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Options to fulfill space needs at DL Schools to be discussed at Sept. 17 meeting

The Detroit Lakes School Board will hold a Community Building Committee meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at M State-Detroit Lakes.

The meeting date and time were set at Monday’s regular school board meeting in the Rossman Elementary School media center.

The purpose of the September meeting will be to review the six potential options for fulfilling the district’s space and safety needs that were presented in a series of three small group meetings with committee members held over the past couple of weeks.

Some of those options include utilizing the district’s current facilities, and either building onto or renovating each of them to meet the district’s needs; building a new high school or middle school on a 40-acre site on Tower Road that the district has recently acquired for such a purpose; building a new Rossman Elementary School on or near the site of the existing school; renovating and adding onto the district’s existing buildings; or building a new pre-kindergarten and kindergarten center on the site of the current Lincoln Education Center.

The option that the district ultimately chooses may be a fusion of some of these.

The September meeting will incorporate any public input that has been received on the options presented. The building committee members have been tasked with presenting the options to their friends, colleagues, neighbors, service organizations, etc., and gathering feedback for the next meeting.

Also at Monday’s meeting, the board approved a first reading of the new “Student Electronic Device Use and Protection Plan,” which includes a provision that enables students who have received a district-issued iPad to purchase a $30 individual protection plan (or $50 per family).

The board also approved a second reading of the new district-wide anti-bullying policy that was presented at the July board meeting, and another policy regarding grading and reporting standards for pupil achievement.

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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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