Moose Lake School Board is looking forward to a season of fun in the summer sun. 

Vicki Radzak, Moose Lake Community Education Coordinator, presented several upcoming plans for outdoor projects. Many of these projects are in the early planning phases. A majority of the presentation and discussion was how the school could create more usable spaces within the School Forest for students and the community. Interns working with Radzak are working on wayfinding signage for the forest, and there are plans to improve trails to make them more accessible. In addition a memorial bench for the late Sarah Haais was discussed. The Facilities Committee plans to meet to get these ideas rolling.

The school is using Camp Miller for swimming with Age to Age. A notable shortage of lifeguards at other locations is being felt. Inclement weather will cause changes in the planned Age to Age swimming schedule. 

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources awarded Moose Lake school a grant of $500 to create an outdoor classroom space in the School Forest. Moose Lake Township was also recognized by the board for their donation of $5,000 to the Summer Recreation Program. 

The school is purchasing a minibus for $3,000. This vehicle has two years left on the lifespan of usability for the school. According to Superintendent Billie Joe Steen ten students, or eight students and one wheel chair can be transported with this vehicle. Steen also reported that drivers of this specific minibus do not need to have a Commercial Driver’s License and will help to alleviate some of the bus driver shortage issues. 

At the Barnum, Moose Lake, Willow River co-operative meeting a presentation on the co-operative busing agreement between Barnum and Moose Lake was given. According to Moose Lake School Board members present the Willow River Board members were interested in looking into the possibility of  joining into the agreement because of the significant savings shown. 

 Other news

The Parent Teacher Association successfully raised approximately $6,000 with their Read-a-thon. These funds will be used to purchase school supplies for all students in pre- kindergarten to 12th grade. 

A resolution discontinuing the Groundskeeper position was passed by the board. This position was discussed with the grounds crew and determined to be unnecessary with current funding concerns. 

The board unanimously approved the mediated settlement between the school district and Casper Construction, Architectural Resources, Inc., Benchmark Engineering and The Boldt Company. This is the final pending action on the construction of the new school building. 

 

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