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Move-in date at new LP-A High School delayed

Back when construction of the new Lake Park-Audubon High School began last year, a target date of Aug. 1, 2012 was set for "substantial completion" of the project.

Construction went so smoothly over the winter months, however, that in March, school board members were informed that the completion date had been moved up to July 1 -- and up until this past month, it looked as though construction crews would hit that target date pretty comfortably.

But at Monday's regular school board meeting in Audubon, LP-A School Superintendent Dale Hogie informed board members that the original completion date of Aug. 1 had been reinstated.

"Each week our construction manager reminded contractors that July 1 was the goal they should be working toward," Hogie said after the meeting. "At least a couple of the contractors underestimated the amount of work or the time needed to complete their work.

"As a result, July 1 has passed and the goal now is the originally projected completion date," he added.

Staff will begin moving supplies and furniture into the new building the week of July 30, and it's expected that the entire process will take about two weeks to complete, Hogie noted in a construction update document that outlined progress on the project.

As for whether the new high school football field will be ready for the start of the 2012 fall sports season, Hogie noted that it would be contingent upon weather conditions remaining relatively dry in August.

Otherwise, he said, "it might be a little muddy for spectators."

Also at Monday's meeting, the board approved contracts for several new teachers, staff and coaching positions, including:

• Jason Weekley, business and technology education;

• Tammy Teach, K-6 vocal music;

• Tony Grieve, head boys basketball and junior high football coach;

• Nick Paur, assistant football and assistant wrestling coach;

• Tammy Glaesman, high school lead custodian;

• Reed Switters, high school custodian.

In other business, the board voted in favor of a policy amendment that will change the way high school honor students are recognized. Instead of choosing a valedictorian and salutatorian each year, students' academic achievements will be recognized with Latin honors -- i.e., cum laude, summa cum laude and magna cum laude.

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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