The Park Rapids School board passed a resolution Tuesday, Sept. 7 to proceed with $4,576,000 worth of facility improvements, using funds that can be assigned with board approval.

This total, not including financing costs, includes:

  • Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds, a one-time federal award established as part of the Education Stabilization Fund in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, to replace the tennis courts south of Century School and upgrade the high school indoor air quality system.

  • Long-Term Facility Maintenance funds to replace the high school roof and exterior metal wall panels.

  • Capital facilities bonds to replace the boiler and chiller plants at Century School.

School board member Clayton Hoyt made the motion to approve the resolution, and it passed without dissent.

Board member Stephanie Carlson moved to approve using U.S. Department of Agriculture funding to offer free breakfast and lunch during the 2021-22 school year. The motion passed unanimously.

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High School Principal Jeff Johnson reported that 154 students attended the freshmen-only first day of school on Sept. 7, with 30 student mentors guiding their transition into the building.

Jill Stevenson, interim director of the Park Rapids Area Virtual Academy, reported she met with all 18 students currently enrolled in the academy and more were being enrolled.

The school board also heard a report that employees in the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees were voting on approval of their contract.

In other business, the school board did as follows:

  • Approved resignations of district nurse Jenny Jackson and bus driver Mike Heegard.

  • Approved the hiring of volunteer junior high volleyball coach Caitlin Djonne, paraprofessional Kayla Ehler, effective Sept. 13; cook’s helper Christina Avila; paraprofessionals DeVonne Erickson and Stacy Voigt; and district nurse Tia Kocka.

The school board’s next meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 20 at the Frank White Education Center.

This story is based on unapproved draft minutes of the school board’s Sept. 7 meeting.