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By Shawn Jansen
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Willow River School to lease seven new buses


April 25, 2019

The Willow River school board approved a three-year lease agreement with TCF Equipment Finance for seven new gas-fueled buses at its regular meeting Tuesday, April 16. The contract is for three annual payments of $16,941 under the condition the buses are driven no more than 20,000 miles per year. There is an additional charge of $.40 per mile for mileage over the limit.

School board member Susan Grill asked if the mileage limit was a problem over the last lease. Superintendent Bill Peel said they rotated the buses to keep them under the limit, and the district never met the limit which was 15,000 miles.

Board member Molly Balut asked why choose gas over propane, one of the proposal options. Board members replied there was not time enough to research the difference, but they will have more opportunity to explore the propane option prior to the end of the lease in three years. School board chair Dave Prachar said he was aware of one neighboring district that made the switch to propane, so they have the opportunity to see how that option works for them.


Student representative Kaylee Hischer, who said she enjoyed serving on the board this past year, introduced next year’s representative, Addison Postal, to the school board. Hischer reported prom is coming up May 11, senior recognition night is May 8, and graduation is May 24. She said they were planning this year’s last chance dance.

Prachar said, “You’ve done a really nice job.”

Nikki Molis, assistant to the elementary principal, reported that they were still making up some math Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) due to the recent snow day. She also reported the following upcoming events: April 26 – Kindergarten roundup, May 8 – Family Fun Night, May 10 – Poetry and Punch. May 23 – Elementary concert, and May 28 – Track and field, with a May 29 rain date.

One change to the elementary concert was noted. There will only be one concert, to be performed at 9 a.m. and followed by a barbecue. Secondary Principal Gregg Campbell said they were going to try live streaming the concert on Facebook.

Campbell reported MCAs started last week in the high school, and they were offering Lessons for Life classes to the students not testing. The subjects are based on exit interviews with seniors who offered what they wished they had learned but didn’t. So far, he said they seem well received.

He also reported events: The LifeSmarts team was still in Orlando at the national competition, the science club will be going to the Como zoo and science museum May 3, and some students are working on a super mileage car project for a competition May 12-14.

He said the band and choir concert is May 16 at 7 p.m.

Other business

The board approved 10 donations totalling $25,180.73, the majority of which is for scholarships. A $14,000 donation from Moose Lake Cooperative Association is to be spread out over seven years.

“Quite impressive and really appreciated,” said Prachar.

The board approved the Achievement and Integration Plan for which it will receive $11,786 for the 2019-20 school year for reducing disparities in achievement.

The board approved the fourth grade trip to Hartley Nature Center in Duluth and skating at World of Wheels in Superior, Wisconsin, on May 9.

The board approved a number of policies at its meeting and approved the removal of the standard of conduct policy for employees due to redundancy.


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