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LP-A School Board gives superintendent high marks

It's been a good year for the communities of Lake Park and Audubon.

The bond referendum for construction of the new high school and renovated elementary facilities was approved. Enrollment is up. Construction on the elementary school renovation and expansion is on schedule, and bids for the new high school came in slightly better than expected.

So it's not at all surprising that the man supervising the district's operations, Superintendent Dale Hogie, was given a glowing evaluation by the LP-A School Board Thursday night.

Toward the end of its regular February meeting, the board went into closed session for approximately half an hour to do its annual evaluation of Hogie's performance.

When the meeting was reopened to the public at the conclusion of the evaluation process, Board Chair Vicky Grondahl issued the following summary statement on behalf of the board as a whole:

"The board is pleased with Mr. Hogie's performance. In all categories in his evaluation, he meets or exceeds expectations. The board feels LP-A is very fortunate to have him as our superintendent."

Also at Thursday's meeting, Hogie summarized what had happened regarding the recent controversy over Highway 10 access to the new high school, which will be located on the west edge of Lake Park.

Hogie said that he and Lake Park Mayor Keith Zachariason met with representatives from the Minnesota Department of Transportation on Jan. 28 to discuss the highway access issue.

MnDOT would like to have a traffic study done at the site of the proposed highway access, which will also serve a new residential development.

The study is expected to cost about $30,000, and both the city and Becker County will need to take action to authorize participation in the study, Hogie noted.

He also gave the board an update on the city's plans to extend the existing Vigen Lane to provide a secondary access to the high school.

Hogie said the Lake Park City Council has authorized advertisement for construction bids on the project. The bid opening is expected to take place during the second week of March.

In other business, Hogie noted that construction on the elementary school renovation and expansion project in Audubon has reached the point where one of its gymnasiums will need to be closed. The old gymnasium will be officially closed on March 15.

"It's going to create some issues" with regard to space for school activities, Hogie noted. "We need to start making plans and work around it."

Also at Thursday's meeting, the board approved a Cooperative Purchasing Venture quote of $35,690 for the purchase of a new Chevy Suburban for the district. The bid came in at slightly lower than those submitted by Nereson's in Detroit Lakes and Nelson Chevrolet of Fergus Falls.

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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