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Park Rapids high schoolers will have more books to choose from at library

The Park Rapids Area High School library will be filling up with additional books this fall.

Susan Cassidy, high school media specialist, shared the good news with the Park Rapids Area School Board Monday night.

The school has received a $1,000 grant from Walmart to purchase books, she said.

Also, Cassidy had the opportunity to attend the Midwest Booksellers Association trade show, in St. Paul, because she works part time for Sister Wolf Books in Dorset.

Vendors were set up with thousands of new books.

"These were all very recent books, the oldest I saw was May 2009," Cassidy said.

Vendors handed out sample books at the trade show and Cassidy ended up with 164.

Of those books, 84 were young adult books that she plans to bring to the high school library. Several of the books are autographed. Cassidy said she will look through the rest of the books and pick out the ones that are appropriate for high school students.

Another exciting opportunity for students will be the possibility of high school book club members to meet with an author through an interactive Internet site.

Cassidy said Beagle Books will work to set up the meeting between a young adult author and the book club in January. The book club will begin meeting this week.

In other business, the board:

- Approved the annual report on curriculum, instruction and student achievement for 2008-09. The report is required by the Minnesota Department of Education.

It outlines goals to achieve Adequate Yearly Progress and curriculum development. A committee, made up of a combination of citizens, school administrators, school staff and students, will work on evaluating the curriculum and providing a checks and balances system during the year.

The report is available to view on the school district's Web site, www.parkrapids

- Heard a presentation from Sari Mabbett about Green Park Rapids, a residential energy program in the city. She works with the Park Rapids Housing and Redevelopment Authority.

Green Park Rapids has teamed up with Community Education to have a joint energy fair/health expo Feb. 27.

Separately, Green Park Rapids will have a workshop Saturday, Oct. 24 that will have information about how to reduce energy consumption. Also, people who live within the city limits of Park Rapids can sign up for energy audits. For more information about the workshop, call 732-4158.

Mabbett asked if some of the information could be distributed throughout the district. The school board agreed that would be fine.

- Approved the agreement for a provision of contract labor with Hubbard County DAC for the 2009-10 school year.

- Had a visit from six Webelos Boy Scouts who are working on getting their citizenship pin. The Scouts learned about how a school board meeting is conducted and led the board in the pledge of allegiance. Boys attending the meeting were Adam Thompson, Kyle Piepkorn, Tanner Stromback, Dawson Roth, Clayton Novak and Peter Vanbatavia.