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Practice fields available for football


The Moose Lake School Board received good news from the new school designers at the monthly meeting on Monday, July 20. The baseball field on the County Road 10 property will be available for football practices this fall.

At the last meeting of the board, Katie Hildenbrand of ARI, the architectural firm that is designing the school, had told the board it was more than likely the topsoil from the entire frontage along County Road 10 would be skimmed in preparation for construction. That would eliminate the soccer, football and baseball fields.

At the athletic liaison meeting following last month’s school board meeting, the Rebels football coach and athletic director at Willow River High School, Dave Louzek, said two football fields are needed for practices for the junior high and varsity teams. With no access to the fields on County Road 10, other practice fields had to be found.

Scott Sosalla of ARI told the board at Monday’s meeting the topsoil that is removed on the school site would be stockpiled in two locations, one closer to the school site and one farther east.

“You can use the baseball field this fall for football practices,” he said. “That field will be available until spring.”

Board member Jamie Jungers pointed out that there was room for two football practice fields if the fence were removed.

The ARI staff recommended advertising for quotes from a local contractor to remove the fence, rather than including the job in the bid process.

Sosalla said fire hydrants will be located in front and in the back of the building. He said he will be meeting with the fire chief about access for the fire trucks. A gravel turnaround for the fire trucks will be available near the playground on the north end of the school to facilitate access to a hydrant.

The regulation-size track would have more room within its perimeter than the football field, Sosalla explained. There would also be room for other track events, such as shot put, long jump, pole vaulting on one end and a soccer field on the other.

The coaching areas would be located on one side of the football field, and the team boxes would be located on the other side.

Hildenbrand spoke about the designs of the classrooms.

The 850 square foot classrooms in the elementary wing would have cabinets below the windows that would contain, in part, a heating and air ventilation system, she said. A countertop would cover the length of the shelving. Three pillars would be located at the end of the units for a Trox system to bring air to the units, and power and data wiring.

The back wall would have a white surface the teachers could use, and the front wall would have the Smart and magnetic boards. Cabinetry would be located on the inside wall.

She added the teacher's station would be mobile and could be placed anywhere in the room according to the preference of the teacher.

Similar cabinetry and furnishings would be located in the 900-square-foot high school classrooms, she added. The science rooms have yet to be designed.

The cabinetry in the early childhood rooms would be similar but each room would have a sink and a bathroom.

David Jordan, the principal professional engineer for ARI, spoke about the electrical systems.

“There will be an audio enhancement system that is tied to a computer and projector,” he said. “The system will run off of infrared so the teacher will have to be in the room to project images.

“There will be a wireless clock system in the building for the bells, and there will be WiFi access points in every classroom. There will also be plenty of electrical outlets.”

Jordan said the lighting and air and heating systems would adjust automatically when the room is occupied or unoccupied to save energy.

Each wing of the school and other areas would be grouped into zones for the heating and cooling systems. The office zone at the front of the building and the space for the Mini Moose Lodge, both of which would be used year-round, would be air conditioned. The early childhood wing would have in-floor heat.

The heat will be brought into the classrooms by hot water that is heated by a high efficiency gas boiler. Jordan explained the school will also be required to use a certain amount of renewable energy, which will be solar.

Jordan explained the security system throughout the building.

The doors will have electric latches that will send a signal if the doors did not latch fully. The system can lock and unlock the entrance doors at set times, such as after and before the school day.

Cards will give access to different parts of the building, he said, and time limits can be set for a person to be in that area, such as for delivery people.

The public can get access cards to be able to use the fitness center.

Fire alarms and cameras will monitor the corridors. A technology person will be needed to run the system, noted Superintendent Robert Indihar.

Two auditorium seats, two lockers and samples of brick colors were available for the board members to view. Preferences were chosen.

Karl Larsen of ARI explained thin brick veneers will be embedded into the concrete exterior panels for the front of the school but the back of the school will just have the concrete panels.

The various accent colors for the front walls, the front entrance and window tints were chosen.

Supt. Indihar explained the school district had received an offer for the sale of the family center but it was too low, and he rejected it.

Lakes and Pines will be renting space in the building, and he suggested the board hold off on the sale of the building during the duration of the two-year lease. He said the extra rent would generate $25,000 a year in income, and would help offset the budget deficit.

In other business, the board approved the Memorandum of Understanding for Just Kids Dental, increased the student lunch prices by 10 cents, approved the Health and Safety Expenditure Budget for 2015-17, approved the Project Labor Agreement from the Duluth Building and Construction Council, accepted a $250 donation from the Quad Rivers Chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association, and approved an extra day for School Readiness for 4-year-old students.

The next monthly meeting of the board was set for 5 p.m. Monday, August 17.


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