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Park Rapids School Board approves payable 2023 levy

The "very preliminary" levy was set at the maximum amount, Business Manager Kent Fritze noted.

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The Park Rapids School Board on Sept. 19 set the district’s payable 2023 levy at the maximum.

“It’s very preliminary,” said Business Manager Kent Fritze. “We certify it now, and then we’ll finalize it in December.”

In specific dollar amounts, the levy as approved totals $6,268,926. This includes a general fund levy of $2,612,659, a community services fund levy of $197,050 and a debt service fund levy of $3,459,217.

Fritze said one piece of the levy isn’t in place yet – a $21 million bond issue planned for January for school facilities improvements.

School board member Jay Pike made a motion to approve the levy at the maximum, and the motion passed unanimously.

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Fritze also reported that the district’s audit is going well, despite having to wait for the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), which is behind on providing some reports.

In consent items and general business, the school board:

  • Hired Jasmine Williams as a high school custodian and Amanda Lane as an intervener.
  • Rescinded the hiring of Rhonda Hukriede as an elementary paraprofessional.
  • Approved volunteer Randy Thompson as a football coach.
  • Approved fall lane changes for the following teachers: Rachael Anderson, Brianna Anderson, Rachel Bedel, Ky Deblieck, Elise Erickson, TJ Erickson, Stephen Funk, Shane Graham, Kristi Goochey, Emily Haen, Alicia Hillesland, Eric Hillesland, Nicole Johnson, Alexis Koerbitz, Emilee Little, Savannah Lunak, JT Luther, Jen Michaelson, Morgan Miller, Bill Moore, Tarja Nelson, Kristen Poehler, Patrick Richard, Christine Sauer, Jamie Simon-Linkowitz, Lexi Skajewski, Vicki Schroeder, Autumn Sturtz, Gabe Sturtz, Brent Vandal, Chelsie Weeding and Kathy Wiederin.
  • Posted the position of Route 99 (special education) bus driver.
  • Approved the student council’s mum sale fundraiser. 
  • Received an enrollment review showing that as of Sept. 16, the district had a K-12 total enrollment of 1,641 students, which Bagstad said was 67 more than at the end of the last school year. Districtwide enrollment, including pre-K and alternative learning, was 1,782.
  • Acknowledged donations including snowshoes, a rug and flexible seating and funds for Community Education’s community garden.
  • Approved payments presented for September, totaling $1,113,683.
  • Approved the second reading of a policy requiring the pledge of allegiance to be recited at all school board meetings.
  • Approved the assurance of compliance of state and federal laws for the 2022-23 school year.

The school board’s next meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3 at the Frank White Education Center.

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Robin Fish is a staff reporter at the Park Rapids Enterprise. Contact him at rfish@parkrapidsenterprise.com or 218-252-3053.
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