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New high school will be ready, Good enrollment news for LP-A

With work on the $3.5 million remodeling and expansion project at the elementary building now finished, and construction of the new high school for grades 7-12 on target for its August 2012 completion date, Lake Park-Audubon Public Schools have much to celebrate this year.

And the good news kept on coming at Monday's LP-A School Board meeting in Audubon. Enrollment projections show that by the 2014-15 school year, the district will have more than 30 new students in grades 7-12.

Most of the anticipated growth is projected to be in the lower grades. Based on district census data from fall 2011, kindergarten enrollment for the 2012-13 school year is expected to be at least 68 students, up from 51 students this year.

"We've had more students come in than go out," said Superintendent Dale Hogie at Monday's meeting.

"That's good news," said Board Chair Vicky Grondahl, adding, "I think we said, 'build it and they will come, didn't we?'"

In other business Monday, the board approved a motion to sign a memorandum of understanding between the school district, City of Lake Park, Becker County, Minnesota Department of Transportation, Community Co-op of Lake Park (Cenex) and property owner Loren Jetvig, pertaining to safety and access improvements on the State Highway 10 corridor through Lake Park.

"This is an exceptional opportunity for Lake Park to improve that area," said Hogie.

Though not a legally binding agreement, the memorandum does lay out the responsibilities of each of the participating entities, based on a "mutual desire to proceed" with planning for the project.

Among the short-term improvements outlined in this agreement is the construction of a new road between Highway 10 and the new high school, to be known as "Raider Road." The property where the new road will be constructed, which is currently owned by the school district, will be turned over to the city in order to access additional funding for the project.

There will also be an extension to the south Highway 10 frontage road, which will run past the Cenex convenience store, and new turn lanes installed on Highway 10 at the Raider Road access point.

The anticipated cost of these access improvements is expected to be just over $1 million, Hogie noted.

Those who would like to get a look at how construction at the new high school is progressing are invited to call the high school office and sign up for a series of public tours, which will be conducted on Saturday, March 31, starting at 9 a.m.

Students at LP-A will be given a chance to tour the new school site on Friday, March 30, Hogie said.

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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