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Park Rapids School sells house built by students

The Park Rapids Area High School building trades class constructs a house every year, and the school sells the house to recover costs to the program. This year's project sold for $14,000 over the cost. (Submitted photo)

The Park Rapids Area school board on Monday approved the sale of the house constructed by the building trades class to Dave and Arlene Sanders for $81,511, plus tax and moving expenses.

High School Principal Jeff Johnson explained that the school's asking price this year, based on project costs, was $67,500. The sale price recovered that amount plus more than $14,000.

"We were ecstatic about how that project turned out," he said. "It all happened through word of mouth."

Johnson said Dave Sanders is a Park Rapids graduate who primarily lives in Colorado and has a second home in the Park Rapids area. Sanders was the sole bidder for the student-built house.

The sale proceeds go back into the building trades program, part of the school's industrial technology department, to buy materials for next year's homebuilding project.

Building trades teachers at Park Rapids Area High School are Jeff Dravis and Denny Sleen.

State track recognition

Coach Corey Hill introduced the high school track team members Lydia Davis, Hannah Morgan, Julia Johnson and Holly Johnson, who competed at state in the 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 relays

The relay team ran their best time of the year at state and placed 14th overall, Hill said.

"They improved their time dramatically," he said. "That's what you hope to do when you get down there. The rest of it you can't control. So, we were really happy with that placement. You always strive for more, but the girls did their absolute best."

Senior Jaiden McCollum also competed in the shot put and discus events as well as the 4 x 200. "She threw about her best in discus," Hill said. "It's her third year to state in the shot put and her first year in the discus. To make it to state in three events shows the kind of athlete she is, and why she one the athlete of the year award. She is going to be missed."

Hill noted track is most popular sport by participation statewide for girls and the second most popular for boys; nationwide it's number one for both boys and girls. "It's a sport that's definitely growing," he told the board. "We appreciate your support."

Miscellaneous items

In consent items and other business, the school board:

• Heard the first part of a presentation about strategic planning by Lowell Wolff, retired assistant superintendent of West Fargo Schools.

• Approved the district's revised budget for fiscal year 2017-18 showing general fund revenue of $18,804,504 and expense of $18,636,586, and total fund revenues of $23,422,254 and expenditures of $23,249,362.

• Approved the preliminary budget for fiscal year 2018-19 projecting general fund revenue of $18,835,388 and expense of $18,788,864, and total fund revenues of $23,430,744 and expenditures of $23,436,170.

• Approved workers' compensation insurance premium of $64,158 for 2018-19 school year with RAM Mutual.

• Approved a resolution establishing dates for candidacy filings for school board seats available in the November election. Affidavits of candidacy for three seats on the school board, each with a four-year term, may be filed during weekday office hours from July 31 to 5 p.m. on Aug. 14 at the school district office in the Frank White Education Center. The election will be held on Nov. 6.

• Approved lead in water compliance testing through MacNeil Environmental, to be done every five years according to new state requirements. Facilities Director Alan Vanderstad said every drinking fountain and faucet used to prepare food needs to be tested.

• Approved hiring two elementary teaching positions through the Minnesota Department of Education's Striving Readers grant for school years 2018-19 and 2019-20.

• Hired Kali Mitteness as the district English Language Learning teacher, contingent on a licensing variance and her enrollment towards ELL certification.

• Hired Kelsie Undem and Kelsey Libbesmeier as elementary teachers for school year 2018-19, contingent on licensure.

• Renewed the district's membership in the Minnesota Rural Education Association for school year 2018-19.

• Approved first readings of the employee, elementary school, middle school, high school, activities, substitute, technology implementation and student electronic technologies acceptable use handbooks, coaches manual, and Century Adventures handbook and registration for school year 2018-19.

• Allowed families access to supplemental accident insurance with K-12 Student Accident Insurance.

• Approved purchase of service agreements with PAWN Special Education Cooperative. This is a consortium of school districts, including Nevis, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley and Pine Point, to share special education personnel.

• Approved purchase of service agreements with Stellher Human Services for Alternative Delivery of Specialized Instructional Services (ADSIS) interventionists, Children's Therapeutic Services and Support (CTSS), Individual Education Plans (IEP) and School Linked Mental Health (SLMH) services.

• Approved a business associate agreement with Stellher Human Services, to allow third-party billing for special education services covered by health insurance.

The school board's next regular meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, July 23 at the Frank White Education Center.