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School construction on schedule

Construction at the site of the new Lake Park-Audubon High School in Lake Park is proceeding as planned, said LP-A Superintendent Dale Hogie at a Tuesday night school board meeting in Audubon.

"I think we're right on schedule ... we may even be slightly ahead," he added.

In fact, Hogie noted, the contractors have indicated that they could be ready to begin moving in as early as July, though August is still the official target.

Members of the public will soon be able to begin viewing progress on the new school for themselves: Starting next month, the school board has authorized Hogie to begin offering tours of the facility once a month.

Tours of the site will be offered starting at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10, with additional tours to start at 3 and 4 p.m. as necessary. Each tour would include no more than 40 people, and would take approximately 45 minutes to complete.

LP-A High School Superintendent Kevin Ricke asked if the students could also be offered site tours, possibly as part of the United Way Day of Caring festivities in May; Hogie said he thinks it could be done sooner than that.

It may be easier to tour the facility now, rather than waiting until all the walls have been completed, he added.

"It's a great way to build excitement," added school board chair Vicky Grondahl.

Hogie also noted that some decisions would need to be made soon regarding the timeline for construction of the new high school access off Highway 10.

To celebrate construction of the new school, as well as to honor the old building, Hogie said plans are currently being formulated to host an All-School Reunion in Lake Park this fall, in conjunction with the town's annual Pumpkin Fest celebration.

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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