The Park Rapids School Board heard Wednesday that the district’s long-term facility planning process has entered the “solutioning” phase with ICS Educational Consultants.

Superintendent Lance Bagstad said this second phase, following a period of data collection and public input, started Monday when the schools’ leadership teams met with the ICS consultants, who will report back next week and continue the process.The principals talked about planning for the 2020-21 school year and their schools’ strides toward improving their climate and culture through social and emotional learning. In addition:

  • Bagstad said health and phy ed curricula are up for review this year.

  • High School Principal Jeff Johnson said that only four of his school’s 93 seniors are slightly off track to graduate this spring.

  • Johnson noted that the SnoDaze dance scheduled for Jan. 18 was postponed until this Saturday, Jan. 25, due to last weekend’s winter storm.

  • Johnson reported that the high school’s home building class was featured in a recent issue of the trade paper “Teaching Today.”

  • Century Elementary Principal Jolene De La Hunt noted that this is the last year of the school’s Striving Readers literacy grant, and discussed how teachers are studying and using the data collected about their students’ reading skills. “We have seen some amazing results,” she said.

  • Century Middle School Principal Shawn Andress reported that her school’s new woodshop elective is underway.

  • The principals reported some feedback about the recent parent-teacher conferences from a few parents who had students at both the high school and the middle school and who had trouble making it to both buildings on the same night.

  • Andress touted the Upward Bound program, which gives qualifying students an opportunity to explore the option of going to college. “I’m proud to say, we push that program hard,” she said.

  • Board member Dennis Dodge announced the North Country Vocational Co-op Center awarded funds totaling $4,445 to reimburse business teacher Angie Kuehn for five high-speed laptops.

The school board also:

  • Hired Cassandra Maves as a 4.75 hour per day cook’s helper, effective Jan. 6, and Marie Skoblik as a human resources specialist, effective Jan. 14.

  • Approved the resignations of Matt Brandt as seventh-grade football coach and Rita Holland as a 6.25 hour per day cook’s helper.

  • Approved lane changes for teachers Brianna Anderson, BA/6 to BA10/6; Mike Baumgartner, MA30/12 to MA45/12; Matt Clark, MA30/12 to MA45/12; John Cook, MA20/9 to MA30/9; Julie Cook, MA30/9 to MA45/9; TJ Erickson, BA10/4 to BA20/4; Kristi Goochey, BA20/1 to BA30/1; Shannon Hogan, BA10/7 to BA20/7; Jennifer Jackson, BA/8 to BA10/11; Michael Lorden, BA/4 to BA10/4; JT Luther, MA20/12 to MA30/12; Morgan Marcussen, MA30/11 to MA45/11; Jaime Morse, MA10/7 to MA20/7; Karen Onstad, MA30/12 to MA45/12; Emily Schueller, MA30/12 to MA45/12; Kayla Stursa, BA10/4 to BA20/4; Gabe Sturtz, MA20/5 to MA30/5; and Chelsie Weeding, BA10/5 to BA20/5.

  • Approved payments presented for January, totaling $1,315,620.

  • Approved the quarterly student activities account report. So far this year, revenues totaled $74,639 and expenses totaled $53,151.

  • Accepted several donations through, including $2,426 for bookshelves to literacy coach Chari Buhman.

The school board’s next meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3 at the Frank White Education Center.