Park Rapids High School Principal Jeff Johnson shared details Monday with the school board about ninth-grade orientation planned for the first day of the 2019-20 school year.

Johnson said the day will start with some movement to get the kids relaxed. Then, alternating groups will hear a discussion of student expectations and Panther Tracks in the auditorium while the other half of the class explores informational booths in the commons.

After a picnic lunch, he said, “We have some serious time in the afternoon. It’s a lot about building relationships.”

This will include discussions about bullying, belonging and accepting other people, he said.

“Then, we end with a scavenger hunt to really find their way around the high school,” said Johnson. “The wrap-up is going to be about ‘What’s your story? How is your story going to look as you start at the high school? What do you expect over the next four years?’ Then, leaving on a fun note.”

In consent items and general business, the school board:

  • Set a Truth-in-Taxation meeting for 6 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Frank White Education Center.

  • Approved the resignation of Aarin Galzki as junior varsity softball coach.

  • Approved the 2019-21 contract for business manager Kent Fritze.

  • Hired Mason Donahue, custodian; Kevin Murphy, head baseball coach; and Christine Sauer, middle school student council co-adviser.

  • Approved the fall 2019 coaches list, including football head coach Jeremy Nordick, assistant coaches Randy Thompson, Brian Johnson, Charles Hrdlicka, Dan Pike and Jesse Buchholz, and middle school coaches Gabe Sturtz, Nic Lembcke, Garrett Kovach and Matt Brandt; volleyball head coach Christine Sauer, assistant coach Molly Aukes, C Team coach Molly Gareis, junior high coaches Katelyn Seehafer and Ellie Riihiluoma and volunteer Todd Becker; clay target league head coach Steve Girtz, assistant coaches Janelle Girts, Jodi Walsh, Charley Walsh, Robin Walsh, Bert Fosse, Dan Strickler, Matt Leek, Allen Kriz and Jared Hoefs; cross country head coach Pat Ricahrd; girls tennis head coach Brianne Morris, assistant coach Chelsie Weeding, junior high coach Sarah Bowman and volunteers Melissa Koppelman and Leah Hilmanowski; and girls swimming head coach Todd Fritze and assistant coaches Megan Helms and sarah Heise.

  • Approved the 2019 fall musical contract with Menahga School.

  • Increased the Community Career Collaboration Coordinator position from .5-time to .75-time.

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

  • Approved the second reading of a job description for a teacher of the blind/visually impaired.

  • Approved student activity and club fundraisers for the 2019-20 school year.

The school board’s next meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19 in the Frank White Education Center.