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Due to weather, LP-A classes going through May 31

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Mother Nature has not been kind to the students at Lake Park-Audubon this year.

Due to an excessive number of “snow days” being called due to inclement weather, students will be attending classes at LP-A until May 31 — four days after Memorial Day.

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At Monday night’s regular meeting, the LP-A School Board approved May 28, 29, 30 and 31 as “student instructional days,” and June 3-4 as “faculty workshop days” — though the vote wasn’t unanimous.

Despite the fact that the district’s Policy and Personnel Committee had recommended that days missed due to bad weather should be made up, a couple of school board members questioned the wisdom of that choice.

Both board members Bryan Anderson and Darrel Pederson voted against the motion to approve the additional class days.

“I struggle with the relevance of those four days (of added classroom time) — I don’t think anything will get accomplished,” Anderson said.

Board Chair Vicky Grondahl disagreed with Anderson, noting that the extra days could be a time for teachers to “use their creativity and do out of the box, fun things.”

“I wonder how many kids we’ll actually get (in school on those days)?” Anderson said, noting that since several families might already have vacations planned for that time, it might just be time to acknowledge that “Mother Nature dealt us a bad hand,” and not hold school on those days.

Board member Jeff Swetland questioned, “What would the consequences be if the students don’t show up?”

Superintendent Dale Hogie noted that if a student had already missed a certain number of days from school, they could risk getting an incomplete in some classes, which could have a detrimental effect on their overall grades.

In other weather-related concerns, the board also discussed what was going to happen with spring sports, but as there is still snow on the ground, little has been decided on what to do to make up the games and meets that have already been lost.

The board also took action Monday night regarding several teaching contracts.

By roll call vote, they approved resolutions for the “termination and non-renewal” of six probationary teaching contracts, including those of Sandy Vetter (.4 FTE); Tammy Langworthy (.28 FTE); Carol Ricke (.28 FTE); Lindsey Schultz (.28 FTE); Jason Weekley and Anthony Bryant.

The part-time contracts for Vetter, Langworthy, Ricke and Schultz were terminated “due to district financial limitations” — specifically, the fact that they were funded through an Alternative Delivery Grant that has not yet been re-funded for another year.

If the grant award does go through at a later date, Hogie noted, these contracts could be reinstated.

Mr. Bryant’s contract was not renewed because he has a three-year restricted teaching license that is set to expire June 30.

“According to his university advisor, Mr. Bryant has completed the necessary requirements for a new license to be issued,” Hogie said. “Mr. Bryant intends to return to LP-A, and will be reinstated if he is granted a new license without significant delay.”

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