Superintendent Lance Bagstad told the Park Rapids School Board Monday that the community meetings scheduled this month to discuss PRoject309, regarding the district’s facility improvement options, have been postponed.

“We’re still working with our business partners” on that project, he said. “I think everything is on hold right now. To be honest with you, nobody is even thinking about PRoject309. I’m not. I think we’re consumed with what we have in front of us.”

School board chair Sherry Safratowich said that, in view of the community shutdown and its economic effects, “we’re going to still move forward” on the facility project, “but we may not be able to make our decision in May, and we may not have our vote in August. But it’s still going to happen at some point.”

A project timetable previously laid out by ICS consultants had envisioned a board decision to start a building project in May or, if a bond referendum is needed, to put it on the Aug. 11 primary ballot.

In general business, the school board:



  • Approved a contract with the Morris Leatherman Co. of Minneapolis to conduct a telephone survey in the community regarding the district’s facility improvement options. However, Bagstad said the survey will likely be delayed until after the school closure is lifted.

  • Learned that districtwide enrollment as of March 11 was 1,704, including 1,568 in K-12. There were 626 students in the elementary grades (K-4), 497 in the middle school (5-8) and 445 in the high school (9-12), 33 in the high school Alternative Learning Center, 59 in the voluntary pre-K and 44 in early childhood programs.

  • Approved the resignations of Molly Aukes as junior varsity volleyball coach; Josi Tappe as a half-time physical education teacher, effective at the end of the school year; Dan Pike, assistant football coach; and Jeff Overmyer, varsity girls basketball coach.

  • Approved volunteer Aarin Galzki as softball and baseball coach.

  • Approved payments presented for the past month, totaling $810,613.

  • Approved a revised 10-year long term facilities maintenance (LTFM) plan.

  • Hired Nicole Walker as a paraprofessional, effective March 11.

  • Approved out-of-state travel for speech coach Tanya Miller and team members Kaelan Emerson and Braeden Berg to go to the national speech competition May 7-11 in Houston, Texas. However, Activities Director Jeremy Nordick later reported that the competition was canceled.

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