The Park Rapids School Board approved bread and milk bids on Monday for the 2021-22 school year.

The school district sought bids from Pan O’Gold and Bimbo Bakeries. Bimbo declined to bid based on their capacity.

Business manager Kent Fritze said Pan O’Gold, the district’s current bread vendor, raised its prices 3 percent compared to last year. However, food service supervisor J.T. Clark said he had “no qualms” about accepting their bid.

Meanwhile, the district received milk bids from Cass-Clay Creamery and Prairie Farms. Cass Clay was the lower bidder, although Fritze said milk prices went up between 4 and 19 percent.

Clark said this was a difference of 3 cents per carton, and assured the school board that his program can handle this cost increase without having to raise milk prices to the students.

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It was noted that pizza bids were sought from four local restaurants, but all four declined to bid. Clark said the Minnesota Department of Education reports that the number of food bids is down across the state, and they are advising food service staff to make pizzas themselves.

The school board also approved keeping breakfast and lunch prices the same in 2021-22 and raising the adult prices to $4.35 for lunch and $2.50 for breakfast. Clark said these prices are set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the MDE.

In consent items and general business, the school board:

  • Approved the 2021-22 staff handbook for the Century Adventures school-age childcare program.

  • Accepted the resignations of Jason Haas, Alyssa Holmer and Jackie Campbell, paraprofessionals; Nancy Brekke, elementary Title I teacher; Blake Montzka, 0.6-time physical education teacher; Clare Knudson, half-time ADSIS paraprofessional and half-time special education secretary; and Kali Mitteness, English as a Second Language teacher.

  • Hired Rod Mackay, groundskeeper; Jackie Campbell, early childhood teacher; Wyatt Sanford*, fifth grade teacher; Karrie Taylor, special education coordinator; Lucas Ford*, middle school and high school music teacher; Bill Moore, middle school career and technical education/agriculture teacher; Amy Moors, elementary Title I teacher; Chris Kirchner, middle school art teacher; Brianna Kirchner, middle school counselor; Ally Bright*, elementary teacher; Kathleen Wiederin, middle school special education teacher; Clare Knudson, high school secretary; and Baylee Gartner, elementary and middle school physical education teacher. Stars indicate employment offers that are contingent on certification.

  • Posted the position of high school special education paraprofessional.

  • Approved a contract with Minnesota State Community and Technical College for the College in the High School program.

  • Acknowledged an $836 donation via Donorschoose.org to Emilee Edelman’s kindergarten class for classroom supplies, and a $2,123 donation via Donorschoose.org to Nicole Brandt’s first grade class for flexible seating.

  • Heard board member Dennis Dodge report that the North Country Vocational Cooperative Center board met on May 20. Dodge said he was impressed by a presentation about high school robotics programs and the recruiting and retention of vocational teachers.

  • Heard board member Jay Pike report that Headwaters Regional Economic Development appointed economic development director Ryan Zemek to succeed Tim Flathers, who is stepping down as executive director.

  • Heard board chair Sherry Safratowich report that there have been no labor negotiations yet for the 2021-22 school year, adding that they are still awaiting guidance from the State Legislature.

The school board’s next meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, June 21 at the Frank White Education Center. A special meeting about “Project 309,” the district’s facility improvement campaign, is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, June 14.