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LP-A School Board hires five new teachers for next year

There will be a wealth of fresh faces in the classrooms and hallways of Lake Park-Audubon Schools come next fall.

Five new instructors were hired at Monday night’s meeting of the LP-A School Board in Lake Park, including four elementary positions.

The board approved contracts for elementary instructors Raina Askin, Michael Baune, Abigail Furth and Amanda Snyder.

According to LP-A Superintendent Dale Hogie, 11 candidates were interviewed for the four positions.

Speech and language pathology teacher Nicole Perman was also offered a contract; four applicants were interviewed for that position.

Hogie said that the speech position and two elementary teaching posts were made vacant due to retirements, while another involved the addition of a third section of grade 4 for next year, “due to enrollment growth.”

“The final elementary position (opening) was due to the non-renewal of a teacher hired in August of 2013,” he added.

“With the number of instructors we have, it is uncommon to have three retirements in one year,” Hogie said.

Also at Monday’s meeting, the board accepted the resignation of Anthony Grieve from his high school social studies position, effective at the end of the school year, and approved the termination and non-renewal of the probationary teaching contract of high school language arts instructor Anthony Bryant. Both positions will need to be filled by the end of the summer.

In other action, the board approved a $193,830 bid from Hough, Inc., for demolition of the 1890, 1922, 1956 and 1971 portions of the old Lake Park-Audubon High School building.

Portions of the structure that were built in 1960, 1971 and 1989 will be retained.

“There has been investor interest in the portions that will not be demolished,” Hogie said, explaining the reason why certain parts of the structure won’t be razed at this time.

The demolition is expected to be completed by June 15.

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

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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