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By Bethany Helwig
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Numerous projects approved for Willow River School


The Willow River School Board approved 13 projects to be completed using the long term facility maintenance (LTFM) bond money at their regular meeting on May 21. The LTFM bond fund expires in September 2019 so the school is attempting to use it before that time. The projects approved include installation of handicap doors, window replacement/repair, replacement of a classroom door, east fence line for the football field, east and west playground fence, sealing the parking lot, and other miscellaneous repairs and items. The board passed a motion allowing Superintendent Bill Peel to enter into contracts to complete the projects as long as the costs do not exceed the bond money available.

A motion was also passed to pay an invoice of $22,820, with LTFM bond money, to replace the existing aged football lighting with steel bullhorn style assemblies.

The final estimate for the summer renovation project was approved at $618,328 which will be taken out of bond health and safety money. This is an updated figure reflecting deductions made to the overall plan in order to come in at an acceptable budget.

Superintendent Peel stated they spoke with the main vendors of the project “to see what deductions we could do without really hindering or affecting the overall plan that we had.” A makeup air unit and roof unit were removed from the project after they concluded the ones currently installed are still in decent shape, it was said.

A contingency fund is also included in the figure to cover additional needed repairs that may arise during the renovation.

A total of $7,546 in donations was accepted by the board: $300 from Janet Patterson for the David Patterson Memorial Scholarship; $1,000 from Mercy Foundation, $1,000 from Federated Co-ops, and $1,000 from East Central Energy for scholarships; $25 from Debra O’Neill, $75 from Peggy Sue’s Cafe, $100 from East Central Energy, $150 from WREA, $500 from Hanson Anderson American Legion, and $500 from Willow River Commercial Club for LifeSmarts; $81 from St. Isidore’s CCW for NHS: Backpacks for Snacks; $15 from Rachel Kiminski for the class of 2020; $50 from Ron and Pat Prachar, $250 from the Kiwanis Club of Moose Lake, $1,000 from Sturgeon Lake Area Lions, and $1,500 from an anonymous donor for the playground.

In other business, Superintendent Peel gave an update on enrollment which increased to 418 students, the highest it’s been during the current school year.

High School Principal Gregg Campbell reported the seniors had their last day on May 21. He said that on their last day a deputy complimented the seniors, and patrons at Peggy Sue’s Cafe wanted to pay for their breakfast because they were so well-mannered. He went on to thank the community and local businesses for the $31,600 in scholarships given to graduating students during senior recognition night.

The board renewed the lease with Wildstar Properties to continue using their softball field for educational and recreational activities for $2,086.90 a year.

The summer school credit recovery program will be July 8-26 for high school students. There will be a week for elementary students but dates have not yet been set.

A number of policies were revised: #616 School District System Accountability, #618 Assessment of Student Achievement, #619 Staff Development for Standards, and #624 Online Learning Options. Two policies were deleted: #617 District Ensurance of Preparatory & High School Standards and #623 Mandatory Summer School Instruction (summer school is still offered but is not mandatory).

The 2018-19 school calendar was updated to reflect the weather day they had on April 11. No further makeup days were added or needed, however.

The next regular board meeting is scheduled for June 18 at 6 pm, and the Joint Liaison Meeting will be held in Moose Lake on June 19 at 6 pm.


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