Long-term maintenance goals set for Nevis School

The Nevis School Board approved the long-term facility maintenance (LTFM) plan for the next 10 years at Monday night’s meeting.

Superintendent Gregg Parks explained that LTFM funds are a combination of aid and levy to allow the district to focus on the physical plant of the school without using revenues focused on educational programming.

“The building committee met in December and developed the 2030 plan by refining 2021 project estimates identifying a need for increased indoor air quality (IAQ) with a project of $133,000,” he said. “This will be accomplished primarily by using revenues from the 2020 LTFM bond secured for the storm water abatement/parking lot project and indoor air quality. At this moment in time, we believe the IAQ project will be pushed into next year due to the availability of contractors and a desire to obtain a better engineer estimate of the scope of work.”

Board member Justin Isaacson said the district should look into filtration that could help protect building occupants from COVID-19 as well.

This year’s facility maintenance has revenues of $229,154 and projected expenses of $287,400.


In other action, the board:

  • Approved proceeding with a contract with Doris Hallas as the full-time special education teacher for grades 5-7. “She comes to us with 13 years of experience in Special Education in a variety of settings,” Parks said. “Pending the outcome of her background check, I highly recommend offering her a teaching contract.”

  • Approved the purchase of a new bus from North Central Bus and Equip, Co. for $92,681. The 2021 Blue Bird All American will replace route bus 12, which is a 2005 with almost 300,000 miles. “We had a lot of success with our last two gas buses and have elected to go with gas once again,” Parks said. The district plans on using a three-year lease purchase option with four payments of $23,828. The financing of this bus will coincide with the final payment on the 2016 bus.

  • Approved a contract with TeleTeachers for services during the 2020-21 school year, since the district was unable to fill the school psychologist position. TeleTeachers will conduct the 35 re-evaluations and 10 initial evaluations for the upcoming school year with a dedicated licensed school psychologist for $85 per hour. The rough estimate is that an evaluation will take no more than 12 hours to complete. Based upon this calculation, the service would be $45,900 total for the year.

  • Approved a resolution for the school district general election on Nov. 3. Three positions with four-year terms are to be filled at the upcoming general election. Seats up for election are those currently held by Justin Isaacson, Larry Smith and Maggie Stacey.

  • Approved monthly bills totaling $325,511. Superintendent Gregg Parks explained that this amount is higher than usual because it includes money spent on COVID-19 preparations and technology items.

  • Approved Principal Brian Michaelson’s contract for 2021-22. His salary for 2021 is $96,056, while his 2022 salary will be linked to the teacher negotiation settlement.

  • Approved donations totaling $700 from the Itasca Mantrap Electric Cooperative. The money is for the fitness center and football program.

  • Reviewed school policies, including student discipline and nondiscrimination, district curriculum and instruction goals, field trips and the student transportation safety policy.

  • Approved school board policies as required annually.

  • Approved the second reading of the district’s data request policy.

The next school board meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24 in the media center and on Zoom.

Lorie Skarpness has lived in the Park Rapids area since 1997 and has been writing for the Park Rapids Enterprise since 2017. She enjoys writing features about the people and wildlife who call the north woods home.
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