By Lois E. Johnson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Updated co-op agreement approved


The Moose Lake School Board approved the Moose Lake-Willow River Rebels Cooperative Agreement at the monthly meeting on Monday, May 21.

The agreement has been in the discussion and revision stages for many months. Board Member Kris Lyons questioned items in the agreement.

Board Chair Steve Blondo and Superintendent Robert Indihar answered her questions and the motion to approve the agreement was passed.

The next liaison committee meeting is scheduled for June 20 in Moose Lake, and a meeting of the full boards of both schools has been set for July 18 in Willow River. Further questions will be discussed at the liaison meeting and discussed at the meeting of the full boards, it was said.

Ann Haugen and Noah Jurek presented a curriculum presentation to the board, along with the budget, for the Physical Education and Health Departments.

A new textbook was passed to the board members to review.

“We are thinking of getting this textbook,” said Jurek. “It is up to date and it also lines up with the book used in the ninth and 10th grades. The students have one year of personal health and one year of community health. The students have health one day and phy-ed the next day.”

Both Haugen and Jurek said seeing the students each day was a goal, and Jurek added connecting phy-ed and health was important. The students could exercise one day and explain what happened in their bodies as they exercised when they were in the health class the next day.

Indihar announced a buyer has come forth to purchase the Southern Carlton County Family Center. The board passed a resolution relating to the sale of the family center in the amount of $190,000.

He also said he has spoken with a representative of MnDOT and asked that a sign directing people to the school be placed on Highway 73 near the roundabout.

A video archive will be made of the upcoming school board meetings. Purchasing the equipment and finding someone to record the meetings is yet to be decided.

The remaining equipment is to be installed in the Fitness Center in the school. Indihar said that Community Education will set up a schedule for the public to use the center before and after school hours.

Indihar added that people are using the school for indoor walking before and after school.

“We had signs at the old school but those aren’t as important,” he said. “Everyone has Fitbits now.”

Indihar also said the colors chosen for the new storage building are brown and light stone.

A crew from Peterson Company, who is preparing the athletic fields, helped with preparation of the site for the storage building, he said.

High School Principal Billie Jo Steen reported that art instructor Tracy Kill has been accepted into the Perpich Center for the Arts.

“That was quite an honor for her,” she said.

Graduation will be held on Sunday, May 27, at 2 p.m. in the gym. Dale Lammi, a former Moose Lake graduate, will speak.

Elementary Principal Kraig Konietzko said Track and Field Day was set for Thursday, May 24. The rain date is May 25. The event will be held at the old school.

The next meeting of the board was set for Monday, June 25, at 6 p.m.

A working meeting of the board was set for Thursday, June 28, at 4:30 p.m. to discuss the plan for additional athletic fields and additional facilities on the athletic fields, such as a concession/restroom/ticket building.


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