee effective Jan. 9, 2012.

• Accepted a donation of $1,376 to the high school from Arvig Communications.

• Accepted a donation of five used computer monitors for Century School media center from TruStar Federal Credit Union.

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