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Weber leaves DL to be Waubun superintendent

The administrative reshuffling in the Detroit Lakes School District continued in the wake of Monday morning’s regular meeting of the local school board.

Though it had previously been announced that District Education Director Lowell Niklaus would be retiring, he made it official Monday, stating that this would be his last board meeting after 21 years with the district.

Also at that meeting, Area Learning Center Principal Lisa Weber announced that she, too, would be leaving the district at the end of the month.

Weber, whose 22-year tenure with the district also included serving as the interim principal of Detroit Lakes High School for the past year, tendered her resignation in order to accept a new post as superintendent of the Waubun-Ogema-White Earth School District.

The board accepted her resignation at Monday’s meeting, effective June 30. Superintendent Doug Froke said the process of hiring a new principal for the ALC has already begun.

In the wake of the resignation of school board member Terrie Boyd at last month’s meeting, the board voted to appoint former board member Glen Gifford to serve out the remainder of her term, which was set to expire in December.

In other administrative matters, the board also approved the contract of Trisha Mariotti as the new principal of Roosevelt Elementary School, starting July 1.

The board also voted to set a special meeting for Wednesday, June 18, at 6:30 p.m. to discuss some items that were deferred from Monday’s agenda.

One of those items included the finalization of a lease with Minnesota State Community & Technical College to house the ALC on the local college campus, starting in the fall of 2015. The ALC has been housed on the third floor of the Historic Holmes Theatre for the past several years, but that lease is set to expire at the end of the 2014-15 school year.

Also at the special meeting, the board will be making some revisions to the 2013-14 school district budget, and set the 2014-15 preliminary budget.

The last item that will be discussed at the special meeting is what direction the board wants to go in order to solve the district’s current space issues, in light of the failed 2013 building bond referendum.

One related item on Monday’s agenda that was finalized was a decision on whether to renew the district’s option agreement with the Robert & Casey Bristlin Partnership for the purchase of a 40-acre tract of land on the north edge of the city. Rather than renewing the option on purchasing the property for another six months, the board has decided to proceed with plans to purchase the land.

Whether or not the land is used in the immediate future for the construction of a new school building, the board decided that purchasing the property would be a good investment, according to Froke.

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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