The Park Rapids School Board voted Monday to approve a student trip to Washington, D.C. during the summer of 2021.

Board members heard a presentation by ninth grade students Julia Harmon and Autumn Kietzman about last summer’s trip to the nation’s capital, which included 31 seventh and eighth graders and nine adults.

Kietzman said her favorite moment of the trip was seeing the Batmobile at the Smithsonian. Harmon said she would like to spend more time at the Holocaust Museum.

The board also asked questions of teachers Morgan Marcussen and Emily Schueller, who led the trip. They said the tour touched briefly at a lot of museums and historic sites, in consideration of most middle schoolers’ attention span.

They also noted that the tour group adapted well to last-minute schedule changes, including a change of hotel and weather delays in their flight out of Washington.

According to Marcussen and Schueller, the 2021 trip is being planned for both seventh and eighth graders, and they plan to use the Aberdeen, S.D.-based tour agency World Classrooms again.

School board member Dennis Dodge moved to approve the 2021 trip. The motion passed unopposed.

In consent items and general business, the school board:

  • Approved new student activity accounts for FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) and FFA (formerly Future Farmers of America). Bagstad noted that the school has had FCA and FFA chapters in the past and they are restarting this year. “We’re excited to have them back,” he said.

  • Acknowledged donations from the Park Rapids Education and Activities Foundation, including $1,700 toward the boys hockey program (socks, practice jerseys, locker room graphics and Hudl game footage hosting), $500 toward Century physical education (gym equipment), $860 toward the drama program (wireless microphones), $2,000 toward gymnastics (leotards), $2,153 toward girls basketball (jerseys/warmups) and $500 toward kindergarten teacher Jen Michaelson (bookshelves), plus another $1,369 to various other programs.

  • Acknowledged a $1,000 donation to the Century School library from the Baymler family and the donation of a heavy-duty book bin to first grade teacher Chelsie Weeding from DonorsChoose.

  • Scheduled its pizza party with the high school student council for Oct. 15.

  • Scheduled its self-review and its performance review of Superintendent Lance Bagstad for Dec. 2, after the board’s regular meeting.

  • Approved teacher tenure for Timothy Erickson, Patrick Richard, Kayla Stursa, Brent Vandal, Jeremy Nordick, Kali Mittenness and Elise Erickson.

  • Hired Krystal Murphy, community career collaboration coordinator, effective Sept. 24; Jared Naeve and Sam Coborn, co-assistant boys hockey coaches; and Chari Buhman, literacy coach for the 2019-20 school year.

  • Approved volunteer Stephanie Hanson, assistant volleyball coach.

  • Approved the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees seniority list for the 2019-20 school year.

  • Approved the boys hockey contract for 2019-21.

The school board’s next meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21 in the Frank White Education Center.