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LP-A board puts old high school up for sale

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The old Lake Park-Audubon High School building in Lake Park is now for sale. The asking price? Just $200,000.

The LP-A School Board approved a listing contract/agency relationship with Steve Larson of Coldwell Banker at its regular school board meeting Thursday night in the new high school's media center.

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The old high school building has been empty since the new facility at the west edge of Lake Park became ready for occupancy last summer.

Superintendent Dale Hogie said at the meeting that the City of Lake Park has expressed some interest in acquiring the building, but nothing concrete.

"They're doing a feasibility study," he said.

After a brief discussion, the board opted not to give the city right of first refusal for acquisition of the property.

In other business Thursday, the board voted to set $20,000 as the minimum amount that must be donated to the district's Legacy Foundation in order to have naming rights for one of the new softball and baseball fields in Lake Park.

The district's Buildings and Grounds Committee has determined that the costs associated with construction of the new fields would be approximately $30,000, excluding earthwork (which would be the district's expense).

Even if a group or individual does come forward with the necessary donation, however, the new name for the field would still be subject to school board approval, noted board chair Vicky Grondahl.

The board also said yes to a request to continue pursuing plans for a full-day Head Start program at Lake Park-Audubon Elementary School in Audubon.

As noted by LP-A Elementary Principal Sam Skaaland, parents will have the option of enrolling their children for either a full or half day, and parents of children in the Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) program will also be able to take advantage of the full-day option, "for a charge," he said.

Also at the meeting, LP-A High School mathematics instructor Dana Robinson gave a presentation on the electronic statistics textbook he had created for his junior and senior students, through the Flexbooks service provided by CK-12.

Robinson noted that some advantages to using electronic textbooks included being able to instantly update text, and to delete or add chapters as needed.

The text is in PDF format, which means that the students do not need to be hooked up to the Internet to use it -- they just need a computer. And even if they don't have access to one (like when their laptop is being repaired, for instance), the text can be readily printed out in paper format, Robinson said.

District technology coordinator Bob Henderson also pointed out that there is a program offered on the CK-12 website (the originator of the Flexbooks program) that allows the text to be read back to the students in electronic audio format.

Grondahl said that one of the things she really likes about the Flexbooks program is that the text can be "tailor made" to fit a specific class, whereas paper textbooks are typically made to conform to the standards of the state where they were printed.

One caveat that was discussed later in the meeting, however, is that some provision would need to be made that e-textbooks created by teachers or other district employees for use by the students and staff would be the property of the district, and not the person creating it.

Otherwise, as Hogie noted, there is a possibility that the person who created the text could choose to charge a fee to the district for its use, even after they ceased to be a school employee.

Follow Detroit Lakes Newspapers reporter Vicki Gerdes on Twitter at @VickiLGerdes.

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