In reports from management-level staff, Superintendent Lance Bagstad told the Park Rapids School Board on Monday that the state is not expected to unveil its model for reopening school in the fall until the week of July 27.
Century Middle School Principal Shawn Andress said teacher Andrew Lachowitzer will receive training to teach life skills as part of a four year, $60,000 health and wellness grant program.
Area High School Principal Jeff Johnson said the school is still recovering supplies that were signed out for this spring’s distance learning program, and that students who received “incomplete” grades are coming in to plan how to fulfill course requirements.
Bagstad reported on behalf of Community Education Director Jill Dickinson that the Century Adventures enrichment program is averaging 54 students per day and continues to grow, possibly requiring an additional staff person to be hired. Also, the voluntary pre-K program will continue to receive state funding, and currently has 79 4-year-olds, with one spot still available, and 18 3-year-olds registered, with a few spots still open.
Facilities Director Alan Vanderstad said future second- and third-grade classrooms have been framed in and wired, and the new filter on the high school pool would be inspected by the Minnesota Department of Health within the week.
Activities Director Jeremy Nordick said some summer activities have begun, including volleyball and girls and boys basketball practices, while other practices start next week, including youth baseball and gymnastics. “We’re excited about our new, young coaches,” he said. “There’s a lot of talent there.”
In consent items and general business, the school board:
Approved the retirement of paraprofessional Kay Dent with regret and thanks for her 24 years of service to the school district.
Accepted the resignations of Concha Uzozie as C-team girls basketball coach, Josh Yliniemi as seventh grade boys and girls basketball coach and Leah Hilmanowski as assistant girls track coach.
Hired Yliniemi as junior varsity girls basketball coach, Uzozie as junior high girls basketball coach, Rebecca Grant as C-team girls basketball coach and Blake Montzka as a 0.6-time physical education teacher, contingent upon licensure.
Said goodbye to Century Elementary Principal Joleen De La Hunt, who departs at the end of June for an educational consultant position at Sourcewell in Staples.
Approved the revised 2019-20 budget with general fund revenues totaling $20,766,711 and expenses totaling $20,519,801. For all funds, revenues totaled $25,156,959 and expenses totaled $25,236,862 – a deficit of approximately $80,000.
Approved a preliminary 2020-21 budget projecting general fund revenues of $20,420,307 and expenses of $20,676,995. For all funds, the budget projects revenues of $25,058,278 and expenses of $25,216,792 – a deficit of about $158,000. Business Manager Kent Fritze said this is based on the assumption that 2020-21 will be a normal school year, “that we’re all back in the building, that Community Ed is sending out trips, that the kids are eating in the lunch room, that all the funding will come in as promised from the state,” etc.
Renewed the district’s membership in the Minnesota Rural Education Association for school years 2020-21 and 2021-22.
Approved the workers compensation policy for the 2020-21 school year with Ram Mutual. Fritze said the annual premium of $68,541 is a $15,000 decrease from last year.
Reviewed and approved the district’s 2020-21 property liability insurance renewal with Gallagher Basset. The annual premium is $152,913.
Reviewed and approved 2020-21 volunteer insurance with Berkley Accident and Health. The annual premium is $476.
Approved the principals’ contract for 2020-22.
Accepted donations totaling $16,992 from the Park Rapids Education and Activities Foundation, including $1,100 for balls and ball hoppers for the girls tennis program, $1,200 for practice jerseys for the high school football program, $1,452 for balls for the junior high volleyball program, $1,250 for 15 FFA jackets, $1,000 for BPA registration, $750 for Senior Slam, $9,662 for high school weight room equipment and a combined $579 for classroom supplies for teachers Nicole Brandt, Kristen Poehler and Ellie Riihiluoma.
Scheduled the school board’s July meetings for July 6 and 20, with a possible special meeting to discuss findings of the phone survey regarding school facilities. A possible extra meeting in June was deemed unnecessary.
The school board’s next meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, July 6 at the Frank White Education Center and via Zoom.