The Park Rapids School Board approved a settlement agreement on Monday in a personal injury lawsuit.

The case, titled Richard N. Jarrett v. Park Rapids Public School District 0309-01, arises from an incident in June 2017 when Jarrett fell in a hallway during an open swim at the school pool.

School district legal counsel, attorney Kendra Olson, said some details of the case remain legally confidential.

As provided to the school board, the proposed settlement is a contract stating that Jarrett will release the district from further claims due to his fall, while the school’s insurance provider, Gallagher Bassett, will pay Jarrett $7,000 without the district admitting to any liability.

School board member Dennis Dodge moved to approve the agreement, and the motion passed without dissent.

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In consent items and general business, the school board:

  • Acknowledged donations totaling $4,840, including $2,940 from Barbara Skeffington for a scholarship fund, $1,000 from Itasca-Mantrap Cooperative Electrical Association for the high school’s Business Professionals of America chapter, and $500 from I-M to the high school Alternative Learning Center (ALC).

  • Received a monthly enrollment report, showing that K-12 enrollment went down by four students from Oct. 14 to Nov. 12, to a total of 1,565 students. Total student population, from early childhood through high school ALC, ended the period at 1,687, a seven-student decrease on the month.

  • Approved a resolution supporting the district’s application to the Minnesota State High School League Foundation for a “Form A” grant to offset student activity fees, intended to encourage students to participate in extracurricular activities. According to a worksheet attached to the resolution, the high school identified 239 “free and reduced lunch” students this year, 65 of whom participated in one or more school activities during the 2019-20 school year.

  • Posted a position as assistant COVID coordinator. Superintendent Lance Bagstad said this is to provide extra help dealing with COVID-19 related issues, freeing the district’s human resources and nursing staff to focus on their regular duties.

  • Hired Kyle Piepkorn as a bus driver, effective Nov. 2.

The school board’s next meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7 at the Frank White Education Center.