Nevis hires new science teacher

Kevin Longtin will be the new secondary science teacher at Nevis School following approval of his contract at Monday night’s school board meeting.

“I believe we hit a homerun,” Superintendent Gregg Parks said. “We feel he will bring a high level of energy, enthusiasm, experience and subject matter knowledge to our science team.”

Longtin has been teaching in the Warren-Alvarado-Oslo district for the past four years.

“He did an internship with the DNR down here between Park Rapids and Walker, fell in love with the area and has been trying to move here,” Parks said.

Longtin’s contract will begin with the 2020-2021 school year at Step 5 with a salary of $45,949.


In other action, the board:

  • Accepted donations totaling $53,824, including $30,000 from the Northwest Minnesota Foundation for elementary technology equipment; $20,000 from the Northwest Minnesota Foundation for high school technology equipment; $1,372 from Arvig Enterprises and $1,000 for the Academic Decathlon from the Nevis Volunteer Firepersons.

  • Heard discipline issues in the high school were 163 for the month of February compared to 66 last year, mostly due to noncompliance issues with the use of electronics in the classroom, something principal Brian Michaelson said they will be addressing.

  • Heard the indoor air quality project at the school that had been tentatively planned for this coming summer has been on hold until more work could be done on the design project. “Most likely that’s going to push us back a year,” Parks said. “We do have a couple of air handling units we’re looking at switching out yet this summer.”

  • Approved spring coaching contracts, including Michael Weerts as the new head varsity girls softball coach.

  • Approved a vote of concurrence for the second year of the American Indian Parent Advisory Committee. Board chair Andy Lindow will take Larry Smith’s place on the committee.

  • Heard a letter from Mike and Holly Malm thanking the school board and district staff for all they have done for his grandchildren during the four years since they were enrolled in the district.

  • Heard there will be a blood drive at Nevis School Friday March 6.

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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