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LP-A board renews, terminates teaching contracts

The Lake Park-Audubon School Board approved the renewal of four teaching contracts, but terminated several others at its monthly board meeting Tuesday.

The contracts of probationary teachers Sandy Vetter (.4 FTE), Tammy Langworthy (.28 FTE), Carol Ricke (.28 FTE), LeeAnn Buttino (.28 FTE), Natasha Olsonawski (full time) and Debra Covart (full time) were not renewed for 2012-13.

But because the positions of Vetter, Langworthy, Ricke and Buttino were funded through an Alternative Delivery Grant, the possibility exists that they could be reinstated if that grant funding is renewed for another year.

According to information provided by Superintendent Dale Hogie at the meeting, notice of whether the grant has been renewed for fiscal year 2013 is anticipated to come next month.

The contracts of counselor Jamie Nelson (tenured), mathematics teacher Dana Robinson (tenured), language arts teacher Anthony Bryant and social studies and construction teacher Cole Wixo were all renewed.

In other business, the board also approved a new contract for Anthony Grieve as the district's social studies teacher for 2012-13.

The opening for a new health and physical education teacher has not yet been filled, but Hogie said they were planning to interview a couple of candidates later this week.

Other positions that were approved by board action Tuesday included Doug Anderson, bus route driver; Barrett Sharp, maintenance supervisor; Jake Huesman, summer technology assistant; Andrew Weber, summer recreation coordinator; Rebecca Johns, community education assistant and summer day camp coordinator; and Tracy Olson, summer day camp supervisor.

The board also approved a contract with Steve Larson and Coldwell Banker to act as the school district's agent for the marketing and sale of the current high school building and surrounding properties.

The new high school at the west edge of Lake Park is still targeted for occupancy by mid-July.

The board approved a proposal Tuesday to install a graveled parking area to the south of the existing paved lot on the west side of the new school, at a projected cost of $19,700.

Currently, there are two paved parking areas provided at the new school; one on the west side, with spaces for 93 vehicles; and one on the south side, with spaces for 62 vehicles.

Though this is adequate to accommodate parking on the school grounds for day-to-day classes and regular activities, there may not be sufficient room for some of the larger evening activities, Hogie said.

The graveled area will provide overflow parking for between 70-80 vehicles, he noted. Though the buildings and grounds committee had looked at the possibility of paving the additional lot, it would have increased the cost by almost $45,000.

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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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