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By Lois E. Johnson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Moose Lake School Board considers art murals, patio, and community gardens


February 28, 2019

Lois Johnson

The model of the patio and pergola to be built by the Art Club.

Art teacher Tracy Kill and three students bought plans to the Moose Lake School Board on Tuesday, Feb. 19, for murals on the walls in the school and an outdoor patio area outside the school.

The murals would be painted on the blank block wall by the band and choir rooms, for example, Kill told the board. They would get approvals by the principals before the project was done by the students, she added.

She set a model of the patio area on the board table for the board members to see. It showed a circular patio area with paths approaching the center from two directions. A pergola would cover the center area.

"The 16 x 16 x 8-foot pergola will be made of green treated wood," said Kill. "The plantings in the area will be tolerant of deer and will not be maintained. Bench designs are being considered. Totem poles are also planned but would be able to be removed and stored for the winter. There would be a sculpture in the center. Area artists will be brought in to create the sculpture."

She added that the Art Club will submit a grant application before April 1 to the Northland Foundation for $1,000 in funding for the project. Another grant from the Youth in Philanthropy Program will be requested in the amount of $4,000.

Board Member Jerry Pederson offered to pay for the pergola.

Vicki Radzak of the Age to age group spoke to the board about the community garden project.

The garden would consist of 16 raised beds by the bus garage, she explained. The frames for the beds would be made in the shop class. Mercy Hospital and the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) would partner with the Age to age group. The old fence from the baseball field has been saved and could be used to fence the area.

"The Master Gardeners want to help take care of the beds, and the Moose Lake Area Food Shelf wants a bed too," said Radzak. "There would be bees there to pollinate the plants, and there would be learning stations for the students. The cost of the boxes would be $15,000 or $200 each. We plan to get it up and going this spring. Offers for help are coming in."

The board approved the plans for the community garden.

There was discussion about adding days to the school calendar for this year to make up the days that the school had to be closed because of the extreme cold at the end of January.

Superintendent Bob Indihar explained that one day is needed to be made up so far because the teachers reported to the school on the third day that the school was closed. The first day that school was closed was a free day.

"We haven't had our snowiest month yet," he said. "But people can plan that days will be added to the end of the school year to make up for those when the school was closed."

No final decision was made.

The board approved entering into a contract with Verizon to install small cell towers by the school. There will be towers on two poles in front of the school and one behind the school, said Indihar. He added that AT&T does not install small cell towers.

"Verizon customers will get better reception in the school," he said.

The board also approved the resolution unanimously (Julie Peterson was absent) to call for an election relating to the issuance of school building bonds. The election is expected to be held in May.

Maureen Gassert, the school nurse, is retiring at the end of the school year, it was stated on the Consent Agenda.

The board accepted her retirement request and thanked her for her many years of service to the school district.

The next meeting of the board was set for Monday, March 18, at 6 p.m.


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