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Park Rapids School Board awards metal panel recoating job

The project went to Gen4 Sandblast and Paint for $122,850.

Park Rapids Area High School
Park Rapids Area High School
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The Park Rapids School Board received an update July 11 on the district’s ongoing facility improvement project.

Justin Maaninga with ICS said design development is complete on the high school additions and renovations, calling it a major milestone. “We’re still working on estimating,” he said.

Meanwhile, he said, the Helten Ave. tennis courts’ reconstruction is underway; playground planning has begun; and bids have been opened for refinishing the exterior metal panels on the high school.

Regarding the tennis courts, Maaninga said the subgrade passed a third-party inspection and the asphalt was placed and passed a water inspection. He anticipated fencing would be installed this week, an acrylic surfacing product next week and equipment soon after, with the goal to complete the tennis courts by the end of July.

In response to a rumor that some of the courts are being sized for pickleball only, Maaninga confirmed that all of the courts are being designed for tennis but two of them will also be lined for pickleball.

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Maaninga said a request for proposal (RFP) was issued on June 9 to refinish the metal panels, which are structurally sound although their paint is chipping. He said JLG Architects and Tnemec, a paint company, looked at the project and suggested a product.

The RFP included sandblasting the panels, then applying an epoxy base coat and an acrylic polyurethane topcoat, Maaninga said. The district received three bids: Gen4 Sandblast and Paint at $122,850; Merit Painting, Inc. at $126,000; and Eco Sandblast and Paint at $174,500. Maaninga said ICS recommended awarding the bid to Gen4 Sandblast and Paint.

Board member Stephanie Carlson made a motion to approve the Gen4 bid, and the motion passed unanimously, absent board member Dennis Dodge.

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The design development submission also included a new staff and visitor parking lot, playground and stormwater drainage facilities.

In consent items and general business, the school board:

  • Approved a 2022-23 literacy plan.
  • Accepted the resignations of Amy Moors as an elementary Title I teacher, Meghan Eidsmoe as an elementary teacher, Kirsten Kisner as a School Age Care coordinator (effective July 12), Ally Bright as an elementary English Language Learners teacher and C team volleyball coach; Angela Larson as a 5 hours per week virtual academy secretary, Mikayla Magnuson as a high school paraprofessional and Stephen Funk as a National Honor Society co-advisor.
  • Hired Annie Minske as an elementary coordinator of educational services, Jonathon Adelman as an elementary paraprofessional, Brian Johnson as a middle school autism spectrum disorder teacher and junior high football coach, Sharon Wyttenback as a playground monitor and Rosie Rentz as a School Age Care coordinator.
  • Posted a position as an early childhood special education teacher.
  • Approved a distance and e-learning days plan in case of inclement weather.
  • Approved out-of-state travel for staff and students to the National FFA Convention Oct. 26-29 in Indianapolis, Ind. 
  • Approved first readings of the district’s elementary, middle school, high school and virtual academy handbooks; employee, activities and substitute handbooks and coaches’ manual; student rights and responsibilities, code of conduct and discipline policy; and technology implementation and Century Adventures handbooks for 2022-23.
  • Noted that the filing period to run for a seat on the school board is Aug. 2-16. The seats currently held by Carlson, Dodge and Clayton Hoyt are up for election.
  • Tabled approval of a 10-year long-term facility maintenance plan, pending comments by Business Manager Kent Fritze, who was absent.

The school board’s next meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, July 25 at the Frank White Education Center.

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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